Rick Perry Disgusted By "Booming Business" Cartoon

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry says he's "disgusted" by a California newspaper cartoon depicting him boasting about booming business in the Lone Star State.

The next frame depicts the West, Texas plant explosion.

Booming Business Cartoon

Perry said he wants an apology from the Sacramento Bee on behalf of the town, which suffered a huge loss of life in the April 17 fertilizer plant explosion.

Ten of the 14 people killed were first responders.

In a letter to the Bee's editor, the four-term Republican Governor said it "was with extreme disgust and disappointment I viewed your recent cartoon."

"While I will always welcome healthy policy debate, I won't stand for someone mocking the tragic deaths of my fellow Texans and our fellow Americans."

"Additionally, publishing this on the very day our state and nation paused to honor and mourn those who died only compounds the pain and suffering."

President Barack Obama was among those who attended a memorial service for the explosion victims last Thursday at Baylor University in Waco.

The feud between California and Texas - in many ways the polar opposites of the political spectrum - is not new, but this has truly stoked the flames.

The Bee's editorial page editor, Stuart Leavenworth, stood by the cartoon and its message when he responded Friday that the artist, Jack Ohman:

"Made a strong statement about Gov. Rick Perry's disregard for worker safety, and his attempts to market Texas a place where industries can thrive with few regulations."

"It is unfortunate that Gov. Perry, and some on the blogosphere, have attempted to interpret the cartoon as being disrespectful for the victims of this tragedy."

Leavenworth added, "As Ohman has made clear on his blog, he has complete empathy for the victims and people living by the [West, Texas] plant."

"What he finds offensive is a governor who would gamble with lives by not pushing for the strongest safety regulations. Perry's letter is an attempt to distract people from that message."

Who do you think is in the right here?

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Obviously Perry realized lack of regulations was a major factor in the tragedy. He figured the best way would be to blame the messenger and discredit anybody who would point out the obvious. Lack of job killing regulations kills the actual people.


Look, it is hard to argue that deregulation creates a greater incentive to businesses. It is also hard to argue that businesses are not as safe when there is less regulation. These are both facts. So conservatives should not pretend that there are no safety concerns when less regulation occurs.


Rick Perry would gladly sign an order of execution without batting an eye. Guilty or innocent, who cares? Just kill em all and let God sort them out! But when it cums to plant owners whose negligence kills? Well it shows where his sympathies lie!


Rick Perry would gladly sign an order of execution without batting an eye. Guilty or innocent, who cares? Just kill em all and let God sort them out! But when it cums to plant owners whose negligence kills? Well it shows where his sympathies lie!


Liberals, such as this cartoonist and the editor of the Sacramento Bee, are "compassionate" only when it's convenient. Otherwise, they'll stomp all over the innocent dead just to score a few cheap political points.

@ tompinch

When it's convenient? Lol! No. This is Texas policy. The people of Texas vote for people that have these policies. Low tax, low regulation, and the government shouldnt help anyone. THAT is a lack of compassion. Cons dont like it too much when the policies they love so much are applied to them! You can all wear it because it's what you want! Enjoy it!


Rick Perry should apololize to the state of Texas for allowing this to happen by not regulating the industry!


Two things occurred to me. First, the timing was indeed pretty callous. Second, California is so safety conscious, at least in their political rhetoric, that companies who can not afford all that safety are moving to places like Texas to escape it. How about a cartoon about how PGE is so strapped by California's over regulated environment that they couldn't afford to fix the pipeline in or near Pacifica that killed many more than 14.Self rightousness does not become thee California.


even jokes are"Too Much" in america?


Oh to have to look at oneself in the mirror.