Texas remains an economic juggernaut

Pratt on Texas“Recognition of Texas as the premier place to do business in the country is reinforced by employers adding another 27,200 jobs in June and an impressive 359,500 jobs over the year. Broad-based growth across our industries remains solid with ten of eleven industries adding jobs in the dynamic and prolific job creating Texas economy,” said Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar in last Friday’s job release numbers.

Earlier this month Alcantar announced his retirement effective 31 July. Alcantar was appointed to the TWC by Governor Rick Perry and had served for almost a decade. “The last ten years of service to the people of Texas through the Workforce Commission has been the highest honor and privilege of my professional life,” Alcantar said in his retirement statement.

…imagine today’s Texas Democrats … working with dynamic oil man and Republican Governor Bill Clements to set in motion fundamental changes that would turn Texas into a leading and hugely diversified economy.

Alcantar has been in the catbird seat to see the phenomenal results of Texas’ efforts to diversify our state’s economy and ensure that the Lone Star State is among the most attractive locations for business in the USA. These efforts began in earnest in the 1980’s.

Let us imagine today’s Texas Democrats being the Democrats who held power back in the disastrous real estate crash, savings and loan failures, and oil and gas bust of the 1980’s, working with dynamic oil man and Republican Governor Bill Clements to set in motion fundamental changes that would turn Texas into a leading and hugely diversified economy.

It wouldn’t have been possible.

Today’s far-Left Texas Democrats would have demanded we move to more socialism and government control of the economy. Even in the 1980’s and early 1990’s  the older more sane Democrats generally stood in the way of tort reform and other key fixes that were necessary. Much of this helped Republicans take control of the legislature.

Texas continues to lead and the only reason our unemployment rate stays up is that so many other Americans are moving here to take the jobs being created by our vibrant private sector.

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