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When Rick Perry Praised HillaryCare (1993)
The Atlantic ^ | Conor Friedersdorf

Posted on 09/03/2011 4:15:57 PM PDT by Tempest

So what does a complete review of Perry's record reveal? As it turns out, he sent a letter during his tenure as Texas Agricultural Commissioner that praised Hillary Clinton's 1993 health care reform efforts. "I think your efforts in trying to reform the nation's health care system are most commendable," he wrote. "I would like to request that the task force give particular consideration to the needs of the nation's farmers... Rural populations have a high proportion of uninsured people, rising health care costs, and often experience lack of services." He concluded by noting, "your efforts are worthy, and I hope you will remember this constituency as the task force progresses. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance."

Dan Amira at New York magazine dismisses the story and mocks the Daily Caller for publishing it. "He didn't even say anything about the substance of Clinton's health-care reform plan," Amira writes, "just that it was 'commendable' to try to reform the system in some way, which is hardly controversial."

I disagree.

Clinton's efforts were widely criticized by Republicans at the time, and the substance of her reforms obviously constituted a substantial federal intervention into health care, the very thing Perry now claims is obviously unconstitutional and ruinous to liberty. (And yes, Clinton's plan did call for both an employer mandate to provide health care and an individual mandate to be covered.)

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To: Fred
A transparent attempt to curry favor with the Clinton admin

Excellent observation. You seem to be quite right. The Secretary of Agriculture for the state of Texas, having seen that the federal government was looking into messing around with health care, attempted to influence the process to guard the state's constituent's in Texas. The letter is a typical official state letter to a federal official, reminding them that there are real people in real states that they might impact, and that they need to take that into consideration.

Now people are acting like Perry was the Governor of Texas in 1993, and set policy for the state, and that this letter was a campaign activity and not an official letter from a state official looking out for his constituents.

Fortunately, most people aren't buying the spin. So much so that opponents have to make up arguments for their opponents that are easier to knock down than the actual arguments.

101 posted on 09/03/2011 5:31:01 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: RoosterRedux

We need to vet our own. And do it well so we have no October surprises. Bam and his team are gonna lie too. I saw a thread about Michelle Bachmann. A lefty blogger doctored a video and it went viral. The dirty tricks have just begun. God help us.......


102 posted on 09/03/2011 5:32:41 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: bushwon
It is absolutely OK. We should fully vet our candidates.

There are parts of Perry's past that I do not agree with at all. Having said that, the idea that he is in any way a fan of a government takeover of healthcare is ridiculous and flies in the face of the way he has conducted himself in office where he has consistently opposed it every step of the way.

Only those on the far left, like the author of this article, and those on the right supporting another candidate (like the OP), even try to make such an absurd argument.

103 posted on 09/03/2011 5:37:29 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Sheesh. Go away and stay away Newt.)
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To: South40; Grampa Dave; LucyT; Tempest; org.whodat; cripplecreek; TADSLOS; BobL; raybbr; ...
Perry sucked up to Hillary bigtime.

In 1993 as Texas Agricultural Commissioner, Perry was on all fours, all puckered up-----praising Hillary's health care reform efforts (then and now---derided by conservatives as the precursor to Obamacare).

Perry wrote Hillary: "I think your efforts in trying to reform the nation's health care system are most commendable," . "I would like to request that the task force give particular consideration to the needs of the nation's farmers...Rural populations have a high proportion of uninsured people (illegals), rising health care costs, and often experience lack of services."

Perry told Hillary, "your efforts are worthy, and I hope you will remember this constituency (illegals), as the WH task force progresses. NOTE: Hillary's task force was closed down by a federal judge for being too secretive.

Perry concluded by practically begging Hillary for a federal job........ "Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance," Perry begged.

104 posted on 09/03/2011 5:39:50 PM PDT by Liz ( A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: riri
I worked summers on a farm when I was a teenager. I lived in the small town nearby, but baling hay was my regular August job.

It isn't easy...and it makes a kid tough to work from dawn to dusk day after day.

In retrospect, I liked it. It builds character.

