Skip to comments.Rick Perry’s bad, Obama-style medicine
Posted on 08/17/2011 12:40:57 AM PDT by bronxville
Rick Perrys bad, Obama-style medicine by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2011
Texas, we have a problem. Your GOP governor is running for president against Barack Obama. Yet, one of his most infamous acts as executive of the nations second-largest state smacks of every worst habit of the Obama administration. And his newly crafted rationalizations for the atrocious decision are positively Clintonesque.
In February 2007, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a shocking executive order forcing every sixth-grade girl to submit to a three-jab regimen of the Gardasil vaccine. He also forced state health officials to make the vaccine available free to girls ages 9 to 18. The drug, promoted by manufacturer Merck as an effective shield against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts, as well as cervical cancer, had only been approved by the Food and Drug Administration eight months prior to Perrys edict.
Gardasils wear-off time and long-term side effects have yet to be determined. Serious questions remain about its overall effectiveness, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Even the chair of the federal panel that recommended Gardasil for children opposes mandating it as a condition of school enrollment. Young girls and boys are simply not at an increased risk of contracting HPV in the classroom the way they are at risk of contracting measles or other school-age communicable diseases.
Perry defenders pointed to a bogus opt-out provision in his mandate to protect the right of parents to be the final authority on their childrens health care. But requiring parents to seek the governments permission to keep an untested drug out of their kids veins is a plain usurpation of their authority.
Translation: Ask your bureaucratic overlord to determine if a Gardasil waiver is right for you.
Libertarians and social conservatives alike slammed Perrys reckless disregard for parental rights and individual liberty. The Republican-dominated legislature also balked. In May 2007, both chambers passed bills overturning the governors unilaterally imposed health order.
Fast-forward five years. After announcing his 2012 presidential bid this weekend, Perry now admits he didnt do my research well enough on the Gardasil vaccine before stuffing his bad medicine down Texans throats. On Monday, he added: That particular issue is one that I readily stand up and say I made a mistake on. I listened to the legislature and I agreed with their decision.
Perry downplayed his underhanded maneuver as an aberrational error, and then gobsmackingly he spun the debacle as a display of his great character: One of the things I do pride myself on, I listen. When the electorate says, Hey, thats not what we want to do, we backed up, took a look at what we did.
Are these non-apology apologies enough to quell the concerns of voters looking for a presidential candidate who will provide a clear, unmistakable contrast to Barack Obama? Not by a long shot.
How Obama-like was this scandal?
Let us count the ways:
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And then maybe the greater of two evils wins. I don’t knock people for endorsing Bush over Gore, just like I don’t knock Palin for endorsing Perry over Hutchison.
If he is so bad, they should have looked elsewhere. Why waste valuable resource pushing someone so terrible. Certainly, some one Texas could have run if Perry was so bad.
Perry is good on most issues, but some have a litmus test that involves walking on water.
I have no problem with calling Perry to task for the way the Gardisil EO was pushed through, but it's the ridiculous hyperbole that is being used here on a whole host of Perry issues which demonstrates the bad faith with which Malkin, and ostensibly you, are using.
I'm seeing all over FR, that because Rick Perry once met with a businessman who was an Islamic leader, that that is not simpy putting business above other considerations, but it's proof that he's a Shariah sympathizer. I'm seeing that because he doesn't support a 1200 mile border fence, and instead wants targeted enforcement along the worst areas with boots on the ground, isn't just a weakness on border issues that should be strengthened, but that he actually supports "Open Borders". Because he pushed a Gardisil EO through in a manner not consistent with the normal process, he is actually acting "Obama-like".
It's the reaching hyperbole and false equivalencies that are the issue, and I'll continue to point them out.
I have no problem with him being taken to task over this, but if you're grinding your axe against Perry for the reason I suspect you are, I don't think it serves you or your cause well to use the exact same false tactics that use silly over the top comparisons. It's obvious you haven't looked at the very thorough narratives that have explained the true context of the Gardisil decision, so I'd ask that you step back from the false hyperbole and look at the issue in an honest manner.
“Gardasil has owed most of its success to the fact that government agencies have been subsidizing its sales, recommending its use, and even talking about requiring it.”
What government agencies have been the advocators one might wonder? This needs to be investigated further. Most people in the world no longer have the vote to fight these sorts of things, it’s up to us (while we still can) to fight them.
“Perry is good on most issues, but some have a litmus test that involves walking on water.”
