Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Day 29: The State of the State is a State of Mind

Today is the 29th day of the 82nd regular session of the Texas Legislature. The House will reconvene at 10:00 am before welcoming the Senate for a joint session in the House chambers at 10:30. At 11 am Governor Rick Perry will deliver his "State of the State" address to the joint session.

Perry will likely sing another 12 verses of his favorite Hymn: "Texas is Awesome, Texas is Perfect, What's That You Say About Massive Unemployment, Crumbling Infrastructure and Pitiful Education, I Can't Hear You LALALALALA". This despite a biting Los Angeles Times article that disproves the rosy picture of the economy Perry has been painting for years, the impending closure of Pre-K programs and the proposal that the Texas Penal system stop feeding its prisoners so much to save money.

Expect a few dropped in code words about "family values" and "crumbling morals". Perry's speech writers are too savvy to give him any overt gay bashing, but they know to keep the base happy by slipping in a few covert digs.

You can watch the speech live at

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