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  • Is Social Security a Ponzi Scheme? Rick Perry thinks so.

    08/29/2011 12:58:04 PM PDT · by martosko · 45 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/29/2011 | CJ Ciaramella
    There goes Rick Perry again, saying things that make liberals’ heads explode. Speaking to a crowd in Iowa this weekend, the Texas governor and GOP presidential hopeful doubled down on statements he made in his book, Fed Up!, that Social Security is essentially a pyramid scheme. “It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people,” Perry said. “The idea that they’re working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie. It is a monstrous lie on this generation, and we can’t do that to them.” The left reacted,...
  • Beware of Rick Perry 'The Latest Idiot Cowboy' (Muslim Media Warns)

    08/29/2011 1:13:25 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 57 replies
    If you find yourself wondering how it was you missed the whole 4th season of Walker, Texas Ranger, while forcing yourself to attend Lamaze classes with your significant other. If on cool, crisp days the aforementioned tragedy causes you to wistfully wonder how to fill the emptiness inside - let me introduce you to the Rick Perry for President Campaign. Perry, who has seemingly been Governor of Texas since around the time when remaining at The Alamo began to look like a questionable career move, is now ready to throw his 10-gallon hat, frothy intellect and custom-made cowboy boots into...
  • The Palin Pantry Principle or How to Vote Like a Human Being

    08/29/2011 1:25:47 PM PDT · by jcpryor · 6 replies
    Lipstick 2012 ^ | August 29, 2011 | Jeanette Pryor
    Human beings are distinguished from animals by the capacity to act rationally. Humans are able to look at the world and form universal ideals of what is true, beautiful, and good. We possess the marvelous power to act in a way that reflects our intellectual grasp of this truth, beauty and goodness. Human beings who consistently act according to internalized ideas that conform to what is really true and good are principled. The election of a soundly-principled candidate in 2012 is necessary if we wish to avoid the final erosion of the essence of America. Our country is currently informed,...
  • Glenn Beck On Rick Perry: "he’s the real deal!" (Video At Link)

    08/29/2011 1:32:18 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 51 replies
    Glenn Beck and his beloved sidekick Pat Gray, who used to live in Texas, recently had a conversation with some people very close to Rick Perry with regard to their concerns about him as a candidate. These are people who Beck, without divulging their identities, says that he trusts and that if he could tell you who they were it would only add credibility to their words. What they told him was that in the last four years Rick Perry has had a God-moment: Beck: Here’s what I was told and I believe these people because they’re not just bandwagon...
  • RINO advising Rick Perry’s opponents (Video At Link)

    08/29/2011 2:19:26 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 11 replies
    RINO wimp David Brooks advises Rick Perry’s opponents... (Video At Link)
  • Vanity: Romney’s plan to beat Perry

    Just as I said. According to O4P insiders , Palin lured Perry into the race to pop Romney's bubble and are relying on Romney to go negative on Perry and pop Perry's bubble and thus the reason for Palin's late entry. Read the article , Team Romney is getting ready to pull the trigger.
  • New Gallup Poll: Tea Party Backing Perry for GOP Nomination

    08/29/2011 2:52:05 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 45 replies
    PRINCETON, NJ Rick Perry's candidacy has attracted strong initial support from Republicans who identify themselves as supporters of the Tea Party movement. Perry leads by 21 percentage points over the closest contenders among this group, Mitt Romney and Michele Bachmann. Among Republicans who say they do not support the Tea Party movement, Romney and Perry are essentially tied These results are based on an Aug. 17-21 Gallup poll, which showed Perry overtaking Romney as the front-runner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination among all Republicans nationwide. The poll finds that 58% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents identify themselves as supporters...
  • CNN Poll: Perry Leads GOP Race Even If Palin Runs

