CNN has an article today on Texas Governor Rick Perry, and how, in spite of his public condemnation of the stimulus program put forward by the Obama administration, he accepted the funds and used them to cover 97% of his state’s budget shortfall in 2010. Here’s a clip:
Texas Gov. Rick Perry likes to tell Washington to stop meddling in state affairs. He vocally opposed the Obama administration’s 2009 stimulus program to spur the economy and assist cash-strapped states.
Perry also likes to trumpet that his state balanced its budget in 2009, while keeping billions in its rainy day fund.
But he couldn’t have done that without a lot of help from… guess where? Washington.
Turns out Texas was the state that depended the most on those very stimulus funds to plug nearly 97% of its shortfall for fiscal 2010, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures….
In related news, it looks as though libertarian icon Ayn “you’re weak and pathetic if you can’t make it on your own” Rand quite possibly collected both Social Security and Medicare.