First I must send my most sincere condolences to my fellow Texans in West, Texas who perished from the fertilizer plant explosion. Unfortunately it was not necessarily a surprise since the plant was cited in 2006 for a permit violation.
Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) according to The Raw Story declared a state of emergency and said that he intended to request federal funds in response to the explosion of the fertilizer plant in West, Texas. He said he received a call from President Obama while the President was flying to the memorial in Boston, Massachusetts. Perry said:
We greatly appreciate his call, and his gracious offer of support, of course, and the quick turnaround of the emergency declaration that will be forthcoming, and his offer of prayers.[source]
Perry is a very irresponsible governor. Like many of his cohorts he lacks empathy. Inasmuch as he ran against “Washington’s insatiable desire to spend our children’s inheritance on failed stimulus plans and other misguided economic theories have given us record debt and left us with far too many unemployed”, he was quick to declare this area a disaster and stated he would accept federal help. The demographics of West, Texas is the demographic Perry will ensure remains whole and satisfied.
This is the same governor that in a state with the highest number of uninsured (33% of the population and 49th in the country), has refused to sign on to the Medicaid portion of Obamacare. After-all, that is not his demographic, poor and largely minority (Texas uninsured- 26.3% white, 58.8 Hispanic/Latino, 10.5% Black, 3.5% Asian). This is the same governor that cut budgets in such a draconian manner that the forest fires in Texas decimated many of the Central Texas camping grounds and parks used by middle class folk.
Perry loves to preach government deregulation. Texas is one of the states where its environmental agency, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ), that is supposed to protect Texans, is nothing but a shill for polluting industries. Here in the Houston area there are cancer alleys that are “technically ignored”.
Perry is no different than GOP Senator Rob Portman who supported marriage equality only after his son came out as gay. They can only feel when things affect them personally or within a group they are close to. They are the pure representation of a population set that does not have the ability to empathize. They are Right Wing Republicans.