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Run, Rick, Run!
Scripps News ^ | 06/16/2011 | Delroy Murdock

Posted on 06/18/2011 1:09:31 PM PDT by presidio9

Four summers ago, 73 percent of Republicans were satisfied with the candidates seeking the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. Now, an NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll revealed on Wednesday, only 45 percent of Republicans are happy with today's 2012 contenders. Texas Gov. Rick Perry, 61, could cure the GOP's ennui. As America's economy slumbers, Perry tells a stimulating story about Texas' pro-market growth and job creation, two subjects that top the American mind. Between January 2001 and June 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics calculates, Texas' non-farm employment grew from 9,542,400 in January 2001, when Perry took office, to 10,395,800 in June 2010 -- an increase of 853,400 or 8.9 percent. Big-government California simultaneously lost 827,800 jobs. Employment in Texas grew more than in the other 49 states combined. Since June 2009, when the Great Recession officially ended, Texas has produced 265,300 net jobs, equal to 36.7 percent of the 722,200 positions created nationwide. For seven years running, CEOs polled by Chief Executive magazine have rated Texas first in business development and job growth. Texas boasts 58 Fortune 500 companies -- more than any other state. As America's No. 1 exporting state, Texas shipped $206.6 billion in goods abroad last year, composing 16 percent of America's $1.28 trillion in exports. California's $14.4 billion in exports ranked it second, with 11.2 percent of U.S. outflow. Texas' achievements so stunned Gavin Newsom, California's Democratic lieutenant governor, that he flew a delegation to Austin last May to ask Perry how he lures defectors from the Golden State. Of the 70 companies that fled California in 2011, the Wall Street Journal's John Fund reported last April, 14 relocated to Texas -- these exiles' primary destination. So, what is Perry's secret? Texas taxes neither personal incomes nor capital gains, and Perry proposed a 2010 constitutional amendment to require two-thirds super-majorities to legislate tax hikes. Beyond that, as Perry told Manhattan Republicans Tuesday, "don't spend all the money." He advised "a regulatory climate that is fair and predictable" as well as "a legal system that doesn't allow for over-suing." Thus, Perry signed groundbreaking "loser pays" tort-reforms and medical-litigation rules that caused malpractice-insurance rates to fall. Some 20,000 doctors since have flooded Texas. Texas is a Right to Work state, which Perry should trumpet nationally. He should demand a woman's right to choose ... whether or not to join a union. On December 21, 2000, while Illinois State Sen. Barack Obama was casting some of his 129 "present" votes, Perry took over a state government that now features some 384,000 workers and a $172.5 billion biennial budget. While Obama's oratory often soars, he sometimes seems disengaged and indecisive -- as if the Oval Office were a training facility. As Texas' governor for a record 10 years, Perry's executive experience is quadruple Obama's. Perry's biggest challenge may be that he is the governor of Texas. Americans suffered through the mitigated disaster that was George W. Bush's presidency. They may recoil at electing another commander-in-chief from Austin. Perhaps more worrisome for Perry are his appearance and mannerisms. At a well-delivered speech to the Heritage Foundation's Resource Bank in Dallas on April 28, Perry did not quite resemble Bush. However, he mirrored actor James Brolin's portrayal of the 43rd president in Oliver Stone's film "W." Perry can overcome this potential handicap by loudly and explicitly distancing himself from the White House's disgraced former occupant. Perry should remind voters of the aristo-socialist Bush's LBJ-like spendaholism and Carteresque regulatory overreach (e.g. Bush's repugnant 2007 ban on Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb, effective 2012). Perry should declare that his domestic agenda will not echo Bush's, much beyond tax relief and school choice. As the un-Obama and un-Bush, Perry soon could emerge as a seasoned, competent, growth-generating conservative. This should unite the Republican base, make Tea Partiers boil with glee, and magnetize independents and sensible Democrats. If so, voters just might dispatch Barack Obama to design his presidential library.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Politics/Elections; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: 2012; 2012gopprimary; amnesty; arlenspectoresque; bush3; elections; formerdemocrat; illegals; islam; kelovsnewlondon; openborders; perry; perry2012; rickperry; rino; rudymcperry; ttc
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(Deroy Murdock is a columnist with Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University. E-mail him at deroy.Murdock(at)

George W. Bush has become to libertarian columnists what Sarah Palin is to liberals: They set out to write on one subject, but their programming renders them incapable of doing so without spending at least two paragraphs trashing the former president in order to satisfy their own base. If Rick Perry decides to run, he will be my choice. Murdock and his libertarian friends need to get it through their pointy heads that we're talking about a Republican Nomination here, not a general election. The majority of Republican voters does not view a the Bush presidency as a "mitigated disaster ," nor Bush himself as an "aristo-socialist with Carter-like regulatory overreach." Murdock should shelf the hyperbole at least until Perry becomes our official candidate. Better yet, he could keep his mouth shut entirely, and let voters decide for themselves. This election is going to be about who is Barak Obama, and who is not, not who has the least in common with George W. Bush.

