Skip to comments.Rick Perry Slams Food Stamps, Government Subsidies
Posted on 08/21/2011 6:45:56 AM PDT by AAABEST
Texas Governor Rick Perry, the latest GOP candidate to enter the 2012 presidential race, looks to challenge former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romneys status as the frontrunner for the Republican presidential nomination. Perry entered the race on August 13th after announcing his candidacy at an event in South Carolina. Perrys announcement, which stole the spotlight from the Ames Straw Poll, put to rest several months of speculation about the Texas Governors decision to run for the GOP nomination.
During his presidential announcement, Perry said we cannot afford four more years of this rudderless leadership. Perry also added that page one of any economic plan to get America working is to give a pink slip to the current resident in the White House.
Ever since his presidential announcement in South Carolina, Perrys criticism of the Obama administration has been relentless. More recently, Perry criticized the Obama administrations comments on food stamps or the Federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
This week, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said when you talk about the SNAP program or the food stamp program, you have to recognize that its also an economic stimulus. Vilsack also added that its the most direct stimulus you can get in the economy during these tough times, because of the work that goes into an item of food before it ends up in the grocery store.
While campaigning in South Carolina on Friday, Perry slammed the Obama administrations view of food stamps and other government subsidies. Most Americans do not yearn to be dependent on government subsidies, they want economic freedom, and economic freedom comes from work and wages, not welfare, Perry argued.
One of the focal points of Perrys presidential campaign is the longest serving Texas Governors record on job creation. Forty percent of the nations new jobs have been created in the Lone Star State since June 2009. Our message is clear, weve got to get America working again, Perry said during a campaign stop in South Carolina on Saturday.
Perry believes strongly that government subsidies, such as food stamps, shouldnt be on the governments list of responsibilities. The central issue of this election is an Administration that believes Washington must be our caretaker, and a people who want Washington to only take care of their constitutional responsibilities, Perry professed.
Besides reiterating his belief that food stamps arent economic stimulus, Perry talked about the need to focus on the private sector when it comes to job creation. We have tried two and a half years of government trying to create jobs, its time to let the private sector get to work, Perry argued.
I've got news for the author. Romney isn't the frontrunner, Perry is.
That’s good news. When did Perry pull ahead? Even Rush is saying Mitt is the frontrunner as of last week or so.
Most Americans do not yearn to be dependent on government subsidies, they want economic freedom, and economic freedom comes from work and wages, not welfare, Perry argued. /
He said it all right there!
I would remind Vilsack that a job with benefits would be a far better direct stimulus to the economy than a taxpayer handout. This administration’s willing support of an entitlement society is dangerous and irresponsible.
Waiting for the PDS people to show up!
Rick Perry opposes government subsidies?!
Bwhahaha! Since when?
I’d like to see Perry require all able body folks on assistance like Welfare work. IF they receive Welfare you have to work for the state you live in. They can do whatever needs to be done like: picking trash up off the highways; dig ditches; clean public toilets; clean roadside toilets etc. IF they receive welfare the state will make them productive citizens by working for their welfare. No More free lunches...as the scripture teaches if you don’t work you don’t eat.
“Besides reiterating his belief that food stamps arent economic stimulus, Perry talked about the need to focus on the private sector when it comes to job creation. We have tried two and a half years of government trying to create jobs, its time to let the private sector get to work, Perry argued.”
The private sector is scared to do anything at this point because of all the uncertainty out there all due to Obama of course. 2012 can’t come soon enough for me.
Didn’t take long....
They are already saying that Perry is another Bush or the he is Bush the dumber.
So it begins. The Alinski tactics are in play and the man is only 1 week into the race.
Yes it is good news.
Good to see you BTW.
Last week he pulled ahead of Romney by double digits (Gallup or Rass I forget which poll) shortly after he announced. We will see if it holds.
Perry’s going to be slapped down with that statement. Texas has a huge welfare program. I used to share an office with the welfare office and their secretary quit after figuring out that welfare clients took home more than she did in her state of Texas paycheck. Also, how many illegals is Texas funding with welfare? Throw in all the “free” school breakfasts and lunches and yes, Garadsil is being given for “free” by public school nurses. How many illegals are on the Texas welfare lists? How about those same illegals paying in-state college tuition? Sorry, Perry, but look in the mirror, you can’t play holier than thou on this topic. Typical Perry campaign talk.
I don’t have to visit any place else they are here. Hey, I suspect there are plenty on the left that’d today like to see W back...W had low unemployment. People could find jobs...the economy was in good shape. W wasn’t purposely destroying America. There are those on the left, believe or not, that aren’t happy with the destruction of America...so W comes to mind.
He'll say anything he thinks you want him to say, be anything you want him to be.
If you are physically and mentally able to take care of yourself you do not qualify. End of story.
It’s good to see you too! I thought you left us for a while.
Anyway, that makes me want to dance!
His “belief”, really? Who writes this crap?! By what standard, economic or otherwise, can taking money out of the economy and placing it back in be considered “stimulative”. IT'S THE SAME POOL OF MONEY! It's the equivalent of taking water out one side of the pool to place it in the other! In my best Sam Kinison impersonation... “AH AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
Stealing and hotlinking images? Yeah, you’re credible.
Useless blather. It would be newsworthy if he were to tackle the entitlements crisis. Tell me Gov. Perry - are you going to cut Medicare / Medicaid / SS benefits, raise taxes to pay for benefits or a combo of the two?
That makes me so happy!
I was really afraid Mitt would make it in.
