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Oh snap. So now our Washington D.C. hating Governor wants to move tout de suite to the place that he loves to loathe?  

Apparently Rick Perry hates Washington so much that he cannot wait to get there.

But wait.

Apparently Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera believes Rick Perry's comments about secession are so unbelievably treasonous that the Governor of the once great state of Texas should be impeached.

Cross posted on Texas Kaos and The Burnt Orange Report.

Of course Rick Perry has not been impeached. This is Texas, after all.  The esteemed Governor won yet another term in office.

Texas Republicans obviously have a very high threshold for third world statehood in which low taxes, small government and a budget based on smoke and mirrors prevails.  The Texas GOP also demonstrates a high tolerance for narcissistic and integrity-free lawmakers who bring more than a tad of hurt and suffering to them, their families and their pocket books.  But to be fair Texas has more than its fair share of right wing extremists and crackpots that include white supremacists, secessionists, xenophobes and racists, most of whom voted for Rick Perry.  The Governor relied heavily on this base in order to get re-elected.

Third world Rick.  

There is a reason why Rick the Rooster and his Texas GOP want to keep Texas schools at the bottom of the national pile. And there is a rationale for why the Governor supports the anti-intellectual and anti-science Christian Taliban zealots that run the State Board of Education.

Is Rick Perry pandering? Pandering is precisely what crowing roosters like slick Rick do.  As Texas progressive writer and friend of the revered late Molly Ivins Harold Cook duly noted, voters outside of the state may recoil from a sinking sense of deja vu when they see the swaggering rooster Rick on the campaign trail.

The problem for Perry, in the blinding light of the national stage, is that he may ultimately be seen as the swaggering rooster who believes the sun came up because of all that crowing.

The fairy tale surrounding the Texas economy.

Rick Perry has achieved an A+ with his skillful smoke and mirrors budgetary footprint.

However, if one were to fan away the smoke and remove the distorted carnival mirrors it becomes glaringly clear that Texas has a huge revenue problem that Rick Perry failed to acknowledge when he ran for reelection.

What about the budget? The truth is that the Texas state government has relied for years on smoke and mirrors to create the illusion of sound finances in the face of a serious “structural” budget deficit — that is, a deficit that persists even when the economy is doing well. When the recession struck, hitting revenue in Texas just as it did everywhere else, that illusion was bound to collapse.

The illusion collapsed all right. The latest legislative session in Austin has revealed that the so called Texas miracle is in fact a myth.  

According to state Senator Kirk Watson this what happened:

For 140 days, Texas' budget writers leaned on the glue and duct tape of gimmickry and denial, trying to patch up the state's rickety budget and school finance system.

Those in control of the Legislature waited until the last minute to finish their project. And as some of our state's seventh-grade teachers could have warned them, they didn't get it done in time. So now they're back in a special legislative session, trying to keep schools across Texas from shutting down next fall.

But let's be clear: The proposals now before the Legislature don't adequately fund our schools. Any theoretical good was undone by a stubborn refusal to put the priorities of Texas first - or keep the state's promise to fund Texas schools and our children's future.

The legislation attempts to hide a failure that dates back to 2006, when those in control cynically promised Texans a tax cut but refused to do the harder work of cutting spending or replacing the lost revenue. It opened a multibillion-dollar hole in the state's finances - one that we'd all have fallen into two years ago without billions of dollars in federal stimulus money.

But that bailout is long gone, and the state's about $4 billion short of what schools need to cope with more students and escalating costs. It's the first time in known state history that Texas hasn't paid for enrollment growth.

Who would have thought?  Rick Perry shorted his personal donations to his church coffers.

Sound familiar?

Another Republican made fairy tale.

Job growth in Texas.

Rick Perry is also the master of fuzzy math manipulation on the the number of jobs he has brought to Texas.

Giving a wink and nod to benefits free, slave wages jobs to an illegal work force, all of whose employers most likely contribute liberally to Rooster Perry's campaign coffers, do not count as sustainable jobs in Texas.  

