The Truth About Texas Governor Rick Perry...

by: Les Carpenter
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Rick Perry
, the new "hot" candidate of the Tea Party, has intrigued me since he hit the national scene and declared his candidacy for the republican nomination for President.

Mr.Polish has been selling himself as the conservative alternative to President Obama and business as usual in DC. But is Mr. Polish really a conservative with proven bona fides? Me thinks not.

In fact as my research progressed it became clear Mr. Polish is much more the big government profligate spender and corporate kinda guy {read corporate whore} than I originally suspected.

Some of Mr. Polish's most severe critics actually come from the fiscally conservative right. A right I willingly take credit for being a part of.

What I find most befuddling is how anyone with a modicum of understanding of what true conservatism is can be fooled by Mr. Polish.

Given my skepticism of Mr. Polish it was only natural I look deeper. It seemed only rational to turn to those who know full well his record as Governor of Texas.

What I found was enlightening and solidified my skepticism of Mr. Polish as nothing more than a slick, and disingenuous politician that lacks a consistent political philosophy. Other than a "fly by the seat of your pants" crony capitalism acumen.

Some highlights of rational analysis from The New Republic.
It’s true that Perry has trafficked heavily in anti-Washington rhetoric, especially in the run-up to his candidacy to become president. But the closer you look at Perry’s record in Texas, the harder it is to discern any coherent ideology at all. When GOP primary voters in other parts of the country examine his signature legislative accomplishments and policy stances, some won’t like what they find.


The first Perry proposal to rile some Texas right-wing activists was the Trans-Texas Corridor—an ambitious plan to cover the state in a series of toll roads. Perry first pitched the idea during his 2002 campaign for governor. The plan would have used government’s eminent domain authority to seize rural farmland not just for multi-lane tolled highways, but also for rail and utility lines. Perry’s office and the Texas Department of Transportation gained legislative approval for the plan in 2003. The state handed the contract for the road planning and building to a Spanish-based company named Cintra.


Perry’s plan for a comprehensive network of toll-roads would eventually die slowly over the next four legislative sessions, meeting resistance from conservative Republicans. Toll roads are still being built in Texas, but the corridor plan is remembered as a colossal failure for the governor.


Perry caused conservative revulsion again in 2007 when he proposed that all young girls in Texas receive the HPV vaccine. The drug company Merck had just put the drug on the market, and the governor’s office made a heart-wrenching case for why all Texans should have access to it. His office brought to the Legislature a young woman with terminal cervical cancer, caused by HPV, to meet with the press and argue for mandatory vaccinations.

Some Texas Democrats agreed with Perry’s position. But the governor’s critics also pointed out that Perry’s former chief of staff, Mike Toomey, was serving as a lobbyist for Merck, which stood to make millions from the vaccine requirement. In the end, conservative Republicans in the Legislature bucked at the thought of requiring young girls to receive an STD vaccine, and Perry's effort died in the Legislature.


Then there’s the one major proposal that Perry did, in fact, pass into law—the state’s business tax. This tax increase on business was crafted in 2006 as part of a school-finance reform. The idea was to cut local property taxes and replace the lost revenue with a new business margins tax. This 2006 tax “swap” was the one instance during Perry’s decade as governor when he proposed a wide-ranging plan and successfully pushed it through the Legislature mostly unchanged. It will likely be remembered as his signature legislative accomplishment.

The problem is, it’s been a disaster. Small businesses hate it because they’re forced to pay regardless of whether they’re turning a profit: it seemed to be the very definition of a “job-killing” tax. Some conservatives simply hate it on principle. A few even argued that Perry’s business tax is unconstitutional—amounting to a tax on income, which is forbidden by the Texas Constitution.

But worst of all, the tax doesn’t even generate enough revenue. The tax “swap” has cost the state $5 billion a year for five years running. The Texas budget now faces an ongoing structural deficit because of the underperforming business tax. And with a tax increase on small business and a structural budget deficit to boot, it’s clear that Perry hasn’t taken conservative economists like Milton Friedman as his inspiration.

Another example of his conservative heresy is the Texas Enterprise Fund, which Perry seem to be especially proud of. The purpose of the Fund is to dole out public money to lure companies to Texas. It has created tens of thousands of jobs in the state, but critics have not incorrectly, labeled it “corporate welfare,” a slush fund for well-connected businesses. The Observer investigated the fund in 2010 and found that several companies with political ties to Perry had received state grants. Some Texas Tea Party activists have been especially critical of Perry's Enterprise Fund, labeling it a quintessential example of wasteful government spending


As governor of Texas, Perry’s lack of policy depth hasn’t hindered him much. He simply lets the Legislature do the heavy lifting. When the Legislature isn’t in session, Perry is largely content to float from one public appearance to another, cheerleading the Texas economy. He rarely bothers to diagnose the state’s problems, or offer any novel solutions.

