What Do Rick Perry and Nigerian E-Mail Scammers Have in Common? You.

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You know what the pigeon drop is, right? Some scam artist convinces an old lady she can get $10,000 for free by withdrawing a mere $1,000 from her bank account. All she has to do is allow the scam artist to hold her thousand dollars for half an hour. I don't have to tell you how it ends.

So do we really not get that Governor Rick Perry is doing a pigeon drop on the whole state? I'm talking about all this crap he's been preaching -- how rich we're going to be because we gave away lots of tax money to his business buddies but didn't bring much money back in as taxes.

Wait. Think about it. We give the money away to Perry's friends. We don't bring in much money. And we get rich?

No. We don't. We get a $25 billion state budget deficit and a bunch of Tea Party voodoo wackos telling us they can come up the money by adopting "solid business practices."

What solid business practices? Like Wall Street? The banking industry? Accounting? Real estate? Why not just bring in those guys who tell you they can fix your driveway for $1,500 and then pour motor oil on it?

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Why would anybody go to American business leadership for guidance at this point in history? Before I trusted the business community to fix state government, I think I'd consult the guy who writes me all the time about my inheritance in Nigeria.

In order to fix a $25 billion budget without raising taxes, they're going to have to empty out the prisons, shut down the public schools, allow the state's roads and bridges to turn to rubble and toss the orphans and the old folks out in the street.

When that happens, I don't want to hear about it. I don't want to hear everybody standing around bawling outside the bank with their fat envelopes full of folded newspaper talking about, "That nice Mr. Perry told me I'd be rich."

Caveat dumbass.


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It Girl
It Girl

Doing pigeon drop on the whole state according tax money... role play

Robert
Robert

Caterpillar built a plant in Texas and Motorola expanded their plant with help from state funds. That's a lot of new jobs that would have gone elsewhere. And isn't Samsung undergoing a honkin' big expansion in Austin?

/me talking about jobs is ironical and stuff.

quellepotat
quellepotat

if memory serves me correctly, didn't the Tea Party support Debra Medina?

Likeicare
Likeicare

No kidding! I sent emails to Rick "Goodhair" Perry asking about all that surplus he was spouting about during the election. No answer. And he's still living in that $10,000/month rent house that we pay for!

mmacnaughton
mmacnaughton

To beat a dead horse - Texas public education spending nearly doubled during the last decade, increasing from $28 billion to nearly $55 billion since the 1998-99 school year. Even after taking enrollment growth into account, public school spending per student has increased by 63 percent, outpacing both enrollment and inflation. With a large anticipated state budget shortfall, education spending will be subject to the chopping block.

Public school payroll costs, at $32.5 billion, account for nearly 60 percent of all school spending. But administration has grown more rapidly than teachers, and Texas would have to eliminate 1,571 administrative positions to reach the 1998-99 ratios.

The new report today by the Texas Comptroller - http://www.fastexas.org/ - also notes that the growth of administrators in the last decade has increased by 36 percent compared to an increase of 27 percent for teachers.

It's high time for DISD's Mike Hinojosa and company to trim the fat in the ranks of the Administration.

Oodarkroom
Oodarkroom

I still can't believe Perry was reelected. How much of a deficit does this guy have to run up before the voters say enough?

Montemalone
Montemalone

Harper's has this story, except it's about Arizona. When you read it, just sub Texas for Arizona.

Enrique De La Fuente
Enrique De La Fuente

The problem with the Tea Party is that they are a rather inconsistent lot. They support a Governor who accepts $14 billion in Worshington stimulus money, created a fund that subsidies the production of Hollywood films, also created a publicly-funded venture capital fund where Rick Perry's buddies who failed ideas who get a nickel from any private VC go to the state asking for it, and fund the gives direct handouts to business (Enterprise Fund), who proposed an HPV vaccine policy, among other things.

Rick Perry just needs to speak at a rally or two, and say the things they want to hear and TA-DA! Rick Perry the guy who became a millionaire while in public office, is all of sudden the torch-bearer of limited government.

TimCov
TimCov

They supported her until she showed herself to be a Truther. Then, they dropped her like a hot potato.

Montemalone
Montemalone

Even Huckabee had the good manners to live in a double-wide when he was Governor of Arkansas.

(It's true)

Montemalone
Montemalone

Since every town with 200 people thinks it needs it's own district, lots o cash will be spent.How about fewer "districts" and hire principals that can run schools?

Oak Cliff Townie
Oak Cliff Townie

Somehow they always stumble through the Mess.

Besides As long as "WE" have the Friday Night Good entertainment with good looking scantly clad High kicking Dancing TEEN Girls Live Music and Athletic contests All will be OK in Texas .

And of course Flag corps for the Less than really good lookers .

Isn't that School is for ?

TimCov
TimCov

I keep on saying that Perry doesn't win elections, Texas Democrats lose them at the primaries. There are 2 problems with the people Texas Democrats nominate for governor in the past 10 years:1. They have the charisma of a card board box.2. They have positions that would have northeastern liberals voting for them. That just won't fly in Texas.

I can't remember his name, but there was a candidate at the start of the primary season I would have been happy to vote for. However, backroom deals were made and he became the candidate for Texas Ag Commissioner. Instead, we got White who seemed to be a bad mix of Bush and Reid.

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