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Newt Gingrich: Rick Perry's book "almost came too late" [Foreward to "Fed Up!"]
Fed Up! Forward ^ | August 2010 | Newt Gingrich

Posted on 06/22/2011 3:16:28 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

Foreward By Newt Gingrich – August 2010

I wish this book had never needed to be written.

It almost came too late.

America is recklessly accelerating toward economic disaster. Fed Up! may be the last warning sign to the danger that lies ahead.

Rick Perry, Texas governor for the past decade, is uniquely qualified to offer a firsthand perspective on why the United States—the most successful civilization in human history—is being threatened with economic collapse.

First Principles

Faith, freedom, and free enterprise are the pillars of a strong, safe, prosperous society. Rick knows that when these principles are protected, America succeeds, and when they are undermined, America fails. But the Left has a different belief. The Left believes that most people are not capable of pursuing happiness and that a strong centralized government is best able to provide for them. While claiming compassion for humanity, the Left's policies are destructive to the human beings subject to them—as we have had to learn painfully again and again.

The Left's self-serving solution to every crisis, economic or otherwise, and many of their own doing, is always the same: inflict higher taxes on Americans to create more government programs with more rules and regulations that result in less freedom, less innovation, less safety, and less prosperity.

The problem with the Left’s one solution, as Rick forcefully explains in the pages that follow, is that it doesn't work. It's never worked, and it never will work. The record shows it.

But what the record also shows is that when power and freedom are returned to the people, when people are rewarded for work, and when government holds the line on spending, individuals and opportunity thrive. We have seen that result most spectacularly recently in Texas, and in the mid-1990s with the Contract with America Congress, when I served as Speaker of the House.

The Texas Record

Upon taking office, President Barack Obama repeatedly said that he was open to ideas on health care policy and on reversing the economic crisis. But he had to look no further than Texas to see ideas and policies that work.

Texas has no state income tax, no capital gains tax, and no tax on corporate dividends. In contrast, California taxes all three. It has the highest state income tax rates in the nation, with a top rate of 10.3 percent and with most income earners paying 9.3 percent. The California sales tax stands at 8.25 percent. In Texas, the state sales tax rate is 6.25 percent. With both the highest personal income tax and the highest state sales tax in the nation, California also has the largest budget deficit of any state.

Texas has economically outperformed California by any measure. Since 1998, economic growth in Texas has been nearly 20 percent higher than it is in California. Since the end of the tech boom, the rate of real economic growth in Texas has been 48.5 percent higher than in California. From 1998 to 2007, personal income in Texas grew 21 percent faster than in California. Since 2002, real personal income has grown 46 percent faster in Texas. From 2000 to 2007, California lost a net of 1.2 million residents. Texas, over the same period, gained more than half a million in interstate migration, the third highest in the country.

Prior to 2003, Texas was losing doctors at an alarming rate due to predatory practices of trial lawyers who were driving up the cost of malpractice insurance. In 2003, the Texas legislature passed a measure to limit medical liability. In that same year, a state constitutional amendment was approved by voters to cap noneconomic damages awarded by juries. These two provisions reversed the trend and improved care, accessibility, and the overall economy by making Texas a more attractive place to live, work, and own a business. Malpractice claims dropped, and physician recruitment and retention went up. Doctors saved more than $50 million on insurance premiums, and hospitals' insurance rates went down.

People in Texas, like anyone living in any state, have a choice. They can vote with their feet. Many living in California simply became fed up with their state's high taxes and regulations. Many who moved out moved to Texas, where on average they are safer, freer, and more prosperous. Competition among the states is a powerful incentive for states to keep taxes and the cost of doing business low. And as this California versus Texas example shows, conservative economic policies work and socialist policies don't.

Yet both the Obama administration and the Pelosi-Reid Congress continue to ignore success stories like Texas. They are going in the opposite direction, passing a massive government takeover of health care while planning similarly massive tax increases to pay for it and for the rest of their job-killing agenda.

Now, it may not be surprising that a politician from Chicago would not naturally look to the Lone Star State for solutions. And you wouldn't expect a Texas governor to look in Illinois for answers (thankfully).

