Texas Gov. Rick Perry has recently become the most proactive governor in American history to actively seek out and convince businesses to relocate to his state.
He has focused on luring businesses from some of the most liberal states in the union - California, Washington, Colorado, New York, Missouri, and Illinois - to Texas.
These states have some of the highest personal and corporate income taxes, which makes the fact that Texas has no personal and corporate income taxes very inviting. If you are a business owner in one of these Democrat-controlled states, especially California, it simply makes good business sense to move to Texas.
In this March 7, 2014 file photo, Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Conservative Political Action Committee annual conference in National Harbor, Md. AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File
Perry has been successful in luring well over a 100 businesses to the great state of Texas, mostly from the liberal stronghold of California. This has created an economic boom in Texas: lowering unemployment, creating high paying jobs all while increasing its population. In the last year, the United States has added over 2.4 million jobs and nearly 16 percent of those (383,000) were in Texas; which only has 8 percent of the population.
This has made Texas a great place to live for young adults and families all while giving Perry an undisputable bragging point if he decides to run for president again. Although, Perry has not totally thought his business-stealing plan all the way through, and it could have dire electoral consequences.
Many large businesses have started to make their way to Texas and they are bringing thousands of loyal employees - correction - thousands of liberal employees.
As seen by the reelection of President Barack Obama, liberals hardly ever realize the error of their ways. These employees are being relocated to Texas from places like California and they are bringing with them thousands of votes for Democrats.
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Just this year, Toyota is relocating from Los Angeles to Dallas and bringing 4,000 employees. AIG is also moving 4,000 employees from California and New York to Texas. Chevron is moving some 800 jobs from the Bay Area to Texas. The enormous oil and natural gas company, Occidental Petroleum, is moving its headquarters to Houston. Active Network LLC has recently made public that it will be moving 1,000 jobs to Texas from San Diego. To date, well over 10,000 jobs have been moved to Texas from liberal states just this year.
In 2013, companies such as Apple, Ebay, Visa, and a dozen more moved over 10,000 jobs to Texas through the Texas Enterprise Fund. This is a fund that was created in 2003 by the Texas Legislature to help incentivize businesses to expand and move to Texas. This is the main tool Perry has used in his pursuit to bring these big companies to Texas.
Texas is a Republican stronghold, but there are pockets where Democrats reign. Texas’ major cities of Austin, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio are widely Democrat, although the suburbs of these cities are widely Republican. This has allowed Texas to maintain a 24-12 Republican edge in the 113th U.S. Congress and a 45-21 edge in their state legislature.
When you add thousands of California, Washington, New York, and other liberal state residents to these suburbs in the next five years, Republicans will began to lose their edge quite quickly.
A majority of these new Texas residents will vote Democrat, plain and simple. These individuals will not see that the reason their former state has such high unemployment, high taxes, and low standards of living was liberal Democrat politicians and policies; thus they will continue to vote Democrat.
A large crowd, many wearing Planned Parenthood T-shirts that read Stand with Texas Woman, gather at the Texas State Capitol in Austin, Texas on Sunday, June 23, 2013. More than 600 women's rights protesters crowded into the Texas Capitol to watch Democrats begin a series of parliamentary maneuvers to stop the Republican majority from passing some of the toughest abortion restrictions in the country. Credit: AP
Furthermore, these companies like Ebay and Apple will continue to expand at an accelerated rate and they will continue to hire young tech-savvy millennials, who lean overwhelmingly Democrat, coloring Texas purple.
It will take years before Texas goes completely purple, but Perry is speeding up the process of Democrats taking away Republicans' control of the Texas Legislature and the U.S. Congress. Now, with Republicans' suicidal epiphany to push amnesty, Texas could go all blue.
It takes years to realize electoral consequences. Former Sen. Ted Kennedy's immigration reform of 1965 was designed to cater to Asians and Hispanics, forever changing the national electoral landscape to favor Democrats.
Republicans have begun to feel this over the last 10 years and, I fear, Texas Republicans will feel the electoral consequences of Perry’s business stealing blitz years from now as this Trojan Horse turns one of the greatest states in the union from red, to purple, to blue.
Salvator La Mastra is an expert in millennials and the youth vote. Follow @SalvatorV. For media inquires EMAIL: Sal.Lamastra@gmail.com
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