Skip to comments.(Vanity) Thoughts on Perry
Posted on 08/16/2011 9:42:18 PM PDT by grey_whiskers
This is a brief discussion of some of the controversies brought up in conjunction with the candidacy of Gov. Rick Perry, together with observations on polling data and his base of support.
Gardasil is a drug from Merck & Co. developed as a vaccine for certain types of cervical cancer, which was only effective if administered before exposure to certain STDs. Those who attack Perry point out that Perry issued an executive order in February 2007 mandating that all Texas girls be vaccinated with Gardasil before admission to the sixth grade. His chief-of-staff from 2002-2004 had become a lobbyist for Merck; Merck also donated $6,000 to Perrys re-election campaign.
Perrys defenders counter with two points: first, that the Executive Order was not truly mandatory, as there was an opt-out clause for parents; and second, that Perry had received $24 million that year for his re-election campaign, so that $6,000 was merely a drop in the bucket.
But all of this seems to me to miss the main point. With all of the furor over Obamacare and mandatory payments, why is it a good thing to order mandatory vaccines for something which is picked up through *voluntary* behaviour? If we are interested in conservatism, and part of conservatism is sexual morality, why was Perry implicitly throwing in the towel by ordering a mandatory vaccine for STDs, with only an opt-out? Doesnt this undermine the moral authority of the parents? This sounds more like a Romney-type stunt than the behaviour of a true conservative!
This was supposed to be a superhighway going from the Texas border to Oklahoma, with branches running all over the state, at a cost of $175 billion dollars. It was introduced by Governor Rick Perry in 2001. It would have set up multiple-lane highways (up to almost a quarter of a mile wide!) for six car lanes, 4 truck lanes, and two tracks each for various rail (high-speed rail, commuter rail, and freight rail), together with rights-of-way for underground cable and utility lines.
The road would be financed and operated by Cintra, a Spanish firm, which would not *own* the highway, but collect toll revenue.
Civil libertarians, concerned over misuse of eminent domain, were up in arms. In addition, other people were concerned over what would have amounted to double taxation -- having to pay tolls for the TTC, and yet having to pay gasoline taxes for state roads.
And of course, one of the selling points of the project was that it was needed to accomodate increased MEXICAN truck traffic following passage of NAFTA.
Those who support Perry are very proud of pointing out that the TTC is dead, and that even references to it have been removed from State Law. However, the Houston Chronicle pointed out in a 2009 article that the state
...will move forward with a serious of individual project that had been considered part of the Trans-Texas Corridor plan...[the] renewed effort now will operate under the name Innovative Connectivity in Texas to usher in a new method of operation.
This doesnt sound like Perry and the backers of the TTC got the message. Kind of like Boehner and his supposed $100 billion in cuts at the beginning of 2011...
And come to think of it, what kind of a conservative goes around pushing transportation infrastructure jobs as a keynote effort? Especially when it includes tolls going to a foreign company instead of an American company? Something does not compute, here, if hes talking about restoring the American economy. Arent we sending enough money overseas for oil, without adding tolls?
And, whats with the, *ahem*, high-speed rail? Sounds awfully green to me. Thomas Friedman would no doubt approve Perrys acting like China. And speaking of green jobs...
Perry ran Al Gores campaign in Texas in 1988
While some people claim that Gore was much more centrist back then (he opposed federal funding for abortion, and agreed on funding of the Nicaraguan Contras, for example), he was still a moonbat when it came Global Warming: according to The Guardian(U.K.) he held congressional hearings on Climate Change back in 1976 and began writing a book on environmental conservation in 1988.
Those who defend Perry claim that it was a long time ago, and that people are allowed to change their minds. But think back to 1988. Who was finishing as President back then? Oh, *thats* right. Ronald Reagan. What a perfect time to back a Democrat, if youre *really* conservative.
And, by the way, Perry endorsed Rudy Guiliani for President in 2008. Does anyone remember what Free Republic did to Guiliani supporters? Do the words "bug-zapper" mean anything to you? Colour me unbelieving.
Perry supports the Dream Act
This allows illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition at college provided that they have lived in Texas for three years and graduated from high school -- and they apply for citizenship.
While this *sounds* good at first blush, it is really amnesty light for young illegals: and once they are citizens, they will likely try to bring their extended family to live with them, with predictable long-term results (Heartless, racist Republicans want to split up families.) Trying to cut down on the number of illegal immigrants by rewarding their long-standing residence is like trying to scare ants away from a picnic by leaving a trail of crumbs on the ground.
