Rep. Jim Dunnam Slams Dewhurst in Statesman Op-Ed

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Last week, I took Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst to task for his ridiculous assertions that he, Rick Perry, and Joe Strauss didn't need the stimulus dollars to balance the budget. (David Dewhurst Spinning Lies that Texas Didn't Need Stimulus Dollars to Balance the Budget)

Today, State Representative Jim Dunnam, who is Chair of the House Select Committee on Federal Economic Stabilization Funding, penned a Statesman in the op-ed knocking Dewhurst and Perry for their blatant hypocrisy. From his op-ed, titled, “Texas a fiscal wonderland? Now that's pure fantasy

The problem with much of the current Republican Party leadership is not that they disagree with Democrats. The real problem is that they disagree with reality.

By shamelessly pretending that in is out and up is down, they have spun themselves into Wonderland.

Whether you like the stimulus or not, this misinformation is getting out of hand.

You should really read the entire op-ed — Chairman Dunnam does a great job detailing all of Perry's hypocrisy.

Go. Read it now. This post is over. Fine — here's the link one more time.


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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

1 Comment

  1. Logically
    The stimulus was not needed to balance the budget.  Yes programs would have had to have been cut to achieve the requirement.  Everyone seems to forget there are two sides to a balance sheet.  I have no problem taking the stimulus money and using it to balance the budget as we as federal tax payers are going to have to pay it back anyway(another fact many seem to forget).  Yes Perry talked himself into a corner by saying he did not want the money but ultimately made the right decision for Texans because we will be paying for it for years to come.


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