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Governor Perry poked the eye of Governor Jerry Brown eye today, thanks to the Toyota Motor Company. Toyota announced it was moving its U.S Headquarters from Torrance to Plano, Texas a north Dallas suburb. A 40 million dollar tax incentive enabled Perry to swindle some 4000 jobs from three other states -- with Toyota's Torrance California Campus taking the biggest hit of 2000 jobs. Link.

Check beyond the squiggly for more. And this bullshit really stoked my ire:

The move is a win for Perry’s campaign to lure California companies and a blow to the Golden State, the biggest U.S. auto market and proponent of the strictest clean-air rules. Toyota’s Prius hybrid has been California’s top-selling model for the past two years and helped secure a leading 22 percent market share. Perry has made repeated visits to California to entice businesses to his state with promises of lower taxes and easier regulations.

So, let me get this straight, Mr. Toyota. You've decided to say "F You"  to the state where you currently enjoy a 22 percent market share. Wow. Who was the bright guy that came up with that brilliant idea? I assume you conducted a risk analysis on this plan. I can't imagine all of your senior leaders wanting to move from SOCAL to the beautiful desert called North Texas with its constantly blowing hot wind created by the weather and Texans.

And why would you aide and abet this crook of a governor by accepting his deal? He represents everything wrong about job growth in this country today. He has no fucking clue how to create jobs. He raids other states to find them -- a modern day Quantrill I'd say. He then characterizes it as job growth, a bald face lie. Growth in Texas perhaps. But only at the expense of another state. Consequently many other states follow his model, but to a greater extreme -- Wisconsin, Kansas and Oklahoma are three good examples. Keep it up and at some point we'll reach a time where high unemployment results in fewer Toyotas leaving the lot.

You're allowing the raider to steal some 2000 jobs from a state where you currently have a 22 percent market share. These are not sound business practices, Mr. Toyota. You should be ashamed for your part in this. It serves you right if your sales in California tank. Maybe you can make up the loss in market share by selling more Prius in the Dallas Fort Worth area. Yeah, like that's going to happen. Hell, they don't like much of anything around here that gets more than 14 MPG. There goes your entire line.

Finally, what is it with Toyota and its so-called southern strategy? I would have thought you would have known a southern strategy is not the wisest of strategic approaches. Just take a look at what the southern strategy has meant to the Republican Party. It resulted in a takeover by spoiled, self-centered, selfish asshats who call themselves the Tea Party, and who are generally less than stellar when it comes to smarts. Two good examples are Sarah Palin and that nut job governor from Texas, Rick...uh, wait a sec. Yeah, the snake oil salesman that duped you.

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  •  Do they think that the good ole boys (9+ / 0-)

    will trade their pickups for a Prius?  

    Not a chance - a Prius is fuel efficient which we all know is unAmerican and beyond that, there isn't a good spot for the gun rack in a Prius.

    It would be very interesting to revisit Toyota's market share in California in a year or so....

    I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

    by Wayward Wind on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:09:40 PM PDT

    •  Doesn't matter who buys what where. Toyota is (8+ / 0-)

      getting lower taxes and less regulations. Their market is not just the state they're in. They market to the entire US.

      Current employees who move with company will have no state income tax to pay and housing in this metro area of Dallas are much lower than CA. Nice 3 bedroom house can be had to $175 to $200,000. If they live in the burbs, they'll have pretty good schools for their kids.

      As I've said elsewhere on dKos, Perry has struck again. Grrrrrrrrr!

      It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

      by auapplemac on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:18:06 PM PDT

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      •  North Texas (aka Baja Oklahoma) has more (4+ / 0-)

        tornadoes than SoCal, but fewer (if we stop fracking soon) earthquakes.

        Meanwhile Toyota, like any other corporation, is in business to make money. They may be able to do more of that here than there.

        If we in Texas are smart, we'll support the UAW and try to get VW to come here too.

        LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

        by BlackSheep1 on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:37:57 PM PDT

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        •  Ouch! (3+ / 0-)
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          Baja Oklahoma
          As far as I'm concerned anything above 30°N is "Baja Oklahoma".

