Roundup of Rick *I Wear Armani Suits and French Cuffs* Perry for Aug 22 2011


 

Roundup of Rick *I Wear Armani Suits and French Cuffs* Perry for Aug 22 2011
 


22 August 2011 at 1:03:41 PM
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Perry is anti-science, except for in his own campaign.

Duh! Rick Perry thinks Obama controls the Fed

Rick Perry wears Armani suits and French cuffs

Should he be president of anything of more consequence than a glee club? Of course not.

He's made it clear in speeches and his recently released macho-man web advert that he'll do for America what he did for Texas - which probably involves shooting cheetahs recreationally with hollow-tipped bullets and creating benefit-rich employment opportunities for Americans, such as scraping toilets and salting freedom fries.

That's right, the much-vaunted "Texas Miracle" is as fake as Perry, built on the premise that working three minimum wage jobs and going without healthcare (Texas leads the nation in percentage of overall residents and children without healthcare) is some kind of economic Eden, as opposed to say an economic Elba Island.

Perry, meanwhile, is a "cowboy" who wears Armani suits and French cuffs (seriously, French cuffs?). Attacks stimulus spending while taking a heaped helping of it to bail himself out. Uses taxpayer money to enrich his corporate-lobbyist friends - and endangers the United States of America by inviting a Chinese telecom company into Texas that George W Bush's national security team warned him would pose a cyber-security threat to our military - after talking tough on the Chinese in his children's book: Fed Up.

Rick Perry Flip Flop-Today He is moving to the right on immigration. Tomorrow, who knows?

Taking Treason seriously

“Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.”

Treason is not a term to be tossed around lightly.

Whether he is right or wrong, Bernanke loves his country as much as Perry does and has devoted himself to doing his best to honor and protect it.

Only weeks after Gabby Giffords returned to the House floor for the first time, Perry has no business making jokes about treating public officials “pretty ugly down in Texas,” much less suggesting that they could be guilty of betraying our country.

This is irresponsible talk, no better than hate speech, and while Perry has a right to say it, the rest of us – Republican and Democrat, moderate and conservative – have an obligation to condemn him for it.

America has real enemies; the Fed chairman is not one of them.

So GOPers in general are the dumb uneducated ones.

Factchecking Rick Perry's claim that Obama has Killed More JObs than any other president

Rick Perry's world less like the United States and more like the European Union.

What’s perhaps most interesting about Perry’s take is that he’s not quite willing to abandon the government’s core commitments. When questioned, he doesn’t argue that pensions and health care are none of the government’s business. Instead, he suggests that we let “the states keep their money and implement the programs.” So Perry’s world is not a libertarian dreamscape devoid of Social Security or bank regulation. It’s a world in which public pension systems and bank regulation vary state by state. It’s a world, in other words, that looks less like the United States of America and a whole lot more like the European Union.

.Ultimately, what Perry is offering is a kind of buck passing. Rather than proposing solutions to our pressing national problems, he’s offering to pass the problem to someone else: in most cases, the states, and in some cases, the courts. Saying “I’ll let the states figure out how to handle Medicare” is really just a way of saying he’ll make Medicare somebody else’s problem. That may be consistent with Perry’s philosophy, and his understanding of the Constitution. But the only problem it solves is his.

Perry supporters dumb and blind

But those who've already clambered aboard his bandwagon exhibit great loyalty. Take the issue of immigration, on which Perry is vulnerable, having endorsed a Texas version of the DREAM Act and other Mexican-friendly initiatives. Some conservatives have already attacked him for it.

Perhaps sensing this, Perry recently suggested Predator drones be used to patrol the Mexican border. The brethren rejoiced. "Certainly a better idea than Obama/Holder I know nothing about botched Operation Fast & Furious gunrunning program," whooped The Jawa Report. W. James Antle III of The American Spectator and Ben Shapiro of FrontPage also saw it as a plus. Never mind that the Feds already use Predator drones on the border -- Perry used belligerent language, and that's what counts.

