As we all know back in March Perry rejected $555 million in federal stimulus funds which would have helped struggling unemployed Texans by expanding unemployment benefits. Perry’s argument was that accepting the money would burden Texans with “higher taxes and expanded obligations” In April, at the Republican/FoxNews fronted Tea Parties Perry even boasted that Texas may have to leave the Union. See our earlier post. Now we hear that Perry was forced to ask the federal government a loan of $170 million because Texas doesn’t have the funds to cover unemployment insurance. Furthermore, Perry is expected to have to request a total of around $650 million, around $100 million more than Perry originally rejected. Now the important part of this is the stimulus was a grant. Grant = don’t repay. Perry is doing exactly what he so vehemently cried against at the Tea Party. Texas needs to secede because the federal government is saddling us with Taxes we can’t afford. So Texas now has to borrow, take out a loan of over half a billion dollars. Texans who supported and those that don’t will be saddled with unnecessary Taxes to repay his political grandstanding.
Now Perry is saying the same thing about the Health Care Reform issue. “It really is a state issue, and if there was ever an argument for the 10th Amendment and for letting the states find a solution to their problems, this may be at the top of the class, Perry said. ‘A government-run health care system is financially unstable. It’s not the solution.” Perry then went on to opine “I can’t imagine that anyone from Texas who cares about this state would vote for Obama Care. I don’t care whether you’re Democrat or Republican. Then to warn Texans in Congress “This may sound a little bit harsh, but they might ought to consider representing some other state because they’re sure not representing Texas.”
Texas’ middle class and working poor were run into the ground in the Bush Govenorship. Now under Perry they have been ground into it by the corporate lobbyist money loving Republican elite. The Govenor loves to put it as not a Democrat or Republican issue but all you have to do is take a quick glance and see how far the State has been set back under the Republican leaderships tenure of currying favor to business.
Texas ranks in the near the bottom of all social statistics thanks to the past two Republican Administrations. The national rate of uninsured Americans is about 15.5%. In Texas is 25%. Teachers pay ranks 45th or 46th worse in the nation. We have to borrow and repay what we could have got for free. And these are the people who are going to save us from the federalists by seceding.
We Texans need to open ours eyes, quit being sheep and take the lead and pull Texas up by it’s bootstaps to the Prominence we once enjoyed. If not we will continue to be the laughing stock of the nation.