Aww, c'mon, baby, I was only kidding--you know I'd never leave you...

>> Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Two weeks ago:

"There's a lot of different scenarios," [Texas Governor Rick] Perry said. "We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, you know, who knows what might come out of that. But Texas is a very unique place, and we're a pretty independent lot to boot."

Kelley Shannon, "Perry fires up anti-tax crowd"
Dallas Morning News, April 16, 2009.

That was then. This is now. This week:

Gov. Rick Perry today in a precautionary measure requested the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provide 37,430 courses of antiviral medications from the Strategic National Stockpile to Texas to prevent the spread of swine flu. Currently, three cases of swine flu have been confirmed in Texas.

"As a precautionary measure, I have requested that medication be on hand in Texas to help curb the spread of swine flu by helping those with both confirmed and suspected cases of this swine flu virus, as well as healthcare providers who may have come in contact with these patients," said Gov. Rick Perry. "We will continue to work with our local, state and federal health officials to ensure public safety is protected."

Oh, come on now, Governor--where's that independent Texas spirit? You're not going to let a few sniffles get you down, are you? Are you?

Yeah, always the same. They talk big about how awful Washington is and maybe they ought to leave, but one little outbreak of a lethal virus with the potential to trigger a global pandemic similar to the infamous 1918 pandemic that slaughtered more people than the Great War did and they come running back to hide behind Columbia's petticoats. "Oh noes! Save us from the sneezies and wheezies, mommy!"

Y'know, maybe those teabaggers are right about the whole tax thing. Think of how much money we could save if we just shut down the CDC. Yeah. I mean, if you think about it, the CDC is kinda like the first skittering scree on the slippery slope of socialized medicine. Why should I pay for some Texan's healthcare? If those people want to be immunized against influenza so badly, maybe they ought to pay for it themselves, or purchase private insurance to cover it. I'll bet Canadians get vaccines from their government, and you can see how well the Canadian healthcare system works--all the Canadians have to wait in long lines behind old people from Vermont, it's an utter disaster.

Aw, hell, Texas--I'm only joshing you. You know I don't mean it, you can have as many dosage units as you need. America needs you. You're the buffer zone between us and those Mexican drug cartels. Just try to maybe, you know, think about how much you need us next time you want to go running your mouth about how awful we are, eh? Because, y'know, it's possible you need us at least as much as we need you.

Maybe more.

(H/T to Deus Ex Malcontent for the inspiration!)


John the Scientist Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 6:52:00 AM EDT  

What pisses me off the most as a small "L" libertarian is that these clowns (including Jindal) are complaining about the legitimate stuff that any reasonable person thinks the government should be doing. CW had a good post on his old blog about why privatizing the National Weather Service would be a bad idea.

Want to save some money? Means test the friggin' Social Security system.

mattw Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 10:39:00 AM EDT  

Don't mess with Texas (unless we ask for it first).

Jim Wright Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 11:54:00 AM EDT  

Fuck it, I say good luck to ya, Republic of Texas, land of ten gallon hats and giant belt buckles.

Bye. Nice knowing ya, Lone Star, and don't forget to take the fucking Bush family with ya on the way out.


Leanright,  Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 12:35:00 PM EDT  

If Texas leave the country, it will certainly help us continue our dependence on foreign oil. You know how we all LOVE foreign oil in the US.

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