1 posted on 06/18/2011 1:09:35 PM PDT by presidio9
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To: presidio9
Rick Perry? You mean the guy who took money from Merck and tried to use the power of government to force citizens to use one of their products? That Rick Perry?

2 posted on 06/18/2011 1:13:00 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Rick Perry For Prison Class President 2012)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Your cartoon looks more like Ron Paul than Rick Perry.

3 posted on 06/18/2011 1:14:53 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Ditter

It does. Not sure what the artist was going for there.

4 posted on 06/18/2011 1:16:28 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Rick Perry For Prison Class President 2012)
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To: presidio9
Wait. I just want to make sure we're talking about the same guy here. Do you mean the guy who made all those corrupt deals in the land grab known as the Trans-Texas Corridor? That Rick Perry?

5 posted on 06/18/2011 1:19:39 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Rick Perry For Prison Class President 2012)
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To: presidio9

Ditto Run Rick Run! Throw us a life preserver, like a drowning person swimming upstream. I would vote for Spongebob Squarepants if I thought he could unseat the Usurper.

6 posted on 06/18/2011 1:19:46 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("Liberalism is the Philosophy of the Stupid".....Mark Levin.)
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To: presidio9

I stood up here and right from the start I said don’t trust Trump. I took a lot cf crap. I was absolutely right. Now I am telling you don;t trust Perry and I getting the same crap. I am still right. DON’T BE FOOLED BY PERRY. He is a world elitist.

7 posted on 06/18/2011 1:20:34 PM PDT by bmwcyle (It is Satan's fault)
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To: presidio9
James Richard “Rick” Perry

born March 4, 1950 in Paint Creek, TX (Meets the Jus Soli Requirement)

Parents were
Joseph Ray Perry born 1925 in TX
Amelia June Holt born 1928/9 in TX

Both parents were US Citizens at the time of his birth (Meets the Jus Sanguinis Requirement)


Barry Soetoro aka Barack Hussein Obama ISN'T!

8 posted on 06/18/2011 1:24:27 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: bmwcyle

Run, Rick, Run! I need my slick talking goodhaired southern doppelganger to run and split the conservative vote so I win the nomination!
9 posted on 06/18/2011 1:25:37 PM PDT by BillyBoy (Impeach Obama? Yes We Can!)
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To: ASA Vet

Is that Tammy Fay Baker?

10 posted on 06/18/2011 1:27:43 PM PDT by Krankor (Her voice was soft and cool, her eyes were clear and bright . But she's not there)
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To: presidio9

Perry is a RINO. And he won’t run unless he knows that Palin is not. Perry likes races where he has it easy.

11 posted on 06/18/2011 1:28:18 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Sharia? No thanks.)
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To: Mountain Mary

Run Spongebob Run! Hell, since we won’t bother vetting our candidates at all, why not just pick random people off the street and forget about this whole pesky nomination thing.

12 posted on 06/18/2011 1:28:27 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Rick Perry For Prison Class President 2012)
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To: Krankor

Did you mouse over the photo? Did it say Tammy Fay Baker?

13 posted on 06/18/2011 1:35:28 PM PDT by ASA Vet (Natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. De Vattel)
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To: BillyBoy

Run Sarah, run!

14 posted on 06/18/2011 1:36:56 PM PDT by Paperdoll (NO MORE BUSHS!)
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To: presidio9


Until 1989, Rick Perry was a conservative Democrat. He switched parties as, like many Democrats including Ronald Reagan and Phil Gramm, he saw that party moving farther and farther to the left. Under Perry’s decade as governor, hundreds of Texas Democrats have followed his lead and become Republicans.
As a former Democrat, Perry can speak to that swath of his former party that has become disenchanted with their party as President Obama has taken it even farther to the left, in a way that few Republicans can. He can also speak well and credibly to all wings of the national GOP, from the fiscal cons to the social cons to the libertarian set.

We need a man with crossover appeal to win against Obama.
Perry would appeal to all segments of the Republican electorate and would come armed with a record of economic success and a commitment to liberty that no other contender can match.

The clowns we have to choose from thus far suck.
I am not a huge fan of Perry, but
compared to Romney, Newt, and the rest of JOKES running for President he’s a rock star.
Texas has been voted #1 business climate for the last seven years.
Texas has been getting all of California’s jobs.
Perry must be doing something right.
We need a good business guy right now.
Perry has proved it.

