4. He opposes federal stimulus money.
Perry made headlines during the 2009 legislative session when he turned down $555 million in federal stimulus funding to extend unemployment insurance , citing the strings attached, and he has made a talking point out of the failed stimulus. But Texas took more than $17 billion in stimulus money in 2009 to balance the budgets from that biennium and the previous one. Perry defends the decision by saying Texas is a donor state and, true enough, it sends more money to Washington than it gets back in benefits and services but the fact is, he kept the state solvent by taking what he now rails against.
5. He has presided over an unqualified economic miracle.
When Perry says Texas has less than 10 percent of the nations population but has created more than 40 percent of its jobs in the past two years, or that more jobs have been created in Texas in the past decade that is, on his watch than in all 49 other states combined, hes not exaggerating. In an election thats likely to be about jobs and the economy first and foremost, he has quite a record to run on. But theres more to the story than those top-line statistics.
The unemployment rate in Texas, for instance, was 8.4 percent as of Friday less than the federal unemployment rate but worse than that of 25 other states, and it could move up a tick or two after Sept. 1, when budget cuts passed during the most recent legislative session will reduce the public employee rolls. Texas has more minimum-wage jobs than every state other than Mississippi, a superlative you brag about if you dont care about what kind of jobs you create and are only trying to run up the numbers. And growth in public sector (i.e., government) jobs in Texas has been 19 percent over the past 10 years, vs. just 9 percent growth in private-sector jobs.
The argument about minimum wage jobs is goofy. A job a job and in Illinois we've got black unemployment in double digits and in some demographics it reaches near 50%. We could use more minimum wage jobs, but the above items are worth noting.
There isn't going to be the perfect conservative candidate, if there was one he/she wouldn't be electable. We're going to have to compromise and keep our eye on the prize - Congress.
Taking Congress is the most important and by margins that insulate us from Obama.
Look ~ get over it ~ these Souvrn' candidates can do it on their own or not. Frankly I don't see any overlap in Michele Bachmann's fan base and Perry's adoring syncophants.