This mandated vaccination is an important issue and needs further investigation. That he even contemplated such an action in the first place is beyond the pale. The people created holy hell and it was the legislature who countermanded his order.
We’ve been down this road so many times before...this time we MUST get it right. One must ask themselves if he isn’t just another selected cookie cutter. He reminds me of Clinton, who was elected for his looks and smooth tongue. It’s ironic that Clinton remarked a few days ago on Perry’s good looks.
I fought him on Gardisel, TTC and a couple of other issue until he LISTENED and BACKED down.
Most of these Perry haters never saw or heard of a politicians who would do such a thing so they just keep crowing the same lame stuff over and over.
Trouble is, I just can't sit back and let them destroy any hope of having a candidate who can kick Obama’s ass.
Onward thru the fog.
“I have no problem with calling Perry to task for the way the Gardisil EO was pushed through,”
Good because that’s the most important issue.
Again, Michelle isn’t running for president of the USA.
For some the only test is they have an R after their name and claim they are a conservative.
“Trouble is, I just can’t sit back and let them destroy any hope of having a candidate who can kick Obamas ass.”
I know exactly what you mean but will this be a Scott Brown candidate kicking Obama’s ass?
Perry is no Bush nor Scott Brown as you've been led to believe.
Perrys headed to Israel
By W. Gardner Selby | Friday, June 22, 2007, 02:09 PM
Gov. Rick Perry is returning to the Middle East, this time heading to Israel, his office announced Friday, to get an award previously bestowed on U.S. Sen. John Kerry and Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the U.S. House, respectively.
Perrys press release:
Gov. Rick Perry and First Lady Anita Perry today left on a seven-day trip to visit the Middle East nations of Israel and Jordan. In Israel, Gov. Perry will receive the Friend of Zion Award from the Global Leadership Council for his leadership in homeland defense, border security and economic development. The award, which is given to leaders who have played key roles in promoting the close alliance between America and the Jewish state, will be presented during a ceremony in Jerusalem at the historic Western Wall Square.
Past recipients of this distinguished award include former Secretary of Health and Human Services Tommy Thompson, Senator Evan Bayh, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Senator John Kerry, and former Ambassador Jeane J. Kirkpatrick.
Perry is also scheduled to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, former Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and former Prime Minister and newly elected President Shimon Peres. In addition, he will meet with the Israeli Chief Scientist, Dr. Eli Opper, and several representatives of the aeronautics, defense systems, homeland security and biotechnology industries.
America has a special relationship with Israel, and in the midst of turmoil and bloodshed, America must remain an unwavering supporter of a strong Jewish state in the Middle East, said Gov. Perry. Though the task is extremely difficult, our nation must be a consistent voice for a new era of peace and security between Israel and its Arab neighbors.
I believe Texans share a special kinship with the Israeli people, he added. We are both independent-minded and self-reliant, and our history is grounded in strong stands against impossible odds.
The Perrys will visit several historic sites while in Israel, including Mea Shearim, Nachlat Shiva and Ein Karem, the home town of John the Baptist. They will also visit the Red Sea, the Dead Sea and take a tour of Masada. For less than a day they will also cross into Jordan and visit the City of Petra.
They depart this afternoon and return next Friday. All expenses will be paid by Global Capital Associates, which is hosting the gala awards ceremony where Gov. Perry will be recognized.
Perry obviously caught their eye.
Anyway who are the Global Leadership Council and Global Capital Associates?
A very interesting list of advisors...
“Perry is no Bush nor Scott Brown as you’ve been led to believe.”
I hope he’s okay but there’s no harm in looking a little deeper.
That’s fine with me.
I’ve spent over 12 years digging here in Texas and so has every political and MSM opponent of the governor.
Quote of the Day for me. Amen to that.
And three cheers for Michelle Malkin for exposing Perry--the same guy who pushed for Al Gore to be President in 1988--as the faux conservative he truly is.
We can do better than Perry and Romney and Guiliani and all the other RINOs who are put under our nose with the breathless threat: If you don't pick X, we'll be stuck with Obama!
Absolutely no harm at all.
It's the non-stop RINO and Obama-lite pejoratives that don't seem productive. Hence my issue with comparing the Gardisil issue with ObamaCare.
The Opt-Out Clause myth
...Naturally, the first response to defend Rick Perry is the opt-out clause encased within the executive order.
