Michael Barone has a column on the Texas Boom, pointing out that "in the ten years between April 2001 and April 2011," Texas gained 732,800 private sector jobs, while the nation overall lost 2 million. More: "In 1970 New York had 18 million people. In 2010 New York had 19 million people. In 1970 Texas had 11 million people. In 2010 Texas had 25 million people. Don't tell me public policy doesn't account for much of the difference." If Rick Perry runs for president, these are the sort of numbers we'll all be hearing a lot more of.