by Nathan Empsall, Tue Sep 08, 2009 at 02:44:59 PM EDT
Remember those jumbo prop checks Governor Bobby Jindal (R-LA) was passing out in Louisiana? Money he was taking credit for even though it came from the federal stimulus, which he had opposed?
Jindal is not alone. His neighbor Governor Rick Perry (R-TX), who is facing a make-or-break primary campaign against Senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, has also bought a ticket for the stimulus hypocrisy train. (If you're more of a boat person than you are a train person, then call it the S.S. Crass Political Opportunism.) From the Houston Chronicle:
Gov. Rick Perry rallied opposition to federal stimulus spending, but he now is the manager of one of the biggest pots of federal gold in Texas: crime grants to local law enforcement agencies. And those grants have become an integral part of Perry's political machine.
Perry in the past has decided what law enforcement agencies receive about $23 million a year in Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance grants. Now, because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Perry will have an additional $90 million to hand out...
Every time Perry doles out the federal Byrne grants, he sounds like the money is his.
"Texas is tough on crime and remains dedicated to equipping our law enforcement with the resources necessary to protect our citizens and ensure the safety of our communities," the governor said while handing out $2 million of the federal money to East Texas communities last year.
Perry created a controversy this year when he rejected $550 million in federal unemployment compensation funds, saying it had too many "strings attached," but he later accepted more than $12 billion in stimulus funds to balance the state's budget.
It is worth noting that Gov. Secession is not representative of the average Texan. He won re-election in 2006 against three other candidates with only 39% of the vote.