Texas Gov. Rick Perry: ObamaCare will “find no foothold here”

posted at 3:21 pm on July 9, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

On Monday, Texas Governor Rick Perry sent a rather pointed letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, explaining why his state will not be taking measures to prepare for the implementation of ObamaCare (specifically, with Medicaid expansion and a state insurance exchange). Burrrrrrrn:

In the ObamaCare plan, the federal government sought to force the states to expand their Medicaid programs by – in the words of the Supreme Court – putting a gun to their heads. Now that the “gun to the head” has been removed, please relay this message to the President: I oppose both the expansion of Medicaid as provided in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the creation of a so-called “state” insurance exchange, because both represent brazen intrusions into the sovereignty of our state.

I stand proudly with the growing chorus of governors who reject the PPACA power grab. Thank God and our nation’s founders that we have the right to do so.

Neither a”state” exchange nor the expansion of Medicaid under the Orwellian-named PPACA would result in better “patient protection” or in more “affordable care.” What they would do is make Texas a mere appendage of the federal government when it comes to health care.

Although his erstwhile presidential bid was somewhat ill-fated, Gov. Perry has few rivals in the straight-shootin’ ability to guilelessly tell it like it is — and doing so like a boss, to boot. The governor appeared on Fox News this morning to explain his reasoning, and I think he’s got it completely right on what’s really going on here:

 

“If anyone had any doubt, we wanted to put it clearly to bed that Texas wasn’t going to be a part of expanding socializing of our medicine,” he said in an exclusive interview with Fox News. “We’re not going to participate in any exchanges, we’re not going to expand Medicaid – we’re just not going to be a part of, again, socializing healthcare in the state of Texas.” …

“Medicaid is a failed a program. To expand this program is not unlike adding a thousand people to the Titanic. You’re going to further drive this country into debt,” Perry said. “You don’t expand a program that is not working already.” …

“If the federal government is serious about working with the states and finding solutions to the healthcare needs, what they would do is block grant those dollars back to the states,” he said. “I can assure you that Texas and other states would find more effective, efficient ways to deliver healthcare to their citizens and do it in a way that preserves those individuals freedom.”

“I’m always intrigued with the concept that there’s free money out there, and that we can pour more money into a program that has already failed, and somehow or other we’re going to have a different result than what we had the first time,” he added. …

“If the private insurance sector wants to set up these types of ability to trade across lines and what have you – I think they ought to have the ability to do that,” he said. “But not this one-size-fits-all, federally-mandated, Washington-centric concept that the Obama administration, through Obamacare, is trying to force upon us.”

So. Much. Truth. The federal government reserves the right to swoop in and set up these programs themselves if Texas and fellow rebel states follow through on their promise to not act, but I’m still keeping my fingers crossed, hoping darn thing repealed before it comes to that. Gulp.


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Was the poor copy paste job in the original letter? :P

lorien1973 on July 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

If you secede, they will come.

Bensonofben on July 9, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Shame his debate performances were so bad.

rbj on July 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Modern Day Dread Scott?

Obama will things things to punish Texas…citizens be damned.

Oil Can on July 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Bash Roberts all you want, he did give every state run by a Republican the ability to ignore implementing Obamacare by removing the Medicare blackmail. Now, all I have to do is more to a Republican-run state.

TheLastBrainLeft on July 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Shame his debate performances were so bad.

rbj on July 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

A damned shame…

JohnGalt23 on July 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

Thank you Gov. Perry, our governor for this! Sorry to say Perry is backing dewhurst, but the best man will win come July 31, Ted Curz!
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letget on July 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Where’s Romney…?

Seven Percent Solution on July 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

When half of we the People say, “no more,” what will the State do?

The State is only empowered, when half of we the People allow it to be.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Mark Dayton said the same thing!

Bishop on July 9, 2012 at 3:28 PM

So,um,is there a provision,in the Affordable HealthCare
Act,to throw State Governors in jail,if they don’t comply!!

