Posts Tagged ‘Rick Perry’

Barack Obama Dumps on Lone Star State

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

He's Messing...

Being a Texan, though by choice, and not by birth, I have a great appreciation for this state and its basic sense of fairness.  Barack Obama has poked Texans in the eye, and I’m not particularly thrilled that this dictator is still running our country.  While he has already undertaken a number of policies that have been punitive to the Lone Star State, this time, he has stepped over a boundary in the sense that he’s actually accused Texans of what could only be called a sort of de facto racism. As usual, he did so through his equally thuggish Attorney General, Eric Holder, who issued an order instructing Texas not to enforce its new voter ID law, aimed at reducing vote fraud. This is just the latest in a long line of attacks on Texas by the radical Obama administration.  This is the sort of thing that convinces many Americans that Obama is not merely incompetent, but malevolent.

This is going too far, because if we must not identify voters with reasonable certainty that they are indeed eligible, then every eligible voter who takes the time to register and to vote is being cheated, and their votes are being diluted by each and every fraudulent, ineligible person who shows up to cast a vote. To me, and to most Texans, self-identification is a reasonable measure we can take to be sure that the outcomes of elections are legitimate.  Of course, Democrats hate the idea, being the party of institutionalized vote-fraud, so it’s easy to understand their treasonous motive.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has already filed suit, joining with South Carolina in pursuing action against the Federal Government.  I realize politics are involved here, but maybe that’s the point.  I think Governor Perry should make plans to enforce the law, pending action in the courts, and if the courts don’t act before the next elections, scheduled for May 29th, he should go ahead and enforce it and dare the Obama administration to stop him. Perry talks a good game about the Tenth Amendment, but will he stand up for it?

Of course, the argument of the Holder Justice Department is that the new Texas statute violates the Voting Rights Act, as preposterous a notion as has been offered in a long while.  The other argument of the leftists is that there is no evidence of significant vote fraud.  No kidding!  How can you create evidence without identifying voters?  If we never substantially audit the vote, because we cannot verify who actually voted, how in the world are we to provide evidence?

This is another typical leftist scam aimed at pumping up illegal votes for Democrats.  They’re never satisfied to go to the polls and let the chips fall where they may, because if that happened, there would be many fewer Democrats in office, and every person who has paid even scarce attention to this issue over the last few decades knows this.  In fact, it has long been thought that without the legions of the dead who ‘voted’ for him, John F. Kennedy might well have lost in 1960.  That would have changed history in many remarkable ways.  The truth is that this is an issue far too important to ignore, and for the sake of the country, we must begin to get a handle on fraud in voting.  Too much is at stake to let the games continue.


Thursday, January 19th, 2012


After having ridden the wave of the media meme that he had won Iowa and New Hampshire in unprecedented fashion, Mitt Romney’s “inevitable” nomination may not be.  We have the news Thursday morning that Rick Santorum actually won in Iowa, and while the media continues to spin that Santorum’s win is a “virtual tie,” they did not say that about Romney when it was thought he had won by a smaller margin.  Meanwhile, Newt Gingrich continues his surge in South Carolina, perhaps mostly unharmed by the seemingly old allegations by an ex-wife that are being pushed in the media.  It’s been announced that one hundred Tea Party leaders in from around the country will be supporting Gingrich, and with the classy, respectful exit of Rick Perry, and his subsequent endorsement of Gingrich, suddenly Romney no longer looks so inevitable, and we can expect this to have serious blow-back in the remaining days of the run-up to the South Carolina primary on Saturday.

What all of this should tell you is what a paper tiger Mitt Romney’s aura of invincibility had been.  Don’t misunderstand, as Mitt is hardly out of the running, but what this shows that his path to the nomination is going to be much more difficult and lengthy than many had assumed.  You also shouldn’t expect any less vigorous a campaign by Romney, while his superPACs will go after Gingrich with guns blazing now.  The next two days will consist of virtual bloodshed, as Romney and his surrogates are going for the throat in all parts of the media.  As I reported Wednesday, the Romney camp will try to push the mantra of Newt’s unreliability, but I don’t think that apt to take hold, because what the public has noticed that despite some anger over his treatment by Romney surrogates in Iowa, Gingrich has apparently returned to his form of November and December, focusing on a more positive message.

