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Gov. Perry in his own words – his vision for Texas/Mexico

By JoAnn Fleming

Texas Leadership Fails to Get the Job Done

More checking under the hood needed before we buy the car.  Read the text of Rick Perry’s speech from the Governor’s own website: Gov. Rick Perry’s Remarks to the Border Summit

As you read, think about how the legislature failed to get any interior enforcement laws dealing with illegal aliens passed this session.  Mr. Perry has been governor for ten years.  Why has nothing been done regarding the high cost of illegal aliens to our state?  For a possible answer, note some of these lines from the Governor’s speech found at the link above!

“The Rio Grande does not separate two nations, it joins two peoples. Mexico and the United States have a shared history, and a common future. And it is along this border where we will either fail or succeed in addressing the education, health care and transportation needs of our two peoples.”
“President Fox’s vision for an open border is a vision I embrace, as long as we demonstrate the will to address the obstacles to it.”
If your head is not already exploding, the following excerpts demonstrate the official mindset that has our social safety net costs in Texas skyrocketing:
In Texas, we recently placed a strong emphasis on preventative care when we expanded access to Medicaid for more low-income children by making the Medicaid enrollment process simpler. We allocated an additional $4 billion to the Medicaid program, and more than $900 million to the Children’s Health Insurance ProgramI urged legislators to pass a telemedicine pilot program that will enable, through technology, a sick border resident of limited financial means to receive care from a specialist hundreds of miles away. But the effort to combat disease and illness requires greater cooperative efforts between our two nations….. 
Legislation authored by border legislators Pat Haggerty and Eddie Lucio establishes an important study that will look at the feasibility of bi-national health insurance. This study recognizes that the Mexican and U.S. sides of the border compose one region, and we must address health care problems throughout that region. That’s why I am also excited that Texas Secretary of State Henry Cuellar is working on an initiative that could extend the benefits of telemedicine to individuals living on the Mexican side of the border.  
As a compassionate state, we know that for our children to succeed, they must not only be healthy, but educated. The future leaders of our two nations are learning their fractions and their ABC’s in classrooms all along this border. Immigrants from around the world are being taught in Texas classrooms, and our history is rich with examples of new citizens who have made great contributions. We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, “we don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.” And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers. That’s why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate. Those young minds are a part of a new generation of leaders, the doors of higher education must be open to them. The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.”
For those who believe with all their hearts that Governor Rick Perry is the answer to what ails this country, please remember that the best predictor of what a person will do in the future is what they have done in the past.  Our country cannot afford implementation of this sovereignty-weakening vision.  Taking tax dollars from citizens and legal residents to provide services for those here illegally, and going even a step further to give access to services from across the border, is a redistribution of wealth.  I don’t know how else to see it.

Below you will hear Jo Ann Fleming’s take on the 82nd Texas Legislature- Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from a Texan who knows what was going on inside the Texas Capital!!

JoAnn Fleming serves as Chairman of the TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee for the Texas State Legislature.  She is the full-time volunteer Executive Director of Grassroots America – We the People of Tyler/Smith County, Texas, (www.gawtp.com) and is a former county commissioner.  She is a subject matter consultant in local government public policy development, Performance Management, Organizational Development, Teambuilding, Small Business Consulting, Political Campaign Management/Strategy, and Grassroots Activist Training.  A leader in the conservative movement for nineteen years, she has served on twenty local government boards, committees, and task forces.  JoAnn is a regional public speaker and a guest political analyst/commentator for Tyler/Smith County local media.  Contact: jafleming3@juno.com
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    […] Party Leader out of Tyler, Texas JoAnn Fleming. Ms. Fleming sent out an e-mail with a link to the speech Gov. Perry gave on the border back in 2001. Many believe that was one of the catalysts that brought down Gov. Perry’s run for […]

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