Who says politics can’t be good for business?
Not Rick Perry’s political donors, anyways. So much for small government:
And donors like Simmons have found the rewards to be mutual, reaping benefits from Texas during Perry’s tenure.
Perry has received a total of $37 million over the last decade from just 150 individuals and couples, who are likely to form the backbone of his new effort to win the Republican presidential nomination. The tally represented more than a third of the $102 million he had raised as governor through December, according to data compiled by the watchdog group Texans for Public Justice.
Nearly half of those mega-donors received hefty business contracts, tax breaks or appointments under Perry, according to a Los Angeles Times analysis.
Auto magnate B.J. “Red” McCombs, who contributed nearly $400,000 to the governor, is the primary financial backer for a Formula One racetrack to be built near Austin. The state has pledged $25 million a year in subsidies to support the project.
The Houston-based engineering firm of James Dannenbaum, who gave more than $320,000 to Perry, received multiple transportation contracts from the state. In 2007, Perry appointed Dannenbaum to a coveted post on the University of Texas‘ board of regents.
A Mississippi-based poultry company run by Joe Sanderson, who gave $165,000 to Perry, received a $500,000 grant from a state business incentive fund championed by Perry to open a chicken hatchery and processing plant in Waco.
Limited government for thee, but not for me!
You know, I have a confession. A part of me always liked George W. Bush. Not as a politician, not as a maker of wars, but as a person he seemed okay. A poor judge of character, sure, but a guy who wanted to do the right thing and just couldn’t seem to manage it no matter how hard he tried, forever in his father’s shadow.
Rick Perry, on the other hand, has me spooked. For one thing, he’s killed a lot more people than Bush did as governor. And, by all appearances, he’s even more hawkish than his predecessor. And there’s just something about him…I can’t put my finger on it, but something about the man just rubs me the wrong way.
So let’s hope that Larison is right, and Perry and Bachmann cannibalize one another. I don’t like Romney, but I suspect I could live with a Romney presidency. A second, even more extreme Texas governor?
We can do better than sloppy seconds, America.
This just in:
Via the Dish.
The line between tough talk and creepy violent has to be drawn somewhere.