Denial

Texas Governor: What Recession?

Just as Texas reaches its highest unemployment rate in 20 years, a video has made its way to YouTube of Rick Perry, a Republican, speaking at a business luncheon in Houston, declaring Texas “recession-proof.” Perry and his audience share a good laugh as Perry announces, “Just today I think, Michael, you said someone had put a report out that the first state that’s coming out of the recession is going to be the state of Texas. I told him, I said, ‘We’re in one?’” Perry is facing a tough primary challenge from fellow Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, and Texas Monthly editor Paul Burka has already declared, “This gaffe is going to stick.”