But I don't forget. Rick Perry promised us property tax relief. There was no relief. NONE. We are still paying the same +/- 3%. Granted, housing prices are far more affordable here, so that 3% is less than an equivalent house elsewhere at 1%. That doesn't change the fact that my property tax bill has increased every year since 1995 due to phony appraisal increases, and despite the fact that true real estate prices in the 'burbs have been flat since 2000. (Hey Harris County Appraisal District: I'll sell you my house for what you have appraised it at. No? You won't jump on this opportunity?)
Perry's also big on toll roads. Gosh does he love toll roads. Which wind up costing us far more than if we simply raised the gas tax a few cents. There are some things the government does better than the private sector, and building roads is one of them. Investors rightfully demand a ROI, but I believe that roads and highways should be free from that restraint. Roads and highways should be public.
Rick Perry will eat the words he uttered today. He bragged about the Texas economy, then made some stupid comments.
Perry called his supporters patriots. Later, answering news reporters' questions, Perry suggested Texans might at some point get so fed up they would want to secede from the union, though he said he sees no reason why Texas should do that.I am an American first, a Texan second. I view secessionist as douchebags, whether they are from Vermont, California or Texas. Until and unless The One changes the voting laws, Americans can still put a stop to this nonsense in November 2010, and last I heard Barry hasn't put the kibosh on the next election. And the Texas economy? Granted, it is easier to do business here. But Perry ignored the elephant in the room: The Texas economy has boomed because of oil and gas. If prices continue to decline, what will Perry say then? Lots of us remember the 1980s.
"There's a lot of different scenarios," Perry said. "We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot."