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Kinky for Perry
Daily Beast ^ | August 25, 2011 | Kinky Friedman

Posted on 08/25/2011 12:37:24 AM PDT by hocndoc

Kinky Friedman once ran against Rick Perry for the Texas governorship. So would the singer and writer vote for him for president? Hell, yes! The world’s most famous Jewish cowboy on why he wants to live in Rick Perry’s America. by Kinky Friedman | August 24, 2011 7:45 PM EDT

Rick Perry has never lost an election; I’ve never won one. Maybe that’s what’s wrong with the world. On the other hand, I’ve long been friends with Bill Clinton and George W., and Rick Perry and I, though at times bitter adversaries, have remained friends as well. It’s not always easy to maintain friendships with politicians. To paraphrase Charles Lamb, you have to work at it like some men toil after virtue.

I have been quoted as saying that when I die, I am to be cremated, and the ashes are to be thrown in Rick Perry’s hair. Yet, simply put, Rick Perry and I are incapable of resisting each other’s charm. He is not only a good sport, he is a good, kindhearted man, and he once sat in on drums with ZZ Top. A guy like that can’t be all bad. When I ran for governor of Texas as an independent in 2006, the Crips and the Bloods ganged up on me. When I lost, I drove off in a 1937 Snit, refusing to concede to Perry. Three days later Rick called to give me a gracious little pep talk, effectively talking me down from jumping off the bridge of my nose. Very few others were calling at that time, by the way. Such is the nature of winning and losing and politicians and life. You might call what Rick did an act of random kindness. Yet in my mind it made him more than a politician, more than a musician; it made him a mensch.

These days, of course, I would support Charlie Sheen over Obama. Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay. Obama has been perpetually behind the curve. If the issue of the day is jobs and the economy, Rick Perry is certainly the nuts-and-bolts kind of guy you want in there. Even though my pal and fellow Texan Paul Begala has pointed out that no self-respecting Mexican would sneak across the border for one of Rick Perry’s low-level jobs, the stats don’t entirely lie. Compared with the rest of the country, Texas is kicking major ass in terms of jobs and the economy, and Rick should get credit for that, just as Obama should get credit for saying “No comment” to the young people of the Iranian revolution.

More to the point, could Rick Perry fix the economy? Hell, yes! Texas is exhibit A; Rick’s fingerprints are all over it. He’s been governor since Christ was a cowboy. The Lone Star State is booming. The last time I checked, Texas is kicking in a hell of a lot of the U.S. GDP. Unemployment is lower than the vast majority of the other states. Hell, we could probably even find a job for Paul Begala.

As a Jewish cowboy (or “Juusshh,” as we say in Texas), I know Rick Perry to be a true friend of Israel, like Bill Clinton and George W. before him. There exists a visceral John Wayne kinship between Israelis and Texans, and Rick Perry gets it. That’s why he’s visited Israel on many more occasions than Obama, who’s been there exactly zero times as president. If I were Obama I wouldn’t go either. His favorability rating in Israel once clocked in at 4 percent. Say what you will about the Israelis, but they are not slow out of the chute. They know who their friends are. On the topic of the Holy Land, there remains the little matter of God. God talks to televangelists, football coaches, and people in mental hospitals. Why shouldn’t he talk to Rick Perry? In the spirit of Joseph Heller, I have a covenant with God. I leave him alone and he leaves me alone. If, however, I have a big problem, I ask God for the answer. He tells Rick Perry. And Rick tells me.

So would I support Rick Perry for president? Hell, yes! As the last nail that hasn’t been hammered down in this country, I agree with Rick that there are already too damn many laws, taxes, regulations, panels, committees, and bureaucrats. While Obama is busy putting the hyphen between “anal” and “retentive” Rick will be rolling up his sleeves and getting to work.

A still, small voice within keeps telling me that Rick Perry’s best day may yet be ahead of him, and so too, hopefully, will be America’s.


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How about that? Kinky says the Governor is a "mensch," and that "A still, small voice within keeps telling me that Rick Perry’s best day may yet be ahead of him, and so too, hopefully, will be America’s."
1 posted on 08/25/2011 12:37:27 AM PDT by hocndoc
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To: hocndoc

Two fools love each other and that makes news. Latest poll results, 71% of the people oppose Hoover Perry.


