Is Rick Perry a true conservative? Many limited government advocates in-the-know say 'NO'. Here's a few reasons why. Image via. Gage Skidmore.
By the Left Coast Rebel
I don't know about you but the following story sure seems like an instant disqualifier of fiscal conservative bona-fides, adherence to limited government tenets, integrity and overall honesty to me.
As governor of Texas, Rick Perry leaned on federal stimulus funds more than any other governor, using about $6 billion in federal stimulus funds to close roughly 97 percent of his state's budget shortfall in 2010. But that didn't stop him from complaining loudly about the stimulus legislation. "I have been vocal in my opposition" to the law, he wrote in a letter to President Obama agreeing to accept federal stimulus funds in Texas, because it "will burden future generations with unprecedented levels of debt."Do you guys (and gals) really think that a governor that used federal funds to balance his state's books while castigating the stimulus will be the fiscal conservative warrior that we desperately need?
More from the CNN Money article linked in the Reason post above:
So... Perry railed against Obama's socialism yet oinked at the federal trough (thus disallowing the tough necessary choices in his state).
Turns out Texas was the state that depended the most on those very stimulus funds to plug nearly 97% of its shortfall for fiscal 2010, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Texas, which crafts a budget every two years, was facing a $6.6 billion shortfall for its 2010-2011 fiscal years. It plugged nearly all of that deficit with $6.4 billion in Recovery Act money, allowing it to leave its $9.1 billion rainy day fund untouched."Stimulus was very helpful in getting them through the last few years," said Brian Sigritz, director of state fiscal studies for the National Association of State Budget Officers, said of Texas.
Even as Perry requested the Recovery Act money, he railed against it. On the very same day he asked for the funds, he set up a petition titled "No Government Bailouts."
It doesn't just stop with federal stimulus and 2012. Peter Suderman also writes about Perry's 2012 re-stacking-the-chairs-on-the-Titanic economics:
According to a report by ABC News, Perry's budget also closed a big part of its budget gap by delaying a $2.3 billion education payment a single day. Thanks to that one-day delay, the payment will fall into the next budget year, and therefore will not technically affect the current year's budget.
This sure sounds extremely similar to the goings-on in the People's Capital of Sacramento.
So, while all the idiots of the 24/7 news cycle play us for fools with chicken-little-gotcha-Perry! games remember the important facts above because a guy accepting federal funds while working the opposite angle will surely play us all in the end.
Rick Perry also has crony capitalism on his Texas résumé. How nice.
Good God, people, have we not learned anything from big-government GOPism?
Don't fall for another George W. Bush progressive type!
Updated: A wake up call for conservatives thinking that Rick Perry is "The One" at The End of the American Dream: "14 Reasons Why Rick Perry Would be a Really, Really Bad President"