. Sarah Palin threw her endorsement to Rick Perry for governor- and so did Nugent.
Sarah just restated the other day she likes Perry

.Rush said that Perry is his dream candidate.

. Pro-life, Pro-guns, pro-spending cuts, pro-business

. He’s an outside-the-Beltway candidate

. He is not a Ivy League grad

. He was an Air Force captain who flew a C-130

. Speaks Spainish.
(Odumbo says everybody should speak a foreign language, but he CAN’T)

. Fighting with Obama on many fronts
Google Perry/Obama and you will see he’s been fighting him and his government for the past two years.

. Since Perry has been Governor of Texas, Texas has added more than 850,000 jobs, more than all other states combined. Texas has added over 180,000 jobs since August of 2009.

. There is no such thing as ‘Perrycare’

. Signed into law sonogram and explanation by physician before abortion

. Signed into law, photo ID ident to vote

. Perry did not apply for federal “Race to the Top” education funds because he said it would force national standards upon Texas.

. He has vetoed a record 248 bills, including dozens after the 2001 session, angering many lawmakers.

. He said last year that President Barack Obama was “hell-bent” on turning America into a socialist country.

. Won governorship of state with lots of latinos

. According to this web site Texas is #1 this year and last year for business friendly.
Obama would not want not run against a governor that has the BEST business climate in the U.S. when everything else is in a depression.

. He used to be a Democrat. So? So did Reagan.

. The Bush’s don’t like him

. Perry has a reputation for not sweating

• He refused to raise taxes when Texas faced a record $10 billion budget shortfall in 2003. Instead, he was the first Texas governor since World War II to sign a budget that lowered state spending (and has now done it twice). As governor, Perry has used his line item veto to cut over $3 billion in proposed spending.

• In 2005, Perry signed a historic $15.7 billion property tax cut for homeowners and businesses that also included new taxpayer protections against appraisal increases. In 2009, Gov. Perry secured a tax cut for approximately 40,000 small businesses in Texas and protected the Rainy Day Fund for future challenges.

• He led the battle to pass the country’s most sweeping lawsuit reforms, closing the door on junk lawsuits that had been making trial lawyers rich while driving countless doctors either out of the state or the profession all together. Since Texas voters approved these reforms, malpractice claims and premiums have fallen and access to healthcare is increasing across the state as doctors have applied in droves to practice in Texas.

. He has never lost an election, including an elementary school contest for “king” of the Paint Creek School Carnival. He secured that win by handing out pennies for votes.

.Perry is pro-life and opposes government funding for elective abortions. In 2005, Perry, a social conservative, signed a bill that limited late-term abortions and required girls under the age of 18 who procure abortions to notify their parents. Perry signed the bill in the gymnasium of Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Worth, an evangelical Christian school.

. Perry is also known for his socially conservative views on homosexuality, and he opposes same sex marriage. He condemned the United States Supreme Court decision in Lawrence vs. Texas, which struck down a Texas sodomy law. He called the law “appropriate”

. Abortion:
Perry signed into law a bill requiring a sonogram and doctor’s explanation before granting an abortion
In 2005, Perry signed a new law that requires minor girls to receive
parental consent before getting an abortion. This law strengthens a
parental notification law Perry supported as Lt. Gov. in 1999, which
helped reduce teen abortions by 26 percent. Perry has also signed a ban
on third trimester abortions, a ban on tax dollars being used to
support abortion facilities, a prenatal protection act that protects
unborn children from assault, and an informed consent law that helps
expectant mothers better understand the risks and consequences of
abortion. Perry supports a ban on human cloning and will veto any
legislation that provides state dollars for embryonic stem cell
research, a process that ends a human life.
Perry urges to keep up pressure to roll back the landmark 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion until “Roe v. Wade is nothing but a shameful footnote in our nation’s history books.
Perry, a frequent critic of the federal government, also bashed President Barack Obama for his administration’s policy allowing federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, saying he was deeply disturbed by studies that turn “the remains of unborn children into nothing more than raw material.”
Perry has faulted Obama for reversing the so-called “Mexico City policy” that banned giving federal money to international groups that perform abortions or provide information about abortions. Obama struck down the policy during his first week in office, saying it was too broad and undermined family planning in developing countries.
Under Obama “our federal tax dollars can now be used to fund abortion all over the world. With the stroke of a pen, abortion essentially became a U.S. foreign export,” Perry said.

. Immigration:
Perry adds immigration issues to lawmaker session
Perry wants passage of a measure requiring every person arrested to be run through the federal immigration databases as part of the Secure Communities program. He also wants to provide the state Department of Public Safety with the authority to make sure someone is in the U.S. legally before issuing a driver’s license.
These measures, along with a ban on sanctuary cities, would “provide a clear message that Texas will not turn a blind eye to those breaking our laws,” Perry said in a statement.
“Texas owes it to the brave law enforcement officials, who put their lives on the line every day to protect our families and communities, to give them the discretion they need to adequately do their jobs,” Perry said.
.Gov. Perry has made numerous requests of the federal govt. to enforce the border in Texas including handing Pre. Obama a letter in person when he landed in Dallas last year.

