Rick Perry Calls Stimulus “Irresponsible” after Accepting Billions of Federal Dollars to Balance Budget, Repair Governor’s Mansion
Texas Gov. Rick Perry accused the federal government Saturday of promoting an irresponsible, immoral agenda and suggested Washington look to the Lone Star State for policy guidance.
"As a Texan, I’m understandably biased, but I think our whole country could use a dose of Texas-style fiscal discipline," Perry said before criticizing the $1.6 trillion federal deficit.
Perry must have forgotten that he balanced Texas’ books with Barack Obama’s stimulus bill — to the tune of $12 billion. You know, the bill that bailed us out of the Texas-sized mess Perry’s Texan predecessor got the country in. It must have also slipped his mind that he used those "irresponsible" and "immoral" federal funds to fix his house.
And he’s not only a hypocrite, he’s clueless.
PERRY: Why is Texas kind of recession-proof, if you will? As a matter of fact, just today I think, Michael, you said someone had put a report out that the first state that’s coming out of the recession is going to be the State of Texas. I told him, I said, ‘We’re in one?’
I don’t care how ideological the Republican base is. Unemployment in Texas just reached the 8% mark. Everybody knows someone who is suffering in these times. Everybody has lost part of their life savings. It could cost him the race.