2 posted on 08/25/2011 12:40:15 AM PDT by org.whodat (What does the Republican party stand for////??? absolutely nothing.)
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To: hocndoc; Cincinatus' Wife; smoothsailing; shield

I’ve read most of Kinky’s books and think I’d like him in real life. The boy can’t sing and likes to keep you off balance, but he’s a mensch, too.

“Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay. Obama has been perpetually behind the curve. If the issue of the day is jobs and the economy, Rick Perry is certainly the nuts-and-bolts kind of guy you want in there. Even though my pal and fellow Texan Paul Begala has pointed out that no self-respecting Mexican would sneak across the border for one of Rick Perry’s low-level jobs, the stats don’t entirely lie. Compared with the rest of the country, Texas is kicking major ass in terms of jobs and the economy, and Rick should get credit for that, just as Obama should get credit for saying “No comment” to the young people of the Iranian revolution.”

“More to the point, could Rick Perry fix the economy? Hell, yes! Texas is exhibit A; Rick’s fingerprints are all over it. He’s been governor since Christ was a cowboy. The Lone Star State is booming. The last time I checked, Texas is kicking in a hell of a lot of the U.S. GDP. Unemployment is lower than the vast majority of the other states. Hell, we could probably even find a job for Paul Begala.”


3 posted on 08/25/2011 12:42:41 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
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To: hocndoc
I’ve long been friends with Bill Clinton and George W., and Rick Perry

Great endorsement...

4 posted on 08/25/2011 12:46:56 AM PDT by Tempest (Google: Rick perry bi-national healthcare)
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To: hocndoc

http://www.foxbusiness.com/on-air/imus/index.html#/v/1116577061001/can-perry-take-1600-pennsylvania-ave/?playlist_id=87057

Check it out!


5 posted on 08/25/2011 1:00:09 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: hocndoc

Posted on Friday, July 01, 2011 10:13:29 AM by Jim Robinson

“..... if Palin does not run but Perry does, he’d probably suck all the air out of the race. Either way, ..... Perry would all be excellent alternatives to Obama the commie. Anyone but RINO Romney the big government chief architect of CommieCare! …… Posted on Friday, July 01, 2011 10:13:29 AM by Jim Robinson”

Also see http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2764368/posts


6 posted on 08/25/2011 1:04:59 AM PDT by narses ("Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions." Chesterton)
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To: hocndoc

Is that not the COOLEST thing! Happenin’ everywhere, isn’t it! I keep sayin’ it’s sheer fun watching Rick do his thang’. No frowny faces anywhere around him...except for his opponents, whom he can put into permanent pout, and make up later after he has stomped them to death. Well, okay, a little over the top. He may not debate worth a darn, but oh, baby, on the stump, is where it’s at. Kinky was fun too and very kind and helpful to get up off the couch and fess up on Rick’s can-do and has-done. Very nice.
Thank you for a grrreat post! It’s going viral now. A very good thing!


7 posted on 08/25/2011 1:08:15 AM PDT by RitaOK (TEXAS. It's EXHIBIT A for Rick. Perry/Rubio '12)
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To: hocndoc

Texas would be even better economically, if it wasn’t for all of the many decades of problems related to illegal immigration that are, still, occurring throughout Texas (ditto, the other states between Canada and Mexico). Throughout the entire Texas/Mexico border, there’s, still, no fence and, still, no solid protections, and it’s not just the fault of the past and present federal government. Rick Perry, also, signed into law the Dream Act of Texas, after the Texas legislature agreed to it, without any “No” votes. ALL OF YOU RICK PERRY SUPPORTERS AND RICK PERRY, HIMSELF, NEED TO, FULLY, EXPLAIN YOURSELVES TO EVERYTHING THAT I’VE WRITTEN ABOVE. Please, and Thank You.


8 posted on 08/25/2011 1:13:36 AM PDT by johnthebaptistmoore (If leftist legislation that's already in place really can't be ended by non-leftists, then what?)
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To: hocndoc

Kinky’s 2006 run in a four way race for governor made him, in effect, Rick Perry’s Ross Perot.

The Strayhorn independent candidacy took RINO votes away from Perry giving the Dem a shot at winning.

Kinky took Democrat votes away from the Dem candidate allowing Perry to win.

And something tells me Kinky ran deliberately to help Rick Perry.

That’s how big time politics works.