Without using the obvious comparison to Obamacare waivers, let me point out that the Governors sole vision still puts a mandate upon parents to apply for a waiver to not be immunized. My point remains, parents already had that right and privilege before the Governors order. Instead, THE GOVERNOR CHANGED THE STATUS QUO (my emphasis) to mean a child would be immunized unless you petition the government to stop the train and allow your child to disembark.
Further, this opt-out clause is not quite as simple as you might imagine. From Politifact:
The order included an opt-out in order to protect the right of parents to be the final authority on their childrens health care. Perry ordered the Department of State Health Services to allow parents dissenting for philosophical or religious reasons to request a conscientious objection affidavit form. That form, which has been available since 2003, enables parents to enroll their children in public school even if they lack state-required immunizations. Its automatically granted as long as parents provide all required information.
According to the Department of State Health Services 2008-09 immunization report, which uses data from kindergarten and seventh-grade students at 1,300 independent school districts and 800 private schools, 0.28 percent of the students filed conscientious objection forms.
Parents must renew exemption affidavits every two years to maintain their validity, according to Allison Lowery, assistant press officer at the Texas Department of State Health Services.
We thought the opt-out form for public-school students proved Perry correct until we learned that “NOT ALL PRIVATE SCHOOLS ACCEPT THE AFFIDAVIT. That means some private schools may not allow their students to exempt themselves from any state-required vaccinations. Some 15 percent of more than 1 million Texas girls in fifth through 12th grade in 2008 were enrolled in private schools, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
According to a 2006 Texas Attorney Generals opinion: A private school that does not accept state tax funds is not required to accept for enrollment a child who has received an exemption from the immunizations required by the Texas Health and Safety Code.
In its policy for Catholic schools, the Catholic Diocese of Austin states: Immunizations are not in conflict with the Catholic faith. Conscientious objections or waivers, which may be permissible for enrollment in public schools, do not qualify as an exception to this policy. Catholic schools in the diocese do accept medical exemptions, meaning if the immunization could somehow harm the child, its not required to enroll. [emphasis added]
To repeat, BY THE STROKE OF A PEN GOVERNOR PERRY CHANGED THE STATUS QUO, that parents must appeal to the government to not have their child immunized against a sexually transmitted disease. In practice, an opt-out provision is much more difficult than it sounds, particularly when scores of service providers (not just in Texas) require compliance with government mandates.
This is not liberty, this is tyranny.
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Rick Perry stood parental rights on it’s head. A long and very informative article worthy of a read.
No, she is spinning. The Vaccines for Children caused the vaccine to be free of charge.
The Executive Order actually made it easier than it had been - due to legislative actions during the last session and regulatory creep - to opt out.
The government already had this vaccine available free of charge for eligible children before Rick Perry's bill [with an opt out]. A number of Freepers have posted that they got the innoculation for their daughters with no ill effects.
People may not be aware that very young Junior High School students are engaging in oral sex because they consider it 'safe'. I have even read of it happening in Elementary schools. They are in danger of contracting the HPV virus.
Jan 14, 2010 More than 40 types of HPV can be passed through sexual contact. ... in the mouth or throat of a person who had oral sex with an infected person. .... There is NO CURE for the virus HPV.
According to new Canadian research, more than 75 percent of sexually active young women have previously engaged in oral sex.
I recognize Harold V. Dutton in that picture. What bill was he signing?
*Everybody* is going to flame me for this one, but I just have to say it: None of these candidates really impresses me all that much. In fact, now I know how the Rats must have felt in 1988 when they fielded the “Seven Dwarfs.”
It was crossposted from redstate with bacylone:
Neither spelt it out but I assumed it was the vaccine bill theregain maybe they thought we’d assume that...lol
In that Jesus H. Christ isn't running...I guess you are somewhat delusional. We are a nation of over 300 million and you expect a candidate to fit your wants 100%. America is not your Momma...grow up and eat what is put before you or don't complain if you don't clean up your plate and later find out you are hungry!
I’m not disappointed that no candidate agrees with me 100% on all the issues. I’m not so stupid as to expect that. What disappoints me is that they all seem a little, shall we say, weak, as in no “presence” or charisma — more GWHB than RR, if you know what I mean.
YOu shouldn’t be flamed. All of these candidates need to know there’s a consequence for their actions, if for nothing else, than that they know we’re watching them very carefully. It’s a new day, and a warning for the rest of those in office, and those thinking of going there. I was estatic when Rick Perry got into the race as none of them grabbed me either. I guess old tried and ture Ron Paul would be left in the process of an elimination. :)
RR wasn't all that awe inspiring for the most part at the onset. Try Rick Perry...he is an ass kicker that takes no shitte from anybody...most of all the administration and the Eastern Press Pukes.... Try it you will like it!
