Rick Perry Quotes Jesus To Justify Income Inequality and Poverty

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Compassion is the emotion that decent people feel in response to the suffering of others that is so heartfelt it motivates a strong desire to help. It is difficult to believe that any American would ever attribute compassion to Republicans, even religious Republicans, unless they acknowledge their heartfelt motivation to help the richest Americans gain more wealth. It is and has been, after all, their raison d’être for at least the past thirty years if not much, much longer.

That compassion for the rich, and contempt for people who are suffering, was revealed yesterday by outgoing Texas Governor Rick Perry in an interview in the Washington Post. The subject was the crushing income inequality in Texas that, according to Perry, is something he, or the state of Texas, “just doesn’t grapple with.” Perry readily acknowledged that the state’s richest residents have seen the greatest spike in earnings, but that is acceptable to the avowed evangelical Christian because the bible tells him that is how it is supposed to be.

In a reference to Jesus as a means of justifying the horrible plight of poor people in Texas, Perry said “biblically, the poor are always going to be with us in some form or fashion.” Perry’s message is clear; there is no reason to address poverty, income inequality, or make any effort to help those suffering, and people in Texas are suffering, but not because it is written in scripture. The state is ranked number one as having the nation’s highest rate of people who lack health insurance, and despite having so much wealth, it is in the top ten states with the highest level of poverty. Of course, Republicans cannot be bothered with the plight of the poor, but it is unusual that Perry would use Christ’s words to justify taking from the poor to enrich the wealthy, or reject the idea of spending even a minute, or a dollar, worrying about it.

Perry, like all Republicans just cannot, and will not, be bothered by poverty due to income inequality and did what the preponderance of “social conservative” (read religious) Republicans are wont to do with the bible; cherry-picked a phrase from his Lord and Savior’s message to fit his contempt for the poor. He was obviously citing Jesus’s words in Mark 14:7 where his lesson was not that poverty is hopeless so why bother grappling with it. Jesus said, “For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you will you may do them good: but me you have not always.” Jesus was not saying poverty is not worth “grappling with,” and Perry knows it; he was using scripture to justify keeping people in poverty to keep the flow of money going to the rich. And in Texas, the flow of money definitely is going to the wealthy.

In Texas, the top one-percent of income earners took 21% of all the income in 2011 alone, and more than half of the state income went to the top 10-percent. According to an economist and Professor of Economics at Sam Houston University, Mark Frank, Texas has the “fifth highest level of income inequality among all 50 states.” But because Rick Perry found a Jesus phrase informing him poverty is “biblically justifiable” and Perry helped most of Texas’s economic gains flow to the state’s richest citizens, it is something “we don’t grapple with here” because scripturally income inequality is not an issue.

In fact, when Perry was asked about criticism of his policies driving Texas’ nation leading rise in income inequality he said, “I don’t care about that. If that’s what comes, I’ll take that criticism.” Texas was one of the 15 states that experienced a “very significant rise in income inequality” that, according to new Census Bureau data means “people on the highest end of the income spectrum saw an increase in earnings and those on the lower end saw no change.” But that is fine with Rick Perry because “biblically, the poor are always going to be with us in some form or fashion.” The economist Frank cited a Standards and Poor’s study that revealed the income gap will hurt state tax revenues as well as economic growth; something Perry can live with as long as the rich get richer.

Republicans have devised some pathetic reasons for either denying income inequality is even a problem, or if it does exist, making it the fault of the poorest Americans; few have cited Jesus’ words as justification for ignoring the problem. Typically, compassionless Republicans such as Paul Ryan claim the reason the nation’s wealth flows to the one-percent disproportionately is because poor people are just lazy moochers who “need to learn the value and culture of hard work.” That has been the Ayn Rand devotee’s reason for cutting programs like food stamps regardless the majority of recipients do have jobs, some in the Armed Forces, or are elderly, disabled, or child “takers.” Other Republicans, including Ryan, claim income inequality and poverty is down to the rich not getting the tax cuts they deserve that prevents the “trickle down” theory from benefitting the poor.

Few, if any, Republicans have cited the bible as a reason ignore income inequality to continue handing the wealth of the nation to the rich like Rick Perry did. Not only does Perry not want to be bothered with income inequality or the resulting poverty, he, like most Republicans, proposed a tax scheme in 2011 that cut taxes for the rich and raised taxes on the poor and middle class; something Republicans have proposed as part of their “tax reform” agenda now that they control both houses of Congress. When tax reform does come up in 2015, and it will be an issue, it will be interesting to see how many Republicans in Congress parrot Rick Perry’s contention that giving all the nation’s wealth to the rich and increasing the number of people in poverty is justified because “biblically, the poor will always be with us in some form or fashion.”

41 Replies to “Rick Perry Quotes Jesus To Justify Income Inequality and Poverty”

  1. You got to give him credit for knowing himself
    You want giggles? I will give you some giggles

    Rick Perry: ‘Running For The Presidency Is Not An IQ Test’

    When Kasie Hunt of NBC asked the Republican Governor of Texas whether he was smart enough to be president of the United States, the not so bright Perry responded, “I think the standpoint of life’s experiences. Running for the presidency is not an IQ test. It is a test of an individual’s resolve. It’s a test of an individual’s philosophy. It’s a test of an individual’s life’s experiences. And I think Americans are really ready for a leader that will give them a great hope about the future.” An answer which might play well in Texas but just elicits laughs most everywhere else.

    http://crooksandliars.com/cltv

  2. If Rick Perry was to take a citizenship test he would fail it so bad they would deport him whether he was born here or not.

