Monday, April 27, 2009

Perry: I Hate You, Federal Government! Now Can I Have Some Flu Vaccine?

So Texas Governor Rick Perry doesn't like the overbearing Federal government and thinks maybe Texas could secede.

Until disaster threatens. when he's hollering for the Feds to help:

Gov. Rick Perry today in a precautionary measure requested the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide 37,430 courses of antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile to Texas to prevent the spread of swine flu.

Understand, I think he's doing exactly what a Governor in his situation needs to do. While I think all the fuss over the the swine flu outbreak sounds a lot like the whole SARS panic all over again, it doesn't hurt to have as much vaccine as you can get your hands on.

But that does reveal his whole anti-Federal government stance as a bit hollow, don't you think?

I mean, Perry doesn't seem to squawk too much about the Federal presence when it's in the form of Texas' 18 military bases. And I sincerely doubt that if Perry did ever decide to take Texas out of the Union, he'd close the economically vital Houston Ship Channel, largely expanded and constructed with Federal funds. Nor do I think he'd close the Johnson Space Center.

And all you teabaggers! You don't like Big Government? Spend a week without its benefits. Pay Granny's medical bills yourself instead of having her use Medicare. Don't drive on any highway partially paid for by Federal funds. Don't use the Internet, which began as a government project. Don't get a flu shot if you think it might have come from the Strategic National Stockpile. Etc.

Walk the walk, teabaggers. Don't just talk the talk. Otherwise, you're just like a teenager who tells her mother how oppressive she is one minute and demands a ride to the mall the next.

1 comment:

Fran said...

Oh I DO love that last analogy! It's so very true!