Skip to comments.Bogus "14 Reasons" - Here's the truth
Posted on 08/16/2011 6:35:06 AM PDT by hocndoc
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I have never accused someone of being a drama queen, but...dayummmm.
I assume you live outside the norm, shunning contact with the outside world.
A direct quote from the CDC website...."....all 50 states require certain vaccinations for children entering public school."
Okay, let's do that. Mitch Daniels took office in 2005. In 2004, the last year before Daniels took office, Indiana had the 6th lowest per capita spending, and the 8th lowest spending to GDP ratio. That same year, Texas had the 4th lowest per capita spending and the 4th lowest spending to GDP ratio.
In 2010, Indiana had gone from the 6th lowest to the 10th lowest in per capita spending, and had gone from 8th lowest to 17th lowest in spending to GDP ratio. During the same time Texas remained at 4th lowest in both per capita spending and spending to GDP ratio. So while Texas spending remained fairly constant on a per capita and proportional basis, Indiana was spending a lot more per person and as a percentage of GDP.
Indiana also went from the 24th highest debt to GDP ratio to the 17th highest, and from the 26th highest to the 19th highest in per capita state debt during Daniel's administration. During that period, Texas went from 3rd lowest to 2nd lowest in both categories of debt.
So it appears that state debt and spending went up in Indiana under Daniels, while it went down or remained constant in Texas under Perry.
“all 50 states require certain vaccinations for children entering public school.”
Which is another reason why so many millions homeschool. These politicians are sick individuals: They claim shots are needed only for “optional” public schools but then try to say all children must attend those “optional” public schools.
The legislature mandated vaccines. I have fought mandated vaccines at Texas Medical Association meetings and in Austin. I definitely fought the opt out and then the yearly opt out.
The blog talks about the legislature’s requirement in 2005 that the health dept require a new form with a “secure seal.” Every year. The Dept was making it very hard to obtain that form. The Governor made it easier.
Here is a different take on Daniels and Indiana. Bear in mind that it matters what you start with: http://www.wpri.org/WIInterest/Vol20No1/Ruhl20.1.html
Here the NYT notes that Daniels held the growth in spending below the rate of inflation, something that Perry did not accomplish: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/05/business/economy/05leonhardt.html
I don’t want to be sidelined into a discussion of Daniels and Perry. Nevertheless, Daniels has done more to manage the fiscal situation responsibility in Indiana than Perry has in Texas. Again, if you really knew the inside game here you would see that Perry and the worthless Rs in Austin closed our roughly $17 billion budget gap by deferring payments into the next fiscal period, which is a move exactly out of the Arnold, Brown, and Davis playbook in CA. And the reason for the dishonest accounting tricks was exactly the same - no one wants to anger powerful taxeating constituencies.
Perry talks a hardcore conservative game, but the reality is something else. Other Texans will tell you the same thing. He is certainly conservative enough to be unelectable to statewide office in CA, but that doesn’t make him a hardcore conservative. We could do a lot worse than Perry, but there is no point in buying into an illusion.
You have overlooked one particularly delightful thing about our governor: “moderate” Rs (especially Eastern “country club” Rs) and liberals hate him - not so much because of his policies, but because in terms of background and culture he is everything that they loathe. I remember the look on Dan Rather’s face when he had to announce that Reagan had won. I would love to see Matthews’ face if he has to announce that Perry has won (if it were Bachmann, Matthews wouldn’t make it on camera because he would have had a stroke and would be frothing at the mouth while writhing on the floor.)
What kind of person would I be if I sent my kids to a public school?
Here is the site where you can go and actually look up the growth in spending for all of the states, and not rely on the New York Times: US Government Spending.
Nevertheless, Daniels has done more to manage the fiscal situation responsibility in Indiana than Perry has in Texas.
I'm sorry, but the numbers don't bear that out.
Again, if you really knew the inside game here you would see that Perry and the worthless Rs in Austin closed our roughly $17 billion budget gap by deferring payments into the next fiscal period, which is a move exactly out of the Arnold, Brown, and Davis playbook in CA.
Perhaps you might consider that the reason for that was because state revenues went from $85.5 billion in 2008 down to $45.6 Billion in 2009 - an almost 50% drop in one year. It wasn't caused by massive overspending by the state or fiscal irresponsibility - it was caused by a loss of revenue. That left a big hole in the budget. However, the next year, revenues started to increase again, to $62.5 Billion. Now, do you think they should have massively increased taxes in order to cover a short-term hole in the budget? Or was it better to cover the hole with cuts and budget transfers for one cycle? Which is the more "conservative" solution? Higher taxes or budget cuts?
By the way, don't even think of comparing Texas to California on budget hijinks. What happened this year was a one-time deal in Texas - California has been using smoke and mirrors to balance the budget for at least 10 years.
ultrasound with requirement for the abortionist to give informed consent 24 hours before abortion
Defund planned parenthood
end hospital district funding for abortion
And this is just a bit of this year
Watch all this disappear if he becomes POTUS.
Don’t trust him. He can yap his gums all day.
Nations largest Abortion Mill (Planned Parenthood) opens it’s offices in Houston, TX.
The Times is right on this one, and your revenue numbers are wrong. It appears that you are confusing numbers from specific sources with the total revenue. You can find 2008 and 2009 (and more) here: http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxbud/revenue_hist.html If you look carefully you will see that total revenue for 2009 was about $84 billion, while 2008 was about $87 billion.