I know guys like Rick Perry. Dirt farmers, boy scouts, hicks who have character. They are not perfect, but they have earned every inch of what they have achieved (unlike our affirmative action TOTUS).

Perry has character earned in the dirt. You can see it in his face.

That said, if the conservative part of this country decides to get behind Sarah...I am behind her too (100%). And so will be Rick Perry.

The question is, will Sarah's supporters get behind Rick if he is the champion?

105 posted on 09/03/2011 5:41:50 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: CharlesWayneCT

Perry should have been on the front lines fighting Hillary, not kissing up to her.


106 posted on 09/03/2011 5:43:59 PM PDT by beandog
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To: DJ MacWoW

Yep...but I think Sarah and Rick have been fully vetted. I think they will both be president but at different times. But then I am no fortune teller (yet I know good livestock when I see it).;-)


107 posted on 09/03/2011 5:44:39 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: lewislynn
And just where do you think that money came from...

Given what we know about our debt, your grand kids.

Indeed. But, as you can see by reading this thread, that seems to be just fine with some.

108 posted on 09/03/2011 5:44:55 PM PDT by South40 (Perry: There is a path to citizenship for ILLEGAL ALIENS who have served THEIR country)
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To: Liz
"Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance"

Begging for a job? That is standard professional correspondence closing.

Where have you been...the mail room...or the docks?

109 posted on 09/03/2011 5:49:05 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: Tempest
Will you be trashing Sarah Palin when she and Perry eventually team up?

Most Texas Conservatives have issues with Perry, but he's no bleeding heart liberal and understands and supports the US oil & gas industry, just like Sarah.

Seems some conservatives just aren't happy unless they are attacking other conservatives for not being conservatie enough for them.

Let the debates and primary play themselves out!

I hope you won't sit out when it's Palin & Perry in some way, shape or form.

110 posted on 09/03/2011 5:49:08 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Tempest
WOOOAAAHHHHH When was that letter written. I'd really like to know the context.

According to Wikipedia, Joe Manchin was DGA Chair in 2009. Good job exposing the fraud. So he was on Al Gore's campaign team, supported Hillarycare and supported the bailout program?

111 posted on 09/03/2011 5:51:36 PM PDT by JimWayne
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To: RoosterRedux
Things change so quickly in politics. And the dirty tricks are so awful. But we need to debate and talk and debate some more. We have ONE shot at getting our country back. And Obama and his marxist progressives are gonna fight dirty.

On the bright side we DID win big in 2010. Better state wide across the country than nationally but it WAS big!

Have a great evening!

113 posted on 09/03/2011 5:53:54 PM PDT by DJ MacWoW (America! The wolves are here! What will you do?)
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To: TexasCajun

There has been a long tradition of beating up the RINO in any primary process. I’m honoring tradition, or as a Rick Perry supporter might say, tradicion.


114 posted on 09/03/2011 5:54:37 PM PDT by Tempest (Rick Perry is a solid conservative, if you consider Jello to be solid.)
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To: Tempest

So. . . . .this proves what?? My husband is a REFORMED liberal democrat. I converted him to conservatism!!! He’s more militantly conservative than most conservatives!!! Kind of like a former smoker who is anti-smoking.


115 posted on 09/03/2011 5:55:26 PM PDT by AbolishCSEU (Percentage of Income in CS is inversely proportionate to Mother's parenting of children)
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To: RoosterRedux

The TARP letter is inexcusable. At some point lines have to be drawn as to what is and is not acceptable in a Republican candidate. Supporting that nonsense in 08, as well as all the other skeletons that have been springing out of Perry’s closet, crosses that line. I cannot in good conscious support him in the GOP primary.


116 posted on 09/03/2011 5:57:44 PM PDT by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: DJ MacWoW
Same to you. And have a great holiday (whatever Labor Day means?;-)

I am feeling very hopeful. I think it will be either Sarah or Rick...or maybe both in combination.

117 posted on 09/03/2011 5:58:01 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: comebacknewt
Your habit of posting left wing hit pieces to trash a legitimate GOP candidate is curious to say the least.