Jus say’n!!!

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

“rernoved” “represenLbrazen” “a”state”” “affordable çate” “V/hat”

OCR software! ain’t it grand, folks?

AndStatistics on July 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

O-Care is a complete f’n failure. I’ll just go ahead and say it. Let’s see what happens when the state of CA tries to tackle THAT extra burned on top of their already huge and growing deficit.

Texas has got it right. Even after the rest of the country falls, there will still.be.Texas.

Turtle317 on July 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Quit calling it ObamaCare. It has nothing to do with care.

It’s now officially the ObamaTax.

Because ObamTax is a regressive tax on the middle class and the poor, Obama and his adherents hate the middlle and poor classes.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I sense that the only foot placement likely here will be to the Act’s backside….

apostic on July 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

I’m waiting for Gov. Bentley of Alabama to get on board. We’ve already had some liberal pediatrician throw the “it’s for the good of the children” line at us yesterday in the B’ham News. Bentley’s a doctor. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.

AubieJon on July 9, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Senatorial cadaver speaks.

Some states, like Maryland, Connecticut and Vermont, will likely be a piece of cake. But others, like Florida, Texas and Wisconsin, will be a monumental challenge — given the ideological and temporal demands at play.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Let’s not forget here that Perry is SOCIALIST, Illegal Immigrant-Loving, Drunk who would destroy this nation if he were elected President.

/Mittard

HondaV65 on July 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

WTG Rick!! WooHoo!

tell ‘em to get bent!!

ted c on July 9, 2012 at 3:34 PM

The real power of Perry and his devotion to protect our liberties will be seen in how he handles the IRS’s attempt to get around the SCOTUS ruling:
IRS Health Care Power Grab Tramples States

gmerits on July 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

The Houston Chronicle posters are going wild on this story.Houston proper is trying to be San FranciscoII.The Chron allows a thumbs up or down rating for each post.It is obvious the Chron staff ramp it up voting for democrat causes.Quite pathetic for a so called major news source.

docflash on July 9, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Quote: “The federal government reserves the right to swoop in and set up these programs themselves if Texas and fellow rebel states follow through on their promise to not act…”

What form will the Exchange take? An agency within a building? An online website? If the states are refusing to implement it then who pays for it when the feds swoop in to do it themselves? And what kind of resistance might a resolved state offer to protect their sovereignty? The outcome will likely not be extreme (another Fort Sumter), but I can’t imagine this will be something everyone can ignore either.

sirmatthew on July 9, 2012 at 3:38 PM

OCR software!
AndStatistics on July 9, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Yeah, ugly.

Also, the first link (letter) to a PDF, doesn’t work. Tsk, Erika.

RushBaby on July 9, 2012 at 3:40 PM

What form will the Exchange take? An agency within a building? An online website?

sirmatthew on July 9, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Worse. An entrenched bureaucracy.

RushBaby on July 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

Anybody know if ObamaTax is the reason Texas is choosing dental providers for Medicaid recipients? I overheard an employee at my dentist office explaining to patients that they would have to see another dentist or pay themselves if they wanted to continue seeing that dentist because the state had chosen a provider that wasn’t accepted at that office. I asked her if this was a recent change. She told me it was now being enforced. Is this sop for Medicaid to choose insurance for the poor instead of just paying for care?

txhsmom on July 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

It’s now officially the ObamaTax.

Because ObamTax is a regressive tax on the middle class and the poor, Obama and his adherents hate the middlle and poor classes.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Schadenfreide: Herr’ ZombieObamaTax!!!!:)
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canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 2:45 PM

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 3:41 PM

I’ll still vote for him if he runs.

J.E. Dyer on July 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

Thats why I live in TX.

