Tuesday, August 16, 2011
While Perry held his Prayer Meeting 7Miles Away more than 100,000 gathered to get Free School Supplies for their Children.....
This photo tugs at my heart......All of these desperate families and loving parents standing out in Texas heat just so their children will have some pencils and paper and crayons for school....it's wrong on so many levels. And then miles away Perry was holding his "Prayer" rally. This one photo in my mind defines his wretched leadership of his own state on so many levels.
Jan. 12, 2006 from Molly Ivins on Gov.Perry regarding Failure of Education in Texas....
"The governor of Texas is despicable. Of all the crass pandering, of all the gross political kowtowing to ignorance, we haven't seen anything this rank from Gov. Goodhair since ... gee, last fall. Then he was trying to draw attention away from his spectacular failure on public schools by convincing Texans that gay marriage was a horrible threat to us all. Now he's trying to disguise the fact that the schools are in free fall by proposing that we teach creationism in biology classes.The funding of the whole school system is so unfair that it has been declared unconstitutional by the Texas Supreme Court. All last year, Rick Perry haplessly called special session after special session, trying to fix the problem, and couldn't get anywhere - not an iota, not a scintilla, of leadership.Instead of facing the grave crisis that might yet result in the schools' being closed, Perry has blithely gone off on creationism - teach the little perishers the Earth is 6,000 or so years old, that people lived (with) dinosaurs, and who cares if the school building is falling apart? "
This Think Progress Article on Gov.Perry and his pathetic leadership and his State's Suffering says it all....This photo of the lines of people trying to get School Supplies for the children is heart tugging....but tells all we need to know about Perry.
And here is more from Molly Ivins...via Alternet via Mother Jones.....( It even has some great video of her speaking out....)
More from Molly Ivins in the Charlotte Observer this weekend. This wonderful woman wrote about him with such razor sharp insight, and we need to read ALL of her works on him again....because we know she is screaming from her grave....
Perry's AssClownery Scorecard
MORE on Texas and Perry..
1) 49th in teacher pay
2) 1st in the percentage of people over 25 without a high school diploma
3) 41st in high school graduation rate
4) 46th in SAT scores
5) 1st in percentage of uninsured children
6) 1st in percentage of population uninsured ...
Oh wait....and There's More ( thank you loyal reader Fran.....I went and did some extra Digging....)
• 4,056,130 on food stamps ( *Updated Dec 2010 Number is now over 5 million )
• 985,720 unemployed ( *actually the updated Dec2010 Number is now 1,100,000
• Revenue $144,739,916,500
• Spending $184,938, 100,500
• Debt per citizen $8387