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Saturday, September 10, 2011

The Texan is coming!

Rick Perry is coming to Massachusetts on Tuesday. Let's give him a better welcome than he would show Ben Bernanke in Texas.

And while that greeting doesn't include a visit to Martha's Vineyard, it should include some facts and figures before he addresses the Pioneer Institute's Better Government Competition.

It seems a bit odd to be getting a lecture from a governor whose state ranks worse than Massachusetts in unemployment, poverty, health care access, education testing, crime, divorce and teen pregnancy. But in a spirit of openness far beyond that of a man who proposed yanking his state from the union, I'm game to receive his pearls of wisdom.

But I do need to advise the governor to tread carefully. Wouldn't want him to mess up those nice cowboy boots by stepping into the residue of his words.

So an early "hey" guvnah. And y'all come back anytime you want a lesson on how to better serve the people who elected you.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I guess it doesn't bother Perry, that Texas has 3 times the rate of gun related deaths than Massachusetts has. That's 3 times the rate, not just 3 times the number of deaths. OTOH, he carries a handgun with him, so yahoo, he's protectin' himself.

September 10, 2011 9:26 AM  
Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

This is what exposes the Pioneer Institute as an arm of the conservative movement. Rick Perry went ahead and executed a man, Cameron Todd Willingham, after arson scientists determined there was reasonable doubt about the deaths being arson (and therefore, murder).

The Pioneer Institute claims to be about "data driven policy" and better government, but they are giving an award to a man who mis-used the power of government in spite of scientific evidence.

September 10, 2011 2:09 PM  
Anonymous Joel Patterson said...

to be clear: the man was convicted of arson which killed his 3 kids. Scientists determined there was reasonable doubt about whether the fire was arson.

No arson, therefore, it was not murder. And the death sentence should not have been applied.

September 10, 2011 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought when Mass made it so hard to get a gun all of us would be free from any gun violence?

September 12, 2011 5:23 AM  

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