Rick Perry, Asshole of the Day for August 29, 2014
by TeaPartyCat ()
Last month we named Rick Perry Asshole of the Day for sending the National Guard to the border even though it turned out they couldn’t do anything and might not even have their guns loaded. It was all just for show— for Fox News and 2016 GOP primary voters.
But that’s not the whole story. We noted at the time that Gov. Perry had said he wouldn’t pay for it, and expected the federal government to pick up the tab. Now this is rich because the Texas National Guard isn’t actually helping the Border Patrol, so the federal government gets no benefit from the deployment Perry ordered, nor did they ask for his help.
But Perry sent them anyways. And now it turns out the Guardsmen haven’t been paid, and have had to go to the food pantry so they can eat:
A food bank revealed to local TV station KGBT that they’d been inundated with food requests from Guardsmen, who were deployed on August 11 and won’t be paid until September 5. “We were contacted that 50 troops that are in the Valley don’t have any money for food and gas and they need our assistance,” the bank’s director told KGTV.
According to The Wire, it costs about $12 million per month to keep the 1,000 troops at the border “sustained,” and Perry’s refused to use Texas money to pay them, instead calling on the federal government to do so.
So Perry insists the federal government pay for this deployment they didn’t ask for, but he didn’t actually secure that funding prior to deploying them. And who suffers for his lack of planning and pointless deployment? The men and women in the guard who he ordered there. And that is why Rick Perry is the Asshole of the Day.
It is Gov. Perry’s seventh time as Asshole of the Day. Previous wins were for
Full story: Mediaite.