And that is precisely the point of this book. States have been called laboratories in democracy precisely because every problem potentially has fifty different approaches to solving it. Some solutions work in some states and not in others. Some states prefer some solutions over others. Some solutions may work in every state, and some just don't work at all. But the best way to find the best solutions is to allow the states to discover what works best for them, without the federal government interfering.

In today' s global economy, each state is competing not only with other states for businesses, workers, and investors but also on a global level. The fact is, with the right principles and policies, you can make any place rich, as happened in Hong Kong.

Unfortunately, the opposite applies as well. With the wrong principles and the wrong policies, you can make any place poor, as happened in Detroit. In 1950, 1.8 million people called Detroit home. It ranked first in median income of all major cities in America. But after Detroit's political leaders, ignoring the principles of freedom and free markets, governed with runaway government spending and taxes, Detroit shrank by more than half. Today, the Motor City is number 66 in median household income in a list of 68 major American cities. One-third of its residents are living below the poverty line, and the unemployment rate is the highest of any major metropolitan area in the country.

The Record of the Contract with America Congress

The Left's willful ignorance of the historical record concerning principles and policies that work is not limited to Texas. The Left also ignores the success of the Contract with America Congress from just fifteen years ago.

Beginning in 1995, after the Republicans gained the majority in both Houses of Congress, the policies generated by the Contract with America set out to put America back on the road to prosperity and keep it there.

Among the historic accomplishments of this Congress were congressional accountability, welfare reform, fewer regulations, the lowest increase in federal spending since the 1920s, the first tax cuts in sixteen years, and the first four consecutive balanced budgets (reducing the public debt by over $400 billion) since the 1920s.

The federal deficit went from $107.4 billion in 1996 to a $125.6 billion surplus in 1999. During that time, unemployment dropped 1.4 percent, from 5.6 to 4.2 percent, with the creation of 8.4 million new jobs. The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) rose 140 percent, from 3,834 to 9,213, between January 1995 and January 1999.

By comparison, since 2008, the Democrat-controlled Congress has added an astonishing $4.6 trillion to the public debt, including $1.6 trillion in 2010 alone. Nearly 7 million jobs have been destroyed under the Pelosi-Reid Congresses between January 2007 and June 2010. Unemployment has risen 4.9 percent, from 4.6 to 9.5 percent. And would be 10.4 percent if it included discouraged workers, those individuals who are unemployed but are not actively seeking employment, usually because they have had no success finding a job after searching for a long time. The total number of unemployed and underemployed workers in July 2010 stood at an astonishing 26 million. Between January 2007 and August 2010, the DJIA dropped 1,823 points.

During the 1990s, at the same time that the Republicans were cutting taxes, we were also cutting spending. As a share of the gross domestic product (GDP), federal spending fell from 20.2 percent in fiscal year 1996 to 18.5 percent in FY 1999. But even as the economy grew dramatically from 1994 to 1999, federal revenue as a percentage of GDP actually increased. That is, even with lower taxes and a higher GDP, more money came into the federal treasury.

The Pelosi-Reid Congresses have increased spending as a share of the GDP from 20.7 percent in FY 2008 to 25.4 percent in FY 2010, the highest since it spiked in FY 1945, at the end of World War II. Between FY 2007 (the last Republican budget) and FY 2011 Congress has increased spending by a total of $1.105 trillion.

Since World War II, the average duration of a recession had been ten months, with the longest lasting sixteen months. July 2010 marked thirty-one months since the current recession began, and we're still losing jobs. Yet despite this fact, the Pelosi-Reid Congress has set in motion comprehensive, across-the-board tax-rate increases for next year on both businesses and investors that will extend the downturn indefinitely.

Moving Power Back to the People

The evidence of what works and what doesn't is empirically irrefutable, yet the ideologically stubborn Keynesians in the Obama administration and the Pelosi-Reid Congress refuse to acknowledge it. They ignore both the Texas success under Governor Perry's leadership and the Contract with America success in the 1990s.

