One of the purposes of this blog is to help local Democrats find the information they need to “push back” against the misinformation distributed by right wing propaganda machines like Faux News, Freedom Works, members of the Milam County Tea Party and similar organizations.
Yesterday, the Web site for The Guardian, a very well-respected newspaper in the UK (the newspaper that broke the Murdoch wire-tapping scandal), published an analysis of recent data that give the lie to the whole “Texas Miracle” myth.
“How bad is poverty in Rick Perry’s Texas” is a damning piece and well worth a read. The charts and graphs are very easy to understand.
Are we (liberals and progressives) afraid of Rick Perry? Well, yes. But that’s not really the point. My point is this: If the GOP and the Tea Party is going to promote this man to lead our country, it is incumbent upon Progressives in Texas to make sure that our friends look past the propaganda and understand what kind of leader he really is.
This man is a lot of sizzle and very little steak. (And, I won’t go into the likely impact the budget cuts he presided over will have these data — that impact won’t even show up for another year or so.)
Please share this with your friends, especially those who live out of state. And ask them to share it with their friends.
- How bad is poverty in Rick Perry’s Texas? (guardian.co.uk)
- Texas poverty figures challenge Rick Perry jobs record (guardian.co.uk)
- Rick Perry and Pay to Play: Merck Paid Perry Much More Than Just $5,000 (treeofmamre.wordpress.com)
- The Texas Unmiracle (NYT)