Monday, July 27, 2009

While Demagoguing Health Care And Jobless Benefits, Governor Goodhair Lives Large Off Taxpayers

By Manifesto Joe

I would like to know what a man who lives in a house that rents for $9,900 a month, and has his every whim taken care of by chefs, stewards and housekeepers to the tune of $168,000 a year, knows about the travails of working people.

Rick "Governor Goodhair" Perry of Texas seems to think he knows enough about the subject, since he is refusing $555 million worth of federal unemployment aid. And he says he would invoke something about states' rights in the 10th Amendment to the Constitution to keep any Obama-spawned national health care plan out of Texas.

Let's go back to the lead paragraph. This money is coming from the taxpayers of this state, even as Governor Goodhair rails against the wicked largess of the federal government.

The Houston Chronicle has run a couple of insightful pieces about the propensity of the longest-serving Texas governor (who started out as an ordinary West Texas farm boy) to live very high on the hog.

Here's a link to a March commentary, and here's another link to a report published just the other day.

In addition to this brazen hypocrisy and demagoguery, there's the matter of his response to swine flu. Perry solicited federal help to avert a pandemic, right after he all but advocated Texas secession. He taketh and does not giveth when it comes to questions of ordinary Texans' day-to-day survival. But, understand that a flu pandemic wouldn't exempt Governor Goodhair's superrich friends, or even him. That federal loot certainly comes in handy during times like that.

It's a long way to go until the Texas Republican Primary in 2010, so I expect plenty more hayseed grandstanding from Perry in the meantime. Stay tuned.

Manifesto Joe Is An Underground Writer Living In Texas.


Jack Jodell said...

This guy is a blowhard and an out and out hypocrite with no sense of what his citizens need and no conception of the value of a dollar bill. Your humble background and superior education have provided you with superb insight, broad vision, and a great deal of common sense and compassion, Manifesto Joe. YOU should be sitting in that governor's mansion instead of that idiot S.O.B. Perry! Perry himself should secede from his state AND nation and do everyone a big favor.

Marc McDonald said...

Interesting tidbit from Think Progress:

"A few bloggers have noted that Tom DeLay went on a strange neo-secessionist binge on Hardball with Chris Matthews. This segment of the interview in which he lays out his substantive rationale has gotten less attention. But DeLay’s conceit is that Texas is a “wealthy state” because of its right-wing business-friendly policies, a situation that he specifically contrasts with the environment in California, New York, and New Jersey which have allegedly impoverished themselves with high taxes and overregulation:

One problem here is that Texas isn’t a wealthy state. Its median household income of $47,548 made it 28th in the country. Below average, in other words. New Jersey is second, California is eighth, and New York is nineteenth. Indeed, of the top ten states in per capita income nine are “blue” states."

Jack Jodell said...

DeLay is one of the worst neocons and I would never trust a single word he uttered.