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Job Creation.

This week, we featured five posts based on the past year's state-level job creation data. Here's a brief recap:

MONDAY: Texas, Michigan's Antithesis.

This post examines how Texas has created more than 100% of net private sector jobs in the United States in the past year. Kind of a big deal.

TUESDAY: Union States & Our Economic Slump.

This post looks at the correlation between strong unionism in a state and poor job growth. Not that surprisingly, states with lots of union members are not the states creating jobs.

WEDNESDAY: Best States For Private Job Growth.

This post examines the top and bottom states for private job creation, as a percentage of jobs (not total number of jobs). Then, it looks at three measures, including union percentage (states adding jobs have a median union percentage 5.5% lower than states losing jobs), National Taxpayers Union scores (states sending fiscally responsible people to Washington also have better job growth), and the Tax Foundation's Tax Freedom score (states growing jobs had lower taxes than states losing jobs).

THURSDAY: State & Local Tax Burden Versus Job Growth.

This post looks specifically at state and local tax burdens relative to job creation. The trend lines show that higher state and local tax burdens correlate with lower job creation-- or even job loss. Lower state and local tax burdens correlate with higher job creation.

FRIDAY: Gas Taxes Do Not Exist In A Vacuum.

This post shows that states with high gas taxes tended to perform poorly in job creation from May 2007 to May 2008. Maybe the gas taxes themselves had a little something to do with this, but it's probably more that exorbitantly high state gas taxes indicate a big government tendency and a willingness to enact all sorts of other counterproductive taxes and regulations.


The American economy is not doing particularly well right now. It's not as fundamentally bad, however, as some people seem to be almost rooting for.

There are some bright spots in the mess. Texas, for example. Texas is a right-to-work state; as a percentage of the workforce, Texas ranks in the top 5 or so lowest union states. Texas has no income tax, and its overall tax burden is in the lowest 5-10 in the nation. Texas has worked for tort reform and medical malpractice reform, which has encouraged growth in the medical sector. Texas has aggressively pursued trade with China and other countries, rather than seeking to erect barriers and isolate itself and live on past glory.

Texas is by no means a free market utopia-- our property taxes are too high, for example, and the new margins tax has not delivered the anticipated relief to homeowners-- but the job numbers over the past year do show that policies matter, and even in a period of slower economic growth, we've got a lot to offer in the global economy if we choose to make ourselves competitive.

Posted by Will Franklin · 27 June 2008 08:05 AM · Comments (1)

Wednesday Caption Contest: Part 150 (FRIDAY EDITION).

This week's WILLisms.com Caption Contest photograph:


The actual caption:

Michelle Obama, facing center, and former New Hampshire Gov. Jeanne Shaheen, right, hold a discussion with New Hampshire women in Manchester, N.H., Thursday June 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Cheryl Senter)

Hmm, yeah, no. There's something way more sensational and controversial happening, worthy of all kinds of insinuating captions.

Entries will remain open until 11:59 PM, Central Standard Time, Tuesday, July 1. Submit your captions in the comments section, or email via WILLisms@gmail.com.

Last Week's Photo:

And... The Winners:

1. elliot:

Chen and Wong were apparently missing something in the translation, when they tried to be like the 'Lakers'.

2. ZsaZsa:

Chen knew he would be in trouble for flooding the playground, but it was oh so worth it when he felt the joy of the dunk...

3. sammy small:

Thanks to global warming, Yuecheng youths re-invent a new form of Chinese water torture.

Captioning: it's one of the top 5000 patriotic things you can do. Enter today!

Posted by Will Franklin · 27 June 2008 07:29 AM · Comments (9)

Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 502 - Gas Taxes Do Not Exist Within A Vacuum.

Lower Tax Burdens Mean Higher Job Growth-

Governments often like to extract money from citizens through vice taxes, sin taxes, and luxury taxes. Alcohol, tobacco, firearms. And yachts. Things like that.

In recent times, with the rise of the Church of Global Warming, gasoline is a vice, a sin, and a luxury.

But, as those of us who like to travel further than our bicycles can take us know, gas is not a luxury. It's a necessity.

