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Perry’s system of patronage and cronyism
Washington Post ^ | 9/21/11 | Jennifer Rubin

Posted on 09/21/2011 3:14:29 PM PDT by Nachum

Mitt Romney may not be Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s biggest problem. The nonprofit group Texans for Public Justice, a good-government foundation that has been keeping tabs on him for years, may claim that title. Its Web site’s homepage features a quote from its Crony Capitalism report: “As Texas Governor Rick Perry’s influence at the RGA increased over the past five years the political finances of both the governor and the Governors Association skyrocketed. The RGA raised a record $216.9 million during the Perry years between January 2006 and June 30, 2011.

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KEYWORDS: cronycapitalism; cronyism; formerdemocrat; illegals; openborders; patronage; perrys; rino; system
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I'm sorry Washington Post, I can't hear you with this SOLYNDRA in my ear.
1 posted on 09/21/2011 3:14:34 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Plus it is so FAST AND FURIOUS


2 posted on 09/21/2011 3:16:45 PM PDT by famousdayandyear
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To: Nachum

Rubin is a Mittens sycophant. She has the gall to call out Perry while she supports the biggest Progressive, pro Abortion, socialized medicine loving, Man-made Global Warning believer running. Stuff it Compost. You are an irrelevant Commie rag and your writers are hacks.


3 posted on 09/21/2011 3:20:56 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: indylindy; cripplecreek

Go the link, it’s an article you’ll appreciate.


4 posted on 09/21/2011 3:21:18 PM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: famousdayandyear

Fast and Furious?

I need a BEER SUMMIT to think about it.


5 posted on 09/21/2011 3:21:18 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Let the games begin.

Enter Sarah, let Mittens, Perry and Palin fight it out.


6 posted on 09/21/2011 3:26:15 PM PDT by traderrob6
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To: Nachum

“The RGA raised a record $216.9 million during the Perry years “

Barack Obama raises a billion and he’s a Godsend.
Nary a peep about the unions, trial lawyers, green energy suckups, liberal interest groups, all pushing thier agendas.

Perry raises $200 million and he’s the worst politician ever.

Jeeez.

“Rubin is a Mittens sycophant.”

Yes, we are noticing. Romney supporters in the elites have been the most negative on Perry. This stuff is just enabling the Obama narrative. This is about making Perry ‘unelectable’ so we have to ‘settle’ for Romney.
Puke.


7 posted on 09/21/2011 3:26:32 PM PDT by WOSG
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To: Nachum

or maybe the post is just ACTING STUPIDLY


8 posted on 09/21/2011 3:27:31 PM PDT by famousdayandyear
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To: All
Money quote from the article:

The Republican Party is ramping up a campaign against President Obama based on accusations that companies like LightSquared and Solyndra represent an epidemic of favoritism and misuse of the taxpayers’ money. They argue that as government expands, the opportunities for legalized bribery increase, and those same beneficiaries then become advocates for an ever-growing government. How is Perry supposed to talk about that during the campaign, should he get the nomination? Moreover, does his style of governance represent the Tea Party ethos or the worst of old-style government? Perry better have good answers to these or he’ll find himself the target of the base’s wrath, not its affection.

9 posted on 09/21/2011 3:29:49 PM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: Nachum

Jennifer Rubin and Michelle Malkin have something in common. They’re both working to undermine the Perry campaign.

Rubin with her columns and Malkin on the Sean Hannity Show’s. Romney couldn’t ask for two better supporters.


10 posted on 09/21/2011 3:33:53 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Lakeshark

“I created 40% of all jobs in America since Zero became President, I’ll get America back to work too”


11 posted on 09/21/2011 3:35:32 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: normy
Wow, he gave out that much patronage? /s
12 posted on 09/21/2011 3:37:40 PM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: Reagan Man
Malkin is behind Palin. Palin has been pretty gross in her weak ass attempt to stay above the fray while bashing the Republican field. Malikin and Van Sustren are behind her, so might be Hannity, I'm not sure. Perry will prevail and hopefully Palin announces soon one way or the other so we can fight it out. She wont announce because she wants to snipe and collect her checks just a while longer.
13 posted on 09/21/2011 3:39:03 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: Nachum

Texas has crucial EVs for 2012


14 posted on 09/21/2011 3:41:01 PM PDT by famousdayandyear
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To: Lakeshark

Actually I’m more amused by the desperate attacks on the messenger but nothing that proves the message to be false. And I thought only liberals behaved this way but it seems to be a common theme among perry supporters.


15 posted on 09/21/2011 3:41:59 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cripplecreek
The major reason I don't like Perry is his record on illegal immigration, but this cronyism is a big problem as well. The author is right when she says it takes one of the big issues off the table that is against Obama, the crony phony stuff seems to be a Perry problem as well.

