Pictured: a welfare queen. (by Gage Skidmore)

Glad to see the legacy media is picking up on what I’ve been saying for years — that the Secessionist decries “socialism” out of one side of his mouth while the other side is sucking on the federal teat.

Rick Perry, who bashes federal spending everywhere he goes on the presidential campaign trail, has spent 11 years as Texas’ governor asking Washington for money.

Perry sought and received $24.2 billion in stimulus funding for Texas while saying the program was bad federal policy. He helped secure more than $100 million to protect against drug violence and illegal immigration on the Mexican border. The governor also endorsed his state’s request for money under President Barack Obama’s new health care law, though he now promises to help repeal the measure should he win the White House.

ObamaCare is a socialist nightmare that must be repealed! Except in my state, while I’m governor.

Federal funds accounted for between 29 and 35 percent of the Texas state budget between 2000 and 2009, and stimulus money saw the percentage grow to near 40 percent in fiscal year 2010, according to the nonpartisan Legislative Budget Board. Nationwide, federal funds were in the 26 to 29.5 percent range in fiscal years 2008 and 2009, and hit 35 percent in stimulus-inflated 2010.

Richard Cole, a professor at the University of Texas at Arlington who has studied the relationship between states and the federal government, said that even without the stimulus spike, the percentage of federal funds in the Texas budget is now higher than it was under Perry’s gubernatorial predecessors, Republican George W. Bush and Democrat Ann Richards.

Looks like we need to get a Democrat back in the governor’s mansion to break out of this culture of dependency.