Skip to comments.Rick Perry Flying High in Iowa
Posted on 09/19/2011 9:00:05 AM PDT by winoneforthegipper
COUNCIL BLUFFS, IowaGov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) blitzed through Iowa Friday with the swagger of a rock star, elevating his high-octane campaign with a series of stage-managed campaign events.
As the only sitting governor pursuing the GOP nomination for president, Perrys Texas-sized entourage and personality project an aura of authority that other candidates envy. His style, though, may risk alienating Iowans accustomed to lower key campaigning and more time for back-and-forth over issues.
For example, Perry traveled to campaign events throughout Iowa in a 22-seat Gulfstream IV jet owned by Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc., a subsidiary of the banking conglomerate. The plane has ferried Perry since at least Sept. 12, when it left Austin, Texas for Tampa., Fla., where Perry participated in the CNN-Tea Party Express debate. Perrys use of corporate jets, a perk most other candidates lack, allowed Perry to cram five public events into four days. But the propriety of jetting around the Hawkeye State for retail political events in a corporate jet could crimp Perrys populist touch among fickle, frugal Iowans
(Excerpt) Read more at theiowarepublican.com ...
we need to tax that corporate jet....
Obviously the whole state of Iowa has Palin Derangement Syndrome.
U supporters of tricky ricky need to get ur boy in line....he won’t win the nomination without the teaparty
Oh yeh...You need to take a bus to be more popular with hometown folks....like Obama and his little bus.
If you don’t understand why.....there’s more problems in Texas than I ever realized.
Oh, the horror..Everyone know cool people drink Diet Coke. /s
Are democrat campaign appearances ever “stage-managed”? Do we learn about the model of plan they fly?
Perrys use of corporate jets, a perk most other candidates lack
Those evil corporate jets again.
I am so sick of the finger wagging towards corporate jets. Sick of it. I see one and I see jobs.
Iowans demand to be personally genuflected to by the candidates yet they are going to squawk about someone actually trying to do it? Get out of here.
Perryola, is running as a teaparty favourite and in direct opposition to Washington.
It won’t be long before he is painted as the same. He is encouraging it.
That said....it matters not what the dems do this cycle, just what we do.
” Exactly. ...there’s a whole lot of people in TEXAS who were offended that the TEXAS economy is due to luck. “
What a take away line! And, more important, it’s a fact! How in the heck do these people think oil remains so big in Texas? Four Aces, my foot. By the Grace of God, hard sweaty even deadly work, big risk, low regs and no state income tax. Plenty of people went broke along the way, but they tried. Sheesh.
Then Ricky got into $$$Texa$ politic$-----and hi$ money worrie$ vani$hed.
So how many political/personal slush funds does Senor Ricky have? This is what we know to date----could be many many more.
<><> Texans for Rick Perry committee is a $102 million slush fund he uses at will. Some PAC mega-donors paid in $100,000 each in order to influence Perry's official actions. Gov Perry paid for posh family trips to the Bahamas, Amsterdam, Madrid out of campaign contributions from his Texans for Rick Perry committee.
<><> Perry's "Make Us Great Again PAC" raised millions to flood Iowa, and other early voting states, with ads promoting their boy.
<><> At the time he was saying he WAS NOT running for president last year, Ricky's Super-Pac raised $55 million for a presidential race---in $2500 max per person/ $5000 max per corporate PAC contributions. Perry organizers would not say what the Perry presidential groups has raised to date.
<><> Perry bragged at the Tea Party debate that he raised $33 million for reelection that year and that he was "offended" at the inference that he could be "bought" with Gardisil mfg Merck's $5000 campaign donation.
<><> The $295 million Texas Enterprise Fund doles out millions of tax dollars to Perry supporters who then kick-backed to his campaign coffers. TESF also gave $20 million to Countrywide Mtge---the crooks at the heart of the US financial meltdown---- Ricky said the $20 million was to (cough) "create jobs."