You are right about the PK's, they never try to counter his problems or issues with facts or debate, they just attack anyone who brings them up.

16 posted on 09/21/2011 3:47:22 PM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: Lakeshark

Call me crazy but I think moral voters are important to rebuilding America.


17 posted on 09/21/2011 3:51:32 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Nachum

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 09/21/2011
Who is really leveling “cronyism” charges at Perry?
By Marc Thiessen


18 posted on 09/21/2011 3:55:50 PM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: cripplecreek

That’s not so crazy, it’s a foundational principle. Reagan understood that better than any president in our lifetime.


19 posted on 09/21/2011 3:55:56 PM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: Lakeshark

Can you imagine the screeching that would ensue if an AIG chief executive (Hank Greenberg) were to host a fundraiser for Obama?

In Perry’s case I hear nothing but crickets.


20 posted on 09/21/2011 3:58:18 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Lakeshark

That’s the thing we fought back with facts and still do when the need arises.


21 posted on 09/21/2011 3:59:55 PM PDT by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin:"You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: cripplecreek
Crickets?

I think you may be hearing the PerryKrishna chants.............:-)

22 posted on 09/21/2011 4:01:34 PM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: MEG33
I am for one, and I have been for eight years under tutelage from people in the church I attended back then who practically breathe Texas politics.
Was Perry running for president then?

If he was not it behooves you to research the validity of the charge rather than attack the messenger.

23 posted on 09/21/2011 4:02:57 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: cripplecreek; Lakeshark

I would call in “Rationalization into Buffoonery”


24 posted on 09/21/2011 4:03:29 PM PDT by Clyde5445 (Gov. Sarah Palin:"You have to sacrifice to win. That's my philosophy in 6 words.")
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To: normy
>>>>>>Palin has been pretty gross in her weak ass attempt to stay above the fray while bashing the Republican field.

I agree with you. Palin is another opportunist. Her support of Bachmann's Gardasil attacks showed poor judgment. Can't blame Palin for her attitude, however. After the left trashed Palin and her family for 3 years, she has come back with a vengeance and righfully so.

There are many who STILL await Saint Palin's announcement if she is running or not. All with the hope that it will set a course to save conservatism, the GOP and the nation all at the same time. LOL

Seriously. If it boils down to Obama v Palin, I'd take Palin. But I'd rather have someone like Rick Perry. He has been governing for 11 years, elected three times and is well respected among GOP governors. Both McDonnell and Jindel have endorsed Perry at this early date. That's encouraging.

To all the Perry detractors, I'm still waiting for them to name one major candidate that has run for the GOP nomination over the last 23 years with a better conservative executive governing record then Rick Perry.

So far all I've heard is, crickets.

25 posted on 09/21/2011 4:04:31 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Lakeshark

Just a reminder from 2008

top AIG recipients for the 2008 campaign

1. Sen. Chris Dodd, D-Conn., $103,100
2. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., $101,332
3. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., $59,499
4. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., $35,965
5. Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., $24,750
6. Former Gov. Mitt Romney, (R) Pres $20,850
7. Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., $19,975
8. Rep. John Larson, D-Conn, $19,750
9. Sen. John Sununu, R-N.H., $18,500
10. Former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (R) Pres $13,200
11. Rep. Paul Kanjorski, D-Pa., $12,000
12. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., $11,000


26 posted on 09/21/2011 4:05:27 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Clyde5445

Whatever it is, it’s not good.


27 posted on 09/21/2011 4:09:30 PM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: cripplecreek; Clyde5445
Proof of no patronage.

Perry is not on the list. Did I sound enough like a PK?

That is quite a list, interesting to note the three (R)'s

28 posted on 09/21/2011 4:15:47 PM PDT by Lakeshark
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To: Nachum

Bryan Preston, who is an undisclosed Perry acolyte, at Pajamis Media, has issued his defense of Perry. His defense is to slam the Texans for Justice in Politics rather than take on the specific allegations, allegations which have been collaborated by second and third sources.

In fairness, TPJ does have some unsavory ties.

Could a journalist simply do more than jump into a reflexive defense mode for Perry and do the tough work of challenging the merits of the allegations?


29 posted on 09/21/2011 4:18:39 PM PDT by MN_Mike (ObamACORN, BelaPelosi, and Howie Screed - Trangle of Doom)
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To: MrEdd

I posted a link and a correct title.
Where did I attack?


30 posted on 09/21/2011 4:19:51 PM PDT by MEG33 (God Bless Our Military Men And Women)
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To: Lakeshark

This is getting fun. Try this one on for size:

“Longtime aide a key link between contributor and Perry”
http://blog.chron.com/rickperry/2011/09/perry-merck-lobbyist-are-campaign-donors/?gta=commentform#commentform


31 posted on 09/21/2011 4:21:00 PM PDT by MN_Mike (ObamACORN, BelaPelosi, and Howie Screed - Trangle of Doom)
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To: Nachum
...The nonprofit group Texans for Public Justice, a good-government foundation that has been keeping tabs on him for years...

