Nothing better encapsulates our leadership problems in Austin than Gov. Rick Perry's refusal to accept $550 million from the federal government for unemployment assistance.
To make a political statement, Perry instead turned a huge and unnecessary debt over to the state's employers, including small business owners, during a tough economic climate.
There's no doubt the fight he picked with Washington was positive politically for the governor. It got him on TV. And talk radio. And it started him hinting about secession from the union, leaving most Texans and most Americans scratching their heads.
But was all this show business good for Texas?
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Advice to Kay... just shut up.
Kay just keeps digging this hole she is in on accepting or not accepting stimulus money (link). Excerpts follow...
Which prompted an influential conservative think tank chieftain to retort that Kay is doing a big government re-write (link)...
Kay, please, stop flogging this issue. You are just making a complete arse of yourself now. You are on the side of Jim Dunnam, Obama, and liberal newspaper writers. Rick is on the side of the tea parties, all the pro business groups, the legislature, and all the conservative think tanks.
Move on to something else, Kay. The more you criticize Rick on this issue, the more you drive fiscal conservatives away from you. You are losing any chance of earning my vote... we all debated this issue passionately in March, and we came to this conclusion. At the time you sort of agreed but sort of did not agree... who really knows.
Your Monday morning quarterbacking is not doing anyone any good... especially yourself.
My advice... Kay... just shut up!