Rick Perry Finally Has a Jobs Plan

Well, part of one. And it’s pretty gosh darn good. On Friday, October 14, Rick Perry released his Energizing American Jobs and Security plan, the first part of a series of economic reforms. The full plan can be reviewed here, but here is a brief summary.

  1. Drill, baby, drill. Open more American energy fields that are currently closed, including fields in the Gulf of Mexico,Alaska, the Mountain West region and Northeast Marcellus Shale.
  2. Eliminate key environmental regulations that have destroyed American jobs, including the EPA’s authority to regulate greenhouse gases.
  3. Completely take apart the EPA and rebuild it as a slimmed-down version of its current self with a focus on regional and cross-state issues. Allow state and local governments to regulate the environmental policies for the communities they live in.
  4. Restore free market principles and phase out as many energy-specific subsidies as possible.


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What I like most about Perry’s plan is that the source of the jobs boost (Perry estimates 1.2 million jobs would be created) would be driven by cutting red tape and eliminating regulations, rather than throwing a bunch of the taxpayer’s money at the problem. In case you missed it, the newest push from the Obama administration has been to pass a “bite-sized jobs bill” that features a new half-percent tax on income over 1 million to give away 35 billion dollars to local governments to supposedly save the jobs of teachers and police officers.

Stripping money from small businesses to give to local governments or stripping government regulations to create jobs and energy independence? The answer is clear and I hope Perry can effectively communicate his plan at the CNN Republican debate tonight.


  1. J. Strupp says:

    1.2 million jobs over what time period? Surely, Perry’s people have given a time period in which this job growth will occur and hasn’t left this open ended. Is there anyone outside of Perry that has confirmed that number? Does Perry say how gutting the EPA creates jobs? Perr does realize that the majority of energy-specific subsidies go to the oil industry right?

    I’m serious actually. I’d be interested in how these jobs numbers are tabulated.

  2. madtown_jeremy says:

    You had me until “gosh darn good”. Gub’ner Goodhair turned Texas into a state full of fast food jobs, foreclosures and undereducation, and now he has a jobs plan?

    That you even took the time to summarize it shows how tightly those blinders you’re wearing must be.

  3. Elizabeth Charland says:

    In response to J. Strupp:
    Perry estimates that the 1.2 million jobs would be created by developing nine specific oil and natural gas reserves that are currently not being developed. So the number of years to realize those jobs would be dependent on how quickly those sites could be tapped into. His plan sites this study by Wood Mackenzie Energy Consulting: http://www.api.org/Newsroom/upload/API-US_Supply_Economic_Forecast.pdf. Given that I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard the EPA referred to in conservative circles as the Employment Prevention Agency, there is a lot information out there about how the EPA has a chokehold on a lot of industries. Just one example, power plants in Texas have had to shut down due to the EPA’s Cross State Air Pollution Rule (SCAPR). This regulation is forcing power plants to upgrade in a very short timeframe to be compliant in emissions crossing into other states. Power plants that can’t get up to snuff in time shut down (goodbye jobs). http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/oct/5/fighting-obamas-job-killing-agenda/

  4. Elizabeth Charland says:

    To Jeremy, I’ve done extensive business travel in Dallas and Houston and I found both cities to be booming in the healthcare and IT industries. I’ve also spent a lot of time on the Baylor University campus–great school. I’m sorry, I don’t see your point. Do you have one?

  5. J. Strupp says:

    Biggest problem with that study is that the bulk of the jobs are created 5 years and out (which is why I wanted to know over what time period we were talking about). How does Perry plan to deal with the 24 million Americans partially or completely unemployed now? Gutting the EPA and oil exploration are long term objectives toward energy independence. Fine. But I fail to see how this is an immediate solution to severe unemployment.

    There needs to be immediate solutions to the unemployment crisis in this country. If the GOP candidates can come up with an idea that doesn’t involve using the financial power of the U.S. government to temporarily support growth and employment, then I’m all ears. To date, I’ve seen nothing more than supply side answers to demand side problems. Tax cuts for rich people and immediate austerity are not workable solutions and will only make things worse.