Does one remember the heyday of the W. years when the culture of corruption pervaded the U.S. Congress thanks to the revolving door between lobbyists and lawmakers?  Well, folks, that culture of corruption is the accepted practice du jour right here in Rooster Perry's Texas.

But Perry will come under scrutiny for the massive, largely unsupervised funds that he has used to lure businesses to Texas. Various investigations have shown that these funds have moved millions of dollars to Perry donors and to companies associated with individuals nominated by Perry to run the funds. At the same time, the companies subsidized by the funds have shown only modest success in creating jobs.

Pay to play politics.

You see, folks, Rick Perry appoints his cronies into choice top state positions and then rewards them for doing his bidding. The self-serving and willing hostages will in turn, have to make personal generous donations to Rick Perry's campaign coffers in order to keep their jobs as willing self-serving hostages. If one should fail to obey dictator Rick and/or learns that one possesses some form of a conscience, the poor crony will be tarred, feathered and banished from his/her job.  

How is that for the best government that a dictator can buy in order to promote himself and his agenda?

Rick Perry's cronyism is so cripplingly pervasive that U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison has called for an investigation.

But Kay Bailey Hutchison called for an investigation at the time in which she ran as an opponent to Rooster Perry in the TX gubernatorial 2010 campaign.  Now that she has lost the election and has plans to retire, I suspect the Senator no longer cares about the pervasive cronyism and corruption that continues to cripple the state.

The largest fund, the Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF), was created in 2003 and has awarded some $412 million in subsidies to companies nominally to create jobs. A Dec. 2010 analysis by the Texas Comptroller found that $119 million of that money went to companies that didn’t deliver on the jobs they promised. The governor’s office only took back $21 million, often choosing instead to define down the job-creation requirements.

Fellow Republicans have been critical. Kay Bailey Hutchison, a GOP Senator from Texas, called for an independent audit of the TEF and said of the investigations into its performance, “Texans have been offered a disturbing glance into the activities of the Texas Enterprise Fund. For the first time, we have learned of taxpayer-funded contracts being canceled, changed to redefine ‘success’ and actually sending our money overseas to create jobs. This is unacceptable.”

The companies did not deliver the jobs they promised. Rick Perry redefined (i.e. lowered) the jobs requirements.

Check.

Remember what happened the last time we sent a Texas Republican cowboy to the White House?

Rick Perry has set an inhumane scenario that makes it easy for corporations to run rough shod over the environment and ruin the health and financial well being of the people in areas like Wise County in North Texas and the Houston area with its pollution and poorly regulated oil refineries. His low tax mania has yielded among the lousiest schools in the U.S., the highest number of dropouts, over crowded prisons and the highest number of uninsured residents in the U.S. With his Marie-Antoinette budget cuts school children in Texas public schools will be unable to compete in a global market place. His policies have done little to help the unfortunate and yet the Governor likes to promote himself as a Christian. He has poked his government hating nose into a woman's right to choose. Rick Perry is a like a cruel dictator who is quickly fast tracking this once great state to third world squalor.  

We see this nightmare of a movie every day in Texas.  Do we really want to watch its rerun on a national level?

Hell no we don't.

Join Texans against Rick Perry.  

The GOP efforts at suppression and repression must come to a screeching halt.

 

Originally posted to Libby Shaw on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 05:00 AM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party, and TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans.

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  •  From Perry's point of view, (11+ / 0-)

    there's a GOP presidential nomination out there more or less within reach.  

    Well, within someone's reach.  We don't know who will come up with the nomination just yet, but the GOP field is pathetically weak and very possibly Perry thinks he has as good a crack at it as most.  

    Perry's a Texas-Texas-Texan kind of Texan, but a lot of Republican primary voters across the South speak Texas.  They get the cowboy thing, they get the Jesus Is Coming Any Minute thing, they get the anti-Obama flame rhetoric thing.  

    If Perry gets in he becomes the Texas-South candidate and not just the Texas-Texas candidate.  I think he'd whup Romney in a lot of those Southern state primaries.  

