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When Perry turned Republican, he left some helpful Democrats behind
Dallas Morning News ^ | November 5, 2011 | Scott K. Parks

Posted on 11/06/2011 1:18:25 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife

Democrats had ruled the state Agriculture Department for a hundred years. Perry immediately ejected Hightower loyalists and Democratic operatives from the agency. He pledged to cut the department’s staff by 20 percent and scale down the number of regional offices around the state.


Texas Agriculture Commissioner Rick Perry talked with a friend
in September 1991 while visiting a ranch outside Austin.

After Rick Perry switched from Democrat to Republican in 1989, he set out to become, in the words of his mentor Phil Gramm, more Catholic than the pope.

During the next 22 years, as he rose to the top of Austin’s power grid, Perry not only left his Democrat friends behind — he helped destroy them politically. And Texas evolved into a redder-than-red state.

Perry and the GOP took down U.S. Rep. Charlie Stenholm, Texas House Speaker Pete Laney , Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower , Texas Comptroller John Sharp and many other Democrats...

Perry has portrayed his move as a matter of principle, while those Democrats, and others, say it was the result of political ambition. Expressing grudging admiration, Stenholm said, “Rick has become a master politician.”

Stenholm and Perry grew up where pump jacks, cattle and rows of cotton exist side by side on the plains of rural West Texas. Stenholm, a conservative “blue dog” Democrat, was already in Congress when he helped recruit a 33-year-old Perry to run for state representative in 1984.

....After graduating from Texas A&M in 1972, Perry spent six years as an Air Force pilot and then returned to Haskell County in 1977 to work the farm and ranch with his dad. He had gotten a taste for politics after joining the American Agriculture Movement, which brought the problems of family farmers and ranchers to public attention...........

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: conservatism; illegals; leadership; openborders; perry2012; perryastroturfing; politics; rino; romneyperry2012
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To: bereanway

LOL, he was in full bore support of green energy when he was, what ever that is, agi commessioner.


101 posted on 11/06/2011 6:31:52 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: org.whodat
LOL, he was in full bore support of green energy when he was, what ever that is, agi commessioner.

Bull.

102 posted on 11/06/2011 6:34:22 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: BobL

That’s not true. “visas” start at the home country.
Newt joked about identifying the Illegals with the FedEx package, but he didn’t even attempt to tell what to do once we find them.

Both Cain and Newt answered questions by the media about border security. Both talked about “strategic fencing,” and sending more troops to the border. Newt even said he’d close the border in the same one year time frame that Perry used.

Later, Peter Farrara stuck around to discuss Newt’s economic plan. Both Cain and Newt praised and recommended Mr. Farrara to us - Cain virtually introduced the man to us.

He again mentioned strategic fencing, His answer to what Newt would do about the illegals already here was “just enforce the law” and attrition will take care of the rest.


103 posted on 11/06/2011 6:36:22 AM PST by hocndoc (WingRight.org Have mustard seed: Will use. Cut spending, cut spending, cut spending, now,now,now!)
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To: txrangerette

“Your life consists of what you do here, and until you get another one, you wouldn’t change on a truth or dare.”

If you’re down to personal attacks, then your case is falling apart. As I said, Perry can say he voted for Bush in 1988 all he wants, and Reagan before that. It means nothing, since he’s trying to get us to believe he’s a conservative and no one was in the booth with him to vouch for those votes.

I will continue to look at his VERIFIABLE ACTIONS. And again the FACT is that he continued with the Democrat Party after they nearly impeached Reagan. I have a BIG PROBLEM with that, because I have a really tough time understanding how any so-called conservative could stick with that party, after that circus.


104 posted on 11/06/2011 6:36:28 AM PST by BobL ( A vote for Newt is a vote for Romney)
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To: org.whodat

“BobL did misstate the facts, the number is more like 30 million. But amnesty is amnesty.”

Sorry about that - I’m trying to be conservative in my numbers...so that Ohio babe doesn’t jump on me.


105 posted on 11/06/2011 6:37:24 AM PST by BobL ( A vote for Newt is a vote for Romney)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
When you can no loner deport illegals, they are a special class of people just a little more special than your common old everyday American citizen law breaker. Where is the deportation part of Perry's visa plan, when do the need to go home. How many years will this special status last. When do the visas expire. Do you also think that the constitution is a Jim Crow law, does Perry feel the same.
106 posted on 11/06/2011 6:37:32 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: org.whodat; BobL
Course, I'm unashamedly biased---but BobL and org.whodat are two mega-insightful posters---thanks for sharing your wisdom with everyone.

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Perry’s squalid ambitions-----particularly in showing up and stomping over the winners of the Iowa straw poll----- show definitively that Me-first Perry is a Lone Wolf.

Perry is a ruthless, unconscionable conman. Republican, my Aunt Tilly-—Perry does not consider himself a loyal party member-—he will advance himself no matter who is forced to pay the price. Sure, politics is a dirty game——but Ricardo’s brand of politics is more like its played in banana republics.....Sierra Leone and Nigeria come to mind.

