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Unbeknownst to most Texans, Gov. Rick Perry officially retired in January so he could draw early pension benefits worth $7,699 a month, in addition to his annual governor’s salary of $150,000. Perry’s January retirement - on paper, at least - was revealed Friday when the Federal Elections Commission released the financial disclosure statement the governor was required to file as a candidate for the Republican nomination for president. The annuity brings Perry’s total state government-related income to $242,388 a year. Reaction to news of the unusual arrangement, in which Perry retired as a state employee but remains Texas’ elected governor, was swift and negative.
Well, the list of “Republicans who publicly denounce social welfare programs while privately receiving gov’t benefits just got another name added to it…
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men deserve life… liberty… and the pursuit of… what’s that other one? Darn it, I can’t remember.
- if Rick Perry went back in time and wrote the Declaration of Independence. (via golden-notebook)
“Whether it is nobler in mind to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or … what was that other one? Darn. Uh … Juliet is the sun.”
“And now these three remain: faith, hope, and… what was the third one? The EPA?”