9 posted on 08/25/2011 1:23:09 AM PDT by Nextrush (President Sarah Palin sounds just right to me)
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To: narses; Jim Robinson

Do you think Jim would appreciate this, narses? Did you ask him?

To: narses
Somehow this edited quote isn’t quite the same:
Narses:

“..... if Palin does not run but Perry does, he’d probably suck all the air out of the race. Either way, ..... Perry would all be excellent alternatives to Obama the commie. Anyone but RINO Romney the big government chief architect of CommieCare! …… Posted on Friday, July 01, 2011 10:13:29 AM by Jim Robinson”

Actual Jim Robinson Quote:

“The presidential race is heating up. We now have conservatives Bachmann and Cain officially in the race fending off RINO Romney; and Palin and Perry could possibly jump in. My hopes are with Palin, but if she decides not to run I could be happy with Bachmann or Cain. Also, if Palin does not run but Perry does, he’d probably suck all the air out of the race. Either way, Palin, Bachmann, Cain or even Perry would all be excellent alternatives to Obama the commie. Anyone but RINO Romney the big government chief architect of CommieCare!”

Jim Robinson, July 1, 2011

It’s all in the editing and can I completely understand why you would want to edit out those parts.

10 posted on Thursday, August 25, 2011 4:32:47 AM by Waryone (RINOs, Elites, and Socialists - on the endangered list, soon to become extinct.)


10 posted on 08/25/2011 2:02:31 AM PDT by MestaMachine (If the truth hurts, prepare yourself for a LOT of pain.)
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To: Waryone

I’m sorry. I should have pinged you to the above post.


11 posted on 08/25/2011 2:06:48 AM PDT by MestaMachine (If the truth hurts, prepare yourself for a LOT of pain.)
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To: hocndoc

Ya gotta love Kinky. My fave part of the article was:

“Obama has done for the economy what pantyhose did for foreplay.”


12 posted on 08/25/2011 2:15:53 AM PDT by no dems (No matter who it might be, when I find out a person is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: RitaOK

Thank you for a grrreat post! It’s going viral now.
______________________________________________________________

For real? I hope so.


13 posted on 08/25/2011 2:19:23 AM PDT by no dems (No matter who it might be, when I find out a person is a Democrat, I lose respect for them.)
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To: no dems

For those who don’t know him, the cigar-smoking, 60-year-old Mr. Friedman is a comic fixture around the state. For years he led a country band, Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys. Then he wrote a successful series of mystery novels. Until lately, Mr. Friedman had written a humor column for Texas Monthly.

All that led me to take his governor talk as mostly silliness. After all, he announced his campaign for the governor’s mansion by explaining, “I need more closet space.”

(above info from .....http://peacecorpsonline.org/messages/messages/467/2036518.html


14 posted on 08/25/2011 2:37:09 AM PDT by Einherjar
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To: no dems

Love him, but wouldn’t want my sister to marry him . . .


15 posted on 08/25/2011 2:59:21 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
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To: Einherjar

Kinky loves and rescues animals.
That alone endears him.

http://www.ohmidog.com/2010/06/15/utopia-kinky-friedmans-dog-haven/


16 posted on 08/25/2011 3:26:19 AM PDT by Salamander (Can't sleep...clowns will eat me.)
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To: Nextrush

“And something tells me Kinky ran deliberately to help Rick Perry.”

~Breakdown from 2006 election - Perry 39%, Bell 30%, Strayhorn 18%, Friedman 12%. Sorry but your theory doesn’t hold any water. More than likely Strayhorn, the loose cannon liberal Republican, helped Perry more than Kinky by taking votes from no-name Bell. As a matter of fact, I know many voters (self included) that voted for Kinky that otherwise would have voted for Perry if he (Kinky) were not in the race. To be sure, a portion (but not all) voted for Kinky as a “none of the above” candidate.

Kinky tried to run for Ag Commissioner in 2010 but it was ruled that he didn’t meet the qualifications required for that office. He may be a comedian but he is certainly less of a joke than about 75% of today’s politicians. He is an honest man.


17 posted on 08/25/2011 3:58:53 AM PDT by secondamendmentkid
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To: hocndoc

What’s the big deal? Seems like an easy choice:

http://www.nationalreview.com/sites/default/files/nfs/uploaded/u12/2011/08/ug9af.jpg


18 posted on 08/25/2011 4:00:37 AM PDT by Nicojones
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To: hocndoc
If I were Obama I wouldn’t go either. His favorability rating in Israel once clocked in at 4 percent. Say what you will about the Israelis, but they are not slow out of the chute. They know who their friends are

What is the disconnect between Israeli Jews and U.S. Jews?

