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Ten Things You Probably Don't Know About Rick Perry

23 July 2011 at 9:42:26 AM

  1. Rick Perry  tried to force Gardasil vaccinations on 12 year old girls, a gift to his pharma buddy (on the very same day that Merck gave him 5000 bucks for his campaign, he met to discuss the HPV vaccine), Merck, through an executive order bypassing the Texas Legislature. The Texas Legislature took it to the Attorney General and Perry was also sued by a group of families.  That's how he was stopped, by the AG- plus if abstinence education works, which is what Perry touts (see below) then why did he try to force STD shots on girls? UPDATE: FOUR YEARS LATER, now that he's running for president, he's on an apology tour
  2. Rick Perry tried to take Texans' private property through eminent domain for the Trans Texas Corridor, a huge toll road that would be operated by foreign company Cintra. (See Also NAFTA Superhighway/NASCO.) These actions went against his own Texas Republican party, and he was only stopped because TxDOT decided to change the name and do toll roads other ways. Did people LIKE Rick Perry doing this? Hell, no. He didn't even attend ONE public hearing in which droves of people turned out to protest his action. I went to one that was loaded with farmers angry that he was going to take away their homesteads and blacklands. Update on Cintra from August 2011.
  3. Rick Perry's immigration policy isn't as good as Obama's. He signed an order giving illegal aliens in-state tuition rates for higher education. His border security cameras were a huge joke (We laughed down here about how much money he spent for video feeds where you couldn't tell a person from a rock and out of the hundreds that were bought, only about 12 were installed-heh.) Latinos are not impressed.
  4. Rick Perry would have you think he never asks for federal monies/stimulus money. His big trick is to publicly say he is against taking federal money and then quietly holding his hand out for the bucks. The only reason there was a balanced budget in Texas in 2010 is because of federal money, and the ONLY reason the budget was balanced in 2011 is because Perry kicked the can down the road. Let's say that again, Texas used stimulus money to plug nearly 97 percent of its shortfall , more than ANY OTHER STATE.  More from the Austin-American Statesman.  Also, what about Texas being a *donor state*? He and the Texas Lege also wasted $500 million attempting to privatize social security.
  5. Rick Perry touts jobs in Texas. Yeah, if you want minimum wage or LOWER than minimum wage jobs. Maybe for corporations who are getting all kinds of tax breaks, with Perry fighting regulation over them, it's Manna From Heaven. They get sucked up to while not having to pay decent wages or benefits for workers. 

During the recession, average weekly wages stayed fairly stable in New York, California and the U.S. as a whole, while Texas’ dropped to $750 per week, a drop of about 5.5 percent. Since the end of the recession, wages have generally risen in all of those regions. From December 2007 to April 2011, weekly wages in Texas increased 0.6 percent, compared to 2.5 percent in New York, 9.3 percent in California and 5.0 percent in the U.S.

As of April 2011, the average weekly wage was $790 in Texas ($41,000), $900 in New York ($47,000), $930 in California ($48,000) and $790 in the U.S. ($41,000).

Additionally, Texas has by far the largest number of employees working at or below the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour in 2010) compared to any state, according to a BLS report.

In 2010, about 550,000 Texans were working at or below minimum wage, or about 9.5 percent of all workers paid by the hour in the state. Texas tied with Mississippi for the greatest percentage of minimum wage workers, while California had among the fewest (less than 2 percent).

The state with the second-highest number of minimum wage workers was New York, with 264,000 (or 6.4 percent of all hourly workers in the state).

From 2007 to 2010, the number of minimum wage workers in Texas rose from 221,000 to 550,000, an increase of nearly 150 percent.

The federal minimum wage rose from $5.15 per hour to $5.85 in July 2007, to $6.55 in July 2008 and to $7.25 in July 2009. That certainly contributed to the sharp increase minimum wage earners; however, even though the minimum wage remained unchanged in 2010, the number of Texans making minimum wage or less rose from 474,000 to 550,000 that year, an increase of 16 percent.

The median hourly earnings for all Texas workers was $11.20 per hour in 2010, compared to the national median of $12.50 per hour.

6. Rick Perry's  state proclamation for rain in Texas failed (over 90 days of extreme drought on this date) so he went to Obama for federal aid. He compared himself to Jesus, as a prophet but if someone pretends to talk to God and it doesn't work, don't we call that *false* prophets? Theocracy or Federal Money Moocher? Either way, it's a fail.

7. Rick Perry initiated a religious event called The Response (no, he was not just *invited there to pray, he STARTED it), and tied an official Texas proclamation calling for prayer to it. The Response is a christian event, is anti-Catholic, anti-Mormom, and anti-other religions (The American Family Association, one of the endorsers, is even against the Methodist Church!!!) , and includes strange bedfellows that believe, among other things, that the Statue of Liberty is a demonic symbol, that Mt Everest has evil at its base that must be prayed out, and Hurricane Katrina was caused as revenge by an angry God to punish New Orleans. Let's not also forget Alice Patterson, who not only can see invisible networks of evil but believes that single women under 60 should live with their parents. (Now, he's thinking he may not attend The Response, HIS event. Undoubtedly, he's wondering if being in a hotbed of peculiar weirdos was such a hot idea, plus he's being sued for even doing this event while using his office as Governor to establish religion.)  Also, does it strike anyone else as seriously ridiculous that Rick Perry, surrounded by a weird cult is trying to subtly call out Mitt Romney's Mormonism?