Instead of pursuing the policies that have time and again demonstrated success, the Obama administration and the Pelosi-Reid Congress insist on following job-killing economic policies rather than the job-creating policies that we know work. Chief among these job-killing policies are a failed trillion-dollar stimulus package and the bound-to-fail “Obamacare.”

Unfortunately for America, the Obama administration is creating a job-killing economic system based on an ideology of centralizing power, which most people considered a failure after the collapse of the Soviet Union. These failed policies have brought us to the edge of the cliff. This gets us back to the importance of moving power away from Washington and back to the states and the local level.

For most of our history, Washington was a far-off place that had little inf1uence on the daily lives of most Americans. More recently, the federal government has usurped or seduced enormous power away from local and state governments. There are in the United States today 513,000 elected local, state, and federal officials, but only 537 are elected on the federal level, or about one-tenth of 1 percent. Yet so much power has been consolidated in the hands of federally elected officials, as well as in the hands of unelected bureaucrats and federal judges. We need to reverse this trend or we will suffer lasting consequences.

Devolving power out of Washington is critical to our long-term survival.

Rick has done a great service by explaining how we got here and what we can do about it. His position as governor of Texas gives him a tremendous platform for helping us change course and return to sound conservative fiscal policies. But he can't do it alone. Every American has a duty to rein in the out-of-control federal government. Fed Up! is your handbook. It will arm you with the facts so that you can inform your family, friends, and neighbors. An informed citizenry is the best tool we have in the arsenal to defend our Republic.

Newt Gingrich, August 2010


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 2012; bookreview; contractwithamerica; devolve; devolvepower; devolvewashington; economy; election; fascistperry; forcedgardasilperry; gardasil4children; gardasilperry; gingtich; newt; newtgingrich; perry4illegals; perry4obamacare; perry4romneycare; rickperry; rinoperry; taxes
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I’m sure Perry’s book outlines accurately the economic precipice upon which America totters.

However, most Tea Party Conservatives realized our worst Onada fears were being realized as he bum rushed the Washington ruiling elite into stimulus and Onadacare. That was almost two years ago.

I don’t need politicians like Newt and Perry telling me what’s wrong. I know what’s wrong. I need politicians who will fix the problems. I’ve even tossing those fund raising surveys into the trash. You know, the ones that ask you to check off your main concerns about where the country is heading. If these idiots can’t figure it out on their own why should I give them money.

I’m still waiting for a statement of purpose from these politicians telling me what they believe, what their agenda is and how that will translate into policy. And I especially want to hear from the GOP/conservative field how they differ from one another.


51 posted on 06/22/2011 7:36:59 AM PDT by dools0007world
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To: LibLieSlayer
Texas’ Perry Attacks Obama On Abortion At LA Stop

Rick Perry rips Obama at conference

52 posted on 06/22/2011 7:38:07 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: SumProVita

We will... we must.

LLS


53 posted on 06/22/2011 7:45:06 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"! I choose LIBERTY and PALIN!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

You do not need to post propaganda links about perry... I know who perry is and was and still is.

LLS


54 posted on 06/22/2011 7:49:03 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"! I choose LIBERTY and PALIN!)
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To: Diogenesis

“It does not matter if it was OPT OUT.”

It certainly DOES matter.

“He ordered children to take an untested toxic
substance for his own profit.”

Proof?

“Perry is a RINO for RomneyCARE”

Proof?

WHO do you plan to vote for?


55 posted on 06/22/2011 8:01:38 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: SumProVita

It does NOT matter to the children who
were injured or killed by the Guardasil FORCED
on them by RINO Perry.

Killing them and injuring them (and the waiting
period is NOT even up yet) is the definition
of toxicity.

SHAME on the RINO PERRY ... and you for defending him.


56 posted on 06/22/2011 8:10:28 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: Diogenesis

It was not forced on them. The parents could opt out.

I like Perry and hope he gets into the race.
You can support whomever you’d like. Who would that be, by the way?


