Oh, good grief.
Rick Perry feels that the economic crisis isn’t the fault of Wall St. greed, but divine intervention. From ThinkProgress.:
As Perry is poised to sign the most draconian state budget in recent history that slashes essential services for the poor and middle class while potentially laying off 100,000 teachers, Kyle Mantyla of Right Wing Watch Kyle digs up this gem of an interview from May in which the governor sheds some light on his motivations. During an appearance on James Robison’s Life Today television program, Perry says he sees a silver lining to the devastating recession that has cost millions of families their jobs, homes, and livelihoods: it will return America to “Biblical principles” and free us from the slavery of big government:
PERRY: I think in America from time to time we have to go through some difficult times — and I think we’re going through those difficult economic times for a purpose, to bring us back to those Biblical principles of you know, you don’t spend all the money. You work hard for those six years and you put up that seventh year in the warehouse to take you through the hard times. And not spending all of our money. Not asking for Pharaoh to give everything to everybody and to take care of folks because at the end of the day, it’s slavery. We become slaves to government.
That’s right. We’re being taught a lesson in saving our money. That’s why we’re having an economic crisis.
Not Wall St. greed. Not Massive tax cuts to the folks who need it least. Not tax loopholes for companies that are making billions in profits every quarter. Not a failure of the Republican-controlled House to deliver a single jobs bill in the last five months. Nope. It’s all a divine lesson we are being taught.
Remember, he’s thinking about running for President. But if he does get elected, and things don’t work out, it was obviously God’s plan, not his.