More Proof that Texans Are Smarter Than Their Gov.
My friend Marty (a Texan) keeps pointing out to me that Rick “Governor Goodhair” Perry won reelection with only 30% 39% of the vote. I’m not sure how one does that, but I’m glad that 70 61% of Texans voted against him. Also, the Texas Legislature overruled him to accept all of the stimulus money, including $550 million to keep their unemployment insurance fund from going bankrupt–the part that Perry wanted to turn down. I think this is what Perry was calling “intrusive,” the fact that the federal funds came with strings. No kidding. So do bank loans. So do academic scholarships. Almost ALL money “comes with strings” and beggars can’t be choosers and, guess what, the states are BROKE!
Also a new Rasmussen poll (and Rasmussen skews conservative–or did so in the last election cycle anyway) shows that 75% of Texans definitely want to remain Americans and of the remaining quarter, more are “unsure” than definitely want to secede. (I think if TX newspapers spelled out some of the consequences of secession that I listed here, the number wanting to secede would probably dwindle to less than 1% VERY quickly.)
But now here’s even more proof that Texans are smarter than their governor: The Texas House just voted to cut the operating expenses of Perry’s office ($24 million per annum) by 96% and use that money to help the mentally ill. I like those priorities–although much more talk of secession and “state sovereignty” and Perry just might count as PART of the mentally ill! 🙂 Here’s hoping the Texas Senate follows suit. I wonder how good a reelection move it would be to veto such a shift of funds, saying, in effect: “I’m far more important than getting good treatment for the mentally ill!”
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