Run, Rick, Run!

NEW YORK — Four summers ago, 73 percent of Republicans were satisfied with the candidates seeking the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Now, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll revealed on Wednesday, only 45 percent of Republicans are happy with today’s 2012 contenders.

Texas governor Rick Perry, 61, could cure the GOP’s ennui. As America’s economy slumbers, Perry tells a stimulating story about Texas’ pro-market growth and job creation, two subjects that top the American mind.

Between January 2001 and June 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates, Texas’ non-farm employment grew from 9,542,400 in January 2001, when Perry took office, to 10,395,800 in June 2010 — an increase of 853,400 or 8.9 percent. Big-government California simultaneously lost 827,800 jobs. Employment in Texas grew more than in the other 49 states combined.

Since June 2009, when the Great Recession officially ended, Texas has produced 265,300 net jobs, equal to 36.7 percent of the 722,200 positions created nationwide.

For seven years running, CEOs polled by Chief Executive magazine have rated Texas first in business development and job growth. Texas boasts 58 Fortune 500 companies — more than any other state.

As America’s No. 1 exporting state, Texas shipped $206.6 billion in goods abroad last year, composing 16 percent of America’s $1.28 trillion in exports. California’s $14.4 billion in exports ranked it second, with 11.2 percent of U.S. outflow.

Texas’ achievements so stunned Gavin Newsom, California’s Democratic lieutenant governor, that he flew a delegation to Austin last May to ask Perry how he lures defectors from the Golden State. Of the 70 companies that fled California in 2011, the Wall Street Journal’s John Fund reported last April, 14 relocated to Texas — these exiles’ primary destination.

So, what is Perry’s secret? Texas taxes neither personal incomes nor capital gains, and Perry proposed a 2010 constitutional amendment to require two-thirds supermajorities to legislate tax hikes. Beyond that, as Perry told Manhattan Republicans Tuesday, “don’t spend all the money.” He advised “a regulatory climate that is fair and predictable” as well as “a legal system that doesn’t allow for over-suing.” Thus, Perry signed a ground-breaking “loser pays” tort-reforms and medical-litigation rules that caused malpractice-insurance rates to fall. Some 20,000 doctors since have flooded Texas.

Texas is a Right to Work state, which Perry should trumpet nationally. He should demand a woman’s right to choose…whether or not to join a union.

On December 21, 2000, while Illinois State Senator Barack Obama was casting some of his 129 “present” votes, Perry took over a state government that now features some 384,000 workers and a $172.5 billion biennial budget. While Obama’s oratory often soars, he sometimes seems disengaged and indecisive — as if the Oval Office were a training facility. As Texas’ governor for a record 10 years, Perry’s executive experience is quadruple Obama’s.

Perry’s biggest challenge may be that he is the governor of Texas. Americans suffered through the mitigated disaster that was G.W. Bush’s presidency. They may recoil at electing another commander in chief from Austin. Perhaps more worrisome for Perry are his appearance and mannerisms. At a well-delivered speech to the Heritage Foundation’s Resource Bank in Dallas on April 28, Perry did not quite resemble Bush. However, he mirrored actor James Brolin’s portrayal of the 43rd president in Oliver Stone’s film W.

Perry can overcome this potential handicap by loudly and explicitly distancing himself from the White House’s disgraced former occupant.

Perry should remind voters of the aristo-socialist Bush’s LBJ-like spendaholism and Carteresque regulatory overreach (e.g. Bush’s repugnant 2007 ban on Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb, effective 2012). Perry should declare that his domestic agenda will not echo Bush’s, much beyond tax relief and school choice.

As the un-Obama and un-Bush, Perry soon could emerge as a seasoned, competent, growth-generating conservative. This should unite the Republican base, make Tea Partiers boil with glee, and magnetize independents and sensible Democrats. If so, voters just might dispatch Barack Obama to design his presidential library.

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  • Mr. EMT

    Bush did not sink the party, the party sank him.
    And every idiot that signed on for that witch hunt such as Mccain, who condemned Bush were too stupid to realize that in the minds of the voter when they hear…
    Bush is bad bush is bad bush is bad… all day long every day with out hearing a single reason why he is bad get it in their head, hey no one likes bush, and Bush was a republican and if no one likes bush who was a republican than all republicans are bad.

    The party could have stood behind him and supported him, instead they turned into rats on a ship they started sinking.
    When Pelosi was out there saying, “Hey Bush doesnt support the troops because he veto’d the defense spending bill with their budget in it.”
    Where the hell were the republicans who were supposed to be supporting our troops and supporting Bush?
    They were giving the reach around being lead by Mccain and a bunch of other fair weather twit politicians who were saying, “Yeah well we are trying to compramise so we can get a bill passed”
    Instead they should have been saying, “Pelosi is a criminal, she is holding our troops hostage to pass her toxic agenda, she is violating ethics and she is commiting treason by aiding our enemies in a time of war because she is withholding funds our troops need to be fed and equipped in a war her party demanded we enter”

    Seriously morons, get off the Bash Bush bandwagon and focus on the real problem.

  • Mr. EMT

    Guess you missed it but an impartial court today declared a parent has no right to spank their child, because that is irresponsible and abusive.
    I dont trust courts as much as you do.

    Also courts have been the ones to step in and take your child for not having them inoculated.
    Why? Because of executive orders signed.

    Not buying that your arguments represent what “most conservatives” believe.