Whoa! Good-government? WTF is that?? My bullshit detector just railed.

32 posted on 09/21/2011 4:28:24 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (I like both Perry and Palin, and will vote for whichever of them wins.)
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To: cripplecreek; Lakeshark

You’re crazy!!!!! ;)


33 posted on 09/21/2011 4:34:03 PM PDT by rintense (Polls are for strippers and cross country skiing. ~ Sarah Palin, 9.3.11)
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To: cripplecreek

100% correct. I’m actually enjoying Malkin’s deep dive into Perry’s record.


34 posted on 09/21/2011 4:34:58 PM PDT by rintense (Polls are for strippers and cross country skiing. ~ Sarah Palin, 9.3.11)
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To: Lazlo in PA

She is supposedly a “conservative” pundit on the Washington Post roster. But, oddly enough, she spends most of her time bashing social conservatives.

Never trust a former labor lawyer.


35 posted on 09/21/2011 4:53:15 PM PDT by heye2monn
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To: Lakeshark
The major reason I don't like Perry is his record on illegal immigration, but this cronyism is a big problem as well. The author is right when she says it takes one of the big issues off the table that is against Obama, the crony phony stuff seems to be a Perry problem as well.

Perry's pay-for-play cronyism while Texas' governor will take one of the issues on which Obama is most vulnerable off the table. Dems will be cranking out endless variations on this type of stuff every time Solyndra and LightSquared are brought up: http://messageboards.aol.com/aol/en_us/articles.php?boardId=535768&articleId=753038&func=6&channel=Member+Guided+News&filterRead=false&filterHidden=true&filterUnhidden=false

There's a lot of this stuff out there; google "Perry pay-to-play" for a look at the turds bubbling up from the cess pool.

36 posted on 09/21/2011 4:56:57 PM PDT by Spartan79 (I view great cities as pestilential to the morals, the health, and the liberties of man.)
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To: Reagan Man

I agree. But leave the republican field alone unless you declare or don’t. If she declares then she can hammer away but also face the rebuttal. If she says she’s out she can say all she wants and get paid. As of now she just looks like an opportunist and I don’t care much for it.


37 posted on 09/21/2011 5:11:37 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: rintense

She’s got help.


38 posted on 09/21/2011 5:27:34 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: cripplecreek
From who?

Honestly, Freepers get tons of stuff discovered before anyone else. I always come here first. :)

39 posted on 09/21/2011 5:39:34 PM PDT by rintense (Polls are for strippers and cross country skiing. ~ Sarah Palin, 9.3.11)
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To: All; MN_Mike
I found the Pajamas Media piece you mentioned.

Everyone deserves to know "Texans for Public Justice" takes money from George Soros, as well as the other connections they have.

Shouldn't a journalist simple do more than jump into reflexive "gotcha" mode and do the tough work of investigating the merits of "allegations" by a partisan watchdog?

We need more specifics, not just generalized innuendo. Saying a governor is a good fundraiser for his governor's association isn't much.

40 posted on 09/21/2011 5:49:52 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Will racist demagogue Andre Carson be censured by the House?)
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To: Lakeshark

I’m sure the Texans for Public Justice are very concerned about Rick Perry.

Calling TPJ or Texans for Public Justice simply a “watchdog group” is absolutely misleading. They are a front group for Democrats, funded by frivolous lawsuit loving trial lawyers

Excerpt follows...
(AUSTIN, TX) Texans for Public Justice calls itself a non-partisan watchdog group that focuses on political campaign contributions in Texas, but the only contributions publicly reported on their 2005 tax filing came from some of those big political campaign contributors they claim to be monitoring — personal injury trial lawyers.

TPJ has long refused to disclose their funders, but their 2005 tax report reveals that three high-profile personal injury trial lawyer firms “Baron & Budd and Silber Pearlman, LLP in Dallas and Williams Bailey, LLP in Houston — gave a total of $50,000 dollars to the organization last year, almost a third of the total organizational budget. TPJ did not report the source of the additional $107,000 in contributions they collected.
http://rickvskay.blogspot.com/2010/06/texans-for-public-justice-is-shady.html


41 posted on 09/21/2011 6:01:55 PM PDT by magritte
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To: Reagan Man
Jennifer Rubin and Michelle Malkin have something in common. They’re both working to undermine the Perry campaign. Rubin with her columns and Malkin on the Sean Hannity Show’s.

If properly vetting a candidate winds up undermining support for that candidate, I'd say that them's the breaks.

