Clay Robison reminds me of something in a discussion of Governor Perry's resistance to spending stimulus money on expanding unemployment insurance.
Right after giving the back of his hand to thousands of jobless workers, he was promoting a $60-million handout for the film industry.
Yes, the industry that pays some of its top stars almost that much for a single picture and seems to always thrive, even in a struggling economy, because fans are willing to spend small fortunes on movie tickets and popcorn.
Perry, who once had a bit part in a movie, has asked the Legislature to increase the state's financial incentives for movie and TV productions from the $20 million budgeted for the current biennium to $60 million for 2010-11.
He wants to encourage more film production in Texas and compete with other states that have lured production away with sweeter deals. The incentives, he says, would help create jobs in Texas for technicians and other specialists who are paid far less than the screen idols.
It is, however, a niche industry, and relatively few Texans have the skills necessary for the higher-quality jobs.
Perry is leery of the $555 million in federal unemployment aid, part of the financial stimulus package, because it would require Texas to expand its jobless program to allow more people to qualify for assistance. He said the aid would leave Texas on the hook for a half-billion dollars in additional costs when the federal aid ends.