  3. The bible also says many things about rich people, none of which perry or the gop would like. jesus also said it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter heaven. the eye of a needle was a narrow dor shaped like a sewing needle, or a door key. it was very narrow, and camels had a difficult time getting through because of the hump(s). They eventually got through, but but most rich people won’t enter heaven, cuz they love money and power too much.
    Proverbs also states that the rich should not mistreat the poor, and how the poor should not be flunkies to the people who cause their poverty. There are more verses about how the rich, and non of it is good.
    Yes, he poor will always be here, but it is because of the love of money by the rich, mostly, that causes the poverty. Even God/Jesus knew that.

  4. Sorry Rick you insufferable ignorant prick but there need not be “poor’ people at all. If it wasn’t for morons like Ricky Perry we would be well on our way to easing to a large extent the poverty that the Reich Wing ignores. Until then we need to help the poor but that is some thing that the Reich Wing is squarely against.

  5. I can’t wrap my head around this, it makes my brains hurt. But trust a rich SOB to say rich is good and poor is bad and the rich deserve to be healthy but the poor not so much. What a C**T

  6. Let us be reminded the scriptures deals with the requirement of helping the poor more than suggesting there is nothing we can do about the poor. Sodom was destroyed because the people there were proud, glutinous, lazy, wealthy and neglected the poor and the stranger. Read Ezekiel 16:49

  7. Romans 1:22
    Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools

    Romans 1:25
    They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served
    created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.

    2 Thessalonians 2:11
    For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie

    2 Timothy 3:13
    while evildoers and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.

    Proverbs 14:31
    Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker, but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.

    Proverbs 19:17
    Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.

  8. Perry and his unindicted co-conspirators twist the Bible the same way ISIS and the Taliban and AQ twist the Koran. Only essential difference I see between the lot of them is that the Christian fundies eat pork.

  9. The economic condition of Texas is the best in the nation. Because of this, there is opportunity there. While some do not take advantage of this opportunity, it is not the governor’s or anyone else’s problem. If a governor provides an environment of economic opportunity, he has done his job well. Let’s try to be objective about this and place the accountability where it belongs. Re-distribution of wealth is un-American and most wealthy American individuals are liberal with their money to worthy causes supporting the poor. Bias and emotional bigotry go both ways. The comments here make me sad that there are Americans who are this illiterate and mindless.

  10. This could only happen in a state that elects people who boast they are not that smart

    Open Carry activist who rallied at Target and other businesses arrested for double murder

    A member of the Open Carry Texas rallies that have seen members marching through restaurants, grocery stores and other businesses with assault rifles has been arrested after two people were found dead in their home.

    Veronica Dunnachie, 35, was arrested without incident 11 miles away at Millwood Hospital on North Cooper Street, a mental health facility. She is facing a capital murder charge. […]
    Family members who arrived at the scene identified the victims as Russ Dunnachie, Veronica’s husband, and an adult daughter of his.
    http://www.wfaa.com/story/news/local/2014/12/10/two-found-dead-in-arlington-home/20215009/

  11. This moron’s comment is the result of Texas education that ranks dead last nationally. Do you not comprehend that distributing over 50% of wealth directly to the to 10% is NOT re-distribution, or did you miss that in Rick Perry’s bible school lesson? And no, wealthy people give less, not more to the needy; but you would have to comprehend percent to know that you illiterate mindless Texan.

  12. Dubya claimed that Jesus spoke to him. Look where THAT took this country. So, another delusional TexAss wants to be in the WH. The gop attracts the low I.Q. members like flies to – wel you know.

  13. People like Rick Perry in this world are definite proof that if there is a god which I strongly doubt that he or she is not worth believing in.

  14. Every thing I know from the bible and religion is that we should help those less fortunate than our self. Rick Perry beware judgment day is coming and god knows all.

  15. Amen to that. What bothers me most is the rich don’t give middleclass and poor folk any credit for using there services or buying there product. Lets face it if we did not they would all be as poor as any one. {wink}

  16. I am neither illiterate[thanks to spell check] nor am I uneducated, dumb stupid or poor to Gov. standards of poverty neither am I middleclass or wealthy. With a SSD income of a paltry 24 g’s a year I barely keep up. I had a very successful remodel business while I was still able bodied. Not every one is capable of earning a livable wage. We need people willing to do menial labor and the chores no one wants to do to call them lazy, not trying or anything similar is not going to fly with me. You see I have been on both sides born into a dirt poor family, of farmers share croppers’ and other laborers. At one time I had yearly earnings in excess of 200 g,s a year, reinvesting into my business kept me from saving much for the future. Then I was struck by a rare and disabling disease called Primary Lateral Sclerosis which is a close cousin to Lou gerigs disease only it will not kill me all other symptoms are the same. So you see not all are poor by choice.[wink]

  17. Perry’s stance is sacrilege. Here is the attitude of Jesus towards the poor: “There is one thing you lack. Go and sell everything you own and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.” –Mark 10:21

  18. You could not be more incorrect if you tried. Do you live in Texas? I did for 5 decades and that included most of the time Rick Perry was governor and busily destroying the state I love. Please know that it is NOT economic opportunity if a company moves their business to Texas and is not required to implement any safety precautions so that the business blows up and people are killed. Perry has decimated education in Texas. I grew up in one of the top districts of the state and it was also ranked highly nationally. Even that district has deteriorated to being something other than top notch. I never thought I could say this, but I am so thankful to be out of Texas and so glad my grandchildren are not growing up there. Rick Perry has almost singlehandedly turned Texas into a crapfest. Do some real research and learn the truth because you are either a shill for the Texas GOP or you are greatly deluded. It gives me no pleasure to say these things.

  19. Oh, and p.s. Rick Perry appears to have NEVER read the words of Jesus or studied His life. Jesus said the two most important commandments are to love God and to love others – and high on the list of loving others is caring for the poor.

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