Perry vs the oppressive Washington government

On April 9 Governor Perry did a press event with other legislators and declared:  “I believe that our federal government has become oppressive. I believe it’s become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens and its interference with the affairs of our state.” Later, his comments hinting at secession triggered a wave of national coverage.

I’m sure that Texans are comforted by the concern about an oppressive  government. It was only two years ago when Texans learned of Perry’s order mandating that their daughters receive the HPV vaccine. Some Texans saw their property seized and handed to powerful economic interest for profitable stadiums and other ventures. Others still worry that family farms and ranches will be taken and handed to private firms that will build toll roads slicing through the Texas countryside. Perry has announced his opposition to local governments taking citizens’ property and continues to rail against the strings attached to federal money to the states.

Ironically, Perry is pretty comfortable taking money from special interests like the Teamsters Union in Washington. A Dallas Morning News story points out that Perry has raise $2.7 million from Washington sources during his years as Governor. It looks like Perry would have a little less trouble selling his Texas indepdence if he were dining more on home cooking.

Update: In a May 17 op-ed pieces, Perry denied that he advocated succession. Of course, this will be debated endless. Clearly, Perry hinted at seccession when he talked about dissolving the union the he said, that “if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that.”

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