Desolate and Dry, Texas Awaits Relief From Obama and Perry

No Relief in Sight

Rick Perry likes to point out how long it has taken President Obama to take notice of the crippling drought that’s been baking the landscape of Texas for two years, but the Texas Governor has bigger priorities these days.  Texans already know that Obama cares not for the Lone Star State, except wherever he can raise campaign cash among the few Texans still inclined to support him.  What has been more amazing is how little Rick Perry has managed to do about the situation on the ground in Texas, particularly given his oft-lamented concerns for States’ rights and the 10th Amendment to the Constitution.  So what is Perry’s answer to the drought?  After a prayer for rain, he’s off to South Carolina to pray for something else.  One can only imagine that he’d offer scant improvement over Obama, as he seems equally unconcerned about the crisis in the state he now governs.

The truth is that there isn’t a government answer to every problem, particularly some of the ones nature throws our way.  Still, it would be nice to know that one’s Governor was actually doing something proactive to the degree he’s able.  Most of Texas languishes under extended outdoor burn-bans and drought conditions that now threaten to wipe out the state’s entire agricultural base.  Cattlemen are beginning to sell off their herds for lack of feed and hay, and horsemen are now giving away their precious bloodstock because it costs more to keep a horse the span of a month than the horse will fetch at auction.  Recently, one thoroughbred breeder locally advertised his entire herd to any who want them.  Forty-two horses more will head for parts and fates ultimately unknown, if he can manage to give them away.

That’s the situation in which this author is quickly finding himself, like so many others in our region.  Between Governor Perry’s own sabotage of expanded gaming at our tracks, that would merely bring us on par with neighboring states, to the indolent excuses he makes about his own lack of capacity to do anything useful in this clear and present emergency, Perry’s no more help than Obama.  Even so simple a matter as helping local governments better manage their water resources has been far-removed from Perry’s plate of things to do as he gets ready for a presidential run.

Today, we received a notice in the mail from our local water utility that since the drought has been making things incredibly dry at this point, they have asked us all to reduce water usage to the bare minimum.  My wife and I looked at one another in grim astonishment:  We thought that’s what people would do on their own, anyway, since we’ve always done so ourselves.  Apparently, some small Texas towns are now on the verge of being without water.  Our own town is heading that direction, and the newsflash from Austin is: “Gone to South Carolina. Leave your message at the tone.”

It’s so dry here in the Texas black-lands that the once fertile soil, given to cracking and heaving in ordinary wet-dry cycles, is splitting wide open in places to a depth of three to four feet, and in runs of a half-dozen yards or more.  Normally pale green with a hint of brown this time of year, it’s been so dry for so long that our pastures  are now the dusty brown of nearly naked, twice-baked earth.  Before our eyes, what had once been the green and rolling grasslands are becoming a hell on Earth.

I, like may Texans, once had great hopes for Governor Perry, but hopes have turned to disappointment much as the country’s hopes for our current president have faded.  People understand that Governors can’t control the weather, just as Presidents can’t control all facets of the economy, but for once, it would be nice to believe they were even remotely concerned with those suffering under the negative conditions that sometimes prevail in weather patterns and markets.  At a certain point, you find that you’d be satisfied with simple and unwavering leadership that knows what’s right even when what’s easy or fast seems so much more alluring, but for Texans, such leadership is now fully absent as Governor Perry runs off in search of presidential glory.

As a conservative, I will wish him good luck, and for the people of America who think he’s a strong and genuine leader, as you may have once thought Obama to be, I want to wish you all good luck as well.  As I’ve reported in the past, he simply isn’t the right leader for America, if he’s a leader at all.

On the heels of the Obama disaster, if you elect Rick Perry, you’re going to need all the luck you can muster.

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  • http://www.kidsstolemybraincells.com/ The KellyJaye

    Thanks for this revealing post regarding Perry. It is important that we look very closely and do our due diligence iresearchong each of the candidates running for President.

