So it’s official, Texas Governor Rick Perry will seek the Republican nomination for president. At News Taco we thought it would be good to point out all of the anti-Latino things Perry has done in Texas just in the past year as we move forward for the big 2012 push. The entire list is pretty long and luckily our partner publication the Texas Observer has an entire website dedicated to Perry’s foibles here.
But first, let me give you an overview.
When Texas was $27 billion in the hole, a budget crisis the likes of which few had ever seen in the state, Perry decided to make a few items top priority — including abortion and so-called sanctuary cities (or, cities that don’t want their local police to be charged with enforcing immigration law). That’s right, Perry put the needs and suffering of millions of Texas on hold so he could politick and ready for this very moment, his announcement for president. Honestly, everyone (even other Republicans) were shocked that Perry would put the budget on the back burner for such divisive and obviously political items.
But all of that is just the last session or so. One of my favorite Perry foibles is when he announced $5 million dollars for a “virtual border fence” in which people could sit at home and watch a few cameras set up for a website to “police” the border from their computers. Supposedly about 30 crossings have been reported by the site, which prompts a few questions: one, is that worth $5 million dollars? and secondly, what does Rick Perry have to offer Latino voters nationwide if he can’t even put the needs of Texans before his own political ambitions?
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