57 posted on 06/22/2011 8:15:18 AM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Diogenesis

Without commenting on the underlying issue:

Gardasil isn’t only to prevent cervical cancers. It is meant to stop HPV, which effects a lot more than just 11,999 women a year.

You’ve chosen one small aspect of the drug’s application, and by doing so have inaccurately minimized it’s indications.

I’d love to discuss the underlying issue of edicts and how government overreach interferes with the medical insurance coverage for vaccines. But that’s a much larger issue; I just wanted to point out the misconception that Gardasil only treats cervical cancers.


58 posted on 06/22/2011 8:39:19 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: SumProVita; Jim Robinson; ConjunctionJunction; Al B.; SolidWood; Leisler; greyfoxx39; ...

It was forced on them.

It put them at RISK at a time of their
life when most of them were chaste.

By the same IDIOCY that drives Romney, Reid and Obama.


59 posted on 06/22/2011 8:50:35 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: CharlesWayneCT; Jim Robinson; ConjunctionJunction; Al B.; SolidWood; Leisler; greyfoxx39; ...

Figures the RomneyBOTs are here to support Gardasil-Perry.

Fact: Gardasil does not stop HPV, you fool.
It acts against some subtypes HOWEVER it does
not last forever, AND has a risk about which you care
NOTHING.

Fact: You know nothing to think Gardasil “treats
cervical cancers”.

00.07904% of women were diagnosed with cervical cancer
which is a curable disease to begin with.
100% of the children were put at risk with untested
materials by the RINO Perry for profit.

Go back to defending Obama and Romney.


60 posted on 06/22/2011 8:50:34 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Al GOre didn’t really become those things until after he lost the presidential primary in 1988. Back then, he was one of the less annoying democrats, and somewhat “conservative”.


61 posted on 06/22/2011 8:51:04 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Diogenesis
Somehow, I just knew that you would make this about Romney.

I see you've sucked some other good freeper into a pointless attempt at discussing things with you.

Your ignorance as to what I care about is certainly not surprising; your selective interpretations are par for the course, and your "ability" to reduce complex discussions to the level of a dribbling 2-year-old are legendary.

Birth control pills don't "stop" pregnancy either. Chicken Pox vaccine doesn't "last forever". Vaccines are discussed based on what they vaccinate against; saying something is a vaccination for a disease never means that it is 100% effective. Pretending Gardasil is only targeted to cervical cancers and therefore isn't worth it is a straw-man argument; HPV infects hundreds of millions of women, and Gardasil does, in the time period for which they have evidence, significantly reduce the HPV infection rate among those who take the vaccine. It is simply bad science to pretend otherwise, and stupid to do so for political purposes.

I just say this because some people reading might actually think you have a factual point to make. I don't expect you care one bit about the actual facts.

As to your bizarre "You know nothing to think Gardasil "treats cervical cancers"", that was your misleading implication which I was refuting; nice try to turn your own argument around, but people can read.

I won't even get into your bizarre notion of what a "curable disease" is. People die of cervical cancer, even with detection and treatment. You don't have to support Gardasil to know how stupid your argument was on that point.

62 posted on 06/22/2011 9:18:23 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Except for those who actually knew him... even in Vietnam he was hated.

LLS


63 posted on 06/22/2011 9:37:36 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"! I choose LIBERTY and PALIN!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

I was just addressing the point about his ecoterrorist views, which he seemed to develop in the 1990s. He developed a lot of more bizarre views after the 1988 presidential run, like turning against smoking rights.

There are more than a few southernors who used to be democrats who I wouldn’t dismiss out-of-hand; I’d rather evaluate Perry on his extensive record in the past decade than fret about what he was doing in the 1980s.


64 posted on 06/22/2011 9:40:37 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

You smear the truth just like you do when you
defend your Obama and your Romney, CharlesWayneCT-RomneyBOT.

There are so many errors in your post regarding
mechanism, effectivity, and medicine itself
that you prove to FReepers that much of what
you post is a pathetic joke defending pathetic losers.

Of course you won’t get into RISK BENEFIT issues.

Of course you won’t get into INFORMED CONSENT issues.