I can understand that it's got to sting, seeing the missteps of ones' favored candidate being aired in public, but it's a necessary part of the electoral process in a free republic.

Some of the things being revealed may be unpalatable to us, but as long as they're factual (and not manufactured), it's vital that we familiarize ourselves with that information in order to make an informed choice down the road.

And lest you get the wrong idea, I'm not looking for any candidate to be 100% perfect. We'll never see that candidate in our lifetimes. We do, however, have to know the extent of every candidate's pluses and minuses.

42 posted on 09/21/2011 6:02:45 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: normy
She wont announce because she wants to snipe and collect her checks just a while longer.

Gee, you're really making me want to support Rick Perry for president .. NOT.

43 posted on 09/21/2011 6:06:05 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

Hey that’s just how I see it. Doesn’t make it so but imagine Newt working for Fox trashing the nominees all the while contemplating running


44 posted on 09/21/2011 6:11:44 PM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: cripplecreek
Actually I’m more amused by the desperate attacks on the messenger but nothing that proves the message to be false.

Yep. It's pretty hard to miss the dearth of any counter arguments or debunking data, thus far on the thread.

Fact One: Perry has a less than stellar record on issues that conservatives care about.

Fact Two: Bringing his less than conservative record to light, or attempting to discuss it, brings forth howls of anger and protest from some of his supporters.

Fact Three: That reaction isn't drawing any new supporters to Perry's camp.

I'm not saying that Perry's shortcomings are even necessarily final deal-breakers for most conservatives, but those shortcomings ought to be confronted calmly and intelligently, so that our side completely understands who we may be getting as a potential nominee.

45 posted on 09/21/2011 6:20:40 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier
I am all for vetting every candidate on every major issue and on the decisions and the votes they made. So are most conservatives and so is Rick Perry. Vetting is not the issue.

Perry has been vetted for years. He was elected three times as Governor of Texas and has served honorably for 11 years. Over that time frame I've read all the relevant and outstanding news items about Perry. In recent weeks I've seen a lot of frivolous posts personally attacking Perry. Along with innuendo, rumor and gossip but nothing that would disqualify him from being the GOP nominee or potus.

So save you preachy condescension for someone who gives a rats ass.

46 posted on 09/21/2011 6:48:57 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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To: Reagan Man
Vetting is not the issue. Perry has been vetted for years.

By who? You? Well, bully for you, pal. The rest of the nation has little idea who this guy really is, and would like to examine his entire record, if you don't mind.

So save you preachy condescension for someone who gives a rats ass.

You see, that's exactly the sort of nasty response that is giving you Perry supporters a bad name. I didn't attack Perry. I didn't attack you. I even went so far as to say that his negatives might not even be final deal-breakers for most conservatives, but that wasn't good enough for you. You insist on making this personal.

Way to drum up support for your candidate, sport.

47 posted on 09/21/2011 7:04:54 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: normy
...imagine Newt working for Fox trashing the nominees all the while contemplating running

Aside from her one outburst about Perry's crony capitalism, I wouldn't say that she's "trashing" the other candidates. She may be expressing disappointment with the field as a whole, but that doesn't equate to direct attacks, in my view.

That said, I can see how you could draw that conclusion from how she's playing the game. If I had my druthers, she'd cancel her contract with Fox now, and use other media to get her points across.

48 posted on 09/21/2011 7:09:54 PM PDT by Windflier (To anger a conservative, tell him a lie. To anger a liberal, tell him the truth.)
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To: Windflier

I’m reaching the sad conclusion that most “conservatives” talk a big game about wanting to clean up government but talk is a lot cheaper than action.

I finally get acknowledgement about the AIG chief hosting a fundraiser for Perry and then an explanation that everybody does it so its not worth worrying about. (but they sure as heck worried about money AIG gave to Obama, McCain, Romney and others)

Hate to say it but the destruction of America won’t only be on the heads of liberals. All I can do is look out for my own soul and I will face my maker knowing that I at least tried to save America and played no further role in her destruction.


49 posted on 09/21/2011 7:11:29 PM PDT by cripplecreek (A vote for Amnesty is a vote for a permanent Democrat majority. ..Choose well.)
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To: Windflier
You either ignored the first paragraph I posted or you need to get some help in reading comprehension.

>>>>>I am all for vetting every candidate on every major issue and on the decisions and the votes they made. So are most conservatives and so is Rick Perry. Vetting is not the issue.

If you want to engage in preachy condescension, expect to be called on it. Nothing nasty about it. Besides, its candidate Perry who is going to change opinions about him and get him more supporters. Not me. The charges of so-called crony capitalism being leveled at Perry are bogus.

50 posted on 09/21/2011 7:20:44 PM PDT by Reagan Man ("In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.")
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