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14 Reasons Why Rick Perry Would Be A Really, Really Bad President

Supporters of Texas Governor Rick Perry are not going to like this article at all.  Right now, Republicans all over the United States are touting Rick Perry as the “Republican messiah” that is going to come charging in to save America from the presidency of Barack Obama.  Many believe that if Rick Perry enters the race, he will instantly become the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.  Perry certainly looks the part and he knows how to give a good speech, but when ordinary Americans all over the country take a hard look at his record, they may not like what they see.  The truth is that Rick Perry is a big-time globalist, he has raised taxes and fees in Texas numerous times, he has massively increased the size of government spending and government debt in Texas, he has been trying to ram the Trans-Texas Corridor down the throats of the Texas people and he tried to force young women all over Texas to be injected with the Gardasil vaccine.  No, Rick Perry is not going to save America.  In fact, he would likely be very, very similar to both Bush and Obama in a lot of ways.

Right now, Rick Perry is trying to portray himself as a “good conservative” so that if he enters the race he will be accepted by Christian conservatives.  If Rick Perry did win the Republican nomination, he would have a great chance of winning the general election because he would very much be an “establishment” candidate.

But before Republicans get too excited about Rick Perry, there are a whole lot of things that they should know about him.

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 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?

#3 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.

#4 Rick Perry was once an enthusiastic supporter of Hillary Clinton’s efforts to “reform” the health care system.  In fact, Perry sent a letter to Clinton in which he made the following statement about “Hillarycare”….

“I think your efforts in trying to reform the nation’s health care system are most commendable.”

#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.

Look, the truth is that another four years of Barack Obama would be a complete and total nightmare.

But so would four years of Rick Perry.

America deserves better than the “lesser of two evils”.

Unfortunately, the American people have been dead asleep and have been sending incompetents, con men and charlatans to Washington D.C. for decades.

Hopefully things will be different in 2012.

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  • http://TexasNationalist.com L. Savage

    I am a Texas SECESSIONIST.. I do believe that the states must exit the so-called union to save themselves from the depths of depravity, ignorance, stupidity, bankruptcy, etc. that the US Fed gov thrives on. THE USA was never meant to be more than what the UN is… a government only.. not a nation… not a country…. It has no sovereign territory…

    Republicans and Democrats in Texas are already screaming about Perry’s damn toll roads that we have paid for with tax after tax after tax…

    There’s also the skeleton in the closet about Perry being gay or bi, and is common knowledge in some circles. True, fact? I don’t know..

    When it comes to secession, he’s a HYPOCRITE, when it comes to conservative government he’s a HYPOCRITE. His SOCIALIST act of forcing young girls to take $100 vaccinations by executive order — uncovered his SOCIALIST ideals…

    HIs only major accomplishment in Texas, was that he was governor when the historic governor’s mansion was ***************.

    I hope ya’ll all elect him and GET HIM OUT OF TEXAS! He’ll make Obama look like a conservative in comparison.

    • http://FB J. Horst

      Texas needs to fire him.. I agree to that..But we DO NOT WANT HIM TO LEAD A NATION IF HE IS SUCH A SORRY GOVERNOR… JUST A THOUGHT…

  • http://www.planorperish.com Gutter Economist

    “Unfortunately, the American people have been dead asleep and have been sending incompetents, con men and charlatans to Washington D.C. for decades.”

    If the American people ever wake up and want a better future, they will have to quit voting for democrats or republicans.

  • Richard

    a really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really really bad president, right?
    Children… did you hear what the nice man asked?

  • Nexus

    Observing American politics – dimwits to the right of me, idiots to the left of me and fools all around.

  • MaTTer OF FacT

    So whats the bad news haha???????

  • Jonathan

    How about instead of talking about the next corporate sponsored GOP candidate We focus on potential candidates of the people, by the people, and for of the people. There is another gentleman from Texas who qualifies as such. His name is Ron Paul and he is the anti-thesis of a puppet for the global elite. I am sure you can find at least 14 reasons why he is candidate worth considering. In this time of crisis, We need a President who will focus his energy on the United States of America and We its citizens. Some may find some of his ideas unusual but that doesn’t mean they are not practical. Furthermore that they won’t work. Maybe its high time We began to try new things since the status quo has brought us to the edge of the abyss socially and economically.

    Because he is anti-establishment, Mr. Paul will need a tremendous amount of supprt at the grassroots level. He is also a much better alternative than the “lesser of two evils” described above. Don’t take my word for it any more than anyone else’s. Do the research and decide whether you want a President who served in uniform and later produced a consistent professional record as both a physician and Congressman or another multi-millionaire candidate who will do everything in his power to stay in power regardless of the effect it has on We The People and our country. The alarm clock is sounding. It’s time to wake up and take back our freedom and our country. The choice is still ours.

    • http://www.constitutionparty.com Maria

      Ron Paul is NOT strong enough on Immigration issues. In his book “Liberty Defined”, he states: “immigrants that can’t be sent back due to the magnitude of the problem should not be given citizenship — no amnesty should be granted. Maybe a ‘green card’ with an asterisk should be issued…. It could be argued that [this system] may well allow some immigrants who come here illegally a beneficial status without automatic citizenship or tax-supported benefits — a much better option than deportation.” – not when we have 22 million unemployed Americans!

      • Jonathan

        As I mentioned, it is important to read and reflect upon his ideas since he has voted consistently throughout his Congressional career. Sure there will be specific issues that you or I many not agree with but the essence of his message is about restoring the Constitution, small government, and power to the people. I sincerely hope more people like you are willing to discuss the issues relevant to our country as we enter into this next election cycle. Thanks for your thoughts.

      • Justin

        Wow, you are obviously only interested in discrediting Dr. Paul. Shame on you for smearing an honorable man. It is highly improper for anyone to merely quote that part of that section of that chapter of the book.

        For starters, in that section of the book, Dr. Paul has already laid out the case regarding the logistical difficulties that would be faced in actually trying to deport all illegal aliens. Even so, he does not rule out the concept of deportation, he simply acknowledges the reality that it is not as simple as it may seem.

        He then goes on to lay out 13 other suggestions for addressing the illegal immigration situation, including ending federal mandates to provide free services (thus removing a large incentive for why so many of “them” come here in the first place), abolishing the welfare state (to create the incentive for Americans to actually take the jobs that they currently won’t take and which illegals tend to fill), enforce the laws that are already on the books, end birthright citizenship, empower the states, and on and on.

        In the midst of all this, the passage you quoted appears as a clear case of him simply opining (thinking out loud) about some *possible” humanitarian ways to address the more difficult cases. And even in this context, his comments are highly qualified. In any event, he presents all of this as his humble opinion, again acknowledging that it is a difficult situation that may require some thinking outside the box. But weak on immigration? I don’t think so. In fact, he appears to be the only candidate who has actually put some thought into it beyond offering up cutesy sound bites.

        Of course, he does go on right there in that very section to explain how some people would consider that to be too harsh, while others would say it’s too generous. Once again, Dr. Paul nails it with 100% accuracy, as your comment has proven. Busted!

        Everyone: I highly recommend you get that book and read it for yourself so you can know what Ron Paul really says and not be sucked into the lies about what people SAY he says.

        We’re talking about the last honest man in Washington, which is why there are always such concerted attacks to try to silence or discredit him. But his voice is worthy of your attention, even if you don’t ultimately vote for him. In any event, please don’t let others deceive you. God bless.

    • Pauly

      Paul is a fake. He voted for the Afgan. invasion and he believes the official story of 911. Grow up, you remind me of the obahma worshippers. You are a fool if you think the Paul could “end the fed” etc. just because the little people voted him in office. We are doomed, give up your fantasy.

      • Johnny Lee

        C’mon Pauly, you came fabricate some better lies than this. And as far as being doomed, you probably are with this kind of ridiculous attack. Some of us however, will fight to the death for liberty, right along side both Dr. Pauls. Fantasy? Not hardly.

      • Big Mack

        So… What is the “non-government” version of 911? Please support your conspiracy allegations with some facts, too, instead of spouting the usual un-provable B. S. theories…

      • Big Mack

        I might also add that Popular Science debunked every single conspiracy theory in a 2-hour televised broadcast, backed with non-biased scientific facts. Perhaps you went to bed early that evening and missed it…

  • PatriotRider

    Democrats & Republicans are simply 2 heads of the same snake…

  • mondobeyondo

    I thought he was Katy Perry’s father. *chuckle*

  • A Dodgy Bloke

    A Pod Cast I listen to predicted Perry was going to run eight months ago. The Pod Caster lived in Texas and was not happy in the way Perry ran things, he said Perry would run and would more than likely win. I saw Rick Perry speak online over the weekend and I got all kinds of George Bush flashbacks. Bush said all the right things carried around a Bible under his arm, but can anybody see any difference between George Bush’s policies and Barry O’s because I can’t.

    • Momma G in Texas

      I would appreciate it if you could provide a link. I’m a Texan too and have great interest in Perry wanting to run. I smell something in the air…..

  • Tim

    Wow, I had no idea. Thanks for this very informative article.

  • nader paul kucinich gravel mckinney baldwin

    Rick Perry and Glenn Beck
    the Neocon smear of
    Debra Medina

  • Randy

    Non-sense… and if Texas is sooooo in debt, what say you about the other states? Texas is probably one of the most stable states in the union…

    • Admin

      Randy:

      A large number of states are on the verge of financial collapse.

      Things don’t look good at all on the state level.

      Michael

  • bert

    absolutely right about rick perry!!

  • http://gunbanobama.com/ Ron

    Top notch analysis of this phony, he is just another GW Bush and that is NOT good.

    Perry OK’d the MILITARY STYLE invadion of a Church ranch and 440 children were removed from their parents, in a state raid that the courts ultimately struck down.

    Sorry but that was an act of TERROR against the 1st Amendment.
    The MSM always goes along DEMONIZING the victims, just as with Waco and Ruby Ridge.

  • Mari

    I thought Perry did just recently sign the Merck pre-teen sex vaccine into law in the last couple of weeks.

  • Mari

    NM. Looks like there have been numerous repostings lately of the 2007 story.

  • Edward

    He is a Paedophile, a globalist and a Satanist!!! That should be reason enough not to vote for his!

    • Big Mack

      Some proof of your unsupported allegations of Perry’s Pedophilia and Satanism would have given you a bit of credibility. As it stands now, you look like an idiot…

  • Noah Vaile

    More of the same supported by the media and the “centrists” in the republicant (yes, I meant the “t”, as in ‘replicant’) party.
    It is not a happy party. It is a self-destructive and cowardly party.
    Beware another McCaine.

  • blaine knapp

    This article was awesome until you cited Wikipedia!!

    • Admin

      Sorry about that! :)

      Michael

  • Gary

    just what we need, another Texas governor cowboy. That really worked out well the last time. NOT! (unless you are rich) How many people have died in Bushes war of choice?

    The Texas Economic Miracle the right wing brags about all the new jobs they fail to mention that a LARGE percentage are shit low pay walmart mcdonalds jobs.

    What is the poverty rate in Texas again?

    East Texas is indistinguishable from Mississippi.

    PS-Why is Mississippi a basket case and the state denigrated so often and the state in last place for all the good rankings? I know the repubes run it but man oh man. Its the state no one wants to be like. I should go there and see sometime.

  • Shel

    Rick is also a member of the CFR

  • Josh Duhamel

    Wow. Plagiarize from Alex Jones much?

    http://www.infowars.com/14-reasons-why-rick-perry-would-be-a-really-really-bad-president/

    You didn’t even bother to attribute the source.

    • Admin

      Josh:

      That is my article. If you will notice they even credit my website as being the author.

      There is a link to the original article right at the top of the Infowars article.

      Infowars.com and prisonplanet.com run my articles all the time.

      Michael

  • JMac

    I am a progressive who actually canvassed for Obama because I thought he would go after the banks and the corrosive money in the system. So much for that pipe dream. I would vote for Ron Paul if he ran. He is the ONLY national politician standing up against the banking cartel and the military industrial complex. Rick Perry is a neo con. He is a complete and total fraud, just like almost all republicans and democrats.

    • http://www.InfiniteWellnessChiro.com aljamdc

      Ron Paul is running and you can vote for him in the Republican primaries even if you have never voted Republican before. They’re calling them Blue Republicans – those Democrats and independents that are voting for Ron Paul in the Republican primaries just this one time to make sure that we don’t have to pick between the lesser of two evils come general election time…

  • John Taylor

    You forgot Perry’s support of the Trans Texas Corridor and land expropriation in support of.

  • Emery

    But the Bilderbergers like him? :)

    This just in – Republicans are just as gullible as Democrats.

    My boss came up to me yesterday talking roses about Gov. Perry. He is dimwit on the right that is completely controlled by the Fox propaganda machine. I have on numerous occasion pointed out to him that Fox is just propaganda for the right but he is typical of so many “conservatives”. He has no ability to think for himself. When confronted with the truth his eyes glaze over as if something short circuited in his brain. He is spoon fed ideas from Fox and then he repeats them as if he thought of them himself. He possesses an arrogant hubris typical of both the left and right that prevents him from seeing the fool he is played for. So if people think Republicans are going to save us from the approaching economic disaster – they are sadly mistaken. Globalist like Perry helped create it.

    Liked this comment!
    “dimwits to the right of me, idiots to the left of me and fools all around.”

  • Lilly

    If we have a choice of one party – a International socialist of the Perry or Obama variety, at least with a Republican, the main stream media will not be serving as his campaign manager throughout his term. They will try to harm his reputation by reporting when he pulls dictator. They did not even report when Obama, by executive order, imposed the “dream act” via Executive Order this week which was rejected by Congress. If a Republican violated the constitution like that, the media would be after his head. Also Obama violating the constitution in going to war against Libya w/o congressional approval…If Perry did that, the media would be ape over it and rile the public. We are better with an opposition party to the media in power.

    • Momma G

      Great point Lily!

  • Jo_Blow

    I live in Houston and all this is true. Everywhere you go in Houston nowadays, it seems you have to pay tolls. The education system sucks. Texas may have work, but the state law sides with corporate interest, especially the oil rich companies like Baker Hughes, Halliburton, National Oilwell Varco this allows them to break every law in the book! They preach ethics to their employees, but they themselves are constantly sued over taking bribes, etc. They hate older workers here, and the ration of the unemployed is probably the highest in the country for Hispanics and Blacks. Lot’s of descrimination from white employees (talk to anyone who’s worked for Marathon). No real opportunities for minorities, everyone of these companies hire 1 or 2 blacks in management to fill their quotas and ratio is the worst in the nation probably 99.9 percent white management.

    They love ass kissers and back stabbers in the workplace so it doesn’t matter if you are a hard worker, it really gets you nowhere. In short, the management in corporate Texas think they own the world and abuse their power over workers, it really is a dictatorship at these companies.

    • dWheel

      They love ass kissers and back stabbers in the workplace so it doesn’t matter if you are a hard worker, it really gets you nowhere.

      Well that is all over America. Seems they teach this to college business students because it comes from the top down in fortune 500 company’s. It’s especially prevalent & obvious with the gay and lesbian business professionals. Really quite disgusting to work in such environments. Now it’s spreading to the military, so I hear.

    • Nan

      Blacks are very often in positions of authority. My son works at a company that has a black lady as one of the bosses. She doesn’t know what she is doing, but she is black. My son has to show her how to do many things. The company also has a 85 year old man working there. No discrimination except towards whites. Almost all school and city buses are driven by blacks..post office mostly minority workers…the list goes on and on.

  • http://HTML Deborah

    Maybe the fact that we’ve had three major hurricanes hit portions of Texas and several tropical storms that caused catastrophic damage to our infrastructure…has something to do with Texas’ debt. We still don’t have state income tax. We absorbed at least 350,000 people from Katrina that have just stayed. If Texas has problems, we will work our way through them without socialism. Fox News is the only news channel that isn’t propoganda. I disagree with much of what this article put forth as fact. It is another attempt to disunify Texans and is the opposite of other facts and statistics that I’ve studied.

    • MoronBasher

      Really, Fox News (or as its most commonly referred to anymore: Faux News) isn’t a propaganda machine… really? Wow, and here I wonder how and why my nation – my beloved Republic – is in the crapper. Its no wonder — look at how many lemmings just follow the leader right off the ledge… but, at least the good people of Faux are there to tell you what to think about it. Sad, really sad… my 8 year old nephew can do better “Fact Checking” than the morons at Faux.

  • buck

    When someone knocks on your door or rather knocks the door down you will know why…talking about Pecos Perry. Pecos is a master at winning elections and his campaigns are among the most nasty. I was disgusted to learn Pecos and Kay Bailey Hutchinson spent nearly $30 million between them or should I say between the cronies during the gubernatorial primaries last March. We could put some serious weaponry along the Rio Grande for that kind of cash!

    Here is something to think about and remember Perry should he choose to make a run at the WH:

    http://www.worldviewweekend.com/worldview-times/article.php?articleid=7261

    • Big Mack

      $30 million was less than all the out-of-state unions spent in their laughable losing cause in Wisconsin last week in a non-election year recall. That amount was more than the 2 candidates spent when running for the office of Governor there. $30 million is chump change in Texas…

  • tom

    Great article exposing this NWO globalist elitist posing as a GOP savior; we certainly don’t need another GW Bush nor an illegal alien Indonesian citizen named Barry Soetoro(Obama) for another 4 years; don’t think our nation can survive more over-reaching tyranny.

    V for Victory! You are the resistance against mega-corporation, mega-banksters, mega-pharma tyranny controlling every aspect of our lives. Learn more and join at:

    http://www.infowars.com

    • MoronBasher

      … I cannot believe that people are still DOWN RIGHT IGNORANT enough to CONTINUE to claim that Barack Obama is not an American. EVEN IF HE WERE NOT BORN IN THE UNITED STATES, THE FACT REMAINS THAT HE CAME OUT OF AN AMERICAN VAGINA — WHICH MAKES HIM AN AMERICAN BY BIRTH. You IDIOT!

  • http://www.AmericansforTruth.com AFTAH

    Americans for Truth about Homosexuality

    Gov. Rick Perry signed pro-homosexual “hate crimes” bill into law in Texas

    http://americansfortruth.com/2011/06/22/gov-rick-perry-signed-pro-homosexual-hate-crimes-bill-into-law-in-texas/

    • MoronBasher

      Good, he should have. Bigots have no place in the mainstream of American ideals… And no state has more bigots per capita than grand ole Texas.

      • Momma G in Texas

        First of all, I’m sure your state has it fair share of bigots. Seeing your comments here on the board tells me you are intolerant of anything that is contrary to your ideals. That is a bigot.

        Second, no law should be made in defense of someone because of race, sex, or ethnicity. If someone attacks someone then it is wrong. It matters not if it was because they were gay, straight, black or white. What matters is that the act itself was wrong. According to your ideals; if a black lesbian woman is beaten then the attackers should get punished more than say if the victim was a white straight male. That in itself is discriminating. Think of your answers before you spew them out. You are just making yourself look like a…bigot.

      • mark

        Perry is a bigot? You are so mistaken it stinks. The National Council of Hispanics has endorsed Perry for President. He has said the Arizona immigration law is not necessary for Texas, he said we have a long border and a good relationship with Mexico. Do you call this a person who is a bigot? You need to go back to school.

        • dWheel

          I don’t know if Perry is a bigot or not but those reasons you stated that he’s not are all good reasons not to support Perry for a presidential candidate.

  • Derek Hendrickson

    The number one reason being his abuse of power and the office of Governor when he ord…ered 600+ children kidnapped by State agents from their parents and homes of the FLDS in Texas. Only a federal judge was able to declare the act unConstitutional and work to have him stopped and the children returned. What was Perry’s statement ? “I’d do it again” ! This man absolutely does not need the power of the office of President, he would attempt this same principle on a national basis. Remember our forefathers warning, “power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely”.

  • nclady

    GO MITT!!

  • DeborahTexas

    Perry is a RINO and if I’d had anyone else to vote for I would have in the last election. However, we had a NATZI running against Perry, writing love letters to Obama on how he’d increase taxes in the billions on Texas to send to the Arab African/HAMAS/MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD supporter in the WH.
    Perry does not need to be in the WH…Ron Paul does. I’ll throw my support behind Ron Paul because, according to Homeland security, I’M A TERRORIST if I am a Ron Paul supporter….I guess being a terrorist against communisim ain’t a bad thing to be. Perry IS with the Bilderberg group, and came back from that meeting and stole land from Texans to give the European Union a friggin highway.

  • Mark

    …GREAT..THAT’S ALL WE NEED..YET ANOTHER PRESIDENT FROM TEXAS..THIS COUNTRY REALLY HATES ITSELF..IT DESERVES WHAT IT GETS..

  • azjenn

    I find all this very interesting b/c these are things which I never knew about Perry or Paul. I realize that many of the comments are “slightly” slanted…however, I try to take everything that I know or think I know into account when I vote for someone. Perry is Now definitey out of the picture unless I hear more positive things about him

  • Oliver Klozzoff

    Stumbled onto this pretty pathetic site. Not sure what the political orientation is, but obviously mostly lefty commenters. The 14 reasons given against a Perry presidency are at best very very thinly substantiated, and some are downright false or misleading. Now I am not a Perry supporter by any means, but if you are going to take shots at a potential presidential candidate, you need to do a much better job. I don’t think there’s a single comment that contributes truly helpful information. It may be that this site is not especially serious, and is content to entertain a bunch of lightweights. That’s ok. But for people scouring the internet for some honest information that can be backed up with unassailable sources, it would be much more productive. I do not consider Rachel Maddow, Bill O’Reilly or Wikipedia reliable sources. Enough said.

  • http://www.willisms.com/archives/2011/06/trivia_tidbit_o_932.html Tea Party Junkie

    So many of these reasons are total and complete bunk. Just outright lies.

    Perhaps the most glaring are the tax ones– Rick Perry signed the biggest tax cut in Texas history, and Americans for Tax Reform (which opposes higher taxes under any circumstances) will vouch for Perry’s tax cutting record.

    On debt, Texas has the 4th lowest per capita state debt level in America. I have no idea where this “debt clock” website gets its data, but it is wrong if it shows California with a lower debt. That doesn’t even pass the smell test.

    You should read this: http://www.willisms.com/archives/2011/06/trivia_tidbit_o_932.html or this: http://texanomics.blogspot.com/ instead.

  • http://www.modernmessenger.org Gillman

    As a christian man, I am certainly not apposed to praying for our nation. We obviously need it! BUT what I am opposed to is a two faced poser playing the conservative christian card, acting like God is affiliated or has special favor with a political party.He is “prostituting” for political tricks and the church had better wake up and stand ALONE!

  • Ron Paul, Yes, Rick Perry NO

    Rick Perry is the lesser of two evils.

  • Jay in Texas

    Deborah is right. More and more people are seeing Perry for what he is. Ron Paul is true to his colors and ideals.

  • JMac hit the nail on the head

    JMac,

    You are so right. We have to mobilize our communities to field candidates who are honest and right like Ron Paul.

  • John

    Thanks for this great article.

    The nation, and even some sleepy Texans are waking up to the truth about slick Rick!

  • Paul

    Obviously mostly liberals. Amazing why Texans, if Perry is soooo bad, would reelect him 3 times? Of all the creative genius in the Longhorn state, surely some one could have beaten him if he was so bad. I agree with Oliver, Perry would be so much better that BO. Liberals can never justify what BO does, just demean his opposition.

  • mec

    Whether or not Pery gives a flip about American Exceptionalism, Almighty Gawd or anything else, he at least knows how to make the right noises. Obama makes noises about Internationalism, the United Nations and Government Uber Alles.
    Politicians are, by nature, giant, stinking bowell movements. Perry is likely not worth a crap but, he’s far better than the Post-American ideologes the Democrats worship at each election cycle.

  • d gevanter

    rick perry should be president of the new republic of texas. The average IQ in the U.S. would go up significantly

  • mark

    Whoever wrote this article does not know what they are talking about. Perry is the only governor in the USa history to hold a three term Presidency. He is head of the National Governor’ Association. This is not the record of a man who is hated by the majority in his state. As far as hispanics and illegal immigration go, Perry has said there will be no Arizona immigration law for Texas .He said we have a long border with Mexico and the Arizona law is not necessary for Texas. The National Council of Hispanics in Texas has endorsed Perry for President. Texas has supplied half of the jobs in the USa for the last two years. Texas has never declined badly as other states have in the terrible economic problem this country has suffered. There is a reason for this, Most Texas politicians obviously know what they are doing when it comes to teh economy. Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas-Fort Worth are the top three cites in the USa to which people are flocking for work. So you say Perry will make a bad President? You haven’t an iota of truth in what you are saying.

  • Curious Liberal

    I’m an Obama supporter and have come with a simple, non-inflammatory question. I don’t Perry either, for obvious reasons, but there’s an inconsistency in this list and conservative ideals that seems to elude the author.

    #4 points out that certain roads are already ‘free to drive’, and that toll roads are a bad idea. But the problem here is that those roads *aren’t* free, they’re paid for by taxes. But then, you don’t want to raise taxes… a lot of the problem around the country, both at the state level and national level, is that taxes have been cut so severely by past Republican leadership that certain basic government services are no longer serviceable without taking on debt. As such, a lot of the nation’s infrastructure (Texas included) has suffered, since there’s simply no money to renovate the roads. The inconsistency, then, is that either we raise taxes to the appropriate level to pay for the roads, or you privatize them, in which case, there will be a toll. As it were, there’s no such thing as free. This seems like a classic want-to-have-the-cake-and-eat-it-too scenario. What’s the deal?

    • Big Mack

      Thank you for bringing some sanity into this discussion. ALL roads are user-funded. Period. If you do not drive, you do not pay for the roads with fuel taxes, registration or pro-rate taxes, heavy use taxes (for trucks), and excise taxes on tires and motor oil.

      Toll roads are also user-funded, via tolls that are collected to pay back the bondholders who paid for the construction of the road and to also maintain the roadway. Users can apply for a partial rebate of the fuel taxes paid if the toll road mileage is documented.

      Last year, I received fuel tax rebates totalling over $3,000 from various toll roads I drove upon in 10 states.

      Nothing is ever “free.”

    • StuckinTX

      The problem is taking roads that taxpayers ALREADY PAID FOR, then turning them into toll roads. That is double-taxation as far as I’m concerned. (Look up Toll Party articles. This has been a controversy in TX for years.)

      Everyone seems to be in awe about Rick Perry’s prayer rally. That prayer rally was a calculated political move. If he was so concerned about America, why wait until right before he declares his candidacy to stage the event? We could have used prayers ever since 9/11, or how about since the recession started in 2008? I don’t seem to recall Tricky Ricky holding any prayer services then. Nope. He knew he was going to have to go further right than the other candidates to garner the Conservative-Christian vote. What better way than to stand behind a pulpit???

      This article brings up good points, but as usual, people need to do some research for themselves. This wasn’t mentioned in the article, but look up the Formula One race track deal in Austin this past year…back door deals and cronyism at their finest.

      As for me, I don’t trust him as far as I can spit. I won’t vote for him even if he does win the nomination. I just hope that republicans wise up and select someone who has the best interest of this country at heart, not someone who wants to line their own pockets and those of their friends.

      By the way, a large proportion of the new jobs in Texas are in the retail sector, which means minimum wage with NO benefits. Companies are moving here because of corporate tax breaks and cheap labor. Not too friendly to the workers in Texas. Most people I know have to work 2 or 3 jobs to make ends meet.

  • KLV

    http://iowahawk.typepad.com/iowahawk/

    Longhorns 17, Badgers 1

    Please pardon this brief departure from my normal folderol, but every so often a member of the chattering class issues a nugget of stupidity so egregious that no amount of mockery will suffice. Particularly when the issuer of said stupidity holds a Nobel Prize.

    Case in point: Paul Krugman. The Times’ staff economics blowhard recently typed, re the state of education in Texas:

    And in low-tax, low-spending Texas, the kids are not all right. The high school graduation rate, at just 61.3 percent, puts Texas 43rd out of 50 in state rankings. Nationally, the state ranks fifth in child poverty; it leads in the percentage of children without health insurance. And only 78 percent of Texas children are in excellent or very good health, significantly below the national average.

    Similarly, The Economist passes on what appears to be the cut-‘n’-paste lefty factoid du jour:

    Only 5 states do not have collective bargaining for educators and have deemed it illegal. Those states and their ranking on ACT/SAT scores are as follows:

    South Carolina – 50th
    North Carolina – 49th
    Georgia – 48th
    Texas – 47th
    Virginia – 44th

    If you are wondering, Wisconsin, with its collective bargaining for teachers, is ranked 2nd in the country.

    The point being, I suppose, is that unionized teachers stand as a thin chalk-stained line keeping Wisconsin from descending into the dystopian non-union educational hellscape of Texas. Interesting, if it wasn’t complete bullshit.

    As a son of Iowa, I’m no stranger to bragging about my home state’s ranking on various standardized test. Like Wisconsin we Iowans usually rank near the top of the heap on average ACT/SAT scores. We are usually joined there by Minnesota, Nebraska, and the various Dakotas; Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire…

    … beginning to see a pattern? Perhaps because a state’s “average ACT/SAT” is, for all intents and purposes, a proxy for the percent of white people who live there. In fact, the lion’s share of state-to-state variance in test scores is accounted for by differences in ethnic composition. Minority students – regardless of state residence – tend to score lower than white students on standardized test, and the higher the proportion of minority students in a state the lower its overall test scores tend to be.

    Please note: this has nothing to do with innate ability or aptitude. Quite to the contrary, I believe the test gap between minority students and white students can be attributed to differences in socioeconomic status. And poverty. And yes, racism. And yes, family structure. Whatever combination of reasons, the gap exists, and it’s mathematical sophistry to compare the combined average test scores in a state like Wisconsin (4% black, 4% Hispanic) with a state like Texas (12% black, 30% Hispanic).

    So how to compare educational achievement between two states with such dissimilar populations? In data analysis this is usually done by treating ethnicity as a “covariate.” A very simple way to do this is by comparing educational achievement between states within the same ethnic group. In other words, do black students perform better in Wisconsin than Texas? Do Hispanic students perform better in Wisconsin or Texas? White students? If Wisconsin’s kids consistently beat their Texas counterparts, after controlling for ethnicity, then there’s a strong case that maybe Texas schools ought to become a union shop.

    Luckily, there is data to answer this question via the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP). The NAEP is an annual standardized test given to 4th and 8th graders around the country to measure proficiency in math, science, and reading. Participation is fairly universal; if you’ve had a 4th or 8th grader in the last few years, you’re probably familiar with it. Results are compiled on the NAEP website, broken down by grade, state, subject and ethnicity.

    So how does brokeass, dumbass, redneck Texas stack up against progressive unionized Wisconsin?

    2009 4th Grade Math

    White students: Texas 254, Wisconsin 250 (national average 248)
    Black students: Texas 231, Wisconsin 217 (national 222)
    Hispanic students: Texas 233, Wisconsin 228 (national 227)

    2009 8th Grade Math

    White students: Texas 301, Wisconsin 294 (national 294)
    Black students: Texas 272, Wisconsin 254 (national 260)
    Hispanic students: Texas 277, Wisconsin 268 (national 260)

    2009 4th Grade Reading

    White students: Texas 232, Wisconsin 227 (national 229)
    Black students: Texas 213, Wisconsin 192 (national 204)
    Hispanic students: Texas 210, Wisconsin 202 (national 204)

    2009 8th Grade Reading

    White students: Texas 273, Wisconsin 271 (national 271)
    Black students: Texas 249, Wisconsin 238 (national 245)
    Hispanic students: Texas 251, Wisconsin 250 (national 248)

    2009 4th Grade Science

    White students: Texas 168, Wisconsin 164 (national 162)
    Black students: Texas 139, Wisconsin 121 (national 127)
    Hispanic students: Wisconsin 138, Texas 136 (national 130)

    2009 8th Grade Science

    White students: Texas 167, Wisconsin 165 (national 161)
    Black students: Texas 133, Wisconsin 120 (national 125)
    Hispanic students: Texas 141, Wisconsin 134 (national 131)

    To recap: white students in Texas perform better than white students in Wisconsin, black students in Texas perform better than black students in Wisconsin, Hispanic students in Texas perform better than Hispanic students in Wisconsin. In 18 separate ethnicity-controlled comparisons, the only one where Wisconsin students performed better than their peers in Texas was 4th grade science for Hispanic students (statistically insignificant), and this was reversed by 8th grade. Further, Texas students exceeded the national average for their ethnic cohort in all 18 comparisons; Wisconsinites were below the national average in 8, above average in 8.

    Perhaps the most striking thing in these numbers is the within-state gap between white and minority students. Not only did white Texas students outperform white Wisconsin students, the gap between white students and minority students in Texas was much less than the gap between white and minority students in Wisconsin. In other words, students are better off in Texas schools than in Wisconsin schools – especially minority students.

    Conclusion: instead of chanting slogans in Madison, maybe it’s time for Wisconsin teachers to take refresher lessons from their non-union counterparts in the Lone Star State.

  • Mauibrad

    The guy’s a fake, plane and simple. Thanks for the article.

  • Mauibrad

    The guy’s a fake, plain and simple. Thanks for the article.

  • KLV

    Did you actually look at what the US Debt Clock said before you stated what you did?

    Excerpt from article:
    “#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.”

    The US Debt Clock Number specifically say “State & LOCAL” debt. I presume that is Local Government debt as well.

    http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-clocks/state-of-texas-debt-clock.html
    Texas
    Debt to GDP = 18.67%
    Debt per Citizen = $8,425

    http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-clocks/state-of-california-debt-clock.html
    California
    Debt to GDP = 19.23%
    Debt per Citizen = $10,010

    • SeaOx

      Thank you for calling this guy out. It is very apparent that the author of this article is completely biased and has purposefully attepted to deceive mindless readers.

  • KLV

    It’s interesting that Newsweek and the Washington Post both say Texas has some of the best schools in the country.

    HERE’S A SHOCKER: Republican States Have The Best Public Schools In The Country, By A Long Shot
    http://www.businessinsider.com/shocking-red-states-have-the-best-public-schools-in-the-country-by-a-long-shot-2011-6

    Excerpt:
    “When it come to excellence in education, red states rule—at least according to a panel of experts assembled by Tina Brown’s Newsweek.
    Using a set of indicators ranging from graduation rate to college admissions and SAT scores, the panel reviewed data from high schools all over the country to find the best public schools in the country.

    The results make depressing reading for the teacher unions: The very best public high schools in the country are heavily concentrated in red states.

    Three of the nation’s ten best public high schools are in Texas—the no-income tax, right-to-work state that blue model defenders like to characterize as America at its worst. Florida, another no-income tax, right-to-work state long misgoverned by the evil and rapacious Bush dynasty, has two of the top ten schools.
    Newsweek isn’t alone with these shocking results.

    Another top public school list, compiled by the Washington Post, was issued in May. Texas and Florida rank number one and number two on that list’s top ten as well.”

    • KA

      Rofl, are you kidding, or just stupid?
      You realize your so called source polled 10 specific high schools and omitted the other 20,000+ high schools in the country.

      The best colleges are concentrated *heavily* in the Northeast and California. If you had half a brain, you’d actually find information from Washingtonpost / Newsweek and not a third party site that claims to quote something indirectly that might just possibly be credible.

      Shit, people like you are the reason why America is beginning to suck. You don’t even know how to cite a source properly, and when you cite one, you don’t even comprehend what you’ve read.
      L2degree.

      • SeaOx

        KLV mentioned public schools, not colleges.

  • Texan for American Liberty

    Rick Perry is a phony and a crony.

  • dWheel

    Rick Perry the Bilderberg group’s Republican candidate-in-waiting. Perry is a globalist.

  • LadyImpactOhio

    Why then are all the jobs and companies flocking to Texas? Texas has no corporate income tax and has balanced its budget. The writer is misinformed.

    • LoneStarBuckeye

      You are so right !! Texas has been held as an example for other states to follow but sadly, places like CA and IL ignore what works and what doesn’t, evident by the so-called losers in DC who are destroying our country by over spending like a kid in a candy shop. A liberal friend posted on FB a while back, “everyone knows you have to spend more money to create jobs”. Hello loser… you can’t spend what you don’t have and what Obama has done so far has NOT worked in America (although it has helped jobs in other countries).. Pay attention to what Perry has done folks… research well and you will see, he is a winner more than he is a loser.

    • Curtis

      Yeah, there’s an awful lot of misinformation in this article.

      Texas employment rates aren’t as good as they could be largely because in time of recession, people flock to the state. Jobs are much better in Texas than most other places. Texas has created almost one third of the jobs in the NATION since the recovery began. Which means a lot of other states are sucking wind.

      Texas has the highest amount of minimum wage employees, true. What is the cost of living in Texas? Because that plays directly into livability. Let me answer that… Texas’ cost of living is second best in the nation, behind Oklahoma. Furthermore, many of those minimum wage jobs are “service industry” jobs that receive gratuities – hence NOT minimum wage. NOW compare Texas to California, or any other state for that matter. Honestly, a minimum wage dollar in Texas is worth almost twice that in California. If you compare salaries vs. cost of living as a percentage, Texas is one of the best places in the nation to work.

      This article is very slanted, and doesn’t really take into account actual fiscal dynamics. As Texans know, Perry has done a good job, and why he was reelected.

      PS. Ron Paul is a nutbar.

      • Marc Starcke

        Why is Ron Paul a nutbar? Because he’s antiwar and antiLIES? Who’s the nutbar? Look in the mirror

  • E Howard Bailey

    If the average American could read this, ANYBODY could defeat the muzzie in 2012:

    BILLIONS FOR JIHAD!

    Obama’s 2009 Supplemental Appropriations for Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Pandemic Flu was revised and “passed by the full committee.”
    It gives billions http://creepingsharia.wordpress.com/2009/05/13/obamas-supplemental-bill-passes-gives-billions-to-enemies/
    of U.S. taxpayer dollars to countries and entities that support Sharia law and/or harbor, hide and support those who want to destroy the U.S. and our allies.
    Read the summary from David Obey’s office that was quietly released last week with nary a word from any media.

    • $3.6 billion, matching the request, to expand and improve capabilities of the Afghan security forces

    • $400 million, as requested, to build the counterinsurgency capabilities of the Pakistani security forces

    • Afghanistan: $1.52 billion, $86 million above the request

    • West Bank and Gaza: $665 million in bilateral economic, humanitarian, and security assistance for the West Bank and Gaza

    • Jordan: $250 million, $250 million above the request, including $100 million for economic and $150 million for security assistance

    • Egypt: $360 million, $310 million above the request, including $50 million for economic assistance, $50 million for border security, and $260 million for security assistance

    • Pakistan: $1.9 billion, $591 million above the request

    • Iraq: $968 million, $336 million above the request

    • Oversight: $20 million, $13 million above the request, to expand oversight capacity of the State Department, USAID, and the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan to review programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq
    • Lebanon: $74 million

    • International Food Assistance: $500 million, $200 million above the request, for PL 480 international food assistance to alleviate suffering during the global economic crisis

    • Refugee Assistance: $343 million, $50 million above the request, …including humanitarian assistance for Gaza. Funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency programs in the West Bank and Gaza is limited to $119 million (Note: Gaza = Hamas)

    • Disaster Assistance: $200 million to avert famines and provide life-saving assistance during natural disasters and for internally displaced people around the world, including Somalia, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia, the Middle East and South Asia

    •Peacekeeping: $837 million for United Nations
    peacekeeping operations, including an expanded mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a new mission in Chad and the Central African Republic

    • Department of Justice: $17 million, matching the request, for counter-terrorism activities and to provide training and assistance for the Iraqi criminal justice system
    The mainstream media remains silent on this but the International News has now picked up the story http://www.thenews.com.pk/top_story_detail.asp?Id=22164
    — and then there is Obama’s $108 billion IMF bailout scheme http://michellemalkin.com/2009/05/13/obamas-100-billion-imf-bailout-scheme/
    in addition to the Supplemental.
    And THIS is what Obama is doing to American taxpayers:
    THE BIGGEST TAX HIKE IN AMERICAN HISTORY:
    http://www.atr.org/days-thebr-largest-tax-hikes-history-a5370
    PDF Version:
    http://www.atr.org/files/files/090310pr-jan2011taxes.pdf
    Obama gives your tax dollars to rebuild Muslim mosques around the world
    http://canadafreepress.com/index.php/article/26990#

    ACCORDING TO THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION WILL GIVE AWAY NEARLY $6 MILLION OF AMERICAN TAX DOLLARS TO RESTORE 63 HISTORIC AND CULTURAL SITES, INCLUDING ISLAMIC MOSQUES AND MINARETS, IN 55 NATIONS. See the State Department document here.
    http://exchanges.state.gov/media/pdfs/office-of-policy-and-evaluations/ambassadors-fund/afcp2010list.pdf

    .

  • jimsdun

    So who is worse? Perry or Romney?

  • Tod

    Thanks for the point by point. I clicked the debt clock on #2 and immediately saw that it did not correspond with with assertions in the article. It looks like Texas’ economy is booming and the debt is declining. I wish we could say the same about the rest of the country.

  • LoneStarBuckeye

    Thank you, Thank you !! Finally someone with some facts. There isn’t a single person out there that any of us will be completely happy with but Perry is 100% better than Joker McCain who needs to retire and quit polluting our country with his rhetoric as he laughs his way through his diatribe on the Hill. Nothing but a RINO !! I just hope and pray the RNC does better at picking a candidate next time because McCain was a horrible choice !! . I could easily vote for Perry over some of the others who have put themselves in the field. I so wish Allen West would run, though, he is my #1 pick, just have to try and get him to jump in and declare himself !! I love his “No PC”, something so refreshing after all these years of watching the cancer called political correctness that has destroyed the brain cells in so many people today.

    • BILL COWAN

      I, TOO, WISH ALLEN B. WEST WOULD TOSS HIS HAT INTO THE FRAY !!! AND …. the “rebuttal” to the 14 “reasons” not to vote for Perry, seemed to be on target …

    • Suzy Q

      The ‘Republican Party’ only wants ‘Ruling Class’ candidates so I doubt that we will see an Alan West or Sarah Palin on their ticket. I have not given a dime to the RNC since they gave us John McCain and don’t intend to. I abhor what they did to Christine O’Donnell in DE or Wilson in Alaska during the 2008 campaign. I donate directly to candidates who respect our Constitution and our sovereignty!

  • OneQuestion

    Rick Perry cannot be guaranteed to uphold the Constitution:

    Case and point:

    To FORCE anyone to be vaccinated or medicated is an example of a violation of basic freedom afforded by the Constitution.

    Even with a grain of salt “supposing” to be blinded by the desire to supposedly “save” 4000 women (mind you 30M young girls under 14) or far less than 1% is ridiculous and completely erroneous.

    We need a candidate who will stand unwavering for the Constitution which was written to protect “WE the People”

    Few can stand with Dr. Ron Paul on this…

    See for yourself.

    I would consider myself a conservative Christian who believes in a debt-free society/system of small governance.

  • Afi K. James

    We don’t want either political party in the white house.

    Rick Perry is a super globalist just like bushit and nobama.

    VOTE RON PAUL 2012.

    Our last Hope.

    • Linda Marion

      Wrong, Ron Paul is not the best candidate for President. We need someone fighting for the middle class people, someone who wants to get jobs back into america, someone who will fight for Medicare and Social Security, someone who is honest. We need a progressive. We need Bernie Sanders.

      • wanamoka

        You said it! We do need Bernie Sanders.

      • Wes

        I hop that’s a joke. Especially the Bernie Sanders part.

  • carbon dioxide

    If Perry is so wonderful why did he not support the Texas legistlature against the TSA? Rick Perry is a worthless globalist and supports the Federal Government more than state governments. Ye says a lot of great things with his lips but watch his actions. This man is a fraud pure and simple.

  • Vince

    Hey, Michael, I stopped reading when you tried to write off Bilderberg as a conspiracy. This meeting does happen yearly (it happened in Sweden this summer), its doors are closed to the public, and only politicians and business leaders deemed as friendly to the cause of global governance and control are invited. I hope you’re proud of yourself when you wake up and US sovereignty has fully vanished.

    • Michael

      Bilderberg 2011 was held in St Moritz Switzerland not Sweden! But it is real, it does happen and here’s a list of delegates from the U.S that attended the meetings this year in Switzerland.
      Alexander, Keith B., Director, National Security Agency
      Altman, Roger C., Chairman, Evercore Partners Inc.
      Bezos, Jeff, Founder and CEO, Amazon.com
      Collins, Timothy C., CEO, Ripplewood Holdings, LLC
      Feldstein, Martin S., George F. Baker Professor of Economics, Harvard University
      Hoffman, Reid, Co-founder and Executive Chairman, LinkedIn
      Hughes, Chris R., Co-founder, Facebook
      Jacobs, Kenneth M., Chairman & CEO, Lazard
      Johnson, James A., Vice Chairman, Perseus, LLC
      Jordan, Jr., Vernon E., Senior Managing Director, Lazard Frères & Co. LLC
      Keane, John M., Senior Partner, SCP Partners; General, US Army, Retired
      Kissinger, Henry A., Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Inc.
      Kleinfeld, Klaus, Chairman and CEO, Alcoa
      Kravis, Henry R., Co-Chairman and co-CEO, Kohlberg Kravis, Roberts & Co.
      Kravis, Marie-Josée, Senior Fellow, Hudson Institute, Inc.
      Li, Cheng, Senior Fellow and Director of Research, John L. Thornton China Center, Brookings Institution
      Mundie, Craig J., Chief Research and Strategy Officer, Microsoft Corporation
      Orszag, Peter R., Vice Chairman, Citigroup Global Markets, Inc.
      Perle, Richard N., Resident Fellow, American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
      Rockefeller, David, Former Chairman, Chase Manhattan Bank
      Rose, Charlie, Executive Editor and Anchor, Charlie Rose
      Rubin, Robert E., Co-Chairman, Council on Foreign Relations; Former Secretary of the Treasury
      Schmidt, Eric, Executive Chairman, Google Inc.
      Steinberg, James B., Deputy Secretary of State
      Thiel, Peter A., President, Clarium Capital Management, LLC
      Varney, Christine A., Assistant Attorney General for Antitrust
      Vaupel, James W., Founding Director, Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research
      Warsh, Kevin, Former Governor, Federal Reserve Board
      Wolfensohn, James D., Chairman, Wolfensohn & Company, LLC
      as well as
      Gates, Bill, Former Microsoft CEO, Head of the Gates Foundation ,USA
      Gates, Robert, US Secretary of Defense ,USA

      • Mike

        At last, someone with facts!!!! Thanks

      • Vince

        Thanks for the correction on the location, Michael. Easy mistake.

  • Curious

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

    Michael Smith’s answer is:

    Substituting “conspiracy theorists” for “voters”
    makes that
    statement correct.

    To Michael Smith: So what was he doing at the Bilderberg Meetings? This is NOT a group you want to be associated with.

  • Look it Up & See for Yourself

    Other critics of the cabal have also argued that Americans who attend should be arrested by U.S. authorities. Citing the Logan Act, which makes it a felony for Americans to formulate government policy with foreign officials, Bilderberg opponents have called for the prosecution of Texas Gov. Rick Perry — who will reportedly also attend the 2011 meeting — and many other American officials.

  • Josh

    Most of these are half-truths… you should read the sources of these articles. The debt-per-capita is only $8,000 not 11. And Texas does beat Cali.

  • Nathaniel

    Thanks for setting the record straight! This article was very deceiving and damaging to our chances of getting a real conservative elected in 2012. I appreciate how you spent so much time to unmask these lies using real facts and statistics.

    • StraightUp

      Yup, Allen West would rock this election and the Criminal in Chief off the charts. But he’s not running, and this list of the same lies keeps coming back after being completely explained or refuted and put into context making Perry look even better. So keep this lame list circulating, it’s giving him attention and proving that the desperate Perry destroyers are who we should listen to.. The guy they’re trying so hard to smear, is the biggest threat, so the left plants these lies to create fear. ha. thanks

      • Steve

        @StraightUp, Actually the establishments biggest fear is Ron Paul, who is the only candidate capable of saving this country. Check out Ron Paul http://www.RonPaul2012.com . Dr. Paul received more military contributions than all other candidates X 2. That should say something in itself. Dr. Paul also is considered the “Godfather” of the Tea Party and a Champion of the US Constitution. Ron Paul has consistent voting records, and started the “End The FED”, before the other candidates hopped on board such as Gingrich and Perry. http://www.DailyPaul.com is also a great source of information on Ron Paul. RON PAUL 2012!

  • http://aol.com american

    please dont let rick perry become president if the people of america cant see ehat the teaparty reps.are doing let me break it down 2 u they all ready droped the value of the american dollor thay want all americanc black white mex,etc 2 be poor and they be rich its in the bible pay your taxes.the tea party and the the rep. office needs 2 be on american greed, people so if u want 2 keep voting people devils like the do it u will see whats 2 happen in the end even the money wil be worthless unless they stop this noncence now.rick perry dont do it u r not a smart man .bush is your reiend 2 r u going 2 send 88 billion on a war that never shoul have took place times 3 and finish crasing the county? u r not a honest man.bush wasent ither 88billion 2 steel oil times 3 u do the math.

    • Matt

      Why should we listen to you?
      You don’t even know how to use capitals and puncuation!
      If you want to be taken seriously, learn BASIC grammar.
      Idiots like you are why we are in such trouble.

  • http://none Carol Yates

    What are your feelings about former senator Rick Santorum as president?

  • Stuart

    Don’t be a Perrasite!

  • JON

    I LIVE IN HOUSTON AND HAVE LIVED IN TEXAS ALL MY LIFE. I HAVE NOTICED THAT WHEN THE NATION IS IN A “RECESSION” WE ARE THE LAST STATE TO FEEL IT AND THE FIRST STATE TO COME OUT OF IT. IT’S DUE TO ATTRACTING BUSINESSES TO THE STATE WHICH BUSH AND PERRY HAVE DONE VERY WELL. THE REST OF THE NATION WOULD DO WELL TO NOTICE. MY CHILDREN ARE VERY WELL EDUCATED COMPARED TO MY RELATIVES IN OTHER STATES NOT TRYING TO BRAG AT ALL ,JUST I THINK THAT OUR STATE IS IN THE POSITION THAT ITS IN DUE TO THE GOVERNORS THAT WE’VE HAD WORKING FOR IT. I’LL VOTE PERRY, HANDS DOWN AGAINST OBAMA.

  • justine boone

    I begin resarching Perry, after seeing him this weekend on tv. at his big gethering. He put me in mind of Jim Jones of Jones.

    BAD FEELING !!!!!

  • Linda Marion

    That is why we need to elect a progressive. Bernie Sanders for President.

    • NH Patriot

      Bernie Sanders for US president??? That has to be the dumbest suggestion I’ve ever heard!

    • Suzy Q

      We see what Bernie’s ‘progressive’ (socialist) Bro Barrack is doing for the nation, don’t we? No thanks! I’ll give my own stuff away, thank you very much! I don’t need commies doing it for me!

  • Republican in Office

    I have only just begun doing research on Rick Perry. There are things that I like and things that I don’t. No one here will win the war, Republicans vs. Democrats. We will continue to believe what we want to believe. What I do believe is that we need a strong president in office who supports the military and increases spending for national security rather than spending money in other nations for theirs. I also believe we need a president in office who doesn’t just pour money into the economy under the veil of stimulus when it does nothing to actually address the root cause of the problem and then expect taxpayers to pay it back. I also believe in a free market and equal taxes for all people. I don’t believe it is fair to put heavier taxes on individuals who make more money simply because, through opportunity and/or hard work, they have achieved training and experience to be paid a higher salary. Illegal immigration, education, and the healthcare system will continue to be issues until we can stand united as a country to fix these issues instead of being so obsessed with fighting eachother and eachother’s party simply out of spite or the illusion of misconduct. Do people make mistakes, yes. Are there politicians that are corrupt, of course. What we are responsible for is making the best decision we can with the hand, and information, we are dealt. This article mentioned choosing the less of two evils. I don’t see it like that, but if you choose to, then until someone perfect and undisputed steps up to the plate, this will always be considered the presidential dilema we are faced with.

  • Anthony Miller

    Your article would be more credible if the President Obama was not compared with Bush and your statement about 4 more years of President Obama would be nightmare.

    A nightmare voting in someone like Bush again or someone who thinks corporations are people.

    Your statements about President Obama are not supporting by facts. There is a difference in FOX Noise talking points and facts.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SY63KTMrkTM Gas Passer

    The only one who has the right ideas in Texas for America is Ron Paul.

  • Big Easy

    I don’t know. I’ll google ‘santorum’ and get back to you.

  • Dennis

    I don’t care what anybody says about Rick Perry. I’m still voting for Ron Paul even if he doesn’t win the nomination.

  • Tyranny-saurus

    Ron Paul 2012!

  • Lin

    I haven’t decided about Rick Perry yet, but I did research the Gardasil issue. Yes, he signed an EO saying that all girls had to have it, but there was also a provision in that order for parent’s to opt out of their daughter having the shot. Paperwork would have to be filed and then refiled two years later, but if parents can opt out, that sort of takes the “mandatory” out of it. Still looking up information on Perry, this article is helping me know what to look for, so thanks.

    • Annie

      Opt our not, it is still highly unethical for Perry to try to force this vaccination, especially because of his former Chief of Staff connections to the pharmaceutical company. Cronysim is what Perry is all about. This is but one of many concerning issue. Another issue is the corrupt Texas Residential Construction Commission with heavy backing by wealthy Bob Perry of Perry Homes. He is one of the biggest globalists out there and conservatives need to beware. As a Texan Christian conservative Republican, I would never support Rick Perry.

      • Fishbone

        I don’t really see how the Gardasil requirement is any different from the other vaccinations that are required for children attending public schools. Some states don’t allow parents to opt out of any of the required shots without resorting to “deeply held religious beliefs.” That is in spite of numerous studies that indicate a possible connection between these vaccines and issues like autism.

        • Wes

          The difference is the monetary ties between Perry and Merck. Not to mention the drug caused thousands of cases of deaths and illnesses in its trials around the world.

  • Matt

    This author repeats himself.

    Several of his points were stated twice just using different words.

    Also, much of his statistics are VERY wrong.

  • David

    IF Dr. Ron Paul gets the Republican nomination, IF he beats Obama, he may never live long enough to be sworn in. Afterall, he is 75.

  • Texan

    Michael Smith:

    I need to address the fourth point–the toll roads. You cannot truly say that Perry backed away from toll roads. The man enrolled us in a University of Iowa study in which GPS units are strapped to cars and every mile is taxed. They track which roads you’ve traveled and the time of day so they can increase tolls during periods of heavy traffic.

    Of course he can say he’s “heard the people” on toll roads! When he’s putting plans in place that will essentially make every road a toll road, however, he’s not telling the truth.

    How can he stand there and lecture Obama about the invasive nature of BIG government when he’s looking at ways to strap a GPS on my car and track everywhere I go? If that’s not the definition of BIG government I don’t know what is.

  • Muriel Owens

    Perry is a RINO. I’m a Texan and the only reason he is still in office is the alternatives were worse! He only does the right thing if he is forced to by public opinion. He talks good and looks good, but do not trust him! Check out http://www.texasturf.org for info on P3’s. We need to get a true constitutional conservative running against Obummer. I don’t want to settle this time. The preservation of our country is too important!

    • Albert Gearing

      I agree with you with one exception. Debra Medina was a better choice. The one thing that got people against her was when a supposed Conservative, Glen Beck, forced Debra to publicly agree with the Birthers. I think that was a deliberate move to support Perry. I have taken him off o my ‘good guy’ list. I do agree that Obama is/was ineligible. And that both parties are on the same side. We need Ron Paul.
      Al Ge

  • Muriel Owens

    Most of the TEA Party members in Texas that I know WILL NOT support Perry!

    • Wes

      Before the Tea Party was hijacked by republicans, the tea party booed Perry at appearances.

  • PAZ

    I’ll wait to see what The Club for Growth says before believing anything posted here. By the way, why was Red State’s founder, Eric Erickson introducing him in SC today? Seemed like a sound conservative endorsement to me. What? You’re going to call Erickson a Tri-Lateral Commission Builderberger now?

  • http://zillablog.marezilla.com Zilla

    Rick Perry is yet another islamocoddling dhimmi. Gardasil isn’t the only thing he’s been trying to force on our kids! He is neck deep in the scandal involving indoctrination for islamic supremacy in school children’s texbooks which white wash islamic jihad and spew taqiyya revisionist history regarding violent islamic conquest and fictional “achievements” of islam.
    http://barenakedislam.wordpress.com/2011/08/10/oh-no-will-governor-rick-perry-of-texas-be-the-pro-sharia-candidate/
    We already have a tool for islam in the WH, we DO NOT need another.
    Rick Santorum is the only candidate currently running who fully understands why islam/sharia/jihad is so very dangerous tot he United States and the entire free world. He’s also far more knowledgeable and stronger than any other candidate about eh problem we have with CRIMINAL ALIEN INVADERS.

  • Bluebonnet

    Anyone who states that they will not give their public employees, who are receiving the 48th highest pay out of 50 states, because “trained monkeys could do their job” does not need to be the President of the United States.

  • Jerome Ennis

    Never fear folks, the RINO cheerleaders at Fox News will be sure and Promote this guy. That will be a sure sign that he is a dyed in the wool RINO of the sorts we have had all along, and if elected, not only will the government not be downsized, it will continue to expand as will Spending, Deficits and the NEW World Order will become an eventuality which is already pretty much a done deal. Anybody who works to expose the OWO will be eliminated by FOX news and the other media. RINOs are little better than the Democrats, and in many cases, are worse because all RINOS claim to be Constitutionalists and Conservatives such as George W. Bush did during his 8 year reign of Error.

  • Richard Oberlander

    Palin/West 2012! The GOP machine can’t control or destroy Palin. She will destroy them and their corrupt politics just like she did in Alaska. After a show down with Palin, politicians feeding at the trough were imprisoned and big oil surrendered with their tails between their legs making Alaskans richer and giving Palin an 88% approval rating.

  • JOMO

    Who’s the author of this article ?

  • tonybinca

    I have 14 reasons too, but will list only 5 (actually 6, see below!) since I’m already being redundant with 5. I shouldn’t have to list that he’s a treasonous Israel-firster… Everyone knows this, I hope. Anyway, here goes:

    1. He’s a sold out douchebag.
    2. He’s a sold out douchebag.
    3. He’s a sold out douchebag.
    4. He’s a sold out douchebag.
    5. He’s a sold out douchebag.

  • http://www.rense.com Dwayne

    Perry is no better than the previous presidential candidate and later president from Texas. He is also no better than what is currently and illegally occupying the office of president. The person needed to salvage what is left of the once formidable republic will never be elected and allowed to save it. America is on life support.

  • Marc

    Mr. Rick Perry just passed a law about two weeks ago that if you sue someone and you lose, you have to pay all the court cost and lawyers cost. Sounds like the only people who will be able to sue in Texas are the Rich people. Also back in 2005 I had a car accident to make a long story short, lawyers in Texas most of them wont take a hospital case because Rick Perry has put a cap on what you can sue for. 250,000 is the cap and most lawyer wont even bother, even the Administrator of the hospital said he wished he could help but he knew lawyers wont take those cases. I want the law changed I want jutice for my son who died.

  • Lucille Rothstein

    The company’s flock to Texas because it is a right to work state. In other words you work and they pay what they want to pay you. Regardless of how much work they put on you, and what others in other states are getting paid.This state shiats on the Unions. Rick Perry even sounds like W when you here him speak here on the tele. It’s a fake country accent, assimilated somewhere in an Ivy league school. Just like W. and his grandaddy from upnorth. He’s also on of them whity’s that like to say that hes 5th this indian and that indian. He’s still a blue eyed devil. Go ahead and vote for him, see what you get.

  • Brad

    Perry, Perry, quite contrary,
    How does your garden grow?
    “With oil wells and bullet shells
    and contributors all in a row”.

  • David Maxie

    Hey America?? Hows it going?? You know what?? Basically, after Obama, hardly no politician is worth trusting since theyve taken away our US Constitution and Bill of rights and Habeas Corpus! Just rip your voting card altogether and kiss America goodbye since the American dream is gone and facism is taking over and the economy is gone and over with. Face it, America is finished and gone!!
    Former US marine soldier
    Son of former US army officer under General Patten
    Son of former J.P.Morgan company worker
    David Maxie

  • Linda

    These Democrats that made up these figures are not from Texas. Gov. Perry has served 11 years. Don’t try to make the people of Texas look stupid. Do not vote for Perry if you do not like him. His record can be obtained through the “Open Records Act.” Texas Constitution calls for a balanced budget annually. Research things for yourself. Lowest unemployment in the nation. He just announced and the wolves are already attacking that should tell you something. Fear is looming because of his ability to put people to work and say no to spending.

  • Linda

    It is time we, the people, stand together and elect a candidate with the ability to not only defeat Obama in 2012, but send a message to the world that the United States of America are just that United. This is our country and we will defend it and support it at all cost. It is based on the Constitution and that document is not considered progressive nor is the Bible. Have you looked at the national monuments of our Capitol? There are pictures of the Ten Commandments on them. Read what is said by our “founding fathers.” People we must stay the home of the brave and the land of the free.

  • Kathleen

    Why has Rick Perry been voted in 4 times if he has not been good for TX.

    • Michael

      I don’t know – why do the American people keep voting John Kerry and Barney Frank back to Congress is they are not good for America?

    • JoAnn B

      Well said!!

  • Linda

    Just one more statement. The Gardasil issue was a EO signed, true. But it did say that parents could opt out of it. Now think of the danger of a pen on Obama’s left hand and executive order and the Dream Act. Wonder how those who are affected by that act would vote? Would be convenient around April,2012.
    Registered voters 6 months before the election. hum. People it is imperative for those of you have doubt to research yourself. Do not take false information. Texans are not stupid and we would appreciate it if the ones of you who make these statements would learn the fact about out state first. We are a great people in a great state or why would so many be coming here?

  • rainey

    anyone that has contact with the Bilderbergers is not going to make it past the public. like to have more info on his involvement..

  • levotb

    #15 Gov. Perry made Texas the first state to give the DREAM Act Amnesty to illegal aliens.

  • TM

    Texas’ success has NOTHING to do with “Slick” Rick Perry. Our economy is simply doing well after 150 years of statehood because the citizenry have not allowed authoritarian socialists to have their way with us. We fight big government at every turn, some of it has slipped by via dirty tricks, lies and a lack of issue education(the media helps the left leaning RINO’s like Perry with that). AND — why do we keep voting Perry in? Because the MSM is his best friend. — The MSM keeps him right where the “establishment” GOP wants him – in power. Most Republican voters are just not informed of Perry’s leftist ways because they simply aren’t paying attention. All they hear is Perry’s mass reproduced “conservative” one liners and choose to listen to the pro-“establishment” GOP radio shows instead of getting to the bottom of issues themselves. Last words — Perry is a globalist/authoritarian/Marxist-lite Republican in name only!!!!! WAKE UP!!!! God help us all!!

  • Jay

    Sounds like all the warnings we tried to tell you guys about obama.
    Here’s the deal. Since you guys were given a chance and screwed up royally….how about if you are right about Perry, we can consider it our obama mistake and call it even?

  • Rand Paul

    Rick Perry looks plain evil, like the bad guy in a movie. I will do anything I can to make sure this guy doesn’t get elected. It’s good that he’s relatively unheard of.

    • Jane Wegener

      Does that mean you will vote for Obama?

    • DeputyMarshal

      Mr. Paul,
      You’re analysis is as empty as your namesake. Perry LOOKS evil. How intellectually vacuous can one get. Come back when you can contribute to the real debate. You’re in over your empty pointed head, buddy

      • Sheryl

        Amen. Took the words right out of my mouth.

      • *uckgovernment

        Government paid thugs can only disagree with Ron Paul. You know if elected, a good chance your as* will go to prison for not upholding the oath you sworn to uphold.

  • NH

    FOX and FRIENDS (friends@foxnews.com) were referring to the top three now as Bachmann, Perry and Romney, in a ‘three way race’.. and Ron Paul as ‘still in the race’ when Paul basically tied for first. Ask FOX why they are referring to Paul as ‘still in the race’ with others who placed so low? Paul is just as top tier as Bachmann and in fact tied for FIRST PLACE with her. Likewise I would question how Perry can suddenly be considered “top tier” when he only got 4%?????

    This is your Bilderberger influence in the media as predicted… just like they promoted Obama a total ZERO, we’ll see the same with Perry.

    • Focus

      Keep in mind that Paul basically tied Bachmann in A STRAW POLL, where a mere 16000 people PAID to vote.
      Perry got 4% AS A WRITE-IN.
      Paul’s got plenty of die-hard support, to be sure, as does Bachmann.
      But I don’t see either one as really viable, since there’s not going to broad support for them.

      Also (wink wink), stop watching Fox & Friends.
      The mind you save may be your own.

  • June

    Not one candidate on the “wannabe” list for President will stop the invasion of this country from across our southern border. After the economy, this is the most important issue facing our country. It directly ties in with the economy. Illegals who come across our border and the thousands our government brings in legally each month, all compete with Americans or jobs – both low skilled and high texh work. This is one of the main reasons for the high unemployment rate. Michele Bachman has the highest grade with NumberUSA. The rest have faling grades as far as illegal immigraton goes, but thrre are none, so far, that I’m willing to vote for…especially Rick Perry. I’m a Texan and know first hand that he is an open-borders guy from way back.

    • matter

      That is completely untrue.

      Ron Paul has stated repeatedly that he will bring our troops home in order to protect US borders instead of fighting FIVE wars overseas. That action also creates a huge debt reduction as the unconstitutional wars are EXTREMELY expense to conduct.

  • http://cryandhowl.wordpress.com Steve

    For those interested in learning the real facts about Governor Perry here’s a link for you:
    http://peskytruth.wordpress.com/2011/07/19/rick-perrys-negatives/
    It will require some reading, but you’ll be enlightened by a more in depth look at some of the misrepresentations presented here.

    • John Williams

      Steve your “rebuttal” scares the hell out of me. You appear to be attempting to be an apologist but you have done nothing but verified what is being said. I have no idea how your assessment could be twisted into positives, really, it can’t be. Forcing Gardisal on young women through an executive order is an astounding act against conservatism, even if it was the right thing to do and by Perry’s own admission it was not even that, that is scary. He is apologizing for the wrong reason, not realizing it is the statist nature of his executive order that has people up in arms. That is not even mentioning all of his other “plans”, none of which are any better. There is no 2 ways about it Perry is a RINO or at the very least a CINO, a conservative in name only, since most republicans are not conservative in any way, shape or form.

  • InObamaWeTrust

    Rick Perry would be another cancer on America if elected President. America can’t be that stupid to elect another G. W. Bush. (Or maybe they are?)

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    • R W Fan

      Yes, America proved in 2008 that they are very stupid when they elected Obama!

    • Carol

      How blind can a person be? Anyone would make a better president than Obama and his administration! Do you watch the news?! Have you turned on your TV once since this cancer has been in our White House?! He and his agenda! His socialist agenda and that is what you want for this country?! You are as ignorant as this man in our White House is and his 32 communist and socialist czars! Obama is not for the American people! He is for one thing and that is POWER! He doesn’t care about you! It would be wonderful if you and all others like you along with Obama and his cronies would move to perhaps, Venezuela or Russia! No, I would suspect that even Russia is too Capitalistic for the likes of you! What an idiot!

      • Linda Brundage

        Wow, Carol name calling only shows your intelligence, trying to get your point across can be done without calling people an idiot. Everyone has his or her right to their opinion.

        Unfortunately, it’s the Republican’s that don’t want to raise taxes on the rich, they are the ones that wanted our country to default on our obligations. If you go back in time it has been the Republican (since Reagan) that have increased our deficit and made government larger. If you don’t believe me look it up on the internet. You need to better educate yourself about the Republican’s that have run our country in the past. Is Obama a socialist because he thinks that we should help our poor and not make the middle class pay more than their fair share? The fat cats pay less tax on their income that you do (using every loop hole available to them). Or perhaps you are in that upper 1% that don’t pay their fair share of taxes.

        I don’t know what your age is but someday you may change your tune when you are fighting for your SS benefits that you paid into all of your working life. I voted for Reagan when he was elected and I’m sure sorry I did aftering finding out what he did to this country while in office, that’s when the corporations in this country started making the decisions not the people. Politicians are more than willing to take money from corporations and then vote the way the corps. want them to vote. I don’t think this is right do you?

        Look up all my statements on the internet if you don’t believe me. Have a nice day!

        • jason

          Yes… please look up all of Linda’s statements on the internet because we know that everything posted on the internet is a proven fact… well played Linda… of course you believe everything you read on the internet… that’s why you voted for nobama and will be voting for his sorry butt again in ’12… keep on drinking the koolaid…

      • SCOTT BILDERBERG

        you’re right Carol,they’re idiots,they do not know the Constitution,and we all suffer for it
        yes,all the politicians are to blame and we voted them in–but that is NO excuse for Obama,the traitor has been given full reign by our reps–we may never recover,especially financially
        Thank God for tea party people waking up and trying to save the ship from sinking! Even as ignorant libs keep poking holes in the boat and taking illegals on board……
        just keep praying to GOD,not to ALLAH

  • InObamaWeTrust

    If Perry or Bachmann come this close to the presidency, heaven help us.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    • Carol

      How blind can a person be? Maybe you and all your socialist friends need to move to Venezuela or Russia! No I believe Russia is much too capitalistic for you and your bunch! Almost anyone would be better for America than this man and his 32 czars! You are a blind idiot!

      • Linda Brundage

        Carol, you need to take a chill pill, there is medicine for people like you. Quit listening to Glenn Beck and Fox News, they will mislead you, thank god Glenn Beck is gone. Or maybe Limbaugh is your cup of tea. Unfortunately they are corrupting you mind. I think perhaps you are the one needs to leave the country if you are unhappy. I’m sure China would take you!

    • DeputyMarshal

      You may want to start making plans to move to Cuba after the elections. You’ll feel right at home in THAT worker’s paradise! Get use to the tast of octopus, chump.

  • Mike

    Whomever wrote this article did very little research on the articles that was written or wrote them the way he say fit. It is easy to say things and not provide proof (like Perry was a demo in 1988 (true)… so that’s 23 years ago, Reagan was too). Spouting crap and hoping some sticks is the Democrat way so with your reasoning, YOU ARE A DEMOCRAT!

  • http://hotbedinfo.com/2011/08/rick-perry-the-same-as-bush-and-obama-dont-be-fooled-again/ Kyle T
    • Carol

      You’re pathetic!!!!

      • John Texas

        Carol, please shut up. You sound unintelligent the way you keep talking to people and you’re REALLY annoying.

        There are valid arguments to both sides. As a resident of Texas, I, and many of my friends, have had taxes increased, and seen wages fall. I am not proud that our educational system is so horrible. We rank in the very bottom for standardized test scores, and funding for education has been cut severely – which isn’t going to help raise those scores.

        However, the Obama administration, though it was handed an economy with existing problems, didn’t handle the situation the best they could. It would have been hard for anyone to be completely successful under the circumstances, but I feel as though little was done.

        Once again, arguments can be made for and against both parties, but when people throw out terms like “communist and socialist czars”, which are completely unnecessary, it ruins what could be an educational debate.

        Our current president is not a communist, he was not successful in helping to rebuild our degrading economy, but that does not make him a communist. He spent most of his time trying to please everyone, which was impossible to do.

        • JBC

          Actually, our current President is a Marxist. So was his father, his mother, his grandparents and mentor. So were his friends and professors in college and most of his administration. This happened once before…it was called the FDR administration. Don’t believe it? Do some in depth research and you will see.

        • http://n/a will basham

          John: Indeed, much of your diatribe sounds vacous, (very descriptive word, seen this A.M.) Of course, the current administration was given some existing problems, which, of the last 200 years hasn’t inherited some problems? Most of the new administrations are headed by, at the least,an individual who was born and raised American, NOT a half African, with his own share of inherited European Communist-Socialist idealisms, and hires tens of Czar/look alikes, to run this country off a cliff….Just observe the stats…housing, unsemployment, health issues….where is his panacea of fixes, all we get is the collective, “let them eat cake” ideas, to help buy out the bad misguided directions so prevalent in this VACOUS administrative mentality, I shudder to think Joe Biden is a heartbeat away from being president!!!!!!A prime example of no leadership skills or knowledge! OR WOULD “BIRDS OF A FEATHER, TEND TO FLOCK TOGETHER? BE MORE APROPOS? Will Basham

      • Linda Brundage

        Grow up sweetie!!

  • CECIL DEBOARD

    ALL IS QUIET ON THE HOME FRONT; AND VERY LITTLE IS COMING TO THE FOREFRONT FROM THE TWO MOST
    QUALIFIED PERSONS IN OUR NATION TO SAVE OUR BACON.! !

    SARAH PALIN(ALASKA) AND ALAN WEST(FLORIDA) ! ! !
    NEVER HAVE I SEEN TWO MORE EQUALLY QUALIFIED PEOPLE; THAT ARE WELL APPRAISED OF OUR PLIGHT IN
    MOST ANY VENUE BEFORE US.!
    ————————————————
    SARAH IS CONTROLLING THE ROGUE MEDIA; AND WILL
    COME TO THE FORE IN DUE TIME; AFTER ALL THE DUST CLEARS.
    ————————————————
    ALAN WEST HAS “DEMURED” THE RUN FOR THE OFFICE;
    SAYING HE DOES NOT HAVE THE EXPERIENCE.!
    HE IS SO FAR AHEAD OF THE CLOWN IN OFFICE NOW; IT IS A SHAME NOT TO HAVE HIM ON THE TICKET WITH SARAH PALIN; THAT IS JUST PAWING AT THE
    GROUND TO GET IN THE FRAY AND SHOW US THE WAY TO VICTORY.!
    ————————————————
    IT WOULD BE AN HISTORIC EVENT: THE FIRST WHITE
    WOMAN AS OUR PRESIDENT; AND MATCHED WITH A BLACK
    MAN TO QUIET THE RACIAL QUALMS OF OUR ELECTORATE

    VERY SINCERELY – IN CHRIST

    CECIL DEBOARD
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • glenda

    Where do mean spirited people like you come from? I thought the American dream was to become all that you can. Why do people begrudge other’s success. Just because you may be a failure isn’t the fault of richer people. This was pure venom, unfounded and untrue. Don’t mess with Texas. We are fine just like we are. Why don’t you try praying about your dark heart?

    • http://facebook Priscilla

      I agree Glenda and did you notice Rand Paul had a comment..??

    • sysmark

      Amen!

    • Ethan USN

      Very true! This is the same reason why I personally am so against the “welfare state” we are becoming. In my opinion it started with LBJ.He convinced people they are “entitled” to certain things like money in their retirement age, and now people are convinced that they are entitled to health care. As if making other people (hard working people) pay for the lack of propper preperation and work ethic on the part of the beneficiaries of these programs wasnt enough, I don’t think people realize how this paves the way for the US to become a completely socialist state. By easing them little by little into the pockets of collectivists. Ideas are powerful and can be extremely dangerous, especially when you take into account the short attention span of a good portion of the american people.

  • Cathy Darr
  • http://americanpatrol.com VivaLaMigra

    If you like 20,000,000 more likely THIRTY million![ illegals at large in your country then you’ll positively LOVE Tricky Ricky!

  • Joe

    Rick Perry is no angel. He is a politician. He used his majority in congress to ram through republican policies. Something I view Obama did the same with in the take over of healthcare. Where I can stand proud and full of facts is that I am a conservative TEXAN, who is 23yrs old and owns two small businesses. I believe that no other state can harbor this success in our current recession. My success did not come from Perry himself, but in having a state where free capitalism is promoted. Unlike other states that have more taxes/burdens such as state income taxes and regulatory fees. I believe at the end of day politicians are going to be politicians and you will have to agree with their agenda. Don’t be fooled if the chance is given, they will ram that agenda through our legislative process.

  • SteveG

    The joke is that the governor of Texas has NO power. It is the (elected) Lieutenant Governor who runs the legislature. Do not assume that Texas works like other states.

    However, the governor does get to appoint hundreds of friends to good state jobs. Jobs that control a lot of money spending and result in campaign contributions.

  • Rowdy

    Tricky Ricky is a slug. In Texas what he has not stolen or sold. he has given away.
    For the Record I am a republican.

  • mike

    I’m indifferent at this point on any of the Rep candidates so I have no “horse” in the race yet. You write that Perry increased spending and debt yet how much of this was forced upon the state by unfunded Federal mandates?

  • Fred

    I cannot support Rick Perry as a candidate for the Republican Party. If the choice is between Obama and Perry, I will stay home and not vote.

    • sysmark

      cutting off your nose to spite your face Huh!

      • John Williams

        Have you ever hard the saying:

        “better the devil you know than the devil you don’t”

  • Incontinentia Buttocks

    Out of this list, four questions are redundant (6,8, 11 and 13); in any case, is it government’s job to see to peoples’ salaries, or to create jobs by decree – much less the Govenror’s?

    As to Texas’ education – the Southern scot-irish tradition and southern white trash culture have ALWAYS been a problem for schools (and also help give the south a HUGE violence rate). Texas does better than most of its southern neighbors.

    He was at Bilderberg? So what? What did he do? Did he speak? Did he heckle the speakers? Give specifics!

    I don’t care that he supported Algore in ’88. I was a liberal in 1980. Ronald Reagan was a liberal in 1940. People grow up and learn better.

    You really have four points here – Gardasil, immigration, the budget and the debt. All perfectly legitimate issues where I want answers from Perry.

    Four out of “14”. Talk about inflation!

    • JBC

      No, Ronald Reagan didn’t change that much…the Democrat party had changed. Over the last century, it has been usurped by hard leftists. Reagan was and always stayed a CLASSIC liberal like our Founding Fathers were and now most of today’s conservatives are. The left is not liberal at all. They do not believe in freedom, self-determination, equal opportunity and equal treatment under the law. They do not believe in the individual and his inalienable rights above that of the collective. But the right does. When Reagan was a Democrat, there was still some good ideas in the party. But when Perry was a Democrat, the party had already been taken over mostly by hard leftists. So, one cannot compare Perry’s previous party affiliation with Reagan’s. Two totally different eras.

  • http://opinerlog.blogspot.com Jim Delaney

    It’s time for a bonafide constitutional conservative. The country is falling apart. The Progressives and RINOs have done enough damage; they must be shown the door.

  • meanGuitar

    POLITICIANS TALK SMACK and as OBAMA gave a great speech WE MUST LOOK AT WHAT THEY DO AND HAVE DONE AND WHAT THEY ARE NOT DOING..Governor Perry did not join ARIZONA in their fight with the OBAMA ADMINISTRATION AND Illegal immigration . Instead Perry came out against Arizona protecting itself..also PERRY TRIED TO IMPLEMENT The Trans-NATIONAL CORRIDOR (NAFTA) SUPER HIGHWAY ..and The GLOBALIST PLANNED NORTH AMERICAN UNION is A Establishment Republican GOAL..WE THE PEOPLE need to smarten up and realize that the MEDIA has the same Globalist agenda..VOTE IN REAL AMERICANS WITH BUSINESS SAVVY NOT CAREER POLITICIANS..

  • meanGuitar

    Rick perry is the same ole globalist rino politician ..HERMAN CAIN 2012!!!

    • P

      I was for Herman Cain until I found out he was a chair person of the Kansas City Federal Reserve Bank.

  • Brian

    We already have a President who followed George W. Bush, one of the worst Presidents in US history, and did an EVEN WORSE JOB! Do we really need to follow that up with a governor who also followed Bush and ALSO DID AN EVEN WORSE JOB?!!! Come on people, get a clue!

  • Vaffanculo Merda

    If Rick Perry will make a really, really bad President, then Obama is a really, really incompetent President who is currently on his Throw America Under The Bus Tour. Change that you can believe in??? What a joke! If anyone believes Obama will make things better, they are clearly delusional.

  • Vaffanculo Merda

    The end of the american dream started the day Obama became President. Perry or any moron will do a better job than Obama.

  • Vaffanculo Merda

    Perry or Obama? Now that is an easy choice. Any moron can do better than Obama.

  • Leah

    Ron Paul 2012!

    • John Williams

      While Ron Paul may not be perfect, he is 100 times better than Perry. Why so many are stuck on Perry while ignoring Ron Paul completely, is totally beyond me. Paul is a person with integrity and, at the very least he is not an utter phony like most candidates. If a groundswell forms under Perry and not Paul then I fear America is lost , at least for the next 4-5 years.

  • Steven

    I don’t know if these 14 things are factual. What I do know is that I am voting for whom ever the MSM hates the most. I am sure to vote for the opposite of the dumb ass thats in office now.

  • kaddy

    Whoever wrote this article clearly wrote in from their own opinion. I am not for Rick Perry, but this article is clearly biased. Plus they used Wikipedia as a source…… Have you been to high school? Wikipedia is NOT, I repeat NOT a reliable source. I wouldn’t trust anything in this article.

  • John OB

    oh.. and Batshit Bachman is better?
    she can take her John Wayne Gacy spirit and her Elvis birthday cards and shove ‘em the same place she shoved that corndog
    http://static8.businessinsider.com/image/4e49467fecad04747a000009/michele-bachmann-corndog.jpg

    Ron Paul in 2012…

  • http://fedup ebennion

    Why can’t we get a good moderate republican to become president of all the people now???We might get some independents and get rid of the far, far, right that is killing our party…

  • Ed K

    Gov. Rick Perry – China Loves Him

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7LFRDvkNz0U

  • http://spiritfilledpoetry.wordpress.com Texas Commentator

    Not surprising, the Chicago type politics of the Obama administration is getting an early start. When being a complete failure as our President, in lacking any form of leadership; blame the opposition for Obama’s failures.

  • howiem

    Some of these claims show that the writer has about as much economics knowlkedge as a toad. Who, by the way wrote it? A toad or a troll? Citing loonie lefties like Rachael Maddog is no way to make a case. Whose responsibility is it to secure the borders? Last I heard a state that tries it gets sued. That is only one example. The debt clock claims are inaccurate. Visit the Texas web page and see. As others have pointed other claims are suspect as well. No wonder no author’s name is given.

  • http://mealer2012.com JL Mealer

    All of the solutions without any of the plitical backstabbing and special interest pay-offs comes from ONLY ONE candidate and he’s 3rd party…

    JL Mealer (me)… http://mealer2012.com

    It doesn’t hurt to look!

  • Susan

    Great article! Glad to see someone submitted this link to norickperry.org. This guy is bad news and its sad the media isn’t showing his true colors.

  • FormerTexan

    Here is yet another reason not to vote for Perry. Interview with Robert Morrow regarding Perry’s sex escapades in Austin:
    http://www.infowars.com/infowars-tv-interviews-rick-perry-sex-scandal-accuser/

  • Chet

    I agree with a previous poster who said that a Palin/West ticket would be a good one. Sarah Palins record in Alaska was great. She took on big business that had greased the palms of her fellow party members and made them pay there “Fair Share” in taxes. She held her own party accountable and had one of the highest approval ratings of any Governor. She started with the PTA and through credibility and accomplishment rose to be governor. Allen West is an excellent candidate for VP and one who would definately have the Presidents back covered. Go to YOU Tube and check him out if you don’t know who he is.

  • J.R.

    You’re a F*#!ing IDIOT……….

  • StraightUp

    What a tired old list of the same old bullshit repeated over and over and addressed and cleared up by viable facts and records.. This is hilarious to anyone with a clue, and the ACORN endorsing Rick Perry page has no sign of an administrator or a person in charge of the page, because it is BOGUS, just like this bunch of misinformation.. WOW! This just proves what a threat he is.. The beat down based on bullshit and the Fact that the Cult of Ron Paul’s followers are a group of Perry haters. Great endorsement, rock on with your uninformed misguided resentment… And Texas didn’t always rock… I’ve lived here through some suck ass times, and none were during Rick Perry’s time in office.

  • Lil He Goat

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this list.

  • Joe Smiggly

    Rick Perry is the greatest presidential canidate since Ronald Reagen! Finally someone to tell the fags in the green party where to stick it! Lets now get behind this great person and get him elected to stop the evil socialist Obama !!!!! Yes we can!!!!

  • Lucy Linda

    There is so much outright crap in this article that one scarcely knows where to begin. Those figures trashing education and the Texas economy are garbage. They are based on false comparisons and false numbers spun by political opponents strictly to injure Rick Perry. Numerous articles have been posted all over everywhere trying to explain that.

    Now, if Rick Perry is elected President, here is what he will do: Get the American economy running again simply by getting out of the way of businesses, which will in turn put people back to work. Do you unemployed people want to go back to work at decent paying jobs? Do you want to keep the job you already have? If so, vote for Rick Perry in 2012. The man is about jobs, I guarantee you. Is there anything else more worrisome at the moment? You people better think straight, whether you are liberal or conservative. Barack Obama has failed to produce a prosperous economy — not because “It’s Bush’s Fault” — but because he is a big-government idealogue who has no idea how an economy works. Rick Perry does. So if you want to be employed, he’s the man for the job.

  • Steve

    @StraightUp, Actually the establishments biggest fear is Ron Paul, who is the only candidate capable of saving this country. Check out Ron Paul http://www.RonPaul2012.com . Dr. Paul received more military contributions than all other candidates X 2. That should say something in itself. Dr. Paul also is considered the “Godfather” of the Tea Party and a Champion of the US Constitution. Ron Paul has consistent voting records, and started the “End The FED”, before the other candidates hopped on board such as Gingrich and Perry. http://www.DailyPaul.com is also a great source of information on Ron Paul. RON PAUL 2012!

  • http://www.obama/biden012 Halle

    WOW, bla,bla,bla no matter what you say or write, come november 2012 The America people will speak. Their are no perfect President We look from the outside, the heat is on, I dont see no one else runnng for President without a spots.The White House as been full of crap for YEARS, no matter who wins, PEOPLE WILL COMPLAIN, IF THE SUN SHINE PEOPLE COMPLAIN IFIT RAINS SAMETHING, CAN NOT PLEASE EVERYBODY. BLACK OR WHITE ALL COLORS IF YOUR HE SMARTEST PERSON WRITING AL THIS COMMENTS, WHY DONT YOU RUN FOR PRESIDENT………..

  • Rob

    I couldnt even get passed #2, this next Fiscal year is not looking to good, but we are no where close to the debt cali is in. I am not sure about Perry just yet, but the Trans Texas Corridor has been completely defeated. These must be out of date. There will be no TTC.

  • Rusty

    I agree that Rick Perry will be a bad President. I voted for the guy a few times! He has lied about closing the border over and over! Property taxes run a muck! He coulpd have shut down the border this last session and kicked it under the rug! He is a true lying typical politician! He IS A FAKE! Ron Paul gets my vote! Romney is even worse! Romney is the next best thing to Obama!

  • Rusty

    The only person i would vote to run this Country is Ron Paul or Jan Brewer of Arizona. Jan has put it out there, while Rick Perry blows hot air. You can Blame Rick Perry, HEB, and speaker Joe Straus of Texas for NOTHING getting done at the border. I/we have be invaded by the thugs from the South. They come into the neighbor hoods and blar the mexican music to run out the good people! Rick Perry is a F—ing RINO 100%. Don’t be fooled by this fake slick WILLIE! Taxes and toll roads are through the roof! I was born and raised in Texas, and Rick Perry is in the top 3 worst Governors in my opinion! He is a total FAKE! he’s the greatest liar of all times! I’m a full fledge tea party GOP Conservative, and this guy is not our BOY! He’s a sneaky tax raiser!

  • http://www.rantingrich.com rantingrich

    I lived in Texas for 15 years, it’s a hell of a place, But it is a breeding ground for big government Federal wanna be’s. Rick Perry is just the latest sellout ringer to come out of there! I do like Ron Paul but even if he did get close to having to call a moving company to pack his stuff to move into the white house the powers that be will kill him! They already tried once! Guess Ron Paul didn’t get the message. I am also Leary of ANYONE politician ALLOWED to get this far. Plus my personal belief is that elections do not matter! Public elections are run by the government for the government and to think they would dare RISK what they have set up for decade by letting the hill-jack peasants voting in a guy from the outside is crazy

  • http://www.rantingrich.com rantingrich

    TEST TEST! Is this thing on?

  • punky

    I live in Texas it is true we have a horrible education system. Rick perry has cut the budget on education. I think his argument is dont quote me we put whole lot of money in a system with out results. In my opinion this is what it seems like Money flows into the districts but doesn’t get to the kids properly. It is true about the vaccinations and got a whole lot of moms upset. the fact of the matter is: If decisions are made it can still be stopped. He may think at the time its a good idea but if its not what the people want it doesn’t happen. What i dont like sometimes is he shakes his fist at Washington and thats it nothing further. I think he should do something aobut the border alot more than what hes
    doing. Have better protection legally for the farmers on the border. I think he is
    lenient on immigration as a whole. the drug trade here is horrible. I think the reasons for this is harder to understand if you don’t know the history of the process. I think Obama will win but not by me. I havent been 100 percent on perry but im interested in the debate. NO canidate is 100 percent they all make mistakes. but Obama dosent seem to reflect on his ideas and change he sticks to what he invisions and this is not a country where one mans idea is the only solution .it seems like that is whats happening in my opinion. The country seems to thinking what is going on ?

  • DaniOcean

    Point by point:
    1. Since the growing of the GSP the state revenue grows too – Texas GSP in 2005 – 982,058$Mil, Texas GSP in 2010 – 153,100,000$Mil. – US Governmental Revenue – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._states_by_GDP . Texas revenue 2005 – 62,073$Mil, 2011 – 145,205$Mil. – http://www.laits.utexas.edu/txp_media/html/pec/features/0401_01/slide1.html

    2. The US Debt Clock shows that Texas have $8,362 Debt/Citizen not 10,645$. The clock also shows that the debt is shrinking with 500$ per second, not growing. – http://www.usdebtclock.org/state-debt-clocks/state-of-texas-debt-clock.html

    3. The State debt has doubled true, but one of the reasons is the governorship of GWB and many entitlements that ware already signed off. If anything is indicator Texas debt is shrinking now.

