As he edges closer and closer to calling for outright secession of Texas, Governor rick perry just won the vote of every Conservative in Texas for re-election. Meanwhile, Kay Bailey Hutchinson (his presumed opponent for the Governorship in 2012) can’t make up her mind on her health care stance.
Hey, Kay — don’t feel blue: It’s time for Nancy Pelosi to Retire, too!
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry, raising the specter of a showdown with the Obama administration, suggested Thursday that he would consider invoking states’ rights protections under the 10th Amendment to resist the president’s healthcare plan, which he said would be “disastrous” for Texas.
Interviewed by conservative talk show host Mark Davis of Dallas’ WBAP radio, Perry said his first hope is that Congress will defeat the plan, which both Perry and Davis described as “Obama Care.” But he predicted that Texas and a number of states might take steps to resist the new federal health mandates if they pass Congress.
“I think you’ll hear states and governors standing up and saying no to this type of encroachment on the states with their healthcare,” Perry said. “So my hope is that we never have to have that stand up. But I’m certainly willing and ready for the fight if this administration continues to try to force their very expansive government philosophy down our collective throats.”
Which means other Governors are already talking about this if Perry is mentioning it. Why do I see Sarah Palin’s and Mitch Daniels’ faces hovering above that crowd?
Perry, the state’s longest-serving governor, has made defiance of Washington a hallmark of his state administration as well as his emerging re-election campaign against U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison in the 2010 Republican primary. Earlier this year, Perry refused $555 million in federal unemployment stimulus money, saying it would subject Texas to long-term costs long after the federal dollars ended.
“It really is a state issue and if there was ever an argument for the 10th Amendment and for letting the states find a solution to their problems, this may be at the top of the class,” said the Republican governor. “A government-run healthcare system is financially unstable. It’s not the solution.”
Perry heartily backed an unsuccessful resolution in this year’s legislative session that would have affirmed the state’s belief that it has sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government. In expressing “unwavering support” for the 10th Amendment resolution by State Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, Perry said that “federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state.”
Texas has a higher percentage of uninsured people than any other state, with one out of every four Texans lacking health insurance. Dunkelburg, whose organization supports policies to help low- and modest-income Texans, said the House version of the bill would create a “predictable and comprehensive benefits package” for thousands of struggling middle-income Texans.
Oddly enough, we have a huge percentage of illegals flooding our Emergency rooms s well- the largest number of any state. S’pose there’s a connection there?
Perry said the healthcare plan was another example of the “massive takeover of the private sector economy” by the Obama administration. “I hope our leaders will look for solutions that don’t dig our country further into debt,” he said. “You look at all this debt load that we’re carrying right now and it’s a scary situation from my perspective.”
Perry called on Texans in the House and Senate to oppose the plan. “I can’t imagine that anyone from Texas who cares about this state would vote for Obama Care, I don’t care whether you’re Democrat or Republican,” he said.
And then the direct Zing at Hutchinson, whose office told me this week she is “still considering her position” on Obamacare:
Of those Texans who might consider supporting the plan, he said: “This may sound a little bit harsh, but they might ought to consider representing some other state because they’re sure not representing Texas.”
Good point, governor. Don’t worry – the Tea Parties are planning on cleaning the house in 2010.