By Way of Introduction

You can lead a horse to the polls, but you can't make him vote. They would have to modify the booth to accommodate his horse shape.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Minor Observations

A quote from Texas Governor Rick Perry, referencing a campaign contribution from Merck Pharmaceuticals. "It was a $5,000 contribution that I had received from them," Perry said. "I raised about $30 million, and if you're saying that I can be bought for 5,000, I'm offended."

A real straight-up dude.
In fact, he's received closer to $30,000 from Merck over the years, but who's counting? The point most people seem to have missed here is the way he replied to the suggestion that he had been bought by the drug company, and that their contributions to his campaigns led him to issue an executive order requiring the HPV vaccine for young girls in Texas. Note that he doesn't argue that he can be bought, but instead objects to the implication that he could have been bought for such a paltry sum. It takes way more than $5,000 to buy Rick Perry. Apparently, it takes more like $30,000.

1 comment:

robyn said...

Per Perry's Wikipedia page, when his order was overturned by a bill passed by the TX Legislature, Perry "blamed lawmakers who supported the bill for the deaths of future cancer victims." Wow! Pretty uninformed, considering that cervical cancer has about the best survival rate of all cancers (greater than 99%) if found reasonably early, which can be achieved in a routine Pap test. Of course he can't just mandate that all girls get regular Pap tests, because during his governorship TX became the state with the highest proportion of uninsured citizens and he made it more difficult to enroll in Medicaid, so how would people be able to afford their doctor visit?