TX-96 on July 9, 2012 at 3:42 PM

TheLastBrainLeft on July 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

or elect a GOP Gov. like we are here in NC …..

conservative tarheel on July 9, 2012 at 3:43 PM

I love my state of Texas. We already have tons of folks tripping over themselves to get here that the highways are filled with out-of-state plates. We welcome y’all with one caviat, don’t bring your blue-state politics here. Ask yourselves why you have having to move across the country for a job and don’t come here trying to change us into what you just left. We know what we are doing, so don’t mess with Texas. If y’all just want more of that blue state carp then move to Houston or Austin. Those two cities are already screwed-up and you couldn’t cause much more damage. Way to go Gov Rick! Tell the Feds to pound sand!

neyney on July 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

geesh my post is almost as error-filled as the Perry letter copied above. PIMF!

neyney on July 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

I’ve been saying for months over on RedState.com that federalism was the best way to defeat the Progs and the federal leviathan.

Time to stop hoping the feckless GOP in Congress will do the Right thing.

Charlemagne on July 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Shame his debate performances were so bad.

rbj on July 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM
A damned shame…

JohnGalt23 on July 9, 2012 at 3:26 PM

…a double damn shamed!

KOOLAID2 on July 9, 2012 at 3:47 PM

Miss ya Perry

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Yeah, ugly.

Also, the first link (letter) to a PDF, doesn’t work. Tsk, Erika.

RushBaby on July 9, 2012 at 3:40 PM

RushBaby:Here ya go:)
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Rick Perry’s Letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
******************************************************

http://www.scribd.com/doc/99590002/Rick-Perry-s-Letter-to-HHS-Secretary-Kathleen-Sebelius

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Good for Texas. I read an article this morning in the L.A. Times that says that CA, which of course is going to expand Medicaid, is now projected to incur additional costs of over $2.65 billion a year for all the newly-eligible Medicaid patients — even with all the federal subsidies.

Where is CA going to get that money? The state government does not seem to know, or care.

AZCoyote on July 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM

GG, that’s our buddy :)

Pound sand HHS

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

“Medicaid is a failed a program. To expand this program is not unlike adding a thousand people to the Titanic. You’re going to further drive this country into debt,” Perry said. “You don’t expand a program that is not working already.” …

Incredible that millions of Lefties in America can not understand this statement.

ObamaCare takes almost everything that is wrong with the health insurance & health care industries, freezes it, and doubles down. Poor and less fortunate to be hardest hit.

visions on July 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

As we speak, TX is in dc getting before holder’s doj court on our voter ID law. Can’t have TX not letting illegal aliens, dead, micky mouse, etc not vote if they have to go so far out of their way to get a photo ID now can we? POUND sand feds!
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letget on July 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I’m wondering if brown will be the color for our times?

OhEssYouCowboys on July 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Last night on the news they stated that around 31% of Doctors in Texas are no longer accepting Medicaid patients and the number is expected to grow.

opustx on July 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

About time Governor. We should have been the first one out of the blocks to tell Obozo to pack sand.

One comment about the interviewer, does she really believe the feds will continue to fund the expansion of Medicare and the exchanges. Once they have the states on the hook, they will withdraw funding and dare you to cancel the program incurring the wrath of the “poor”.

banzaibob on July 9, 2012 at 3:55 PM

GG, that’s our buddy :)

Pound sand HHS

cmsinaz on July 9, 2012 at 3:51 PM

cmsinaz:)

********************** Indubitably ****************!!:)

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 3:56 PM

rbj on July 9, 2012 at 3:24 PM

the real shame is that people actually put stock in those shams instead of the actions he has taken over the years. instead we let the media pick our candidate once again.

chasdal on July 9, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.
inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Hahaha, we’re a lawless nation no thanks to Eric Holder and Obama.

MeatHeadinCA on July 9, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Fascist. It’s legal.

Fallon on July 9, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Incredible that millions of Lefties in America can not understand this statement.

ObamaCare takes almost everything that is wrong with the health insurance & health care industries, freezes it, and doubles down. Poor and less fortunate to be hardest hit.

visions on July 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

No more incredible than for cattle to not understand that that truck that is coming for them, is taking them to disaster.

