August 14, 2011

President Goodhair

Texas Governor Goodhair is running for president.  I gotta say, he's the best use of my vote, considering the current GOP field.  Sure, there are people I would rather elect, but they either aren't running or don't have a snowball's chance in hell of winning.  This is no election to water down the field with independents, Blowie must go.

Yeah, yeah, there have been some things he didn't do well in our state.  Heck, he used to be a Democrat, something you are sure to hear plenty about in the coming months.  But, Texas has weathered this recession better than any other state.  When the mind of the people is on the economy (stupid), it is hard to ignore what has and hasn't happened here in Tejas.  Perry knows how to build a good team. 

Perry looks presidential.  I know that sounds superficial, but it is important.  He is confident, decent looking, affable and takes us back to the sort of president that is at home on a horse, using a chainsaw or hefting a weapon (to shoot a coyote that is after his dog - it doesn't get more American than that!).  A smart campaign staff is going to push those Blowie hanging curtain and pedaling his bike in mom jeans photos alongside pictures like this:

I think he has a shot (pun intended).


CenTexTim said...

I agree in principle. We could do better, but we could do a heck of a lot worse.

Paul said...

Agree with CenTex. He's got my vote, but he needs to explain that nasty budget deficit you've got down there.

CenTexTim said...

Paul -

In a nutshell, the most significant chunk of Texas' deficit stems from how public education is funded down here. Since there is no state income tax, most school funding comes from property tax. When the housing market crashed, property values went down, which reduced tax revenue. At the same time, the Texas Supreme Court ruled that the method of collecting and distributing property taxes for education was unconstitutional, forcing the legislature to appropriate funds from other areas.

"The state faces a structural deficit in its budget, meaning that a $10 billion budget shortfall will reappear in each future fiscal year until lawmakers align revenues and expenditures, according to John Heleman, chief revenue estimator for Comptroller Susan Combs."

"The structural deficit stems from issues with education funding. Heleman said a "structural deficit" developed in the state budget after the 2006 school finance reform package that lowered local school property taxes and restructured the business tax. The Texas Supreme Court found the state's school finance system to be unconstitutional and in response the legislature increased public education funding to $14 billion per biennium. The revenue sources meant to pay for it — primarily the revised business tax — have not covered the cost."

( source)

Paul said...

What a mess...