. Christian religious beliefs
In what was described as a “God and country” sermon at the Cornerstone church in San Antonio, attended by Perry and other mostly Republican candidates, the Rev. John Hagee stated, “If you live your life and don’t confess your sins to God Almighty through the authority of Christ and His blood, I’m going to say this very plainly, you’re going straight to hell with a nonstop ticket.” Perry was asked if he agreed with those comments and said, “It is my faith, and I’m a believer of that.”[39] Perry went on to say that there was nothing in the sermon that he took exception with. Humorist and entertainer Kinky Friedman, the Jewish independent candidate for governor in the 2006 election, said, “He doesn’t think very differently from the Taliban, does he?” Carole Keeton Strayhorn disagreed with Perry’s comments, and Democrat Chris Bell said that one who is in public office should “respect people of all faiths and denominations”. Conservatives then responded, arguing that Perry had a right to his religious beliefs, and that he was not disrespecting Americans of other religious convictions.[40] While visiting Israel in August 2009, Perry gave an interview to the Jerusalem Post in which he affirmed his support for Israel from his religious background, “I’m a big believer that this country was given to the people of Israel a long time ago, by God, and that’s ordained.”

. Environmental issues
Perry does not believe there is valid scientific proof of anthropogenic global warming. He has said several times that there is no scientific consensus on the issue.[69] In a September 7, 2007, speech to California Republicans, Perry said, “Virtually every day another scientist leaves the global warming bandwagon. ... But you won’t read about that in the press because they have already invested in one side of the story.”

. Inauguration concert controversy
Perry invited his friend, rock musician Ted Nugent, to perform at a black-tie gala hours after Perry’s second inauguration ceremony on January 16, 2007. Nugent appeared onstage during the inaugural ball wearing a cutoff T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag and shouting derogatory remarks about non-English speakers, according to press reports.[79] The NAACP condemned Nugent’s flying of the Confederate flag, but he denied intentionally making any racially offensive comments and stated that the flag is a symbol of southern heritage


Perry issues a FUBO;
“Texas to Allow Regular Incandescent Bulbs”
Reports are the governor will sign Bill HB2510 by June 19th.
Bill HB2510 allows for the manufacture and sale of incandescent light bulbs otherwise banned in federal legislation of 2007, applicable from 1 January 2012 onwards.
The legality, at least in the way the proposed law is framed, has apparently been cleared with the US Attorney General’s office.
The Bill has already passed in both House and Senate with overwhelming support.
While Texas has no current manufacture, relevant parties are being invited to restart it.
Texas has been a leading US state in providing new local jobs, and this is seen as a further contributive measure.

. He played quarterback on the six-man football team for the Paint Creek Pirates. He also played basketball and ran track.

. He is an Eagle Scout and wrote a book about the Boy Scouts, ‘On My Honor’.
Rick Perry uses the Boy Scouts to draw a battle line in what he considers a “culture war,” defending them against the American Civil Liberties Union and what he sees as a moral struggle for the country’s future.
The book also traces a 30-year history of litigation involving the Scouts — most of which they won — which Perry considers an attack on traditional values and faith in God.

Perry targets the ACLU as the primary force behind a leftist push to accept homosexuality and challenge Scouting’s duty to God.

. He’s a runner and triathlete.

. He is an outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing.

. He plays the drums. At a January 2005 inaugural party in Washington, he played with ZZ Top in front of 2,000 people

. Perry has Romney’s looks without the other baggage.
Raised on a ranch. Has hair. 6’ tall- presidential (especially after Obama)

Americans WILL get it:
Better looking
Better record
Rick Perry for President.



15 posted on 06/18/2011 1:40:05 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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16 posted on 06/18/2011 1:40:39 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Krankor

No, that’s the Lone Star State Faker. It’s hard to tell them apart sometimes.

17 posted on 06/18/2011 1:40:45 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Rick Perry For Prison Class President 2012)
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To: patriot08

18 posted on 06/18/2011 1:42:06 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Rick Perry For Prison Class President 2012)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

So you are saying if Rick Perry is the Republican candidate you will vote for Obama?

19 posted on 06/18/2011 1:45:15 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (When NY elected Weiner he thought they said erected...)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Are you saying you’re supporting a corrupt crony capitalist for the Republican nomination for president?

20 posted on 06/18/2011 1:50:39 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (Rick Perry For Prison Class President 2012)
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