OhEssYouCowboys on July 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

In your dreams.

rplat on July 9, 2012 at 3:58 PM

neyney on July 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, all ya’ll blue-staters, don’t come to Houston!! Go to Austin where the weirdos are and enjoy yourself. I’m trying to get Houston back on track.

chelie on July 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

dont forget, rick knows how to deal w/ scavengers and parasites

chasdal on July 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Gives you a tingly feeling just thinking about it. Says more about you than it will ever say about him.

CurtZHP on July 9, 2012 at 4:00 PM

I think its starting. This needs to encompass not just ObamaCare, but the IRS and EPA. I would like to see nullification language like in the bill that just passed the Missouri House and is now in the Senate, where federal officials will be arrested and charged with a felony. But this is going to take many states to act in concert: It’s Time For States To Just Say NO!

gmerits on July 9, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Tough bark, no bite when the time comes.

mythicknight on July 9, 2012 at 4:03 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Jackboot alert. Scratch a leftist, find a fascist.

I dare you to try. Rick Perry could take you out during back surgery.

BKennedy on July 9, 2012 at 4:05 PM

Obama has already declared war on Texas. There is a litany of things Obama has done to dry to depress Texas, and it isn’t working. In fact the opposite has occurred. The Texas economy is growing, despite Obama’s attacks on our businesses. The population is growing as migration from other states is picking up pace. 6 of the top 10 fastest growing cities are in Texas. The unemployment rate is decreasing in Texas while the nation’s unemployment rate increases.

Obama is trying to kill Eagle Ford. Obama is trying to kill our power generation capability. Obama is trying to kill our healthcare system.

Why is he fighting against Texas so much? Because we are the opposite of his vision and if we are successful, it looks bad on him so it is best to drag Texas down and attempt to force it to be a failure. Obama’s reasoning is like that of a jealous child who sees the success of another child and attempts to sabotage them and seek to exert punishment on them to make himself look better.

James on July 9, 2012 at 4:09 PM

Where is CA going to get that money? The state government does not seem to know, or care.

AZCoyote on July 9, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I think those mis-governing CA and their masters, the public employee unions are pretty certain that CA is too big to fail.

California is a case study in the unintended consequences of bailing out the banks, AIG and GM. It help foster the kind of moral hazard that is on display in California’s unprecedented spending.

MessesWithTexas on July 9, 2012 at 4:10 PM

So. Much. Truth. The federal government reserves the right to swoop in and set up these programs themselves if Texas and fellow rebel states follow through on their promise to not act, but I’m still keeping my fingers crossed, hoping darn thing repealed before it comes to that. Gulp.

Rebel States?

Dr Evil on July 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Janet Reno’s tanks and poison gas are ready to go, just give the word!

slickwillie2001 on July 9, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

You fool. Roberts made it legal for you. You forgot to read that part of the new ObamaTax SC ruling of last week.

Schadenfreude on July 9, 2012 at 4:18 PM

Can somebody remind me again what that: “Ronald Reagan was a sharp-as-a-tack debater who always compromised on everything” meme is based on…

‘Cause I’m pretty darned positive it sure as Hell wasn’t reality.

logis on July 9, 2012 at 4:19 PM

I read this first on Yahoo. The progs who post there are throwing fits. I don’t think they know Texas nor Texans very well.

How dare anyone stand up to big daddy gov’t?

jazzuscounty on July 9, 2012 at 4:22 PM

Let’s not forget here that Perry is SOCIALIST, Illegal Immigrant-Loving, Drunk who would destroy this nation if he were elected President.

/Mittard

HondaV65

That’s a spectacularly ridiculous comment. A huge chunk of Perry supporters are behind Romney.

This conspicuous butthurt is just so adolescent and unappealing. What do you think is going to happen? That your petty caterwauling is going to persuade people to suddenly vote for Santorum at the convention? Palin? Johnson?

