Skip to comments.Perry: Are "You Better Off Today Than You Were $4 Trillion Ago?"
Posted on 01/18/2012 11:24:21 AM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
.............."People are very frightened, not just about current conditions, but the future of this country for their children, grandchildren and the $15 trillion worth of debt. I ask people if you were better off today than you were $4 trillion ago and people get it."
Snip VIDEO -- discusses Tax System.
We cant fire the nominee in September, because by then it will be too late, he said, adding, If weve got a flawed candidate thats going forward and someone who is gonna get eaten alive, either because of business practices or because of their taxes or the system that there set up, we need to talk about it now. This is not a personal attack at all..............
Discusses job creation.
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I heard him say this phrase/question on cable, I think it’s one of the best lines of this primary.
Are the people that donated money to Perry’s campaign better off than they were 4 months ago?
It’s time for Perry to drop out so we can consolidate around a single anti-Romney candidate.
If the situation was reversed, with Perry was nipping at Romney’s heels and Newt in single digits, I’d be calling for Newt to get out so we could rally around Perry.
But, the situation isn’t reversed. Perry is in single digits. Newt’s nipping at Romney’s heels. The only think the Perry campaign can accomplish at this point is to ensure nobody catches Romney.
Is that really what his donors had in mind when they gave him money?
They've all been there changes places. Now there are 3 left.
He will be a good guy to have in Newts corner.
i agree. perfect line!
and his comments about Turkey were amazing! (and true!)
...i wish he had talked like this, a few months ago...
Newt’s corner that is.
They’ve all been changing places except Perry, who seems perpetually stuck in last place.
Oh please. It is way too early.
It is absurd that any of these candidates can be chosen so quickly. I hope they all stay in for at least another couple of months.
Rick Santorum needs to place his country before himself and drop out of the race. THIS is a Conservative??
Rick Perry is twice the Conservative Santorum is.
Voted for Federal funding of the National Endowment for the Arts.
Voted against a 10% cut in the budget for National Endowment for the Arts.
Voted for a Schumer amendment to make the debts of pro-life demonstrators not dischargeable in bankruptcy.
Defense and Foreign Policy
Voted for the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).
Voted against requiring the President to certify that the CWC is effectively verifiable.
Voted against requiring the President to certify that that Iran, Iraq, Syria, Libya, North Korea, China, and all other countries determined to be state sponsors of terror have joined CWC prior to submitting the instrument of ratification.
Voted for the START II Treaty
Voted to allow the sale of supercomputers to China.
Voted to ban antipersonnel landmines
Voted against increasing defense spending offset by equivalent cuts in non-defense spending.
Voted to require that Federal bureaucrats get the same payraises as uniformed military.
Voted to allow food and medicine sales to state sponsors of terror and tyranical regimes such as Libya and Cuba.
Voted to limit the Presidents authority to impose sanctions on nations for reasons of national security unless the sanctions were approved by a multilateral regime.
Voted against requiring Congressional authorization for military action in Bosnia.
Voted to give $25 million in foreign aid to North Korea
Voted to weaken alien terrorist deportation provisions. If the Court determines that the evidence must be withheld for national security reasons, the Justice Department must still provide a summary of the evidence sufficient for the alien terrorist to mount a defense against deportation.
Voted against delaying the India Nuclear until the President certified that India had agreed to suspend military-to-military exchanges with Iran.
Voted against the Conventional Trident Missile Program
Voted for Richard Paez to the 9th Curcuit (cloture)
Voted for Sonia Sotomayor, Circuit Judge
Voted for Richard Holbrooke to be Ambassador to the UN
Voted for Margaret Morrow to be District Judge
Voted twice for Marsha Berzon to the 9thg Circuit
Voted for Mary McLaughlin to be District Judge
Voted for Tim Dyk to be District Judge
Voted for James Brady to be District Judge
Voted against National Right to Work Act
Voted against Real of Davis-Bacon Prevailing union wages
Voted for Alexis Herman to be Secretary of Labor
Voted for mandatory Federal child care funding
Voted for Trade Adjustment Assistance.
Voted for Job Corps funding
Voted twice in support of Fedex Unionization
Voted against allowing a waiver of Davis-Bacon in emergency situations.
Voted for minimum wage increases six times here here here here here and here
Voted to require a union representative on an IRS oversight board.
Voted to exempt IRS union representative from criminal ethics laws.
Voted against creating independent Board of Governors to investigate IRS abuses.
Voted to require pawn shops to do background checks on people who pawn a gun.
Voted twice to make it illegal to sell a gun without a secure storage or safety device
Voted for a Federal ban on possession of assault weapons by those under 18.
Voted for Federal funding for anti-gun education programs in schools.
Voted for anti-gun juvenile justice bill.
Voted for funding for the legal services corporation.
Voted twice for a Congressional payraise.
Voted to impose a uniform Federal mandate on states to force them to allow convicted rapits, arsonists, drug kingpins, and all other ex-convicts to vote in Federal elections.
Voted for the Specter backup plan to allow campaign finance reform to survive if portions of the bill were found unconstitutional.
Voted to mandate discounted broadcast times for politicians.
Voted for a McCain amendment to require State and local campaign committees to report all campaign contributions to the FEC and to require all campaign contributions to be reported to the FEC within 24 hours within 90 days of an election.
Voted against increasing the number of immigration investigators
Voted to allow illegal immigrants to receive the earned income credit before becoming citizens
Voted to give SSI benefits to legal aliens.
Voted to give welfare benefits to naturalized citizens without regard to to the earnings of their sponsors.
Voted against hiring an additional 1,000 border partrol agents, paid for by reductions in state grants.
