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Santorum Takes First Swing at Perry

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by Jen Green

Rick Santorum is the first current candidate to “welcome” Texas Governor Rick Perry to the GOP nomination race even though Perry’s expected announcement isn’t until Saturday in South Carolina while Santorum and the rest will be busy in Ames.

Immediately after the niceties of the welcome, though, Santorum took not one but two swipes at Perry. He chastized him for skipping our state, saying “it’s too bad he chose to ignore Iowa” and then wondered out loud “what kind of marriage [Perry] will be ‘fine with’ in South Carolina.” Perry infamously quipped a week ago that he was “fine” with New York legalizing homosexual marriage, saying it was a state’s issue. Under some pressure, he later “clarified” his position and said he is for a constitutional amendment to restrict marriage to one man-one woman (which would take a ‘yes’ vote from 3/4 of the states).

Either news is really slow (it’s not) or Rick Santorum is picking up a little bit of steam on the campaign trail. The Google alerts are picking up–and he’s making all the right people mad. Folks like the San Francisco Chronicle, Think Progress, On Top Magazine, etc, have been finding some extra time to focus on Santorum’s “politically incorrect” socially conservative statements.

Back in his homestate of Pennsylvania, the Pittsburg Post-Gazette has a “Daily Santorum” article. Yesterday’s column was a thorough examination of Santorum’s recent sit-down with the Des Moines Register. He got “passionate” about a couple of issues–namely health care and drilling for oil. It’s a good read–and it’s good coverage for a man who is hoping to beat expectations in less than a week in Ames.



  • Beth

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

    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 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.

    #3 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?

    #4 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.

    #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.

  • Beth

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vlFlAm0XkBA

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry endorses Rudy Giuliani for President during a press conference in Washington DC October 17, 2007.

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  • Beth

    Rick Perry appointed  Xavier Rodriguez to the Texas Supreme Court.

    Xavier Rodriguez is a pro-abortion judge.

  • Henry T.

    ttp://www.the-two-malcontents.com/2008/04/texas-gov-rick-perry-to-host-muslim-sects-spiritual-leader-aga-khan/
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry to host Muslim sect’s spiritual leader Aga Khan

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to host a private dinner followed by fireworks near Austin on Saturday to honor the Aga Khan, a descendant of the Prophet Muhammad celebrating his 50th year as the spiritual leader of a Muslim sect.

    Earlier in the day, the leaders are expected to be on hand as the University of Texas signs an agreement with Aga Khan University, which has campuses in Pakistan and other countries, fostering student and teacher exchanges between the institutions.

    Khan, a wealthy, Harvard-educated businessman and philanthropist, leads the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslims, an offshoot of the Shiite branch of Islam, claiming 12 million to 16 million believers in 25 countries including tens of thousands in Texas.

    Perry, 58, and Khan, 71, struck up an improbable friendship nearly a decade ago, resulting in a UT program exposing schoolteachers to Muslim beliefs and culture.

    The jet-setting Khan grew up in Kenya and lives in France and owns hundreds of race horses. Perry was born and raised in West Texas before earning a degree at Texas A&M University.

    In 2000, Perry, then lieutenant governor, visited the Aga Khan in Paris during a family trip to Europe.

    Two years later, Perry and the Aga Khan visited during the opening of the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center built in Sugar Land near Houston and at an Austin dinner hosted by Perry.

    The Aga Khan Development Network subsequently funded the UT program, which has introduced 80 Texas schoolteachers to Muslim history and culture; 15 teachers have toured the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

    In 2006, Perry visited a Pakistan relief center financed by the network. And last year, Perry looked at an unfinished Ismaili center in Dubai that a travel mate described as an architectural and cultural wonder that the Aga Khan is expected to replicate, to a degree, in Houston.

    Eric Bearse, an outside adviser to Perry, said Saturday’s “golden jubilee” event at the Texas Disposal Systems Exotic Game Ranch and Pavilion in Buda is “an opportunity for His Highness to be in the presence of a vibrant Ismaili community in Texas as well as to be with his friend, the governor.”

    Perry and his wife, Anita, will dine with the religious leader at a downtown hotel tonight.

    Shahed Amanullah of Austin, editor-in-chief of altmuslim.com, said the Aga Khan has a solid reputation among Muslims because of his good works, partly through the development network. The network spends $350 million a year on economic, social and cultural projects concentrated in South Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

    “There are a lot of non-Ismaili Muslims around the world who wish they had a leader that is as organized and as visionary,” Amanullah said

    Perry, who is a member of a Methodist church, and the Aga Khan emphasize the need for the Western world to understand Eastern values and vice versa. After the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the Aga Khan said differences between Muslim-dominated countries and the Christian-dominant West don’t reflect the clash of civilizations so much as clashes of ignorance.

    Neither Perry’s office nor members of the Ismaili community said who is paying for Saturday’s invitation-only party nor did they divulge who will attend it. Perry spokesman Robert Black said it would not be financed by the state or from economic development funds.

