Perry’s Texas a lot like China

Austin American-Statesman - - OPINION -

Re: July 16 ar­ti­cle “Au­dit finds hefty work­ers’ comp back­log.”

Gov. Rick Perry brags that busi­nesses rate Texas as the No. 1 place to do busi­ness in the U.S. The ar­ti­cle ex­pos­ing the lack of en­force­ment of physi­cians abus­ing or de­fraud­ing work­ers’ com­pen­sa­tion is one ex­am­ple of Perry cre­at­ing a haven for busi­nesses.

He ap­points peo­ple to agen­cies who will not en­force fraud by busi­nesses and in­surance cor­po­rate attorneys to courts who rule al­most 100 per­cent for busi­nesses and against in­di­vid­u­als. He brags that busi­nesses pay low taxes while caus­ing the $15 bil­lion deficit and cut­ting 20,000 men­tally ill Tex­ans from re­ceiv­ing help.

His mo­tive is sim­ply that busi­nesses fill his cam­paign cof­fers while the men­tally ill and or­di­nary work­ers can­not. Perry’s Texas is a lot like China: a great place to be a busi­ness owner but a hor­ri­ble place to be an or­di­nary worker.

GReG CeSHkeR

drip­ping springs

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