<><> Perry raised funds for the Republican Governors' Association, and, in turn, Perry's 2006 campaign received two $500,000 checks from the RGA that he did not disclose as election law requires.
<><> His wife Anita Perry's $60,000-a-year salary at the Austin "nonprofit" "Texas Association Against Sexual Assault" comes indirectly from Gov. Perry's political donors, state contractors and companies that do business with the state or have issues before the Legislature. Of 37 major donors during Anita Perry's tenure as fundraiser, ONLY three have NO ties to the governor or state business. Anita Perry is paid from the "nonprofit" money pool that includes political contributions. TAAS also receives grants from state agencies AND the governor's office. Donating to the TAASA seems to be another way Perry dreamed up for those with an interest in state government to influence Perry. State grants to the "non-profit" could be easily laundered especially w/ Mrs P at the helm.
<><> Perry also has a pot of "inaugural committee" monies (bet that comes in handy).
<><> And do on and so forth, ad infinitum, ad nauseaum.
LOL...Gulf Stream America...that made me laugh!.....lol
Nothing to be alarmed about.
It's just another post from the persistent group of "Other Candidate Supporters" who are willing to fully embrace socialist democrat class envy talking points to trash the competition. Perry is polling well. They're frustrated...they need our compassion and pity.
Wells Fargo Equipment Finance, Inc. provides equipment financing and leasing solutions in the United States and Canada. I fail to see the horror in his campaign leasing a jet from a MN based company that leases aircraft..What am I missing?
>>> No Rick you are trying to appeal to Mainstream America, not Gulfstream America... >>>
Gulfstream America? You sound like Obama.
Um, I hate to break it to you, but normally conservatives don’t resent others’ success. To my way of thinking, when you are governor of a state the size of Texas, driving around in a Prius is stupid and a corporate jet is probably the most cost efficient way to get around. I’ve no problem with it. No true conservative should.
It’s like he is oblivious to the current people....hmmmmmm seems there is another like that, hmmmmmm who could that be?....lol
I am starting now to dislike Perry before the rush. If ever there was a poster child for a politician that will do or say anything to be elected!
The biggest fib he would have us believe is this...while he was a Democrat campaigning for Gore in 88, he now claims that he voted for Reagan.
I for one did not just fall off a freakin turnip truck...yes I will say it...you lie (Perry)
“It’s not unusual for politicians to regularly take planes on tours and then board a campaign bus to arrive at a stop, but in an era in which private jets carry a special sort of stigma,”
“Its a two-hour drive between Ames and Cedar Rapids, two key Iowa cities for Republican presidential candidates competing in the state that will host the first balloting next year. Ron Paul flew by private jet. “
“Former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney shelled out more than $5 million in campaign cash over the past three months, including blowing $80,000 on hotel rooms in Las Vegas, $50,000 on a security squad and $125,000 on private jets despite a pledge to scale back on luxury travel, new campaign filings show.”
Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/20/romney-spends-big-on-luxury-hotels-and-private-jets/#ixzz1YPszO1aT
“Mr. McCains cash-short campaign gave itself an advantage by using a corporate jet owned by a company headed by his wife, Cindy McCain, according to public records. For five of those months, the plane was used almost exclusively for campaign-related purposes, those records show.”
“That message, however, is on a collision course with Cain’s own spending habits, which include $900-a-night hotels, five-figure private-jet rides, and chauffeurs awaiting him when he arrives in the next city on his uphill climb toward the White House.”
Sucess? is having your own campaign pay for the thrills and frills....not the Likes of Wells Fargo.
That’s just owing.....lol
Yeah, Bill White, in the last TX Governor's election promised if he became governor, he'd live in a double wide trailer. Apparently that worked out real well for Mr. White as a campaign strategy.
Correction...Perry now claims he voted for Reagan twice...that`s right Reagan had such a big impact on him that he worked for Al Gore
Bring on the lie detector!!!!
Whether it’s private enterprise success or campaign fund raising success or simply being the governor of a mega state - it’s still success and the attitude that resents it is the same attitude that resents all success.
