28 June 2009 at 8:03:37 PM
Texas Governor Rick Perry has a long history of wasting taxpayer dollars while catering to his wealthy special interest campaign contributors.
Perry has called for another one of his infamous Special Legislative Sessions. The governor has called for more special sessions at a cost of $2 million per session than any previous governor of Texas. That's just NOT intelligent leadership, especially in a depressed economy with a record number of home foreclosures, fewer available jobs, increased costs for higher education and ongoing property tax increases.
History shows us that Governor Perry consistently abuses his power.
Back in 2007 "The great minds of Texas," as the governor likes to call his special committee cronies, tossed away more taxpayer dollars on trying to develop an "innovative" plan that would privatize the Social Security Program. Too bad that, like many of their other plans, it was initiated by the poor judgment of special interests who salivated at the thought of a new resource for unlimited income.
The Bush administration's greed for profiteering, a.k.a. privatizing Social Security, trickled on down to Bush-wannabe Governor Rick Perry, whose eyes must have glazed over thinking about all the money he and his wealthy campaign contributors could make via the use of our tax dollars.
According to an article in the 4/25/07 Austin-American Statesman:
"Four years ago, Texas embarked on the nation's most ambitious plan to privatize enrollment in social services. It would establish call centers to take food stamp, welfare and Medicaid applications by phone, fax, Internet and mail, instead of just in person at state offices. It would use a new Web-based computer system designed to bring Texas into the Internet age.
Today, the project is in shambles. The state has canceled the call center contract with a group led by Accenture LLP and continues to do most of the enrollment work with state employees using the old computer system."
With Texans paying more and more in taxes, several years ago the state refused to make good on its promise to refund a $500 million tax surplus. In wondering why the state held onto those refunds, it now comes to light that one of the reasons may be the ongoing special interest power-plays and "innovative" ideas sponsored by the governor and legislators to cater to their campaign contributors.
Two years ago Gov. Perry led the charge to deregulate several industries promoting competitive markets as a way to moderate costs of services to hardworking Texans. While Perry got the legislation he wanted, special interests were able to use the lax laws to acquire greater profits, e.g., industries like electricity, higher education and communications. Costs of these services have escalated dramatically.
Another issue has been lax insurance legislation that enabled the home insurance industry overnight to double the cost of premiums. Currently, Texas homeowners pay the highest premiums in the nation. While Perry promised help for homeowners, he has done nothing to make home insurance more affordable.
Perry continues to place his wealthy special interests above what is good for the Texas community. He lies that the Trans-Texas Corridor (TTC) plan is over, but he continues to seek ways to provide the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) with more power and less oversight so it may continue whatever efforts needed to develop the TTC and pushing through toll roads. Despite what the governor and his pro-toll interests tell Texans, toll roads are NOT cost-effective and are not needed here in Texas.
The latest Special Legislative Session is being called by the governor to push through more updated pro-toll legislation, in addition to some other special interest needs but being presented to the taxpayers as a need session to confirm and to validate the longevity of several state agencies. It is a bogus ploy.
Texas government is corrupt and special interest regulated. Gov. Rick Perry has had 2 terms to make positive changes and has failed to do so. Most Texans are in worse financial shape than when Perry started his first term in Year 2000. Texans need to stand up and speak-out against Perry's special interest rule. We must monitor the direction and goals of the special session and ensure that outcomes are made in the best interests of the Texas Community, and NOT for the governor's special interests.
In the 2010 Gubernatorial Election, Texans have the great opportunity to get rid of Perry early, in the GOP Primary by voting for Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison. Texans deserve to have a REAL governor, one who will resolve the urgent issues of the past decade, since Perry has been unable to do so.
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