19 posted on 08/25/2011 4:02:30 AM PDT by Graybeard58 (The only problem some people have with tyranny is that they’re not the tyrant.)
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To: hocndoc
If Kinky thinks pantyhose somehow restricts foreplay, he's not kinky enough.

And that's ALL I have to say about that.

20 posted on 08/25/2011 4:14:34 AM PDT by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Nextrush

If what you said in post #9 is true, don’t expect the people to be allowd a straight-up choice between Obama and Palin, if those are the two major party nominees.


21 posted on 08/25/2011 4:29:10 AM PDT by ngat
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To: hocndoc

Go read the comments under that article.. The libtards are very opinionated at “the beast” LMAO. They go through a list of crappola they blame on Perry, and never consider the fact that those statistics are symptomatic of liberal stupidity come to fruition in the major metro democrat controlled areas mostly caused by illegal aliens.


22 posted on 08/25/2011 4:36:04 AM PDT by DirtyHarryY2K (The Tree of Liberty is long overdue for its natural manure)
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To: hocndoc
no self-respecting Mexican would sneak across the border for one of Rick Perry’s low-level jobs

How long till some freepers start quoting Begala next.

23 posted on 08/25/2011 4:59:58 AM PDT by normy (Don't take it personally, just take it seriously.)
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To: narses; All
To: Graneros
I don’t care much for Perry, but this is pure leftist hogwash.
31 posted on 08/22/2011 9:10:42 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)

24 posted on 08/25/2011 5:01:52 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: org.whodat

What poll is that? And what’s with the Hoover references?


25 posted on 08/25/2011 5:04:29 AM PDT by RockinRight (The ObamAA+ Downgrade)
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To: hocndoc

Well, just let me say this: if Kinky thinks so highly of Rick Perry, why did he endorse ME, KATHIE GLASS, for governor in the 2010 Texas gubernatorial race?


26 posted on 08/25/2011 5:07:56 AM PDT by kathie4guv (Vote Kathie Glass for Texas governor for a secure border.)
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To: johnthebaptistmoore
My name is Kathie Glass, and I ran against Rick Perry as the Libertarian nominee for Texas governor in 2010.

This is the thing that everyone who wants a secure border must realize about Rick Perry: he is for open borders. We know that he is because he has done nothing to secure the Texas border by sending in the Texas State Guard. That's what I ran on and would have done.

If I had been elected governor, how different things would be! We would have a secure border in Texas and maybe Arizona and some of the other states that saw what Texas could do. We would have nullified Obamacare, TSA groping, and a host of other unconstitutional federal acts. The Trans Texas corridor would be DEAD. And our budget would have been slashed — taxes and spending.

And Rick Perry would not be running for president.

Oh, well. Maybe next time.

27 posted on 08/25/2011 5:26:04 AM PDT by kathie4guv (Vote Kathie Glass for Texas governor for a secure border.)
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To: kathie4guv
Not sure you're qualified to be the best of critics. Perhaps if you didn't tell us all you're a political opponent?

Axe to grind and all that.

28 posted on 08/25/2011 5:36:05 AM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: wolfcreek

A lot of us are “political opponents” of Tricky Rick, even if we never ran against him. Even if Perry undoes all of 0bama’s acts, if Aztec and other 3rd-World immigration is not stopped, you can kiss America as a free republic goodbye. Just look at California—that’s the future of the U.S., staring us all in the face.

If Perry is elected, someone will have to run a crash course to educate him about the risks of Aztlan and Islam. Frankly, knowing how stubborn and stupid the man is, I don’t place much hope in converting him.


29 posted on 08/25/2011 6:00:15 AM PDT by hellbender
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To: RockinRight

“What poll is that? And what’s with the Hoover references?”

Don’t worry about it. Org has made it his life’s purpose to see that anybody but Perry is president. He even prefers Obama to Perry. And if he doesn’t get his way, he’ll hold his breath.


30 posted on 08/25/2011 6:17:43 AM PDT by Lucas McCain
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To: hocndoc

That is another big strike against Perry, IMO


31 posted on 08/25/2011 6:20:02 AM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: RockinRight

Don’t bother with him/her. Palinbot on steroids.


