Unequal treatment?

I have noted previously that, even though I do not particularly like the man who is our 44th President, I have still referred to him as “our President;” note these two article titles.

Well, our President has a duty to administer the laws fairly, and not to allow partisan concerns intrude into Administrative decisions concerning the welfare of the public. Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) doesn’t think that President Obama is meeting that test:


Perry Blasts Slow Federal Response as Texas Wildfires Flare Up Again

By Jim Forsyth

As dry conditions and gusty winds whip up new wildfires in parched Texas, Gov. Rick Perry Thursday blasted the Obama Administration for failing to issue a disaster declaration for the state, widening the growing rift between the White House and the states rights advocate governor, 1200 WOAI news reports

More at the link; hat tip to Gretchen for the article.

Governor Perry made the formal request for the disaster declaration, two weeks ago, but no response has been made. The governor said:

There is a point in time where you say, hey, what’s going on here. You have to ask why are you taking care of Alabama and other states? I know our letter didn’t get lost in the mail.

The governor has said in the past that Texas’ economic successes are due, at least in part, to the Lone Star State implementing policies which are very different from those of the Obama Administration; I noted here how low-tax, low regulation Texas has been gaining jobs and businesses, many of which have fled from high tax, high regulation California. Governor Perry believes that President Obama is deliberately making things difficult for Texas due to political differences; President Obama has denied such claims.

The President has all sorts of political prerogatives, but treating the states differently because he likes or doesn’t like the policies of a particular state’s government is not one of them. Governor Perry hasn’t proved that President Obama has done that — absent some statement or document which indicated that the Administration decided on unequal treatment to punish Texas, it couldn’t be proved — but he certainly has noted a glaring inconsistency.

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  1. While I can understand Governor Perry’s frustration with the federal government’s apparently slow response to the emergency needs of TX, I find it quite ironic that he threatens secession, thinking there would be more for TX to gain as an entity separate from the United States of America. The Governor wants his cake while eating it too, an impossibility in politics as we all should know well.

  2. I find it quite ironic that he threatens secession, thinking there would be more for TX to gain as an entity separate from the United States of America.

    Think of all the jobs Texans could have in the oil fields and refineries that don’t exist due to Obama. Think of all the jobs the Texas EPA allowed but the US EPA (under Obama) killed. Think of all the tax dollars flying out of Texas, never to return.

    Think how much more likely it would be to have Democrat Presidents should Texas become an independent nation again. Everybody wins, right?

  3. Mr Hitchcock wrote:

    Think how much more likely it would be to have Democrat Presidents should Texas become an independent nation again. Everybody wins, right?

    Uhhh, no, those of us in the other 56 49 states would lose if Democrats won the presidency more often!

    If Texas had seceded in 1998, Al Gore would have won the 2000 election. (Actually, Governor Bush wouldn’t even have been eligible to run, as the citizen of a foreign country.) President Gore would have apologized to Osama bin Laden for us having made him so mad that he launched the September 11th attacks, Saddam Hussein would still be ruling Iraq and Mullah Omar ruling Afghanistan, our taxes would be much higher than they are today, but we’d still have a huge deficit and debt because the Democrats would have just kept on spending, and we’d have had mindless climate-control-attempt policies both impoverishing and controlling American citizens. Our country and the world would be a lot worse off without Texas!

  4. The refusal of the Obama Administration to declare a disaster in the state of Texas, making the state eligible for federal relief funds, is a BIG story in this part of the country. Both Democrats and Republicans in Texas are furious the Obama is “spanking the state” for its lack of political support for his administration.

    What the Obama Administration does not recognize is that the money collected by the federal government is the people’s money–NOT Obama’s money to withhold from those states and entities that fail to pay homage to him and his programs.

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  6. Are you folks aware that Federal help has been active in the great state of TX for over a week:

    “The team of federal firefighters and officials from several U.S. agencies — the second one to help with a Texas fire this month — joined local personnel Wednesday, this time to help fight a North Texas blaze that has burned nearly 150,000 acres in the Possum Kingdom Lake area, about 70 miles west of Fort Worth, and joined with several blazes in two other counties.

    ….

    Texas has been receiving federal help with West Texas wildfires for more than a week. Personnel from more than a half-dozen federal agencies — including the Forest Service, the National Park Service and the Bureau of Land Management — have been battling some massive fires, including a 150,000-acre fire in Coke County north of San Angelo.

    “More of a federal effort is coming into the state now because of the severity of the fires and the number,” said Bridget Litten, a spokeswoman for that team, adding that fire crews have made progress in containing that fire. “

    Surely it cannot be that Governor Perry by complaining is trying to make some political points against Obama and the Feds, or can it be?

  7. Federal help, Perry, is not synonymous with a Federal Disaster Declaration. (I bet you knew that.)

    One of my nephews is an Americorps firefighter, who has been in Texas fighting some of the wildfires there–a form of federal help, but distinctly different from the declaration of a federal disaster.

