johnseeking to Rick Perry: “You GO, homeboy!”

"The buck stops HERE, y'all."

He’s going to catch political hell for it, but I’m behind Texas Governor Rick Perry’s decision to NOT accept about a half-billion dollars of “stimulus” money offered by the Federal Government.

Read about it HERE (clickity)

Fire away, folks.  The comments section is OPEN.


5 Responses to “johnseeking to Rick Perry: “You GO, homeboy!””

  1. March 13, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    My Governor is gonna take all he can get!!!!

  2. 2 Gary Gray
    March 17, 2009 at 10:41 am

    Whose to say what’s right or wrong here, but Rick has a short memory. One of the major factors of our government’s current debt is unchecked spending through our defense department. Huge defense contracts were awarded in cities all over America. The economy sparked. The government borrowed all of it. Rick enjoyed the economic up swing in his own state due to this borrowed spending. It’s a bit silly to stand up now. Texas is one of the leading states when it comes to defense contractors. Rick could have stood up then.


    The distinction here is that the money that Governor Perry elected to reject was largely tied to expansion of “social services,” (welfare) and came with multiple Federal strings attached. He made the call he made because in his judgment said money for said purposes would have not been in our state economy’s best interest. I agree — if the problem is unemployment due to a lagging economy, it makes much more sense to use money to boost potential and struggling employers rather than expand the pool of money available to the unemployed. What incentive do they have to get off the taxpayer’s teat if the milk keeps flowing?

  3. 3 Gary Gray
    March 27, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Social Services (education, healthcare, your local police department you can call, you fire department, your library, the guys filling your pot holes and putting fresh bulbs in your street lights, the guys making sure the water in your tap is clean, the FDA that ensures what you buy at the grocery store won’t kill you, the military that defends you, the social workers helping the needy, the doctors and nurses attending to our military, the people who make sure the seat belt in your car can save your life, the oceanographers who will issue the storm warning that could save your life)

    It’s a bit more complicated than – Social Services (welfare)

  4. 4 Gary Gray
    March 27, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    And…I don’t think it’s fair to say that only certain people are on the teat. We have been voting for politicians who promise to lower our taxes while we fight wars, get ‘free’ books from the library, attend public schools, have fully functioning police and fire departments, and have wonderful publicly funded parks and forests. We’ve paid for all of it with borrowed money. We are all to blame. Just because we may not be individually in debt, we are all responsible for our nation’s debt. Our society lives beyond its means. How can we expect all these things and not expect to pay for them?

    Blaming those on welfare is a way of avoiding the real issues. I’m always amazed at the animosity that Republican politicans can create against those on welfare. The wealthy have been rewarded with tax breaks for risky investments that have caused a ripple effect throughout the world. Have welfare recipients ever had such an impact?

    Not that Democrats have any sort of an answer. That’s a major problem, people choose a side and think they’re right. We should stop listening to them all, educate ourselves, and form our own opinions. We then need to elect leaders who can do the same.


    Amen to that last bit, especially.

  5. July 21, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    Hey,check it out Mr.King now we have to borrow money from the government lol

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