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September 03, 2013 4:40 PM Rick Perry’s Fine Mind For Business

By Ed Kilgore

Nestled in a TPM story on a battle between Rick Perry and Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon about the former’s efforts to “poach” businesses from the latter’s state is this fine exercise of Perry’s fine mind for business:

In the last week of August, Perry aired radio ads and made an appearance in Missouri, apparently to capitalize on Nixon’s decision to veto a bill halving the state’s corporate tax rate lowering its income tax.
“Vetoing a tax cut is the same thing as raising your taxes. But there is a state where businesses flourish and jobs are created: Texas,” Perry said in one of the ads.

By this logic, abolishing taxes altogether is the only way to absolve a governor of the charge of endlessly increasing taxes. Perhaps Nixon should respond by arguing that every time Perry fails to boost spending on education, he’s slashing spending on education. Oh wait: he did that anyway.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


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