Dallas editorial chortles over Toyota departing CA for Texas

Dallas editorial chortles over Toyota departing CA for Texas

DMNMonday’s announcement that Toyota is moving its North American headquarters from Torrance to the suburbs of Dallas prompted the usual schizophrenic approach in California:  Some editorial writers and pundits lamented the loss of 3,000 middle-class jobs, but Gov. Jerry Brown could not have cared less. In the comments sections of many newspapers and blogs, however, lefty defenders of the California status quo did the usual, trashing Texas as a terrible place to live. What does that have to do with helping maintain California jobs? Or helping the state’s economy? Nothing.

Meanwhile, in Texas, they’re chortling — mildly, not meanly — at our expense. This is from a Dallas Morning News editorial:

“Any way you slice it, Toyota’s decision to consolidate operations in North Texas is a huge coup. …

“Plano Mayor Harry LaRosiliere attributes the behind-the-scenes legwork securing the deal to Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus and the Dallas Regional Chamber, all of whom promoted North Texas’ economic strength, available land and lower cost of living. No doubt also playing significant roles were the closing power of $40 million from the Texas Enterprise Fund, other yet-to-be-specified incentives from Plano and the northern suburb’s strong school system.

“Some might not be comfortable with the idea of states wooing companies with wayward eyes from other states. But that is the way the game is played these days. States compete to attract and retain companies; those slow off the mark stand to lose major development opportunities.”

Toyota considered moving to Colorado

The DMN coverage also provided important context: Toyota didn’t just want out of California so it could be close to its manufacturing facilities in the South. This is one of the points brought up those who say this as no big deal. Toyota was also considering … Colorado! Not exactly home to a lot people who say “y’all.”

“Toyota wanted out of California for many reasons: high taxes, steep operations costs and unpredictable state politics. The automaker reportedly had kicked the tires on several locations in Texas as well as in Denver, Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. And Toyota’s not the only one racing for the exits. In recent years, more than 250 companies have bolted from California, and relocation experts in that state say Texas was their No. 1 destination.

“’When you look at the whole package, it’s difficult to be a business here,’ said Torrance Mayor Frank Scotto, whose city is the big job loser in Toyota’s move to North Texas. …

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“As companies leave California, many are finding new homes in Texas. Here are some of the latest announced moves:

” • Occidental Petroleum Corp. moving a portion of its operation from Los Angeles to Houston.

” • Raytheon Co. transferring its space and airborne systems unit to McKinney from Southern California.

” • Trend Micro Inc., a Tokyo-based security software company, moving its U.S. headquarters from the Silicon Valley to Irving.”

They won’t be the last. As I wrote in the U-T San Diego, it’s a metaphysical certainly that more big companies will leave a state that is indifferent to their presence for states that actually believe it is a good thing to help the private sector.

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  1. Ted O'Steele, CEO
    Ted O'Steele, CEO 2 May, 2014, 06:48

    Dallas still needs alot to feel good about—-I say let them enjoy this– they need the morale boost! It’s a hell hole down in the south.

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    • John Seiler
      John Seiler 2 May, 2014, 12:06

      At least they have jobs.

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      • Ted Steele, Manager
        Ted Steele, Manager 2 May, 2014, 14:42

        Yeah– there ya go John– they got a few more jobs to be happy about! We have to let them have that one—- nice—– because the south is a horrible place to have to live– honestly. Some people like it– Doomers mostly.

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        • CalNative
          CalNative 3 May, 2014, 09:57

          So if Texas is such a terrible place in which to live, why has it become the second most populous state? And why are so many people and businesses (not just Toyota) moving there from California? I place the entire blame on Sacramento and the super- majority of idiots (including Governor Moonbeam for whom I *did not* vote) running the asylum there.

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          • Ted O'Steele, CEO
            Ted O'Steele, CEO 3 May, 2014, 19:03

            Because alot of people like it?

            I guess if that was the final selection criteria we’d all live in NYC?

  2. Ted O'Steele, CEO
    Ted O'Steele, CEO 2 May, 2014, 06:52

    US unemployment tics down again today– bad news for doomers!

    Discuss–

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 2 May, 2014, 07:10

      TCS, you are as dumb as a rock, 800,000 have left the workforce that is why the Obama number is down. 🙂

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      • Ted Steele, Manager
        Ted Steele, Manager 2 May, 2014, 14:44

        Hey thanks for that Duncey– you never hear ANYone say that in the media each time after the numbers are reported! No wqait…….yes—- that’s right– they always say that too.

        Thanks Capt. Obvious!

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 2 May, 2014, 15:39

          And Thank You Capitan Oblivious!! 🙂

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          • Ted O'Steele, CEO
            Ted O'Steele, CEO 3 May, 2014, 19:01

            Don’t you wish you thought that up yourself rather than copying me?

            yaaaaaaaaaaawn

          • Donkey
            Donkey 3 May, 2014, 21:18

            TCS, do you have SFB’s? The word Oblivious, which I used, has nothing in common with the simple minded GED word you used. 🙂

          • Ted O'Steele, CEO
            Ted O'Steele, CEO 4 May, 2014, 21:24

            LOL— as always the Poodle can’t think of her own jokes!!!