    Is he a nefarious weasel?  Of course he is.  But he also packs some electoral clout.  

    •  He'll be singin' London Homesick Blues 'fore long (2+ / 0-)
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      Remediator, stlsophos

      but for now, as Jerry Jeff Walker sang:

      When a Texan fancies he'll take his chances
      chances will be taken, that's for sure.

      "In a nation ruled by swine, all pigs are upwardly mobile." Hunter S. Thompson

      by Keith930 on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 06:45:28 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  LOL. I'd surely vote for Jerry Jeff any (1+ / 0-)
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        stlsophos

        day over that weasel Perry, no doubt about it.  

        Perry kind of went robotic far-Right -- I guess some time after Gore "lost" to Bush in 2000.  Perry chaired Gore's Texas campaign and must have realized that there was no future for any Democrat in Texas politics past Agriculture, so he drove through the political make-over tunnel and came out the other side a fire-belching nutcase.  

        Lucky for Perry, I guess, the Puke field this time is miserable, and he must be thinking, "Hell, I can take this thing."

        If he were to become the GOP nominee the U.S. electoral college map becomes more complicated for an Obama re-election, IMO.  It would be a much more hard-fought race if Perry heads the GOP ticket.

        Interestingly, Rick Perry endorsed Rudy Giuliani in 2008 over both Huckabee and McCain, then when Giuliani crashed and burned, Rick jumped on board the McCain wagon.  

  •  At Least He's Not (6+ / 0-)

    Gay.

    Find me fast on Daily Kos by following me.

    by bink on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 05:19:00 AM PDT

  •  Tipp'd, recc'd, and republished! (2+ / 0-)
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    cassandracarolina, Libby Shaw

    I work with B2B PAC, and all views and opinions in this account are my own.

    by slinkerwink on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 05:33:23 AM PDT

  •  Good point. Both Reagan and Perry (2+ / 0-)
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    were originally Democrats, then both went ape-shit far-Right.

  •  New Candidate Du Jour (3+ / 0-)

    There are no viable Republican candidates because their policies are so universally deplored that nobody can imagine voting for them.  Every candidate who joins the race tries to cover it up using a different ruse, but it always comes out.  Perry will be no exception.  He's a good liar, but Texas politics is easier for his species than national politics.  If he declares, I give it about a month before he Gingriches.

  •  Beware of politicians with perfect hair.. (4+ / 0-)

    I really wonder what hair products they use, nary a hair out of place.

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

    by roseeriter on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 05:37:42 AM PDT

  •  What message is he sending (1+ / 0-)
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    with those frenchy Hermes ties he wears?

    "Children who are victims of failed personal responsibility are not my problem, nor are they the problem for our government." Tim Pawlenty April 2001

    by cosette on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 06:10:08 AM PDT

    •  he' 'well-groomed' repugs know how to look-alike (2+ / 0-)
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      Libby Shaw, DRo

      think alike, talk alike.

      Actually he would be better paired with Newt's wife and be the perfect Stepford Couple the robots would worship them

      the new American idol...

      "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

      by roseeriter on Mon Jun 13, 2011 at 06:30:37 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Is he officially (or unofficially) running? (0+ / 0-)

    Last I heard, there was a lot of talk about him and he'd hinted at it, but hadn't made any firm moves yet.

    Honest question: Did I miss something?

    •  Last week Perry said (1+ / 0-)
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      he would consider it if Sarah isn't running.

      The Rove/McKinnon cabal from the W. years don't like Palin and they are trying to get rid of her.  The far right loves her but Rove Co. is between a rock and hard place b/c the GOP can't win w/o the votes from the far right crazies.

      They believe Rick Perry as a long standing Governor could bring in the far right if Sarah disappears from the scene.

  •  If the economy doesn't improve, Perry will be (4+ / 0-)

    a very dangerous candidate.

    I mean, one of the anti-Perry articles starts by basically saying "this guy sucks, he brings lots of businesses and jobs here". Plus, he'll be able to raise as much money as any other republican besides Romney and he's a polished politician who doesn't come across as a crazy a la Bachmann, a bore a la Pawlenty or a plastic doll a la Romney.