When gas is too expensive, people are less productive. They'll buy less stuff. They'll stay closer to home to buy the stuff they will still buy. They'll take fewer and shorter trips. This all might sound like Elysium to some, but for an economy based on fossil-fuel-driven transport of trade and commerce, this is all problematic. While Democrats/media have been crying wolf about "record" gas prices for years, we actually are at record levels this year.

And high gas prices, along with the bursting of the housing bubble, are harming what is an otherwise fundamentally sound economy.

While John McCain's federal gas tax holiday proposal was not well-received in the establishment of Washington, academia, the media, or almost anywhere else, it did-- at the very least-- focus a bit of attention on the fact that gas taxes are a significant portion of the gas we buy.

Some states apply a tax far greater than others on a gallon of gas. California (45.5 cents), for example, charges twice the national state-level median (23.5 cents).

So let's take a peep at the state gas tax in relation to jobs created in the private sector:


Higher gas taxes are not free of negative consequences. They are still a burden on real people. And those real people may respond to that burden by engaging in a bit less commerce.

Of course, much of this relationship is based on the fact that states with high gas taxes tend to have other high taxes, as well. Absurdly high gas taxes indicate that a state has a tendency to intrude into the economy.

To dive into some of this data, click here for an Excel spreadsheet.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Higher Taxes, Worse Economy.

Posted by Will Franklin · 27 June 2008 07:12 AM · Comments (1)

Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 501 - State & Local Tax Burden Versus Job Growth.

Lower Tax Burdens Mean Higher Job Growth-

Today, a closer look at the impact of the state and local tax burden on job creation:


Higher taxes harm economies. Lower taxes encourage growth.

It's not rocket science. It shouldn't be counter-intuitive.

To dive into some of this data, click here for an Excel spreadsheet.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Best States For Job Creation.

Posted by Will Franklin · 26 June 2008 06:56 AM · Comments (2)

Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 500 - Best States For Private Job Growth

Factors Related To Private Job Creation-

Let's look at some median numbers of the top 10 and bottom 10 states in terms of private job creation. This is not total jobs; rather, it's the percentage of private jobs added or lost. Looked at in this way, Wyoming is actually the best state for job growth, with Texas in second place.

Again, these numbers are May '07 to May '08.


Notice that it's mostly "red" states doing best, while it's more mixed in terms of the poorly performing states. Some of the states that tend to go Republican have slumped in private job creation in the past year, because those states (Arizona, Florida, Nevada) are being harmed by the bursting housing bubble. It should be noted that these are numbers only look at one year. Looking at the past ten years, those three states have been job creation powerhouses.

Still, when you aggregate the states, the ten top states in job creation compare favorably to the ten bottom states, in union membership and tax burdens.

For the NTU score, higher is better (see more here). This number is not necessarily indicative of state policy, but it does show that states with poorly-performing economies tend to send people to Washington that enact bad policy, while states with good economies tend to send people to Washington that vote for good policy. This is more than a coincidence. Bad state policy spills over onto all of us. Good state policy does the same.

For the Tax Freedom Day score, it's based on the Tax Foundation's data, and higher is better (better, meaning: lower tax burden).

Policies matter. And policy matters.

High taxes and a labor climate dictated by union bosses is a recipe for stagnation. Lower taxes and a free labor market is how to grow an economy and encourage job growth.

To dive into some of this data, click here for an Excel spreadsheet.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Union States Trail Non-Union States In Job Creation.

Posted by Will Franklin · 25 June 2008 07:57 AM · Comments (0)

Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 499 - Union States & Our Economic Slump.

Union States, Not Surprisingly, Doing More Poorly In Private Job Creation-

Barack Obama has promised the unions a profoundly reactionary agenda if they can get him elected in November. We're talking, let's go back to the 1930s type of an agenda.

He has promised them that he'll end the secret ballot in union elections, with the card check legislation union bosses have been pushing so hard for in recent years. He has promised them that he'll work to essentially nullify the concept of Right To Work states.

Union bosses are declaring that they will spare no expense to get a Democrat in the White House in 2009. Much is at stake for them, as they have seen steady declines in their membership for decades now. The vast majority of new union members are government employees; few new private jobs are union jobs.