    4. The TTC was supposed to be build on empty land, bring new business in state and all the landowners ware to be compensated as per the 4th Amendment. Leasing roads to private companies is anti-conservative, since when?

    5. The cited article clearly states that altho he raised some taxes he lowered others and it was net tax decrease, not increase. Additionally there can be no plan to fix the budget of the FedGov without closing tax-holes. To offset this the current proposition is to lower the tax-rate in order to amount to general tax-decrease that will be helpful to the economy, but will rise more revenue. This plan is consistent with Perry’s actions in Texas.

    6. The unemployment source is Rachel Maddow… need I say more? Well here is an interactive map of USA with UR – http://marketplace.publicradio.org/features/jobs-state-of-the-union-2011/patchwork-nation-map-unemployment.html . As you can see while other states may have lower unemployment, Texas’s is much more spread by county. This means that it is far easier to find jobs then in other states. Also from the map you can see that those other 23 states have lower population then Dallas. And on another note you can see that the counties with most unemployment are filled mostly with illegal aliens which skew the statistics.

    7. Many prominent conservatives ware former Democrats, including Ronald Reagan. Perry was one of the earliest converts in a predominantly blue state at the time.

    8. The so called wage increase source is again Rachel Maddow. The truth is that the statistic she is citing is actually the minimum-wage-increase not the average-wage-increase. Minimum wage increases kill jobs – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2jv1Zae0sgo.

    9. The source is an opinion peace that cites no further sources. Also if you look at this report – http://nces.ed.gov/pubs2011/2011012.pdf , you will see that the reason Texas is so low is because others have moved up. The HSGR in US is now more uniform then 10 years ago. There are also several other reasons why this is non-issue, one of them being that FedGov have no business in education.

    10. This is stupid, I won’t even comment on how idiotic this is. BB Group have an official web page, yeah they are big conspiracy… BTW, Ron Paul for example is Mason.

    “The original conference was held at the Hotel de Bilderberg, near Arnhem in the Netherlands, from 29 May to 31 May 1954. It was initiated by several people, including Polish politician Józef Retinger, concerned about the growth of anti-Americanism in Western Europe, who proposed an international conference at which leaders from European countries and the United States would be brought together with the aim of promoting Atlanticism – better understanding between the cultures of the United States and Western Europe to foster cooperation on political, economic, and defense issues.” – Hatch, Alden (1962). “The Hôtel de Bilderberg”. H.R.H.Prince Bernhard of the Netherlands: An authorized biography. London: Harrap. ISBN B0000CLLN4. “The idea was to get two people from each country who would give the conservative and liberal slant”

    Yeah they hate America so much they wish to promote its values across the Atlantic…

    11. Another liberal source (not working by the way), Texas also have one of the most unqualified labor force in US, so what? They are making min-wage-jobs because they can’t get better jobs, but they are working, in other words producing.

    12. So what as opposed to whom? Also being soft is supporting path to citizenship, I thought that illegal is the problem in illegal-immigration. The other option is deporting 20 million people, which one is easier and more productive? He never said he will support illegal-immigration, just a plan to fix the current mess. I may disagree with his plan, but there is no perfect candidate.

    13. So does the net residents of Texas. Either talk in percentages, or stop fear-mongering.

    14. He regretted this decision and stated several times that if he can do it all over again he won’t force them. I’m yet to meet a man without a flaw.

    • ZxDread

      DaniOcean! Excellent response!

    • John Williams

      Are you as forgiving to Obama as you are to this nut? The Texas debt has increased by 281 percent under his stewardship but a little bit of hand waving about the debt clock and a lame attempt to blame it on Bush and you have appeared to completely placate yourself, very well done. Ignore the fact that he undermined cherished conservative ideals and forced a questionable drug on young children because, really, we all make mistakes even when they happen to be undergirded by our most fervent beliefs (that is sarcasm by the way). I have to say your post is a brilliant example of how some people cope with cognitive dissonance, namely, irrationally. Do you find ways to practice your irrational apologetics in defense of Obama too? Or do you twist it the other way and demonize democrats while angelizing republicans.
      Your post reminds me of an experiment I heard about where ideologues were given factual evidence that clearly contradicted their beliefs and preconceived notions yet they did not leave the experiment with more doubt or the even the same confidence they came in with, on the contrary, they managed to actually twist the contradicting evidence to further shore up their beliefs and left more certain then they were before viewing evidence that directly contradicted their beliefs, evidence that would lead a rational person to doubt what they thought was true. Then again die hard ideologues cannot really be considered rational so the results are not all that surprising really. Neither is your post for that matter.

    • bambi

      spinning like a top daniO. nice…

  • http://www.youtube.com Pissed

    this is unbelievable! I just want to comment on what Rusty said. how fricking racist can one be? the thugs from the south are riding all the “good” people out? do you know how grossly arrogant you sound? this is the horrid thinking that sparks the slanderous rhetoric that is hurting america today and if it is allowed then we’ll let bozos like the tea party movement run the country. you should be ashamed of yourself Rusty and should rethink your view on people. because those”thugs” are people just like you.
    As for Rick Perry I am very interseted to see if we the american people will be ignorant enough to believe that this man can run our country. I urge those vehemently opposed to the current administration to really take an objective look at what is going on in american politics.the right wants NOTHING to do with any idea from the left. NOTHING. the US government was set up to work with the most power going to congress. only congress can pass legislature. if congress wont pass legislature, which in my opinion is simply because they dont like a black man running their great nation, then stuff doesnt get done. further the blame should NOT be placed squarely on the guy who is at least trying to get something done, but rather on the people in congress who are robbing the american people from a solution to this economic crisis just to play politics.

    • Tead

      I’m not a fan of Rick Perry either, but racism? Anytime I hear that I know theres no substance and its just a desperate comment. Like on MSNBC the other day about Reuters accurately dropping the ‘g’s from Obamas speech to the black caucus. Its true that people are racists on both sides, but Obamas only half black and the Tea Party would be just as vibrant if Hillary Clinton had won the election.
      The current house of reps IS passing bills! The Senate is the holdup. The problem is that each president thinks they are the law makers. “This Congress, they are accustomed to doing nothing, and they’re comfortable with doing nothing, and they keep on doing nothing,” Obama, September 15th. The reality is the House is rather active and, “Through September 15, the GOP House had voted 711 times. Meanwhile, across the same period, the Democratic Senate had only 137 recorded votes.” “While House Republicans adopted a budget last April 15, the Democratic Senate has not approved a budget since April 29, 2009″. I don’t really care how active they are though. The federal governments meddling makes up most of the dozen reasons we went into a recession and are probably double dipping. And yes the right wants nothing to do with the left because its plain wrong. Do you really want a government thats becoming more and more powerful? Yeah, most people do as long as they get to impose their will on others. I don’t care what you do in your own house.

      • http://www.youtube.com Pissed

        you dont think Rusty was being racist? i wasnt calling Rick Perry racist but if you read what rusty said about the “thugs from the south” you’d be hard pressed to disagree with my assertion.

  • Nancy M
  • http://sporting.gclink.us/ Tuan Buitrago

    It will be interesting to see how the race turns out if RP runs

  • Josh

    Do your own homework everybody who replied is not a republican but a democrat claiming to be one in order for their statements and claims to sound true!

  • http://rickperryreport.com/ Rick Perry Report
  • Debra Patrick

    I don’t think Rick Perry should be president.Because as concern citizen who is 43 yrs old. The Cps was be able to runover me. I am deadbeat grandmother. When I was raising one grandchild for her entire seven yrs. and other granddaughter her entire three yrs. The mother left the children more than once. The children were calling us grandparents mom and Dad.We didn’t tell them. CPS told us rudely we were grandma and grandpa.My daughter and her exhusband and ex boyfriend. We not in the kids life. So they decide to make it sound like I was keeping them. The father work during the weekend. He made it sound like his visit was short. The other one and his concident girlfriend who like to advertise her body on facebook.Make the story short I wind up getting restraining order where i couldn’t see my granddaughter due to freaking caseworker who only had one child. Think she knew more.I wrote to Rick Perry office and I fax to Rick Perry to investigate this.Instead they know what they are doing. I have to get a freaking attorney when i’m low income. I’m being honest all this. I wake up at night and wonder what my granddaughters are doing. It has been close to year. CPs was willing to help my lying daughter and the fathers.Each day I hear my daughter I’m sorry but she doesn’t have money to pay attorney. But her Attorney Dennis Von Willer made me sound like I am bad grandmother. So Mr. Rick Perry I hope you sleeping at night not believe a citizen asking for help. She lost her grandchildren. From this day Oct.16,2011. I don’t get to see my granddaughter.Who hurting who.

  • Rhett

    Mitt Romney is right. we need private sector business skills… HERMAN CAIN

  • http://www.tendollarjobs.net Bob Jackson

    Hi Endoftheamericandream,
    Thanks for that, Jay Leno and Dave Letterman either haven’t received the DNC memo with their instructions on their Rick Perry ridiculing/talking points or the Democrats haven’t yet decided how and when to draw their long knives to begin the deconstruction of the Texas governor.
    Good Job!

  • Ventus diciplen

    Personally, america is beyond the point of debt, the spending on a few of the chosen options we had at the time was a really a huge cut. the war, oil spill, and smaller dollar costing plans. At this point in time the government would probably be wanting a crazy idea to get our nation out of debt. Rebuplican, or democratic. But Obama swung both ways, and tried to please both parties, but unfortunately we can’t be spendding huge amounts of money. rick perry has some good ideas, he is crazy, but I put more money on him, as a conservitive, than a democrat who is bouncing back and forth. so before this gets any crazier, think about the first order of bussiness, and who, or what can get us out of debt. because obama put both of america’s feet in the hole, so can get us out?

  • Cathy

    It really is something when people go for the troat and twist/lie about someone who would be the BEST President for this country and get it back on its feet! Liberals want to control, manipulate and destroy America…they hate God and they want power. Are people so willing to believe lies that will take away there freedom? These are lies!

  • Marilyn Smith

    I voted for Perry each time he ran for governor. But at this time I am asking that he pull out of the presidential campaign and throw his support and votes to Newt Gingrich. Thank you Gov. Perry for being the Texas gentleman that we know you are, and supporting someone who can beat Obama.

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    http://www.thebilderberggroup.info {is a great place for NWO news.|has tons of Illuminiti info.| says the NWO is near, lots of spculation on what bilderberg is up to.|the illuminati have been running the planet for centuries.|has NWO information that scres me to death.| all you need to know about the NWO|everythign you need to know about bilderberg|have you heard about RFID in humans?|lots of information about the NWO, bilderberg, and the Illuminati|the dollar is on the verge of extension|the bankers are controling the world!|its all the banksters faults.|blame the banks|we are not in control of our country anymore.|our political system is flawed.|

  • Ben Brown

    Any candidate for president that has a congressional or state government record will have made many votes or statements that can be attacked by an opponent. These attacks are usually misleading because they are plucked out of the whole picture of the issues of that time. Our electorate needs to be wise enough to realize that these negative ads are misleading and sometimes fraudulent. Rick Perry is vulnerable because of his long tenure in Texas political offices. Opponents on the attack don’t mention that we have a legislature, governor, Lt. Govenor, attorney general etc. that also shape decisions in Texas.

    It does bother me that our electorate is so easily swayed by misleading negative tv ads.

  • knight4444

    rick perry said he wanted TEXAS to secede! for *********** please do! fuck TEXAS! the gop has brainwashed that ********** kickers paradise up so bad I say good ******************!!! and take ARIZONA with you!! I’d love to the mexico destroy both hillbilly trailer trash states up!

  • Cassie

    Wow…I can honestly say there are some idiot Americans out there. Every single one of you hypocritical and stereotypical “ADULTS” who are calling MY governor “trailer trash” & a “hillbilly” let me ask you something…what are you doing with your life? I’m 17 years old and some of the comments I’ve read are about as idiotic as they come. And trust me, teenagers know what idiotic looks like because we encounter it everyday with our friends. I think it’s sad that a 17 year old girl who is about to be a senior at a high school in Texas knows better than a bunch of adults that you OBVIOUSLY cannot trust an OPINIONATED ARTICLE sited from WIKIPEDIA enough to swing your voting views completely around and have a view on a man whom you’ve never even come in contact with. I agree that the education system is not as great, yes we have high taxes and toll roads,and we can’t control our border but WHAT CAN THE MAN DO?! NO matter what he does or what papers he signs, this man will never be pleasing enough for you people. I’d LOVE to see some of you try to run a state like Texas. Just let me know when you come up with a crap load of money to get us out of debt, can lower gas prices, can eliminate taxes, can find the BEST teachers to put in EVERY SINGLE SCHOOL, and can have complete border patrol to where not a single person comes in from Mexico. It’s no use, our entire nation has been drove into the ground…by George W. Bush, or Obama, or Rick Perry..but by the PEOPLE. YOU put those people in office. But it didn’t start with them. Our nations been nose diving for over 100 years, and it’s the American people who have done it. Me and you. All I can say is get your Bibles out and have some serious Jesus time. That’s the only thing that’ll save this nation.

    • Cassie

      *NOT by George W. Bush