Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Two quick links that have nothing to do with each other 

What is the truth about employment in Texas under Rick Perry? This data-rich post (from a writer who does not support Perry) seems to dispose of most of the attacks. Good blogging, in the old school sense.

Bullet-proof human skin. Super-soldiers, here we come!

That is all for now.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Aug 17, 08:44:00 PM:

From another blogger doing his homework: Texas may have only had a net job loss of 53K but that's because the 178K jobs lost in the private sector were offset by the addition of 125K new government jobs. Since 2007, 47% of all government jobs added in the US were added in Texas. Way to go, Rick!

Yes, indeedy, everything's bigger in Texas. Even the size of its governemnt payroll....  

By Blogger JimVAT, at Thu Aug 18, 08:22:00 AM:

I did my homework too:


We did add private sector jobs in Texas. Why are the numbers so contradictory?  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Thu Aug 18, 09:46:00 AM:

It's cute how that article you linked starts with 2007 (before the Great Recession began) and only goes up to 2010, so as to include normal growth of public jobs in response to a growing population, and yet avoiding the cutting of government jobs that happened in the last year as budget adjustments were made (you see, the TX legislature only meets for a few weeks every two years). A sloppy coincidence, I'm sure.

Which was actually addressed in TH's link, Anonymous.

"In the last 12 months, Texas lost 31,300 federal employees, trimmed 3,800 state jobs, and increased local government jobs by 8,400 jobs."

Please try again. And read the whole article next time.

It's also interesting that your claim is for "government" jobs, the lion's share of which are federal and of which there was a large spike in 2010 [and which may be related to military movements, given their apparent brevity; a 150k spike in a single quarter that suddenly vanishes?]. To try to hang that on Perry's policies, or any Texan's, is transparently dishonest.  

By Blogger Dawnfire82, at Thu Aug 18, 09:49:00 AM:

Update: spike in hiring was probably census hiring, part time positions.  

By Blogger JimVAT, at Thu Aug 18, 01:16:00 PM:


Not only that, but Government employees as a percent of the labor force has been pretty constant except for census hiring.

It is funny how Texas gets attacked with fake numbers.  

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