The Responsibility of Governing: TX Governor Perry Looking Forward

Texas Governor Rick Perry – like all other Governors – has a responsibility to protect the interests of the people of his state. It should come as no surprise, then, that he endorsed a resolution in the Texas legislature supporting states’ rights under the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

This topic has been covered by quite a few folks, recently. Pete Randall posted here on RedState an interesting comparison with Georgia (which is doing nothing) and you can catch both transcripts from Rush Limbaugh’s commentary about it and audio clips of Governor Perry on Sean Hannity’s radio show here.

In his support of the measure, Governor Perry stated, “I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state.”

Well said.

Following the Governor’s rejection of a small portion of the so-called “stimulus” money, this next step was a nice rhetorical statement – and combined, they represent a useful little shot across the bow. The next steps, however, will be the critical ones.

Governor Perry and his team in Austin now have an opportunity to really make an impact – and to lead Texas forward by circumventing, minimizing and at times fighting, the destructive policies coming out of Washington. The Governor should take several affirmative steps to move forward substantively, and in so doing, help to lead not just Texas, but the nation back to freedom and prosperity.

1. He should gather a brain trust of Texas leaders with a proven track record of success in the private sector to develop a master plan forward for Texas – and here’s the key part – irrespective of the long term viability of the programs of the US Government. Sound a little crazy? Can anyone tell me that Medicare and Social Security are not each about to hit a wall VERY hard, and leave millions of Americans wondering what in the hell happened to their retirement and health care? Can anyone tell me that the massive amounts of spending being spent will not lead to significant inflation in the coming years? Can anyone tell me that the United States government will enforce its borders? Can anyone tell me that the United States government will take the necessary steps to get adequate fossil fuels, or build nuclear power to maximize liberty and lower energy costs? Can anyone tell me that we will be able to celebrate Christmas in schools or graduate students equipped for the world if we follow the ways of Washington? Can anyone tell me our healthcare system will be better off with greater Washington involvement? I thought not. Well, Texans – led by Perry and its smartest citizens – should develop a specific plan forward that does not depend on Ted Kennedy, Barbara Boxer, Al Franken and Arlen Specter…

2. Develop a working group – independent form the National Governors’ Association – consisting of like-minded Governors to develop coordinated plans to carry out strategies from #1 above and, under the Tenth Amendment, to stand up to the national government’s burdensome mandates, assault on freedom and disregard of fiscal irresponsibility. This group might include Governors Sanford, Jindal, Palin, Barbour – and a few others of like minds.

Some might say Governor Perry is engaging in a naked political effort to set up a fight with Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison for 2010. Perhaps. But so what? It’s correct isn’t it? She is of Washington – in every way you can imagine… an appropriator who has been a part of the spiraling growth of the national government. Governor Perry is of Texas.

And he has had an impressive track record… the Texas economy is relatively strong given the times and Texas is, generally speaking, a great place to live. While Washington is making things worse and talking in circles… Governor Perry is doing the right thing – carrying out his responsibility to govern. He can take Texas – and by extension with like-minded peers, America – forward with a little hard work and by following his instincts to protect Texas and Texans first and foremost…