I know I’m usually pretty good about being low key and keeping my opinions to myself, so it may come as a surprise to some of you to learn that I’m not a huge Rick Perry fan, which I guess in Texas Aggie terms would make me a “two-percenter”.(My sarcasm font isn’t available on my computer today.)
I’ve just been reading some of the stories from all over the place this morning, and thought I would share some tidbits with you so you’ll think twice about drinking any Kool-Aid outta his well as he makes a run for the White House that he probably won’t live in for four years while he rents a much larger, nicer, newer place that we taxpayers will spend three times as much money for just because he wants it.
Friday, August 19, 2011
Job losses in public education overwhelmed any local private sector job growth during July, according to new data released today by the Texas Workforce Commission.
In fact, “Texas has done worse than the rest of the country since the peak of national unemployment in October 2009.” The unemployment rate in Texas has been steadily increasing throughout the recession, and went from 7.7 to 8.2 percent while the state was supposedly creating 40 percent of all the new jobs in the U.S.
Perry claims that “Texas has the best health care in the country.” In reality, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents of any state. More than one in four Texans lack coverage; the national average is just 15.4 percent. As such, there are more uninsured residents in Texas than there are people in 33 states.
Like Bush, Rick Perry Preaches Small Government While Growing Government. Despite his anti-government rhetoric, in Rick Perry’s Texas,public sector employment grew twice as much as private sector employment. A bigger Rick Perry government has also simultaneously been a government that provides less — often far less — in the way of essential government services and programs that help students, children, the needy, and others.
The Lone Star State gained more than a million jobs since the end of 2000, while the U.S. has lost almost 1.5 million, according data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
About 300,000 of the new Texas jobs were in government. Well over half of them, fueled by the surging population, were at public schools. Employment in the state’s public sector has jumped 19% since 2000, compared with a 9% rise in the private sector.
A top Bank of America executive was caught on camera this week whispering to Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX), “Bank of America. We’ll help you out,” as the GOP presidential candidate attended New Hampshire’s Politics and Eggs breakfast. The executive has been identifiedby the financial website Zero Hedge as James Mahoney, Director of Public Policy for the bank. Mahoney is on the board of directors for the New England Council, the sponsors of the Politics and Eggs breakfast. But far from being just a regional banker, Mahoney is a key national executive. Of all the GOP candidates, Perry is the most fervently opposed to banking regulation. As Matt Yglesias pointed out, in his book Fed Up, Perry expresses the extreme view that all banking regulation and consumer financial protection is unconstitutional. Bank of America has been in a world of financial troublerecently, with its stock down more than 50 percent since January, as it faces a growing wave of mortgage litigation. In recent weeks it has been engaged “in the corporate version of a yard sale.” The bank announced today that it will becutting at least 10,000 jobs, laying off 3,500 workers this quarter alone. I’m sure Slick Rick will make sure that doesn’t happen in Texas where we’re all about creatin’ jobs and takin’ care of our good friends!