    08/29/2011 2:24:17 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 389 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 29, 2011, 2:32 PM ET | By Danny Yadron
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a commanding lead in the 2012 GOP presidential race, and that wont likely change if tea party favorite Sarah Palin decides to run, a new CNN/ORC International poll indicates....The poll’s data show that, for now, Mr. Perry is the clear favorite of tea party supporters. Ms. Palin won support from 10% of voters, leaving her in third place just ahead of Mrs. Bachmann.
  • Rick Perry sticks to claim that Social Security is a scam

    08/29/2011 11:34:13 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 119 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 29, 2011 | Michael Muskal
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is standing firm in insisting that Social Security, the federal government’s insurance programs for retirees and disabled, is a Ponzi scheme designed to deceive the young. In a weekend campaign stop in Ottumwa, Iowa, Perry, who has surged into the lead in the Republican presidential sweepstakes in at least one major poll, repeated his characterization of the social insurance program that is generally supported by the electorate. He has made the same point before, especially in his book, “Fed Up!,” though at one point his campaign tried to explain that he had softened his language. “It...
  • Rick Perry says Social Security is a "Ponzi scheme" and a "monstrous lie" (Perry speaks the truth)

    08/29/2011 12:04:46 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 165 replies
    cbs ^ | 8/29/2011 | Corbett B. Daly
    Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry continued his attack on Social Security over the weekend, calling it a "Ponzi scheme" and a "monstrous lie" to younger Americans who should not expect to get back their contributions upon retirement. "It is a Ponzi scheme for these young people. The idea that they're working and paying into Social Security today, that the current program is going to be there for them, is a lie," Perry said, according to the Houston Chronicle. "It is a monstrous lie on this generation, and we can't do that to them," Perry told a crowd a The Vine...
  • A two-man GOP presidential race? (Perry v Romney)

    08/29/2011 10:24:14 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 122 replies
    LA Times ^ | August 28, 2011 | Doyle McManus
    Until a few weeks ago, the race for the Republican presidential nomination seemed wide open. There was a presumptive front-runner, Mitt Romney, but he held first place mostly because he was a familiar face; his support among Republican voters appeared broad but not deep. Many conservatives at the party's core weren't happy with Romney, and a line of would-be champions has auditioned for their support, including former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann. But none of them succeeded in knocking Romney off his perch. Until now. Only two weeks after entering the...
  • Rick Perry Wanted Bi-National Health Insurance With Mexico

    08/27/2011 10:53:16 PM PDT · by Right Wingnut 2 · 114 replies
    Right Speak ^ | 8/28/2011 | Right Wingnut
    I just read the text of Rick Perry's remarks to the Border Summit on Aug, 21st 2001. How in the hell is this stuff slipping through the cracks without a single mention in the conservative press? If this had been Obama, Sean Hannity would have been talking about it 24/7 during the last presidential campaign. There are many passages in the speech that are of great concern to me, but this one really caught my attention. ...Legislation authored by border legislators Pat Haggerty and Eddie Lucio establishes an important study that will look at the feasibility of bi-national health insurance....
  • Don't like Perry? How about promoting your candidates positives?

    08/27/2011 7:00:28 PM PDT · by listenhillary · 891 replies
    8/27/11 | Listenhillary
    We are adults and most on FR are very intelligent persons. I think we can decide if a candidate is right for us. How about stop repeating the same Gardasil, Texas corridor, immigration stories over and over and over. Most have seen them by now if they have been paying attention. Most have judged the stories and condemn Perry to hell for them or they think that a president just might have different priorities than a state governor. Screaming at us in all caps isn't going to change any minds. FR isn't the entire universe of voters. We are a...
  • APNewsBreak: Perry bills feds for housing illegals