Indeed, take a gander at the data. This graph plots job growth or loss from May 2007 to May 2008 against the percentage of people who are in unions. As union membership goes up, job creation goes down:


Looking at just the states that added private jobs in the past year, the median union percentage is 10.6%. Looking at just the states that lost private jobs in the past year, the median union percentage is 15.4%. For the top 15 states in private job creation, the median union percentage is 9.3%, compared to 15.4% for the bottom 15 states.

Labor laws that empower union bosses to run the economy are counterproductive for workers.

To dive into some of this data, click here for an Excel spreadsheet.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Texas Created More Than 100% Of All Private Sector American Jobs In Past Year.

Posted by Will Franklin · 24 June 2008 06:47 AM · Comments (0)

Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 498 - Texas, Michigan's Antithesis.

Texas Responsible For 111.5% Of All Private Job Creation In Last 12 Months-

It has often been asserted in recent years that Michigan is in a "one-state recession," a sad but accurate commentary on the plight of the Mitten State.

In a bizarre display of perennial self-loathing, Michiganders keep electing politicians who actively undermine the state's competitiveness in the world-- and even within the rest of the United States.

Michigan's labor laws: written by big labor bosses to spite small and large business alike. Michigan's taxes: all your base are belong to Granholm. Michigan's weather: sort of pleasant during some of the summer. Hey, but they do have Chauncey Billups.

But we know about Michigan. It's been hashed out, ad nauseum.

Times are changing. While it is still too premature to declare a national recession, the one-state recession has spread to about a dozen states, some of which are seeing more of a fleeting housing-based correction than an actual fundamentals-driven recession.

If Michigan was in a one-state recession during boom times, then you might say that Texas is in a one-state boom during hard times.

Take a look (BLS .pdf):


Over the past year, the American economy has added roughly 448 thousand jobs. 239 thousand of those were in Texas. That means that 53% of all jobs created in the United States were created in Texas.

At the same time, the American economy has added 244 thousand government jobs (making the 448K number look even more pathetic).
Of those 244 thousand government jobs, Texas contributed 12 thousand-- or 5%-- of them.

Meanwhile, the American economy netted 203 thousand private jobs, while Texas netted 226 thousand private jobs. That means that without Texas, the U.S. would have lost 23 thousand net private jobs over the past year.

Now, that's just crazy. Surely jobs were created elsewhere, right?

Yes, there were jobs created here, there, and everywhere. Even in Michigan. But on the net, Texas is one of the few states keeping the American economy afloat.

Only 14 states actually netted job losses over the past year (35 netted job gains; 1 was unchanged). However, 17 states netted private job losses, while 33 netted job gains.

Even if you examine just the states that added net jobs over the past year, throwing out net losers of jobs, Texas accounts for 34% of all jobs created, 8% of government jobs created, and 42% of all private jobs created. Still an incredible series of numbers.

Nationally, including Texas, 55% of all jobs were created by government; in Texas, only 5% of jobs were created by government. Taking away Texas, nationally, 111% (231K out of 208K) of all jobs were created by government. Conversely, Texas is responsible for 112% of all the net private jobs created in the United States over the past year.

This post is not meant as a boast or brag. But it should serve as a wake-up call to much of the rest of the country. Texas is not perfect, but its policies are sound. They attract people. They attract business. They attract capital.

What about oil? Isn't Texas just lucky that it has some oil? Sure, Midland has an unemployment rate of 2.7%. But a closer look at the data tell us that today's Texas is not the irrationally exuberant Texas of the early 1980s.

While some of the jobs in Texas are certainly being created in the energy sector due to the high price of oil, many of the jobs were created in categories like non-government (and likely non-union) construction; trade, transportation, and utilities; financial activities; professional and business services; education and health services (again, non-governmental); and, leisure and hospitality.

Only 16,200 jobs out of 226,400 private jobs (around 7%) created in Texas over the past year have been in "Natural Resources & Mining" (code for the oil business).

While many of the Midwesterners in Congress pander to the most Luddite-filled corners of their districts on trade and China, again, Texas proves that free trade is not to be feared:

Real Texas exports saw a turnaround in the first quarter of 2008, rising 3.9 percent, following a 0.4 percent decline in the previous quarter. Texas exports are up a solid 10.4 percent from year-ago levels.