On Thursday afternoon, Sarah Palin talked with Sean Hannity on his radio show, and she said she thought the story aimed at Gingrich is perhaps in the process of back-firing, because the base of the Republican Party is tired of the media and establishment choosing their candidates.  This characterizes one of Romney’s problems:  He is widely seen as the GOP establishment’s candidate, and that is a big turn-off for the rank-and-file conservatives and Tea Party folks in the GOP.  This threatens to overwhelm all of this “inevitability” talk, and if as Palin suggests, there is a backlash against the media’s Gingrich attacks, Romney may well find additional trouble with his ongoing campaign based on smearing the former Speaker’s reliability.

Despite all of the external factors, Mitt’s largest obstacle remains his own record.  He hopes to capture this nomination by default, letting the others self-destruct (with timely help) while he simply survives.  Unfortunately, he has a well-established track record of vacillation on a variety of issues that makes him unacceptable to many.

Update: Here’s the Hannity/Palin radio interview from Thursday:

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CNN: Perry Goes Home(UPDATED-Endorses Newt)

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

Going Home

USAToday is reporting that Rick Perry is suspending his campaign.  The Texas Governor is coming off of his best debate performance, but he was dealt some real set-backs after poor-than-expected performances in earlier debates.  Perry is the longest-serving Governor in Texas History, and his entry into the race last August was greeted by anticipation of a vigorous campaign.

Whatever else you might say about Perry, he certainly provided some moments of entertainment on the campaign trail, and in the debates, and not everything funny about what he said was at his expense.  I personally enjoyed when he took on Mitt Romney a little.

Update: National Journal is reporting that Perry will endorse Newt Gingrich

A Challenge to Gingrich, Perry, Romney

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Attacking or Governing Like Libs

A number of Republican candidates have begun to assail Mitt Romney on the basis of his time with Bain Capital, notably Newt Gingrich and Rick Perry, but the criticisms they level miss the mark in most respects, and worse, play upon the very worst arguments of leftists who say capitalism is inherently evil because it seeks profit and will occasionally lead to short-term job losses.  I have no problem criticizing Mitt Romney when it’s deserved, as these pages witness, but I have definite problems with this approach to attacking Romney.  It’s not that he’s immune to attack, and as I have covered, not everything ever done under the banner of Bain is beyond reproach, but this idea that buying companies, and subsequently liquidating them to turn a profit is a bad thing is quite obviously not one of them.

I have some pointed advice for former Speaker Newt Gingrich, and my own Governor, Rick Perry of Texas:  If you want to criticize Mitt Romney, stick to those parts of his record where he actually did something wrong.  Don’t berate him with the same things Obama will use to appeal to  his base, but instead concentrate on those things that appeal to the conservative base.  In short, focus on how Mitt Romney governed.

It’s amazing when even Ron Paul defends Romney on this point, while Gingrich and Perry attack.  None but the ignorant who live in a capitalist nation should have a problem with the aspects of capitalism that seek profit, sometimes by liquidating assets.  That’s not altogether unlike you having a garage sale and getting rid of things you aren’t using, or that are not up to snuff any longer, trying to recover some of their value before they become effectively worthless.  The money you re-capture by such a sale certainly helps you to pay other bills, or buy new items that more fully suit one’s purposes.  You can take the cash and invest it in a completely new venture.  This is an important function in any market, including in business, and to besmirch it as somehow wrong is a terrible disservice to the entire notion of capitalism.

I can name a number of things that Mitt Romney has done while governor of Massachusetts that deserve more than a little derision.  The problem is that neither Gingrich nor Perry are apt to say much about them, since they’ve advocated or  implemented similar.   Gingrich formerly favored healthcare mandates, and while he’s reversed his position on that, it’s hard for him to take pot-shots at Romney on this basis without somebody pulling out the label “hypocrite.”  Perry pushed for his Gardasil vaccine, and that too is a mandate, though of a different character and scale, but both speak to the same basic problem Romney has, and it’s worthwhile to note that where Gingrich and Romney differ on the healthcare insurance mandate is this:  Only Mitt ever actually imposed one.

