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« Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 676 -- Entitlement Spending Set In Stone? | WILLisms.com | Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 678 -- Visualizing Budgets. »

Trivia Tidbit of the Day: Part 677 -- Deficits Three Times Larger Than Previous Record.

Big Government, Big Hole To Climb Out From-

America now faces deficits roughly 3 times as large as any of the record Bush deficits:


Bailouts and stimulus are driving these deficits, more than even entitlement spending growth.

In Texas, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison criticized Governor Rick Perry for turning down a $550+ million portion of our state's multi-billion dollar stimulus share (note that Texas is a donor state). KBH would have preferred that Texas accept those additional dollars and be required to grow our state government unemployment system-- and put the state on the hook for complying with those federal strings for many years to come. Not exactly a 100% unfunded mandate, but it is fair to call it merely a slightly funded federal mandate.

Not only that, but Senator Hutchison also voted with the Democrats and against our conservative Senator John Cornyn on a measure that would have eliminated tens of billions of dollars in wasteful stimulus spending projects, like half a billion bucks for climate change research and 125 million dollars on the DC sewer system. Total cost of Senator Hutchison's vote: potentially upwards of SEVERAL TENS OF BILLIONS of taxpayer dollars.

One of only 7 Republicans (including now-Democrat Arlen Specter, whiny George Voinovich of Ohio, and both RINO Senators from Maine) to vote no, KBH's vote was also a vote in favor of big labor unions, as it also would have repealed Davis-Bacon and opened up government contracts to competitive bidding rather than keeping federal stimulus construction projects completely within the grip of big labor. The provision protecting the union bosses alone added 9.91% to the cost of the Obama stimulus, according to Americans for Tax Reform.

Texas has a balanced budget and a $9 billion Rainy Day fund. The U.S. has an insanely large 1.4+ TRILLION dollar deficit this year. The choice in the Perry versus Hutchison race is abundantly clear.


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Disclosure: I work for Governor Rick Perry. The thoughts and comments on WILLisms.com are entirely my own, as always. For official comments from the Perry campaign, please visit RickPerry.org. Also, see this post for more information.

Posted by Will Franklin · 15 October 2009 11:11 AM


It is kinda sad to hear people talk about Kay Bailout Hutchison. Seriously, people I have spoke with really believe she has been in Washington too long. Bless her heart. Everyone agrees she is a nice lady. BUT nice just doesn't cut it in these economic crazy, Obamanomic Liberal spending times.

Posted by: ZsaZsa at October 17, 2009 07:03 AM