Republican Chuck DeVore, rejected decisively by his home state’s GOP voters in the 2010 Senate race, decided to head east to Texas instead and take a job at a conservative “think tank” whose job is to promote Texas-style conservatism. Getting right to work, he penned a love letter to his new state trotting out every tired wingnut stereotype of each of the two states. You know the ones, stuff like:
While California seeks more ways to tax success, it excels at subsidizing poverty.
I decided to take a look at his arguments more closely, to see whether his claims were true that people are fleeing California and that its business climate stifles job creation, unlike Texas.
Spoiler alert: He’s full of shit. Details below the fold.