  • http://twitter.com/gas914 George Smythe (@gas9

    What exactly do you expect Gov. Perry do about the drought? Deliver rain? Buy water from neighboring states, move the water off the Mississppi over to Tx ranchers and farmers. Kind of lame to blame him for a drought. (Your weather comment is noted) Give some specifics. It's easy to point fingers with no usable ideas for a solution. Maybe you should be blaming Al Gore for the 'global warming'. Your pick for President would be who? He's done more to fight Obama and the Fed, and bring jobs than anyone else, including you.

    • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

      I think as you've admitted, I don't expect him to be able to change the weather, or the course of the Mississippi, or anything else quite so preposterous, so it's a bit curious that you've focused so much effort on that aspect. Again, one useful thing he could have done early on is to coordinate through existing state agencies a water use policy aimed at conserving water to the degree possible under these exigent circumstances. I blame Al Gore for a number of things. Like the Internet, he didn't invent global warming either, but in just the same way, he sought to attach his name to it for the sake of his political and personal financial agenda. My pick for President? Why don't you take a look around my site. It should become rather self-evident shortly. He had a chance to fight Obama on a number of issues, but used back-door maneuvers through henchmen in the legislature to avoid controversy. He's done little on jobs except to stay mostly out of the way. One could even make the argument that this is what a good governor should do, but the truth is that he's been little more than a doorman for the revolving door between his staff and the large firms with which he's been entangled. Before you say it, let me suggest to you that I have no problem with large corporations, as such, but when you attempt to use the power of your office on their behalf, or allow staffers to do so in your name, to the detriment of the people of your state, you're probably not being a good steward. Before you curse me, try reading a bit more on my site. Start with something where we might agree, like the articles Coming to America? or some of the others that don't focus on a particular candidate.

      • Janet Aycock

        Okay, so let me get this straight. Nature has brought drought to Texas in 2011 as in 1980, albeit, not quite as relentless and unbearable, 40 days of 100 plus temps in the DFW metroplex vs. 42 day in 1980. Six records set in 2011 vs. 29 in 1980. Now my question is, if indeed you are the constitutionalist that you say each day that you are, you are certainly starting to sound very much like a left leaning liberal who wants someone to "fix" this problem. Exactly, what, other than water rationing ( yet another government intrusion), can the governor do, besides
        pray for rain?
        I am not particularly a Rick Perry supporter, but please tell me why you or anyone else for that matter, needs the governor to coordinate water rationing?
        I suppose if a Hurricane Katrina is headed in your direction you want the governor to tell you when to get out of the way?

        These are the same times that our ancestors had no choice but to survive or just plain give up. Are you encouraging government dependence?

        • http://www.markamerica.com MarkAmerica

          Janet, Perhaps read more carefully next time. I explicitly pointed out that we always practice water conservation on our farm. I also pointed out that Perry, knowing we're in a drought of historic proportions, could have done more to turn people to thinking this way. Taking those steps in advance of it becoming a crisis is called "leadership." I nowhere asked fop r government rationing or assistance. I in no way asked for a bail-out. I don't want that at all, and wouldn't accept if it were offered. All I had wanted was the one, simple, virtually FREE thing the governor could have offered: Leadership.

          A few years ago, when hurricane Ike threatened, Perry called for the general evacuation of the entire Houston area. We were among those who assisted the evacuees. That was an example of proactive leadership on Perry's part, but since he's been toying with the notion of running for President, he's been an absentee governor in many ways. Is this somewhat more clear to you now? I don't want anything that costs a dime from Rick Perry. I just want him to speak to his fellow Texans about our worsening crisis, not to give me or anybody else some materiel relief, but to lead them in the direction of their own response to it. The governor has the functional equivalence of the "Bully Pulpit" from which he could speak to this issue. Where's Mr.Perry? As I said, he's off to run for President without a word about this crisis.

          Now, if what you came here to find was a mush-mouth who would say anything you wanted to hear, I hope I've dispelled that notion. Governor Perry has been increasingly less diligent to his duties since even before the last election, and the primary challenge he faced was symptomatic of it. You're free to try to "shoot the messenger" on his behalf if you like, but so long as he's governor of this state, he darn well ought to lead it.

          So, to your last question: Am I encouraging government dependence? Plainly not. I'm encouraging the governor to lead people in the direction of avoiding dependence. That doesn't cost a dime, and that's what wise leaders do. Thank you for stopping by!