Thursday, July 12, 2012

Rick Perry Takes Care of Rick Perry

by Pa Rock
Citizen Journalist

Yesterday I wrote about how the Republican Party of Texas is opposed to the teaching of critical thinking skills in Texas Schools.   They want to insure that youngsters never move beyond the intellectual boundaries of their elders, and in Texas those intellectual boundaries are often about the size of a postage stamp.

The state's governor, Rick Perry, is an excellent example of what can result when students are restricted to rote memorization and regurgitation.   Mr. Perry knows how to get his own needs met, but when it comes to helping those less fortunate than himself, a Christian concept that many accept as a fundamental of effective political leadership, the big-haired governor just doesn't get it.

Governor Perry's Texas has the highest rate of citizens without health insurance in America, with a quarter of the state's population - 6.2 million - being uninsured.   But instead of worrying about how to take care of these individuals, the governor is refusing to participate in the Affordable Care Act because to do so would result in over two million Texans suddenly having access to health care through Medicaid.  Egads!

In fact, instead of increasing Medicaid support, the governor has overseen a cut in Texas Medicaid of over $3.1 billion.  Not surprisingly, the Federal Agency for Health Care Research and Quality has gone on record as saying Texas has the worst health care system in the United States.

That's worth repeating:  Texas has the worst health care system in the entire United States!

Governor Perry has also managed to cut $5 billion from the state's education budget over the past few years, but we've already made the point that education is a very low priority in the Lone Star state.

So what does Rick Perry spend the state's money on?   Well, the Governor's Mansion for one thing.  The big house in Austin was damaged in an arson incident a few years back.  It is now almost completely renovated at a cost to Texas suckers taxpayers of $25 million.   One news source pointed out that $25 million would fund 11 million school lunches...but school lunches aren't a Republican priority either - especially in Texas.

Damn, this is one of those times when I really miss Molly Ivins!

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