I have addressed Romney’s imposition of health-care mandates and the various other programs of a socialist nature he imposed while governor of Massachusetts, and it’s true that in terms of what he has actually enacted, he is certainly the most socialistic big-government-inclined politician of the bunch.  He is definitely the candidate the media will attack most vigorously for both his vices and his virtues, but it is disappointing to see Gingrich and Perry attack on this basis.  If they’re smart, they’ll stop it, but part of the problem is that they’re falling into a well-laid trap set by the mainstream media:  The media is left-biased in the extreme, so what Gingrich and Perry are doing is to pick up the criticisms that will travel farthest in the media.  The media loves these attacks, and will revisit them many times over if Romney gets the nomination, but the attacks conservative Republicans should be aiming at Mitt Romney are not things the overwhelmingly liberal media wants to attack.

Falling for this is a terrible mistake, because it will not be the liberal media that chooses the Republicans’ nominee.  Gingrich is right to point out that Romney’s Massachusetts healthcare plan is a terrible leftist disaster, and that Obamacare had been largely modeled after it.  Perry would be right to raise Mitt’s “Welfare Wheels” program, or any of the other big government ideas that advanced while Romney was governor there.  Either would make perfect sense explaining how Romney was a friend of Teddy Kennedy’s legislative agenda, or how Romney was the beneficiary of crony capitalism on a few occasions.  Nobody on the conservative side would be offended by that.  The problem is that both of them are vulnerable on similar issues, and while perhaps to lesser degrees, they still have some explaining to do.  The problem is that it’s all the easier to simply attack Romney from a point of view more appealing to leftists in part because the media will transmit that message more willingly, but also in part because they believe they will get away with it.

I’d issue this challenge to Governor Perry and Speaker Gingrich:  Tell us the things about Mitt Romney’s record that condemn him as a big-government statist, and those things that mitigate the timber in your own eyes on these issues, and we’ll get along famously.  I’d issue a further challenged to Governor Romney:  Be prepared to explain in some sensible terms why tyranny imposed at the Federal level is bad, but at the state level, it’s no problem at all.  His pathetic “federalism” excuse for  Romney-care doesn’t cut it, and never has.   Governor Romney can impress the hell out of me by explaining to the American people why capitalism is good, but then he’s going to need to explain why he undertook so many programs and laws as the governor of Massachusetts that did nothing but undermine it.

This has been the sick irony of this insufficient field. It’s why 58% of Republicans don’t really like any of these candidates.  Gingrich and Perry had better drop the politically expedient attacks that are merely anti-capitalist rants, and instead hammer on Romney for those things that were egregiously offensive to liberty, and they’d better prepare when questions are raised about their own big-government reflexes.  Otherwise, voters just might get wise to this whole sad game, and walk away from the party this fall. After all, what is worse?  A nominee like Romney who would effectively govern like Obama, or a nominee who relies upon Obama’s tired class-warfare and anti-capitalist rhetoric?  Neither do I want a nominee who subverts capitalism in governing, nor do I want one who assails it in the press.  We need a president who will undertake to restore capitalism, and I don’t see much evidence that any of these three will do so.

What’s With Rick Perry?

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Rick Perry Speaking Friday

I’m not going to spend much time on this.  I’m sorry to say that we Texans have watched our governor self-destruct in this campaign. He entered to much hype and an almost instantaneous lead, but those days are long gone.  This video clip is from a speech Perry gave Friday, to the Cornerstone, a conservative group in New Hampshire. Let me be clear about this: Rick Perry didn’t say anything bad, or wrong, and in isolation, I agree with the concepts he expressed in general terms.  The problem is the manner in which he said it.  Something’s off about his presentation.  Am I alone in seeing it this way?  To me, it just seems like a very odd presentation.  I’ve seen Perry speak a number of times, and this speech is somehow different, and by different, I don’t mean “better.”  What is Rick Perry doing?

Rick Perry Says Something Refreshingly Honest

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Damn Right!

The left will doubtless make all the hay they can from this, but the truth is that for once, I think Rick Perry is to be credited for speaking the truth in a bold way. He said “I don’t care” if his tax plan helps the rich.  Kudos to Rick Perry.  Here’s the thing, and it’s a point I’d try to make to every whining ne’er-do-well now Occuping Wall Street.  Now, he could really impress me and say something more important, like “You’re damned right it does, and it should. Who do you think creates jobs? Occu-pests?”  This endless assault on wealth is more than it seems, and less intellectually-bound than it pretends.  It’s a form of  cannibalism, and it’s aimed at destroying more than the wealth it pursues:  It’s about destroying reason.  It’s about disguising something, too.  Behind all of the complaints about the “greed” of the rich is the sickly confession of those who haven’t had the diligence, the discipline, or the desire to make it on their own.  I’m going to say it without reservation:  If you’re not rich, but you really want to be, in this country you have nobody to blame but yourself and your friends in government.  For a change, Rick Perry got it right.