    08/26/2011 5:07:22 PM PDT · by PROCON · 138 replies
    AP ^ | Aug. 26, 2011 | APRIL CASTRO
    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry has asked the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for nearly $350 million to cover the costs incurred detaining illegal immigrants in state prisons and county jails. In a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Perry criticized the federal government hasn't been doing enough to secure the border with Mexico, thereby allowing illegal immigrants to enter the U.S. and use taxpayer-funded resources, including prisons and jails. It's a claim the Republican governor has made many times before. The letter was dated Aug. 10, three days before Perry formally announced he is running...
  • 2012 Campaign: Rick Perry And A Uniquely Anti-Gay GOP Field [Homosexuality Compared to Alcoholism]

    08/24/2011 9:24:43 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    LATimes ^ | August 24, 2011 | LATimes Opinion
    Opinion L.A. 2012 Campaign: Rick Perry And A Uniquely Anti-Gay GOP Field? August 24, 2011 You might think as much following the revelation by reporter Mark Benjamin that Republican front-runner and Texas Gov. Rick Perry once compared, in writing, homosexuality to alcoholism. Benjamin writes at Time magazine's Swampland blog: Since leaping into the GOP presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry hasn't been asked if he thinks gays are born or made. But in a little-noticed passage in his first book, "On My Honor," a encomium on the Boy Scouts published in 2008, Perry also drew a parallel between homosexuality and...
  • What Rick Perry Can Teach the GOP About Immigration (Say he has a "moderate record on immigration")

    08/24/2011 5:08:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | August 24, 2011 | Erica Grieder
    As he enters the Republican presidential race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry is striking some red-meat notes on the subject of immigration. Border security, he says, is a federal responsibility -- and immigration reform will have to wait until the border is secured. Invoking his beloved 10th Amendment, he proposes that in the meantime states should have some latitude to set their own course on the subject. As for Texas, he suggests, unauthorized immigration will not be treated lightly; earlier this year he called for a state law to abolish sanctuary cities, although the bill never made it to his desk....
  • Perry pilloried for pandering to La Raza

    06/20/2011 5:26:52 PM PDT · by allsouthern · 36 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | July 21, 2010 | Chad Groening
    TX governor panders to 'The Race' Chad Groening - OneNewsNow - 7/21/2010 5:20:00 AMThe head of a grassroots borders enforcement organization says it's completely inappropriate for Texas Governor Rick Perry to speak to a radical Hispanic organization that supports granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants. The Republican governor recently addressed a crowd of 1,800 members of the National Council of La Raza, which calls itself the largest Hispanic civil rights organization in the United States. Critics, however, point out that La Raza means "The Race," and claim the organization is nothing more than a Hispanic supremacist organization. One of...
  • New Poll Shows that Perry’s Entrance Scrambled GOP Race (Perry leading in Iowa)

    08/23/2011 4:02:14 PM PDT · by AAABEST · 66 replies
    Chron.com ^ | August 23, 2011 | Nolan Hicks
    A new poll by Public Policy Polling puts Texas Gov. Rick Perry in the front of the GOP presidential field in Iowa and shows just how much Perry’s entrance into the race scrambled the contest for the Republican nomination. The poll, released Tuesday (.pdf), shows that 21% of the poll respondents would support Perry in the Iowa caucuses next February, outpacing the two other Republican frontrunners Michele Bachmann and Mitt Romney. Romney’s campaign has been focusing on New Hampshire, a state that is considered a must win for his campaign. If the contest were simplified to a three-way race between...
  • Pataki plans 'major announcement' Saturday in Iowa

    08/23/2011 7:34:28 AM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/23/11 | Michael O'Brien
    Former New York Gov. George Pataki (R) plans a "major announcement" Saturday in Iowa, prompting speculation about a late entry into the field of Republican presidential candidates. Pataki, who's said before that he didn't plan to run in 2012, but has left the door ajar to changing his mind, will attend a local Republican fundraiser in Polk County on Saturday. A spokesman told CBS News that the former governor is now "seriously considering" a bid after saying in June he was "not running now." Pataki's spent most of the year in charge of a group he founded, No American Debt,...
  • Perry takes lead in new Iowa poll; Update: Perry has double-digit national lead in PPP poll ?

