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So even if California and other states were to stop driving so many entrepreneurs away, Texas, thanks to its pro-growth policies, would still enjoy a booming economy. The only difference would be that a larger proportion of jobs likely would be created by aspiring entrepreneurs already living in Texas.

In a way, Mr. Krugman and Mr. Cohen are right: There’s nothing really miraculous about what Mr. Perry did in Texas. All he did was take the basic economic principles - like getting government out of the way of entrepreneurs - that have worked for centuries and apply them to his state.

As Paul Krugman would say: “Well, duh.”

Andy Matthews is vice president at the Nevada Policy Research Institute.