Rick Perry supports Hillarycare and was on Al Gore's team. He supports the bailout and Obama's stimulus. So why should we support Hillarycare and the bailout program? Please let us know why you support it and attack anyone who opposes these government programs? Wait, don't tell me. I know why. It is because people like you love doles and look up to the government to give you freebies.

118 posted on 09/03/2011 5:58:17 PM PDT by JimWayne
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To: KantianBurke
At some point lines have to be drawn as to what is and is not acceptable in a Republican candidate.

Well, in all due respect, you better support a candidate that can beat that destructive force in the WH.

This is not a time for fine lines and finicky preferences...this is an existential battle for the country.

I would vote for PeeWee Hermann (I confess I don't know his politics) over Obama because, in this case, the devil I don't know is better than the one I know.

Make no mistake about it. If Obama is not removed...our goose is cooked!

119 posted on 09/03/2011 6:03:12 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: Tex-Con-Man; CharlesWayneCT; comebacknewt
I see is that why Rick Perry opposed federal stimulus dollars to extend unemployment benefits for the people of Texas before he supported them?

Was it because he was looking out for his ‘constituents’?


120 posted on 09/03/2011 6:04:49 PM PDT by Tempest (Rick Perry is a solid conservative, if you consider Jello to be solid.)
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To: Chief901

why is that, because Perry’s replacement will be more conservative than he is?


121 posted on 09/03/2011 6:06:08 PM PDT by Tempest (Rick Perry is a solid conservative, if you consider Jello to be solid.)
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
Yeah the 15,000 e-mail witch hunt against Palin really proved to be devastating...
122 posted on 09/03/2011 6:07:26 PM PDT by Tempest (Rick Perry is a solid conservative, if you consider Jello to be solid.)
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To: TexMom7
Insuring nationalized Healthcare is part of agriculture commissioners job?! Really???
123 posted on 09/03/2011 6:08:47 PM PDT by Tempest (Rick Perry is a solid conservative, if you consider Jello to be solid.)
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To: Tempest
Your intentional destruction of anyone but Palin works perfectly for Obama. He might even send you a free ticket for an evening with Moochelle. Fries and a double cheese with that.

Come on? Can't you see what you are doing?

124 posted on 09/03/2011 6:09:13 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux

Rick Perry couldn’t fill one of Sarah’s skirts. But I’ve heard that he’d looooovvveee to give it a try. His favorite color is baby blue.


125 posted on 09/03/2011 6:10:45 PM PDT by Tempest (Rick Perry is a solid conservative, if you consider Jello to be solid.)
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To: RoosterRedux

“Well, in all due respect, you better support a candidate that can beat that destructive force in the WH.”

You’re forgetting we have a GOP primary before the general election. Perry should concentrate on winning that first. Judging from his past actions, he has alot of explaining to do during that time.


126 posted on 09/03/2011 6:12:05 PM PDT by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: Sudetenland

“What’s the matter, can’t find anything new to try to smear Perry with. This has already been posted and laughed at.

You Perry haters are really pathetic and your desperation is apparent.”

No you PF’s are desperate and trying to wash your Amnesty Turd in perfume! Clue; it will not work!


127 posted on 09/03/2011 6:12:45 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Carnival commie side show, started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: Tempest
I'm pretty sure there's a couple dozen Perry advocates spittin' up blood on this thread by now.

I'll skip reading their posts and replying.

128 posted on 09/03/2011 6:14:37 PM PDT by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Tempest
I agree. But that isn't the issue, is it? It's about who can beat Obama.

If Sarah is our champ...I will fight for her until the voting booths are closed.

Will you do the same for Perry if he is our champ (I believe you will)?

129 posted on 09/03/2011 6:15:37 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: JimWayne
Rick Perry has never supported HillaryCare and only a few on the very far left and a few here on FR even pretend that he did.

For the record, the bailout was a GWB bailout, not an Obama bailout (although he too supported it). In fact, a lot of people supported it, and I disagreed with them then, and I disagree with them now. That is at least a legitimate point with which to attack Perry though.