    08/23/2011 10:06:03 AM PDT · by RobinMasters · 59 replies
    Hot Air ^ | August 22, 2011 | Ed Morrissey
    A couple of caveats are in order before we start looking at this poll. First, it comes from PPP, a Democratic pollster which has had its fair share of difficulties in sampling Republicans. It’s also early in the race, as Rick Perry just starts getting vetted and Sarah Palin hasn’t yet begun to campaign, if in fact she decides to campaign at all. Still, this is a rather dramatic result: The race is pretty close four ways in Iowa but Rick Perry is the new favorite among Republican voters in the state. Among announced candidates he’s at 22% to 19%...
  • Rick Perry: Macho, macho man

    08/23/2011 12:53:52 PM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | August 23, 2011 | Luke Broadwater
    ....Tough-guy politicians may not actually make the best leaders, but they've been shown to be popular with voters and able to win major elections. Currently, no other leading candidate (not Mitt Romey, Ron Paul or Michele Bachmann) in the Republican field comes across as more macho than Perry. Evidence of Perry's machismo is surging on the internets. The Twitter feed @RickPerryFacts is a constant stream ofChuck Norris-esque statements about Perry. They're funny, but I also can't help but think they don't speak to a yearning of some part of the human psyche: A basic desire for a strong, tough-guy leader....
  • Rick Perry loves big government and other true political stories

    08/22/2011 10:20:28 AM PDT · by Fred · 44 replies
    Market Watch ^ | Cody Willard
    I spoke to a group of politically active, so-called conservatives last week at a hotel here in my New Mexico hometown. One of the topics that kept coming up was whether I despised Texas Gov. Rick Perry as much as I despised most other candidates that the Republican/Democrat regime is trying to force me to pick from in the next election. Let’s think through some deep thoughts and do fact-checking on Perry and the entire Left/Right paradigm as most people seem to see it right now: You can spend about five minutes on the governor’s official website confirming that Rick...
  • Perry defends stance on Fed, immigration

    08/21/2011 4:30:39 PM PDT · by Fred · 114 replies · 1+ views
    Political Ticker - CNN ^ | 082011 | Shawna Shepherd
    clip--- As governor of the state that shares the largest border with Mexico, Perry defended his record on immigration, including his support for allowing illegal immigrants to get in-state tuition rates at Texas universities but opposing such a law on a national level. "I'm a big believer in the 10th amendment," Perry said. "Whether they allow for tuition increases or decreases or whatever it might be in that state, it needs to be the states making that decisions." Perry wouldn't wade into a national immigration reform debate, deferring to his position that those decisions should be made on the state...
  • Rick Perry Slams Food Stamps, Government Subsidies

    08/21/2011 6:45:56 AM PDT · by AAABEST · 202 replies
    The State Column ^ | August 21, 2011 | Staff
    Texas Governor Rick Perry, the latest GOP candidate to enter the 2012 presidential race, looks to challenge former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney’s status as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Perry entered the race on August 13th after announcing his candidacy at an event in South Carolina. Perry’s announcement, which stole the spotlight from the Ames Straw Poll, put to rest several months of speculation about the Texas Governor’s decision to run for the GOP nomination. During his presidential announcement, Perry said “we cannot afford four more years of this rudderless leadership.” Perry also added that “page one of...
  • Rick Perry: A Candidate For Whom 'UnPresidential' Is A Virtu

    08/19/2011 6:16:09 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 19 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | August 19, 2011 | Chris McGrea
    Rick Perry: A Candidate For Whom 'UnPresidential' Is A Virtue Texas governor's stance on economy and global warming may play well with the US right, but it turns off independents Chris McGreal 19 August 2011 Rick Perry, seen here campaigning in New Hampshire, has drawn criticism over his boasts about new jobs in Texas. There are not many contenders to be president of the United States who consider it an asset to be called unpresidential. But then Rick Perry is not looking for the support of those seeking a president like any other. At least not for now. The Texas...
  • Seven ways Rick Perry wants to change the Constitution

