Texas Governor Rick Perry is at it again, and by “at it” I mean acting like a complete hypocrite. The governor who has made a career out of attacking Washington is once again seeking money from Washington.
The governor that:
- Opposed the 2009 stimulus bill, while using funds from it to balance his budgets, then bragged about his balanced budget during his 2010 campaign.
- Talks about the massive spending in Washington, yet each time some kind of disaster happens within his state is quickly asking for money from the federal government.
- Speaks often about “Constitutional values” and “small government” while passing laws which massively inject government into the private lives of women, restricts voting rights and opposes gay rights based on a violation of our First Amendment.
He’s now in talks with the Obama administration seeking money from “Obamacare” to expand health coverage for the elderly and disabled in Texas.
Do I disagree with his request? Absolutely not.
But his blatant hypocrisy is absolutely astounding. A man who’s done as much as possible to sabotage and oppose the law, once calling it a “monstrosity,” is now asking for $100 million from the Obama administration to help the elderly and disabled in Texas.
Like with most Republicans, they build careers out of attacking the “big bad federal government” yet are often the first ones with their hands out asking that same federal government for money when they need it.
But let’s look at what the Perry spokesperson said when asked why, if the governor is so against the law, he’s now seeking funds from it:
“Long before Obamacare was forced on the American people, Texas was implementing policies to provide those with intellectual disabilities more community options to enable them to live more independent lives, at a lower cost to taxpayers. The Texas Health and Human Services Commission will continue to move forward with these policies because they are right for our citizens and our state, regardless of whatever funding schemes may be found in Obamacare.”
In other words: “Oh we meant to do this before, and had plans to do this before, but thanks to Obamacare we now have the funding to do so. But the law is still terrible!”
Texas has a “rainy day fund” worth over $6 billion. You’re telling me Rick Perry couldn’t take $100 million from that? After all, his spokesperson said “long before Obamacare” came along. What the heck were they waiting for?
And isn’t Rick Perry always talking about states’ rights and keeping the federal government out of state business? Shouldn’t he then be seeking less dependence from the federal government and using his own state revenue to fund this $100 million health care expansion for the elderly and disabled?
I’ll stop. I’m using too much common sense and logic. Two things Republicans don’t quite excel at using or understanding.
The bottom line is, this is just more hypocrisy about federal spending, our government and the Affordable Care Act coming from another prominent Republican.
It’s the attitude carried by many Republicans that when others need help, those people are abusing the system and just looking for a government handout. But when they need it, well then it’s perfectly acceptable.
But that’s what happens when you’re a political party built for sociopaths—by sociopaths.
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