Perry is as tough as marshmallows on illegal immigration
In addition to the Trans Texas Corridor and the Dream Act, Rick Perry has opposed the idea that Texas should adopt Arizonas immigration law, since he does not want law enforcement to be REQUIRED to determine immigration status. He wants it to be voluntary. In addition, despite all of the noise about Perry being against Sanctuary Cities, and with the issue being introduced in a special session, somehow it managed to not get passed. Liberal blogger brainsandeggs mentions some of the gyrations the bill went through before failing:
Recall also that during the regular session, the sanctuary cities legislation was approved by the House on a 100-to-47 party-line vote, only to be blocked by Democrats in the Senate on a 12-to-19 party-line vote. But during the special session, essentially the same legislation was approved by the Senate on a 19-to-12 party-line vote (the two-thirds rule was not in force during the special session) only to fail to make it out of the House State Affairs committee, the same committee which in early May had heartily endorsed it on a 9-to-3 party-line vote.
So it looks like Perry gets to have his Taco and eat it too: he can posture about being against sanctuary cities, while in the real world, a bill abolishing sanctuary cities fails with the Governors backing.
Incidentally, this is an excerpt from a speech which Perry gave in 2001. Tell me if this sounds like someone who is tough on illegal immigration, or someone who will continue pandering to illegals in the hope of votes to come, as quoted in The Washington Post:
"We dont care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there. And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers. The doors of higher education must be open to them. The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede [education is the future, and yes, we can]"
Soft on Islam
Everyone by now has gotten tired of hearing the mantra enforced from on high that Islam is a "Religion of Peace" -- with some going so far as to mock the phrase by calling it a "Religion of Pieces" (a macabre reference to suicide bombers and beheadings favored by jihadists).
And Rick Perry seems to be continuing in the same vein.
Here's a speech of Perry's from 2008.
In which he quotes the Koran, knowingly:
"The Quran says: Truly those who believe, and those who are Jews, and Christians, and Sabeans whoever believes in God and the Last Day and is virtuous surely their reward is with their Lord, and no fear shall come upon them, neither shall they grieve."
Gee, why does this make the hair on the back of my neck stand up? Haven't we had enough of Ramadan Greetings and the Muslim call to prayer with Barack Hussein Obama?
What is ironic is that it was yet another Texan, George W. Bush, who seemed to push for the "ROP" meme. Too bad this idiocy didn't get squelched in time to stop Maj. Hassan at Fort Hood.
For more on Perry and Islamicists, see here.
With that list completed, it is time to move on to political metaphysics -- observations which do not fit neatly in one category or another of the above, but help place these factors into focus, or interpret the landscape in the early days after Perrys declaration.
Changes in polling data
Rasmussen now shows him at 29%, with Romney at 18% ,Bachmann at 13%, Ron Paul at 9%, Cain at 6% and Gingrich at 5% -- 72 hours after declaring.
Several important points here.
What was Perrys popularity in polls before he declared?
Rasmussen performed a telephone survey of likely Iowa caucus participants on August 8, less than a week before his announcement. Perry got 12% compared to Bachmanns 22% and Romneys 21%, Ron Pauls 16%, and Tim Pawlentys 11%.
And yet, no breathless specials, no major speeches during that time frame.
He did call Bernanke treasonous on August 16: but that is *after* the data for the polls had been collected. His support must have come from somewhere else. Where cold that be?
Look at the poll again. Tim Pawlenty has dropped out of the race. And according to Rasmussen, 16% of primary voters *remain* undecided: so T-Paws supporters did not disappear into the noise.
Could it be that Perry may have just picked up most of Pawlentys support, together with a small slice of Romney, Bachmann, and Pauls support? And if that is true, does it really argue for a massive groundswell among the Tea Party, or for the substitution of one lukewarm RINO for another?
Note : Compare this to the actual Ames straw poll results from Free Republic:
1. Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (4823, 28.55%)
2. Congressman Ron Paul (4671, 27.65%)
3. Governor Tim Pawlenty (2293, 13.57%)
4. Senator Rick Santorum (1657, 9.81%)
5. Herman Cain (1456, 8.62%)
6. Governor Rick Perry (718, 3.62%) write-in
7. Governor Mitt Romney (567, 3.36%)
8. Speaker Newt Gingrich (385, 2.28%)
9. Governor Jon Huntsman (69, 0.41%)
10. Congressman Thad McCotter (35, 0.21%)
The straw poll is by definition self selection and not random, i.e. liable to shenanigans).
If one includes the straw poll, one has to account for Romney placing below even Cain and Santorum; which is sure to skew the results, given that conventional wisdom has Perry and Romney as the front-runners among declared candidates.
2) The GOP astroturf factor
The LA Times reports that Perrys Texas donors are doing quite well in Texas, hinting at a combination of class envy and a tu quoque argument about the kind of pay to play environment long enforced by Democrats. But there is a more significant fact contained within this article:
Perry has received a total of $37 million over the last decade from just 150 individuals and couples
--which works out to $240,000 from each of these donors. This is not the kind of grass-roots, $20-at-a-time donations characteristic of a true populist.
And when one looks at a spontaneous outpouring of articles at places ranging from RedState.com (which inspired this piece) to The Weekly Standard, including personal attacks on detractors of Perry -- and thoughtful lists of talking points all ready to go, spontaneously ?
Usually it takes time to come up with such things, particularly for a brand new campaign.
