Perry sees Biblical purpose for economic troubles

Kyle Mantyla of Right Wing Watch Kyle posted this one a couple of weeks ago, but it seems to have slipped through the cracks. Marie Diamond flags it today and I’m glad she did.

The clip is of Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), chatting with James Robison about the nation’s economic difficulties. It’s a doozy.

For those who can’t watch clips from your work computers, Perry argues, “I think in America from time to time we have to go through some difficult times, and I think we’re going through those difficult economic times for a purpose: to bring us back to those Biblical principles of you know, you don’t spend all the money. You work hard for those six years and you put up that seventh year in the warehouse to take you through the hard times. And not spending all of our money. Not asking for Pharaoh to give everything to everybody and to take care of folks because at the end of the day, it’s slavery, and we become slaves to government.”

Perry is going to make one heck of a presidential candidate, isn’t he?

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.