Politics also a factor
Says the national debt and President Barack Obama's "refusal to control spending led to our nation's credit rating being downgraded for the first time in history."
Punts on $6 billion in costs too
Says the 2012-13 state budget "leaves $6 billion in a rainy day fund."
Not counting jobs added in 19 states
"Since June 2009, about 48 percent of all the jobs created in America were in Texas."
Obama si, Calderon no
Says neither President Barack Obama nor Mexico President Felipe Calderon "have been on the border to see what's happening to the citizens of Mexico, and for that matter the citizens of Texas."
More spending, but less state support
Says the state share of Texas public education spending increased 82 percent over the past decade, reaching $20 billion in 2009.
Self-governance proposal doesn't detail membership requirements
Says some in Congress are trying "to create a separate government for those with a drop of Native Hawaiian blood."
Business sites, not companies, and 92 of them moved from TX to CA
"Since the first of the year, 153 businesses at last count had moved out of California to Texas."
Six were killed in Mexico, not the U.S.
"I had five of my citizens that were killed last week" because of border security problems.
He's talking about changes in net assets ...
"Houston suffered $1.7 billion in operating losses under Mayor Bill White."
Bomb in Mexico, heard in El Paso?
Because of violence spreading from Mexico, "you’ve got bullets hitting the city hall in El Paso. You’ve got bombs exploding in El Paso."
Numbers check, but federal regs also cut ozone
Since 2000, "the Texas clean air program achieved a 22 percent reduction in ozone and a 46 percent decrease in NOx emissions."
Contacts helped, but claim overreaches
"Bill White used D.C. connections from his job in the Clinton administration to form a company that did business in the Middle East and defaulted on a $60 million loan."
But the comparison is unreasonable
"The city of Houston now has more debt per capita than California."
State's statistic not whole story
“The percent of students who enter high school and eventually earn a diploma or equivalent, or who remain in pursuit of a diploma or equivalent, is 90 percent.”
"We've got a 1,000 National Guard troop request that's been in front of this president for over a year and no response."
White says he reported holdings; law silent on if he must do more
“This week liberal Bill White faced an ethics complaint about more than $83,000 he failed to report to the state Ethics Commission.”
Most companies, most new people but not the fastest growing
Texas is the "fastest growing state" with the "most Fortune 500 companies."
He's right about jobs and housing, but then come the distortions
"I vetoed more than $3 billion in spending. Lawmakers and I cut taxes for 40,000 small businesses. Now Texas is No. 1 in job creation. The nation’s five best housing markets are right here in Texas. We balanced five state budgets and we cut state spending."
Comes to less than 10 trips a year for senator pressed for time
Says Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison "took 154 private flights all funded by taxpayers" though "commercial flights were readily available at a fraction of the cost."
Rate dropped, but taxes rose
"We lowered the business tax from 4 percent down to 1 percent."
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