He did not support the stimulus either. That is another bogus slander.

Why some of you think you need to make up negatives about Perry just to slime him is baffling to me. Hit him on legit areas, but don't lie about his record. Let the libs do that.

You can slam me if you like or question my motivations, but I will stand up for any candidate on our side who is getting a raw deal -- Perry, Palin, Bachmann, Cain, you name it.

The Perry attacks lately on here have gotten farcical.

I suggest you just be patient. If he is as evil and liberal as you guys claim, it will come out in the debates and he will not win the nomination.

130 posted on 09/03/2011 6:15:57 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Sheesh. Go away and stay away Newt.)
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To: Tempest

For every one of these articles that you post, you drive another voter AWAY from Palin. I think you are having the opposite effect that you want. The more Palin supporters act like cultists, and the more they attack other candidates rather than pointing out her strengths, the less support she is going to get. Is that what you want?


131 posted on 09/03/2011 6:20:27 PM PDT by freedomwarrior998
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To: Tempest
Insuring nationalized Healthcare is part of agriculture commissioners job?! Really???

So, I am the one who is spinning, hmmmm?

What you have posted above is a flat out lie. Not just a half-truth. A complete fantasy.

Do you think Sarah would be proud of the crap you are posting here in support of her?

132 posted on 09/03/2011 6:24:17 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Sheesh. Go away and stay away Newt.)
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To: Cheetahcat
But the point is 'who can beat Obama'? Isn't that it? I really dislike Romney (he's a sissy and a trust fund baby), but I would pick up a weapon (I have plenty) and march on his behalf against Obama, that is if Romney is somehow chosen to be our champion...and I don't think he will be.

But you are saying that if Sarah doesn't get the nom...you will, by your abstinence, vote for Obama.

I don't believe it.

We are at war against a force which, if given 4 more years, will destroy this country. I don't believe you would choose that option. I don't believe you would hold out for a perfect future candidate while our present is destroyed (and the future with it).

133 posted on 09/03/2011 6:25:50 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: comebacknewt
For the record, the bailout was a GWB bailout, not an Obama bailout

So bailouts by GWB were good bailouts? And if Rick Perry bails out Wall Street and gives them so much money that it triples the debt in one day, that would be a good bailout too? Wow!

134 posted on 09/03/2011 6:27:36 PM PDT by JimWayne
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To: Tempest

I feel sorry for you that you have to twist things like this.

I admit Perry is far from perfect, but our side does not need to stoop to these types of liberal tactics.


135 posted on 09/03/2011 6:28:02 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: freedomwarrior998
The more Palin supporters act like cultists, and the more they attack other candidates rather than pointing out her strengths, the less support she is going to get. Is that what you want?

I have always considered myself a huge Palin fan, and truth be told, I still am.

The approach by her acolytes on here trying to slander those they see as a threat to her is leaving me with a very bad taste in my mouth though (especially since there is a huge likelihood she isn't even running).

There is a lot of wisdom in what you just posted. I hope those who have declared a jihad against our other candidates have sense enough to listen to what you are saying, but I am not optimistic about it.

136 posted on 09/03/2011 6:29:15 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Sheesh. Go away and stay away Newt.)
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To: KantianBurke
I again agree with a poster...but the issue is not "if" he wins.

Most of the comments here trash Perry.

If he wins, would you rather we destroy him for his imperfections, or back him in his attack on Obama?

Obama must lose! He must be destroyed!

137 posted on 09/03/2011 6:29:56 PM PDT by RoosterRedux
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To: comebacknewt

“Sad to see any legitimate GOP candidate be treated this way by fellow conservatives. I can understand liberals doing it, but to see us try to eat our own with half-truths and innuendos is extremely disappointing.”

Totally agree. It’s all Palin people trashing Perry 24/7 and wetting their beds over whether or not she is announcing.

I don’t support Palin because she is a quitter. Say what you want about Perry, but he didn’t leave the people of his state in the lurch to go make some money on reality TV.


