Texas Gov. Rick Perry is speaking in the nation’s capital today at the “Values Voter Summit,” a confab put together by a constellation of religious-right groups like the Family Research Council, Focus on the Family and the American Family Association. What’s more likely to make news in coming weeks, however, are the governor’s comments this past Thursday questioning whether Texas has been affected by the national recession. “We’re in one?” the governor jokingly asked when speaking at a Houston Chamber of Commerce event.
The next day the Texas Workforce Commission announced that unemployment in Texas hit 8 percent, a 22-year high, in August. And, of course, earlier this year Gov. Perry infamously rejected federal stimulus money for the unemployed in our supposedly imaginary recession.
We wonder what the pious folks at the “Values Voter Summit” will think about the governor’s callous disregard of the problems facing working families right now. Is that one of the “values” they want their speakers promoting?
Check out Gov. Perry’s comments in this short video clip.