Of course not. THOSE ARE THE ISSUES.
And YOU SUPPORT ROMNEYCARE and its/his FASCISM.


65 posted on 06/22/2011 9:52:54 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

I understand what you were saying now... but I do not trust anyone like perry without verification and there is plenty of actions and words of recent vintage to concern me.

LLS


66 posted on 06/22/2011 10:26:19 AM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"! I choose LIBERTY and PALIN!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

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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.
We need somebody who can WIN this thing. That means somebody with cross-over appeal, which our Palen, Bachmann and Cain (no matter how much we love them) simply do not have.

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.
He 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.

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.
http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/rush-limbaugh-on-the-record-3/

. 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.
http://chiefexecutive.net/best-worst-states-for-business
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 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 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 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.
http://www.rickperry.org/media-articles/perry-adds-immigration-issues-lawmakers-agenda-0?amp
.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.
.Perry signed into law photo ID required before voting.

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.”

MISC:

PERRY ISSUES OBAMA A COUPLE OF BIG FUBOs:

1. “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.
http://freedomlightbulb.blogspot.com/2011/06/texas-to-allow-incandescent-light-bulbs.html

2.Perry Adds TSA Anti-Groping Bill to Call
http://www.texastribune.org/texas-politics/tea-party/updated-perry-adds-tsa-anti-groping-bill-to-call/ ^

Gov. Rick Perry this evening announced the addition of TSA anti-groping legislation to the agenda for the special legislative session. In a statement, he said lawmakers could consider legislation “relating to the prosecution and punishment for the offense of official oppression on those seeking access to public buildings and transportation.”

. 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.
http://www.rickperry.org/media/perrys-new-book-supports-boy-scouts-attacks-aclu

. 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)

. Perry knows he was wrong for pushing the vaccine (although there was always an opt out) and the TTC.
But if that is the worst he has done, I can live with it.
I JUST WANT TO WIN THIS THING!

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

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67 posted on 06/22/2011 11:40:05 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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68 posted on 06/22/2011 11:40:53 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Diogenesis

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Check out this site which contains official statements regarding Rick Perry by fellow politicians and scholars(both Democrats and Republicans) have had to say about Rick Perry:
http://www.politico.com/arena/archive/rick-perry-for-president-in-2012.html

All (including Democrat opponents) have called him a staunch Conservative, and not one of the dozens issuing opinions has mentioned the vaccine or TTC.

What do you say to that??

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69 posted on 06/22/2011 11:46:47 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Diogenesis

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Check out this site which contains official statements regarding Rick Perry by fellow politicians and scholars(both Democrats and Republicans) have had to say about Rick Perry:
http://www.politico.com/arena/archive/rick-perry-for-president-in-2012.html

All (including Democrat opponents) have called him a staunch Conservative, and not one of the dozens issuing opinions has mentioned the vaccine or TTC.

What do you say to that??

.


70 posted on 06/22/2011 11:47:38 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

Rush has not and will not endorse perry and he has said as of yesterday that
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BUT HE DID SAY PERRY WAS HIS DREAM CANDIDATE:

.Rush said that Perry is his dream candidate.
http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/rush-limbaugh-on-the-record-3/


71 posted on 06/22/2011 11:51:44 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: All

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This Perry trashing comes from the Ron ‘truther’ Paul nuts,
Debra Medina sour grapers and the resident FR Libs.

. Check out what fellow politicians (both Democrats and Republicans) have had to say about Rick Perry:
http://www.politico.com/arena/archive/rick-perry-for-president-in-2012.html
All (including Democrat opponents) have called him a staunch Conservative, and not one of the dozens issuing opinions has mentioned the vaccine or TTC.

FReepers, trust your Conservative icons and the experts.

. 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.
http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/rush-limbaugh-on-the-record-3/

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72 posted on 06/22/2011 11:56:05 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: LibLieSlayer

.

This Perry trashing comes from the Ron ‘truther’ Paul nuts,
Debra Medina sour grapers and the resident FR Libs.

