The So-Called Texas Miracle: Smoke and Mirrors and Stampedes for Housing

Abby Zimet

Gov. Rick Perry has stooped to slimy smoke-and-mirror accounting tricks to deal with Texas' biggest budget shortfall in history, but that hasn't stopped him from feeling he's been called by God to run for President, declaring, "This is what America needs." Actually, it seems to need housing and a living wage. Over 5,000 people turned up in Dallas just to get on a two-year wait list for 100 housing vouchers, forming a mile-long line and charging the building when it finally opened. What a sorry sign of the mislaid-priority times.


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