Texas Gov. Perry Got His Keynes On


The headline above is inspired by the text in the article whose actual headline is Texas and the government are chummier than you’d think. The article explains the meaning of the following histogram.


“Turns out Texas was the state that depended the most on those very stimulus funds to plug nearly 97% of its shortfall for fiscal 2010, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.”

If Governor Perry doesn’t even understand how the Texas government works, then how is he going to make the federal government work?  In Texas the form of government makes for a weak governor.  Somebody else must be running the government.  Maybe that is why Governor Perry has about as much of a clue as Governor George W. Bush did.

As they say, you can look it up. Here is a paragraph from the University of Texas’ web page on Texas Politics – The Executive Branch.

The main source of the relative weakness of the Texas Governor can be found in the historical conditions surrounding the Texas Constitution of 1876. Mindful of the experience of Reconstruction – the period after the Civil War when Republican governors wielded extensive executive powers and were resisted by conservative elites in the state – the authors of the new constitution sought to rein in future governors. They did so by dispersing power that might otherwise be lodged in the chief executive’s hands among a vast array of independently elected officials. Broad powers over the legal system, state budget and finances, education, transportation, agriculture, public utilities, and land development are delegated to officials who need not share the policies nor even be of the same political party as the governor.

I have another post, Massachusetts Senator Brown’s Account Lacks Accounting, that shows we in Massachusetts have our own politicians who have no clue as to how their state works, but still want to apply their imaginary understanding to the federal government.


Here is a little video just to prove that not all Texas politicians are idiots.


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