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April 15, 2009

RHETORIC VS REALITY.... Following up on an earlier item, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's (R) speech yesterday on his unwillingness to accept the "oppressive hand" of the federal government has caused something of a stir. It also, as it turns out, offers another example of conservative hypocrisy.

After all, there's Perry's rhetoric...

"I believe the federal government has become oppressive. It's become oppressive in its size, its intrusion in the lives of its citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state. [...]

"We think it's time to draw the line in the sand and tell Washington that no longer are we going to accept their oppressive hand in the state of Texas. That's what this press conference, that's what these Texans are standing up for. There is a point in time where you stand up and say enough is enough, and I think Americans, and Texans especially have reached that point."

... and there's Perry's reality.

Governor Rick Perry, five days ago: Governor Perry Calls FEMA To Assist With Wildfires

Governor Rick Perry, last month: Governor Perry Calls For 1,000 Troops To Be Sent To Border

Governor Rick Perry, five months ago: Governor Perry Requests 18 Month Extension Of Federal Aid For Ike Debris Removal

Yes, ol' Rick just can't stand that "oppressive" federal bureaucracy that keeps "interfering" with Texas, except when he needs its help.

Steve Benen 10:00 AM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (18)

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Rick Perry is a joke - even for the weak governorship afforded him by the state of Texas. In fact he's a sick joke for those of us who happen to live here. I have to hand it to Texas - we have our bigtime idiots...Shrub, Perry, DeLay, Cornyn, etc. Then I have to remind myself we also had Molly Ivins, Ann Richards, Barbara Jordan - all great Texas women. Hey, maybe there's something to "only the good die young"....

Posted by: whichwitch on April 15, 2009 at 10:12 AM | PERMALINK

I guess we will have to leave it to Stewart and Colbert to point out the hipocracy. I know the MSM will not trouble themselves to do so. Another glaring example of WHAT!!! they have machines that record what you said previously????

Posted by: John R on April 15, 2009 at 10:14 AM | PERMALINK

You have to remember that the oppressive federal hand is guided by the god-less liberal forces in warshington, not the gawdly influenced might of the previous administration. That makes all the dang difference!!

wooooo.....don't mess with texas !!!!

Posted by: TulsaTime on April 15, 2009 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK

i hope the "oppressive hand" of the federal government puts on a rubber glove and gives governor good-hair i re-e-e-ealy good prostate exam -- without lube.

Posted by: mellowjohn on April 15, 2009 at 10:16 AM | PERMALINK

I have agree with whichwitch. Gov. goodhair is the worst of the worst.

Posted by: kanopsis on April 15, 2009 at 10:17 AM | PERMALINK

Governor Perry Requests ....

Request denied, you sorry, pathetic, un-American excuse for a political panderbear! You think I'm gonna give you any of my tax-dollars so you can fix your infrastructure, and then secede before you pay me back? Get outta my country, you panhandling piece of cheap theatrics---and take those bipedal, mouthbreating insults to the United States of America that are huddling around you in that video-clip with you!!!

Posted by: S. Waybright on April 15, 2009 at 10:19 AM | PERMALINK

140 characters sounds about right when it comes to the thoughtful intellects of our friends on the Right as they seem to be all a twitter these days instead of paying attention all these past eight years when the Feds were really doing the spying and drunken spending to get us here.

Oh, wait, those eight years were okay because the fiscal irresponsibility wasn't to help government get stronger, it was to destroy government - and now that the mission failed, the attacks go on. But now from the outside, as the Right's man Bush is no longer in a position to accommodate their wishes and desires! -Kevo

Posted by: kevo on April 15, 2009 at 10:23 AM | PERMALINK

Maybe Gov GoodHair should get his wish for a month-- or six. All NASA scientists report to California or Florida to work. All military personnel go to other bases. Cut off all federal funds to Texas universities. Stop reimbursing Texas for the federal portion of the unemployment tax. Give Texas and assessed value of federal properties and a bill for purchase of same. Etc., etc.

Then let's see how much your constituents like you in November, Rick.

Posted by: bluewave on April 15, 2009 at 10:24 AM | PERMALINK

Sure, now that someone from his own state isn't in charge, he decides the government is too big. Riiight. I figure Texas still owes the rest of the country quite a bit for the last 8 years.

He has my permission to turn down all the federal regulation he wants, so long as he starts with air traffic control, interstate commerce, and, of course, all our military installations and spending. Oh, and NASA, too.

How much does he estimate the State, er, Republic of Texas will be spending on passports and visas for people wanting to visit the US?

