Except for Rick Perry.
At a time when state budget reductions were used to help offset a multibillion-dollar revenue shortfall, taxpayers were billed in excess of $294,000 in security detail expenses for out-of-state trips by Gov. Rick Perry or his wife, according to records released by the Department of Public Safety.
Destinations included the Bahamas in January for a family vacation and trips to Amsterdam, Madrid and New York by Anita Perry alone – visits that Perry spokeswoman Allison Castle said were for economic development.
Perry traveled to locales including New York, Washington, California and Las Vegas for events such as promotion of his anti-Washington book, Fed Up!, speeches, duties related to his then-chairmanship of the Republican Governors Association and meetings with business leaders or potential supporters for his presidential bid.
Rick Perry is Fed Up! — with this sweet, socialist taxpayer money subsidizing his family adventures and his book tour where in he plays the role of doomsayer about big government spending.
You can’t make this shit up.
And to be clear, the issue here is not the costs of his travel. It’s the fact that he’s simultaneously campaigning against big government socialism while incurring those costs.