Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rick picks on California, Jason Embry blogs about it.

On this morning's FIRST READING blog on the Austin American Statesman website, Jason Embry mentioned that Rick likes to pick on California (link). Apparently there is a good reason for that. Excerpt follows:

A couple quick notes about the national economy: According to figures put out by the Center for American Progress, 24 states and the District of Columbia had January unemployment rates of 7 percent or higher. In Texas, the rate was 6.4 percent. Michigan had the highest rate at 11.6 percent. In California, the state that Gov. Rick Perry loves to pick on in his speeches, it was 10.1 percent.

TEN percent unemployment in California? When I was young, the saying was always, "as California goes, so goes the nation." I sure hope we don't hit 10% unemployment in Texas, and I am assuming that Rick REALLY hopes we don't hit 10% unemployment in Texas. It would take away one of his zingers about California. As Rick's zingers about California go, so go the rest of Rick's zingers.

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