The shriller you sound, the more like cartoons you become. Go the hell up.

chimney sweep on July 9, 2012 at 4:29 PM

neyney on July 9, 2012 at 3:44 PM
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO, all ya’ll blue-staters, don’t come to Houston!! Go to Austin where the weirdos are and enjoy yourself. I’m trying to get Houston back on track.

chelie on July 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Sorry chelie but I go to Houston all the time and it’s about as bad as Austin only with more humidity. If you can get Houston back on track I want you running for state office!

neyney on July 9, 2012 at 4:31 PM

“The doctor explained that her insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase.”
– Raising Arizona

mojo on July 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Oh thank God I live in Texas. This just took a huge load off of my mind.
Way to go Governor Perry.

the new aesthetic on July 9, 2012 at 4:34 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

This is a keeper.

lorien1973 on July 9, 2012 at 4:47 PM

“The doctor explained that her insides were a rocky place where my seed could find no purchase.”
– Raising Arizona

mojo on July 9, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Son, you got a panty on your head.

lorien1973 on July 9, 2012 at 4:48 PM

Incredible that millions of Lefties in America can not understand

visions on July 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM

And my FB page is brimming with their puke over this.
I just keep posting that SOME folks can’t recognize brilliance .. LOL.

pambi on July 9, 2012 at 4:53 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

U mad bro?

Go Governor Perry!

Sekhmet on July 9, 2012 at 4:55 PM

Count my family among those that need to find a new state to live in…NY just isn’t a good place to be….

redlucy on July 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

chelie on July 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Hey! We came from a blue state-Illinois-and we’re solid conservatives.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 9, 2012 at 5:05 PM

Don’t.Mess.With.Texas.

Why do the Feds keep forgetting this?

We don’t want your stinkin’ program, we aren’t paying for it, and anyone who has a problem with that is free to move to another state that is willing to shackle themselves to this behemoth.

The way I see it, the moochers will move on down the road, thus freeing up lots more resources for people who want to keep as much of their own money as possible.

I hear Detroit’s nice this time of year – maybe they can check it out….

TeresainFortWorth on July 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM

The way I see it, the moochers will move on down the road, thus freeing up lots more resources for people who want to keep as much of their own money …….

TeresainFortWorth on July 9, 2012 at 5:09 PM

PRECISELY !!!
And DLTDHYIYAOYWO !!!

pambi on July 9, 2012 at 5:15 PM

Good for Gov. Perry.

I so tire of people who distract the conversation with their pompous focus on “Errors.” Get a life.

texanpride on July 9, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Where’s Romney…?

Seven Percent Solution on July 9, 2012 at 3:27 PM

Analyzing poll numbers to see what if he is in favor or not.

riddick on July 9, 2012 at 5:18 PM

Bash Roberts all you want, he did give every state run by a Republican the ability to ignore implementing Obamacare by removing the Medicare blackmail. Now, all I have to do is more to a Republican-run state.

TheLastBrainLeft on July 9, 2012 at 3:25 PM

Or join the Mennonite church.

Nutstuyu on July 9, 2012 at 5:26 PM

Excellent.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 9, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Surprise, surprise… the liberal is advocating for KGB-like tactics. And what law has he broken oh great and terror-filling blog comment overlord tyrant?

dominigan on July 9, 2012 at 5:31 PM

neyney and ALT,

I just don’t want anyone encouraging blue staters to come to Houston. I came here from Chicago *shudders regarding the politics* and it was bad enough! I’m doing the best I can to keep the damage to a minimum. I’m not a take-the-spotlight kind of gal, neyney, so the last thing I forsee is my running for any office. But thanks for the vote of confidence! We conservatives have to stick together!

chelie on July 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Hopefully the local sheriffs will arrest those out-of-control Federal agents and stuff them in jail if they try any of those tyrant actions. After all, sheriffs are the ultimate law authority, serving the people and NOT the government!

dominigan on July 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I’m trying to get Houston back on track.

chelie on July 9, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Fat chance. You’d be better off trying to keep Dallas on the track than work on the longtime train wreck that is Houston.