    We'll need something better than "he's turning Texas into a nightmare" when people are fleeing other states to move there.

    •  I don't know how many people are (0+ / 0-)

      actually fleeing to Texas but the fact of the matter remains that Rick Perry is a dishonest man who is incapable of admitting that his policies created a structural problem in the budget in 2006.   He  continues to outsource his problem to the next legislative session.  He was warned about the deficit by the state Comptroller in 2009.  Perry blew off her warning.

      That said I agree that the economy has to improve or Obama will be in a lot of trouble.   But to think someone like Rick Perry would create more jobs and restore the u.S. economy is really a serious fairy tale.   His basic agenda is the same as every GOP:  tax cuts for the rich, tax loopholes for corporations and no regulation of any industry.   Stick the tax burden on the middle and working classes.  

      Been there done that and look at where it got us nationally and right here in Texas.

       

      •  If he has to debate (1+ / 0-)
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         And anyone asks a real question, he should go down in flames.

        Yes, I am a TX voter and would never vote for him, but it all depends on how much he can continue to hoodwink the public with ads that don't really address any of the problems (like he did in 2010).

        My idiot congresscritter (cough Canseco cough) keeps sending me BS, which I save (too bad for him).  What I haven't heard anything about from TX Dems is how we are to educate everyone on the new Voter Registration / disenfranchisement  Laws.  

         

  •  Perry... (1+ / 0-)
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    looks good for the GOP base now, but the immigration issue may be the death of him in a primary.  Despite pressure from some of the right-leaning elements in the legislature, he has steadfastly refused to go down the road of an Arizona-style "papers" law.  That's going to be a real problem to some of the hard right folks.

  •  BREAKING: What the Texas GOP thinks of Hispanics (0+ / 0-)

    I just got this from the Texas Democratic Party.  the Tea Party Republicans let their racist genie out of the bottle.

    REPUBLICANS FINALLY SAY WHAT THEY REALLY THINK OF HISPANICS

    Tea Party Leader: “The problem is these Hispanic legislators”

     The following is a transcription of remarks delivered by Rebecca Forest, founder of the Immigration Reform Coalition of Texas and a prominent Tea Party leader.

    “If you want to know why we can’t pass legislation in Texas it's because we have 37, no 36, Hispanics in the Legislature. All of the states that have passed legislation have a handful and I mean literally, some of them have NO Hispanic legislators, well, maybe 3 or 5 or something. So that's, umm, part of our problem and we need to change those numbers. Umm, we need to do something about that in fact, during the debate on "sanctuary cities," several Hispanic legislators testified that their grandparents and their parents were migrant workers who came over here to work and that THEY even worked in the fields. And some of them even admitted that they had been here illegally and that they came illegally. So the problem is these Hispanic legislators...is that it's too close to them and they, umm... simply cannot vote their conscience correctly. So that's about all I have to say to you, please come to the hearing, and help us spread this message. Thank you.”

    The following is a statement from TDP Deputy Executive Director Anthony Gutierrez:

    “While Ms. Forest’s comments are incredibly offensive, it’s about time a Republican was finally upfront about their Party’s hateful attitude toward Hispanics.  The ‘sanctuary cities’ debate is really about the belief Ms. Forest confirmed: that Republicans simply think there are too many Hispanics in Texas.  

    “This legislation being debated today is yet another attempt by Republicans to pander to the Tea Party by attacking Hispanics. Cowardly Republican politicians like Rick Perry, David Dewhurst and the legislative majority have shown they are willing to trample the rights of Hispanic Texans in order to score points with their Tea Party base.

    “Just about every Texas Republican legislator has supported or feared the Tea Party – and today, those Republicans have to make a choice. We call on Rick Perry, David Dewhurst and all Republican legislators to denounce Ms. Forest’s racist comments and remove the sanctuary cities bill from the legislative agenda.”  

     

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