Wealth is produced not by claims of need, or demands at gunpoint, but by the efforts of honest, diligent people.  When I say “honest,” it is in the sense that they understand you cannot consume more than you produce without eventually destroying yourself and yielding your life.  Nothing in the world is free – not even hope.  Manna may have fallen from the heavens in Moses’ day, but in the world around us, there is nothing that will feed you if you are unwilling to expend effort for it, except a government program, but the truth of that, as every working person knows, is that somebody is paying, even if that somebody isn’t you.  Most range-of-the-moment thinkers will see that as an opportunity to get by, but those of us who produce our daily bread look on it somewhat differently.  We see a vast moral vacuum where a human conscience should be, when an able-bodied person permits him or herself to become a perpetual ward of the state.

What Rick Perry admitted is something we should all know:  It’s none of our business how much money others earn.  In my view, a fair tax system would take the federal budget, divide it by the population, and send out the bills with guardians responsible for  dependents’ shares.   That’s a tax reform I could get behind.  Of course, that would eat a hole in some families’ budgets.  I think everybody should have some “skin in the game.”  Do the math: The federal budget is some 3.5 trillion and the population is roughly 320 million.  That’s roughly $11k for every man, woman, and child. Guess what?  In my household, that would be a tax cut.  Of course, there’s just me and my wife.  Still, why shouldn’t you pay your way? Besides, it’s my bet that if you saw an equal share of the burden, you’d be in no hurry to see it increased.

Okay, so you wish to exempt social security recipients from paying? Fine. There are roughly 50 million of them.  So let’s adjust our numbers:  $3.5 trillion divided by (320-50)=270 million payers, giving you an average tax bill of nearly $13K.  Anybody else you wish to exempt?  Food stamp recipients? Fine. There are 45 million of those, so let’s adjust our numbers again: $3.5 trillion divided by an adjusted population of  (270-45)=225 million taxpayers.  Now the tax bill per man, woman and child is $15,555.55.  Get the point?  Nothing is free.  Nothing.  You want to get it from “the rich”?  Let’s seize the total assets of a billionaire. Let’s say he’s worth a billion, even.  Of course, you’ll only be able to get this from him one time, because after that, he’s broke, but let’s do the math.  Let’s just take that billion off the top.  That reduces our total bill from $3.5 Trillion to  $3.499 Trillion. Fine. Now, we’ll need to adjust the numbers accordingly: $3.499Trillion divided among 225 million people. Okay, so how did this complete seizure of a billion dollars help the other 225 million taxpayers?  It reduced our bill from $15,555.55 to $15,551.11.  Feel better?  We just took all the assets of a guy who employed people, turned him into a pauper, and saved a whopping $4.44 on each of our tax bills.  Of course, we should have subtracted him out of the taxpayers, because now he’s on foodstamps.

The point, if you’ve managed to miss it in all of this, is that seizing wealth from the so-called “rich” really makes no difference. You can do it exactly once.  You simultaneously create more poverty, more unemployment, and more dependency, while reducing the taxpayer base.  Do you see why redistributionist policies cannot work?

People whine about the rich, but if the rich had more of their money to spend and invest, guess what?  There would be many more jobs.  I think we should eliminate corporate taxes, too.  I think we should get government out of the way of the formation of capital.  I think we should get rid of regulatory bureaucracies that are choking off prosperity in this country.  The truth is that our problems, while severe, are not insurmountable.  We can still fix things, but we need to get control of our government.  While the Occupy Wall Street crowd continues its protest, the people really at the root of the misery that confronts us are preparing to cash in, again.  They’re using the OWS protests as cover.

Reality is hell for those who “suck at math.”  Rick Perry’s right in this instance: I don’t care if the tax burden on the rich is reduced. The top 1% already pay 40% of all the income taxes collected.  That’s sinful, and the sin is accrued by those who live from the fat of  this inequality.