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Two Peas in a Pod: Republican Greed and the Perry Creed

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One thing we have sworn to fight against around here: the uncaring idiocy and greed of the leaders of the modern Republican Party and their attempt to leave huge swaths of the American people out of the prosperity that should be shared by all of us. In their selfish vision of our country only they and those at the very top should be able to share in the promise of this great land. That is why they constantly outsource our jobs, depress our wages and allow our infrastructure to rot for a simple reason: so they can pocket all our nation's wealth and leave the rest of us to fight for the scraps from their table. Now, the latest example is Rick Perry, disgraced former presidential candidate and Texas governor.

Fresh off entering the Republican primary as a conservative "savior" and alternative to Mitt Romney, Perry eventually made a total fool of himself. It's what Republicans do best: denying hope for the working poor and the elderly, all the while calling for those with the least to sacrifice the most so that they do not have to.

The Hill reported:

At a press conference where he was flanked by other conservatives, Perry argued expanding the health insurance program for the poor would make Texas "hostage" to the federal government.

"It would benefit no one in our state to see their taxes skyrocket and our economy crushed as our budget crumbled under the weight of oppressive Medicaid costs," Perry said at the state capitol.

Indeed, that dreaded federal government that makes rules and regulations that do not allow folks like Perry to make people work in sweatshops for pennies on the dollar. That federal government that has given us Social Security to retire on and an interstate road system to travel on. The same government that makes sure our food is safe and we can breathe our air and fish in our lakes, rivers and streams. Folks like Perry could care less about that.

Of course, it would not benefit Perry and his ilk in Texas if Medicaid was expanded because of the fact that their sorry, greedy asses are covered. They can see a doctor any time they get sick and have insurance whether they have a pre-existing condition or not. Most of them inherited their money and did not work for a cent of it, but they constantly begrudge the folks that do the actual work to build the bank accounts of others daily.

So, just who would be the people not finding benefit from any of this? It turns out they are 1 out of every 3 Texans:

Allowing the expansion, in the case of Texas, would insure 1.5 million low-income Texans and bring $90 billion in federal funding to the state over the first decade, according to estimates.

Texas has the highest share of uninsured residents in the United States - about 29 percent of its adult population - and confronts billions of dollars worth of uncompensated hospital care every year.

But these people mean nothing to Perry. He knows damn good and well his state could use that $90 billion and low-income Texans need health insurance. What is more important to Perry?

Jay Root, a reporter for the Texas Tribune who wrote a book about Perry's last presidential run, said he could easily return as a presidential contender in coming years.

"The conventional wisdom in Austin is that he's not running for governor," Root said. "If he's going to run for anything, he's going to run for president."

As always with these modern Republicans, the only thing that matters is not the betterment of their own state or our country as a whole. It is all about what profits them and what serves their ambitions. 

The good news is that I do not believe the majority of Americans are fooled by the greed and uncaring idiocy of folks like Perry anymore. In fact, I hope he runs because he is a fitting ambassador for everything the modern Republican Party stands for.

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