Wednesday, February 22, 2012

The Governor of Texas Is A Perry-Site

Just so you know the priorities of our idiot governor in Texas, Rick Perry told reporters today that he would not call a special session to prevent a $2 million cut in education spending next fiscal year even though the Texas economy is improving and we're now running a surplus About 50,000 teachers lost their jobs in the state last year and more will be laid off with a new round of cuts.  Perry said, "We spend about $10,000 a year per student and that's enough."  Perry, of course, is lying on that figure.  Texas spends only $8,908 a student per year.  (The national average is $11,463 annually.  Texas ranks 41st in per pupil spending in the nation and it shows.) 

By contrast, last year Perry received a $150,00 salary, plus he's allowed to already draw a $92,000 pension.  Texas taxpayers also are billed for a $120,000 a year rental mansion for Perry while work is done on the arson-damaged Governor's residence.  (Please note that his rent is $10,000 a month, the same amount he deems as adequate to educate a child for a whole year. ) That's $362,000 annually and doesn't even count what Texas taxpayers were charged for Perry's protection while he ran a humiliatingly bad presidential campaign.  And how often has Perry even been in Texas while he's made the state a national laughingstock?  It doesn't cost $362,000 to go to Ringling Brothers.  Why are we spending this much every year for the least entertaining clown show on Earth.

Michael Phillips has authored the following:

White Metropolis: Race, Ethnicity and Religion in Dallas, Texas, 1841-2001 (Austin:  University of Texas Press, 2006)

(with Patrick L. Cox) The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics. (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2010)

“Why Is Big Tex Still a White Cowboy? Race, Gender, and the ‘Other Texans’” in Walter Buenger and Arnoldo de León, eds., Beyond Texas Through Time: Breaking Away From Past Interpretations (College Station: Texas A&M Press, 2011)

“The Current is Stronger’: Images of Racial Oppression and Resistance in North Texas Black Art During the 1920s and 1930s ”  in Bruce A. Glasrud and Cary D. Wintz, eds., The Harlem Renaissance in the West: The New Negroes’ Western Experience (New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, 2011)

“Dallas, 1989-2011,” in Richardson Dilworth, ed. Cities in American Political History (Washington, D.C.: CQ Press, 2011)

(With John Anthony Moretta, Keith J. Volonto, Austin Allen, Doug Cantrell and Norwood Andrews), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips. eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume I.   (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Keith J. Volanto), Keith J. Volonto and Michael Phillips, eds., The American Challenge: A New History of the United States, Volume II. (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2012).

(With John Anthony Moretta and Carl J. Luna), Imperial Presidents: The Rise of Executive Power from Roosevelt to Obama  (Wheaton, Il.: Abigail Press, 2013). 

“Texan by Color: The Racialization of the Lone Star State,” in David Cullen and Kyle Wilkison, eds., The Radical Origins of the Texas Right (College Station: University of Texas Press, 2013).

He is currently collaborating, with longtime journalist Betsy Friauf, on a history of African American culture, politics and black intellectuals in the Lone Star State called God Carved in Night: Black Intellectuals in Texas and the World They Made.

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