Skip to comments.Some of You Tea Party Folk Think Rick Perry’s the Answer?
Posted on 08/28/2011 10:01:59 AM PDT by The Bronze Titan
If youre a Tea Party member, or you have significant sympathies with them, Id caution you against climbing aboard Rick Perrys TransTexasCatastrophe. The Media is doing everything possible to paint this guy as a bronc-busting, cattle-roping, Texan, but in truth, there are more than a few things you ought to know about him. Hes no friend to individual rights, except in an election season, and hes not really the trend-setter hed have you believe. His record on jobs isnt actually so swift as hed have you believe, and hes got less in common with the average Texan than he does with the Wall Street types with whom he prefers to consort. Hes no friend of Main Street, and hes certainly no friend to real entrepreneurs, and for all his posturing as one of us, he isnt, and its been quite plain. Those of you from outside Texas can be forgiven for mistaking Perry for a conservative. Its assumed because hes a Republican, and hes from Texas, he must be. Let me now explain a bit of why this isnt the case.
Friday I heard the increasingly estimable Mark Davis claim that you shouldnt mind that Perry converted from the Democrat Party to the Republican Party because, as he points out, Ronald Reagan was once a Democrat too. Of course, this is a lie by omission, because what Davis doesnt mention is that it was a long stretch of years between Reagans conversion and his arrival in California electoral politics. This isnt the case with Rick Perry. He was Al Gores Texas Campaign Manager in 1988, and following the loss, immediately reversed course and ran as a Republican. I dont know about you, but despite Davis rather disingenuous interpretation of Reagans conversion, painting it as just alike, Im inclined to believe he left some details out intentionally.
Rick Perry has been a regular guest on Davis show on WBAP in the D/FW area for years, and to consider Davis anything like an objective or unbiased voice in this stretches all credulity. Frankly, I hope Limbaugh finds somebody else to be a regular fill in, because Davis is clearly in the tank for Perry, and it runs against Limbaughs general premise that he will take no position in a Republican primary, except in general terms on behalf of conservatism.
You may have heard some of Perrys more recent statements about conditions along the Texas border with Mexico, and you might be inclined to believe Mr. Perry thinks more should be done. He even tried to repair his credibility on the issue by being broadcast on a live feed from a base of operations near the border for an interview on Greta Van Susterens show. If you believe that stage-managed bit of theater, Im inclined to let you know right now that hes relatively no more conservative in real terms than George Bush, which is to say on the matter of his statist, globalist reflexes, hes no conservative at all. Id hate it if anybody else broke the news to you, because I believe bad news is best delivered by a friend. Check out the following video for where Rick Perry really stands on issues of the border:
I realize theres a tendency to overstate things in the name of supporting ones position, but its really no exaggeration to suggest that Perry isnt really very close in his thinking to Tea Party Members, not when measured against what hes been saying since October 2010, but in what he has said all along throughout his career. Hes taken money and support from La Raza, ACORN, and other groups that advocate spending tax-payer dollars for dubious programs and projects.
Hes also a crony-capitalist. If youre like me, thats simply something you cant abide. I love the free market, but Governor Perrys revolving door between his staff and corporate boardrooms is a well-established phenomenon, and frankly, if you buy into his nonsense, hes going to wind up exploiting your good intentions too. Companies like Merck and Cintra are more his style, and his staff has reflected this over the years of his gubernatorial reign.
Youve undoubtedly heard about the Gardasil flap, and likely been willing to dismiss it as a fluke. That would be a serious and potentially tragic mistake. The most ridiculously egregious thing he may have done in his tenure as Governor of Texas was the proposed TransTexas Corridor. You may have heard of it, but may not have any details, so let me expound on that for a moment or two. This was the project that first enlightened me to Perrys big government answers to all things. The upshot is this: It was to be a vast network of toll roads, but more, it would have included some form of light and heavy rail, pipelines, and all manner of things. On the surface, this might sound attractive, but as with any such project, the devil lies in the details.
