I can't help that you can't comprehend that along with adding in Texas' employment figures is also Texas' workforce figures. How on Earth does the unemployment rate which increases 17% benefit from Texas' increase of 31%?
unemployment rate since January, 2009:
U.S.: 7.8% to 9.1% ... Up 1.3 percentage points.
Texas: 6.4% to 8.4% ... Up 2.0 percentage points.
Like you said, results matter. When it comes to unemployment, Obama has done better then Perry over the same period in time.
Can Obama count on your vote now??
With just rent, food, basic utilities, transportation, and phone, things that are considered essential to being able to actually live and work, a person spends $13,180. This doesn't even include any basic toiletry items (tooth brush, toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper, soap), nor does it include any money for clothes or shoes or other things that people usually need to buy sometime throughout the year. Also, a single person will pay about 15% of their yearly to federal taxes. This means a single person making $8 an hour really only brings home about $14,110 a year and I have shown that in TX they would spend at least $13,180 just for essential expenses. That leaves less than $900 a year just for those additional things I mentioned if they are living above minimum wage and don't have a car. If they do happen to be trying to support a family on minimum wage or just above, which some are, those numbers, at least for food and utilities go up, plus more of those things that I touched on.
Even at $10 an hour, it would be difficult to take care of a family on $20,800 a year, which is what many have to do. And when you have gone from a higher paying job, where maybe you were making $50K to $60K a year to a lower paying job where now you are making $20K to $25K a year, that is a big difference and not something that everyone can plan for, even if they were able to get that job before the bulk of any savings they may have had ran out.
"A woman is like a teabag, you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water." - Eleanor Roosevelt
Keep your religion out of other people's marriages.