I didn't buy it when Rick Perry pretended to shoot a coyote during the last gubernatorial campaign and I'm having a hard time believing that Rick Perry pretending to care about the nation's problems by hosting a national day of prayer is actually going to convince any of the 4.3 million Texans who live in poverty that he does. As for fasting, Rick Perry starving himself for a day isn't going to trick those in this state who go hungry for weeks on end into thinking they are full.
Wrapping up both of these ideas into a fancy website littered with platitudes isn't going to fool God, either.
We're all friends here so I'm going to let you in on a little secret: Praying is easy. A person can feign concern, close their eyes and raise their hands upward toward the heavens all without having to fix their hair.
In other words, praying is perfect for Perry.
What's not easy, and what requires a little more hair gel than quoting passages from Joel, is actual work.
Work is being homeless.
Work is walking to a bus stop every day in the 100-degree heat.
Work is teaching yourself what public schools failed to teach you.
Work is losing a job.
Work is looking for a job.
Work is waiting for food stamps.
Work is having pain but not having the resources to make it go away.
Rick Perry's right on one thing: Texas can do better. But to be better, we're going to have to work at it. Work is not closing your eyes and praying for those you don't want to see.
It is opening your eyes and helping those you can.