I don’t know the stats on previous rates of cervical cancer vs more recent ones. Who did the screening etc., and how big is the reality of this cancer, and what part does contraceptives play in it, if any. I remember reading a few years ago of a similar mandated vaccine causing over a hundred people to develop narcolepsy in Finland. The government should keep its nose out of parental business thereagain this is the future because of Obamacare. We must fight it now, not only for ourselves, but other countries whose vote doesn’t count anymore. The EU legislates over 90% of new laws without any input from the people.
I outlined the timeline of this vaccine in another post - there just wasn’t enough time given for long-range side-effects so we don’t know what harm it would cost as opposed to any who are actually getting this cancer. I posted a few article from doctors who worked on this and that’s very, very roughly their end conclusions.
Yes, I know what you mean about our conservative women but I still have trust in Michelle Malkin perhaps because she’s a first generation immigrant and remembers what it’s like in her old country. I understand because I’m from Europe and visit it often. They’ve lost their sovreignity and if we don’t give due diligence on our candidates we’re in huge trouble. That being said if Perry gets the nomination, I will, just like the last time with McCain, vote for him over Obama. This country will never survive another 4 yrs from that specific narcissistic psychopath.
“RR wasn’t all that awe inspiring for the most part at the onset.”
Ronald Reagan was inspiring from the time he gave the speech in 1964. You don’t know what you are talking about.
Your boy Perry was a Democrat opposed to Reagan. Was still supporting Al Gore after two terms of Reagan Now he is trying to pretend that he is the second coming of Reagan. Perry must be a slow learner. or a fraud. He appears to be as phony as a three dollar bill. This gardasil scandal stinks to high heaven and it is only the tip of the iceberg for Tricky Ricky.
Perry’s platform: Open borders, Outreach to radical Islam front group CAIR, the tool of Hamas (which is dedicated to the destruction of Israel), doubling state spending in Texas during his term (which was already swollen by Bush)and sacrificing pre teen girls on the altar of cronyism.
He is gonna get clobbered. Michele Malkin, Dan Riehl, Mark Levin...Everyone is getting wise to Perry. The Establishment hates him. The TEA party conservatives won’t buy his schtick. He is soon to be a man without a constituency.
This links the complete printer friendly version at National Review Online.
That`s funny,MM is usually quite thorough
No one could possibly believe that a Father [Perry] would deliberately try to endanger other children.
I know a young woman who had the genital warts and they have to be removed each time they reappear or they can become cancerous. Women are supposed to get a PAP test each year - so cervical cancer is not rare.
I remember a time when the smallpox vaccine was mandated and people did die of it and many got the smallpox and were disfigured. It happens. But in the end, Polio and Smallpox have pretty much been conquered except in remote areas of the world.
When my son was one year old and received a Polio vaccine shot, he wouldn’t try to stand up the next day! It was frightening and the doctors checked him over thoroughly.
I just hate seeing this being used as a tool to impugn someone, who probably thought they were making a good decision.
You remind me of how Boehner said he felt when dealing with Obama, you too are a blob of Jello, I just can’t seem to get a bead on you as you keep slip sliding around. Every time I nail down one of your mis-statements or outright lies you keep changing the target. In any event I’m finished trying to understand your point since you are all over the place. Try to have a god day down at the basement of your campaign headquarters.
Nor I. I've already gone ahead. Moronic statements usually speak for themselves, re: #24. Now where was I?
Even in 2007, we had over 5 years of published data concerning the HPV vaccines.
The Governor, in this very EO, made it easier for parents to opt out after the Legislature had made incremental changes impeding parental consent.
I’m not trying to bait you.
Who do you suggest we support? I’m not saying we need to follow BObK like a lemming, but really?
I like Cain. No one knows about him.
Bachmann doesn’t have executive experience.
Santorum, Gingrich. No chance.
Huntsman, Romney make Perry look like Rush Limbaugh compared to their rino-ness.
Who? And didn’t devolve into fantasy about current non-candidates.
WHO can win the nomination and beat Zero?
Not unless one is trying real hard to establish a nanny-state way of ruling and there sure seems to be some of those kind here on FreeRepublic and are pushing a candidate who has an established track record for doing just that.
I understand what you’re saying but it was an extremely unwise decision. One wonders if he’s that stupid or was it a test from his masters. Thankfully, Texans went nuts, and as a result the legislature countered him. I don’t think that’s the end of it though...Merck spent too much money.