          • Donkey
            Donkey 4 May, 2014, 22:48

            Lay off the crack dude, you are embarrassing yourself! 🙂

  3. Donkey
    Donkey 2 May, 2014, 07:07

    I was born in California, spent my school years here, the most awesome place I the world was California, but in the late 1990’s the RAGWUS took over complete control of all operations of government and it has been downhill ever since.

    The feeders like Ahaul, TCS say “take a hike Toyota, we’ll replace you with five thousand illegals, one thousand cops, five hundred FF’s, and two hundred and fifty teachers,” which is exactly why the flood gates are now wide open. I have always loved history, too bad California is becoming a victim of the RAGWUS. 🙂

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  4. SkippingDog
    SkippingDog 2 May, 2014, 10:55

    So Texas effectively bribed Toyota with $40 million to relocate its U.S. administrative offices there, but the doomers here think its a win? If Brown had offered Toyota $40 million to stay in California, does anyone here think CWD would have applauded his efforts?

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 2 May, 2014, 11:33

      The question you should be asking Skdog is why Texas has the money and economic model to entice a Toyota. You know why and so do I, the California RAGWUS is a cancer on the economy. 🙂

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      • S Moderation Douglas
        S Moderation Douglas 2 May, 2014, 16:31

        It’s our money. For every dollar they pay in federal taxes, Texas gets BACK over $1.40. Unlike California, which gets back 90 cents.

        In California, the glass is at least half full, and we share.

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        • Donkey
          Donkey 2 May, 2014, 17:22

          Sorry S&MD, but there is no “sharing” taking place in California. While the RAGWUS feeders are receiving from $60,000 to $500,000 a year pensions, plus medical, the little folk of the private sector are getting from $0 to a big SS payout of $24,000. That is not sharing, that is stealing. 🙂

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          • S Moderation Douglas
            S Moderation Douglas 4 May, 2014, 09:28

            “And Thank You Capitan Oblivious!!

          • Donkey
            Donkey 4 May, 2014, 10:52

            No, thank you my little parrot for quoting The Donk, but its use in not appropriate in this context, but then that is expected when you post. 🙂

        • Ted O'Steele, CEO
          Ted O'Steele, CEO 4 May, 2014, 21:28

          Well said and accurate Douglas!

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          • Donkey
            Donkey 4 May, 2014, 22:50

            Oblivious is TCS, shake it Chaz, S & MD likes your moves. 🙂

        • Ted O'Steele, CEO
          Ted O'Steele, CEO 5 May, 2014, 21:32

          please either do your own work Duncey or ask your big sister Poodle to help ya!

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          • Donkey
            Donkey 6 May, 2014, 12:49

            You are Oblivious my tax stealing TCS, not really, you know exactly what the RAGWUS is doing and to whom!! 🙂

    • Irv
      Irv 2 May, 2014, 21:55

      How the hell can anyone support a state government that gave Elon Musk over 1/2 billion dollars in tax breaks and incentives for his ridiculous and expensive electric car?? California needs a complete cleaning of Sacramento down to county and municipal politicians. Make California prosperous again!!!

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  5. billyBS
    billyBS 2 May, 2014, 14:18

    What about the Tesla battery factory? Indications are California is not even in the running…hey, I thought we would grow employment through the green economy. Oh well, Saw there are job fairs galore for Cal prison guard openings. This scenario sounds like a scene in “Idiocracy.”

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  6. Irv
    Irv 2 May, 2014, 22:04

    TX, Az, NM and NV state governments are smarter than to give Musk all sorts of tax breaks to build a fantasy battery factory. Musk’s companies have been heavily supported by California tax payers and he has given nothing in return except to want more tax breaks and incentives. Thats part of the reason California is in trouble. AB-32 is the biggest joke that any legislature has ever voted on and a governor sign into law. That bill is breaking the state!! Solr and wind power, “NOT”!!

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  7. Leotis Ahmad Jones
    Leotis Ahmad Jones 3 May, 2014, 05:46

    Can someone list the company relocations from Texas to California?
    1.
    2.
    3.

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    • Irv
      Irv 3 May, 2014, 09:10

      Sure can!!! 0000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 non nada!!! ZIP!! Hope those figures help Leotis

      Reply this comment
  8. Queeg
    Queeg 3 May, 2014, 06:54

    The next time you quaff that Chinese chicken or Thai goldfish(Talapia) not only are you eating scraps you’re sucking capital out of the country to greedy globalists frolicking in Monte Carlo living the good life.

    You can’t help it….Public school educated…A pity.

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  9. SeeSaw
    SeeSaw 3 May, 2014, 09:01

    Last week a worker was found dead in the dough machine at Won Ton foods, a fortune cookie factory in Texas–it reportedly makes the fortune cookies that we get at the end of every Chinese restaurant meal. I wonder about the difference in safety regulations between Texas and CA–do they have TEXOSHA?

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 6 May, 2014, 12:59

      And cops murdered Doug Zerby sitting on a stair step, never said a word to him and shot him dead. Ashley MacDonald was cut in half by two cowards of the HBPD.

      Do you not understand SeeSaw that safety is an illusion and protect and serve is a lie. Much like the “Twilight Zone” the saying put out by RAGWUS bureaucracies are more or less just oxymoronic and narcissistic in that it is only about the feeders, the PSC’s are only here to provide taxes. 🙂

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