The plan included 4400 linear miles of a toll road network, running parallel in many cases to existing Highways and Interstates already in existence. The corridors right of way was to be a full 1/4 mile wide. Simple math tells you that even ignoring junctions and interchanges, this would have consumed 1100 square miles of Texas territory. You might argue that while its a lot of land, Texas is a big state. Thats all well and good if the state already owns the land, but since it doesnt, it was going to acquire it by use of eminent domain. Again, you might argue that building roads is one function for which eminent domain ought to apply, but once you look at the rules to be applied to this project, you might well conclude otherwise. Rather than basing their offers to property owners on free market value, they instead intended to limit it to fair market value as determined by a panel of cronies they would gin up for the chore.
This project actually proposed bisecting county and farm roads, and even property, dead-ending what are fairly important thoroughfares for the communities they serve. More, it would have bisected school districts and even towns along its path. Again, you might think that impossible until you understand that this was to be a closed system with few exits or on-ramps, only permitting access at major Highway and Interstate junctions. This threatened to destroy many rural communities, and they rose up against it. Once the details became clear to the public, it was quickly sent back for re-work, and eventually dumped.
Here were the things they didnt advertise, but you need to know. It was supposed to be operate by a concessionaire, Cintra, for a period of 50 years. It was going to employ tolls of roughly $0.26 per mile. A geographical understanding of the scale of Texas immediately prompts the question: Who on Earth would voluntarily pay to enter a closed-system roadway at that cost over the huge distances in Texas, when a free parallel alternative is just a few miles away in the form of an Interstate, or Highway? Good question, and the answer is: Almost nobody. So how did they intend to make this work? In 2004,TxDOT applied to the USDOT for a waiver so that they could charge a toll on the existing I-35. The first leg of the proposed TTC system was called TTC-35, the leg that would run from Laredo to an undetermined point on the Oklahoma border. In other words, it was a corridor to nowhere, but in order to get you to use it, they were going to toll the free Interstate and let it fall into disrepair.
Opponents at the time argued that the existing I-35 corridor could be widened, and this was met with a dismissive rejection by Perrys Transportation Commission. They said it couldnt be done in a cost-efficient way. Your confusion at this statement matches that of the average Texan who realizes that this couldnt possibly be true. How hard is it to add a few lanes here and there? Yes, youll have some eminent domain issues, but nothing on the scale of what the TTC proposed.
They also promised it would promote economic development, but what they kept concealed for a while, until they no longer could do so under the law, was that because it was a closed system, Cintra, the corporation from Spain that would build and operate it, would also have exclusive rights to all concessions along its length. More, due to the limitations on exits and on-ramps, it could never be shown how this colossal highway system would provide any sort of economic boon to anybody, because you wouldnt be able to access most smaller towns from along its length. Im sure youll agree with me that the fact that one of Perrys top staffers was a former Cintra VP, and the fact that one of his own staffers had gone on to work for Cintra had absolutely nothing to do with Perrys TTC plans. Right?
Ladies and gentlemen, if youve fallen prey to the hype about Perry, you may be forgiven, particularly if youre not from Texas. Youre not aware, as so many here, that Perry isnt the fellow hes now being portrayed to be. Hes not a friend to the Tea Party, despite his seeming 2010 conversion, because much like his conversion in 1989, this conversion also seems to be one of convenience. I will assure you, this is most definitely the case.
Perry likes to put on an act about his conservative credentials, and his sympathies with the Tea Party, but if the truth is told, hes no more one of us than the man in the Moon. You might want to let your fellow conservatives and Tea Party patriots know it too: Were being hustled again.
I agree that Sarah will not endorse until the nomination is set. I can’t think of any reason why she should, nor what there would be to gain for her, or for the Republican party.
An endorsement would be divisive for some and helpful to no one because of the fall out is my best guess.
