Maybe it’s because I write an indie blog in addition to my other work, but many of the exciting articles I admire on the Web these days are at indie blogs. A new favorite is the Political Math Blog written by Matthias Shapiro. I found the link to Shapiro’s blog on one of the numerous newly created Facebook pages supporting Gov. Rick Perry for president.
Shapiro hooked me with his first statement: “Full disclosure: I don't like Rick Perry for our next president.”
Shapiro is a numbers guy, a being those of us who are math-challenged can admire. What makes him sort of unique is that he can explain his numbers in a way that word addicts like me can understand. Shapiro, despite his negativity to Perry, decided to dissect jobs numbers from government sources. Shapiro takes you through a point by point analysis complete with charts.
He addresses a socialist progressive talking point—whether Perry should be credited for those jobs numbers: “One can argue that Perry had very little to do with the job situation in Texas, but such a person should be probably prepare themselves for the consequences of that line of reasoning. If Rick Perry had nothing to do with creating jobs in Texas, than why does Obama have something to do with creating jobs anywhere?”
As a conservative, I take a dim view anytime someone looks to the government to create jobs. Government creates jobs on the taxpayers’ back and those jobs cost us far into the future, partly because government jobs have lucrative perks that grow with time. Other government jobs are temporary, as the Democrats’ Stimulus Bust demonstrated.
At any rate, Shapiro seems fine with criticism of Perry—as long as it’s not based on jobs numbers.
Shapiro wrote, “My advice to anti-Perry advocates is this: Give up talking about Texas jobs. Texas is an incredible outlier among the states when it comes to jobs. Not only are they creating them, they're creating ones with higher wages.”
If I was part of the Perry campaign, I’d be all over Shapiro’s numbers.
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(Commentary by Kay B. Day/August 17, 2011)
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