Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rick Perry and cognitive dissonance

So, it seems that it was only a year ago that Rick Perry, Governor of the Lone Star State—the state of my own birth—was claiming that Texas could secede from the Union, that it had some special agreement that no other state had, allowing it to do this at will. Now, this absolutely ignores that Civil War, or the facts as confirmed by state historians in Texas. Of course, Perry's false claims are really about that old bugaboo, states' rights, and playing to a fringe of his own Republican Party.

But, it seems that now Perry is more than happy to call for federal relief money to help with the very real disaster of the wind-stoked fires across his state. Now, Texas already comes really close to breaking even with regard to money sent to and received from Washington. I surely hope that Perry isn't expecting the rest of us, like those in the northeast or those in California, who do not come close, but end up shifting much of their federal tax burden to other states—largely anti-big government states, for what that's worth—to pay for relief and rebuilding in Texas, because that sounds dangerously like the kind of tax and spend, liberal socialism that he and his ilk so disdain. If we really aren't in any sense a community responsible for one another, we can hardly be responsible for anyone's decisions to live in Texas.

So, you have an option, Governor Perry, stop bitching about Washington or stop asking it for help. Otherwise, you are just a whiny teenager who doesn't like Dad's rules, but wants more of his money.

5 comments:

Kevin Timpe said...

Like.

Tom Mullen said...

My question is: who do you loathe more, Rick or Rudy? And why.

Tyler said...

I don't loathe either of them. However, I believe Rudy is a moral monster, whose decision to place the "command center" for disasters in NYC within the WTC just so he could be closer to his mistress led to additional deaths that no profiteering off of terrorism will ever remove from his moral scoreboard. Perry, on the other hand, is just a typical opportunist, but at least has not made millions off his much-vaunted and non-earned expertise on terrorism.

Tyler said...

Did I also mention that Giuliani had to know that the WTC would be a likely target because it already had been, but still put his command center there so he could more easily cheat on his wife, which wife discovered that he was leaving her through television and who raised a child who sued after he was kicked off an athletic team because he also was such an asshole and who did not, in fact, believe that his son should be responsible for any of his behavior? And, who had his first marriage annulled because he claimed that he didn't know that that wife was a cousin of his, in spite of the fact that he had gone to numerous family reunions with her as a child? I can have little respect for a man who has NEVER taken any responsibility for anything that didn't go perfectly in his life but has consistently taken credit for the positive efforts of others. In case I didn't, let it be mentioned.

Tom Mullen said...

Based on above, you loathe Rudy more :)