Rick Perry Would Rather Spend Money Attacking Women Than Help West, Texas Residents

rickperrywesttexasTwo and a half months ago a devastating blast leveled part of West, Texas.  Beyond the tragedy of the 15 dead (and the over 200 injured), the town of West was in desperate need of new fire trucks and fire fighting equipment.

Well they got a truck—from Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman.

In fact, they not only got a truck, they received funding for a second fire truck for their town—from Central Texas Iron Works, the employer of Robert and Doug Snokhous who were killed in the blast.

Meanwhile, a few miles south Rick Perry and other Texas Republicans are spending $800k for a second special session that seeks to strip women of their Constitutional rights.

Not only have Texas Republicans not done all they can to help the town of West, many seem to feel that the deregulation which led to the catastrophic explosion wasn’t the problem.

Texas State Senator Donna Campbell, the woman who just happened to end Wendy Davis‘ filibuster, said there’s no need for new chemical plant regulations because “there’s a point at which you can over-regulate.”

Essentially what I heard was, “Deregulation caused the West explosion, but we shouldn’t pass new laws that might prevent future catastrophes because—it might tick off big business and I need their money for my next campaign.”

Texas brags about it’s culture which is “business friendly,” but West shows what happens when government becomes too friendly with business.

The irony in all of this is the current push by Texas Republicans to regulate women, while opposing regulating plants that can cause massive explosions.

Basically. these Republicans believe a woman’s body is more dangerous than a chemical plant capable of leveling an entire town, thus women need invasive government regulation where chemical plants do not.

I’ll say it one more time just so everyone gets it.  Texas is spending $800k to regulate women yet doesn’t feel potentially explosive chemical plants need tighter regulations, following a chemical explosion which was caused by lack of regulations, because they don’t want to “over-regulate.”

Not only would they rather spend their time attacking abortion rights and regulating women’s bodies—the town needed equipment to protect their citizens that ended up having to be donated by private citizens because the State of Texas would rather spend money on “more important issues.”

An absolute travesty.

We should all applaud these citizens who donated these resources (and everyone who donated anything for that matter).  But it’s absolutely pathetic that while this town continues to struggle to rebuild from the rubble caused by the greed of private business, the State of Texas, Texas Republicans and Rick Perry are more concerned with some unconstitutional attack on women’s rights.

I can only say, the next 18 months can’t come soon enough.  Rick Perry is a disgrace to Texas and the day following his last day in office will be the dawn for a new Texas.

One that puts humanity before politics.

A Texas that actually defends Constitutional rights instead of attacking them.

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • AuroraMoon

    Texan GOP seems to just live in a whole other universe away from reality entirely…. what else can I say?

  • Magster

    Why don’t they get it? It seems so logical to me that I can’t understand why the conservatives are still whining.

    • tcaruso01

      Gerrymandering and unfortunately the old, Caucasian base is still in the majority! But that will change soon with the booming Latino population!! Change is coming to the Lone Star state…first to purple and then to blue!!

  • Kibber_SF

    Texas will re-elect him. Why because they are stupid

    • Judy Jackson

      Perry announced yesterday that he won’t be running for reelection. Smart money says he is going after the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. FYI, not all Texans are stupid. There are MANY of us who are fighting to bring Texas all the way into the 21st Century. We are a minority, but we are gaining numbers every day.

      • mmmmikkimac

        I doubt the GOP bigwigs will nominate Perry to run in 2016 – he made too many mistakes in the debates and he’s NOT very bright.

  • Tamara Musick Sookchan

    I couldn’t have said it any better

  • mmmmikkimac

    Love the article. And it is true. The GOP and Perry love to pass laws controlling women’s bodies and change voter laws so minorities and poor will have a difficult time voting. They claim to be pro-life with this anti-abortion bill, but love to execute criminals, even ones who have DNA tests prove they are innocent of that particular crime. They are the political party with double standards and remind me of the ‘rich, good old white guy’s’ double standard.