ThinkProgress, the leftist, Soros-funded blog is taking issue with Texas Gov. Rick Perry thoughts on faith and the government’s role in society. During a recent interview with James Robison’s Life Today television program, Perry said the following:
I think in America from time to time we have to go through some difficult times — and I think we’re going through those difficult economic times for a purpose, to bring us back to those Biblical principles of you know, you don’t spend all the money. You work hard for those six years and you put up that seventh year in the warehouse to take you through the hard times. And not spending all of our money. Not asking for Pharaoh to give everything to everybody and to take care of folks because at the end of the day, it’s slavery. We become slaves to government.
These words were apparently offensive to ThinkProgress, as blogger Marie Diamond wrote:
Perry twists a famous Biblical story into a bizarre anti-government tirade, comparing the U.S. government to slave masters in ancient Egypt. Skewing religion to reinforce his personal political ideology, Perry chastises people not to rely on government for help in hard times, and suggests those who are suffering have no one but themselves to blame for not making adequate preparations…
Of course, the most alarming take away is that Perry seems comfortable plunging his own state into economic ruin because he thinks it will encourage people to come back to God.
Meanwhile, Texas’ economy is actually in very good shape, especially when compared to cash-strapped and unemployment-ridden states like California. Last month, Bloomberg Businessweek reported on the much rosier situation Texas finds itself in:
The Texas unemployment rate dropped for the third consecutive month to 8.0 percent in April as another 32,900 nonfarm jobs were added, the state employment agency said Friday.
Jobs grew for the seventh consecutive month, and Texas has added more than 86,000 positions since the start of the year, according to Texas Workforce Commission figures.
The Texas jobless rate dropped from 8.1 percent in March and 8.2 percent a year ago, remaining below the national figure of 9.0 percent. The March figure marked the first time in four years that the state’s unemployment rate fell in consecutive months.
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