Rick Perry seems to have decided to increase his anti-Washington rhetoric as voting day for the gubernatorial race in Texas fast approaches. Perry’s opponent, previous Houston Mayor Bill White, responded to Perry’s refusal to debate him on the grounds that White has some unreleased tax returns from his time in office. White stated that Perry refuses to hold a debate because Perry wishes to hide fiscal evidence until after the election in regards to the Texas budget that has recently come under fire. According to the Monday, September 13th edition of the Houston Chronicle, the Texas budget will be facing a shortage of about $18 billion over the next two years. Perry responded by saying, “You would have to be deaf, dumb, and blind not to understand that we have a major financial crisis on our hands, thanks mostly to an administration and a Congress that has been out of control in their spending.” Perry also said, “The most powerful thing that could happen in America is this Congress could go back in and clearly state that they’re not going to be spending any more money… instead of another harum-scarum scheme of throwing stimulus out and claiming that it’s going to create jobs.”
Who is really to blame?
According to the March 9th, 2008 edition of the Washington Post, the war in Iraq has cost the taxpayers over $3 trillion dollars under the Bush Administration. In addition to tax loopholes that allow corporations to send jobs overseas to maximize their profits, combined with the astounding rate of de-regulation over the past couple of decades, it is not hard to figure out why America is in such a pickle. So for Mr. Perry to blame the current Congress for the state of our recession is not only extremely inaccurate, it also hinders our ability to change the direction our country is headed by adding to the collective amnesia of how we got here. Voters need to know their history and voters need to be informed to make intelligent decisions on November 2nd.
What is the response over the Texas budget?
Rick Perry places the blame elsewhere and seeks to turn his constituents’ eyes away from his fiscal irresponsibility by claiming the Obama Administration and the Democratic majority in Congress is to blame for the recession. Senator Kirk Watson, a democrat from Austin, has asked the GOP Comptroller to provide an updated revenue estimate, ahead of the one she is to officially present in January. Perry and company have called this request “bizarre” and “politically tinged.” My question is, why shouldn’t it be? With the gubernatorial election coming up, voters need all the political information we can get. I also find it ironic how Perry still refuses to debate his opponent citing a lack of financial information, but when requested to submit his own, he calls it, “bizarre”. I wholeheartedly approve of Senator Watson’s sentiment that, “The way to set all politics aside is, let’s get all the numbers out there.”
Peggy Fikac. “Perry suggests feds created budget trouble.” www.chron.com
Linda J. Blimes and Joseph E. Stiglitz. “The Iraq War Will Cost Us $3 Trillion, and Much More” http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/03/07/AR2008030702846.html