The first-quarter rise in export growth was broad-based across Texas’ major trading partners. Exports to Mexico, which make up a third of the state’s total, edged up 1.7 percent. Exports to Asia (excluding China), Canada, China and the European Union rose 2.5 percent, 4 percent, 4.2 percent and 4.8 percent, respectively. Exports to Latin America (excluding Mexico) climbed sharply, registering a solid 20.6 percent increase.

You mean that America can still produce things that the rest of the world will buy?


They're just not made in Michigan any longer. They're made in Texas.

At the same time, home prices are continuing to rise in much of Texas at the same slow and steady pace they have been for years, because there never was any sort of crazy price hyperbole (often driven by bad policy) and thus no reason for any painful correction.

Again, this is not meant to rub it in that Texas is doing well. But we should learn some lessons from Texas as we try to fix our national economy. More specifically, Michigan and Rhode Island and New Jersey and other slumping states can learn some lessons from Texas (and Utah and Wyoming and New Hampshire).

The prescription of higher taxes, more spending, creating government jobs, regulating the heck out of everything, letting union bosses run the labor market, and so on, is misplaced.

Texas is doing well for a lot of reasons. Oil is about 7% of it. Being close to Mexico, having good natural seaports and warm weather and so forth, is probably another small portion of it. Really, though, the vast majority of Texas' current success is attributable to its overall tax, business, and regulatory climate.

As we'll point out in another post this week (this post is Part 1 of 5), Texas is not the only state doing well, and there are some clear correlations between low taxes and good economies, even in this slump we're in, nationally.

Stay tuned.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Right To Work Matters.

Posted by Will Franklin · 23 June 2008 08:11 AM · Comments (0)

While We're Retiring Old Featured Posts...

Another retirement. This time, of a post from June of 2005 regarding the New York Times and its erroneous attacks against ExxonMobil. Back in 2005, this was a slightly bigger deal than it is now. Today, there's an erroneous attack against ExxonMobil in the NYT just about every day.

At the time, though, it was a big deal for WILLisms.com, since National Review's online folks picked up my original reporting and ran with it a bit. A blogger always likes getting linked by the sites he reads on a daily basis.

Alas, three years later, it's just time for some fresh featured posts. Thus, we're now featuring a post on how Right To Work states perform better than forced unionization states.

Posted by Will Franklin · 22 June 2008 07:16 PM · Comments (0)

Time To Retire "Hillary Clinton's Presidential Hopes" From The Featured Posts.

Back in June of 2005 (THREE years ago! How time flies.), WILLisms.com featured a post on how Hillary would not win the White House in 2008.

At the time, it got a lot of traffic. It kept getting a decent amount of traffic over the past three years. It probably will continue to get traffic for years to come.

But it's time to retire it and put up a new featured post.

In its place, there is a newer post on how the very existence of unions means higher taxes for everyone.

Posted by Will Franklin · 22 June 2008 06:48 PM · Comments (2)

Wednesday Caption Contest: Part 149.

This week's WILLisms.com Caption Contest photograph:


The actual caption:

Children play on a flooded basketball ground in the township of Yuecheng in Deqing, west of Guangdong province, June 18, 2008. Heavy rain and floods have claimed 169 lives in South China, and the forecast for the north is not bright either, with the government warning of serious flooding in the Yellow River, China Daily reported.


Sad story, but a funny picture.

Entries will remain open until 11:59 PM, Central Standard Time, Tuesday, June 24. Submit your captions in the comments section, or email via WILLisms@gmail.com.

Last Week's Photo:

And... The Winners:

1. Wyatt Earp:

Spectators react after seeing Hilary Clinton's "cankles."

2. "rodney dill":

"Attica! Attica! Attica!"

3. Jim:

I don't know why I'm in here. I'm not a super delegate.

Honorable Mention. (for the really obscure reference to Sliders) Deathlok:

The cast of SLIDERS goes to a dimension where the American People are imprisoned for four years under Hillary Clinton's Presidential rule.

Captioning is the new black. Enter today!

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Posted by Will Franklin · 18 June 2008 04:46 PM · Comments (14)

Wednesday Caption Contest: Part 148.