138 posted on 09/03/2011 6:29:58 PM PDT by crusader71
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To: comebacknewt

That’s because it’s a Paultard troll and not a Palin supporter. I may object to Palin being POTUS but her supporters usually mainly only gush about her. . The Paultards on the other hand have a history of this type of trolling. They also really don’t like Perry. My brother is a recent RP convert who spouts the same crap about Perry. Paultards are kind of like political scientologists.


139 posted on 09/03/2011 6:30:05 PM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: RoosterRedux
"But you are saying that if Sarah doesn't get the nom...you will, by your abstinence, vote for Obama."

JUST HOW in the Hell did you arrive at that??? Oh wait,wait I know,you play Ricardo border Scrabble and rearrange the letters from the posting too suit!!!!!!!!

140 posted on 09/03/2011 6:32:38 PM PDT by Cheetahcat (Carnival commie side show, started November 4 2008 ,A date that will live in Infamy.)
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To: RoosterRedux
But the point is 'who can beat Obama'? Isn't that it? I really dislike Romney (he's a sissy and a trust fund baby), but I would pick up a weapon (I have plenty) and march on his behalf against Obama, that is if Romney is somehow chosen to be our champion...and I don't think he will be.

But you are saying that if Sarah doesn't get the nom...you will, by your abstinence, vote for Obama.

I don't believe it.

We are at war against a force which, if given 4 more years, will destroy this country. I don't believe you would choose that option. I don't believe you would hold out for a perfect future candidate while our present is destroyed (and the future with it).



I couldn't agree with you more; I would find it really, really hard to pull the lever for Romney, but while I personally find him to be pretty da*ned close to Obama, he isn't Obama and he (Romney) isn't a puppet of the liberals or the left.

It might be a bit of a close call, but another Obama term will definitely sink this country, while a Romney term might not.

Anyone who refuses up-front to pull together with the team once we've finished our internal bickering and chosen a nominee for the general election might as well be casting a vote for Obama in the general election.

That is not what conservatives do.


141 posted on 09/03/2011 6:34:33 PM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: JimWayne
So bailouts by GWB were good bailouts? And if Rick Perry bails out Wall Street and gives them so much money that it triples the debt in one day, that would be a good bailout too? Wow!

At least read my entire post Jim.

In the very next line I stated that I disagreed with those who supported the bailout then, and I still disagree with them now.

It was a terrible decision. I even said I feel that it is a legitimate argument against Perry for those who are inclined to make it.

You guys are trying waaaaay too hard. I suggest you just relax and let events play out as they will over the next few weeks.

We'll have a clear picture of who is and isn't running, and you'll have a better idea of who you truly want to focus your efforts against.

142 posted on 09/03/2011 6:34:53 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Sheesh. Go away and stay away Newt.)
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To: TexasCajun
Seems some conservatives just aren't happy unless they are attacking other conservatives for not being conservatie enough for them.

There are some conservatives that are purists, so they keep letting liberals win because the "perfect" candidate has not emerged.

Then there are libertarians, who are so few in number, that they are constantly looking for a home. They feel FR is a decent home. Unfortunately, like the stray dog you take in, they disrupt the home so much that you really need to euthanize them.

Finally, there are the liberals who come to FR and try to incite division in our ranks. These are clever liberals who know that when we are united, we cannot be stopped, so they will do anything in their power to tear us asunder.

143 posted on 09/03/2011 6:35:51 PM PDT by Erik Latranyi
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To: RoosterRedux

The race for the GOP nomination is on. All of those who are going to vote in the primary are judging the candidates. You call that trashing, I call it enlightening. I did not know that Perry backed the TARP plan as well as a number of other unconservative actions. If he wants my primary vote he needs to explain them.


144 posted on 09/03/2011 6:37:00 PM PDT by KantianBurke (Where was the Tea Party when Dubya was spending like a drunken sailor?)
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To: bushwon

Just keep in mind that some of these outlandish accusations are not exactly 100% factual and are being posted by those with an agenda. It’s good to get facts. It’s what we all should be doing.

