Rhetoric vs reality

RHETORIC VS REALITY…. Following up on an earlier item, Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) speech yesterday on his unwillingness to accept the “oppressive hand” of the federal government has caused something of a stir. It also, as it turns out, offers another example of conservative hypocrisy.

After all, there’s Perry’s rhetoric

“I believe the federal government has become oppressive. It’s become oppressive in its size, its intrusion in the lives of its citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state. […]

“We think it’s time to draw the line in the sand and tell Washington that no longer are we going to accept their oppressive hand in the state of Texas. That’s what this press conference, that’s what these Texans are standing up for. There is a point in time where you stand up and say enough is enough, and I think Americans, and Texans especially have reached that point.”

… and there’s Perry’s reality.

Governor Rick Perry, five days ago: Governor Perry Calls FEMA To Assist With Wildfires

Governor Rick Perry, last month: Governor Perry Calls For 1,000 Troops To Be Sent To Border

Governor Rick Perry, five months ago: Governor Perry Requests 18 Month Extension Of Federal Aid For Ike Debris Removal

Yes, ol’ Rick just can’t stand that “oppressive” federal bureaucracy that keeps “interfering” with Texas, except when he needs its help.