Sunday, April 26, 2009

Texas Gov. Perry Asks For Help From "Oppressive" Federal Government

Governor Rick Perry (R) of Texas was recently filled with swagger and defiance, ready to stand up to the intrusive, heavy-handed federal government: "We think it's time to draw the line in the sand and tell Washington that no longer are we going to accept their oppressive hand in the state of Texas."

How far was the governor willing to go? Following an appearance at a "tea party" anti-tax rally where the crowd shouted for secession, Perry told reporters that Texas might split off from the country: "We've got a great union. There's no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that.”

It seems, then, that Governor Perry has been asserting Texas's sovereignty in a strange manner following concerns about swine flu:

Gov. Rick Perry today in a precautionary measure requested the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide 37,430 courses of antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile to Texas to prevent the spread of swine flu. Currently, three cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Texas.

“As a precautionary measure, I have requested that medication be on hand in Texas to help curb the spread of swine flu by helping those with both confirmed and suspected cases of this swine flu virus, as well as healthcare providers who may have come in contact with these patients,” said Gov. Rick Perry. “We will continue to work with our local, state and federal health officials to ensure public safety is protected.”

So suddenly Perry sees the "oppressive hand" of the federal government as a helping hand? Wouldn't this have been a perfect opportunity for him to show how Texas could go it alone in terms of medical supplies, personnel, healthcare facilities and funding? Couldn't the state have come up with and paid for–without raising taxes, of course–37,430 courses of antiviral medications? Why rely on the CDC, a "big government" agency filled with "Washington bureaucrats"? 

Looks like the tea party's over.

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