The Truth About Texas Governor Rick Perry…

by: Les Carpenter
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Rick Perry, the new “hot” candidate of the Tea Party, has intrigued me since he hit the national scene and declared his candidacy for the republican nomination for President.

Mr.Polish has been selling himself as the conservative alternative to President Obama and business as usual in DC. But is Mr. Polish really a conservative with proven bona fides? Me thinks not.

In fact as my research progressed it became clear Mr. Polish is much more the big government profligate spender and corporate kinda guy {read corporate whore} than I originally suspected.

Some of Mr. Polish’s most severe critics actually come from the fiscally conservative right. A right I willingly take credit for being a part of.

What I find most befuddling is how anyone with a modicum of understanding of what true conservatism is can be fooled by Mr. Polish.

Given my skepticism of Mr. Polish it was only natural I look deeper. It seemed only rational to turn to those who know full well his record as Governor of Texas.

What I found was enlightening and solidified my skepticism of Mr. Polish as nothing more than a slick, and disingenuous politician that lacks a consistent political philosophy. Other than a “fly by the seat of your pants” crony capitalism acumen.

Some highlights of rational analysis from The New Republic.
It’s true that Perry has trafficked heavily in anti-Washington rhetoric, especially in the run-up to his candidacy to become president. But the closer you look at Perry’s record in Texas, the harder it is to discern any coherent ideology at all. When GOP primary voters in other parts of the country examine his signature legislative accomplishments and policy stances, some won’t like what they find.


The first Perry proposal to rile some Texas right-wing activists was the Trans-Texas Corridor—an ambitious plan to cover the state in a series of toll roads. Perry first pitched the idea during his 2002 campaign for governor. The plan would have used government’s eminent domain authority to seize rural farmland not just for multi-lane tolled highways, but also for rail and utility lines. Perry’s office and the Texas Department of Transportation gained legislative approval for the plan in 2003. The state handed the contract for the road planning and building to a Spanish-based company named Cintra.


Perry’s plan for a comprehensive network of toll-roads would eventually die slowly over the next four legislative sessions, meeting resistance from conservative Republicans. Toll roads are still being built in Texas, but the corridor plan is remembered as a colossal failure for the governor.


Perry caused conservative revulsion again in 2007 when he proposed that all young girls in Texas receive the HPV vaccine. The drug company Merck had just put the drug on the market, and the governor’s office made a heart-wrenching case for why all Texans should have access to it. His office brought to the Legislature a young woman with terminal cervical cancer, caused by HPV, to meet with the press and argue for mandatory vaccinations.

Some Texas Democrats agreed with Perry’s position. But the governor’s critics also pointed out that Perry’s former chief of staff, Mike Toomey, was serving as a lobbyist for Merck, which stood to make millions from the vaccine requirement. In the end, conservative Republicans in the Legislature bucked at the thought of requiring young girls to receive an STD vaccine, and Perry’s effort died in the Legislature.


Then there’s the one major proposal that Perry did, in fact, pass into law—the state’s business tax. This tax increase on business was crafted in 2006 as part of a school-finance reform. The idea was to cut local property taxes and replace the lost revenue with a new business margins tax. This 2006 tax “swap” was the one instance during Perry’s decade as governor when he proposed a wide-ranging plan and successfully pushed it through the Legislature mostly unchanged. It will likely be remembered as his signature legislative accomplishment.

The problem is, it’s been a disaster. Small businesses hate it because they’re forced to pay regardless of whether they’re turning a profit: it seemed to be the very definition of a “job-killing” tax. Some conservatives simply hate it on principle. A few even argued that Perry’s business tax is unconstitutional—amounting to a tax on income, which is forbidden by the Texas Constitution.

But worst of all, the tax doesn’t even generate enough revenue. The tax “swap” has cost the state $5 billion a year for five years running. The Texas budget now faces an ongoing structural deficit because of the underperforming business tax. And with a tax increase on small business and a structural budget deficit to boot, it’s clear that Perry hasn’t taken conservative economists like Milton Friedman as his inspiration.

Another example of his conservative heresy is the Texas Enterprise Fund, which Perry seem to be especially proud of. The purpose of the Fund is to dole out public money to lure companies to Texas. It has created tens of thousands of jobs in the state, but critics have not incorrectly, labeled it “corporate welfare,” a slush fund for well-connected businesses. The Observer investigated the fund in 2010 and found that several companies with political ties to Perry had received state grants. Some Texas Tea Party activists have been especially critical of Perry’s Enterprise Fund, labeling it a quintessential example of wasteful government spending


As governor of Texas, Perry’s lack of policy depth hasn’t hindered him much. He simply lets the Legislature do the heavy lifting. When the Legislature isn’t in session, Perry is largely content to float from one public appearance to another, cheerleading the Texas economy. He rarely bothers to diagnose the state’s problems, or offer any novel solutions.

When Perry does involve himself in policy debates, the most consistent thread is that he has sided with big business—that is to say, with industries big enough, or fortuitous enough, to have strong connections with the state government…


In many ways, Perry is quite conservative. He espouses limited government, low taxes and light regulation. But in his 10 years as governor, he’s often strayed from conservative orthodoxy. If there’s one phrase that best describes Perry’s governing ideology, it isn’t “conservative.” It’s crony capitalism. {Read Full Article Here}

Further research of Mr. Polish’s background revieled the following.
The narrative is appealing: Small-town guy becomes Texas governor and makes (the economy) good—all by sticking to conservative principles. But while Texas remains “open for business”—the slogan of his successful re-election campaign in 2010—the state’s Legislature is in the process of a going-out-of-business sale. The Texas budget for the next two years is a mess of accounting tricks and gutted programs, thanks to an unprecedented budget shortfall. The state’s business tax has not only been unpopular, it also doesn’t generate nearly enough revenue. Operating at a structural deficit, the state has even begun to attack funding in the once-hallowed ground of education. And while Perry has spent a good bit of June on his non-campaign-campaign, state lawmakers from both parties are fighting tooth-and-nail to legislate around his dictums.


