Mess With Texas

nochucknorrisFrom the Austin American-Statesman:

Joining a growing chorus of criticism, state Sen. Rodney Ellis called on Gov. Rick Perry today to clarify his remarks yesterday about Texas seceding from the Union.

In remarks after an Austin speech to tax protestors, Perry seemed to leave the door open when discussing secession.

The guv said: “Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that.

“My hope is that America, and Washington in particular, pays attention. We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that?”

In a statement this afternoon, Ellis said Perry’s comments were off-mark.

“There are some issues that simply should not be legitimated in any way, shape or form, and secession is one of them,” he said. “By not rejecting out of hand the possibility of secession, Governor Perry is taking a step down a very dangerous and divisive path encouraged by the fringe of Texas politics… It was not all that long ago that those were the exact words used by those who opposed desegregation and the civil rights movement. The top elected official in the second largest state with our history simply cannot be so loose with his comments. He’s not a radio or cable TV talk show host.

“The timing and focus of this talk doesn’t make much sense. Since 2001, the Texas budget has increased by 62 percent. The budget we are now working on includes $65 billion from the federal government. We didn’t hear about the oppressive hand of the federal government when we asked for hurricane and wildfire relief and, we didn’t hear these complaints when we took money for transportation and education and health care. We didn’t hear about it for eight years of exploding federal budget deficits, so why now?

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