As a native Californian, this new radio ad from Texas Gov. Rick Perry particularly tickles me:
What’s especially amusing is the fact that Perry–through the funding of TexasOne, a public-private tourism partnership—advertised to the major metropolitan areas of California: Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, and even Sacramento itself.
Perry invites California businesses to “come check out Texas,” mentioning the “low taxes, sensible regulations, and fair legal system” in the state. Texas ranked number three for top state business climates in 2012, losing two places to No. 1 North Carolina and second-place Ohio.
Voters in California, meanwhile, approved Prop 30 in November, which increases the income tax for high earners and raises the sales tax a quarter of a percentage point from 2013 to 2016.
At times like these, I thank the Founding Fathers for preserving state sovereignty. For as James Madison writes in Federalist 39:
the local or municipal authorities form distinct and independent portions of the supremacy, no more subject, within their respective spheres, to the general authority, than the general authority is subject to them, within its own sphere.
Ultimately, this competition benefits any American who seeks a light governmental burden.
California Gov. Jerry Brown, of course, blamed the media for ginning up the story: “You take a little radio ad and all you guys run like lap dogs to report it…It is not a burp. It’s barely a fart.”
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