Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Perry

Add Rick Perry to the list of Republicans who think federal money is evil — while bathing in federal money.

After facing a $6.6 billion budget hole, Texas used $6.4 billion of Federal money to help patch it, allowing the state to keep its $9.1 billion emergency fund intact, CNN reports.

But on the same day he asked for the bailout money, governor Rick Perry started a petition called “No Government Bailouts.” Indeed, Perry is a consistent critic of government spending, frequently pointing to his own state as proof that budget austerity — spending cuts coupled with low taxes — works.

And he’s thinking about running for president — on his record as a fiscal conservative!