Via Think Progress:
In March, Texas Gov. Rick Perry rejected $555 million in federal stimulus money that would have expanded unemployment benefits for Texans. Perry argued at the time that accepting the stimulus dollars would force the state to expand eligibility to include thousands of low-wage workers — including part-time employees like single mothers, college students and senior citizens — which Perry bemoaned would burden tax payers with “higher taxes and expanded obligations.”
Having the courage of one’s convictions is another character trait noticeably absent in this shrinking field of Great Republican Hopes:
Texas is now asking the federal government for a $170 million loan so that benefits keep getting paid. . . . Texas is expected to request $650 million [in total], roughly $100 million more than Perry initially rejected.
Quite an abrupt turnaround from the well-coiffed Ted Nugent fan who whipped a crowd of teabaggers into a frenzy when he threatened, "There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve [the Union]. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that.” Whatsamatter, Rick? It just occurred to you that your paycheck comes from taxpayer dollars, and if taxpayers aren’t getting paid, then neither are you? I guess you’re more interested in maintaining your lifestyle than independence for the great state of Texas. huh.
Dude, you are gonna get your ass kicked by a girl, come November 2010. The Nuge will NEVER want to hang out with such a equivocating sissy ever again.