Monday, July 25, 2011

Rick Perry Still Not Solving Any of Texas' Problems, Wants to Not Solve America's

Rick Perry is planning to launch his presidential campaign between Aug. 15 and Aug. 31, RealClearPolitics reports today. Oh great. So he can spend the next year and half not concentrating on the rapid deterioration of Texas. And until then, he can keep the media (and the bloggers) in a will-he-won't-he frenzy. I'm already disgusted enough for one day so I'll leave you with someone else's eloquence.

From End the American Dream:

The following are 14 reasons why Rick Perry would be a really, really bad president....

#1 Rick Perry is a "big government" politician. When Rick Perry became the governor of Texas in 2000, the total spending by the Texas state government was approximately $49 billion. Ten years later it was approximately $90 billion. That is not exactly reducing the size of government.

#2 The debt of the state of Texas is out of control. According to, the debt to GDP ratio in Texas is 22.9% and the debt per citizen is $10,645. In California (a total financial basket case), the debt to GDP ratio is just 18.7% and the debt per citizen is only $9932. If Rick Perry runs for president these are numbers he will want to keep well hidden.

#3 The total debt of the Texas government has more than doubled since Rick Perry became governor.

#4 Rick Perry has spearheaded the effort to lease roads in Texas to foreign companies, to turn roads that are already free to drive on into toll roads, and to develop the Trans-Texas Corridor which would be part of the planned NAFTA superhighway system.

#5 Rick Perry claims that he has a "track record" of not raising taxes. That is a false claim. Rick Perry has repeatedly raised taxes and fees while he has been governor. Today, Texans are faced with significantly higher taxes and fees than they were before Rick Perry was elected.

#6 Even with the oil boom in Texas, 23 states have a lower unemployment rate than Texas does.

#7 Back in 1988, Rick Perry supported Al Gore for president. In fact, Rick Perry actually served as Al Gore's campaign chairman in the state of Texas that year.

#8 Between December 2007 and April 2011, weekly wages in the U.S. increased by about 5 percent. In the state of Texas they increased by just 0.6% over that same time period.

#9 Texas now has one of the worst education systems in the nation. The following is from an opinion piece that was actually authored by Barbara Bush earlier this year....

•  We rank 36th in the nation in high school graduation rates. An estimated 3.8 million Texans do not have a high school diploma.

•  We rank 49th in verbal SAT scores, 47th in literacy and 46th in average math SAT scores.

•  We rank 33rd in the nation on teacher salaries.

#10 Rick Perry attended the Bilderberg Group meetings in 2007. Associating himself with that organization should be a red flag for all American voters.

#11 Texas has the highest percentage of workers making minimum wage out of all 50 states.

#12 Rick Perry often gives speeches about illegal immigration, but when you look at the facts, he has been incredibly soft on the issue.

#13 In 2007, 221,000 residents of Texas were making minimum wage or less. By 2010, that number had risen to 550,000.

#14 Rick Perry actually issued an executive order in 2007 that would have required almost every single girl in the state of Texas to receive the Gardasil vaccine before entering the sixth grade. According to Wikipedia, many were troubled when "apparent financial connections between Merck and Perry were reported by news outlets, such as a $6,000 campaign contribution and Merck's hiring of former Perry Chief of Staff Mike Toomey to handle its Texas lobbying work."

I disagree with #7 (why the Al Gore hate?) and #12 (soft or not, he's misguided in his rhetoric). I'm not particularly concerned with #10, The Bilderberg Group, but like with all rich people, I doubt they have my best interest at heart. Oh, and here's my own #15: The Pray for Rain Proclamation.

Ugh, this guy's the worst.


  1. #14. The reason he had to implement the innoculations were to offset future cost to healthcare due to deseases brought across the border by illegal aliens. When someone from foreign countries enter legally, there are numerous medical procedures that must happen prior to receiving their documents. Stop listening to race baiters like la raza and lulac. They are manipulating the hispanic community. Most hispanics I know understand personal responsibility and are embarrassed by the racist groups.

  2. Regardless of whether or not Perry was implemeting law in to offset future costs for ANYTHING, healthcare or otherwise (which I do not believe he was), the point is his blatant corruption and greed - forcing a product onto the public through law, influenced directly by monetary contributions to his campaign.

    There is no evidence that illegal immigrants bring diseases across the border. Your credibility on the subject of healthcare is undermined by the fact that you can not correctly spell "diseases".

    Most Hispanics I know are not manipulated by anyone, as they are intelligent, logical human beings who can decide for themeselves which political groups they would choose to stand with.