    08/19/2011 9:12:24 PM PDT · by US Navy Vet · 82 replies
    The Ticket via Yahoo ^ | 8/19/2011 | By Chris Moody
    Rick Perry has many ideas about how to change the American government's founding document. From ending lifetime tenure for federal judges to completely scrapping two whole amendments, the Constitution would see a major overhaul if the Texas governor and Republican presidential candidate had his druthers. Perry laid out these proposed innovations to the founding document in his book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington. He has occasionally mentioned them on the campaign trail. Several of his ideas fall within the realm of mainstream conservative thinking today, but, as you will see, there are also a few surprises.
  • Rick Perry a right-winger? Don't make me laugh

    08/19/2011 10:14:10 PM PDT · by Tempest · 99 replies
    NJ.com ^ | August 14, 2011 | Paul Mulshine
    The media may have pronounced Rick Perry the darling of the right wing, but Justin Raimondo has a different take. Perry's a liberal internationalist, just like the Texas governor before him: Another clueless Texas Governor surrounded by the same Praetorian Guard of conniving neocons who led us down the road to imperial overstretch and fiscal ruin last time around – isn’t that just what the GOP needs right now? The neocons have anointed their candidate, and it’s clear they have some sense he’s swimming upstream: "’He will distinguish himself from other Republicans as a hawk internationalist, embracing American exceptionalism and...
  • Rick Perry, Annotated

    08/20/2011 3:49:38 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 68 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | August 29, 2011 | Andrew Ferguson, senior editor
    Charleston, S.C. When organizers were planning the third annual RedState Gathering, held earlier this month in Charleston, South Carolina, the event looked to be like the second annual RedState Gathering, which was much like the first. Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, would be a featured speaker, as he had been at the others, including last year in Austin, Texas. Perry was the reason the second annual gathering had been held in Austin. Perry wooed the redstaters. He brought the organizers out to Texas, took them to dinner, gave them a tour, took them clay shooting outside of town. RedState...
  • Rick Perry tied to Agenda 21, Globalist Policies

    08/19/2011 11:14:36 PM PDT · by Tempest · 188 replies
    Right Side News ^ | Terri Hall
    While Perry is staking his cam­paign on Texas being the top net jobs cre­ator, Perry’s ver­sion of Texas being “Open for Busi­ness” isn’t about low taxes and less reg­u­la­tion as much as it is about doing busi­ness with for­eign com­pa­nies, including selling off Texas’ sov­er­eign land and public assets to for­eign cred­i­tors, an issue which Perry’s first tele­vi­sion ad uses to take aim at Pres­i­dent Obama. A recent Wash­ington Post article doc­u­ments Perry’s work to get Chi­nese government-owned telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions com­pany Huawei, to base its U.S. oper­a­tions in Texas, a com­pany that the U.S. gov­ern­ment has deemed a threat to national...
  • James Dobson Endorsement Letter to Rick Perry

    02/26/2010 11:34:36 AM PST · by mnehring · 14 replies · 509+ views
    RickPerry.org ^ | James Dobson
    .."Over the years, Gov. Perry has established a record that is consistently pro-life, pro-marriage and pro-religious liberty,” said Dr. Dobson. “He has demonstrated his deep regard for the sanctity of life by signing more pro-life bills into law than any other governor in Texas history. He demonstrated his support for the God-given institution of marriage by strongly supporting the Texas Marriage Amendment. And he has helped lead the effort to establish the strongest protections for religious liberty in the state of Texas. No other candidate in this race measures up to the high standards established by Gov. Perry on these...
  • Bank of America's Dead Drop To Rick Perry: "We Will Help You Out"