32 posted on 08/25/2011 6:39:43 AM PDT by indianrightwinger
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To: wolfcreek
I get that “ax to grind” thing, which is why I haven't actively opposed Rick Perry on this site, or really anywhere public. But a secure border and all that it represents is my top issue, and I know without a shadow of a doubt that Rick Perry is an open borders globalist. That is why I ran against him.
33 posted on 08/25/2011 6:47:22 AM PDT by kathie4guv (Vote Kathie Glass for Texas governor for a secure border.)
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To: hellbender
The scary thing is that Perry does understand Aztlan. That's one very strong reason why I ran against him.
34 posted on 08/25/2011 6:51:01 AM PDT by kathie4guv (Vote Kathie Glass for Texas governor for a secure border.)
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To: kathie4guv

If I were inclined to give advice, I’d tell you to just say that say Rick’s in good company!

I’m not second guessing any one or suggesting that I know how they think. Kinky puts his own tho’ts well, though!


35 posted on 08/25/2011 7:14:48 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
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To: kathie4guv

What’s your experience in the Legislature?

Where would you get the money to pay the Texas State Guard? How much? Would you spend more than the money we spend now, on the Rangers and the rest of the DPS?


36 posted on 08/25/2011 7:18:13 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
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To: Nicojones

That picture should make it easy!


37 posted on 08/25/2011 7:20:14 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
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To: hocndoc
"Rick’s in good company!" Well, thank you, Beverly.

"Kinky puts his own tho’ts well, though!" The man does have a way with words.

38 posted on 08/25/2011 8:00:56 AM PDT by kathie4guv (Vote Kathie Glass for Texas governor for a secure border.)
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To: hocndoc
"What’s your experience in the Legislature?" My standard campaign reply to that question went something like this: "It was the politically experienced crowd that got us into this mess, and it will not be the politically experienced crowd that gets us out of it." "I'm just a citizen with the right ideas, a plan to execute on those ideas, and the grit [or insert appropriate anatomical term] to see it through." "I have a set of skills and talent, and what I lack I can grow into, but what I have they don't and can't grow a set of." That speech got a big write-up in the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

"Where would you get the money to pay the Texas State Guard? How much?" During the campaign I had these numbers at my fingertips, but now I hesitate to cite specific numbers for fear of being off and I don't have time to go look it up. But to answer your question in general terms, our Texas budget has millions for border security, it's just misspent because Rick Perry does not want a secure border. There is a "Strategic Plan" for the State Guard to secure the border, but it's not followed because Rick Perry does not want a secure border.

If it took more money, though, I would have used the line item veto (which Rick Perry seldom used) and called special sessions (another tool Rick Perry also fails to put to good use) to get it done. Border security is ONE thing that Texans would gladly pay more for, and there would be plenty of money after we cut the budget 50% -- which would just put us back where we were when Rick Perry first took office. Finally, if we needed and could not get more funding to secure our border, I would just call for volunteers and contributions, not just from Texans but from all Americans. My campaign received lots of offers to come to Texas and help out because people know that a secure border is essential not just for a strong and free Texas but America as well.

Securing the border is not at all hard to do, but first you have to WANT it, and Rick Perry does not want a secure border.

"Would you spend more than the money we spend now, on the Rangers and the rest of the DPS?" Not really. They have a different mission, and should only be used for border security to help out as needed. The ones I spoke to who had been down on the border knew that they were only there as window dressing and not really supposed to actually try to secure the border.

Thanks for allowing me the opportunity to voice my opinions.

39 posted on 08/25/2011 8:32:42 AM PDT by kathie4guv (Vote Kathie Glass for Texas governor for a secure border.)
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To: kathie4guv

Ah, so you’re naive about the workings of the “Lege” and politics in general. And I thought the Libertarians were against border control.

The Texas Border Volunteers were in our town this month and couldn’t say enough about the hard work, tenacity and good results from the Rangers and DPS.

There are 181 people (more, if you count the Legislative Council, and I would) that you have to talk into any bill. You can’t go ‘round castrating them and expect anything to happen.

Please see the history of CD 22, in DC, when Sekula-Gibbs’ staff quit. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1739784/posts

First, you’d need at least a good number of Libertarian House members and the cooperation of the Speaker and 16 of the Senators.