This week's WILLisms.com Caption Contest photograph:


The actual caption:

Children await the arrival of US Democratic Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton (D-NY) at a campaign rally in Shepherdstown, West Virginia May 7, 2008.

REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

There's a whole new context these days for this one...

Entries will remain open until 11:59 PM, Central Standard Time, Tuesday, June 17. Submit your captions in the comments section, or email via WILLisms@gmail.com.

Last Week's Photo:

And... The Winners:

1. rodney dill:


2. elliot:

Everyone told Hillary that she just won the democratic nomination, she was ecstatic, until Ashton Kusher jumped out and said "You've just been punked"

3. Wyatt Earp:

An irate voter gets behind Hillary and finally does to her what politicians have been doing to us for years.

Captioning is why God invented Hillary Clinton. Enter today! And try out the PhotoCrank while you're at it.

Posted by Will Franklin · 11 June 2008 06:41 AM · Comments (7)

Political Strategery From John McCain Campaign.

Rarely is anything on an official campaign website worth linking to, but check out this Strategy Briefing video on the John McCain website. It's about 14 minutes long, but it explains why-- despite what you may be seeing on CNN-- we Republicans shouldn't sink into despair over the 2008 election.

Posted by Will Franklin · 9 June 2008 04:10 PM · Comments (1)

Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 497 - Right To Work States Perform Better Than Forced Unionization States.

Policies Matter-

The Bureau of Economic Analysis last week released economic growth numbers, on a state-by-state basis, for 2007. Some familiar patterns emerge, with a few outliers, as usual.

The general rule of thumb: Pro-growth states produce more growth. Pro-government states produce less growth. Pretty obvious stuff.

I decided to drill down a bit more, though.

I wondered what impact labor laws have on growth, so I looked at the total state economic growth (Gross State Product, or GSP), and compared it with whether a state is a Right To Work state or a Forced Unionization state.

Some fairly intuitive results (although this may shatter a left-winger's understanding of this subject):


From 2004-2007, no Right To Work state grew less than 5.1%, while fifteen Forced Unionization state grew below that level.

Meanwhile, while America's GDP growth from 2004-2007 by 8.4%, Right To Work states grew by 10% on average, while Forced Unionization states grew by only 6.2% on average. The median Right To Work growth rate was 9.2%, compared to the median Forced Unionization rate of 4.9% (the national median for all states was 7.3%).

Clearly, John Edwards was onto something back in 2003/2004 when he said there were Two Americas. Since that time, there is a pretty clear bifurcation of economic results, along labor law lines.

Unfortunately, as a friend and champion of union bosses, one of Edwards' more prominent prescriptions for the alleged Two Americas problem was to make all of us more like the Forced Unionization states.

That idea might reduce inequality, all right. It might very well eliminate the Two Americas. If John Edwards (or, for that matter, Barack Obama) had his way, we'd all have slower growth. But, hey, it would be fairer.

While not all Republicans at the state level are pro-growth, and not all Democrats are pro-regulation/pro-labor/pro-government, the trends generally follow the red/blue states we've come to know and love in recent years.

Clearly, letting labor union bosses write labor laws in a state retards economic growth. Why this bit of "duh" is so counterintuitive to some people is baffling to me.

If you'd like to check out the Microsoft Excel file with this data, you can look at the raw data (.xls) at the BEA site, or you can download the file I created here: (Excel Spreadsheet).


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Regulation & Entrepreneurialism.

Posted by Will Franklin · 9 June 2008 12:25 PM · Comments (3)

Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 496 - Regulation Stifles Entrepreneurialism.


Kevin Hassett, with some data:

The chart demonstrates a strong relationship between entrepreneurship and regulation. This suggests that U.S. economic success is largely attributable to a relatively favorable regulatory climate. Entrepreneurs have succeeded in the U.S. because government has historically stayed out of the way.

Read the whole thing. It's very short and very interesting.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: Media Bias.

Posted by Will Franklin · 5 June 2008 08:59 PM · Comments (1)

Wednesday Caption Contest: Part 147.

This week's WILLisms.com Caption Contest photograph:


The actual caption:

Relaxed: Hillary Clinton could be about to exit the race to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee

There's so much to work with, here...

