Rick Perry Top Beggar for Federal Handout Bucks

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What do Rick Perry and Sarah Palin share in common other than the fact both are right wing extremists with an abundance of hair?

There are plenty of shared commonalities between them but the most important is obviously glaring.  The governors of the states of Texas and Alaska speak from both sides of their mouths. And both think no one is paying attention.  

In other words, Rick and Sarah are lying hypocrites who believe their constituents are stupid.  Sarah, who railed against the stimulus package by calling it “a form of bribery” simply could not resist the bucks and ended up holding her hand out for the federal dollars.    

Adios Sarah. I'd like to say it's been nice knowing you but it has been anything but that.  You quite frankly scare the living bejesus out me with your blatant stupidity.  

Texas, we have to deal with a male form of stupidity.  Let's examine Governor Perry's hypocrisy.

We are all well aware of Perry's recent silly theatrical threats about secession.  We know this secessionist trash talk is a political gimmick in order for Perry to woo the far right of the already scary far right wing of the Texas GOP.  Perry apparently needs to rally and solidify this extremist base in order to put up a strong fight against Kay Bailey Hutchison in the 2010 Republican gubernatorial primary.  According to our state's political punditry Hutchison is a more popular candidate and she is far more moderate than Perry.  Local common wisdom tells us that because Hutchison is more moderate she will appeal to more Texans, especially to women.

Whatever. Texas Republicans are Texas Republicans as far as I am concerned. All will predictably kiss up to the fat cats and kick down everyday Texans especially where health care, environmental horror shows and education are concerned. We seem to be on a mission to reach third world status in which the very rich can continually victimize the not very rich.

Mr. Perry may wish to know that his political stunts have consequences.  You see, there is the world of educated brain power, hard data and facts that reside outside the disingenuous and dumb bunny world of political spin, puppet mastery and carnival acts.

Moving along to the facts.

Texas, Run by Secessionist Guv, Has Received More Federal Disaster Relief Than Any State

From Jonathan Stein at

Mother Jones.  

Today comes news that Perry has issued a disaster declaration for the state of Texas, the first step in getting assistance from federal agencies like FEMA, DHS, and HHS. I decided to take a look at how many times the federal government has bailed Texas out during Perry's tenure. The results are pretty incredible.

Introducing Rick Perry the Beggar.

According to FEMA's website, Texas has been the site of 13 “major disaster declarations” since Perry took office following George W. Bush's departure in 2001. That includes five instances of severe storms and flooding, two tropical storms, one “extreme wildfire threat,” and Hurricanes Claudette, Rita, Dolly, and Ike. (Texas received significant federal assistance following Hurricane Katrina, but it did not appear on FEMA's website in the “major disaster declaration” category.)

Check out Texas disaster declarations from the FEMA  web site.

Speaking of double-talkers, U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison very likely has some explaining to do about the bailed out banks that, according to Senator Dick Durbin, own most members of our U.S. Senate. Would that include you Senator Hutchison?

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has been battling the banks the last few weeks in an effort to get 60 votes lined up for bankruptcy reform. He's losing.

On Monday night in an interview with a radio host back home, he came to a stark conclusion: the banks own the Senate.

“And the banks — hard to believe in a time when we're facing a banking crisis that many of the banks created — are still the most powerful lobby on Capitol Hill. And they frankly own the place,” he said on WJJG 1530 AM's “Mornings with Ray Hanania.” Progress Illinois picked up the quote.

There seems to be a lot of dirty dogs on both sides of the aisle where the banks are concerned.

U.S. Senators who are running for re-election in 2010 might want to have a rather strong conversation with themselves and their bankers.  



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