Poverty-stricken Americans in Rick Perry's Flatland navigate a landscape filled with danger, as crumbling bridges and collapsing buildings threaten their safety and rolling blackouts and water failures leave them thirsty and in the dark more and more of the time.
I am haunted by something I saw on my TV set this morning. Governor Rick Perry was telling us how simple it would be to fill out a tax form for those who bought into his plan. And to illustrate his point he pulled out what looked to be a blank 5"x7" card.
Under the Perry's plan, you can choose to pay taxes either under the current system or pay a 20% flat tax. By adding a new tax code to live astride the current one, it adds much complexity to an already too complex system.
With nearly a quarter of the nation's proven oil reserves, Texas collects a cool 7.5% on the market value of natural gas production and 4.6% on oil. What's puzzling is how little advantage Rick Perry has taken of this unique opportunity.