The corporate jet talking point is a favorite of the left based on class envy - and for conservatives to resent it is not intellectually consistent.
Now, if there’s a quid pro quo that is specific and can be shown, that’s another story. But this unseemly resentment of him having a fancy jet is just pure class envy.
If Perry campaign pays for this, I have no problem with it.
But, if Perry is getting this as a free "perk", then I have a MAJOR problem with this, and so should anyone that is against Corporate Crony Capitalism.
Uh....Perryola is battlin a crony persona...if it sticks and to me it should given all that I have read....there is no one to blame but himself.
As for my thought.....u can’t change stupid.
There was a lot of them. Do you think Reagan won 49 states in '84 with just Republicans?
If you dont understand why.....theres more problems in Texas than I ever realized. .... winoneforthegipper
It looks like winoneforthegipper has swallowed Obama's class warfare agitprop, hook, line and sinker.
Winoneforthegipper believes that "hometown folks" are so stupid that they believe that spending $1.1 million for a Canadian bus for a photo-op (while you actually fly between stops) makes you better than leasing a small jet for a few days in order to get X number of people to Cities A, B and C for the least possible cost.
Winoneforthegipper does not seem to know the difference between simple economics and being a phony demagogue.
Winoneforthegipper probably believes that Sarah Palin's "Bus Tours" actually involve riding a bus around the country.
This is what even other Palin supporters think of such attempts at class warfare, winoneforthegipper: "GAG ALERT!"
You are absolutely right...HOWEVER how many Reagan Democrats went from supporting Reagan to working for Al Gore? And then after working for Gore in 88 claims to have also voted for Reagan that same time as well.
I say bring on the lie detector, I challenge the statements that he ever voted for Reagan!
Cronyism is a totally separate issue from class envy. I agree Perry has some baggage there and it may sink him given the fact that crony capitalism is going to be a major campaign issue (as it should be given GE, GM, Solyndra, etc...). As conservatives, we should stand against anything that perverts the free market and anything that raises government spending — and crony capitalism does both.
But from what I’ve seen from a few on this thread, there is definitely some pure class envy going on. That’s not the same thing. And that’s not what should ever drive conservatives.
Did you go to washington dc for the first Tea Party march?
Then shut the hell up.
So then tell us how Social Security is NOT a Ponzi scheme.
You’re not denying SS is a Ponzi scheme, are you? It darned sure is a Ponzi scheme and thanks to Perry for having the guts to tell the truth.
WHY was Palin taking her family on a vacation in a brightly painted bus if she’s not running for president? Why didn’t they do it in an unmarked bus? Was it that she was just trying to draw attention to herself?
A Ponzi Scheme denotes 'criminal' intent to defraud and steal funds for personal gain. It does not impress with thoughtful consideration for meaningful reform to the program, it demonstrates and reinforces a "shoot from the mouth" personality.
So tell me. If a corporation had done to their pension funds what the US government did with the Social Security Trust Fund - spent every last red cent of it - would that have landed them in the docket for fraud?
And have politicians used the abuse of the Social Security Trust Fund for personal political gain by masking the true size of our deficits?
So you just undid your own point, if you are willing to look past the veneer of legalities that our politicians have woven over Social Security.
The problem is not that Perry isn't telling the truth. The problem is he is too close to the truth for the comfort of the DC establishment.
Come on people, this is America. Who cares if he flies in the fricken jet? Can he beat Obama and “make the federal government as inconsequential in our lives as possible”?, as he said in the debate.
THAT’S what I’m talking about!
if you are owned.....nothing is inconsequential.
YES! We all know that she's just a 'celebrity-crazed publicity-hound', who's trying to suck up millions of dollars on her fame and fortune made possible by her fawning paparazzi media scavengers.
I don't think ANYONE cares that he's flying around in a fricken jet (even Algore could care less, he does too). He could fly around the block for all I care. It's WHO IS PAYING FOR IT!?
You have yet to establish that the corporate jet makes him “owned”