Gov. Rick Perry: 'Pretty Simple...Don't Spend All the Money'

By Susan Jones | February 12, 2014 | 6:02 AM EST

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) (AP File Photo)

( - Texas has no income tax, yet it has almost $12 billion between its Rainy Day Fund and budget surplus. "It really is pretty simple," Gov. Rick Perry told Fox News's Sean Hannity Tuesday night. "Don't spend all the money."

Asked why congressional Republicans aren't fighting for the low-tax, limited-government policies that have worked so well in Texas and other Republican-led states, such as Florida, Louisiana, Wisconsin, and South Carolina, Perry said it may have something to do with the "one-size-fits-all mentality" of Washington:

"And I know it's hard to give up power and hard to give up control, but if America is going to get back on track, it's going to be having a decentralization back into the states."

Perry said Obamacare is a good example of a one-size-fits-all failure:

"If you would allow the states to put the type of programs into place that would best suit their citizens -- listen, I think even (N.Y. Gov.) Andrew Cuomo and (Calif. Gov.) Jerry Brown would tell you that they could do a better job of taking care of their citizens than a bureaucrat or even a Congress in Washington, D.C., who's trying to make this thing fit all 50 states, and it's just impossible.

"It's the reason Obamacare is going to fail on its on weight is because you cannot implement a health care plan for this country and make all 50 states fit into that scenario."

Perry said Texas has created a stable tax, regulatory and legal environment:  "That's a formula that will work," not only in Texas, but in any state that tries it, he said.

"I think it makes a lot of sense to allow these 50 laboratories of innovation to come up with the best ways to deliver services for their citizens. There may be some of the states that have a completely different idea. And whether it's social issues or economic issues, I think the states will come up with better solutions for their citizens than leaving it to Washington, D.C. "

Perry said Washington needs to do only a "few things really well" -- such as defending the nation's borders, maintaining a strong military, and creating a "cogent" foreign policy.