Voted against a flat tax.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for Medicare prescription drugs
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to fund health insurance subsidies for small businesses.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an $8 billion increase in child healh insurance.
Voted to increase tobacco taxes to pay for an increase in NIH funding.
Voted twice for internet taxes.
Voted to allow gas tax revenues to be used to subsidize Amtrak.
Voted to strike marriage penalty tax relief and instead provide fines on tobacco companies.
Voted against repealing the Clinton 4.3 cent gas tax increase.
Voted to increase taxes by $2.3 billion to pay for an Amtrak trust fund.
Voted to allow welfare to a minor who had a child out of wedlock and who resided with an adult who was on welfare within the previous two years.
Voted to increase taxes by $9.4 billion to pay for a $9.4 billion increase in student loans.
Voted to say that AMT patch is more important than capital gains and dividend relief.
Voted against food stamp reform
Voted against Medicaid reform
Voted against TANF reform
Voted to increase the Social Services Block Grant from $1 billion to $2 billion
Voted to increase the FHA loan from $170,000 to $197,000. Also opposed increasing GNMA guaranty from 6 basis points to 12.
Voted for $2 billion for low income heating assistance.
Sponsored An amendment to increase Amtrak funds by $550 million
Voted to use HUD funds for the Joslyn Art Museum (NE), the Stand Up for Animals project (RI) and the Seattle Art Museums Olympic Sculpture Project (WA)
Voted to increase spending on social programs by $7 billion
Voted to increase NIH funding by $1.6 billion.
Voted to increase NIHnding by $700 million
Voted to for a $2 million earmark to renovate the Vulcan Monument (AL)
Voted for a $1 billion bailout for the steel industry
Voted against requiring that highway earmarks would come out of a states highway allocation
Voted to allow Market Access Program funds to go to foreign companies.
Voted to allow OPIC to increase its administrative costs by 50%
Voted against transferring $20 million from Americorps to veterans.
Voted for the $140 billion asbestos compensation bill.
Voted against requiring a uniform medical criteria to ensure asbestos claims were legitimate.
Voted to increase community development programs by $2 billion.
Spending and Entitlements
Voted to make Medicare part B premium subsidies an new entitlement.
Voted against paying off the debt ($5.6 trillion at the time) within 30 years.
Voted to give $18 billion to the IMF.
Voted to raid Social Security instead of using surpluses to pay down the debt.
Voted to allow states to impose health care mandates that are stricter than proposed new Federal mandates, but not weaker.
Voted twice for Federal mental health parity mandates in health insurance.
Voted against a allow consumers the option to purchase a plan outside the parity mandate.
Voted to increase Federal funding for teacher testing
Voted to increase spending for the Department of Education by $3.1 billion.
Voted against requiring courts to consider the impact of IDEA awards on a local school district.
Voted to allow the President to designate certain sites as interim nuclear waste storage sites in the event that he determines that Yucca Mountain is not a suitable site for a permanent waste repository. Those sites are as follows: the nuclear waste site in Hanford, Washington; the Savannah River Site in South Carolina; Barnwell County, South Carolina; and the Oak Ridge Reservation in Tennessee.
Voted to make fuel price gouging a Federal crime.
Voted AGAINST increasing the number of immigration investigators?
VOTED AGAINST HIRING AN ADDITIONAL 1,000 BORDER PATROL AGENTS?
VOTED TO GIVE SOCIAL SECURITY BENEFITS TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS?
Santorum; Big government spender:
Perry stated that in his administration he would start all countries getting U.S. foreign aid at ZERO, until they proved to be our allies.
He was also the first to bring the war on religion to the forefront.
Rick Perry is twice the Conservative Santorum is!
Santorum needs to place his country before himself-
but his ego wont let him.
Red State is now calling for Perry to leave the race.
Red State! The unofficial house organ of the Perry campaign; the site that has pushed Perry through thick and thin; Red State!
Heck, Perry even announced his nomination at the Red State convention.
And, now they are calling for him to get out of the race.
Perry is now losing his core supporters. When that happens your done. I’m sorry, but it’s over for Perry. Even his hard core supporters like Red State see it.
The government (fed, state and local) collected $5170.63B in 2007 and now it is estimated to collect $5246.91B in 2012 or 35% GDP and STILL they borrow! We pay $1.244B per day in INTEREST.
Time to man the lifeboats!
If you are politically connected to the Obama Administration, like Solyndra, you may be hundreds of millions better off.
Yeah it’s a great line no doubt. I just hope it’s not too little too late.
Sorta like when newt’s entire staff quit. Good thing he dropped out then right?
That was months before the first primary. Plenty of time for Newt to rebuild (which he obviously did).
We’re now days away from the third primary. There’s no time for Perry to rebuild. At this point all he can accomplish is to split the conservative vote and ensure Romney the nomination.
Perry's problem is not unlike Dubya's: good ideas (for the most part - better than BO, at least), but not articulate, not glib. And the fact that he is obviously (sounds like) a Texan doesn't help vis-a-vis the population at large.
It's a shame, but certainly true: in a media age, being a lively, responsive & articulate presenter matters more than sound thinking.
I recall how my rather liberal relatives would chide Bush's stumbling over words, and that's all well & good. No reason someone shouldn't have a good chuckle about a malaprop. But the attitude was more like, "How stupid!" I would point out to them, I'd rather have a good, sound person who stumbles over his words for President, than a fast-talking, glib used-car salesman.
(Sorry for the use of a derogatory stereotype, all you used-cars salesmen out there!)
But I'm afraid that the average voter just doesn't think like that, or can't seem spot a shyster (a la Slick Willie, J F'n K, or BO) when it's obvious to me.