Perry attacking blue states with the truth

Newsday Editorial:
It would be bad enough if Texas Gov. Rick Perry were taking to the airwaves in New York to attack us with lies about our taxes and business climate. It's far worse that the former (and possibly future) presidential candidate is wielding truth as his weapon. New York really does have brutal taxes and fees and regulations and bureaucracies and unions, among the worst in the nation. It creates a tough row to hoe for businesses trying to make a profit and people trying to make a life.

Perry, slated to woo firearm manufacturers and other companies in New York and Connecticut next week, has kicked off a $1-million ad campaign here touting low-tax Texas and featuring Texans "from all walks of life" praising their paradise. The ads are paid for by a public-private organization Perry controls. Perry previously visited California and Illinois and ran ads in both states touting Texas, too.

To put that in context, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has spent a truly Texas-sized $50 million in taxpayer money on a national ad campaign aiming to change the impression that New York is a high-tax land where it's difficult to do business. That's like Perry trying to change the perception that Texas is often sweltering.
The paper does say the downside for Texas is importing more Yankees to tell us how they do things up north.  The specific businesses Perry is recruiting are those dealing with a hostile environment like the gun manufacturers.  Pointing out there are alternatives to a life of abuse by liberals is smart business and politics.


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