Rick Perry: The Texas [not so] Miracle

THIS IS TEXAS UNDER “SUPERCUTS” PERRY:

* Overall Birth Rate – 2nd
* Teenage Birth Rate – 7th
* Births to Unmarried Mothers – 17th
* Percent of Women with Pre-Term Birth – 9th
* Cervical Cancer Rate – 11th
* Percent of Women with High Blood Pressure – 16th
* Number of Executions – 1st
* Millions redirected from low-income electricity program
* Mandatory vaccinations benefit family members and cronies
* Diverted hundreds of millions from education to campaign donors
* Diverted $16 million from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund to campaign donors
* $14 billion in federal stimulus money diverted to cronies
* Percent of Women Living in Poverty – 6th
* Percent of Children Living in Poverty – 4th
* Average Monthly Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Benefits per Person 47th
* Hundreds of teachers laid off this summer due to inadequate education funds
* Total Health Expenditures as % of the Gross State Product – 43rd
* Health Care Expenditures per Capita – 44th
* Percent of Low Income Population Covered by Medicaid – 49th
* Per Capita State Spending on Medicaid – 49th
* Per Capita State Spending on Mental Health – 50th
* Workers’ Compensation Coverage – 50th
* Rejected $555 million in federal unemployment insurance funding
* Wants to opt out of Social Security and Medicare,
* though these are not entitlements but insurance programs Texans have paid for
* Percent of Uninsured Children – 1st
* Percent of Population Uninsured – 1st
* Percent of Non-Elderly Uninsured – 1st
* Percent of Population with Employer-Based Health Insurance – 48th
* Percent of Non-Elderly Women with Health Insurance – 50th
* Physicians per Capita – 42nd
* Registered Nurses per Capita – 44th
* Percent of Population Who Visit the Dentist – 46th
* Rate of Women Aged 40+ Who Receive Mammograms – 40th
* Percent of Pregnant Women Receiving Prenatal Care in First Trimester 50th
* High School Graduation Rate – 43rd
* % of Population 25 and Older with High School Diploma – 50th
* State Aid Per Pupil in Average Daily Attendance – 47th
* Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Scores – 45th
* Per Capita State Spending on State Arts Agencies – 43rd
* State budget shortfall: $27 billion
* Income Inequality Between the Rich and the Poor – 9th
* Income Inequality Between the Rich and the Middle Class – 5th
* Income tax (16th) amendment is bad
* Median Net Worth of Households – 47th
* Average Credit Score – 49th
* Mortgage Debt as Percent of Home Value – 47th
* Homeowner’s Insurance Affordability – 46th
* Foreclosure Rates – 10th
* Retirement Plan Participation – 47th
* Consumption of Energy per Capita – 5th
* Amount of Carbon Dioxide Emissions – 1st
* Amount of Volatile Organic Compounds Released into Air – 1st
* Amount of Toxic Chemicals Released into Water – 1st
* Amount of Recognized Cancer-Causing Carcinogens Released into Air – 1st
* Amount of Hazardous Waste Generated – 1st
* Amount of Toxic Chemicals Released into Air – 5th
* Amount of Recognized Cancer-Causing Carcinogens Released into Water – 7th
* Number of Hazardous Waste Sites on National Priority List – 7th
* Women’s Voter Registration – 45th
* Women’s Voter Turnout – 49th
* Senators should be elected by state houses (favors repeal of 17th amendment)”

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