Jim Hightower, a National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author . . . has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be – consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks. [from CommonDreams.org, republished article on 9/11/11]
After reading this article by Hightower, I don’t believe Rick Perry and I won’t be voting for him. I want honesty and transparency in government, not hype, hypocrisy, and misleading statements. Rick Perry appears to be the opposite of this ideal.
Presidential wannabe Rick Perry is . . . spreading little “Perry Tales” about himself . . . claims that his Texas Miracle is the result of him keeping the government out of the private sector’s way. . . During Perry’s decade, the greatest job growth [in Texas] . . . has come from the public sector . . . more than doubled the number of new jobs created by the private sector.
His top Perry Tale . . .” While the rest of the country is mired in joblessness, says the miracle worker, his state has added 1.2 million jobs during his 10-year tenure.”
. . . the Lone Star State ranks a middling 26th, behind New York, Massachusetts and other states whose “liberal” governments he routinely mocks.
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On his watch as governor, Texas added more minimum wage jobs than all the other 49 states combined. More than half a million Texans now work for $7.25 an hour or less.
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he’s running around ranting about President Obama’s stimulus program, but he gladly accepted the third highest amount of stimulus funds taken by the 50 states. There’s his miracle.
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Perry personally took $80,000 in farm payments. . . . [govt] financed his college education at Texas A&M, [allowing him] to be a cheerleader. . . . he spent four years on the federal payroll as an Air Force transport pilot who never did any combat duty. . . . [he’s been in elected office] for 27 years . . . . getting regular paychecks from taxpayers for nearly three decades as a state representative, agriculture commissioner, lieutenant governor and governor . . . [receiving benefits including] platinum-level health care coverage and a generous pension from the state, plus $10,000 a month for renting a luxury suburban home, a covey of political and personal aides and even a publicly paid subscription to Food & Wine magazine.
Perry has been living high on the hog, on Texas tax dollars, keeping Texas citizens in poverty with very little benefits. He’s not just made government “inconsequential” in Texans’ lives – he’s made it unresponsive and irresponsible in Texas. He’s trying to sell the rest of the country this bill of goods!
Perry literally puts the “hype” in hypocrisy. Forget his tall tales and political B.S. — look at what he actually does.© 2011 Jim Hightower