The line item veto power is very limited. The Governor may delete the large blocks of the budget, but he can’t reassign any moneys. He can say not here, not there or even how. See Talmidge Hefflin’s review -
http://www.texaspolicy.com/pdf/2006-04-PP-GovBudget-II-th.pdf

“”The Texas Constitution gives the governor sole line item
veto discretion to prevent widespread redistribution
within the state due to political power within the
Legislature. Under the current budget pattern the governor
is nearly powerless to prevent wasteful spending
once the funds are committed in an appropriations
bill.””

It’s also unwise to spend the money and political clout that is required to hold a special session. Were you in Austin Friday June 24th or Monday the 27th? Admittedly, there were whiners who complained of being tired, but the real purpose was to stop bills they didn’t want to vote on.


40 posted on 08/25/2011 9:14:04 AM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
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To: kathie4guv
Don't take it personally Kathie. Liberal heads are exploding all over Austin over this. That's a good thing. Judging by the posters at the Daily Beast they may even have a good old fashioned book burning of the Kinksters crime novels. And it's good to see you posting here on FR.

My other Guv.

41 posted on 08/25/2011 10:06:47 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: narses
don't u dare ever again excerpt JR with those snarky little dot dot dot(s)

or u will be condemned to eternal damnation dear

l but....more importantly...feel free to excerpt Wardaddy's (3rd person..means Im important).....grand and all knowing totally relevant utterances whenever youd like....free of charge....acute insight and wisdom like mine should be available to everyone...like condoms

42 posted on 08/25/2011 10:08:26 AM PDT by wardaddy (I support Bachmann...or Palin should she enter...but I am not a Palin Harpy...know the difference)
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To: hocndoc
"Ah, so you’re naive about the workings of the “Lege” and politics in general." Ah, the "naive" accusation. When decided to enter politics, my mother told me that "they" would say bad things about me but not to worry or even respond because she and everybody who knew me would know that it was not true. I guess "naive" is not exactly an attack, (it's not like you said I was stupid), but it's close. I may be "inexperienced" in that I have never held elective politics, but I am not naive. No more so than David Simpson or Rand Paul were when they got elected. Marginalizing good people because they are not part of the "club" is what got us where we are, and people are sick of it, that I can tell you for sure from my own experience.

"And I thought the Libertarians were against border control." That's an error but I can see why you might think that. Our Texas state platform is for secure borders (national is different but we can't control that). I was elected our nominee with 77% of the delegate vote on a strong platform to secure the border with our State Guard. Of the five candidates for the Libertarian nomination, NO ONE ran against secure borders, and no active nominee in the general election did so either. In our first debate (we had five), Bill White tried to pin that taint on me, but I handed him his head.

"The Texas Border Volunteers were in our town this month and couldn’t say enough about the hard work, tenacity and good results from the Rangers and DPS." Nothing against these folks and their efforts, but anyone who says we have had good results in securing the border is not being accurate.

"There are 181 people (more, if you count the Legislative Council, and I would) that you have to talk into any bill. You can’t go ‘round castrating them and expect anything to happen." The governor of Texas has enormous power if he/she wants to use it. He/she is the Commander in Chief of our Texas military and can send the State Guard done to the border without any co-operation from the legislature or anyone. That's why I can say without qualification or contradiction that if I had been elected governor, our border would be secure now.

"Please see the history of CD 22, in DC, when Sekula-Gibbs’ staff quit. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1739784/posts."" That sounded "arranged" to me -- like when Newt's staff quit and went to work for none other than Rick Perry. It had Rick Perry's MO written all over it. But as I have said, if you are governor, you need NO ONE ELSE to get the border secure. You have the Texas and American people totally on your side, and that's all you need. If the troublemakers want to quit, then that's all to the good. Don't let the door hit you on the way out. As to castration, you can't remove what's not there to begin with.

"First, you’d need at least a good number of Libertarian House members and the cooperation of the Speaker and 16 of the Senators." No, see above. One riot, one ranger. One border, one State Guard, one governor. If people wanted to oppose me, they expose themselves and will be defeated in the next election. So, it's all good.