8. Rick Perry has spent significant amounts of time gallivanting around the world but doesn't want Texans to know what how he spent taxpayer money on those trips; think he'd be more forthcoming if he was president?  He also decided to remodel the governor's mansion and spent $360,000 of taxpayer money on rentals. Nothing too good for Mr P.

9. Rick Perry  in is favor of Gay Marriage in New York as long as US individual states practicing bigotry.(Texas still does) I found this response by Rick Santorum hilarious.

“So Gov Perry, if a state wanted to allow polygamy or if they chose to deny heterosexuals the right to marry, would that be OK too?”

One wonders, since he's for states rights, if he would secretly like to bring back slavery, too. Oh, that's right, his immigration policy exempts positions like low-wage maids, gardeners, etc, you know, jobs nobody else wants because they pay dirt. There's also a secondary question about The REsponse and why any so-called Christian would attend a Perry event where he condones gay marriage-hypocrites!

Update: Rick Perry joins the ranks of Flip Floppers on Gay Marriage. Down here we call that pandering.

10. Rick Perry's Abstinence Only Sex-Ed program in Texas has resulted in the highest teen pregnancy rates in the United States. Here's the link to the Texas A&M report  Who wants THAT in the entire United States? Wouldn't people prefer to keep that to backwater Texas?

Have a laugh watching this where the Texas Tribune asked Perry specifically for, um, FACTS about whether abstinence works in Texas and if so, then why the high teen pregnancy rate. Perry says "It Works" without ANY info behind it. heh.. If you close your eyes, you can hear Bush.. only dumber.

11. Rick Perry puts corporations over public education. Put a creationist,in fact three, in charge of the State Board of Education, is in favor of teaching creationism along with science in public schools, and has gutted the budget for public education. The high school graduation rate is 43rd in the nation, and LAST in the nation with people 25 and over with a high school diploma. How much does Texas spend per pupil? 44th in the nation. Seems like you would want to not foist these bad stats on the rest of the country, but remember, Rick Perry has been in charge of this since, um, George Bush.

Actually, there's more than 10. Here's a few more

Rick Perry is against legislation that prevents texting and driving.

Rick Perry regularly fights the EPA and is against clean air and water standards-wants Texas to be able to set lower ones. Let's see- nuclear waste dumps in Andrews County, coal-fired plants belching crap into the air all over the state, concrete contanminant burning units in Ellis County (finally gone-that was Smokey Joe Barton's district), and fracking for gas wells with little regulation. You name it, Rick Perry is for it as long as MONEY and not HEALTH is the issue.

Rick Perry wants Texas to be able to opt out of Social Security.Texas ranks among the lowest in the nation for health care for its citizens. I guess Most Americans Will Fall Right In line Like They Did With George Bush When HE Tried to Get Rid of Social Security-Right? Bwahahah

As I've said before...

If Perry really doesn't like the way the United States government does things, and is happy with the low stats on education, among others, then why doesn't he go ahead with his previous threat about talking about seceding from the Union? That of course would cut out him taking any federal money for anything, including stimulus monies and grants, including for citizens here, and he would be President of Texas.

That of course would force a choice on those who still live here that actually like the US government, pro or con. Those that like a wild west free for all with no government intervention can just Move On Down To Texas, and those who don't can go find a place within the greater United States to live; maybe somewhere education for children is a priority, for example. (And where state Republican legislators  don't want to opt out of Medicaid and Chips)

Problem solved. But please, United States citizens, which apparently Rick Perry doesn't want to include, please don't elect him for president when he changes his plans and throws his Big Hair into the ring.

P.S. Just saw this -14 reasons why Rick Perry Would be a really really bad president from EndoofTheAmericanDream

Rick Perry's good relationship with Muslims. Helped lay the cornerstone for a mosque in Plano TX

Also thought this story about his idling cars is amusing.

Gov. Perry and his entourage stayed next door to us last summer. The house next door is usually vacant, so when a fleet of black Suburbans showed up with a complete security detail, we took notice. We also noticed the Suburbans idled at all hours. After a couple of days' worth of witnessing this my wife asked why the Suburbans couldn't be turned off when not in use. She was told the cars were running to keep the air-conditioning on for the governor's comfort. When she pointed out that the outside temperature was quite pleasant and that Aspen had a no-idle ordinance, the bodyguard/driver rolled up his tinted window, without a word, car still idling.

My wife, not pleased, called the APD and, to my surprise, an officer was sent. After a conversation with the gentlemen next door, the officer informed us that our neighbor had diplomatic immunity. The idling continued. So much for our Canary Initiative.