Odysseus on July 9, 2012 at 5:41 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM
Hopefully the local sheriffs will arrest those out-of-control Federal agents and stuff them in jail if they try any of those tyrant actions. After all, sheriffs are the ultimate law authority, serving the people and NOT the government!

dominigan on July 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I think I said this on another post (or at least wanted to), but Perry and other Republican governors need to claim eminent domain on any federal buildings and kick all the occupants out. Let ‘em set up tents in some national park and try to run their bureaucracy from there.

Nutstuyu on July 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I’d like to see who would volunteer for that mission. When federal agents start doing that to states’ governors they, and not the states, would be encouraging secession.

Reggie1971 on July 9, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Count my family among those that need to find a new state to live in…NY just isn’t a good place to be….

redlucy on July 9, 2012 at 5:03 PM

Plenty of room in TX – several homes for sale on my street. Come on down! We’ve got extra watermelon, smoked ribs and boudain.
(Bring your own mosquito spray)

WhaleBellied on July 9, 2012 at 5:59 PM

So,um,is there a provision,in the Affordable HealthCare
Act,to throw State Governors in jail,if they don’t comply!!

Jus say’n!!!

canopfor on July 9, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Bring. It. On. These bastards will have to first come through me and millions of my fellow Texans, and be willing and able to kill us all, before they lay a single finger on our Governor or any of our elected representatives.

Don’t mess with Texas, as they say.

TXUS on July 9, 2012 at 6:01 PM

…but Romney is our nomninee…

oops

Daemonocracy on July 9, 2012 at 6:02 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Clueless, party of 1, your table is ready.

hillsoftx on July 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Our Governor, Scott Walker, has stated himself that he isn’t planning on implementing Obamadoesntcare, …for the time being. I think he is waiting to see what happens in November. But my hope and thought is, that he will still not implement it even if Obama wins re-election. I can totally see that happening, as he has proven that he doesn’t fall down when confronted by bullies(and Obama is the biggest bully there ever was).

Although just in case he does change his mind after November, we may have to make a move to Texas. That is, if Rick Perry is as big as his talk. Is he, Texans?

Sterling Holobyte on July 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM

chelie on July 9, 2012 at 5:37 PM

I’m from the Chicago area as well! We live in Lubbock.
Former-Chicagoans UNITE!

annoyinglittletwerp on July 9, 2012 at 6:04 PM

SNIFF SNIFF

What might have been.

gophergirl on July 9, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Rick, in 92′ you might have had 51% if a chance. Today we get the smell of triangulation and we move to the next theater. That’s the times, Rick.

Limerick on July 9, 2012 at 6:15 PM

…try to run their bureaucracy from there.

Nutstuyu on July 9, 2012 at 5:45 PM

Hey trolls, notice the correct usage of “their” and “there”.

Nutstuyu on July 9, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door….

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

I do believe the Gov has a concealed carry permit, and exercises his right. Self-defense, ya’ know. Hey inthefarleft, why don’t you try knocking some Texans’s door down? We’ll be happy to clean up the front porch afterwards.

NOMOBO on July 9, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Federal agents should immediately knock down his door and arrest him for breaking the law.

inthemiddle on July 9, 2012 at 3:52 PM

Wow, you’re stupid.

Chuck Schick on July 9, 2012 at 6:38 PM

I don’t know why any state would want to expand Medicaid. It’s insanity.

scalleywag on July 9, 2012 at 6:51 PM

I’m so glad I live in Texas. I’m a transplant, but “Don’t Mess with Texas” is what we really believe here.

toby11 on July 9, 2012 at 6:55 PM

I’m so glad I live in Texas. I’m a transplant, but “Don’t Mess with Texas” is what we really believe here.

toby11 on July 9, 2012 at 6:55 PM

You’re no transplant, brother, you’re as Texan as if born here. Texas has never been just a place, but a state of mind.

TXUS on July 9, 2012 at 7:07 PM

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