Posted by: biggerbox on April 15, 2009 at 10:30 AM | PERMALINK

Hey, everyone knows that states are entitled to Federal money with no strings attached! Anything else is "the oppressive hand of government!"

I have to hand it to Texas - we have our bigtime idiots...Shrub, Perry, DeLay, Cornyn, etc.

Well, they do say "everything's bigger in Texas"...

Posted by: Redshift on April 15, 2009 at 10:34 AM | PERMALINK

HEY, STEVE:

Texans casting ballots for Obama in 2008: 3,528,633

Texans casting ballots for Perry in 2006: 1,716,803

Perry got only 39% of the vote that year.

Think he's compensating for something? Obama is twice as popular as he is in his own state.

Posted by: JM on April 15, 2009 at 10:41 AM | PERMALINK

And that's the problem with the Republican crusade for smaller government in general. It sounds great in theory, until you realize how many ways you benefit.

That's why people support smaller government in the abstract but also many of the programs that make government bigger in reality.

Posted by: mfw13 on April 15, 2009 at 11:21 AM | PERMALINK

Rick was very lucky that the anti-Perry vote was split in '06. Hell, he'd almost certainly be ranching sand in Sheep Dip, Texas if just one of the opposition candidates -- that moron Kinky Friedman, perennial failure Chris Bell, and the less-than-impressive Strayhorn -- had been off the slate.

(Any of them would have been preferable to Perry, but Bell was certainly the most competent, and Strayhorn probably the most electable. The best you can say about Kinky is that a lot of his support probably came from people who otherwise couldn't have found their way to the polling place unless their weed man was meeting them there.)

Posted by: twb on April 15, 2009 at 12:25 PM | PERMALINK

"Yes, ol' Rick just can't stand that "oppressive" federal bureaucracy that keeps "interfering" with Texas, except when he needs its help."

Going back a month or so, I remember Chuck Norris on his soapbox declaring that Texas should secede from the Union and being the big-hearted, small-brained person that he is, he's even willing to run for the "Presidency of Texas"! Back then, and especially right now, with Gov Perry spouting the same lines, I think it's a GREAT IDEA! We should call their bluff and encourage them to do so. It will be very interesting to see how things transpire after their "independence" and how they will manage to run their "Country" without Federal help.

If they think they're being overtaxed right now, imagine what it will cost the citizens of Texas if they have to foot the bill for EVERYTHING by themselves. I'd be willing to bet there would be daily "Tea Parties" in the "country" of Texas!

Let's encourage Rick and Chuck to stop the idle rhetoric and take REAL action now!

Posted by: mrspeel on April 15, 2009 at 2:52 PM | PERMALINK

Hmmm. No more Dubyas, Hammers, Goodhairs, Gramms, Cornyns, Armeys, and the like. The Cowboys no longer can presume to call themselves "America's Team." And we still get to listen to Lyle's songs, watch Tommie Lee's movies, and laugh at Kinky's jokes.

I say we take them up on it before they change their minds.

PS: Another reason say adios to Texas: During the oil crisis in the late 70s, one of the most popular bumper stickers in the state said "Drive fast. Freeze a Yankee."

Posted by: Zak44 on April 15, 2009 at 3:02 PM | PERMALINK

And that's the problem with the Republican crusade for smaller government in general. It sounds great in theory, until you realize how many ways you benefit.

That's why people support smaller government in the abstract but also many of the programs that make government bigger in reality.

It's all political. It has nothing to do with supporting larger or smaller government. It's about raising anti-federal sentiment, anti-Washington sentiment. Why? Because the Majority party in power in Washington happens to be the opposition. it's about stoking fear that the Federal governement cannot to be trusted to effectively run the country; therefore, Democrats are not able to effectively run the country. This is about the home and away team mentality - not good governance.

Posted by: Mick on April 15, 2009 at 4:07 PM | PERMALINK

Can a decent dem run for ANY friggin office in TX? Why do we have KBH, RP, JC and all the other rethuglicans running this state further into the toilet? Oh wait, all the "holier than thou" christians who don't even know how to read the bible live here.
Ah man, I wish CA wasn't so expensive; I’d move back in a heartbeat!

Posted by: vwmeggs on April 15, 2009 at 5:35 PM | PERMALINK

If Texas leaves the union they won't be able to hold the school textbook publishing industry hostage to their weird, neo-medieval worldview any more. I am a little concerned that there will be undocumented Texans coming over the border to work illegally in the US, however. Perhaps we should fortify the border? That would create a lot of jobs in New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.

Posted by: Derek on April 15, 2009 at 6:12 PM | PERMALINK




 

 

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