I’ll tell you what’s hilarious or just plain ludicrous. The segment of the population that insists on “term limits.” It is as if the voting population of Texas red considers itself helpless to keep from voting for the same clown over and over again to the point that those voters need a law to keep them from themselves.
Term limits is as easy as simply voting for someone else. Instead the people of this state are apparently determined to call for term limits while voting for the politician that gives them cause to demand term limits. That is just too rich.
Yo know who I’m talking about. The guy who cost the state millions for his vanity run for the “White House.”
Yes, the same guy who calls out from the bully pulpit for members of the millionaire’s club we call “the congress” to take pay cuts when he himself is double dipping seems well, hypocritical. Then again it may just be he’s a relic of the antebellum South. Aren’t most of these cranky old white guy, sexist, racist, homophobes?
The research done so far by the Lone Star Project reflects that Mr. Perry, the guv, is the highest paid governor in the nation.
This is interesting when you consider that Texas red is tied with the state of Mississippi for the most number of minimum wage earners. That’s right Texas leads the way (tied with Mississippi) for the most number of workers earning chump change. Tell me that doesn’t create the image of a plantation owner of old.
That probably helps to explain why it is the state has the highest percentage uninsured populations in the nation. One in four residents, six million people, of the state go without healthcare insurance. One million of those are children.
Texas also leads the nation in the for profit prison-industrial complex population. Which of course also makes sense since the state also boasts one of the highest dropout rates in the nation. Are you beginning to see why it is I question whether the man is worth his income to the state?
It’s not as if the man created these conditions but since he’s been the state’s only governor for almost a decade and a half he can’t easily extricate himself from them either. Those conditions he didn’t create, if any, he exacerbated.
The Lone Star Project admits that, “While a state-by-state survey of all potential income is not yet completed, Rick Perry appears to be the only governor in the nation who draws a fulltime salary from the state payroll office AND takes full payment as a state retiree. Perry gets $150,000 each year for serving as governor, but then he gets another $92,000 as though he is a retiree. Perry’s double-dipping payments of course are on top of his free housing, transportation and travel also covered by Texas taxpayers.”
So while the income we know about puts Perry in just about the top 3 percent wage earners in the nation others including teachers and firefighters don’t do quite as well. In fact in terms of teacher salaries the state is ranked 38th in the nation (a drop of seven places in just two years) at just over a $48,000 annual salary. Firefighters meanwhile find themselves having to pay for essential equipment out of their own pockets.
Sounds as if it’s “good to be the king.” However, it’s hardly worthy of a quarter of a million dollar income to the struggling, working, uninsured poor of Texas red.
To that end “Legislation filed in the Texas State House by Representative Chris Turner (HD101 – Grand Prairie/Arlington) would make sure that future Texas governors aren’t allowed to put both hands in taxpayer pockets. It provides a golden opportunity for State Republican leaders to show good faith and common sense to Texas voters who have weathered a decade of a GOP-controlled state government that refuses to make basic investments in education, transportation and healthcare.”
But don’t count on it.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…