Governor Perry proposed a stricter constitutional spending limit for the State of Texas. I say it's bullshit. Government expenditures tend to need to go up during hard times while revenue is down, but when revenue comes back, you often have things you have neglected that need to be caught up. Perry's scheme is a clever ruse to reduce real government spending over the long run, even below inflation and population growth. The reason is that in lean years, the budget will go down, but the inflation and population growth cap will keep the budget at essentially the austerity level it's at now. It's reprehensible to under-fund education and all of the vital state services that have been slashed. State government services are not a luxury that you can forego; if they weren't vital you wouldn't have been spending them in the first place.
Welfare spending for poor folks is dwarfed by corporate welfare. But the Republican corporate lackeys know that they can easily get people much more riled up with racially charged rhetoric about people abusing our social safety net. The Repubican meme is that people on welfare live high-on-the-hog at taxpayer expense, but the truth is that being on welfare is a shitty existence, and there is plenty of motivation to move off of it quickly, which most recipients do. In Phoenix, the Mayor was challenged to live for a week on a food-stamp budget of $29 a week. No surprise, it's hard.
Mitt Romney rudely silenced a teacher he invited to a round-table. Apparently when Mitt Romney holds a round-table, it's not a two-way communication thing.