Monday, March 9, 2009

Houston Chronicle on "Perry's Perks"

As the longest serving Governor in Texas history, Rick Perry has been living on the state's dime for quite some time. In today's Houston Chronicle, Clay Robison wrote an article "Perry's perks shield him from real woes." The Perry campaign cannot like seeing stories like this ....

From the Chronicle:
Unlike thousands of his fellow Texans, Gov. Rick Perry is assured of a job for at least another 22 months and doesn’t have to worry about mortgage payments.
He has the keys to a big suburban house in Austin’s scenic hills that costs taxpayers $9,900 a month in rent.
These may not be the reasons he is threatening to snub $555 million in extra federal money for unemployment benefits for his more-mortal constituents. But the governor’s perks have made him blind and deaf to everyday realities, some critics believe.
“He’s been living off the government longer than any of these (unemployed) people ever would receive benefits,” said Rep. Garnet Coleman, D-Houston.

Read the rest of the article.

What do you think? Is this a fair line of criticism?

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