    About 20,000 to 30,000 people are expected to hear the Aga Khan on Sunday in San Antonio.

  • Beth

    This whole relationship between Rick Perry and Ada Khan seems kind of sleazy.

    And to have program trying to “expose teachers to Islam” seems so PC.

    Especially since I would say the Texas Teachers need to focus on other stuff given the low quality of the Texas education system.

    http://governor.state.tx.us/news/speech/10797/

    “His Highness comes from a family with a long legacy of humanitarian service.  The Aga Khan’s grandfather was president of the League of Nations.  His father was Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations.  And his uncle has served as the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees.”

    For all his talk of the “10the Amendment” it sounds like Perry is promoting GLOBALISM here!

  • Beth

    You know Khan claims to be  a direct descendant of the prophet Mohammed!

  • Beth

    More PC when it comes to Muslims.

    http://www.thedeltareport.com/2011/06/rick-perry-the-mosque-and-his-agreement-with-muslims-2/

    Austin, Texas, 30 October 2009 — At the invitation of Texas State Governor Rick Perry, Mawlana Hazar Imam traveled to Austin yesterday to sign an Agreement of Cooperation between the State of Texas and the Ismaili Imamat. During the visit, Hazar Imam and Governor Perry also held talks at the State Capitol on a range of issues of mutual interest Describing the importance of the agreement, Governor Perry explained that “traditional Western education speaks little of the influence of Muslim scientists, scholars, throughout history, and for that matter the cultural treasures that stand today in testament to their wisdom.”

    ” Agreement of Cooperation between the State of Texas and the Ismaili Imamat.”

    What’s that?

    Sounds like Islam getting its nose into the schools. Remember all those programs where kids had to take on an Islamic name for a week and such?

  • Henry T.

    Gosh, I am sorry to say it but Christians have NO DISCERNMENT these days.

    All Perry has to do is attend one conference and “he’s their man”.

    All along he is backstabbing us with the Muslims.

    • http://twitter.com/ashmeer ash meer

      who is getting ‘backstabbed’? the Muslims are as conservative as any Christians, and if anyone wants the government out of their affairs it is the Muslims.

      • Beth

        I watched some of the conference and some other speaker (or perhaps it was one of the songs they sung) said that our God is the only God.

        So, Rick Perry needs to be asked if he believes that!

      • Beth

        Well, many Christians believe they were deceived by George Walker Bush. He said he was “born again” but many of his actions showed he wasn’t.

        I think Perry is even worse.  I think he sees God as a “Political Tool”.

        I don’t know what you think of “televangelists” but I have seen too many of them lacking true sincerity and instead just conning old women out of their social security in order to buy private jets and fancy homes and even theme parks.

        I believe Rick Perry has that same level of sincerity when it comes to his faith.

        He knows how to talk the talk, but we will truly know them by their fruits.

        He hob nobs with a former Pakistani Dictator and then has the nerve to call himself a Christian?  He is long time friends with a descendant of “the Prophet” himself even helping him start a politically correct “teach Islam in the Texas schools” program. Introduced 80 Texas schoolteachers to Muslim history and culture (can’t do that without introducing them to the religion).

        That’s much more than just backstabbing Christians!

  • Beth

    “Perry infamously quipped a week ago that he was “fine” with New York
    legalizing homosexual marriage, saying it was a state’s issue.”

    He called abortion a “states rights” issue as well

    http://hotair.com/archives/2011/07/28/rick-perry-abortion-is-a-states-rights-issue/

  • Henry T.

    http://markamerica.com/2011/07/27/why-rick-perry-isnt-suited-to-be-president/

    I’ve lived in Texas throughout the entirety of the Perry
    administration.  He hasn’t been the most awful governor we might have
    had, but in truth, he’s been mediocre.  It is true to say that Perry
    deserves a little credit for the better economic conditions in the
    state, insofar as he’s done no particular harm.  On the other hand, it’s
    fair to say that part of the reason Perry’s done no particular harm,
    and perhaps the sole reason he hasn’t damaged the economy, is because
    the Texas people, through their legislature, won’t let him.  The
    governor’s real shortcomings are not to be seen so much in the matter of
    economics, but in his unceasing drive to tamper with the freedoms and
    lives of Texans for the sake of his corporate cronies.

    One of the issues in which Perry first ran afoul of conservatives was
    in signing an executive order requiring all sixth-grade girls to
    receive the three-shot series of vaccines known as Gardasil.  The
    vaccine is intended to prevent contraction of Human Papilloma Virus, or
    HPV.  In an effort that was pushed by a group funded by Merck, the whole
    situation took on the stink of official corruption in the name of Big Pharma. 
    The problem is that the drug was of questionable efficacy, but more
    importantly, given the fact that the disease is spread through intimate
    contact, many Texans wanted immediately to know why the governor of
    Texas was assuming all their daughters needed this shot, and how the
    Governor dared to try to push this on them.  This began a minor revolt,
    and the relatively conservative Texas legislature acted to set aside his
    executive order by a vote of 119-21 in the House, and 30-1 in the
    Senate.  In Texas politics, that’s as stunning a rebuke of a governor as
    you’re likely ever to see, but it points out the problem with Rick
    Perry: Business-friendly administrations are what we need for the sake
    of economy, but leaping into bed with business to the detriment of
    voters and tax-payers is to take the notion much too far.  It could be
    said that Perry himself needs a form of inoculation, but  rather than
    HPV, instead against his tendency to leap from one corporate bed to the
    next.

