POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Gov Perry competes for “hypocrite of the day” … Texas has benefited from public sector job growth (the Obama stimulus) and from strict regulation of mortgages … yet Gov. Perry, in tune with the Tea Party “know-nothings,” opposes exactly this kind of government spending and government regulation

Posted by Lew Weinstein on August 17, 2011

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Gov. Perry of Texas ... competing with Gov Perry of FL for hypocrite of the day

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 Robert Sheer writes on Huff Post (8/17/11) …

  • It is unfathomable that yet another Texas blowhard governor has emerged as a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.
  • vastly expanded exploitation of gas and oil reserves has produced many of the new jobs that the Texas governor claims.
  • yet … Texas remains tied with Mississippi for the largest number of workers earning wages equal to or less than the federal minimum wage.
  • much of the non-energy job growth is in the public sector, which has been in part financed by the federal government that Perry lambastes.
  • almost half of the state’s job growth the past two years was led by education, health care and government, the sectors of the economy that will now take a hit as federal stimulus money runs out and the state’s 8% cut in state spending translates into thousands of layoffs among state workers and teachers in the coming months.”
  • Texas has not suffered anything like the crushing foreclosure crisis that is the main source of joblessness in states from Florida to California.
  • The difference for Texas is one that most free-market conservatives ignore: It was precisely the tight government regulation of the housing market that spared Texas a similar fate.
  • Texas has maintained the strictest laws on home mortgages in the nation.
  • Bush, as Perry is doing, complained about big government in every area except lavish spending on the military-industrial complex, an important part of the Texas economy at more than $200 billion a year, double what it was a decade ago.

read the entire article at … http://www.huffingtonpost.com/robert-scheer/the-biggest-little-hypocr_b_928935.html?utm_source=DailyBrief&utm_campaign=081711&utm_medium=email&utm_content=BlogEntry&utm_term=Daily%20Brief

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