Bill Murchison

I didn't bother to read The Dallas Morning News' recent endorsement of Democrat Bill White for governor of Texas, partly because the piece was longer than a root canal appointment. Mainly, though, it was because the idea of NOT entrusting state government to an exponent of low taxes and relatively limited government (i.e., incumbent Rick Perry) is so detached from common sense and reality that ...

Well, heck, let's talk about California for a minute. California -- I adore the place. Went to college there. Visit when I can. Great food, great weather, great wine. And lame-brain government -- conditioned on the complaisance of the electorate in the idea that bills never fall due, hence never require to be paid.

A lot of justifiable moaning around the land is due to the excesses of Congress and Barack Obama. Yet no less sad a feature of our present discontents is the financial plight of states like California, whose governments are nearer the people than Washington, D.C., yet they don't get the picture. Some of this may change after Tuesday, Nov. 2, but probably not enough will. Californians, according to polls, seem set on returning professional pol Jerry Brown to the governorship in preference to letting a successful businesswoman-entrepreneur, Meg Whitman of e-Bay fame, have a crack at straightening out the local propensity to overspend. States, such as Texas, that BOTH pay their bills and provide low-cost service to taxpayers are, shall we say, relatively few in number right now. Though they maybe not forever, as outsiders catch on.

A Texan feels entitled less to boast, in the manner attributed to us by newspaper cartoonists and nightclub comics, than to note with appreciation the value of an economic climate deliberately, consciously, with cordiality aforethought, friendly to business. To business, yes -- creator of jobs, payer of taxes.

When Gov. Rick Perry's ads declare that "Texas is open for business," the laudable point is twofold:

-- We like and support businessmen down here. They help us, we help them.

-- We'd like more of them to recognize the advantages of doing business in a state with no income tax. No extra kick in the pants for you, that's to say, after you've shared your good fortune with the IRS.

Being open for business means being open to the labor and exertion and guesswork and gambling that go with the quest to make a buck.

Bill Murchison

Bill Murchison is the former senior columns writer for The Dallas Morning News and author of There's More to Life Than Politics.
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