PERRY'S THIRD WORLD POLITICS He forced the state to medicate little girls' genitals----and used eminent domain power to take land from Texans to give to a Spanish company building the Trans-Texas Corridor. Perry's cut of the TTC deal musta been humongous....Ricky's not called "the human price tag" for nothing.

Perry manages to stay in the 2012 race despite sinking to the bottom of the pack b/c he has millions of dollars----and b/c his rich Mexican and Islamic friends are hellbent on putting him in the WH.

107 posted on 11/06/2011 6:38:11 AM PST by Liz (The rule of law must prevail. We can’t govern ourselves by our personal point of view.)
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To: org.whodat; BobL; Cincinatus' Wife

You mean like Reagan gave when they became citizen eligible with the stroke of a pen?

That amnesty?

If they work here to keep their families from starving to death, that wouldn’t bother me.

As long as the border was secured, we caught those who tried to escape the system, we didn’t give American citizen jobs away to them, and they did not receive amnesty/citizenship.

In other words, get in line, apply for a work permit, be granted entry for that purpose only, and otherwise remain a citizen of Mexico or whereever you come from.

But then, I’m a real, born and raised, lifelong, thinking Texan.

Not a hobby thread spammer who gets off on insults and lies.

And I also know that prohibition and segregation no longer exist, but they were once the law.

I also know that Roe vs Wade which legalizes abortion on a whim is the law now. And that law should be changed.

Just as immigration laws can be changed to allow certain people to work here, and allow them nothing else.

And I won’t fall for the nonsensical whining you and BobL try to pull...”but we’re only upholding the law”.


108 posted on 11/06/2011 6:39:01 AM PST by txrangerette ("HOLD TO THE TRUTH...SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR" - Glenn Beck)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“I’ve lived in Texas over 20 years. And earlier I lived in Arizona (20 years). I expect I’ll die a Texan.”

I’m just having fun with you. It’s almost time for our morning break. 15 minutes, right?


109 posted on 11/06/2011 6:39:20 AM PST by BobL ( A vote for Newt is a vote for Romney)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Yes he was for bull too, but having made a “C” in animal husbandry, I doubt if he can tell a bull from a cow.


110 posted on 11/06/2011 6:39:42 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: org.whodat

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2799712/posts


111 posted on 11/06/2011 6:40:54 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

The route he took to acquire that power will have negative future consequences. It’s built on political maneuvering. It’s impossible to know where he’ll swerve next. You’re too immersed in the Perry Krishna cult to see it.


112 posted on 11/06/2011 6:41:22 AM PST by edpc (My silence IS an answer)
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To: BobL

Break time, http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf_and_Sheepdog


113 posted on 11/06/2011 6:41:33 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

“Perry is not calling for amnesty and making illegals citizens.”

He doesn’t have to call for it. As long as they’re here, the Courts will take care of that. Do you REALLY think the founders of Massachusetts intended to permit gays to married? I certainly don’t think so, but the courts there found it right in their constitution.

Turning long-term guest workers into citizens is a no-brainer for a liberal court. They WILL get their Anmesty, once they are legalized.


114 posted on 11/06/2011 6:42:15 AM PST by BobL ( A vote for Newt is a vote for Romney)
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To: Liz
....his rich Mexican and Islamic friends are hellbent on putting him in the WH.

Really Liz? Your posts are always the most bizarre. It's impossible to take anything you post seriously.

115 posted on 11/06/2011 6:44:48 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: txrangerette

“I also know that Roe vs Wade which legalizes abortion on a whim is the law now. And that law should be changed.
Just as immigration laws can be changed to allow certain people to work here, and allow them nothing else. And I won’t fall for the nonsensical whining you and BobL try to pull...”but we’re only upholding the law”.”

You seem to be all over the place. I stand by my point: If you get them to leave (and get rid of the ones that won’t), then they WILL NOT, EVER, get Amnesty. If they stay, they very well may get Amnesty, and there is not a damn thing a retired Perry can do about from his Cintra-provided beach home.


116 posted on 11/06/2011 6:48:25 AM PST by BobL ( A vote for Newt is a vote for Romney)
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To: txrangerette
Still attacking the Constitution. You have no concept of a border, illegals have no constitutional right to be here. The whining and spamming is you bringing in non related items, border security has nothing to do with jim crow, segregation and/or the roe case. But it does show how lefty you are. What is the term limit of perrys visa/amnesty special exemption program.
117 posted on 11/06/2011 6:48:53 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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To: BobL
You have to make things up because that's your bias.

Do you REALLY think the founders of Massachusetts intended to permit gays to married? I certainly don’t think so, but the courts there found it right in their constitution.

BTW:

Do you know Gov. Perry's position on that?

118 posted on 11/06/2011 6:49:06 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: org.whodat

OUTSTANDING. That’s why I put up my comment. We should all get together after this and have a BBQ.


119 posted on 11/06/2011 6:50:02 AM PST by BobL ( A vote for Newt is a vote for Romney)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
What date does the visa expire, simple question, answer it.
120 posted on 11/06/2011 6:51:23 AM PST by org.whodat (Just another heartless American, hated by Perry and his fellow demorats.)
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