It looks like Texas Governor Rick Perry will announce he's running for president on Saturday, adding yet another Establishment lackey to the long (and growing) list of Republican candidates.
The George W. Bush administration exploded the size, scope, and cost of government while bogging us down in a $4 trillion quagmire of perpetual war. Other "conservative" gifts (that keep on giving) from GWB include loose monetary policy, a housing bubble, record amounts of debt, the creepy Department of Homeland Security, and TSA agents who molest your mother at the airport. Barack Obama gave us GWB 2.0, and Rick Perry offers more of the same.
C'mon America! I'm starting to think you've grown comfortable in your chains.
Who is Rick Perry?
Rick Perry was elected to the Texas house of representatives in 1984 as a member of the Democratic Party. In 1988, he served as then Senator Al Gore's Texas state campaign chairman during his first presidential run. It was the progressive Republican operative, Karl Rove, who convinced Perry to join the GOP in 1989. ("Compassionate conservatism is a philosophy that is closer to that of the New Democrats than to the Goldwater-Reagan heritage of the GOP.")
Rick Perry is anything but conservative when it comes to taxpayer money. Texas state government debt more than doubled since he took office Dec. 21, 2000.
What about that "balanced budget" he signed? In typical government fashion, it was chock full of accounting tricks:
The first accounting shift was to delay a $2.3 billion payment owed to public schools in 2012-2013 by one day, so that the bill isn't technically due until 2014, thereby going into the next budget. The new budget also assumes there will be no growth in the number of school children in Texas, even though it is one of the fastest-growing states in the nation.
Republican leaders came up with another $800 million on paper by ordering the Legislative Budget Board, essentially the Legislature's accountants, to forecast a faster increase in land values in order to show more property tax income for schools.
Lawmakers also chose to ignore the estimated $4.8 billion extra it would need for the Medicaid health care program because of Texas' fast-growing population and high poverty rate.
Texans used to have a pay-as-you-go system to pay for roads, with zero debt. But after 10 years of Rick Perry's administration, TxDOT is now $31 billion in the hole!
More from Robert Wenzel's first look at Rick Perry:
While not raising the sales tax in Texas (Texas has no income tax). He raised just about every other fee and tax he could think of, including a surcharge on traffic violations. He also borrowed money for road bonds and borrowed from the Federal Unemployment Trust Fund.
In 2003, he launched the Texas Enterprise Fund, he quickly, in 2004, gave $20 million to Countrywide Financial, the mortgage creating machine that was a major player in subprime, no docs mortgages.
Depending how it is calculated, the debt of the state of Texas could be considered as high as $269 billion, which on a per citizen basis is $10,644 and is higher than even the $9,931 per citizen debt in the state of California.
In 2000, when Perry first became governor, total spending by the state of Texas was $49 billion. At the end of 2010, it was $90 billion.
I can just imagine what this guy would do at the federal level with Ben Bernanke around to backup his spending.
Rick Perry had his own unique form of socialized health care too. Possibly the scariest of them all. He actually tried to force all young girls in Texas to inject a very dangerous drug.
Gardasil was developed to prevent the human papillomavirus (HPV), the most commonly transmitted sexual disease in the United States. In June 2006, the Food and Drug Administration approved the drug, which is made by the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. The treatment was initially hailed as a breakthrough in protecting against four strains of HPV that are responsible for 70 percent of cervical cancer cases and 90 percent of genital warts.
In January 2007, Gardasil was put on the "recommended" immunization schedule issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control. Merck immediately mounted a massive lobbying effort of state legislatures around the country to get Gardasil added to their respective lists of state-mandated vaccines.
But in Texas, Gov. Perry chose to bypass the legislature and on Feb. 2, 2007, he issued an executive order making Texas the first state in the country requiring all sixth-grade girls to receive the three-shot vaccination series (which cost about $120 per shot). The move generated a fierce public debate. Conservatives slammed Perry for promoting what they saw as an intrusion by the state into private health decisions of parents and their children. Some also complained that the mandate would encourage promiscuity among teenagers.
Why? Like all Establishment politicians, Rick Perry is a corporatist hack.
The controversy over Perry's decision deepened as it came to light that his former chief of staff was a lobbyist for Merck and that his chief of staff's mother-in-law, Rep. Dianne White Delisi, was the state director of an advocacy group bankrolled by Merck to push legislatures across the country to put forward bills mandating the Gardasil vaccine for preteen girls.
Merck is bankrolling efforts to pass laws in state legislatures across the country mandating it Gardasil vaccine for girls as young as 11 or 12. It doubled its lobbying budget in Texas and has funneled money through Women in Government, an advocacy group made up of female state legislators around the country.
