You might have heard the new mantra that has been unveiled by the Bill White For Texas campaign: Rick Perry is in it for himself.
I think this should play well in Texas, mainly because it explains so much when you see or hear about Governor Perry pulling another bone-headed act – one that doesn’t make much sense when you look at the facts.
You know, stuff like vetoing a bill to outlaw school busses running their engines in school parking lots for hours on end, or you know, like presiding over the largest state budget shortfall in living memory.
How can you explain these things, simple says Democratic candidate for Governor Bill White, Rick Perry is in it for himself.
If you want to understand Rick Perry, all you have to do is understand his colleague, former Alaska governor Sarah Palin. Palin couldn’t see how she was going to pull down the big bucks and still be governor of Alaska, so she quit and signed on to the gravy train of Tea Party USA. Rick Perry, however, being a career politician, sees no other way to pull down the big bucks than to stick with his present job for an unprecedented 3rd term.
Now understand, Rick Perry isn’t in public service because of the salary. At $150,000 per year, Perry is earning a tenth of what someone in the private sector pulls down for the equivalent executive job. No, it’s all that other stuff.
Other stuff like getting people to pay for your magazine subscriptions, international vacations and all of those campaign contributions. Like doling out taxpayer money from the Texas Enterprise Fund to corporations, only to have those corporations return the favor by making huge cash donations to Perry’s campaign.
Rick Perry has spent such a long time in Austin that he holds all of the cards, and knows how to use his office to rake it in. Bill White has his number though, and unleashed the new mantra that we are going to hear over and over again for the next 4 months.
Here is a video clip, about 5 minutes long, of Bill White explaining all of this to thousands of Texas Democratic Party convention delegates last Friday.