          I don't get the UAW/VW reference though.
          Toyota built a huge plant on the Southside of San Antonio (builds their big pickup truck, Tundra?) with a lot of help from many Democratic pols (and Repukes too), and as far as I know it is 100% union-free.

          "The church of life is not in a building, it is the open sky, the surrounding ocean, the beautiful soil"...George Helm, 1/1977

          by Bluefin on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 10:37:39 PM PDT

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      •  Time will tell (2+ / 0-)
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        but there's a reason that there's not a lot of design in Plano now.

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 12:02:58 AM PDT

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      •  Perhaps the employees might not want it (4+ / 0-)
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        Current employees who move with company will have no state income tax to pay and housing in this metro area of Dallas are much lower than CA. Nice 3 bedroom house can be had to $175 to $200,000. If they live in the burbs, they'll have pretty good schools for their kids.
        Kids already in school in California, already own a house social networks in place, perhaps extended family nearby, and a general culture not dominated by conservatives, some of whom are extreme, now having their lives turned upside down by the pursuit of the almighty dollar.

        Reverse the situation - if you were told tomorrow that your company was moving to California, how would you react?

        I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

        by Wayward Wind on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:32:18 AM PDT

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        •  That's what I was thinking too (3+ / 0-)
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          The quality of life in California vs. Dallas, Texas? No contest.
          I think their biggest problem is going to be finding a pool of qualified employees to work their lines.  

          Your beliefs don't make you a better person. Your behavior does.

          by skohayes on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 04:11:37 AM PDT

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        •  I believe one of the companies that recently moved (0+ / 0-)

          to either Texas or another southern state had 40% of employees move with company.

          It's nice to be settled in a community, but without a job all that could eventually be lost.

          It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

          by auapplemac on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 09:55:53 AM PDT

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          •  I have no doubt (1+ / 0-)
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            that many of the employees will move with the company, given today's job market; my problem lies in the fact that the governor of Texas is using millions of tax dollars to poach established companies from other states, instead of focusing creating new jobs, so the folks now living in California aren't faced with having to make such dire decisions.

            I am a warrior for peace. And not a gentle man... Steve Mason, 1940-2005

            by Wayward Wind on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 10:04:45 AM PDT

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            •  You're right. Perry is proud of his poaching. It (0+ / 0-)

              does profit TX in the long run when prestigious companies move here.

              When the rust belt contagion hit in the 80s and many people from the Northeast and Upper Midwest moved to TX for jobs many thought it would bend the conservative nature of the state. It never happened. While the state has modified ever so slightly, it's still a very conservative mindset.

              Seems that the people who moved here became more conservative then they were in the home states.

              It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

              by auapplemac on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 12:07:46 PM PDT

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      •  Yes, but then you'd have a nice house (0+ / 0-)

        in Texas.....

        If the pilot's good, see, I mean if he's reeeally sharp, he can barrel that baby in so low... oh you oughta see it sometime. It's a sight. A big plane like a '52... varrrooom! Its jet exhaust... frying chickens in the barnyard!

        by Major Kong on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 05:09:48 AM PDT

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    •  Toyota's making inroads on the F150 here in (2+ / 0-)
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      Texas -- they're built in San Antonio, those redesigned Tundras.

      Damn nice trucks.

      If I had about 40 grand to blow, I'd look at one. Hard.

      LBJ, Van Cliburn, Ike, Wendy Davis, Lady Bird, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan, Molly Ivins, Sully Sullenburger, Drew Brees: Texas is NO Bush League!

      by BlackSheep1 on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:35:16 PM PDT

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  •  Houston Chronicle says it's 5000+ jobs being (2+ / 0-)
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    lost in Torrance CA.

    That has really got to hurt Torrance.

    http://www.chron.com/...

    It’s the Supreme Court, stupid! Followed by: It's always the Supreme Court! Progressives will win only when we convince a majority that they, too, are Progressive.

    by auapplemac on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:11:55 PM PDT

  •  Who would want to live in Plano? (11+ / 0-)

    I mean . . . really? Those people never go outside. In Torrance, there's a beach.