Perry not as conservative as some think.

In 2001, he signed the so-called DREAM Act, which provided in-state tuition rates for certain undocumented students. Its provisions are similar to the Democratic-backed DREAM Act at the federal level — one ardently opposed by many conservatives.

Of the Texas bill, Perry said in a speech: “We must say to every child learning in a Texas classroom, ‘We don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.’”

More on that Defender of Israel award

Had forgotten about this one. THREE associates of Rick Perry's gave corporate cash to get the Green Party on the ballot.

Supported Guiliani in the last go-round

But the enthusiasm over a possible Perry candidacy has thus far clouded one inconvenient truth: While the governor is currently the model of a Tea Party politician, his past includes plenty to give Tea Partiers and social conservatives pause if and when they decide to take a closer look.

That fact was highlighted last Thursday, when former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee took a very pointed shot at Perry. "For all his new found commitment to hyper-conservatism," said the former GOP presidential candidate, "he'll get to explain why he supported pro-abortion, pro-same sex marriage Rudy Guiliani last time."

Perry's support for Giuliani - whose moderation on social issues alienated social conservatives and contributed to his dramatic flameout in the 2008 presidential race - isn't his only potentially problematic endorsement. He doesn't much like to talk about it these days, but Perry was actually a Democrat until 1989; the year before he converted to the GOP, he served as Texas chairman for then-presidential candidate (and current target of conservative disdain) Al Gore.

Todd Willingham Scandal -Because Being Pro-Life Means You Can Execute Innocent Men and Try to Cover Up the Investigation Over it. Oh, That's not what prolife means?

How about the gay rumours surrounding Rick Perry? La Te Da.

Plus, guess what the largest search for Rick Perry is- Is Rick perry Gay?

Oh and that reminds me. Rick Perry was not only a cheerleader at A&M -it was #2 on his list of things he wanted to accomplish while there-maybe as an antidote to the poor grades

What about those FDA unapproved stem cell treatments Perry just took? Okay for HIM to have experimental treatments but not you,you got it?

And you know how Perry says there is no state income tax. Because it's um, UNCONSTITUTIONAL in Texas. Well, is it STILL a state income tax if you don't call it that? Lawsuit time!

When Rick Perry was a state rep, he accidentally sent out a tape that had 5 minutes of a couple having sex, to all the schools in his district. Careful, he's not.

Almost forgot. He wants to DISMANTLE Social Security and Medicare and have the states (Haw, like Texas takes care of its citizens, go look at the low stats). do their own Hey, I guess that makes him for States Rights Today.

Don't forget about how Rick Perry treats women like 2nd class citizens who must be controlled-Sonogram Law.

Rick Perry's numbers of how many Texas doctors got added due to tort reform are bogus.

There is no question that tort reform drove down medical malpractice insurance premiums and reduced the number of malpractice suits.  And there is no question that most health care providers like the change and say it’s a factor that leads them to practice in the state.  But the wholesale transformation that Perry describes is not backed up by the numbers.

Perry said Texas has 21,000 more doctors thanks to tort reform.  That’s flat out wrong.  Texas has only about 13,000 more doctors in the state and the historic trends suggest that population growth was the driving factor.  We rate his statement False.

Rick Perry's "Government Takeover of Health Care" is a lie.

Perry’s "government takeover of health care" claim? It’s identical to PolitiFact National’s 2010 Lie of the Year.

By selecting "government takeover" as Lie of the Year, PolitiFact did not judge whether the health care law is good policy.

The takeover phrase is simply not accurate.
Said Jonathan Oberlander, a professor of health policy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill: "The label 'government takeover’ has no basis in reality, but instead reflects a political dynamic where conservatives label any increase in government authority in health care as a 'takeover.' " PolitiFact’s full analysis is here.

Perry welcomed Chinese firm despite security concern

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1 - 444   23 Jul 2011 @ 11:44:03 PM 


2 - Bliss Street   12 Aug 2011 @ 11:17:52 AM 

There's more.  Perry is not only a danger to our country, he's also a danger to our pets.  Go to Youtube, to view our music video political cartoon, entitled "Pistol Packin' Perry."  It's adorable, and points to another aspect of this arrogant, and argumentative ex democrat.  One that must be considered, before allowing yet another loose-cannon Texas Governor any where near the White House.  Enjoy.


3 - salon   12 Aug 2011 @ 11:25:05 AM 

@Bliss Street-Here's Kirk Watson snarking at Rick Perry's bullchit coyote story. Nobody in Texas believes that chit. Cute video!

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4 - CLake64   12 Aug 2011 @ 8:32:29 PM 

Perry & his radical tea party need to be stopped. Perry is a liar, bigot & a hypocrite. He claims to be a Pro-Life Christian but attacks the most vulnerable. He kisses up to the right wing religious hate groups & the scum koch bros.  "Texans Against Rick Perry & his Tea Party" facebook page, click Like & Share.

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