Rick Perry: Inequality Not a Problem Because Bible Predicts Poor People

By Amanda Terkel | 10 December 2014
The Huffington Post

Rick Perry thinks that inequality is not a problem because the Bible predicts poor people. (ABC News)

Despite a significant rise in income inequality in Texas, Gov. Rick Perry (R) is arguing that it’s not something the state ought to be worried about.

We don’t grapple with that here,” Perry told The Washington Post in a recent interview, while acknowledging that the state’s richest residents have seen the greatest spike in earnings.

“Biblically, the poor are always going to be with us in some form or fashion,” he added, an apparent reference to Mark 14:7. While Perry takes the message from the Bible to mean poverty is hopeless and therefore not worth grappling with, Jesus Christ was actually delivering a different lesson: “For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good,” the Son of God advises in the King James version of the Bible.

Yet the Biblical shoulder-shrugging is consistent with what Perry said while briefly running for president in 2011, when he proposed a tax plan that would have helped wealthy Americans while potentially raising the taxes of lower- and middle-income people.

I don’t care about that,” Perry said when asked by The New York Times about the effect on income inequality. “If that’s what comes, I’ll take that criticism.”

Texas was among 15 states that saw a significant rise in income inequality, meaning “people who are on the higher end of the income spectrum saw an increase in earnings and those on the lower end grew very little or saw no change,” the Houston Chronicle recently reported, citing new Census Bureau data.

Mark Frank, an economics professor at Sam Houston State University, has put Texas fifth in the nation in income inequality, and a study from Standard and Poors has found that the gap could hurt state tax revenues and economic growth.

The Post reported that Perry has recently been huddling with conservative economists who argue against the mainstream economic analysis of the causes and consequences of income inequality.

Rick Perry: Inequality Not a Problem Because Bible Predicts Poor People

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52 COMMENTS

  1. Perry is an idiot, he ran Texas too long and he is finally gone. He is run and controlled by the right wing bible thumping bunch and he needs to be gone.

  2. No one who quotes a book of mythology to justify government policy should be allowed to hold office. Anywhere. We don't want Sharia Law and we don't want Christian law.

  3. A fiction book predicting —— fiction. Any idiot knows there are going to be poor people. The question is how many and what do we do to prevent poverty. There is plenty of it here in Texas Mr. Perry and you helped!

  4. Lose the glasses Rick, they may make you look intelligent, but once you open your mouth, that thought is quickly banished,

  5. What a jackass! I had a "good" Christian tell me that once and it shocked the heck out of me. I told her that they may always be here, but maybe God uses them as a test of our humanity to see how we react and respond to them. To just say the bible says they will always be here and ignore them is evil. Jesus also said we are to feed widows and orphans. So, to just ignore the poor is sin.

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