Rick Perry, Paul Krugman, and the Texas Economy

by Pejman Yousefzadeh on August 16, 2011

As Kevin Williamson notes, there is a concerted effort on the part of Paul Krugman (and other port-side pundits and spinmeisters) to convince the public that Texas’s economic success–in the face of a terrible recession, and a continuing slowdown–is not as big a deal as your lying eyes would have you believe. The problem, as Williamson points out, is that Krugman’s case against the Texas economy, and Perry’s stewardship, is utterly shoddy, and based in large part on misleading arguments and statistics.

For those wondering why people like Daniel Okrent have written that Krugman “has the disturbing habit of shaping, slicing and selectively citing numbers in a fashion that pleases his acolytes but leaves him open to substantive assaults,” you now have your answer.

  • http://whereswalden.com/ Jeff Walden

    Your first link is broken (except to technically-minded readers), FYI.

    • Pejman Yousefzadeh

      Thanks. Fixed.

  • Anonymous

    You should also check this, which I saw via Nate Silver:  http://www.politicalmathblog.com/?p=1590 Very good back-up for Texas’ jobs achievements.

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