Texas governor Rick Perry has consistently warned of the dangers inherent in the ongoing expansion of federal authority over states rights. True to his word, Governor Perry continues to tell federal authorities his state will continue to turn down increased federal dollars that would in turn allow the federal government more authority in overseeing how states enact the many requirements of Obamacare.
(Texas governor Rick Perry is telling President Obama – Keep the change…)
EXCERPT: (via RealPolitics)
Perry Not Backing Off Opposition to Medicaid Expansion
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry, who authored the memorably titled book “Fed Up!” before launching a presidential run in 2011, is again demonstrating his skeptical view of a federal government that comes bearing gifts for his state — even as many of his Republican colleagues have changed their tune.
…“Let me go on the record here for a moment: We’re not going to be expanding Medicaid in Texas,” he said to cheers from the partisan Republican crowd on hand, according to the Houston Chronicle. “The reason is because it’s a broken system. It’s moving our state — and I’ll just speak to our state — towards bankruptcy if we expand the current program.”
…“The governor always compares the expansion of Medicaid to putting another thousand people on the Titanic,” said Perry spokesperson Josh Havens. “It’s just reckless and not fiscally responsible and [it’s] why the governor’s holding the line here in Texas.” LINK
Kudos to Governor Perry – I hope he continues to stand firm against the further creep of federal authority in Texas. One must wonder how the 2012 election would have been different if Perry had not rushed himself onto the campaign trail so soon after major back surgery that left the governor attempting to handle the stresses of a national campaign at a time when his health was still quite compromised – including the effects of some rather significant pain medications that made it difficult for the Texas governor to be at his best 24/7 to say nothing of some now infamous flubs during the GOP debates. It was not until weeks after the governor withdrew from the race some of his campaign operatives admitted to the immense physical strain and pain Governor Perry endured after his surgery - without complaint, and without public knowledge.
What is clear now is that as governor of Texas, Rick Perry’s willingness to continue to openly advocate for the importance of a strong 10th Amendment that protects the intent of States Rights against unconstitutional federal authority is very much needed at this time. Too few governors are willing to do the same, fearful of federal dollars being taken away from their annual budgets.
God Bless Texas…