I hope we can get the most truly conservative candidate out there that can beat Obama - we’ve got a tough road ahead of us because the media is in the tank for him. I truly believe that he is the enemy of my country - and he is within the gates. We’re going to need all hands on board and this kind of infighting that I’m seeing on this forum is not going to help.
These are scary times, I hope we can all unite against our common enemy.
I can only assume that Palin has got a lot of feelers out right now - the last thing on earth she would want to do is to declare & then not end up being the nominee. That would pretty much finish her up as far as having any kind of influence in the future. She is a patriot and wants to serve in whatever capacity that she can do the most good. I would guess that internal polling is not in her favor right now, or she would have already declared.
Unfortunately, the media has done a lot of damage to her. She is wise enough to know this & to know that if she doesn’t enter the race this time around - she still has a shot in the future. She is young enough to have plenty of time to work on that. I don’t know if Perry is the one that can do it, but right now the polls seem to indicate that he’s got a fair shot at it.
One of the amazing things about the hype for Perry's standing as TX gov. is the omission of a chief complaint against Bush when he ran--i.e. the TX gov. is not very powerful.
Still, if Perry wins, I will support him, or Mitt, or Giulianni.
Actually, I would like Giulianni above Perry or Mitt, because he was great at reforms. None are my first choice.
“...will have nothing to do with the new priorities you would impose on it...”
You are hallucinating.
What are these priorities you claim I have imposed???
“...You are headed directly towards provoking a third-party..”
You, sir or madam, are laughable.
Do us all a favor and go check your medications.
I know the video by heart, thanks. Taxation is the major - but not the only - aspect of federal intervention in the economy. You are correct when you say this intervention in the economy is the core problem that the Tea Party was born to address. You are incorrect to attach any social cause that is not ultimately grounded in government stepping beyond its legitimate bounds.
Here’s a good example that will illustrate the difference between Tea Party and Social Conservative: teaching homosexuality in the schools.
Liberal position: teach kids gay sex
Social Conservative position: it’s immoral to teach kids gay sex, or any kind of sex at all - that’s a parenting function and not a school function
Tea Party position: sex should never make the cirriculum at all, that’s not what schools are for, and if a school has the money to teach that then it has too much money and should get its budget cut by whatever is spent on overreaching nonsense.
Historical note: “Taxed Enough Already” was used as a rallying point for the 4/15/2009 tax protests.
All I can say is this. If a RINO ends up being the GOP nominee, I will vote AGAINST Obama, but I will not waste one penny or one second to campaign for that nominee.
“Perry has no Tea Party chapter endorsements! Not even from his own Texas backyard. Hummmmm, I wonder why???”
That statement alone shows that you are clueless about the Tea Party. Need I remind you that the Tea Party is made up of individuals. There are no elected leaders. There are self appointed leaders.
Exactly! I also have a problem with a Governor who allows ATF in his own state to supply arms to Mexican drug cartels and rolls over yelping like kicked puppy when Zero refuses wildfire assistance to Texas and helps the Mexican fight theirs.
If it wasn’t on his radar screen 45 days ago, why did Gingrich’s team quit en masse and sign up with Perry 79 days ago?
Thanks! I only want to see Rick Perry get the same scrutiny any other candidate(on our side) gets.
Working in the purchasing department of a corporation wasnt on my radar screen 45 days before I got my last job. Things change.
By the way, as a side note, I heartily agree with repealing the 17th, and I would suggest taking the 16th with it on its way out the door.
Noooes!!! Perry supporters won't stand for that!!.....
How do you really feel :)
Here's what our friend "Mario Piperni" has to say about himself:
Alright, left isnt always right but it sure as heck is right more often than not. As a transplanted Canadian living in southern Florida, U.S. politics has been one of my deep held passions for the last thirty years. In that time Ive come to the firm conclusion that liberalism, as imperfect as it might be, can be equated with logic, compassion, justice and just plain common sense.
And you have the unmitigated gall to claim that Perry supporters aren't conservative enough for you, when you're carrying the water for the 'RATS?
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