I also want to officially introduce a new feature on our weekly Caption Contests. It's called PhotoCrank. You can add all sorts of hilarious captions and image layers and things directly onto the photo. Give it a try. It's incredibly easy, and you can create captions that are incredibly hilarious.

Entries will remain open until 11:59 PM, Central Standard Time, Tuesday, June 10. Submit your captions in the comments section, or email via WILLisms@gmail.com.

Last Week's Photo:

And... The Winners:

1. elliot:

Bush yells: Cadet, how did you hurt yourself, during training practice?

Cadet responds: "No sir, went hunting with Cheney"

2. Wyatt Earp:

Love lift us up where we belong . . . "

3. Michael:

In order to increase the amounts of recruits, George W. Bush lifted the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy.

Captioning is good and good for you. Enter today! And try out the PhotoCrank while you're at it.


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Posted by Will Franklin · 4 June 2008 07:41 AM · Comments (19)

Trivia Tidbit Of The Day: Part 495 - Media Bias.

Even With Rev. Wright Included, Obama Still Media Darling-

Yesterday, I was on the road listening to XM's POTUS '08 channel, and the Washington Post's "Post Politics" podcast came on. One of the topics was a hit piece on John McCain, for being too close to-- of all groups-- Citizens Against Government Waste.

Apparently, because Citizens Against Government Waste, one of the premier government spending watchdog groups in the country, has some admiration for and peripheral associations with John McCain, there is some sort of impropriety.

This is Citizens Against Government Waste we're talking about, here. They're not working for any special favors or earmarks or pork or subsidies. They are working to clean up the system. To cut spending. To end pork.

And, yet, the podcast made the McCain/CAGW relationship sound like some sort of sinister big-money conspiracy to thwart and violate campaign laws in some evil web of corruption.

The Post reporter rhetorically asked why they care about Citizens Against Government Waste, then answered himself (.mp3):

"We care, because it turns out that they have a very close relationship, in some respects, to Senator McCain."

A close relationship!? The horror.

Then comes the supporting evidence:

-McCain shared a cell in Vietnam with a CAGW Board Member.
-CAGW has made campaign donations to McCain.
-CAGW gas called McCain a "taxpayer hero."

Then, to bring it further back to the realm of sinister, the reporter declares:

"They accept money from people whose message they are promoting."

They were too busy fawning over Barack Obama to even go into the details, but they did direct the listener to their story on the subject.

In the article, there are totally unsubstantiated and irrelevant references to Jack Abramoff and a scary-sounding Senate investigation.

Pretty weak attack, really.

Although the article and podcast are framed in an incredibly negative light, it actually reinforces my notion that:

John McCain is credible on spending.

For many people, unfortunately, it's just a hit piece, and it'll probably be filed away in the brain somewhere for later. It's just something that will make them think twice about supporting the Republican. The story is clearly part of a media narrative designed to plant a seed of doubt about John McCain's integrity.

Interestingly, the left-leaning Project for Excellence in Journalism examined media coverage of Obama, Clinton, and McCain, and found that, unsurprisingly, Obama was the media darling, followed closely by Mrs. Clinton, with Senator McCain far behind:


These numbers include all of the "bitter" and "clinging to guns and religion" hubbub, plus the Jeremiah Wright kerfuffle. And Obama's STILL getting the most positive press of any candidate.

Even with Obama quitting his church, there's very little way this will not be very relevant in the general election. I tend to believe that there are plenty more gaffes to come, from Michelle Obama, from Obama's associates, and maybe even from Obama himself. The media has covered for this guy's insane buddies and mentors, his out-of-the-mainstream left-wing record, and his politics-as-usual approach, really since his speech at the Democratic National Convention in 2004. They'll probably keep covering for him until November and beyond.

That's why-- as Republicans-- we've got to work even harder to get our message out. The collective establishment media, in this generation, will never be fair to Republicans. We've got to, therefore, continue to nurture our own media and speak directly to America about the conservative ideas they naturally tend to support.


Previous Trivia Tidbit: People Flee Liberal Policies.

Posted by Will Franklin · 3 June 2008 12:52 PM · Comments (2)