Rick Perry - the Neo Confederacy of America

dressage aside, one must call him for what he is, a throwback yahoo from the era of the confederacy who wants to see his state succeed from the union, and for god measure commemorate that time in history with a license plate honoring the confederate states and army.

Perry is a man of many contradictions. On the one hand he is an uber-globalist who has raised taxes and fees in Texas multiple times over his ten year career to the extent of massively growing the size of government, government spending and government debt in the state. A true plutocrat, he has even attempted to make young women all over Texas to be injected with the Gardasil vaccine. Although this is from a republican perspective, the same things they hate in an Obama, they can live with because the worse side of him which many applauded is his neo confederate political efficacy and locution – similar to Christian conservatives and Tea party stalwarts who continue to announce their desire to “take America back.”

This is the central premise of neo-confederates. In fact many of these patriots believe they would be better off if their states seceded from the Union. Especially in the south, where the intimation of secession is clear from Representative John Fleming to the Governor of Texas Rick Perry.

Tracking the flow of money -chart

Maybe instead of being a thug and threatening Ben Bernacke, Rick Perry could have said a prayer for him?

How Rick Perry pursued the federal aid he now descries

Perry criticizes government while Texas job growth benefits from it.

With a young and fast-growing population, a large and expanding military presence and an influx of federal stimulus money, the number of government jobs in Texas has grown at more than double the rate of private-sector employment during Perry’s tenure.

The disparity has grown sharper since the national recession hit. Between December 2007 and last June, private-sector employment in Texas declined by 0.6 percent while public-sector jobs increased by 6.4 percent, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. Overall, government employees account for about one-sixth of the workforce in Texas.

The significant role of government in Texas’s relative prosperity stands in stark contrast to the “go-it-alone” image cultivated by Perry, who credits a lack of government interference for fostering a business-friendly environment in Texas.

Texas Spending kept going up w Rick Perry as governor

Perry has long promoted the state's fiscal record as a model for the country and a key to why Texas has weathered the recession better than most other states. He has opposed new taxes and been vehemently anti-Washington, and his message is drawing interest among Republican primary voters nationwide.

Yet before the latest one, the Texas budget had consistently grown during Perry's time as governor, with total spending rising faster than inflation and population growth, state data show.

What's more, spending through 2011, adjusted for population and inflation, rose more on average while Perry has been in charge than it did under his predecessor, George W. Bush, according to a Star-Telegram analysis.

In the past, Perry has criticized Bush for not controlling spending while governor.

"Let me tell you something," Perry told a small group of Iowa Republicans in 2007 while campaigning for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who was running for president. "George Bush was never a fiscal conservative. ... I mean, '95, '97, '99, George Bush was spending money."

When Bush was governor, total state spending rose 13.3 percent every two years on average. Adjusting the figures for population growth and inflation, that growth rate was 2.3 percent.

Illegal immigrants who serve in the military deserve citizenship

Perry said states should be responsible for their own immigration laws, also stating that the federal government must step up border enforcement. He also spelled out his support for a national program that would allow illegal immigrants who serve in the military to become citizens.

Illegal immigration is, of course, a core issue among conservatives, who continue to reject any plan that allows existing illegal immigrants to become citizens as part of comprehensive immigration reform. In Texas, Perry has taken a number of positions on the issue at the state level that have ruffled feathers on the national anti-illegal immigrant right -- including advocating for and signing a Texas version of the DREAM Act.

He opposes the national DREAM Act debated in the last Congress.

But in South Carolina Saturday, he said he supported a main tenet of that bill -- that illegal immigrants can earn their citizenship by serving honorably in the military.

"I think there is a path to citizenship for those young men and women who have served their country," Perry said in response to a question from NachoFiesta blogger Sean Quinn. "That is a very unique set of individuals, and different than folks who have come here illegally and not given back in that particular way."


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