USA Today: "Move to Texas." Ish.

In hotels all across the country this morning, folks are rising and shining to that bit of advice courtesy this state of the state, which, like everyone else, is just waiting for Rick Perry to jump into the pool of GOP candidates and begin talking about how The Great State of Texas is a jobs-making machine, y'all. For USA Today, the piece is a monster -- a 2,000-word advertorial selling everything from payroll gains (as in: "From June 2009 to June 2011 the state added 262,000 jobs, or half the USA's 524,000 payroll gains, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas and the Bureau of Labor Statistics") to the state's pro-bidness climate (which includes Perry "pushing through tort reform to limit frivolous lawsuits") to, let's be honest, its chief selling points ("Texas' laid-back lifestyle and lower costs").

But as has become the theme in recent weeks, there are plenty of folks who question Perry's role in the so-called Texas Miracle. 'Cause, like, this is the man who gleefully stood by while the Lege, on his orders, cut billions out of the public-ed budget. Or, as Scott McCown, head of the state's Center for Public Policy Priorities, puts it, "We're not preparing our children to compete in tomorrow's economy." Well, that depends -- I read somewhere that tomorrow's economy involves an In-N-Out on every corner.

Speaking of Perry, Time wonders who loses if Perry runs. Sorry -- the first comment beneath that piece beat you to it.

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