Texas Govenor Rick Perry made an appearance on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" last night, publicizing his new book, Fed Up: Our Fight to Save America from Washington. In addition to hitting the required right wing talking points (big government = bad, border control = good), he mentioned that this administration's policies are going to have a direct effect on the Major League Baseball free agency movement, especially one Texas Ranger, in particular.
Gov. Perry said that Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee will re-sign with the club, and the Obama administration, along with a century-old legislation is to thank.
Stewart: "So in your mind... when did Washington go off the rails?"
Gov. Perry: "About a century ago, actually."
Gov. Perry: "Wilson, and the Progressive movement started. The Sixteenth Amendment, giving them the opportunity to take your money with the personal income tax. That's the reason Cliff Lee is gonna stay in Texas..."
So Gov. Perry either has his finger on the pulse of the economic crisis this country is experiencing, and how it directly relates to his state, as well as the desire of one free agent pitcher who has worked in Texas for all of three months... or he's possibly talking out of his backside, promoting a book. You decide.