Texas drug-eater Rick Perry denies that he is gay , but Texas? Gay as the dickens -- FOR YOUR BUSINESS! That is the message of the “Texas Wide Open for Business” campaign that Gov. Perry is flogging in New York , California, and various other places where it is not torturously hot, humid, and buggy all the goddamn time like it is in Texas, and where people do not have an unearned sense of accomplishment just because they live in a certain place. Wait, scratch that last one, because we just said New York and California (we are New Yorkers and we love California, but srsly.)
at least it wasn&#039;t the hair petting GIF. that was gross.
<i>&quot;Gov. Rick Perry often touts Texas&rsquo; economic success, which he attributes to lower taxes and fewer regulations.&quot; </i>
Just like China. What is it with these one-star states?
Seems that the Lone Star Tick is Perry&#039;s model for the state: He sees Texas as a job-sucking parasite on the other 49 states.
&quot;Between jobs&quot; doesn&#039;t cut it. Judging from LinkedIn, the majority of my formers co-workers are now &quot;consultants.&quot;
Gov. Perry was here in Hartford to poach Colt Manufacturing jobs. Colt makes military and civilian guns including the notorious AR-15. While in town he and Gov. Malloy (who personally told the Newtown parents their children were dead), met and exchanged high fives or whatnot at a pricey restaurant. Reportedly lamb burgers were un-ironically served to Perry and the Colt people.
Living so close to where the guns are made is disquieting. (It&#039;s an improvement from when I lived in Colorado near the Rocky Flats nuclear bomb factory. Especially considering the prevailing winds and the missing plutonium. Plus the surveyors mark surely on my head in some Russian attack plan.) Like cigarette makers, Colt produces a legal product purchased voluntarily by adults. But which carries a high cost to the greater society. Should I root for those local jobs while I&#039;m enjoying a walk through Colt Park?
Colt says gun buyers -- their customers -- are reluctant to buy a gun made in a state that is (in their view) hostile to the Second Amendment. So they may be forced to relocate by that kind of soft boycott. In fairness, I&#039;m reluctant to buy products made in states or from companies that are hostile to my values. Chik-fil-A, for example.
If Colt moves because of this indirect political pressure, it will be another line of demarkation between the blue and red states. Lines that are getting harder to roll back as gerrymandering and shifting media lock in a divide as sharp as since civil rights moved to the forefront in the post-WWII years.
Maybe Rick can rustle up some more of them fertilizer plants.
Still beats the slogan that our last Republican Governor chose: Montana - the Lap Dog of Industry