  8. If you went to the bank to get a loan to buy a quality used car and the bank offered to loan you fifty bucks, I’d bet you wouldn’t consider that even in the same ball-park as the same as a car loan. But someone looking to score points might point out “the bank offered you a loan so quit complaining”.

  9. Obama’s probably just trying to put off the day when he sends Federal funds to Texas, only to have Gov. Perry lambaste him for exorbitant spending, and imposing the tyranny of the nanny state.

    And Perry might even start stating that before he’s done signing the check (and taking credit for getting the money.)

  10. The President has all sorts of political prerogatives, but treating the states differently because he likes or doesn’t like the policies of a particular state’s government is not one of them.

    If there are not enough Federal funds to go around, then isn’t it entirely the Executive’s prerogative how they get triaged? If Congress directs the Executive to do something but does not fund it enough, then surely they leave the Executive in the position of choosing who gets what – including for political considerations.

  11. Naggy, that would be par for the course for Mr Incompetent. Sit on his self-satisfied rear end back in DC playing golf and looking the other way while the suffering in Texas unnecessarily drags on and on, just like he did during the BP oil disaster in the Gulf.

  12. It shouldn’t even be a consideration that the governor of a state that is in desperate need of help may or may not “lambaste” the president. If Obama is so sensitive that he is afraid to carry out his responsibilites for fear that he may get scolded, he has no business being in the Oval Office.

  13. To me the question is whether or not Texas is in “desperate need of help”, over and above the Federal help Perry is already getting. The way Governor Perry has been behaving, you know, secession and all that, I’m not sure I can trust his answer. Will some non-partisan Texan please stand up?

    PS: Gretchen, I watched on TV OSU upset UT @ Austin in women’s softball. OSU has struggled this year, but had an outstanding showing tonight against a solid UT team.

  14. Naggy, that would be par for the course for Mr Incompetent. Sit on his self-satisfied rear end back in DC playing golf and looking the other way while the suffering in Texas unnecessarily drags on and on, just like he did during the BP oil disaster in the Gulf.

    Ropelight, on which planet do you reside, to which talk radio show do you listen, and to which network/cable TV do you watch? I’ll bet I know the answer to all three questions!

  15. Ropelight, on which planet do you reside

    After noting Perry’s once-again, as usual, passive-aggressive attack on ropelight, I’ll also note ropelight was dead-on accurate. I’m disappointed in you, Perry. For an educated man, you sure show off a lot of ignorance of the facts.

  16. Too bad Kanye West can’t get on TV and tell us all how Obama hates black people (by not giving Texas the Disaster designation).

  17. “Too bad Kanye West can’t get on TV and tell us all how Obama hates black people (by not giving Texas the Disaster designation).”

    Hates black people? Where does that come from, Sharon?

    My question stands: Does TX need the Disaster designation, given the Federal aid already granted? What is your answer, Sharon? And please include some facts, not just political posturing.

  18. Hates black people? Where does that come from, Sharon?

    Are you serious? Tell us you don’t recall rapper Kanye West on that Katrina telethon surprising the hell out of everyone by proclaiming live on the air that George W. Bush “doesn’t like black people.” Sharon is merely being as ridiculous (on purpose) as West was (not on purpose).

  19. Certainly then we can expect someone with as finely developed a nose for racial injustice as Kanye West will go public to blame Obama’s racist hatred for his failure to respond quickly and with compassion in Texas.

  20. “Certainly then we can expect someone with as finely developed a nose for racial injustice as Kanye West will go public to blame Obama’s racist hatred for his failure to respond quickly and with compassion in Texas.”

    Still no answer from Sharon or now from Ropelight to this question: “Does TX need the Disaster designation, given the Federal aid already granted?”

    So this must be all about political posturing, nothing else! Typical!!!

  21. Perry, you can’t pretend you’re asking a legitimate question, then in the very next sentence jump to an unsupported conclusion contrived to provide political cover for Obama’s neglect of the Texas disaster. That’s one of the more obvious examples of blatant hypocrisy writ large.

  22. Perry has always been a blind partisan-for-partisan-sake commenter. It is a rare occasion when he doesn’t play his dishonest partisan-for-partisan-sake game.

  23. Obama hasn’t got time for Texas, but he has plenty of time to go golfing with his pals.
    Keith Knoffler at White House Dossier posted the following (excerpt) May 1, 2011.

    “Obama Golfs for the Fifth Weekend in a Row”

    “The 2011 Obama golf season is off to a a roaring start, with the president headed out today for the fifth time in as many weeks.

    This is Obama’s 66th time golfing as president and his eighth time this year.

    After a Hawaii vacation session at the beginning of January, this year’s Obama golf season officially got underway with two chilly outings in March. Obama resumed play on April 3, and has hit the links every week since.

    While there are no official statistics being kept, it’s probably safe to say that no president has ever golfed five weeks in a row…”

  24. Dana, please delete the personal attacks timestamped 1 May 2011 at 12:45 and 1 May 2011 at 13:00. You claimed you were gong to apply the news rules objectively.

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