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Newest Reason Why I Call Them Cons

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Here is just the latest reason why I call Republicans “Cons” – most of the crop the public sees (and the corporate media doesn’t report) wants everybody else to live according to standards they themselves refuse to (emphasis mine):

With the state facing a budget shortfall of at least $11 billion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry [Con] has spent almost $600,000 in public money during the past two years to live in a sprawling rental home in the hills above the capital, according to records obtained by The Associated Press.

Perry has asked state agencies to cut their budgets by 5 percent and the Republican House speaker has begun to consider furloughs and shortened workweeks for state employees.

Texas Cons won’t ask for the wealthiest to pay for their fair share.  Instead, an $11 Billion budget shortfall will require furloughs, shortened workweeks, …, everything apparently but cutting their own disgusting waste of taxpayer money.  What did the lavish rental home include?

It costs more than $10,000 a month in rent, utilities and upkeep to house Perry in a five-bedroom, seven-bath mansion that has pecan-wood floors, a gourmet kitchen and three dining rooms.

5 bedrooms?!  7 bathrooms?!  1 gourmet kitchen?!  3 dining rooms?!

From the same set of folks who scream that government is wasteful and can’t do anything?!  From the same set of folks who decry the “elitism” of Democrats?!?!  As a contrast:

Democratic critics have said Perry and his wife, Anita, could live in a downtown apartment while the mansion is under repair. Should he win in November, Democrat Bill White, the former Houston mayor and multimillionaire lawyer challenging Perry’s bid for a third full term, told the AP he would rent his own home until the mansion is repaired.

It’s a shame the voters of Texas can’t decide where their Governor gets to live.  I seriously doubt they think 5 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen and 3 dining rooms is helping Gov. Perry “manage” their state better than a more modest house would.  Perry and many other Cons just like him love to live off public welfare.  They just don’t want average Americans to enjoy the same.


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