Rick Perry, anti-regulation zealot, shirks blame for deadly explosion at Texas fertilizer plant


Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who likes to boast that his state doesn’t bother much with pesky regulations on industry, takes great umbrage at any suggestion that attitudes like his are at least indirectly responsible for a recent deadly explosion at a plant in the tiny hamlet of West.

To be fair, state and federal agencies alike could be faulted for regulatory laxness at the plant in question, as we see HERE. But the fact remains that Perry is especially eager to sell his state as one that imposes relatively little regulation on industry.

What’s more, Perry BRISTLES at any criticism of his stance in that regard, such as in the cartoon above:

Gov. Rick Perry is expressing “disgust and disappointment” at a cartoon in a California newspaper that depicts him boasting about business booming in Texas just before a major explosion…

In a letter to the [Sacramento] Bee’s editor Friday, Perry said he wouldn’t stand for “someone mocking this tragedy.” He demanded an immediate apology for the newspaper’s “detestable attempt at satire.”

Fellow Republican and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst called for the firing of the artist, political cartoonist Jack Ohman.



  1. Steverino

    Texas should apologize for Rick Perry and his lack of grey matter.

  2. The one thing I’ve noticed about conservatives in general, is they don’t seem to act with a conscience or have any sense of contrition. Their world is black and white, the concept of grey isn’t in their makeup. I’ve known many smug conservatives but only one liberal I’d place in that smug category.

    I miss the likes of William F Buckley and others of his ilk. I wish I was as much of a political junkie back then as I am today. They had class back then. Now the conservatives operate mostly from a standpoint of bluster and aggression towards anything not approved by the head of their party, Rush Limbaugh.

  3. lois eisenberg

    Rick Perry came to California to brag and promote the state of Texas and emphasis
    “that his state doesn’t bother much with pesky regulations on industry”
    This man was running for the Presidency of the United States !! OMG

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