Buzz about Governor Rick Perry running for the nomination has been spreading like wildflower in the Southern States. He can often be heard running on platforms that mainly relate to his “successful management” of the Economic Recession in Texas. But this successful management is nothing short of a withholding of promised funds that were raised from taxpayer dollars that were already promised to public institutions , including many public school systems. The figure is around $41 million dollars total that was taken from the public, but is being reported as “extra revenue” in Texas. In other words, Rick Perry is taking taxpayer money from the public and our public education system and storing it in his treasury so that one day he if he decides to run for office, he can point and say, “See, I know how to run a country! During the recession, MY state MADE money!”. With stat juking and scheming like this, along with his ‘good old boy Texan’ persona (sound familiar?), he may yet prove to be a very difficult adversary for Obama to face in the coming election.
The much used line, “Our founding fathers intended-” seems to be one of common use in political debates today, whether it be on a televised national level, or just some average Joes talking amongst themselves. Now before I dive into this, let me just say that I have a very strong admiration for our founding fathers and am eternally grateful for everything they did in making our great country great. That being said, the founding fathers created the foundation for a nation based on what they believed needed to be done AT THAT TIME. “That time”, however, was the 1700s. So why is it that so many American’s seem to magically know what it was the founding fathers would have wanted today? Furthermore, why is it relevant? We live in a world that has an exponentially higher population rate than theirs did, and we now have knowledge of things that they could never even begin to comprehend. Yes they are all great men, and yes they were VERY intelligent, but they could never have understood just how successful, and just how much growth their nation would yield through the centuries. We owe them our respect, but we do not need to reference them at every political crossroads or problem we encounter. Common sense worked in the 1700s, heck MAYBE even in the 1800s. But as a nation, we cannot continue spreading the belief that COMPLEX economic issues, based in one of the most complicated economic machines known to man, all have COMMON SENSE answers. I tip my hat to the founders, but they are not the instruction manual on how to run a country over 200 years later. It’s like using a Playstation 1 instruction manual to fix your Playstation 300.
Lately there seems to be a resurgence in “blaming the bums” amongst residents in the Texas area. The unemployment rate is rather high right now, yet the number of times I’m hearing the “Why don’t they just get a job?” argument seems to be increasing with it as well. However trying to point out this blatant contradiction in the argument will likely get you nowhere, and instead will cause the topic to shift over to…you guessed it, President Obama. It seems fairly commonplace in the South for people to dislike him first, then they decide why and how they reached that conclusion after the fact. Discount or disprove any of their stated reasons and its on to the next myth/completely made up accusation. One woman, who shall remain anonymous, claims she was laid off from work solely because of President Obama. I then asked her when she was laid off from her long time job. After checking her paperwork she said she was notified of the lay offs on January 1, 2009, almost three weeks before he took office! I mentioned that it was actually impossible that she lost her job because of him and explained that he was not sworn in until January 20. “No, he swore in before that” she said. So I thought to further prove her wrong by showing her the official record of his inauguration online. Her husband promptly called me ignorant and something other than my given name, and asked me to leave. Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for debating policy and facts, what could be done better or should not have been done at all. But it really does begin to wear a man down, arguing against phrases such as “He never dun did put his hand on the Bible when he swure in, I seent it!” That’s an easy one right? Just show them the video and prove them wrong. Nope. Tried that one too. I suppose I should just resign myself to people blaming anything and everything that doesn’t go right for them to be Obama’s fault. So if your dog just passed away, you cut yourself shaving, or you didn’t ace that last exam, don’t fret! Rest easy knowing it isn’t your fault, Obama did it. “Now Bush…he was a good ol’ Texas boy.” says one Texas native. “Isn’t he from Connecticut or something?” I ask. I’m promptly given the stink eye and reprimanded with “You one of them liberal types ain’t ya?” And that, at least, is true.