    On to the next question of his poor judgment and his tendency to view
    the people of his state as means to his own ends, Perry was the driving
    political force behind the Trans Texas Corridor
    project.  This ridiculous project proposed creating a system of toll
    roads that would have consumed a portion of the Texas land-mass that
    would have effectively killed agriculture in the state.  Worse, the
    primary contractor, Cintra, a Spanish conglomerate, was to have a virtual monopoly
    on the construction and concessions on what promised to be a closed
    system.  Still more infuriating to the people of Texas was that the deal
    would have mandated that there be no free alternative  competing roads,
    meaning such vital arteries as I-35 and I-45 along with I-10, I-20, and
    I-30 would have been required to become toll roads as well.  This,
    combined with the projected $0.26-$0.40 per mile they intended to charge
    made it an unconscionable bit of corporate predation that would have
    crippled the Texas economy.  These things, together with the expanded
    use of eminent domain by the state on behalf of a corporate contract
    made this project much too bitter a pill for Texans to swallow.  It
    actually spawned an independent gubernatorial campaign by former Texas comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn. 
    It generated much ill will between Perry and his conservative voters,
    so that at present, while they think he’s better than a Democrat, the
    difference is only slight, and he should bear just as much attentive
    watching.  Perry hasn’t given up his Trans Texas Corridor plans, but
    they’ve been scaled back and re-named.  Once again, the Governor of
    Texas has shown his willingness to climb into bed with corporate
    masters, and more importantly, just as with the Gardasil issue, former
    staff members seem to be part of a constant recycling through a
    revolving door between his corporate cronies and his own office.  This
    is precisely the sort of governance the country does not need,
    Washington already being thoroughly polluted with such schemes.

    Governor Perry’s appeal to conservatives seems to hinge on his
    Christian values, but the problem is that his proclaimed Christian
    values are in distinct and thorough opposition to some of his actions as
    governor.  At the same time he seeks
    to share the stage at TEA Party events, always ready to throw out more
    red meat for the crowd, but seems much less than sincere in his stance
    by the time he arrives back at his office. 
    This sort of schizophrenic, unprincipled and insincere conservatism is
    already thoroughly represented in DC, and while Mr. Perry would
    certainly feel at home there, the politicos in DC being his kind of
    people, I’m strongly convinced that while he might do well in such a role, it’s not clear that the country would fare any better.

    When you examine his record in its totality, what you find is not
    that Governor Perry has been such a capable steward of the Texas
    economy, but that surprisingly, the Texas Legislature has fulfilled that
    role, bouncing egregious Perry initiatives in a number of cases.  The
    Trans Texas Corridor project would have crippled commerce in this state,
    and contrary to the billing, would have achieved little but to make
    Texas just another link in the NAFTA chain, bypassed by most of the
    commerce, its people tasked with the duty to pay for a system of toll
    roads from which they would see little benefit, but would bring
    substantial costs.

    For these reasons, and a lengthy list of similar problems, I cannot
    recommend the governor of my state, Texas, to the people of America. 
    It’s not so much that he’s presided over an economy of his creation, so
    much as the fact that the people of Texas have managed to succeed in
    spite of him.  Given his embellished relation to the relatively good
    performance of the Texas economy in admittedly hard times, and
    acknowledging that the damage he might have done, had he been unopposed
    by a conservative legislature,  it’s clear that while Rick Perry might
    be good for corporatist Washington, he’s not the right choice for America.

  • Beth

    Jen, please, please please go to the following website.  It sums up Perry’s true position on Illegal Immigration.

    http://therepublicanmother.blogspot.com/2011/06/rick-perry-loves-illegal-immigration.html

  • Henry T.

    In the midst of a number of conservatives believing Governor Rick Perry, Texas Republican, is the GOP’s answer to taking on President Barack Obama, squishy aspects of Mr. Perry’s background are being overlooked. As a border state governor, Mr. Perry signed state immigration law in 2001 known as the Texas DREAM Act. Here is an excerpt from a speech Governor Perry gave during the border summit in August of 2001:

        “As a compassionate state, we know that for our children to succeed, they must not only be healthy, but educated. The future leaders of our two nations are learning their fractions and their ABC’s in classrooms all along this border. Immigrants from around the world are being taught in Texas classrooms, and our history is rich with examples of new citizens who have made great contributions. We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, “we don’t 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. That’s why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate. Those young minds are a part of a new generation of leaders, the doors of higher education must be open to them. The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.”

    • Beth

      “si se puede”? Doesn’t that mean Yes We Can?

      Gosh Perry used those words Seven years before Obama did!

