Poverty grows in Rick Perry's Texas
September 18th, 2011
06:33 PM ET
11 years ago

Poverty grows in Rick Perry's Texas

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - Texas Governor Rick Perry likes to brag that his state is an economic powerhouse. But don't tell that to the nearly one in five Texans who are living below the poverty line.

While it's true that Texas is responsible for 40% of the jobs added in the U.S. over the past two years, its poverty rate also grew faster than the national average in 2010.


Filed under: 2012 • Rick Perry • Texas
soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Mr. Kenneth

    Most of what,come out of perry mouth is only 5% true.

    September 18, 2011 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  2. Name king

    Hell I guest Rick will start sharing some of the Texas
    Miracle with obama now huh.

    September 18, 2011 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  3. Whatever next?

    Texas. Where you can get a job and still have no money.

    September 18, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  4. Name king

    This is what you get when you declare war on the unions and push the middle class lower to please. Ig corporations, because without people making a certain amount of money, who is going support housing, transportations, and high items industries. Or do you expect the minimum wages folks which only priority is to focus on needs not wants, or do you expect the one or 5 percent rich to come down where you shop, and shop with us regular folks. Lesson without the middle class America will seized being America. This is a warning to you repugs who are fighting to kill the middle class all together. America won't exist if you win.

    September 18, 2011 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  5. once upon a horse

    in the meantime Perry is flying around the globe on tax payers' expense down here in the great red state of Texas....this was on the front page of the Houston paper today. But conservatives only seem to care about that if a Democrat does it. I knew once Perry hit the race that the myth he carries would start to erode. We have over 8% unemployment here in Texas, pay some of the highest property taxes in the country and have one of the lowest graduation rates. But we DO kill our death row prisoners here and it seems that death makes conservatives happy from the last debates I heard.

    September 18, 2011 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  6. Kathy

    Just get Obama out of the White House and things will improve in Texas......LOL. I just love this left blame game. They have taught us all so well how to blame everyone else for the failures of this administration, so like the saying goes, 'turn around is fair play'.

    It's Obama's fault!

    September 18, 2011 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  7. nyc dem

    I wonder if rick perry is blaming obama for that too.

    September 18, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  8. LNB

    Well, wake up, America~ this is where we are headed with the Tea party Perry Bachman, etc style. If you are GOP ~ Ron Paul sould be your man. If not, Obama 2012

    September 18, 2011 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  9. Indy

    So Rick Perry has become very rich on his Governors wage but the middle class has become poorer ? Sounds like class warfare to me.

    September 18, 2011 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  10. bigwilliestyles

    So there's a lot of poverty in Texas. What a surprise in a state with lots of immigrants and racists. Don't worry, I hear Rick "The Hair" Perry is going to pray on it; as that prayer thing worked out so well when he prayed for rain. Judging by the heat, death and destruction afterwards, Texans may want to check on who he's praying to.

    September 18, 2011 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  11. Chipster

    It's astonishing that Republicans would even consider a secessionist for their presidential candidate! But even worse is the disconnect between Perry's rhetoric and his dependence on government funding. Perry is actually proud of the jobs that he claims to have created. In fact, 47% of all government jobs added in the US between 2007 and 2010 were in Texas. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, “Turns out Texas was the state that depended the most on those very stimulus funds to plug nearly 97% of its shortfall." Despite Perry's claim not to need government, public-sector jobs added in Texas account for almost half of the nation’s public-sector jobs during that period of time.

    The word "fraud" doesn't quite seem strong enough to describe Perry but it does come close.

    September 18, 2011 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  12. tony

    One thing fo' sure, you'd have to look long and hard to find a "safety net" in Texas.

    September 18, 2011 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  13. The Lone Okie

    I'd rather have 30 dollar an hour Union job with rights and benefits, than a 8 dollar an hour right to work/die, fire you on the spot for no reason job.

    September 18, 2011 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |