After all, these are the “small government fiscally conservative” individuals who seem to always want to expand government encroachment on the private lives of Americans, and haven’t had a president from their party balance the budget since the 1950’s.
So it was no surprise when I heard about Rick Perry using tax dollars to fund measures that seek to lure businesses to Texas.
Oh, but if you ask him he completely denies that any of the $5 million that’s been spent to lure businesses to Texas from “blue states” like Illinois, California and New York has come from tax dollars.
And we should believe him, right? I mean, it’s not like he bragged about a balanced budget, while using 2009 stimulus funds to balance that budget—a 2009 stimulus that he publicly slammed and denounced.
Oh wait, that’s exactly what he did.
See, there’s an organization called TexasOne that collects “donations” from —well anyone—to fund Rick Perry’s trips so he can claim taxpayers aren’t footing the bill for these expenses.
Nothing quite like blatantly legalizing kickbacks from wealthy people, or big corporations, through the guise of “donations” to “build the Texas economy.”
Perry claims TexasOne is a nonprofit corporation—that just happens to be managed by the governor’s office. The board is appointed by Perry and there’s absolutely no legislated system of checks and balances for oversight of the money that’s “donated.”
And then there’s the previously mentioned hypocrisy of Rick Perry. While Perry claims no tax money has been used for his travels, the Houston Chronicle calculated that at least 45% of the $4.7 million collected over the last three years (or $2 million dollars) has been funded by local sales taxes.
Mr. “Small Government” Perry is using millions of taxpayer dollars to fund his extravagant trips, while bold-face lying about his use of these tax dollars.
And while he makes these hefty claims about “job creation,” what these trips essentially do is raid other states, attempting to bring jobs from their states to Texas. Now, I know Perry isn’t the smartest guy around, but even he should understand you can’t “create” jobs that already existed. Shifting 1,000 jobs from California to Texas doesn’t “create jobs,” it just moves them.
But none of this will matter. Republicans prove time and time again when they vote this guy into office that it doesn’t matter what he does, they’ll eat big spoon fulls of his bullcrap and do so with a smile.
Even if the thing he’s done is create his very own slush fund to get around state laws which prohibit corporations from directly giving him donations—a slush fund he operates and oversees.
While still using millions of dollars from taxpayers to foot the bill for the expenses his big corporate buddies didn’t cover. It’s a scheme so corrupt, I’m willing to bet organized crime leaders wished they had come up with it.
Then again, Rick Perry might just be the biggest organized crime leader in the United States.
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