Rick Perry had nothing to do with the drought but he had plenty to do with budget cuts that make it harder to contain the fires.
Make no mistake, Perry started running for President back in the spring. Those draconian budget cuts, that STILL didn’t balance the budget without accounting gimmicks, included cuts to the Texas Forestry Service and rural fire departments. He did THAT rather than raise taxes on his sugar daddies, Bob Perry and Harold Simmons. As a result, billions of dollars in damage is being done all over the state.
Texas Liberal has links to maps and other information about the fires and links to TFS budget cuts.
Update with another great quote:
And from TexasVox
“But, it could be worse. We could be realistically thinking about electing as President of the United States someone who believes climate change is a hoax, that climate scientists are in it for the money, and the best way to run a state is to slash the budget of the Forest Service, the agency responsible for fighting fires in Texas, by $34 million– almost one-third of its budget– on the eve of one of the most destructive fire seasons ever. It is worth noting that during the sunset hearings on the Texas Forest Service I testified as to the need of the Forest Service to engage in extra forecasting as to what a climate-change-fueled fire season would look like and be prepared to fight it, so this is a little bit of a personal issue for me.”
And Perry’s response was to call for FEMA. Wait! Is this the same guy who wants no part of the Federal Government and who wants Texas to secede?