      Talk about a red flag!

  • Beth

    Does anyone know if Reagan was really a Democrat?

    I mean I know technically he was because he would joke about it.

    But did he ever run for office as a Democrat or participate in Democratic Party Politics?

    Or was he like many young people were back then. Not really interested in politics but vote and when voting he just picked in the primary the party that his father was in without really looking into it any?

    I could understand that although I was interested in politics from an early age.

    But there’s a big difference between just registering as a Democrat as a youth because your family was Democrat and you really weren’t following politics, and being a Democratic activist, running for office as a Democrat, and working for a Democratic Presidential Candidate. During the REAGAN Administration no less.

  • Henry T.

    There’s also a photo of Perry and ACORN on the web page below!

    http://www.redstate.com/bacyclone/2011/06/20/rick-perry-conservative/

    Well,
    an interesting thing happened in my household last week. As we had the
    TV on in the living room around supper time, Fox News had a blurb about
    how more rumors were swirling regarding a potential Rick Perry for
    President campaign. My wife immediately said something to the effect of,
    “Oh Rick Perry, he is a very bad man.” My wife is not exactly a
    political junkie by any stretch of the imagination. Frankly, I was
    surprised she even knew who Rick Perry was, so naturally I asked for
    clarification. My wife immediately relayed to me a story I had never
    heard about: how Rick Perry sought to mandate by executive order young women be immunized against human papillomavirus (HPV).

    For
    those who might not know, HPV is a virus that can lead to several
    cancers, particularly in women. The point of contention is this – the
    virus is essentially a sexually transmitted disease. The chief vaccine –
    Gardasil – can prevent against such infections, but obviously is only
    effective before such an infection occurs. Gardasil is a vaccine, not a
    treatment. Thus, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommends Gardasil be administered to young women in adolescence, before the likelihood of any sexual activity.

    The Opt-Out Clause myth

    Naturally, the first response to defend Rick Perry is the “opt-out clause” encased within the executive order.

    Without
    using the obvious comparison to Obamacare “waivers,” let me point out
    that the Governor’s sole vision still puts a mandate upon parents to apply for a waiver to not be immunized. My point remains, parents already had that right and privilege before the Governor’s order. Instead, the Governor changed the status quo to mean a child would be immunized unless you petition the government to stop the train and allow your child to disembark.

    Further, this opt-out clause is not quite as simple as you might imagine. From Politifact:

    The
    order included an opt-out “in order to protect the right of parents to
    be the final authority on their children’s health care.” Perry ordered
    the Department of State Health Services to allow parents dissenting for
    philosophical or religious reasons to request a conscientious objection
    affidavit form. That form, which has been available since 2003, enables
    parents to enroll their children in public school even if they lack
    state-required immunizations. It’s automatically granted as long as
    parents provide all required information.
    According
    to the Department of State Health Service’s 2008-09 immunization
    report, which uses data from kindergarten and seventh-grade students at
    1,300 independent school districts and 800 private schools, 0.28 percent
    of the students filed conscientious objection forms.
    Parents must renew exemption affidavits every two years to maintain their validity, according to Allison Lowery, assistant press officer at the Texas Department of State Health Services.
    We thought the opt-out form for public-school students proved Perry correct until we learned that not all private schools accept the affidavit. That means some private schools may not allow their students to exempt themselves from any state-required vaccinations. Some 15 percent of more than 1 million Texas girls in fifth through 12th grade in 2008 were enrolled in private schools, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
    According
    to a 2006 Texas Attorney General’s opinion: “A private school that does
    not accept state tax funds is not required to accept for enrollment a
    child who has received an exemption from the immunizations required by
    the Texas Health and Safety Code.”
    In its policy for Catholic schools, the Catholic
    Diocese of Austin states: “Immunizations are not in conflict with the
    Catholic faith. Conscientious objections or waivers, which may be
    permissible for enrollment in public schools, do not qualify as an
    exception to this policy.” Catholic schools in the diocese do
    accept medical exemptions, meaning if the immunization could somehow
    harm the child, it’s not required to enroll. [emphasis added]

    To repeat, by the stroke of a pen Governor Perry changed the status quo, that parents must appeal to the government to not have their child immunized against a sexually transmitted disease. In practice, an opt-out provision is much more difficult than it sounds, particularly when scores of service providers (not just in Texas) require compliance with government mandates.

    This is not liberty, this is tyranny.

    The appearance of impropriety

    While I
    was earning an advanced degree in business several years ago, you can
    imagine that “business ethics” was a hot topic in nearly every class
    within my curriculum. The news of the day was Enron and Sarbanes-Oxley.
    One definitional standard that stuck with me when seeking to determine
    ethical versus unethical behavior was the appearance of impropriety.
    In other words, maybe a particular action you are considering is wholly
    above board and completely honest. However, a valid test question could
    be: what will this action look like from the viewpoint of a
    disinterested third-party observer? What would it look like if the
    details were published in a newspaper report? If you can see that an
    action might appear unethical, then at the very least it is best to seek an even higher standard of scrutiny before proceeding. The mere appearance of a lack of ethics can make an honest and upright decision look untoward.