…as he told the Associated Press, “Texas is better off than practically any state in the country,” Perry, along with the rest of the state, soon discovered that Texas’s budget gap—$27 billion short of what it would need to maintain its already lean services in the next biennium—was among the worst in the nation.


…many lawmakers didn’t want to use the rainy day fund in the first place, but that’s because they know a dirty little secret: Even after this two year budget period, the state’s fiscal woes are far from over. The Lone Star State has a standing $10 billion shortfall every two-year budget cycle, thanks to a faulty tax system pushed by Perry that fails to balance the budget.


State legislators on both sides of the aisle have decried Perry’s ill-conceived fiscal planning. The chief Senate budget writer, Republican Steve Ogden, hasn’t been afraid to mince words about just how bad the business tax is. “None of us were elected to raise taxes on anybody,” he said the first day of the session.{Read The Full Article}

The most damaging is the following as it exposes Rick Perry, Mr. Polish for the fraud that he is.
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 usdebtclock.org, 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. So what would the U.S. national debt look like after four (or eight) years of Rick Perry?

#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. If you really do deep research on this whole Trans-Texas Corridor nonsense you will see why no American should ever cast a single vote for Rick Perry.

#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. If Rick Perry does not plan to secure the border, then he should not be president because illegal immigration is absolutely devastating many areas of the southwest United States.

#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 forced almost every single girl in the state of Texas to receive the Gardasil vaccine before entering the sixth grade. Perry would have put parents in a position where they would have had to fill out an application and beg the government not to inject their child with a highly controversial vaccine. Since then, very serious safety issues regarding this vaccine have come to light. Fortunately, lawmakers in Texas blocked what Perry was trying to do. 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.”

Rick Perry has a record that should make all Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Independents cringe.

He is not the “conservative Republican” that he is trying to claim that he is. He is simply another in a long line of “RINOs” (Republicans in name only).

If Rick Perry becomes president, he will probably be very similar to George W. Bush. He will explode the size of the U.S. government and U.S. government debt, he will find sneaky ways to raise taxes, he will do nothing about the Federal Reserve or corruption in our financial system and he will push the agenda of the globalists at every turn. {Read The Full Article With Videos Here}

Rick Perry, or as I prefer to call him Mr. Polish is indeed the the fiscal conservatives worst nightmare. He is not only lacking in a consistent and rational political philosophy, he epitomizes he worst in the anti-capitalist methodology of “crony capitalism.”

Just what we DO NOT NEED, anther GWB in the Big Chair.

Via: Memeorandum


The War Planner said…


Thanks for the in-depth analysis. After having read this, I would be very interested in seeing who you would back for the GOP nominee.

It would certainly be nice to a candidate who is (1) a true conservative and (2) is electable. I fear those might be mutually exclusive however.

Sorry to say but I am an "A.B.O." voter (Anyone But Obama) because this guy is an absolute disaster and giving him anything but an unadulterated smack-down in 2012 would be an indication to the left that their repugnant socialistic principles have a place in this country.

I do not believe for one New York minute that Perry will be the next Ronald Reagan but I do know this for certain: he will not be the next Barack Obama and, at present, that's good enough for me.

So, if it is Perry who wins the nomination or Palin (if she ever gets in) or Bachmann or Romney or whomever, I will work my tail off to support them over Obama.

Please, please, please, PLEASE tell me you would do the same.

By the way, it would suit me just fine if Perry were the next GWB. I did not like a lot of the stuff that "W" did but I respected the man.

AngelaTC said…

The Raw Story pointed out today that Perry has flip-flopped on Social Security in the 9 months that have passed since he wrote his book. He was for reform, now he's against it.

If we don't elect a Bachmann/Palin/Paul type of candidate, absolutely nothing will change.

Rational Nation USA said…

In the very likely event Ron Paul will not be the nominee I hope a third party candidate that is charismatic and electable emerges. A candidate with center right politics and a person of intellect and integrity.

There are few that fit the above billing.

If this does not happen I will be hard pressed to vote at all. Because a vote for socialism, crony capitalism, or cor[corporatism is in fact a vote for the eventual demise of this country.

THE DIFFERENCE?… You tell me.

Nick said…

Im with The War Planner.

I dont particularly care for any of the front runners in this race, and I think the laggards would lose against Obama even if I liked them a lot.

A.B.O. Is a perfectly rational strategy for this election. No, we dont need another GWB, but we need an Obama even less. Supreme Court and federal judge nominations are just too damned important to give away in the hope that someone like Rubio or Ryan will be a clear favorite in 2016. Judicial qppointments are more important right now than any legislation we could possibly pass, and I dont envision Romney or Perry vetoing a bill passed by a Republican Congress. All of these "worries" about Perry are meaningless in the context of a Republican congress. I just dont like the guy, but I dont hate him.

Id rather elect a RINO now who will appoint conservative judges and then fight a primary battle in 2015 when our young blood is more ready.

Obama was pulled out of the oven too early. We should not return the favor.

But thanks for shedding light on Perry's questionable character and policies. I hope a Republican Senate and House will put to rest any doubts we have about a RINO.

My only worry about a RINO is a run by Joe Manchin in 2016. I can think of many worse Demon Rats for President, but he's going to be the hardest to beat. The Demon Rats had a deep bench in the last election, but I dont see a clear presidential contender anymore except Manchin. Maybe Andrew Cuomo. Any other dangeorus Dems?

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