Here’s the deal.
Rick Perry used an “Executive Order” – yeah, that horrible, evil, unAmerican thing President Obama uses – to deploy the Texas National Guard, who are military troops, to the border of Texas to fight hungry, pathetic children.
Here’s the deal.
The Texas National Guard can’t make arrests. They cannot shoot anybody unless they are shot at first. They can’t even detain anybody. In short, they cannot do diddle squat unless war breaks out on the border or the folks in Louisiana start lobbing crawfish at Brownsville.
Perry says they will “be trained.” For what? Standing there looking tough? Babysit?
The Texas National Guard: Hoping that a truckload of Darth Vaders will scare the little children.
Now here’s the other deal.
Rick Perry “hoped the federal government would eventually reimburse” Texas for the $12 million a month this is going to cost. Oh yeah, you heard me right. Perry will not take federal funds to cover the health of Texas children or working class families but, by gawd, he’ll beg for it if it’s for his Presidential aspirations.
Now here’s the cherry on the ice cream sundae deal.
Greg Abbott, the Texas Attorney General who is running against Wendy Davis, got his face on the teevee, too.
Abbott said he expects the federal government to reimburse the cost of the deployment — about $12 million per month, in addition to the $5 million monthly cost of the DPS officers. His office is prepared to sue the federal government if necessary to get the reimbursement, he said.
“Texans are prepared to put the boots on the ground,” Abbott said. “But we expect Washington to foot the bill.”
This is almost funny. Abbott starts every speech by saying that he gets up every morning and sues the federal government, but sometimes he waits until he gets to the office.
So it doesn’t appear that anybody is shaking in their boots over Abbott threatening to sue the federal government. Hell, if we had the money back from all the frivolous lawsuits he’s filed against President Obama, we could lower taxes by about 70%.
So, here’s the final deal.
Texas is send a bunch of impotent Darth Vaders to the border who can’t do anything and we’re going to pray that you people in foreign states will pay to help Rick Perry’s and Greg Abbott’s political posturing.
Sounds like a helluva deal to me.
My friend Charles reminds us that every time President Obama steps in front of a camera, the GOP calls it politics. Hell, the border has now become a staged political convention.