. Check out what fellow politicians (both Democrats and Republicans) have had to say about Rick Perry:
http://www.politico.com/arena/archive/rick-perry-for-president-in-2012.html
All (including Democrat opponents) have called him a staunch Conservative, and not one of the dozens issuing opinions has mentioned the vaccine or TTC.

. 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.
http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/rush-limbaugh-on-the-record-3/

.


73 posted on 06/22/2011 11:57:42 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: patriot08

The list is growing.

Thanks!


74 posted on 06/22/2011 12:00:45 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: patriot08
That means somebody with cross-over appeal, which our Palen, Bachmann and Cain (no matter how much we love them) simply do not have.

Uh, did Ronald Reagan have "crossover appeal"?

Well, yes, he did. In fact, more "crossover appeal" than any Republican candidate has ever exhibited.

Remember "Reagan Democrats"...???

And what, exactly, was the source of his "crossover appeal"?

He was a conservative!

75 posted on 06/22/2011 12:06:54 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance On Parade)
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To: patriot08

Forcing CHILDREN to take untested drugs for reasons
not all of them need it IS CRIMINAL.

Gardasil Perry is a RINO who acted criminally
and should be brought to justice with everyone else
that imposed RomneyCARE and ObamaCARE.


76 posted on 06/22/2011 12:39:31 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: Diogenesis; All

This Perry trashing comes from the Ron ‘truther’ Paul nuts,
Debra Medina sour grapers and the resident FR Libs.

Freepers, don’t you think it more sensible to trust what the Conservative icons have to say about Perry?

. 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.
http://gretawire.blogs.foxnews.com/rush-limbaugh-on-the-record-3/

Don’t you think it more sensible to trust what numerous politicians and scholars have said about Rick Perry than some haters on FR?

VISIT THIS SITE
Read the official statements of dozens of Perry’s fellow politicians and scholars (both Democrats and Republicans) have had to say about Rick Perry:
http://www.politico.com/arena/archive/rick-perry-for-president-in-2012.html

All (including Democrat opponents) have called him a staunch Conservative, and not one of the dozens issuing opinions has mentioned the vaccine or TTC.
Apparently they don’t consider these things an issue.
They DID mention Perry threatening to secede from the unionas a strike against him. He did not issue such a threat- but I wouldn’t blame him if he did.


77 posted on 06/22/2011 12:43:17 PM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

We don’t need Newt any more for anything. He’s off in another world now of the deluded and whipped now.


78 posted on 06/22/2011 12:44:41 PM PDT by Gaffer
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To: patriot08

He also said if PALIN runs... she will be the candidate to beat... not perry.

LLS


79 posted on 06/22/2011 4:05:44 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"! I choose LIBERTY and PALIN!)
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To: patriot08
I appreciate your links but I used to live in Texas... and living in Mississippi with family and friends still living in Texas... I know perry and have followed his governance. I have serious reservations about him... but I will say that he is not romney.

LLS

80 posted on 06/22/2011 4:09:53 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer ("GIVE ME LIBERTY OR GIVE ME DEATH"! I choose LIBERTY and PALIN!)
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To: Diogenesis
There are so many errors in your post regarding mechanism, effectivity, and medicine itself that you prove to FReepers that much of what you post is a pathetic joke defending pathetic losers.

There was NOTHING in my post regarding mechanism or effectivity of the medicine itself. Nor was there any defense of anybody; It's pretty amazing that you can find "errors" in stuff that is only in your own imagination. Maybe you should try imagining truthful things -- I know that would be a stretch for you, but it would save you some time.

Of course you won’t get into RISK BENEFIT issues

I never said I wouldn't get into anything; it never came up, and you certainly aren't going to talk about it.

However, HERE is the lead post of mine to a thread from 2009 where I attack Gardasil and argue Risk/Benefit in a way that might be helpful to you.

Of course you won’t get into INFORMED CONSENT issues.

Again, I never said I wouldn't get into anything; that was the one thing of everything you posted for which you made a modicum of sense, so I didn't feel it was necessary to correct you.

However, Here is an FR thread post of mine where I come closest to defending Perry, noting that his proposal allowed parents to opt out without cause; in another post in that thread, I quote from a source which specifically discusses informed consent.

