From the Star-Telegram:
In recent months, Gov. Rick Perry has savaged the stimulus package, lambasted federal attempts at healthcare reform and hinted at secession because of federal tax-and-spend policies.
A Web site paid for by Perry’s re-election campaign says Washington’s “increasingly pervasive embrace of bailouts . . . must be stopped before it drowns us in debt and destroys our national tradition of self-reliance.” The governor has also said that accepting federal stimulus money would burden the state with programs Texas couldn’t sustain.
Then, on June 19, Perry applauded the state’s “balanced” budget, which he’d just signed, noting that lawmakers had left the state’s Rainy Day Fund untouched and had cut taxes for 40,000 small businesses.
Some people credit conservative fiscal leadership by Perry, who vetoed $288.9 million in spending, and by lawmakers for balancing the budget.
But records show that it was the much reviled federal stimulus money that saved the day.