Texas has been the subject of national attention this summer. Unprecedented drought and fires have plagued the state.
Rick Perry the Governor of Texas has demonstrated unprecedented hypocrisy as he rails against federal government spending, but at the same time rails against President Obama for not providing more federal dollars to Texas. Rick Perry proclaims himself the champion of conservative fiscal values. In his book Fed Up he wrote:
“We are fed up with bailout after bailout and stimulus plan after stimulus plan, each one of which tosses principle out the window along with taxpayer money.”
But Rick Perry wasn’t fed up when he received $17.4 billion in federal stimulus money, which was used to balance the last two budgets of the state.
As early as April of 2011 Perry was critical of the Federal Government for not providing more financial help for Texas in its battle with fires.
“”I think we’ve had 9,000 separate fires in the state of Texas,”
“The federal government has only helped us with 25 of them. That’s inappropriate.”
The truth is that the reason the Federal government only helped with 25 was because Perrry only requested Federal funds to help with 25. Perry’s office confirmed that they had only requested help with 25. FEMA also confirmed that it has approved all 25 grants for Federal assistance in Texas.
Unfortunately fires and federal stimulus money are not the only two examples of hypocritical statements made by Perry on the campaign trail. While Perry criticizes the federal government for out of control spending he has submitted a bill to the Federal Government for $350,000,000.00 that he estimated Texas spent on housing and feeding of illegal immigrants.
However the most amazing example of Perry’s irresponsibility, and willingness to blame the federal government for his failures, is the contribution of the state of Texas to world wide pollution. Texas emits 11% of all US greenhouse gas emissions, which is more than any other state in the U.S. If Texas were a country, rather than just a state, it would be the WORLD’S eighth-largest polluter. On January 2nd, 2011 the EPA took affirmative action to require Texas to be accountable for its contributions to the pollution of our air through enforcement of the Clean air Act standards. What was Rick Perry’s response? By February of 2011 Texas filed suit against the EPA, asserting that greenhouse gases are not a threat to public health, rather than working to reduce the pollution caused by Texas in violation of EPA standards with which the rest of the country must comply.
While the fires in Texas threaten life and prosperity in Texas, Rick Perry presents a similar threat to the entire country. Only YOU can prevent forest fires, and only YOU can prevent Rick Perry from becoming President.