Nebraska, a state governed by Republican conservative Dave Heineman.
First there’s the unemployment rate of 4.1%. Second lowest in the entire nation (behind fellow Republican state North Dakota, for what that’s worth):
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say Nebraska’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent in May, a drop of a tenth of a point from April’s 4.2 percent.
Then there’s the fact that this Republican state has a balanced budget. And how did it balance the budget and get low unemployment?
[M]aybe there is something Washington can learn from Nebraska. How did Nebraska, with an estimated budget shortfall of almost $1 billion November 2010, get to a unanimous decision May 2011 and approve a balanced biennial budget of $6.9 billion? A balanced budget that does not raise taxes and leaves nearly $300 million in the state’s cash reserves.
Some might presume that life is difficult for Nebraskans, what with their state government required to balance the budget and not allowed to borrow. Actually Nebraska is ranked #10 by Lifestyle Statistics, it was 3rd in top jobs behind North Dakota and Texas, and to top it off, the unemployment rate for Nebraska is 4.1%.
How did it happen? Strong leadership. A state constitution that requires a balanced budget and doesn’t allow for borrowing. Tough decisions made during tough times, not delayed. Priorities identified. Discussions. Debates. Negotiations…and the use of a red line.
An interesting quote from Gov. Dave Heineman occurs midway through this snippet from an article entitled, “Caterpillar Threatens To Leave Illinois Over Taxes“:
“If Illinois doesn’t want your business, Texas does,” wrote Rick Perry, the governor of that state.
The governor of Nebraska, Dave Heineman, wrote: “In Nebraska, we balance our budget by controlling spending, not by raising taxes.”
An official in the South Dakota governor’s office chimed in: “In South Dakota, you make a profit, and you keep your profit.”
The Illinois tax increase will cost Caterpillar’s 23,000 employees in the state about $40 million this year, said Jim Dugan, the company’s chief spokesman. Higher taxes make it harder for Caterpillar to attract and retain engineers, accountants and other employees, Dugan said. He added that Caterpillar’s corporate taxes in the state also will increase but provided no estimate on the added cost.
“The state unfortunately continues to put off the tough decisions” about potential reductions in government spending and pension costs, Dugan said. He said Caterpillar was offering to advise the governor on cost-cutting based on the company’s own experience chopping pay and laying off workers during the 2008-09 recession
First, liberal Democrat Illinois is a hellhole. And that’s because Democrats own that state. Some interesting figures: 4 out of the last 7 governors of Illinois are convicted felons. It’s government union pension program is the biggest disaster in the nation. It’s major city Chicago is so filled with gang violence that even Democrats have been pleading for the National Guard to come in. And, if that isn’t bad enough, Democrats are so dishonest that they just altered their congressional map to undo the clear will of the people. That’s what Democrats bring.
All over the nation we’ve got cities that have voted Democrat for a hundred years. And they are all hell holes. While a jackass is in many ways an accurate symbol of what it means to be a Democrat, it would really be far more fitting if the symbol of the Democrat Party was a black hole surrounded by the white-hot fires of hell. Because “Democrat” is really a portmanteau for “Demonic Bureaucrat.” And hell is what demonic bureaucrats invariably bring. Along with socialism and totalitarian control.
And with that said, did someone say Texas? Did someone say Rick Perry? Oh, that’s right, I haven’t talked about Texas and Republican Rick Perry yet.
For the last few weeks, I’ve been unable to get a startling statistic out of my head: Since the recession officially ended, Texas has created more than 4 of every 10 new jobs in America.
That’s right, Texas: the reddest of red states, home to gun lovers and school textbooks that openly question whether the Founding Fathers intended for the separation of church and state. I am no ideologue. Still, whenever I get political, I tend to tilt reflexively to the left, making the jobs figure a bit disconcerting at first.
But there’s no escaping it. The number is real. Which means that if you care about putting people back to work at a time when nearly 14 million in this country are unemployed, maybe Texas has something to teach us.
According to the Dallas Fed, Texas generated 43% of the net new jobs in the U.S. from June 2009 through May 2011 — an enormous share when you consider that the Lone Star State accounts for about 8% of the nation’s economy.
So let’s see. Nebraksa is flyover country as far as liberals are concerned; they prefer their completely failed major metropolitan areas that their completely failed polices have turned into complete failures for a good solid century. But Nebraska – with it’s 4.1% unemployment rate (second only to ANOTHER state governed by Republicans) and it’s balanced budget – has the last laugh. It’s kind of like that “Annoy a Liberal – Work hard and be happy” bumper sticker – only with a whole entire STATE. If you want to try to weasel your way out of contemplating Nebraska’s success by arguing that it’s a small state and it’s low tax, spend-on-a-budget ways wouldn’t translate to a large state, let’s consider Texas and the 43% of ALL U.S. JOBS it has created, instead.
Basically no matter how you slice it, conservatives rule and liberals drool.
We’re coming upon a major decision: do we want four more years of the hellhole of God damn America, or do we want to pursue the economic policies that actually have the advantage of WORKING???
[Update:] Oh, my goodness, I forgot to point out that – after all the unhinged rabid liberal HATE that came out in Wisconsin – Governor Scott Walker was able to sign a balanced budget with no business-hostile tax increases.
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