Texans Need a REAL Governor

Texas Governor Rick Perry is an Enemy of the People

The incumbent governor does NOT deserve another term in office.

Remember back in October 2006 “proper” Perry pounced on the diversion of tax dollars as though he was going to be everybody’s hero?

One month before the elections our “beloved” and “proper” governor pretended he was concerned about how legislators take tax dollars collected from one issue and divert it to another? A good question is “Where has he been for 8 years?” [sarcastic rhetorical question]

For years legislative loopholes have enabled elected officials to take money they promised taxpayers would go towards, say, building and maintaining roadways (via gas taxes) and instead divert those tax dollars to higher education and the Department of Public Safety. We are told by lawmakers and the Office of the Attorney General that it is all perfectly legal, but is it ethical?

In 2005 the governor and legislators pushed through a bill that deregulated higher education. Since then, institutions like UT have increased their tuition costs at least 4 times, yet they continue to get those diverted tax revenue dollars collected from gasoline taxes and also from state lottery earnings.

Why are higher education institutions still getting these diverted tax dollars? Aren’t they ripping-off Texas parents and children enough?

During the past 8 years I’ve been writing the governor and legislators about this general “slush fund” loophole. It is unconscionable that our tax dollars continue to be diverted from what the taxpayers were told by lawmakers where their tax dollars were going but instead are being diverted to other special interests.

So, in 2006 one month before the elections Perry was doing everything to convince voters that he was a great governor and good guy, and that he wanted to do what’s best for Texans and their families. However, if you review the governor’s 8-year record, in reality he has done little to improve the quality of life for most Texans and their families. In fact, the truth is that most Texans are worse-off than they were 8 years ago.

Gov. Perry must think that most Texans are idiots. He was reelected in 2006 by a paltry 39 percent total votes, thanks to an iron-clad Texas law that does NOT require a run-off gubernatorial election when the winner receives less than 50 percent of the total votes.

Rick Perry is up for reelection again in 2010. However, this time my bet is on Texans to see through the “smoke & mirrors” and to elect a candidate more deserving of the job.