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Perry Hood: There Are States That Don’t Count

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/08/29

Perry Hood made this comment over at Common Sense Political Thought:

I think the American people will see through your propaganda and reelect him in large numbers in the states that really count!

Not to be confused with Texas Governor and Presidential candidate Rick Perry (R), Perry Hood is a far-Left commenter on Common Sense Political Thought and the administrator of the hilariously named “Bridging the Gap” who makes the equally laughable false claim that he’s somehow a centrist.

I responded to his remark over there.

Here’s the issue with Perry’s absolutely elitist proclamation:
1) It’s as purposely vague as a horrorscope;
2) It’s elitist because, by definition, “the states that really count” means there are states that don’t count;
3) Whatever states that Obama wins in large numbers in 2012 will then turn out to be the only states that really count.

Let me add a number 4: “Large numbers” is also hopelessly vague as it can be defined after the fact. Whatever the numbers turn out to be, they can then be defined as “large numbers” thereby fitting the prediction. But let’s look at some histo-facts, shall we? Let’s look at two chunks of data.

First off, the 2008 Presidential election state-by-state results as provided by US Election Atlas.org.

The states that RINO squish John McCain won and, by definition, do not count:
Alaska
Montana
Idaho
Wyoming
Utah
Arizona
North Dakota
South Dakota
Nebraska
Kansas
Oklahoma
Texas
Missouri
Arkansas
Louisiana
Kentucky
West Virginia
Tennessee
Mississippi
Alabama
Georgia
South Carolina
(22 states)

The states Obama won but got less than 50 percent of the vote thereby, by definition, not states that count:
Indiana
North Carolina

The states Obama won with less than 53 percent of the vote, thus not a large margin, and don’t count:
Florida
Virginia
Ohio

Thus, by Perry Hood’s definition and based on the 2008 election results, there are 27 states (out of 50? 57? 60?) that don’t count. If you live in the South, chances are your state doesn’t count. If you live in the bread basket, chances are your state doesn’t count. If you live in the energy producing states, chances are your state doesn’t count.

Let’s look at that second histo-fact dataset: Job Production. Dana Pico introduced a pie chart showing only nine states added jobs between June 2006 and June 2011. In the past three election cycles, New York was the only job-producing state that went Democrat. The other eight states went Republican-Republican-Republican in the last three election cycles. Only New York, the worst job producer of the nine in total jobs added and jobs added per capita, went Democrat. That means, by Perry Hood’s metric, New York was the only state that counts among the job producers.

So to recap, if you live in a job-producing state or a southern state or an energy-producing state or a bread basket state, chances are your state doesn’t really count. If you live in one of 27 states (and there really are only 50), your state doesn’t really count. As the elitist snob (who claims to be for the everyman) radical Leftist (who claims to be a centrist while using every derogatory Leftist meme to smear Republicans and Conservatives, the TEA Party included) gap builder (who claims to be a gap bridger) set down in his defining statement.

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If It’s Job Creation You Want

Posted by John Hitchcock on 2011/08/28

Then you might want to look to where job creation has occurred. Dana Pico posted a pie chart I found very interesting. It shows only 9 states plus Washington DC added jobs from June 2006 to June 2011. (Washington DC is most likely all government jobs, so it doesn’t really count.) While the pie chart focused on the Texas job creation, I wanted to do a little number crunching myself. And of course, the numbers are very interesting.

The pie chart says “with roughly 8 percent of the nation’s population, Texas added 73.4 percent of the nation’s new jobs.” I decided to look at the US as a whole, Texas, and Alaska. Here’s the data I used:

According to the 2010 US Census,
The US population was 308,745,538
Texas population was 25,145,561
Alaska population was 710,231

According to the pie chart,
Texas added 537,500 jobs (73.4 percent of total)
Alaska added 11,500 jobs (1.6 percent of total)

US Job Growth (in thousands)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the 61 months from June 2006 through June 2011,
US lost 4,818,000 jobs

Now for some number crunching.
Alaska has 0.2 percent of the US population and of the 9 states plus DC that added jobs, Alaska accounts for 1.6 percent of the added jobs.
Texas has 8.1 percent of the US population and of the 9 states plus DC that added jobs, Texas accounts for 73.4 percent of the added jobs.

Alaska added 1,619 jobs per 100,000 population.
Texas added 2,138 jobs per 100,000 population.
US lost 1,561 jobs per 100,000 population.

Subtracting out Alaska and Texas population and job growth,
US lost 5,367,000 jobs total or 1,897 jobs per 100,000 population.

To recap, Alaska and Texas combined for 549,000 new jobs or 2,123 jobs per 100,000 population while the rest of the US lost 5,367,000 jobs or 1,897 jobs per 100,000 population. I suggest Sarah Palin and Rick Perry are both better qualified to create an atmosphere where jobs can be created than either George W Bush or Barack Obama; however, if you look at the BLS chart, the US didn’t start shedding jobs (other than one month in 2006 and two months in 2007) until 2008, and since the new Democrat Congress — both the House and the Senate — was sworn in in January of 2007, George W Bush might, just might get a pass.
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UPDATE: Linked by Texans For Sarah Palin

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