    "Societies strain harder and harder to sustain the decadent opulence of the ruling class, even as it destroys the foundations of productivity and wealth." — Chris Hedges

    by Crider on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:16:53 PM PDT

    •  Republican outer Party who wannabe (0+ / 0-)

      inner Party.  And Tea Partiers.

      "Woe to those who make unjust laws,
    to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights
    and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, 
making widows their prey
    and robbing the fatherless."

      by Snarky McAngus on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 07:57:35 AM PDT

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  •  Did you hear Jerry's comment about the move? (7+ / 0-)

    it ended with   "…well, you get what you pay for…"

    Amen.  I wonder if Calif can return the favor and levy a special tax on every freakin' Toyota sold in California. Wouldn't that be nice.

  •  they'll lose big on this (1+ / 0-)
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    in fact, they just might reverse it. Nobody in CA will buy a Toyota, DUH.

    This Rover crossed over.. Willie Nelson, written by Dorothy Fields

    by Karl Rover on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:35:18 PM PDT

    •  Karl - I don't think this move will have any (6+ / 0-)

      impact on Toyota sales in California. Few car buyers will even know or remember how many jobs Toyota has in CA versus TX.

      "let's talk about that"

      by VClib on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:51:25 PM PDT

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      •  I think it won't matter from an image (5+ / 0-)

        perspective, but I think it will probably matter from a productivity and job output perspective.

        Are they working with people in Japan? There's another two hours of time difference now.

        The engineering is staying in California I understand. That's probably a good idea... Plano is not known as a hotbed of innovative consumer design. But now that means your marketing and finance people will never meet your engineers or speak to them on any informal occasion. What could go wrong?

        Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

        by elfling on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 12:06:57 AM PDT

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  •  I would rec your diary except for this: (1+ / 0-)
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    constantly blowing hot wind created by the weather and Texans
    Everybody that drives a car, flies on a plane or turns on a computer, or eats food in America has participated in global warming.
    Stop with the bigotry. Just stop.

    You can't make this stuff up.

    by David54 on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 08:46:06 PM PDT

    •  I don't think the diarist was referring to global (0+ / 0-)

      warming.

      I think the diarist is referring to the g enuine hot wind as well as the figurative political heat in Texas.

      Please forgive me for my ignorance, but what bigotry are you referring to?

    •  Global warming was nowhere on my mind (0+ / 0-)

      when I wrote the diary. My intent was figuratively speaking, as joeschmeaux mentions below. Strictly a pun. No bigotry intended, either. The remark was based on my observations after relocating to the DFW area in 2010. I'll consider the use of the qualifiers you suggest below next time.

      Thanks for the comments.

      Can I get a Grey Goose on the rocks over here?!

      by G Contractor on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 08:44:25 AM PDT

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  •  I live in the SF bay area, just north of the heart (6+ / 0-)

    of Silicon Valley. Texas does a fair amount of advertising here to encourage executives to think about Texas as a place to expand or re-locate. Texas is a very business friendly state, with significantly lower costs to operate than CA. As someone who works with startups I see them moving manufacturing to other states or offshore rather than CA because of environmental and operating costs. The headquarters and R&D stay here, but once they move past pilot scale production, the scale up is rarely in CA. California is a very difficult, and expensive, place to be a manufacturer.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:07:43 PM PDT

    •  My BIL has had a very sucessful mid-sized (2+ / 0-)
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      technical manufacturing company (privately-held) for five or six decades in SoCal. Its products present in ships, aircraft, missiles, spacecraft, and probably Prius's too (Priusii?).
      Of course, it is primarily defense related, and has used a largely (illegal) Hispanic production workforce, two major competitive advantages vis a vis other sectors and states.

      "The church of life is not in a building, it is the open sky, the surrounding ocean, the beautiful soil"...George Helm, 1/1977

      by Bluefin on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 11:04:34 PM PDT

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  •  Texas has their "franchise tax" (8+ / 0-)

    which is a gross receipts tax according to the Tax Foundation. This tax can become horrendous to a large, spread out company--like Toyota.

    The Texans brag that they will fix this problem. Toyota executives apparently believe Gov. Perry.