Perry isn’t the boogeyman here. He’s on his 4th term as governor of the state that has weathered the 0bama regime’s war on jobs, war on Texas and is the number one state to do business. He’s been aggressive in wooing businesses to move to Texas both nationally and internationally.

Texas has dealt with tort reform and passed loser pay laws which has allowed doctors to flock there. There’s more good if you look for it and ignore the trolls.


145 posted on 09/03/2011 6:40:02 PM PDT by CajunConservative
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To: Tempest

Gee I thought Hillary's efforts in trying to reform the nation's health care system were destructive.

This is indefensible.

146 posted on 09/03/2011 6:40:33 PM PDT by FreeReign
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To: Tempest

You say “Insuring nationalized Healthcare is part of agriculture commissioners job?! Really???”


From Perry’s Letter:

“As the Agriculture Commissioner for the State of Texas, I have a strong interest in the problems of health care delivery to rural areas. Over 50 hospitals have closed in rural Texas since the mid eighties.

Most rural communities have problems with access to adequate health care due to shortage of physicians, clinics & hospitals within a safe driving distance.”


He was doing his job. If they were going to reform healthcare, he wanted them to be mindful of American Ranchers, Farmers and Rural Folk.


147 posted on 09/03/2011 6:42:01 PM PDT by TexMom7
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To: TexMom7
And nowhere in his letter does he say ANYTHING about "insuring national healthcare".

That is a total fabrication by the OP.

148 posted on 09/03/2011 6:51:40 PM PDT by comebacknewt (Sheesh. Go away and stay away Newt.)
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To: coaltrain

If you were directing your snide comment to me as Texmom7 was addressing my comment, I resent it, but out of respect for forum rules, I won’t write what I would like you to do with your incendiary rhetoric. I am not a Perry-hater. I missed space bar in word, but having taught college English; I can spell if I want to, and I can think just fine.

I am not a Perry-hater, Palin lover, nor a Romneybot. I have been a FReeper since 2001 (Oh, that would be nearly 8 years more than you!), and I have legitimate questions about the candidates—especially ones that have recently declared.


149 posted on 09/03/2011 6:52:44 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Tempest
"I would like to request that the task force give particular consideration to the needs of the nation's farmers... Rural populations have a high proportion of uninsured people, rising health care costs, and often experience lack of services." He concluded by noting, "your efforts are worthy, and I hope you will remember this constituency as the task force progresses. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can be of any assistance."

Is that the mole hill that is supposed to be some insuperable mountain? Puhleeze. What was he supposed to say, something like "I hope you totally and completely ignore the poor rural farmers in Texas"?

What numbnuts thinks that this is the functional equivalent of a ringing endorsement of every little jot and tittle that got stuffed into Clintoncare?

In fact, did you even bother to look at the date on the letter? Did you then check the facts to see when the details of Clintoncare became public? I didn't think so.

The timeline is illuminating:

The group that was charged with coming up with the whole thing - the "Task Force" - was empaneled in January of 1993.

The letter from Perry is dated April 6, 1993.

The details of the Clintoncare bill did not become fully public until September 1993 - the Task Force was a basically closed-door organization (which was sued several times over its lack of transparency) - and the Harry and Louise commercial did not start running until September 8, 1993.

Therefore, it is almost certain that Texas Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry did not know the details of what the Task Force was cooking up and it would have been a dereliction of his duties and obligations to the rural farmers of Texas - his constituents as it were - to not raise their particular concerns with the federal entity that was bidding fair to significantly change health care in the United States.

And that is all this letter does; it doesn't endorse the full-fledged idiocy that eventually came out of the Task Force - the facts needed weren't available in April of 1993 - and it doesn't independently urge that the Task Force propose a socialist health care system.

In fact, if we want to get into reading the tea leaves, since we all know that socialized health care is particularly bad for the rural poor - go ask the Cubans who have the misfortune to need something more complicated than a band-aid or an aspirin - the letter can just as easily be read as asking that the Task Force avoid anything - including socialized health care - that would just hurt the rural poor.

Tempest in a Teapot indeed.
150 posted on 09/03/2011 6:56:27 PM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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