From today's Austin-American Statesman:
Three days after fires started to burn in Central Texas, Gov. Rick Perry today expressed frustration that federal firefighting support, including equipment from Fort Hood, has yet to make its way to the firefighters. Perry said the firefighters could use heavy equipment such as bulldozers to clear fire breaks. “It’s more difficult than it should be,”he said. “When you have people hurting, when lives are in danger, I don’t care who owns the asset.”Rick! Can I call you Rick? Rick, you'll get your federal aid as soon as we decide what federal programs to cut to offset the cost. What about this don't you understand? In the meantime, use your own fire department. Those guys are equipped to -- what? You did WHAT? Well all right then. Your problem isn't that you can't fight the fires, it's that you're not willing to gracefully give up the stuff that's burning. Stop complaining and start making plans for your charred earth. Hope local businesses aren't hurt! They say immolation is bad for employment.