Maryland Democrats advertised they were going to hold a press call to expose the disastrous Texas record of Rick Perry. The call was at 1:15 Tuesday, 9/27. I was able to listen in.
Lt. Governor Anthony Brown, Democrat Party Chair Yvette Lewis, Salisbury Mayor Jim Ireton and the president of the Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA), Rita Haecker each took turns on the call describing what they called the disastrous policies of Rick Perry. The four all read their talking points in rapid succession.
Maryland Democrat Party Chair Yvette Lewis kicked off the Perry bashing. She said Perry was only “interested in protecting special interests.” She said the Texas miracle is a tall tale. She claimed Perry represented the same old failed theology of trickle down policies and she said he was “pandering to the Tea Party.”
It must be said that Lt. Governor Brown can talk faster than a Baltimore cabbie. Smooth, too. Brown made a heroic effort to support President Obama. He claimed Obama’s latest $400 billion jobs bill save Maryland residents $1,900 per year in taxes. He said the Obama plan would create 19,000 jobs in Maryland and begin to bring the deficit in line within five years. Brown went on to say under Perry, Texas leads in the percentage of minimum wage jobs and that median income in the state had dropped from 30th in the nation to 47th. He closed by saying “the only job Republicans care about is Obama’s.”
The star of the call was TSTA president Rita Haecker. She began by saying, “Rick Perry is all hair and no cattle.” She claimed that Perry was starving Texas public schools and that 300 local school districts would soon be filing a law suit against Texas over school funding. Haecker claimed 49,000 teachers and teacher assistants would lose their jobs over the next year. “Teachers are forced to do more with less.”
Haecker seemed especially peeved that Perry didn’t spend more of the $6 billion left in the Texas rainy day fund. She claimed the underfunding meant larger class sizes and the inability to have “all day” pre-kindergarten classes. Salisbury mayor Jim Ireton, a third grade teacher added little to the call. He was apparently there because he was a teacher.
Whew, does this whole Perry bash press call seem a little strange? There were endless claims about the horrors going on in Texas but not one citation. Again we see union bosses (Haecker) totally aligned with Democrats to bash Republicans and the Tea Party. This time the sitting Lt. Governor of Maryland joined in on a press call with the TSTA’s union president, Rita Haecker to bash a single candidate for the Republican nomination for president.
Ms. Haecker insisted, “We have to get the message out.” Madame, America’s taxpayers have received the message. You lie.
Perry is starving Texas schools? Check out the brand new high school and facilities in Jacksboro, Texas, population 4,300.