Having the fawning articles (such as the publicity that Perry won in the Alabama State Republican Executive Committee Summer Meeting Straw Poll, with 101 votes out of a total of 205 cast!) appear from all points of the compass at once, makes it look like strings are being pulled.
A further curious phenomenon is seen in Real Clear Politics.
In the latest polly, Perry jumps to 29% on Rasmussen Reports form 8-15: but for all other polls from 8-2 to 8-9, Perry tops out at 18%. Either this is a bump from the announcement, or Perry is drawing someone else?
Heres a hint: according to Real Clear Politics, Perry never showed up in Rasmussens results until mid-June. Then all of a sudden, his numbers started climbing, even though he hadnt declared.
Heres another hint: Rasmussen does not include Palin among the possible candidates.
Is Perry merely the latest establishment candidate designed to stave off a Palin candidacy, given that Romney was not catching fire with the base?
I'm in the asbestos birdcage.
Bring your own tar and pitchforks.
Ill give you a hint: His initials are Rudy Giuliani.
The pay for play stuff really pisses me off.
Who did the other candidates endorse?
They both have PDS!
This sounds like a cleanup job for Sara.
You seem to be pretty hard on Perry. Just off the top of my head, Bachmann was a Carter Rat and Reagan was an FDR Rat before they had conversions. Reagan did amnesty for illegals and in ‘67 signed abortion legislation as Gov.
Sarah Palin respects Perry and thinks he is a straight up Conservative. Your argument may be looking for absolute purity in a world were there is none.
I also think this belief that there is a conspiracy by the elites to install this guy falls apart when you note that the Bushes and Rove hate Perry. They are the elites after all.
Thank you soooooo much for posting this.
I get the feeling that over the past several years that Free Republic is becoming a breeding ground for RINO propaganda. Really sickening to see the past few days since Perry has announced his run.
If this nation is to survive we need to rid the party of RINOs and stop electing people like them to national office or we need to start a third party and be done with the stupid party once and for all.
Think about the Clinton camp vs. the Chicago machine in the Dem Party.
Think of The Maine Sisters and Weepy Boehner in the GOP.
A three-term Governor who got his start under Rove is much more a party insider than Palin who wandered down from Alaska only to be muzzled and set up by the RINOs in her own campaign's staff.
Rove hates Perry because Perry has his own set of cronies and consultants: and without a feudal master to give him credibility, who's really gonna pay Rove? His results as far as winning aren't that good (look at the GOP's performance in the House and Senate during his time).
Don't you know that Rove is faking it so as to make us believe that he hates Perry but he really does not and wants him to take the nomination even though he supports Romney too. It is all very complex but its true, it really is..../tinfoil
“Heres another hint: Rasmussen does not include Palin among the possible candidates.”
So some folks can not take a hint. This is devolving into Fathers Day at the orphanage. “Pick Me!”
Rick Perry has a proven Executive track record. Leadership matters, no apologies for perceived sleights. If you want another 4 years of bowing and kowtowing to foreign leaders, fight on for Zero. American exceptional ism is real.
There is no enmity between the Palin camp and the Perry campaign. There is a distinction between a camp and a campaign. Tweet Saint Sarah. She has a new commission.
You ask why Perry mandated the Gardasil vaccine for voluntary behavior. The answer is that insurance companies wouldn’t pay for the $380 vaccine unless it was mandatory. The vaccine had been shown to be nearly 100% effective. To give access to the vaccine to those who couldn’t afford it for the price of a copay, he went with an Executive Order to make it mandatory. Ultimately, the voters, through their representatives, exercised their will by overturning the EO.
Regarding Perry’s support of Gore in 1988 ...
Gore was not simply more centrist then. He was considered a conservative Southern Democrat. He was pro-life, pro-guns, pro-defense, and pro-tobacco. His was the last pro-life Democratic presidential campaign. Further, Texas was controlled by Democrats back then. Perry was considered one of the most conservative Democrats at that time.
Which (given how Palin was mobbed in Iowa and draws crowds whereever she goes) skews the results of the poll.
Rick Perry is a proven RINO: globalist, open-borders, Islamic sycophant, given to totalitarian impulses (enforced vaccinations, Trans-Texas corridor).
LBJ and Bush I and Bush II screwed the country badly.
I will no longer vote for a RINO, no matter how much I'm told I'm supposed to like it.
It's time for you Texans to get in the barrel and swallow.
*ping for the list*
Why would anyone support Gore over the GOP in that time frame?
Being a Texan is no excuse to overlook Perry's RINO status, or worse, to lie about it.
Vaccines for STDs are unnecessary, since STDs can be prevented through abstinence: which should be the policy prescription for conservatives.
This just shows Perry is and was a RINO.
To say Perry just endorsed Giuliani isn't enough. Perry was the ONLY Republican governor to endorse PRO-ABORTION Rudy Giuliani.
They're both losers.
Ronald Reagan last supported a Democrat for President in 1948.
Perry supported a Democrat to REPLACE PRESIDENT REAGAN in 1988.
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