    This standard brings us to the Merck Corporation, manufacturer of the only vaccine on the market at the time (Gardasil) that would satisfy Governor Perry’s executive order.

    As
    part of its lobbying campaign, Merck has been funding Women in
    Government, a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group made up of female
    state lawmakers. An executive from Merck’s vaccine division, Deborah
    Alfano, sat on Women in Government’s business council last year, and
    many of the bills across the country have been introduced by members of
    the group.
    Merck
    declined to say how much money it has funneled into its lobbying
    campaign, or contributed to Women in Government. A spokeswoman for Women
    in Government, Tracy Morris, declined to say how much it had received
    from Merck. In Texas, one of Merck’s lobbyists is Gov. Perry’s
    former chief of staff, and Merck’s political action committee
    contributed $6,000 to the governor’s re-election campaign.– The Wall Street Journal, February 7, 2007 [emphasis added]

    By
    authoring the mandate via executive order, rather than seeking a full
    public debate and allowing the light of the legislative process to shine
    upon such a government-mandated action – Governor Perry’s objectivity
    comes into question.

    We
    all know that it takes cash to run successful campaigns. We know that
    businesses large and small donate money to candidates in that regard,
    just as do individuals. The mere nature of a political process will
    create associations between politicians and interested parties.  We do
    not need to assume the worst: that this was a quid pro quo,
    a “thanks for the donation” by Perry to Merck. However when presented
    with the sequence of events, it is not exactly a giant leap of faith to
    conclude that Governor Perry’s choice of action in this case was less
    than ethical. At the very minimum, it appears unethical due to the associations between the parties, casual and actual. I submit the Governor should have sought a higher scrutiny
    of his desired outcome, if only to maintain the appearance that his
    actions were not biased by his political donations and associations.

    Liberty versus Tyranny

    What gives me serious pause is Rick Perry’s clear, unforced
    choice that he apparently believes the government knows best regarding a
    child’s vaccination for a sexually transmitted disease. For me, it
    speaks to a troubling vision of government’s relationship with its
    people. While I know there is certainly evidence in Governor Perry’s
    background to counterpoint this example, it does not allay the concern.
    As I have said, the candidate I seek to support would restore the
    Constitutional vision of the relationship of the government to its
    people. Barack Obama, liberals, and statists in both major political parties
    have been shooting holes in the protections of people from their
    government within the Constitution for decades. It will take a spirited
    leader with enormous courage of convictions to do this in today’s
    Washington, D.C. With actions like these and others, I have serious reservations that Rick Perry would be such a person. In fact, I fear that in terms of leading a conservative movement, Rick Perry could be another George W. Bush. That is not a good thing in this case.

    For
    my wife, she plainly states “I will never vote for that man.”  I
    suspect her viewpoint (and conclusion) as a mother and a conservative
    woman is not unique.

    Further, I think the larger point is that for a potential
    candidate like Rick Perry, we cannot casually dismiss the fact that he
    has not been vetted by a national audience. While he may have run
    several successful campaigns for Governor in a very large state, that is
    still not equivalent to the microscope of national politics and
    national voters. If we effort to draft another candidate to the field,
    we do still run the risk (however significant) of drafting a candidate
    we may not “know everything” about. What might have been acceptable at
    one time to voters in Texas might play very differently on a national scene.

    On my scorecard, I have serious reservations about the statist tendencies of several candidates:

    Pawlenty – supported a state cap-trade energy initiative; decidedly not conservative. Apologized, for what that is worth.

    Romney – his behavior regarding state control of medical care is well documented, and seriously troubling.

    Perry
    – I have serious issues distinguishing Rick Perry from the above two
    candidates at face value. Perry’s obvious counterpoint is the relative
    success of the economy in Texas during his leadership. Pawlenty and
    Romney largely lose relative to Perry on this point. Make no mistake;
    this is a terrific trump card for Governor Perry to hold when the
    economy figures to be the chief issue of this Presidential campaign.
    However, does it matter if we restore economic prosperity in America,
    when a President cannot dependably lead from the front on conservative, Constitutional principles?

    The Choice

    Having
    other options, I will not caucus for a candidate who apparently sees no
    issue with government mandating my child be vaccinated against a
    sexually transmitted disease.  In a free republic, this should be a
    decision left to the parents of children, not the government.

  • Henry T.

    I don’t know but Reagan Failed when it came to social issues.

    Now a significant part of that was because we had a Democrat Congress, I understand, but I am so tired of seeing social issues put on the back burner.

    Yeah, the economy is important but I don’t believe we can have a good economy if these social issues aren’t addressed.

    Also we are far further down the road on these Social issues than we were with Reagan.  Our backs are against the cliff. We have no room left to retreat as we did back then.

  • Beth

    Here’s another one of Perry’s Muslim connections.

