Why Conservatives Love Rick Perry’s Texas

Aug 14 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

In June, I wrote an article about where radical conservatives want to take the country: a place where human needs are second to corporate needs.  No place has come closer to this conservative ideal than Texas. No wonder big-money backers are so excited to fund Rick Perry.  Though other candidates would love the opportunity to throw human values under the bus, Perry has had the opportunity to do so and has made the most of it. These statistics, most of which were posted on Daily Kos, tell a story of tragedy, of human lives devalued, ignored, and wasted—and a story you won’t hear in the mainstream media.

 

Getting to Know Rick Perry’s Texas
(1st means highest ranking, 50th means lowest ranking among all 50 states)

“Get them born and God will sort them out…”

  • Overall Birth Rate – 2nd
  • Teenage Birth Rate – 7th
  • Births to Unmarried Mothers – 17th

“….see?”

  • Percent of Women with Pre-Term Birth – 9th
  • Cervical Cancer Rate – 11th
  • Percent of Women with High Blood Pressure – 16th
  • Number of Executions – 1at

“God rewards the worthy…”

  • Millions redirected from low-income electricity program
  • Mandatory vaccinations benefit family members and cronies
  • Diverted hundreds of millions from education to campaign donors
  • Diverted $16 million from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to campaign donors
  • $14 billion in federal stimulus money diverted to cronies

“…and punishes the unworthy”

  • Percent of Women Living in Poverty – 6th
  • Percent of Children Living in Poverty – 4th
  • Average Monthly Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Benefits per Person – 47th
  • Hundreds of teachers laid off this summer due to inadequate education funds

“Entitlements are unconstitutional….”

  • Total Health Expenditures as % of the Gross State Product – 43rd
  • Health Care Expenditures per Capita – 44th
  • Percent of Low Income Population Covered by Medicaid – 49th
  • Per Capita State Spending on Medicaid – 49th
  • Per Capita State Spending on Mental Health – 50th
  • Workers’ Compensation Coverage – 50th
  • Rejected $555 million in federal unemployment insurance funding
  • Wants to opt out of Social Security and Medicare, though these are not entitlements but insurance programs Texans have paid for

“…The church will care for its flock.”

  • Percent of Uninsured Children – 1st
  • Percent of Population Uninsured – 1st
  • Percent of Non-Elderly Uninsured – 1st
  • Percent of Population with Employer-Based Health Insurance – 48th
  • Percent of Non-Elderly Women with Health Insurance – 50th

“The free market will provide needed resources”

  • Physicians per Capita – 42nd
  • Registered Nurses per Capita – 44th
  • Percent of Population Who Visit the Dentist – 46th
  • Rate of Women Aged 40+ Who Receive Mammograms – 40th
  • Percent of Pregnant Women Receiving Prenatal Care in First Trimester – 50th

“The Bible contains everything you need to know”

  • High School Graduation Rate – 43rd
  • % of Population 25 and Older with High School Diploma – 50th
  • State Aid Per Pupil in Average Daily Attendance – 47th
  • Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Scores – 45th
  • Per Capita State Spending on State Arts Agencies – 43rd

“Only spending cuts can save the government”

  • State budget shortfall: $27 billion
  • Income Inequality Between the Rich and the Poor – 9th
  • Income Inequality Between the Rich and the Middle Class – 5th
  • Income tax (16th) amendment is bad

“Only more consumer spending can save the economy”

  • Median Net Worth of Households – 47th
  • Average Credit Score – 49th
  • Mortgage Debt as Percent of Home Value – 47th
  • Homeowner’s Insurance Affordability – 46th
  • Foreclosure Rates – 10th
  • Retirement Plan Participation – 47th
  • Consumption of Energy per Capita – 5th

“Business is ultimately accountable to consumers—indeed cannot survive without them”

  • Amount of Carbon Dioxide Emissions – 1st
  • Amount of Volatile Organic Compounds Released into Air – 1st
  • Amount of Toxic Chemicals Released into Water – 1st
  • Amount of Recognized Cancer-Causing Carcinogens Released into Air – 1st
  • Amount of Hazardous Waste Generated – 1st
  • Amount of Toxic Chemicals Released into Air – 5th
  • Amount of Recognized Cancer-Causing Carcinogens Released into Water – 7th
  • Number of Hazardous Waste Sites on National Priority List – 7th

“Stay the course; stay home”

  • Women’s Voter Registration – 45th
  • Women’s Voter Turnout – 49th
  • Senators should be elected by state houses (favors repeal of 17th amendment)

 

Remember, to a corporation, human survival is a “cost center” and human death is “attrition.”

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