I have been spouting this for years. Set up large daycare facilities and make welfare mothers take turns as sitters. One week you babysit other kids, other weeks, you paint grafitti off buildings, sweep streets, etc.. Whatever needs to be done.
That graphic pretty much rules.
On the Fed:
Perrys pro-gun resume reads like something the late Charlton Heston would have been proud of strongly supports the individual right to gun ownership and the subsequent right to use guns in self-defense.
Your post illustrates how much the Federal Government’s mandatory programs have overwhelmed States’ governance.
Note how the Governors of Arizona; Brewer and Wisconsin are being bullied by this Administration’s Cabinet/Departments.
We know you hate Perry, didn’t I ask you last night who you were for? Did you answer me? If you did I didn’t see it.
So........ who ya’ for?
That is quite a RINO resume Perry’s got there.../Sarc
That headline is a lie. Perry *did not* “slam food stamps”. Instead he “slammed” the Obama apparatchik who said that “food stamps stimulate the economy.”
This is NOT a subtle difference, so it is pretty obvious that whoever wrote the headline did so to attack Perry.
That being said, supporting food stamps right now is essential to Republican victory, as people who rely on food stamps, more and more that are middle class unemployed, MUST have food stamps if they want to eat.
Mind you, they WANT employment, but there is no employment, so they are pretty desperate. And anyone who even talks about cutting food stamps right now they must think of as their enemy. They have no choice. Vote for whoever keeps giving food stamps or starve.
That is not a good choice, because they would vote for the devil himself, if it would keep food on their table.
So no matter what any of us philosophically think about the wisdom of food stamps, for heaven’s sake, DO NOT encourage ANY Republican candidate or office holder to talk about cutting them back AT ALL.
Once unemployment is back down to 3-5%, then maybe. BUT NOT NOW.
Foodstamps Chaos in the Street Atlanta, GA 8/11/11
add: Wisconsin: Walker
I know too many that wont take a job if it's not under the table.....Their 1st choice is not to lose the freebies......their 2nd is an under the table job....it's like us working overtime for those lil extras we'd like in life
“Wants to scrap the federal income tax by repealing the 14th amendment”
The Federal Income Tax is the 16th Amendment.
The 14th Amendment gives black Americans citizenship, makes the Bill of Rights apply to the States, requires equal protection before the law, abolishes legal segregation, etc.
Granted, *parts* of the 14th Amendment need to be changed or reinterpreted, such as giving citizenship to children of illegal aliens born here. But not repealed.
Repeal the 16th, agreed. Repeal the 17th, the Direct Election of Senators, agreed.
I deal with people using foodsramps everyday. What I see and hear makes me sick. Some are using 2 cards now and I cannot say a thing about it at work.
It is a lifestyle and some have had their cards for upwards of 8 years and are proud of it, even arrogant.
I haven’t picked a favorite yet. But I’m quite deceded on who I am not a fan of.
What a great idea. I was kinda wondering how to put the welfare mom’s to work. Perfect idea...I also think everyone on Welfare must be drug tested. They are drug tested at various times...not ever knowing when they’ll be tested. A paramed service just shows up at their door...if they hide and not allow the test...welfare funds are stopped immediately...
“Rick Perry opposes government subsidies?! Bwhahaha! Since when?”
Here’s how welfare worked in Kansas (under Sibileus): there was not a state-wide limit as to how many ‘lost’ welfare cards could be replaced. One city finally attached a limit of ten. The statewide record of replacement welfare cards given to one recipient: 59. That’s fifty-nine.
That, and other such stuff, is changing.
The private sector is scared to do anything at this point because of all the uncertainty out there all due to Obama of course. 2012 cant come soon enough for me.
This is strategically politically dumb. This means we have to wait until January 20, 2013 before we can expect economic improvements. Like I said, politically dumb.
I have an idea, the House GOP, the Senate GOP and the GOP Presidential candidates should get together and put together bills for turning the economy around. The House GOP would then place the bills and the pressure would then be on the Democrat Party as a whole, Senate Democrats specifically and Obama in particular. They would then be seen to stand in the way of economic growth.
Here's some ideas to include: Energy Freedom Act - unleash our American companies to produce energy from our American natural resources. End the Gulfatorium, release ANWAR, release Fracking, bind the idiotic regulations from the EPA.
Labor Freedom Bill - prevent the National Labor Relations Board from first and foremost stopping Boeing's plan to build planes in South Carolina, and reverse all kinds of labor regs.
Economic Freedom Act - reverse all kinds of regulations coming out of the Obama Administration.
Cost of Taxation Act - reduce to cost of compliance with tax laws through radical simplication. Eliminate tens of thousands of IRS jobs, including the 16,000 intended to be added for ObamaCare.
Health Freedom Act - Allow health insurance purchases across state lines, eliminate regulations that prevent MSA and crowd out individual insurance plans.
The political strategy bottom line for an opposition political party ought to be: We can wait any longer! I'm sure people have better ideas than I do for immediate incentives for economic growth (zero tax rate on repatriated profits). The plan ought to be to start now. The House GOP could put something out before Obama comes out with his stupid plan. Or get the whole gang together and come out with a response to the Obama "Grow Government Bigger" Plan.
This is what Boehner ought to have been doing. The GOP needs to show people what across the board GOP governance will be like with GOP control of the House, Senate and White House. They're sitting around expecting people to simply vote against Obama. The GOP are the Stupid Party, they earned that moniker.
WE CAN'T WAIT!!
I'm not trusting him yet, but he isn't just like Romney. He's much more likely sincere about pro-life. To some of us that makes a very big difference.
Guess that needs to be fixed. Thanks for taking the time to point it out.
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