TX Governor Rick Perry is living in a rented mansion while the official Governor’s Mansion is being refurbished. The rent on the 4,800 sq. ft. temporary mansion is $8.500 per month – all paid for by the taxpayers of Texas. This works out to $102,000 per year.
The value of a median home in Texas is $118,900. Median household income is $48,286. Perry’s income as governor is $150,000 per year. If you add in the value of the rent on the mansion, he is being compensated over $250,000 per year by the taxpayers of Texas – that’s more than 5x the median income in his state, and more than twice the value of the median home.
If you are injured while working, it is probably best if it isn’t in Texas. Under Rick Perry, Worker’s Compensation coverage is the lowest in the United States (from a report by the Texas Legislative Study Group).
According to the Texas Legislative Study Group, under Rick Perry, Texas ranks last in the country in the percentage of non-elderly women with health insurance. In other words, other than the elderly, if you are a woman, you are more likely to not have health insurance coverage in Texas than anywhere else in the United States.
As we discussed in this post, there’s no point in arguing with right wing hard core believers; you won’t change their minds. But then, those aren’t the people who will decide an election. No, the people who will decide the outcome are those whose minds can be changed, and who are truly sick of the endless bickering and ineffectiveness of those who have been voted in.
But how do we get those folks to look at facts instead of the spin that seems to be unending? By using the same tactics the right has used for decades: Repetition.
The right has employed this masterfully. They come up with a message, and they pound that message every chance they get, until they get people believing it as fact. It can be complete fabrication, but repeated often enough, it becomes conventional wisdom. Think “weapons of mass destruction” in Iraq (there weren’t any), the “controversy” over the President’s birthplace, or the rate of taxation in the US (lowest in 60 years). All of these are messages put out by the right, and all of them have in common that the right’s spin was completely unsupported by facts. And yet they persist.
So, how to combat this? By using the same tactic – with one change. Repeat facts. Keep repeating the facts over and over. And don’t argue them. That’s a key element to what the right does. You can point out flaws in their message, demonstrate falsehoods using facts and they still won’t back down. They just repeat their message. They don’t debate it, they just restate it as unassailable fact.
Here’s what you can do:
If you see us put out an #EFCpolfacts tweet, retweet it.
If you know a fact that we should feature, leave a comment here.
If you see the EFC post that introduces the #EFCpolfacts, spread the word.
But here’s the real tough part: Don’t debate it. Don’t discuss it. Just repeat it. If you think it’s bogus, let us know. But we’ll be posting facts that are verifiable. Just simple facts. Supported by data. Let people decide without shoving it down their throats. Just present it, over and over again.
Feel free to use them, to promote them. We will add links and tweet a new fact every day, and we will repeat them. We hope you will as well. And when you are challenged on them, simply repeat them. It’s the same tactic the right uses, with one exception – these actually are facts.
According to a report from the Texas Legislative Study Group, Governor and now Presidential candidate Rick Perry’s state ranks 48th among all 50 states in the percentage of residents that are covered by employer-based healthcare.
Rick Perry is touting the job creation in Texas under his stewardship. What he does not note is that his state has the highest percentage of minimum-wage jobs in the country at 12.6%. Of these jobs, 11.1% are below minimum wage.
The next highest percentage of minimum wage jobs is in New York, and 6.1%, less than half of the Texas rate.
Governor Rick Perry announced his candidacy for President on August 13th, 2010. At that time, the state of Texas was ranked 4th out of 50 states for having the highest level of poverty. The only states with higher poverty levels were Mississippi, Arizona and New Mexico. The District of Columbia also had a higher rate of poverty.