by Max Brantley
It is a standard Republican thing to want to cut income taxes in a way that would return most of the dollars to the richest people. But to want to do away with the income tax altogether — well, it will certainly net you a preemptive endorsement from the kook caucus of the state House of Representatives up in Arkansas.
We’re talking there about people like the backslid columnist, David Sanders, and those Meeks boys from Conway and that Biviano fellow from Searcy who had that fender-bender outside the Capital Hotel one recent Saturday night.
Perry also has consented to all that churchifying of the school textbooks by his state’s elected Board of Education. He just appointed a member to the chairmanship of that board who insists on teaching creationism. Perry plans on hosting a mass Christian prayer rally in Houston in August.
Perry also just vetoed a bill to make it against the law to drive a car and send a text message at the same time. He called this attempt at life-saving “government meddling.” Perhaps his free and independent nation of Texas would permit no silly seat belts, either.