    What a hypocrite.  HE USED THE CHRISTIANS last weekend.

    http://www.theblaze.com/stories/former-pakistani-president-musharraf-certain-rick-perry-will-run-for-president/

    It’s not often a former president — a former Pakistani president, that is — offers his prediction of who will run for president of the United States.

    But during an interview on CNN’s The Situation Room, former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf told Wolf Blitzer that, after a meeting in Austin last week, he is fairly certain Texas Gov. Rick Perry will run for POTUS.

    According to Blitzer’s blogpost following the interview:

        That’s significant because the two men met in Austin last week.

        The former Pakistan President said Perry invited him to “exchange views.”

        I asked him if he thought Perry would run for president.

        ‘You need to ask him, but I think, I thought, I did get that impression,’ he said.

        I pressed him.

        “You came away from that meeting thinking he’s going to run?”

        “Yes,” he replied.

  • Danedon1

    Boy, Henry T is really “waxing an elephant” on Perry!  My guess is that he’s being paid to derail him at any cost!  In the interest of full disclosure, Henry T. should say who he is backing!

    Seems if Texas did something good…it was the Legislature that did it.
    If Texas did something bad….it was Perry!

    • Henry T.

      That’s basically it.  It has been the relatively conservative Texas legislature that has been a check on Perry,  That’s why he had to go with an executive order on Gardasil rather then letting it go through the State legislature.

      Now you are going to have to ask yourself do you think the US House of Representative will be the same sort of check on Perry?  Or would it move him to the Left if elected?

  • Beth

    Here is another conservative blogger’s take on Perry. This guy is from Texas

    Just like I come here for information on Branstad shouldn’t we think twice about who Perry really is when Texas conservatives tell us he is a RINO?

  • Beth

    Sorry, forgot the link.

    Lone Star Watchdog. Sounds pretty conservative to me.

    http://lonestarwatchdog.blogspot.com/2011/07/is-gov-rick-perry-really-fed-up-or-felt.html

  • Beth

    Rick Perry apologist for China?

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

  • Henry T.

    Pervez Musharraf called himself a “President” but he really was a dictator who got into office through a military coup.

  • Beth

    Rick Perry bans guns! (From prayer festival)

    The Texas governor denies the rights of Christians to protect themselves while worshiping.

    Isn’t that interesting that at that Prayer thing last weekend he didn’t allow guns there.

  • Beth

    http://www.ammoland.com/2011/07/08/is-rick-perry-a-wolf-or-a-sheep/

    If you’re anything like me, you’ve been watching the various Republican Presidential candidates struggle to claim the mantle of “Constitutional Conservative” with some trepidation.

        But who, among the candidates, actually supports our Constitutional rights?

    Let me tell you, it’s easy to be sucked in by the latest fad candidate — beloved by the talking heads on TV and radio. Remember that the “beautiful people” in the establishment, political class lie to us for a reason.

    They want our support, and will do or say anything to keep it, all the while continuing to protect the apparatus of state that provides them with power.

    This is an important lesson for gun owners, who are perpetually the target of Big Government, anti-liberty advocates.

    Take Texas Governor Rick Perry for example. From the fawning adulation he’s received from “conservatives” in the media over his flirtation with entering the Presidential race, you’d think he was the second coming of John Wayne, Ronald Reagan and John Galt all put together.

    The political establishment doesn’t want to let the truth get in the way of a good story — or “political narrative,” as the hacks call it.

    Despite the veneer of “conservative” and “liberty” language that Perry uses, his patronage by the Big Government Bush family and his record tell a completely different story.

    In response to the outrageous invasions of privacy by the Transportation Safety Authority (TSA), liberty-loving conservatives in Texas were trying to outlaw TSA’s “grope-or-radiate” airport security policy — a clear government assault on your rights.

    The policy requires all those traveling by air to submit either to physical pat-downs, which are little more than government sponsored sexual assaults, or invasive and radiation-heavy, semi-pornographic body scans.

    There is no question that blocking the use of the “grope-or-radiate” security policy is the right thing to do; heck, even the executive director of the Texas Republican Party pleaded with Perry for passage of the bill.

    However, Governor Perry and his stooges in the Texas Legislature decided to play political games with your freedom.

    An open record request shows that in a few short days, Governor Perry received over 10,000 e-mails and letters insisting he support the legislation to rein in the TSA. He received only 13 letters in favor of keeping the radiation scanners.

    Despite the overwhelming support, Perry delayed.

    Taking a page out of the establishment playbook, he claimed that there was a lack of “consensus,” knowing full well all he had to do was delay long enough for the legislative session to end.

    Instead of standing up for the liberties and privacy of the people of Texas, Governor Perry and his Big Government accomplices waited until the last day of the session to bring the legislation to the floor, assuring it wouldn’t have enough time to pass both chambers.

    Despite intentionally delaying the bill and instructing his accomplices in the Texas Legislature to repeatedly try to poison the bill with amendments, Perry continues to tell everyone on the national stage that he supported the bill.

    This is a prime of example of how establishment politicians like Governor Perry try to dupe citizens like you and me. On the one hand they claim to be liberty-minded conservatives, while at the same time, fighting to protect and expand the power of government behind the closed doors of the legislature.

