Rick Perry: America’s Government Jobs Governor

In the last week I’ve done a number of posts on Texas Governor Rick Perry’s rather over-hyped and over-blown record on jobs in Texas, and unfortunately for Governor Perry, the hits just keep on coming:

With a young and fast-growing population, a large and expanding military presence and an influx of federal stimulus money, the number of government jobs in Texas has grown at more than double the rate of private-sector employment during Perry’s tenure.

The disparity has grown sharper since the national recession hit. Between December 2007 and last June, private-sector employment in Texas declined by 0.6 percent while public-sector jobs increased by 6.4 percent, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, government employees account for about one-sixth of the workforce in Texas.

Far from being the “Texas Miracle,” Perry’s record on jobs is more like a smoke-and-mirrors side show. He has a crowd around him now taking a good look, but this is one of those factoids that isn’t going to go away. More people will catch on as this information gets disseminated through both the traditional and alternative media and the crowd will thin as a load of government jobs isn’t exactly the bill of goods the American people want. As I’ve said before, the GOP can do better.

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