Rick Perry has said good-bye and while many of us will remember his gaffes in running for the President, there are very few public officials who can boost as successful a record as Perry did in governing Texas.
When I think of Perry, I think of the first time I talk with my present financial planner when I told her, ‘I won’t judge you by how much you increase my accounts in the good time, I will judge you by how much of my wealth you preserve in the bad times.” Perry has governed in the good times and in the bad times but yet Texas has maintained strong job growth and prosperity when much of the country suffered.
Contrast Texas with how California has been poorly governed over the past decade with a Democratic controlled legislature and leftist ideology. Perry has not been shy by going to many blue states looking to seduce their businesses to flock to Texas and one suspects that one reason is simply to make a point, my philosophy of governing is superior to yours.
Texas has become what California was in the past, a place where people flock for opportunities and the American dream. Jobs are plentiful because Texas doesn’t hate their business class and they are perfectly willing to develop their resources. Texas Tea, known as oil, is plentiful and more so with the fracking revolution and Texas has been able to sustain their economy through the rough times. Contrast to California, which is sitting on a tremendous amount of reserves and yet it stays in the ground doing no one any good. Or Illinois which has taxed itself into further debt but Illinois, like California, is sitting on coal reserves along with oil and natural gas. These states are not under performing because Texas has energy resources, but because they refuse to develop their own.
Perry’s strength is that he loves business and he loves businesses to make money and lots of it. Unlike much of the liberal establishment, creation of wealth doesn’t embarrass Perry and that attitude has allowed business to flourish. A government attitude toward business can either enhance the climate or lead to sound policies or scare way potential business by open hostility. The Obama era has been one in which businesses find themselves under siege which explains the poor recovery. When the President mocks the entrepreneur, the entrepreneur thinks twice about either advancing his company or even getting started. No business today feels safe about future growth as they have a government that merely tolerates them as opposed to exulting them. Perry at least understands that business making money is good for the economy.
What now for Perry? His disastrous 2012 is not yet a distant memory but if he is chooses to run again, he has two years to brush up on his debating skills and study foreign affairs. The question that remains, does he really want a second shot at the Presidency. Perry does have one thing in his favor, he has a record that most governors only dream of . And that is not a bad thing to start with.
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