Perry has several ties to Merck and Women in Government. One of the drug company's three lobbyists in Texas is Mike Toomey, his former chief of staff. His current chief of staff's mother-in-law, Texas Republican state Rep. Dianne White Delisi, is a state director for Women in Government.
Toomey was expected to be able to woo conservative legislators concerned about the requirement stepping on parent's rights and about signaling tacit approval of sexual activity to young girls. Delisi, as head of the House public health committee, which likely would have considered legislation filed by a Democratic member, also would have helped ease conservative opposition.
Perry also received $6,000 from Merck's political action committee during his re-election campaign.
A top official from Merck's vaccine division sits on Women in Government's business council, and many of the bills around the country have been introduced by members of Women in Government.
Yes. Gardasil, particularly government mandated Gardasil is bad news.
Gardasil is a prophylactic, preventative drug, and will not treat pre-existing HPV infection. Since Gardasil does not cure HPV, persons who already had any lesions or symptoms from pre-exposed strains were not counted in the study. This is problematic because many women have HPV without knowing it, and Gardasil does not require prescreening before vaccination. A study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that, " . . . there was no clear evidence that vaccination altered the course of HPV-16 or HPV-18 infection that was present before administration of the first dose."
Gardasil ... can also make symptoms worse. Women who already have the virus without knowing it could suffer massive outbreaks of genital warts or abnormal precancerous lesions, both of which require extensive treatment.
A chart in the committee's report revealed that efficacy in subjects already exposed to "relevant HPV types" had an observed efficacy rate of -44.6%. The disturbing efficacy rate raises questions as to who should be receiving the vaccine, and why the FDA allows Gardasil to be administered without prescreening for HPV.
An additional testing report shows that Merck tested Gardasil against an aluminum-containing placebo. While most placebos are saline based, the FDA allowed Merck to use a placebo with an undisclosed amount of aluminum in it. Gardasil itself contains 225 mcg of aluminum. Aluminum can cause many serious problems including temporary and permanent nerve damage. Using a reactive aluminum-containing placebo instead of a non-reactive saline base can make vaccines seem safer than they may actually be.
More on Gardasil here:
- Chronically ill girl eyes vaccine
- Number of Deaths Linked to HPV Vaccine Grows
- Gardasil/Cervarix Sham Revealed
- Gardasil Approval: FDA Apparently Does Not Follow Its Own Rules
- A Vaccine for Boys to Help Girls?
Do you really want someone who issued an executive order, hoping to bypass the legislature, in order to force all young girls to inject an expensive, unproven, and dangerous drug?
Do you like it when your children are groped by strangers at the airport? Because in spite of talking a good game, Governor Rick Perry derailed a bill to stop the creepy TSA goons from molesting your wife and children.
Unfortunately, and deliberately, today was the last day of the special session, and to become law it would have had to be read for its 2nd and 3rd times. The Texas Constitution prohibits multiple readings of a bill on the same day unless 4/5ths of the 150 member body consents to suspend the Constitution to pass the bill.
This would not have happened if the state’s two most powerful Republican leaders had not worked in concert to defeat the profound popular will of Texans. Governor Rick Perry waited to call the bill into the special legislative until it was virtually too late. Perry continually claimed a need for a “consensus” when strong majority votes were there all the time and the Executive Committee of the State Republican Party had urged him to do so soon after the start of the special session.
This citizen sees Mr. "Fed Up" [Rick Perry] as little more than Bill Clinton adorned in Republican clothing.
Rick Perry is also a typical member of the "privileged" Ruling Class.
These are just a few of the many reasons Rick Perry should never be president. See the links below for more.
A note to all my conservative friends who may support Rick Perry for president: All I can tell you is that, if you want a big spending, big government, debt loving president who hates your inalienable rights, then Rick Perry's your man! Just spare me the excuses. It's pathetic. Grow a spine. Be the leader you're looking for. Turn the tables and hold their feet to the fire instead.
More on Rick Perry:
- 14 Reasons Why Rick Perry Would Be A Really, Really Bad President
- Rick Perry Loves Illegal Immigration
- Rick Perry, A Moderate's Conservative
- Rick Perry may not be The Third Bush. He may be The Second Thompson.
- The Very Overrated Rick Perry
- Rick Perry Is a Bold-Faced Liar
- Rick Perry's Fair-Weather Federalism
- Governor Gardasil Rick Perry to Announce He is Running for President
- Rick Perry - The Establishment's Ace in the Hole
- Reynolds: Rick Perry not good for Texas, America