There are seven or eight Republicans running for president in hopes of being elected in 2012. Most of them are finally admitting that the great need in this country is jobs. Jobs, jobs and more jobs! Naturally, President Obama, who will be the Democratic nominee in that election, is pushing the same subject. Where were they in 2010? Where were they for the last two years while 2.9 million American jobs were added not in the United States, but in oversea countries?
The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities research has just revealed that American companies are paying less in taxes as a percentage of GNP than ever recorded. Now Governor Rick Perry of Texas arrives on the scene to seek the presidency and his main argument is the increase of jobs in the State of Texas during his ten years as governor. We will be hearing a lot about that in the near future.
Harold Meyerson, of the American Prospect, points out that “Texas has the fourth highest poverty rate of any state. It is tied with Mississippi for the highest percentage of workers in minimum wage jobs. It ranks first in adults without high school diplomas. Twenty-six percent of Texans have no health insurance – the highest percentage of medically uninsured residents of any state. It leads the nation in the percentage of children who lack medical insurance. Texas has an inordinate number of employers who provide no insurance to workers, partly because the insurance rates are high, thanks to an absence of regulations.”
Although 12% of Texans lacked high school diplomas, that level is rising rapidly. However, Perry slashed $4 billion from K-12 schools. Is that backward? Is that very smart?