Let us not forget that this monstrosity was encouraged by then-President George W. Bush and received 75 votes in the Senate – including from Texas’ own Kay Bailey Hutchison and John Cornyn. Hutchison is a candidate for governor.
(If the gubernatorial campaign issue that motivates you is the giving of taxpayer funds to fat-cat corporations and private entities, keep in mind that with one vote Sen. Hutchison gave away more than three-times the size of the entire Texas biennial budget.)
Shortly before the Senate voted on the bailout package, Perry issued a statement that appeared to condemn it.
"In a free market economy, government should not be in the business of using taxpayer dollars to bail out corporate America," Perry said.
As leaders of our respective organizations, we don't always see eye to eye on policy, but we come together today with one clear purpose. We strongly urge Congress to leave partisanship at the door and pass an economic recovery package. We both believe that it’s time to stand together for our country.
There is a time for partisanship and there is a time for getting things done. No one likes the hand they've been dealt, and now is not the time to assign blame. It is time for Washington, D.C. to step up, be responsible and do what's in the best interest of American taxpayers and our economy.
This economic crisis is not just impacting Wall Street; it is also making life harder for everyday Americans. Americans across the country and in every demographic are feeling the pinch. If Congress does not act soon, the situation will grow appreciably worse. It's time for leadership. Congress needs to act now.
But Brian Namey, a spokesman for the Democratic Governors Association, said the letter was "not an endorsement of any particular plan."
Perry spokeswoman Allison Castle said Perry's statement and the letter were intended to urge Congress to agree on a solution, not to endorse one.