    If the franchise tax continues, Toyota has effectively shot the company in its own pocketbook.

    Toyota Corp. has great difficulty in retaining non-Japanese executives and managers at its world headquarters because the city of Toyota lacks most of the amenities expected by upper echelon, well paid employees. Tokyo is about 330 km (200 miles) away and there are no high speed trains out to the hick sticks.

    Plano has been rated as one of the most livable cities in the US by Forbes and CNN Money. The large number of corporate headquarters located in Plano results in one of the highest income levels for US cities.

    I think Akio Toyoda and his executive team have made a foolish mistake and will regret this decision for decades.

    We're all just working for Pharaoh.

    by whl on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:09:09 PM PDT

  •  Will the average Californian (5+ / 0-)
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    Know about this?  I think Jerry Brown should put up billboards on every highway letting them know that Toyata has pulled out of Ca in favor of Texas.

    Additionally, I want to know how the executives are going to feel when they realize that their wives and daughters can't get their healthcare, their member of Congress is a Teabagger who thinks the current President was born in another country and they want to have a revolution to form their own country.  Additionally, wait until they find out what a racist Perry is after they visit his ranch and see that nice big rock with that horrible message on it.

    Never be afraid to voice your opinion and fight for it . Corporations aren't people, they're Republicans (Rev Al Sharpton 10/7/2011) Voting is a louder voice than a bullhorn but sometimes you need that bullhorn to retain your vote.

    by Rosalie907 on Mon Apr 28, 2014 at 09:26:50 PM PDT

    •  Rep. Sam Johnson, TX-3 (0+ / 0-)

      http://samjohnson.house.gov

      "If you are here legally, you ought to be rewarded. If you are here illegally, you ought to be deported." Congressman Sam Johnson
      .

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 02:00:56 AM PDT

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  •  Perry excels at spreading the green mail (0+ / 0-)

    Californian is also the leading market for hybrid sales. In addition to being an important revenue center California is a internationally known hub for auto design and manufacturing. Toyota is taking the Texas bribe. Nothing more, nothing less.

  •  Articles are spin (1+ / 0-)
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    The company was relocating based on a strategy of centralizing various units in a central location and not Perry "luring" them to Texas.  

    •  I do think they would have moved anyway (0+ / 0-)

      so if Perry gave them $40 mil for something they would have done anyway, who looks more foolish? Plano is also going to sweeten the deal with tax incentives.  They are building more vehicles in Texas, that's why they moved.

      It also seems that these jobs are in marketing or finance that (like many other jobs) can be done anywhere and easily shifted or eliminated when need be.  Texas is a right to work state, don't know if CA is.  If you have a good paying job, Texas is a decent place to be (no state income tax is nice while you have an income), but as soon as you lose it, there is not much of a safety net for you.

  •  What Texans don't know (0+ / 0-)

    The good paying jobs that do come there will be filled by bodies who will be transferred from CA leaving Texans with the $8.25 jobs cleaning the toilets.  We see this in FL all the time.  It truly is a race to the bottom for everybody.

    •  Why, oh why do people lump "Texans" in (0+ / 0-)

      with Governor Goodhair?  He's a crook and a liar whose tenure as been marked with rule breaking/bending/amending, cronyism, redistricting, school board packing, Medicare denying, and general asshattery.  

      Did everybody in California agree with Governor Ahnold?

      "Woe to those who make unjust laws,
    to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights
    and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, 
making widows their prey
    and robbing the fatherless."

      by Snarky McAngus on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 08:04:51 AM PDT

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  •  Why the rage? It's all about the $, and the ... (1+ / 0-)
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    Japanese are no newbies" to the game of international business, and profit and loss columns.

    Remember, the US is comprised of 50 states so think of them as 50 competitors for the companies that are the current employers in your "neighborhood".  They can move to any other place that gives them a better deal, and that means within the US as well.  Competition isn't just from outside countries anymore, and hasn't been for years.

    “My soul is from elsewhere, I'm sure of that, and I intend to end up there." - Rumi

    by LamontCranston on Tue Apr 29, 2014 at 07:36:08 AM PDT

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