    Why does this matter? It’s simple.

    Gun rights activists MUST oppose ANY attempts by the Federal government to usurp liberty in the name of safety, because ultimately, that same power will be used to ban or greatly restrict gun owners and gun ownership.

    Perry and company managed to manipulate the system so that every member could cast a vote in support of the pro-liberty bill – and clean their skirts with the voters at home – without the fear that it might actually pass and limit the authority of government.

    This sort of establishment calculation is designed specifically to provide cover to weak politicians who can go home to their districts and tell their constituents that they voted the “right” way — and the beast that is our government continues to grow.

  • Beth

    In one recent state poll, just 4% of Texans said that Perry should run for president.

    Just like the people of Iowa knows best about Branstad the people of Texas know what a RINO Perry is!

  • Henry T.

    Rick Perry supported the TARP bailout in 2008.

  • Beth

    More of the sleazy tactics of Perry

    It appears that Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his staff are getting ready to enter the GOP primary race for the presidential nomination. One indicator: someone on Perry’s staff has been exceedingly active in “updating” Wikipedia pages that previously were either critical of Perry policies or laid out historical facts that could prove damaging to Perry’s campaign. A number of Texas-related Wikipedia pages have been edited between June 16 and June 18.

  • Beth

    http://tyrannysentinel.blogspot.com/2010/04/red-state-prattles-on-about-rick-perry.html

    Red State Prattles on about Rick Perry
    Dear Red State,

    During your pathetic prattling on about Rick Perry “saying the right things” did it ever occur to you that saying the right things does not mean he is doing the right things?

    Sure we may have no individual income tax but the state taxes on business was made far more complicated and applied more broadly under Rick Perry. As we know businesses will simply pass on the taxes and the cost of compliance on to their customers.

    Rick Perry also pushed for the Trans Texas Corridor against the wishes of the people of the state. This was a white elephant “infrastructure” boondoggle that was suppose to be the NAFTA superhighway linking Canada, the US and Mexico.

    Rick Perry also attempted to force every girl child in the state to take the Guardasil vaccine. HPV is a sexually transmitted disease and he wanted to mandate that all girls at around 12 recieve the shot. So I suppose Rick Perry is very libertarian on the age of consent for little girls or something.

    Parents were outraged and the state legislature undid the order from the Governor.

    Rick Perry is a very slick politician who can talk conservative but has he governed as a conservative? The people of Texas would tell you he is a moderate at best and a RINO at the worst of times.

  • Beth

    Houston Chronicle, Mexico City Bureau | DUDLEY ALTHAUS

    FR Posted on 08/28/2007 by Dubya MEXICO CITY —
    Leading a large delegation of Texas executives trying to drum up
    business in Mexico, Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday criticized the U.S.
    Congress for failing to pass an immigration bill that would legalize
    millions of workers. “I don’t think this is that difficult an issue
    if Congress would have the maturity to sit down and really discuss it
    and cut out all the mean rhetoric,” Perry said during a break in the
    third day of meetings with Mexican officials and business executives.

  • Beth

    You know a question someone should ask Perry, heck ask all the candidates “what is your definition of Crony Capitalism and is Crony Capitalism good or bad for the average American.

  • http://twitter.com/ashmeer ash meer

    I think it has less to do with globalism, than with the large number of Ismaili Muslims in Texas.  They are a well-to-do and educated group, who don’t share the extremist or intolerant views of Jihadi Muslims.  

  • Beth

     Rick Perry is just another politician. He DOES have “nice hair” though.

    He demonstrated his lack of credibility when he signed the HSUS/THLN
    sponsored bill TX HB1451. Did they donate to his campaign? HSUS is under
    IRS investigation by the for its questionable “charitable” status. Most
    donations go to HSUS employee salaries and pension fund. HSUS does NOT
    operate any shelters as their misleading advertising portrays to the
    uninformed public. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) has a
    stated goal of eliminating domestic (pet and livestock) animals as well
    as all meat, fish, poultry and dairy from menus. Isn’t Texas an
    agricultural state? The HUGE expense of operating HB1451 will not be
    covered by licensing and registration fees. The State and local agencies
    will face expenses that will bankrupt their budgets if they even TRY to
    satisfy the requirements set up by HB1451. Perry heaped unnecessary
    expense on Texas – I hate to even THINK about what he would do to the
    whole country.

  • Beth

    http://beastlybulldogs.boardhost.com/viewtopic.php?id=2151

     A sad day for Texas animal owners and it’s only the beginning. Governor
    Rick Perry signed the HSUS HB 1451 “Pet Elimination Bill” yesterday, handing
    over our state to the radical “animal rights” extremists. It will be very
    difficult to put the Genie back in the bottle.

  • Beth

    But even as he rails against wasteful spending by Washington, federal
    dollars accounted for nearly 37 percent of Texas’ spending — one of the
    highest rates in the nation — RBC Capital Markets said in a report this
    year.

