Rare is it that you get true bipartisan support on anything political these days, but that’s exactly what happened a few days ago when the Texas Senate and House sent the “Buy American” bill to Governor Rick Perry’s desk.
Passing the Senate by a vote of 23-7 and the House 145-0, the Texas legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill meant to give preference to American-made goods for purchase by the State of Texas when they are of equal cost and quality to foreign-made products.
In other words, if an American-made product and foreign-made product are of equal quality and cost, when the state is purchasing a good or service, the state would always give preference to the American-made product or service.
96% of Texas legislators supported the “Buy American” bill…
Now tell me there’s not something very wrong when a bill is supported by 96% of a state’s legislators, yet gets vetoed by the governor.
Then again, this has nothing to do with buying American, supporting American-made products and creating American jobs. The only thing Rick Perry cares about is his ability to give contracts to his big corporate buddies who use cheap international labor and outsource American jobs.
This also follows his recent veto of a GOP-backed disclosure bill, which would have forced social welfare groups that spend more than $25,000 a year on political expenses to disclose contributions that exceed $1,000.
Again, the disclosure bill was a Republican sponsored and supported bill.
And I won’t even get into his continued stance on denying millions of Texans living in poverty health care by avoiding provisions in the Affordable Care Act. That’s a subject for another day.
But this is exactly what Republicans asked for, and it proudly displays the sheep-like voting by many conservatives.
You really can’t be shocked by his behavior. After all, what did conservatives expect? This is a man who publicly slammed the 2009 stimulus bill, while privately using money from that very same stimulus to balance his state’s budget.
A balanced budget which was his main talking point during his 2010 re-election campaign, and during his failed 2012 presidential run.
Oh, and a 2010 re-election bid where he refused to talk to any Texas media outlets or debate his opponent, former Houston mayor Bill White.
I don’t care which side of the political spectrum you’re on — anyone who votes for a politician (especially an incumbent) who refuses to publicly debate a challenger should be ashamed of themselves.
Rick Perry epitomizes the truest form of the shady, self-serving, unethical politician.
As a Texan I’m embarrassed this man represents my state.
But the ones who should really be embarrassed are those who voted for him.