The Lone Star Times is the latest right wing blog to take up for Rick on this issue (link). They are responding to a Houston Chronicle editorial about how wrong Rick's decision was. Excerpt from the blog rebuttal follows:
Burdens for Texas to modernize? That is an interesting phrase, isn’t it? If you’re like me, phrases that tell Texans they are nothing but a bunch of backwoods yahoos usually get my attention. Why do we need to “modernize” our unemployment system? It seems to be working fairly well, if success as a jobs producing state is a criteria. So what is it she wants us to do?
In a nutshell, she wants Texas to change the way benefit periods are calculated so that short term job holders can receive benefits, allow part-time workers to receive benefits, allow benefits for those that quit their jobs to take care of sick relatives give give benefits to spouses who quit to relocate with their spouse. But hey, no strings, right?
More and more, I think Kay made a really bad decision for criticising Rick. Conservatives are rallying behind Rick on this. Kay meanwhile has aligned herself with the out of touch mainstream media.