Unlike you, I actually have researched this issue, and published opinion pieces opposing mandatory Gardasil vaccinations, a fact you would know if you did even the tiniest bit of research rather than just spouting off ignorantly.

I'll close with this FR post from 2009, giving my reason why I wouldn't have my kids vaccinated:: "Because the “risk” can be almost entirely controlled, while the risk of the vaccine cannot be."

I think trying to use the Gardasil argument as a disqualifying one against Perry is stupid, given the actual facts of the matter. But I'm not going to defend him against these stupid attacks. I'm simply correcting your factually inaccurate, misleading, and incomplete statements. Which itself could be a full-time job.

81 posted on 06/22/2011 9:12:36 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Bottom Line:

Perry FORCED unneeded medicine on children
who did not need it. Period.

THAT is fascism.

THAT is the sign of the RINO.


82 posted on 06/23/2011 3:49:34 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: Diogenesis

BTW, do you feel that way about all vaccinations, or just this one?

A good libertarian position is that the state has no right to force people to get vaccinated against their will.

However, a counter “commons” argument is that vaccination against deadly and highly communicable diseases is a way to protect the public from harm by others (while the harm would be inadvertent, it is harm one person would cause another in any case).

My argument against Gardasil wasn’t that the state has no right to make people get vaccinated, because I believe the state has some authority to maintain the “commons”, to protect each person’s life and property from harm caused by other people, in this case the spread of the disease.

Instead, my argument was that, whether Gardasil worked or not, the disease being protected against was not commonly communicable, being spread only by intimate and controllable contact.

One reason some states moved to put Gardasil on the “must-vaccinate” list was to make it available for reimbusrsement by insurance. This is a side effect of government overregulation — the government defines what things insurance “has” to cover, and one of those things is “mandatory child vaccinations”, so in order to get Gardasil covered, it had to be added to the “mandatory” list.

So it was government interference compounded by more government interference. In Virginia, some legislators felt that Gardasil was a good vaccine, and they wanted to make it available to families who desired it, and make sure it was covered by the insurance, so in what they thought was good-intentioned interference, they almost forced Gardasil on our children. Wiser heads prevailed.

During the Gardasil arguments in 2007-2009, some freepers argued against all mandatory vaccinations, which as I said is a different, more libertarian argument.


83 posted on 06/23/2011 6:32:25 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: CharlesWayneCT; Jim Robinson; ConjunctionJunction; Al B.; SolidWood; Leisler; greyfoxx39; ...
You are a RomneyBOT who works for FASCIST STATISM
and control of children and adults by Romney and Perry.

The NET Benefit of a medical treatment is

NET BENEFIT = (Risk with NO treatment)*(the net benefit of the treatment) - (The risk of harm).
Now the total incidence of cervical cancer was
given above (post #5), and the risk of harm is
still ongoing and increasing.

Bottom line: You care as little for the people afflicted by
Perry's RINO-Gardasilism as you do for those afflicted
by YOUR Master's RomneyCARE.

Go change the subject all you want
just the way that you always defend Romney and Obama.


84 posted on 06/23/2011 7:34:26 AM PDT by Diogenesis (Nothing surpasses the complexity of the human mind. - Leto II: Dar-es-Balat)
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To: Diogenesis

You really don’t like to actually have discussions, do you.

I just thought your last post showed some promise, and it might be fun to actually have an adult conversation with you.


85 posted on 06/23/2011 10:51:57 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Stillwaters

Something to consider adding to your summer reading list.


86 posted on 08/16/2011 11:02:17 AM PDT by lonevoice (schizophrenic hostage taking hobbit terrorist)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Thanks for that link: followed it, and found Kevin D. Williamson, a name only vaguely familiar to me, but one I will be searching for from now on. Vividly and brilliantly written, at this point, it’s essential reading as an appraisal of the current candidate who will most likely be the next President of the United States.


87 posted on 08/18/2011 7:36:13 AM PDT by supremedoctrine (No need for a tagline, but here it is anyway..........)
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