    08/19/2011 11:46:27 AM PDT · by Fred · 46 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 081911 | Tyler Durden
    Should we be surprised, frightened, disgusted or simply say "we knew it", that in the informal mixer just after Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry spoke at a Politics and Eggs breakfast in Bedford, New Hampshire, an unknown gentlemen approaches a casual Perry like an Ian Flemming character, and proceeds to dead drop the following: "Bank of America... We will help you out"... and silently moves on. At least we know now who is funding what, and whose interests potential future president Perry will be paid to defend.
  • Rick Perry Builds Florida Team, Hears From Haley Barbour

    08/19/2011 7:55:45 AM PDT · by Fred · 22 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 081911 | David M. Drucker
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is moving aggressively to assemble a presidential campaign team in Florida and, according to at least one knowledgeable Republican source, is receiving political advice from Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.
  • Perry Says Vaccine Order Was Mistake

    08/18/2011 12:47:22 AM PDT · by Fred · 99 replies
    WSJ ^ | 081811 | ALICIA MUNDY
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, under questioning from voters in recent days, has switched positions on a 2007 executive order he issued mandating the vaccination of all young girls before they enter sixth grade to ward off cervical cancer. Mr. Perry's order that Texas school girls receive the vaccine, Gardasil, made by Merck & Co., was overturned by the state legislature and never got off the ground. But it still has roiled conservatives and Christian groups for years. After long defending the decision, Mr. Perry has apologized repeatedly for the order since launching his bid for the Republican presidential nomination. As...
  • Rick Perry will self-destruct within 30 days (Based on what he said about Bernanke today)

    08/16/2011 7:11:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 142 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/16/2011 | Brent Budowsky
    Rick Perry talks treason about the Federal Reserve Board. Treason is a capital offense. Is Perry suggesting the death penalty for Federal Reserve Board members? Rick Perry says Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke will have a tough time if he goes to Texas. Is Perry threatening that violence might happen to Bernanke if he visits Texas? This is sick stuff. I can think of several nations Rick Perry is fit to lead, but the United States of America is not one of them. With his latest comments, perhaps Rick Perry wants to be the running mate of Vladimir Putin...
  • Can Rick Perry maintain his good ties with Muslims as a GOP candidate? (FReeper quoted!)

    08/17/2011 4:44:19 AM PDT · by floozy22 · 71 replies
    csmonitor.com (Christian Science Monitor) ^ | August 15, 2011 | Husna Haq
    “Scratch him off my presidential list," wrote RoadTest on the conservative site FreeRepublic.com. "We have already seen what a Muslim enabler in the White House can do."
  • Perry takes a liking to Iowa

    08/17/2011 4:41:02 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 2 replies
    Longview Journal ^ | August 17, 2011 | Jason Embry
    DES MOINES, Iowa — A man in a stars and stripes bandanna tricked Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Monday. “Governor Perry, try a corn dog,” the Iowa State Fair vendor yelled as Perry and the horde with cameras surrounding him strode down the fair’s main thoroughfare. Having already passed up a couple of food vendors, Perry grabbed the corn dog, dipped it in mustard, took a bite and gratefully looked back. ’’It’s a veggie corn dog,” the vendor said. Perry looked startled for a second but soon recovered. “As long as they make it on a farm,” he said. The...
  • Perry and the Stimulus: It's Complicated

    08/17/2011 8:20:17 AM PDT · by Rational Thought · 38 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | 08/17/2011 | Ross Ramsey
    As Gov. Rick Perry has launched his presidential campaign, he’s turned to a talking point familiar to anyone who has heard him rail against the federal government over the last two years: the perfidy of the roughly $800 billion stimulus plan orchestrated by the Obama administration in 2009. “Washington’s insatiable desire to spend our children’s inheritance on failed ‘stimulus’ plans and other misguided economic theories have given us record debt and left us with far too many unemployed,” Perry said in his announcement speech in South Carolina on Saturday. In his 2010 book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America...
  • Rick Perry and Texas Job Numbers

