What Governor Perry Is Thankful For
November 20th, 2012
You have to wonder what Thanksgiving is like in Governor Perry’s house. What does he think about as he sits in his warm, state-subsidized, government housing?
Does he give thanks for the Republican’s Party ability to ceaselessly embarrass Texans? Or for the Washington Post listing him as the worst candidate of 2012? Is he grateful for all of the right-wingers who signed the petition to secede from the union? Does he give thanks for transvaginal ultrasounds or his state-paid salary? Does he express gratitude for the Tea Party legislators who want to waste millions drug testing unemployment recipients? Or for his ability to reject 124 billion dollars of Medicaid expansion?
I bet he gives thanks for Hardin County’s Republican Party treasurer, Peter Morrison, for calling voters of color who backed President Obama “maggots.” Before Perry asks, “can you pass the cranberry sauce,” he likely thinks with gratitude about the five billion dollars cut from public education, and the Republicans pushing for vouchers to further take away public school funding. It’s hard to imagine someone grateful for the efforts made to suppress the vote. But in Texas, we have to live with a governor who gives thanks for all of these things.
At the Texas Democratic Party, we are grateful that those of you with pre-conditions will still receive healthcare. And for the Lily Ledbetter Act, which ensures that the women around your Thanksgiving table have the right to equal pay for equal work. We are thankful for the students whom the Dream Act will allow to remain in the only country they’ve known. And we are grateful for you, for standing in this on-going fight with us.
Over the Thanksgiving weekend, we will gather with our families. But we will also continue in our work. We are preparing for a legislative session that will be a fight unlike any we’ve seen before. The bills are only now starting to be introduced, and the radical Tea Party legislators already want to gut public education and further punish the poorest among us for the problems Republicans have created.
We’re going all-in for this fight. But we need your support.
Please donate what you can today, to support our ability to halt this destructive Republican agenda during the upcoming legislative session.
We thank you for giving what you can. And we wish you and yours a Thanksgiving