Skip to comments.Ten things about Rick Perry that may worry some conservatives
Posted on 08/17/2011 9:24:25 PM PDT by TBP
Rick Perry has counted on the staunch support of Texas conservatives during his two decades of statewide triumphs in Texas. Hes an anti-tax, anti-spending, anti-regulation, anti-Washington stalwart.
Richard A. Viguerie, chairman of ConservativeHQ.com and a leader on the right since the days of Ronald Reagan, called Perry a committed conservative whose presidential announcement brought a wave of relief to conservatives.
Then why are some conservative bloggers and activists warning others on the political right about a Perry presidential candidacy?
Before Republicans start salivating too heavily, it is important to examine Perry closely, says conservative talk-show host David Zublick. His conservative bona fides leave much to be desired.
(Excerpt) Read more at blog.chron.com ...
He doesnt look like a conservative to me:
It's an easy read, and you'll want to have this for the vetting that is coming on Rick Perry.
Seventeen (17) things that critics are saying about Rick Perry
2) Supporter of muzzy mosque and outreach
3) Supported ALGORE and Rudy
No way...open borders alone is a deal killer.
You know, all the Republicans, to me anyway, seem real good. Real good.
I like Perry, too. I don't have a worry about this guy. If he wins the nomination, God bless. And if someone else - God bless. Right now, anyone who gets anywhere, it is because of the Tea Party. So I say God bless, go get Obama.
He hired the treasurer of Stephen Colbert’s super PAC to run finances for his campaign. I hear that he’s combing the staff of the Daily Show and MSNBC to fill out other open positions.
That is how it looks to me also.
After reading the ten things, I honestly like him more. You know, the state tuition for children of illegals isn’t such a bad idea. It helps them integrate. College tuition is already heavily subsidized for citizens.
The forced immunizations bothered me, but this is the first time I heard that he now considers the decision a mistake. That is reasonable. The man can make mistakes. It sounds like a good policy to prevent cancer. But, the facts don’t support the claims once you find out that this should be voluntary.
That he as a former Dem is OK. We need people to switch to the right side.
On balance, I think he is worthy of support.
That’s a big problem. I do like what he has had to say recently about global warming and the Fed (a lot!), but that’s candidate talk.
That article has already been rebutted here on FR.
The author of your article writes, It was easy for me to vote for Perry since the alternative(s) were either uber-RINOs in the primaries or liberal Democrats in the general elections. This is wrong certainly in the case of Debra Medina, at least.
Its ludicrous to think that some asinine statement like Gardasil, Perry blew it nuff said, deserves any consideration.
True but read Michelle Malkins excellent column on the subject, which I linked. Mandating Gardasil for preteen and teen girls is terrible policy, and definitely not conservative in any way. The opt-out provision was a fig leaf, buut not a real option. Gardasil does have serious safety issues, as many have pointed out.
Perrys former chief of staff was a lobbyist for Merck at the time.
It doesnt require belief in sme conspiracy to oppose the Trans-Texas Corridor, as the writer of the article knows but pretends not to. Public-Private Partnerships are not conservative; they are how liberal politicians fund a lot of pet projects, and they almost always wind up costing taxpayers money.
Furthermore, Im concerned about the overuse of eminent domain, especially to benefit private parties. Apparently, youre not.
Those too young to remember wouldnt recognize the Al Gore of 1988.
I am old enough to remember, and yes they would. He was the same opportunistic socialist then that he is now, except the dementia hadnt taken full hold. But if you look at Gores voting record as a Senator, not his campaign rhetoric, its consistently left-wing.
As for job creation, Gov. Gary Johnson had a better job-creation record in New Mexico, and he did it without a timulus and without a significant increase in the state government. Perry had both.
Since education is cited, would Perry even attempt to abolish the Department of Education, or even repeal his predecessors disaster known as No Child Left Behind, written by Ted Kennedy, which greatly increased Federal involvement in education a Federal involvement that is toally unconstitutional?
The writer admits that Perry has raised about half a dozen taxes during his tenure. So hes not the tax-cutter he pretends to be, then. Will he cut our taxes as President or raise them? His history says hell raise them.
The writer also admits that Perry supports giving in-state tuition to illegals. And he has recently defended that position, while caliming he wouldnt support that as Federal policy. Thats the same tightrope-walk Romney is doing over healthcare. You cant have it both ways, especially on an issue of that importance. Sorry, on illegal immigration Perry is just not trustworthy.
Sorry, but the DREAM Act is a nightmare. In any version. And giving in-state tuition to illegals rewards them for teh illegal act. That kind of attitude , along with the Obama Administrations refusal to prosecute the Black Panthers, create a disrespect that undermines the foundations of the law and that leads to things like this flash mob in Maryland.
He took a stand against adopting an Arizona-style immigration law.
See the link I posted for a discussion of his realtionship not with Muslims, but with jihadist sympathizers.
on teh first two issues discussed, Gardasil and the Trans-Texas Corridor, Perry flip-flopped in a less than principled way. If he had his way, hed most likely still do those things.
As I said, its not a very conservative, or principled, record.
I’ve watched Perry for the six years I’ve lived in Texas. I’ve even voted for him twice in that time, but only because he stank a lot less than his competitors.
In my observation, he’s a center-right Moderate. All of the tough conservative talk out of him is reserved for election time. Once he gets elected, it’s back to being the professional politician’s politician.
We could do a whole lot worse than Perry, but he will not be the sort of president this country is in desperate need of right now. We need a fighter, a crusader, a bare-knuckled reformer, who will set this country back on its Constitutional, small government, individual freedom track.
Perry will give lip service to all of that, but none of it will happen on his watch.
I find the statement in Point #4 astonishing:
“These people are for Ron Paul already.”
He’s talking about all those millions who vociferously protested against Perry’s Trans-Texas Corridor and eventually made him back down.
To the idiot who wrote that: I AM one of those people. I know many others. We collectively and decidedly think Ron Paul is a nutcase and an embarrassment to Texas.
You’re talking about salt-of-the-earth farmers and ranchers and small-town Texans.
Debra Medina is a flaming Paulbot, not a consevative.
She didn't waste any time going on the Alex Jones show and start spewing Truther stuff.
After that, she was (justifiably) toast.
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