    08/17/2011 9:26:48 AM PDT · by drbuzzard · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Political Math Blog ^ | Matthias Shapiro
    Full disclosure: I don't like Rick Perry for our next president. I have my reasons that aren't worth going into here. However, when I was watching the GOP debate and pro-Perry people started bringing up Rick Perry's job numbers as a cudgel against other candidates, I looked into the BLS data on Texas jobs. Having familiarized myself with the data, I started noticing claims on the Texas jobs data that started popping up that directly contradicted what I was seeing in the data. So I wanted to clear up a couple of these common misconceptions. (see the rest in the...
  • Georgia Republicans lining up behind Perry

    08/17/2011 10:34:17 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 56 replies
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | August 17, 2011 | AP
    Georgia Republicans are beginning to line up behind Rick Perry's bid for president after flying to Austin to meet the Texas governor. State Sen. Jeff Mullis, of Chickamauga, said he's backing Perry, praising his fiscally conservative credentials and his "regular guy" appeal. Raymon White, a well-known Republican lobbyist in Georgia for clients such as the National Rifle Association, is also supporting Perry after meeting with him. White called Perry "battle tested" and "engaging." Joel McElhannon, a Georgia political consultant, organized the Texas trip and says he plans to vote for Perry.
  • NJ GOP establishment worried about general election if Perry beats Romney

    08/17/2011 1:28:39 PM PDT · by ZULU · 54 replies
    Politicker NJ ^ | August 15, 2011 | Max Pizzaro
    Reacting quietly to Texas Gov. Rick Perry's weekend entrance into the GOP Presidential Primary, New Jersey Republicans worried that Perry could beat former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and create the potential for President Barack Obama to win re-election against a too conservative candidate from the Lone Star State.
  • Obama vs. Perry in a nutshell

    08/17/2011 2:11:43 PM PDT · by radioone · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | August 17, 2011 | Ralph Alter
    Mark Hemingway at the Weekly Standard uncovered a quote from Texas Governor, Rick Perry, that distills the essence of the consistent, conservative approach that forms the basis for his efficient management of our most successful state: Government isn't difficult in theory...Don't spend all the money, keep taxes low, have a fair and predictable regulatory climate, keep frivolous lawsuits to a minimum, and fund an accountable education system so that you have a skilled work force available. Then get the hell out of the way and let the private sector do what the private sector does best.
  • Nugent says "Run Rick Run"

    08/17/2011 3:24:57 PM PDT · by HerrBlucher · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 1, 2011 | Ted Nugent
    Good friend and Texas Gov. Rick Perry should remember that now is the time for all good men to come to the aid of their country. Now is that time, Rick. Run for president. Indeed, the other GOP candidates are good men and women. Many thoughtful Americans have confidence that each of them would set a new, critically needed, much improved and responsible direction for America - the opposite of President Obama’s course. Though it’s still very early in the campaign season, no one in the field of candidates is electrifying GOP voters. There is little buzz or excitement. Candidate...
  • Rick Perry's Bad Medicine

    08/17/2011 4:41:52 PM PDT · by Brices Crossroads · 167 replies
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | 8/16/2011 | Michelle Malkin
    Texas, we have a problem. Your GOP governor is running for president against Barack Obama. Yet, one of his most infamous acts as executive of the nation's second-largest state smacks of every worst habit of the Obama administration. And his newly crafted rationalizations for the atrocious decision are positively Clintonesque. In February 2007, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a shocking executive order forcing every sixth-grade girl to submit to a three-jab regimen of the Gardasil vaccine. He also forced state health officials to make the vaccine available "free" to girls ages 9 to 18. The drug, promoted by manufacturer Merck...
  • Jimmy Carter is Rick Perry's biggest fan...[Reader Post]