"The line item veto power is very limited. The Governor may delete the large blocks of the budget, but he can’t reassign any moneys. He can say not here, not there or even how. See Talmidge Hefflin’s review - http://www.texaspolicy.com/pdf/2006-04-PP-GovBudget-II-th.pdf. “”The Texas Constitution gives the governor sole line item veto discretion to prevent widespread redistribution within the state due to political power within the Legislature. Under the current budget pattern the governor is nearly powerless to prevent wasteful spending once the funds are committed in an appropriations bill.””" I disagree -- it's not difficult IF you have no masters to answer to and you really don't care about your political future, as I do not.

"It’s also unwise to spend the money and political clout that is required to hold a special session. Were you in Austin Friday June 24th or Monday the 27th? Admittedly, there were whiners who complained of being tired, but the real purpose was to stop bills they didn’t want to vote on." Special sessions are necessary to correct decades of bad laws and constant overreaches by the federal government. Once the legislature comes to understand that they will be in detention hall unless they get their school work done during school hours, they will get down to work. Those whiners about spoke about knew that Rick Perry is not serious about things like nullifying TSA gropes and so why should they be? That special session was just a kabuki(sp?)dance to try to fool the voters. Rick Perry could only go through one special session because he had to get out on the campaign trail. With a different leader, the result would be totally different.

I have to run now, so if you post more insightful questions, I will have to answer some other time.

43 posted on 08/25/2011 11:15:43 AM PDT by kathie4guv (Vote Kathie Glass for Texas governor for a secure border.)
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To: Liberty Valance
“it's good to see you posting here on FR.”

Thank you. I signed up during the campaign because someone started a thread about me. Let me tell you, it's really a rush to see a thread about yourself on FR! But I didn't want to wear out my welcome. It's only that I thought that I had something to say about Rick Perry that Freepers ought to at least know about that brought me out of lurker mode.

44 posted on 08/25/2011 11:20:52 AM PDT by kathie4guv (Vote Kathie Glass for Texas governor for a secure border.)
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To: kathie4guv

What would you do as Governor of Texas to secure that border? (Perry hasn’t ready done)


45 posted on 08/25/2011 1:22:45 PM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: kathie4guv

What would you do as Governor of Texas to secure that border? ( that Perry hasn’t already done)


46 posted on 08/25/2011 1:23:40 PM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: kathie4guv

As I understand it, a law (or change to the law) passed in 2007 gave the POTUS the the last say-so in deploying the Guard (especially on an international border)

I’m I wrong about that and what do you think Obama would say if we tried?


47 posted on 08/25/2011 1:31:55 PM PDT by wolfcreek (Perry to Obama: Adios, MOFO!)
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To: kathie4guv

That’s cute! I quote my mama, too. Her wise sayings.

First off, “naive” is not a bad thing. It means unexposed, new, not educated or unsophisticated.

Second, where in life did your method work for you? Did your mama teach you to cook or did she turn on the gas and give you a box of matches?

Did your method work for driving a car?

It wouldn’t work as Governor of the State of Texas, that’s for sure.


48 posted on 08/25/2011 4:54:32 PM PDT by hocndoc (http://WingRight.org)(I've got a mustard seed and I'm not afraid to use it.)(RIAing))
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To: wolfcreek
Beef up the State Guard and send them in! And then back them up. Google “Texas State Guard Strategic Plan” which Rick Perry signed but ignores.
49 posted on 08/26/2011 9:40:39 AM PDT by kathie4guv (Vote Kathie Glass for Texas governor for a secure border.)
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To: wolfcreek
The STATE Guard, not the National Guard. When I decided to run, I did lots of research and gave much thought to how a Texas governor could make a difference acting unilaterally. I knew, as others have pointed out here, I would not have a libertarian legislature to work with, and anyway I am convinced that that collaborative approach is fundamentally broken. One riot, one ranger (given the right ranger acting within the law and with overwhelming public support) is the only way out of this mess.

The State Guard is under the total control of the governor. It can never be nationalized or made to leave the state. The President, Congress, even the Texas legislature cannot assert control over it or take it over. I specifically ruled out the National Guard because it could be nationalized (hence the name). You could be doing well on this mission only to have them sent who knows where -- maybe because they were being successful. Or Obama could take them over and then ruin the mission -- like saying you can't use force/have guns/ have bullets in your guns, etc.

The State Guard is ideal for this purpose, like it was made for this mission, which of course it was, long ago.

50 posted on 08/26/2011 9:56:42 AM PDT by kathie4guv (Vote Kathie Glass for Texas governor for a secure border.)
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