Rick Perry is in his last days as governor of Texas, and although he is still under indictment on two felony charges for abuse of power and insisting that he has not yet decided about another run at the Republican nomination for president in 2016, he is acting very much like a candidate.
In the midterm elections, he courted Iowa Republicans by throwing his support behind their hog castrating candidate for the Senate, Joni Ernst. He has hired conservative political strategist Jeff Miller and a slew of advisers from conservative think tanks to give him media training and speech coaches from Podium Master, a Republican firm run by former members of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
He has studied the problem of income inequality with a team of experts also. An apt subject for him since during his 14 years as governor of Texas, he has presided over a huge surge in income inequality, even as he crowed about the state’s record in job growth.
On Monday, in an interview with the Washington Post, Perry was asked about the growing disparity in income in Texas, which has enjoyed strong job growth while the gap between the haves and have-nots has grown and services for the less fortunate have languished.
“Biblically, the poor are always going to be with us in some form or fashion,” he said, while pointing to statistics which show that wages have increased at all income levels during his tenure as governor.
He did admit that it is true that those with the highest incomes have seen greater growth in earnings than those at the bottom but dismissed that saying, “We don’t grapple with that here.”
One might expect a man who sees himself as presidential material would take a greater interest in this growing problem, particularly when his state is one of the 15 states that the U.S. Census Bureau says has seen a higher than the national rate of growth in income inequality. The Census Bureau data shows that the median income in Houston has not risen since the year after the end of the Great Recession, but at the same time the number of households earning more than $200,000 actually grew.
The video below shows the “new” Rick Perry.
h/t: Huffington Post