The reason for the budget shortfall was a combination of a very moderate fall off in revenues and a refusal to do much to thwart the taxeaters’ demands on the spending side. You are right that the current deceitful budget that Perry signed is something that isn’t all that common in the history of Texas budgeting, but I didn’t say that it was. Rather, my point was that this massive CA-style budget fraud was signed-off on by Perry. In his defense one could argue that it is more a reflection on the Rs in the legislature, but Perry certainly didn’t make it an issue, and he should have.
Part of what you are not taking into account is that Perry has presided over a state that generally has not engaged in as many fiscal follies as other states. Perry isn’t responsible for that. Moreover, although Perry for most of his tenure has not been a wild spender, this last budget will become an issue in his campaign because it is grossly irresponsible.
Daniels, on the other hand, inherited significant economic problems. In response, he has fired government workers, held spending below the rate of inflation, etc. Perry hasn’t done anything like that. In fact, Perry has been adding large numbers of government workers, as was pointed out in the candidate debates in Perry’s re-election.
Just comparing a few numbers for the two states doesn’t get to the point, however. The issue is, what has the governor done with the hand he was dealt? Perry got a relatively good hand and, until this year, didn’t worsen it. Daniels got a bad hand, but has markedly improved it.
Perry is not the stout conservative that you think he is, but he is also not the RINO that others are irresponsibly calling him. Having said that, he is probably about the best we can do under the circumstances.
Considering the discrepancy in the amount of the shortfall, I will accept your source as correct on that. However, that does not change the data on the total increase in per capita spending over the 10 years or the figures on the debt. We will have to agree to disagree on whether or not Perry is a “strong conservative” based on that data, and disagree on whether Mitch Daniels or Perry has the better fiscal record. Obviously, I think my argument on those points are better supported by the data, but just as obviously, you disagree, and I don’t think we are going to persuade one another.
I keep hearing this he'll "do nothing" but I can plainly see he's already done plenty on the border and immigration. Here's some of what I found:
The "big sin" he's associated with is a Texas dream law from 10 years ago which passed with veto proof majorities. It was tightened unanimously by the legislature in 2005. A repeal bill never even made it out of committee this term. Here's an FR thread explaining the Texas dream law.
Perry's signed bills against human trafficking (HB 1372, 4008 & SB 11 of '07), on increased border security (probably the Rangers on the border he's mentioned; HB1 of '07), for tougher employer sanctions (HB 1196 of '07), on document fraud (HB 126 of '07) and signed Voter ID. Source: http://www.txcc.org/illegal-immigration & Reuters (Voter ID signing)
As he's mentioned, he did send Rangers to the border: Texas governor sends Rangers to Mexico border (2009)
He also mentioned arial assets on the border:
He's not for amnesty or "pathway to citizenship" as a reward:
In A December 2006 editorial, Gov. Perry wrote: "I would rather know who is crossing our border legally to work instead of not knowing who is crossing our border illegally to work. A guest worker program that provides foreign workers with an ID removes the incentive for millions of people to illegally enter our country. It also adds those workers to our tax base, generates revenue for needed social services and it can be done without providing citizenship." and "Along with millions of Americans, I think it is wrong to reward those who broke our laws with citizenship ahead of those who have followed the law and are waiting to enter this country legally. And like millions of Americans I do not support amnesty." (Emphasis mine.)
He's a critic of E-Verify's lack of impact on Texas but it is used in thousands of Texas business although not required. However, Texas does require and use the I-9 "employment eligibility" forms which is where E-Verify is supposed to take its info. So in a real sense Texas already verifies eligibility, and under Perry it became harder on employers who violate the law and those who provide documents to defraud employers. Hutchison says Texas state doesn't use E-Verify to weed out undocumented workers applying for jobs (PolitiFact, 2010)
A mandatory E-Verify bill failed to pass the Texas legislature this year Business leaders say mandatory E-Verify plan would harm small businesses (2011)
(Some say I-9 forms are meaningless but if I-9 is meaningless and that's where E-Verify gets its data what the hell use is E-Verify other than getting a greater error ate?)
Ban on driver's licenses for illegals (SB 1). ID measure passed quietly, while sanctuary cities bill died noisily
A bill banning "sanctuary cities," added by Perry to the recent special session, passed the Senate but failed in the Texas House. Same story as above: ID measure passed quietly, while sanctuary cities bill died noisily
And that's not everything.
He’s been in office for 10 years. There is no reason for me to believe that he will change.
There is evidence that the Governor follows through:
Choose Life license plate
Parental notification, tightened up the regs and statutory requirements,
Women’s Right to Know, beefed up this year, requiring the abortionist to personally handle the informed consent, 24 hours before the abortion.
Defunding Planned Parenthood and forcing Travis County Health to stop paying for elective abortions with County or City taxes.
So what? He doesn’t have to change. he will be the same RINO as before; but maybe worse.
You said he’d change and now, you make the statement that he’s a RINO or become worse. (after ignoring our new voter ID, new ultrasound bill, new requirement that abortionists personally meet with women to inform them of the age and stage of the child 24 hours before the abortion, the new eminent domain law, and all of the rest of the accomplishments listed on this thread.)
Can you give an example of when the Governor moved from the right to the left? From his record. when he changes his mind, he moves farther right.
The “Republican Liberty Caucus” is the Ron Paul/Debra Medina group.
Look, I respect you hocndoc; I just don’t agree with you. I said he doesn’t have to change; but he may be worse.
That new eminent domain law won’t last if we get the Corridor. I didn’t ignore them. We are immigration friendly. Do you honestly believe that Voter ID will not be ignored? He either wants votes or cover his rear end.
Move right to left? He’s been doing the Charles During shuffle in Best Little Whorehouse in TX for years.
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