Will Rick Perry’s TARP Lies Fall on Deaf Ears?

Cross-posted at the Left Coast Rebel

Rick Perry’s caught himself in another Texas-size-pile-o’-the-steamin’-stinky again.

And no, this time it’s not an executive HPV order causing alarm, rather it’s his support of the so-called Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) of 2008.

The same TARP that played a big part in forming today’s Tea Party Movement.

Today Perry was questioned by a certain Rebekah Maxwell (of SteveDeace.com) about his TARP backing.

No, Ma’am,” is all the pistol-packing Texas governor had to say (audio here).

Unfortunately the facts prove otherwise.

Perry — along with then West Virginia governor Joe Manchin — authored a 2008 pro-TARP letter after the bill’s first-run historic defeat. Read it for yourself, it’s pretty clear that Perry supported TARP.

These two videos tell the story as well:

Why does all of this matter, you say? Why should we care? After all, politicians are politicians. Even the best have to lie and do what is expedient, now and then, right? Rick Perry looks presidential! He says the right things…

Open your eyes. It’s a matter of character and trustworthiness in limited government issues and Rick Perry (and Mittens Romney for that matter) are both sorely lacking.

Limited government and limited governance, executive and otherwise are the most pressing issues of our age and generation.

If we nominate — and elect — someone lacking the integrity and intestinal fortitude to carry the limited government torch — through good times and perilous as they were in 2008 and likely will be again — then we have won a Pyrrhic victory that will haunt us forever.

Because we will have “won” but truly lost that which matters — principles, ideas and the future of this nation.

On this note, Joseph Ashby writing at American Thinker:

No matter how competent and well-meaning an elected official may be, an incompetent and malevolent leader will eventually and inevitably follow. To dramatically increase government power based on the supposed skill of a temporary office holder is a sentence of bureaucratic imprisonment in the not too distant future.

Certainly Perry and Romney are not Barack Obama when it comes to growing government, but both have shown a willingness disregard or hedge on their free-market principles in when under intense political pressure. Voters would be well served to ask themselves if their preferred candidate will make the right decision when future TARPs inevitably come.

What say you, Rick Perry? And you too, Mitt Romney? How about you, dear reader?

Via Memeorandum.


Nick said…

The irony is that you're probably talking about President Perry (45) and President Manchin (46).

Or President Romney and President Manchin.

I'd prefer either of those to Zero (44 x 2) and President ??? (45).

Which principled candidate can actually beat Obama in 2012?

I've given up on the idea of principled politicians. If they had principles, they wouldn't be in politics. Seriously, if the federal government were as inconsequential in our lives as every one of us would like it to be, WHO would want to be a national politician and why?

I think we need a system where we vote for the person we want for president whether they want to be or not. Make it like jury duty.

BTW, Elizabeth Warren is running for Scott Brown's Senate seat. It's time to start ripping into her ruthlessly and endlessly. Watch the 2004 Frontline episode, The Secret History of the Credit Card, in which she says she's a lawyer, but can't understand a credit card agreement.

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