    08/17/2011 5:47:08 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 8 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 08-17-11 | Vince
    If Barack Obama were prone to conspiracy theories, he might think the last couple of weeks were part of a plot orchestrated by Jimmy Carter to salvage his own legacy. First off the Democrats get the GOP to acquiesce to a debt ceiling bill that will result in the federal government raising taxes and increasing spending by over $7 trillion over the next decade. The immediate result is United States government debt being downgraded for the first time in history, something Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner stated unequivocally would not happen only the week before. Soon thereafter the Fed looked...
  • Dean: Bush camp will ‘take Perry out’

    08/17/2011 6:33:52 PM PDT · by Bigtigermike · 78 replies
    The Hill ^ | Wednesday August 17, 2011 | Daniel Strauss
    Former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean predicted that prominent political supporters of former President George W. Bush will deal a critical blow to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s (R) presidential campaign. “The Bush people don’t fool around, as you know,” Dean said Tuesday night on MSNBC. “You can say a lot of things about Bush’s presidency and his failures as president, but one thing nobody should say [anything] bad about [is] his political team. They know what they’re doing, and they are ruthless, and they are going to take Perry out.” Dean’s comments come as a number of former Bush...
  • Dr. Jack Wheeler - The 10th Amendment Argument For Rick Perry

    08/17/2011 6:32:34 PM PDT · by dennisw · 41 replies
    wateringhole3 ^ | Thursday, 07 July 2011 | Written by Dr. Jack Wheeler
    "Rick Perry. I think he would slice Obama up like shredded pork and have him for a Texas barbeque." "Well, to start with, Perry is a man's man, while Obama is a metrosexual, a girlie-man. Perry is 100% American, Obama is 100%... Something else. In 2008, the energy and passion was pro-Obama; in 2012, the energy and passion will be anti-Obama, which Perry could personify as he'll go for Obama's jugular like Romney could never do. "But there's another reason why I'm excited about Perry that is far more fundamental than all of this, even the economy. The only possible...
  • Rick Perry's Changing Take On Raising Taxes

    08/17/2011 1:21:22 AM PDT · by Fred · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | 081611 | Howard Gleckman
    exas Governor Rick Perry, the latest entrant in the GOP presidential sweepstakes, swaggers into the race as the very personification of a low-tax, small-government, Lone Star politician. But his record on taxes over more than two decades as a legislator and governor turns out to be much more complicated (dare I say nuanced) than that. It suggests, in fact, a politician who has gradually toughened his anti-tax views over the years but remains willing to boost some levies
  • NBC News Edits Perry 'Black Cloud' Comment to Make Him Seem Racist (VIDEO)

    08/16/2011 2:17:48 PM PDT · by JesseWatters · 53 replies
    FoxNation.com ^ | Aug 16 | Staff
    Just video...someone will have to answer for this deceptive smear...
  • Rick Perry's dangerous Muslim compromise

    08/16/2011 1:42:59 PM PDT · by fishtank · 90 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | Aug. 14, 2011 | Joel Richardson
    Rick Perry's dangerous Muslim compromise Posted: August 14, 2011 9:00 pm Eastern By Joel Richardson © 2011 There's no doubt that Texas Gov. Rick Perry has made a massive national splash in recent weeks by calling for a large prayer and fasting rally in the Texas' Reliant Stadium. The gathering garnered widespread support, as it should have, from a broad spectrum of evangelical Christians throughout America. Even nominal Christians will admit that the United States now more than ever, deeply needs the church to pray. But while many Christians fully supported the call to pray and fast for our nation,...
  • Rick Perry backed an already-climate-crusading Al Gore in '88

    08/16/2011 12:38:21 PM PDT · by SoConPubbie · 93 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/15/11 6:32 PM EDT | Bob King
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry may have forgotten a thing or two about the Al Gore presidential campaign he helped lead in 1988. In an interview with an Iowa radio station on Monday, the Republican presidential contender explained his role as the Gore campaign’s Texas chairman by saying that “this was Al Gore before he invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global Warming.”