A group called Texans Care for Children is out with typical claims of how Texas children are suffering due to now high unemployment. (I seem to remember the same claim when Texas was at full employment the past few years in regard to CHIP.)

The Dallas Morning News quoted the group’s executive director as saying: “High unemployment could drive the state’s child poverty rate to 27 percent this year, although federal and state lawmakers’ actions may mitigate the surge, said Eileen Garcia-Matthews, the group’s executive director…“Texas children are disproportionately harmed during economic downturns like the one we’re experiencing now,” she said.

The group’s report predictably claims that Texas is at the bottom of rankings of what share of its needy, eligible children actually receive health and welfare benefits.

Then we get to the kicker quote: “Too frequently, Texas leaders look the other way when families are in need, or even seek to win political points” with policies punitive to the poor, the report states.

Oh, the headline of the Morning News story? “Gov. Rick Perry criticized for vetoing bills to help low-income families.”

The welfare programs these libs want already exist, the problem with CHIP and other programs is that families, supposed to be starving, choose not to participate – they don’t sign up. Most all assistance programs have not come close to exhausting existing funding. Thus the problem is that large numbers of the so-called poverty-stricken, or working poor, don’t use the programs, this is especially true of CHIP.

So is it a tyranny Liberals want? How else can libs blame Governor Perry, or anyone else, unless what they really want is an executive who operates as a dictator, forcing citizens to partake of feel-good, taxpayer supported welfare programs.

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Robert Pratt has been active in Texas Republican politics since the Reagan re-elect in 1984. He has served as Lubbock County Republican chairman, and in 2006 founded the Pratt on Texas radio network, providing the news and commentary of Texas on both radio and podcast. Learn more at www.PrattonTexas.com.


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