I was just looking at Mercks history. The government took it over in WWI and later made it into an independent company. I don’t have time to check out how this was done and am sure it was above board but who knows. Anyway, today it’s one of the largest companies in the world along with their sister company in Germany, called Merck KGaA - is that why Germany’s not as broke as the other EU companies - yes - I engage in crazy thinking. Anyway, there are a number of directors at US/Canada Merck who are also directors of Chrysler, General Motors... which is interesting as they’re currently being run by the government. I don’t have time to check it out but it would be interesting to see how many companies these directors are linked to... It makes one wonder if the government isn’t still running Merck after all these years. It would certainly clear up how this vaccination got fast-tracked through the FDA and onto the market within such a short time span. Is the government running it for someone or something else? I mean every now and again we get a big scare and everybody has to get a vaccination, it’s a crisis, a great emergency, 24/7 news, and then it all peters out. I think the last pandemic was the swine flu and the government paid out multimillions of our tax dollars - did Merck make anything? Now we don’t hear anything about it. And then there’s those annual miraculous flu shots...
For some reason, she decided to spin instead of being accurate.
The effective date for Gardasil was June, 2006. Medicaid providers would have 90 days to be up and running with the vaccine. (That 90 day rule may have changed since 2007, since my earlier writings said 60 days - can’t find the rule at the time.)
Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices
Vaccines for Children information:
“”Section 13631(g) of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1993 (OBRA 93) provided that vaccination services covered under the Early and Periodic Screening Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit for Medicaid-eligible children will follow the ACIP-established VFC schedule beginning 90 days after establishment of the schedule. CMS considers the 90-day clock to begin on the publication date in the MMWR of ACIP general recommendations for use of a VFC vaccine. Check with the state Medicaid program or CMS for more information regarding the effective date of a new VFC vaccine requirement for EPSDT children and payment of administration fees for such Medicaid children. “”
Here are my blog entries from February 2007
Last week, Salons Justin Elliott highlighted Rick Perrys ties to the Aga Khan, the leader of the Ismaili sect of Shia Islam ... a persecuted Shia minority in Saudia Arabia. This story tells us more about Salon, Politico and other left-of-center media outlets than about Perry. Rather than engage on the substantive issues as regards to Islamism and the extent of the threat of groups with political motivations and histories of terrorist links, Elliott and Smith refuse to take their opponents seriously, thinking theyre poking the cage of a Republican base too unsophisticated to know the difference between the Ismaili sect and, say, the Muslim Brotherhood.
Michelle Malkin nails Perry here.
She quickly disposes with his predictable would be defenders as well.
[I engage in crazy thinking]
That’s OK, I know others like that, snicker.
If it was an unwise decision, Perry acknowledged it and put an end to it. He listened to the outcries. What more can you ask? Everyone makes unwise decisions in their lives but they are not in the public eye.
I get a flu shot every year. They seem to keep me from getting colds too, and I have never had a bad reaction to one.
People go crazy on things, some believed the swine flu shots were to inject people with a microchip, but I haven’t seen any zombies walking around yet. Lol
Do you believe it is appropriate for a governor to sign an important executive order without first researching the matter?
“Since the Perry debacle there’s now a second HPV vaccine (Cervarex) but works against fewer strains than Gardasil.”
Fewer than four strains of HPV, eh? Because, that’s all Gardasil worked against. And the effectiveness against those four are somewhat questionable.
I was thinking more of the billions Merck et al are making for these vaccinations rather than physical reactions and microchips...:) etc. The flu shot costs a small fortune, and I’m not sure how effective it actually is, thereagain I don’t take it nor do I get the flu. Have you ever tried not taking it just to see if you get it or not?
The problem I have with Rick Perry’s decision is that he even contemplated doing such a thing in the first place. He didn’t think it through, or if he did and went ahead anyway, that’s even worse. The drug was fast-tracked for some reason and only been approved a few months before Perry signed his executive order. I posted the timeline here somewhere. No one even knows the early effects fully let alone the longterm side effects. One child died after getting it and many others have neurological and hormonal problems. HPV isn’t a communicable disease like the measles therefore should absolutely not be a mandate. He was wrong in so many ways. I honestly don’t think he can survive this... which leaves us back with Romney again. If only Cain had a year of two of government experience...
I WROTE: I honestly dont think he can survive this... which leaves us back with Romney again.”
God forbid - I take that back...