    Perry has been accused of wasteful spending himself, including using
    as much as $10,000 per month of taxpayer money to pay for a luxury
    rental home while the Governor’s Mansion was being rebuilt after a fire.

    Two of the governor’s biggest initiatives have flopped: the $150
    billion Trans Texas Corridor, which ranchers said would have paved too
    much of their land, and a 2007 executive order, overturned by the
    legislature, that would have forced teenage girls to be vaccinated
    against cervical cancer.

    Pierson has shared her doubts about Perry with out-of-state Tea Party
    voters — many of whom call her because they don’t trust the media.
    “They want to check facts with me,” she said.

    In her view, Perry’s budget is balanced only on paper.

    And then there is the issue of his politics. Perry was elected to the
    Texas House of Representatives in 1984 when the Lone Star state was a
    Democratic stronghold. He served as a conservative Democrat in the state
    legislature until switching to the Republican Party in 1989.

    While a Democrat, he was the Texas chairman for Gore’s failed 1988
    presidential bid. And even after he became a Republican, in a 1993
    letter he praised Hillary Clinton’s healthcare reform efforts while she
    was first lady as “most commendable.”
     

  • Beth

    Rick Perry – just does not understand or appreciate free
    market capitalism or the importance of low taxes. What Perry does
    understand: Crony Capitalism and special favors for his friends.

    How does this Tea Party fraud really behave? Perry loves spending and
    debt and likes to pretend that debt service is not a gargantuan tax.
    Perry likes to promote toll roads and debt laden public private
    partnerships. These will blow up later because of all the debt and Perry
    either can’t figure this out or does not care because he will be gone
    from office. Perry also was for borrowing $3 billion in bonds to put the
    state of Texas in the cancer research business. He likes tuition bonds
    to build school buildings and he is pushing for the state to guaranteed
    local water infrastructure bonds.
    Perry has 24 Forbes billionaires as campaign contributors and he
    likes to do favors for crony capitalists at the expense of the taxpayer
    and average Texan. A good example of this is the Texas Enterprise Fund,
    which is really a slush fund for Perry and other top politicos in Texas .
    Basically, they just give hundreds of millions to Perry’s favored
    corporations. One egregious example was giving a whopping $25 million to
    Countrywide Financial … just before it went bankrupt. Like a good
    socialist, Perry loves to pick winners and losers. The TEF also gave $10
    to Washington Mutual. Slick Rick Perry was FOR the 2008 TARP bankster bailout; Then 2 months later writes Op-Ed for WSJ railing against bailouts!
    This example will teach you a lot about Rick Perry: he was for the 2008
    TARP bankster bailout, before he was against it. Perry wrote a letter
    on 10/1/08 with Joe Manchin in support of the TARP bailout!: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2010/01/was-rick-perry-for-the-bailout.html
    At 9:07 PM later that day the US Senate voted for the TARP bailout.
    Then two months later Slick Rick writes an WSJ op-ed on 12/2/08 with
    Mark Sanford opposing bailouts!! http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122818170073571049.html

    Here is Rick Perry’s letter in support of the TARP bailout as he told Congress to “act now” and pass the TARP bankster bailout.

    There is a time for partisanship and there is a time for getting
    things done. No one likes the hand they’ve been dealt, and now is not
    the time to assign blame. It is time for Washington , D.C. to step up,
    be responsible and do what’s in the best interest of American taxpayers
    and our economy.This economic crisis is not just impacting Wall
    Street; it is also making life harder for everyday Americans. Americans
    across the country and in every demographic are feeling the pinch. If
    Congress does not act soon, the situation will grow appreciably worse.
    It’s time for leadership. Congress needs to act now.Sincerely,Rick Perry and Joe Manchin

    The defense of the Perry people to that is that the letter that Perry
    and Manchin sent to Congress was such unintelligible gibberish that
    Perry can’t be held accountable for it!  I remember that day very well,
    because at the same time I was calling my US Senators and urging them to
    NOT vote for the TARP bankster bailout.

    Then later that same day Oct. 1, 2008, flip flopper Slick Rick
    quietly put out this press release in an attempt to cover his butt after
    he had already written a pro-TARP letter to Congress earlier in the
    day:

    AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement:

    “In
    a free market economy, government should not be in the business of
    using taxpayer dollars to bail out corporate America . Congress needs to
    take off its partisan gloves and work together to bring both short and
    long term stability to the credit markets. They need to stop blaming
    each other and start thinking about solutions that put the taxpayers of
    this country first.”
    Rick Perry helped to defeat ultra-conservative Justice Steven Wayne Smith

    Rick
    Perry made robo phone calls against most conservative Supreme Court
    judge in modern Texas history. Smith was the equivalent of Robert Bork,
    probably the best judge we had in Texas in 50 years. His crime was
    beating RINO, Xavier Rodriguez, an appointee of Rick Perry in a primary.
    Perry got in a funk and vowed to bring down Justice Smith next time and
    he did. Rodriguez also made some pro-abortion rulings. (2004)
     

  • Beth