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.
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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.
lol! I think I could eat a corn dog with having to deep throat it. But that’s just me. Apparently, Slick-Rick cannot.
Excellent post, telling the truth.
Talk is cheap, look at the disturbing record.
Well, compared to the governors California's had recently, I can see why he'd look conservative to you.
“consevative” = conservative”
The forced immunizations bothered me, but this is the first time I heard that he now considers the decision a mistake.
What Perry says now:
I made a mistake on that, Perry told Iowa Radio later in the day Monday, calling it an error in not having a conversation with the people of the state of Texas.
I agreed with their decision. I dont always get it right, but I darn sure listen, he said of the legislature responding to his decision.
One of the things I do pride myself on, I listen. When the electorate says, Hey, thats not what we want to do, Perry told Houstons ABC affiliate on Monday. We backed up, took a look at what we did. I understand I work for the people, not the other way around.
What Perry did and said then.
Not only did Perry defend going above the heads of elected state legislators, but his office also falsely claimed the legislature had no right to repeal the executive order. The order is effective until Perry or a successor changes it, and the Legislature has no authority to repeal it, Perry spokeswoman Krista Moody told The Washington Post in February 2007.
When both the House and Senate repealed the law six weeks later, Perry did not as he now claims listen humbly or agree with their decision.
Human shield demagoguery. In response to the legislatures rebuke, the infuriated governor attacked those who supported repeal as shameful spreaders of misinformation who were putting womens lives at risk. Borrowing a tried-and-true Alinskyite page from the progressive left, Perry surrounded himself with female cervical cancer victims and deflected criticism of his imperial tactics with emotional anecdotes.
He then lionized himself and the minority of politicians who voted against repeal of his Gardasil order. They will never have to think twice about whether they did the right thing. No lost lives will occupy the confines of their conscience, sacrificed on the altar of political expediency. Perry, of course, has now put his own ghastly Gardasil order on that same altar but with no apology to all those he demonized and exploited along the way.
Slick Ricks apology sounds sounds like Obamas apology for not realizing the economy he inherited was as bad as it was.
Well, since you have such serious concerns about the man, I can only suggest that you not support him. Who will you support?
“We could do a whole lot worse than Perry”
It seemed optional to me.
I thought Ron Paul even said it was clearly optional.
As in the case of all other vaccines, Perrys executive order merely stated that the vaccine is recommended, From The Daily Paul
Do you disagree with Ron Paul?
Rick Perry is either too dumb to bother learning who the Bilderbergers are and what they're about and what their agenda is, or Rick Perry is a O.W.G. crook.
Voting for Rick Perry is voting for Barack Obama -- just like -- voting for George W. Bush was voting for Bill Clinton.
Not on my truck.
I second that.
I was against the TTC and I think Ron Paul is looney-tunes.
And I can think of many people right off the top of my head who feel exactly the same way.
There is such a vast difference in what someone from Texas would consider conservative, and someone in New Jersey or California.
Then, within the vastness of Texas, there is going to be a difference in what someone from the Valley, Austin, or the Texas Hill Country some 30 miles west of San Antonio would consider Conservative.
In the last Governor’s race here in Texas, Perry got about 55% of the vote statewide, but in my county he got just under 73% of the vote.
If Obama tried this every Perry supporter here would be against it; no one would defend it as a mere 'mistake'.
Bull hockey. It was a big government mandate.
If you wanted to opt out, YOU had to do the work of finding the right forms, and filing them in the right office, within the prescribed time limit, yada yada yada, big government red tape usurpation of Americans' natural right to be left alone.
If it had only been a "recommendation", you would have never seen the tsunami of outrage that swept this state. The whole reason that the legislature overturned Perry's executive order, was because it WAS a mandate.
If Ron Paul thinks that it was "optional", then he really is the loon that some folks say he is.
It does no such thing. In fact tuition for illegals enables even greater division and balkanization of the USA.
Well we're in a mess now with all these immigrants, that's for sure. Wish the federal government would have done their part of this job to begin with.
Even Ron Paul says we might as well let them stay here in the States.
(Ron Paul) I also think that its pretty impractical to get an army in this country to round up 12 or maybe 20 million.
you don’t round them up.
You say pay your BACK TAXES, or NO MORE JOBs. And you get NO WELFARE.
They will go back the same way they got here. In ones and twos.
BTW, as a comparison, Bexar (San Antonio), Travis (Austin),
Harris (Houston), and Dallas County (Dallas) gave the majority of their votes to Perry’s opponent, Bill White in 2010, and in the Presidential elections of 2008, those same counties gave the majority of their votes to Obama/Biden.
When you let your kids go to a government school, you have already relinquished some to the government entities. If you don’t want that oversight, don’t put them in the government’s schools to begin with.
Let me share something though...
When we home schooled in Virginia, we had forms we had to take the initiative to complete and submit to the “government”, letting them know we were opting out of public school education. From all accounts, all us home schoolers there had absolutely no problem trying to figure out how to fill in the proper words saying “I’m opting out of school, thank you.”
In Texas, opting out was even easier. We just opted out with our feet.
How come home schoolers seem to be able to complete and submit an opt out application but you seem to feel public school parents can’t do it?
I just laugh when I hear people say it’s too much work to tell someone you are not going to do something they really believe in not doing.
Has this guy ever been to traffic school, you stay in your vehicle and wait for the officer to come to you, the reason they take a minute to come to the window is they are checking your plate to make sure your legit.
He clearly thinks the laws don’t apply to him.
Quit yo LYIN’!!! He supports the TEXAS Dream act. It was the predecessor, and something altogether different than the national.
Bwaa-haa-haa!! I hope you’re right!!!!!!
You don't need an army to round up anybody for Christ's sake. All you have to do is enforce the God damned law. During operation "Wet Back" the government forced over a million illegal aliens to go back home and they did it with less than 1000 immigration agents. We have 20k Border Patrol agents, 5k ICE Agents, at least 20k legacy Customs Inspectors and we still can't find illegal aliens protesting in broad daylight by the thousands in our major cities.
Spoken like someone who doesn’t have a clue. GWB was for amnesty. Perry, contrary to the lies on this site, is not. This accounts for the original “beef” between GWB and Perry. Perry refused to push GWB’s policies on the border and opted for a more conservative one. Upon becoming governor he went to Israel to learn how THEY were securing THEIR border, and came back to see what he could implement in Texas — knowing that border security is the CONSTITUTIONAL JOB of the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT and not the state. He has done miracles for us here in Texas and the majority of us — obviously — love him. Perry 2012!!!
Garjob, you are in serious trouble here on this site. You are listening, reading, studying, and THINKING. Good job. You are about to be crucified.
Love that pic, smoothsailing!
I never said a word about home schoolers, or public school families. Don't put words in my mouth.
The point, is that the Gardasil vaccine was mandated by the government. It was an intrusion on basic human rights to force this on the people. The fact that you could fill out a form to assert your right to free choice did not make it any less odious.
It was a bad move on Perry's part, as it was a basic violation of essential individual rights.
For the record, my wife and I have home schooled our four children since day one.