When Perry does involve himself in policy debates, the most consistent thread is that he has sided with big business—that is to say, with industries big enough, or fortuitous enough, to have strong connections with the state government...


In many ways, Perry is quite conservative. He espouses limited government, low taxes and light regulation. But in his 10 years as governor, he’s often strayed from conservative orthodoxy. If there’s one phrase that best describes Perry’s governing ideology, it isn’t “conservative.” It’s crony capitalism. {Read Full Article Here}

Further research of Mr. Polish's background revieled the following.
The narrative is appealing: Small-town guy becomes Texas governor and makes (the economy) good—all by sticking to conservative principles. But while Texas remains “open for business”—the slogan of his successful re-election campaign in 2010—the state’s Legislature is in the process of a going-out-of-business sale. The Texas budget for the next two years is a mess of accounting tricks and gutted programs, thanks to an unprecedented budget shortfall. The state’s business tax has not only been unpopular, it also doesn’t generate nearly enough revenue. Operating at a structural deficit, the state has even begun to attack funding in the once-hallowed ground of education. And while Perry has spent a good bit of June on his non-campaign-campaign, state lawmakers from both parties are fighting tooth-and-nail to legislate around his dictums.

Skip he told the Associated Press, “Texas is better off than practically any state in the country,” Perry, along with the rest of the state, soon discovered that Texas’s budget gap—$27 billion short of what it would need to maintain its already lean services in the next biennium—was among the worst in the nation.


...many lawmakers didn’t want to use the rainy day fund in the first place, but that’s because they know a dirty little secret: Even after this two year budget period, the state’s fiscal woes are far from over. The Lone Star State has a standing $10 billion shortfall every two-year budget cycle, thanks to a faulty tax system pushed by Perry that fails to balance the budget.


State legislators on both sides of the aisle have decried Perry’s ill-conceived fiscal planning. The chief Senate budget writer, Republican Steve Ogden, hasn’t been afraid to mince words about just how bad the business tax is. “None of us were elected to raise taxes on anybody,” he said the first day of the session.{Read The Full Article}

The most damaging is the following as it exposes Rick Perry, Mr. Polish for the fraud that he is.
The following are 14 reasons why Rick Perry would be a really, really bad president….

#1 Rick Perry is a “big government” politician. When Rick Perry became the governor of Texas in 2000, the total spending by the Texas state government was approximately $49 billion. Ten years later it was approximately $90 billion. That is not exactly reducing the size of government.

#2 The debt of the state of Texas is out of control. According to, the debt to GDP ratio in Texas is 22.9% and the debt per citizen is $10,645. In California (a total financial basket case), the debt to GDP ratio is just 18.7% and the debt per citizen is only $9932. If Rick Perry runs for president these are numbers he will want to keep well hidden.

#3 The total debt of the Texas government has more than doubled since Rick Perry became governor. So what would the U.S. national debt look like after four (or eight) years of Rick Perry?

#4 Rick Perry has spearheaded the effort to lease roads in Texas to foreign companies, to turn roads that are already free to drive on into toll roads, and to develop the Trans-Texas Corridor which would be part of the planned NAFTA superhighway system. If you really do deep research on this whole Trans-Texas Corridor nonsense you will see why no American should ever cast a single vote for Rick Perry.

#5 Rick Perry claims that he has a “track record” of not raising taxes. That is a false claim. Rick Perry has repeatedly raised taxes and fees while he has been governor. Today, Texans are faced with significantly higher taxes and fees than they were before Rick Perry was elected.

#6 Even with the oil boom in Texas, 23 states have a lower unemployment rate than Texas does.

#7 Back in 1988, Rick Perry supported Al Gore for president. In fact, Rick Perry actually served as Al Gore’s campaign chairman in the state of Texas that year.

#8 Between December 2007 and April 2011, weekly wages in the U.S. increased by about 5 percent. In the state of Texas they increased by just 0.6% over that same time period.

#9 Texas now has one of the worst education systems in the nation. The following is from an opinion piece that was actually authored by Barbara Bush earlier this year….

•  We rank 36th in the nation in high school graduation rates. An estimated 3.8 million Texans do not have a high school diploma.

•  We rank 49th in verbal SAT scores, 47th in literacy and 46th in average math SAT scores.

•  We rank 33rd in the nation on teacher salaries.

#10 Rick Perry attended the Bilderberg Group meetings in 2007. Associating himself with that organization should be a red flag for all American voters.

#11 Texas has the highest percentage of workers making minimum wage out of all 50 states.

#12 Rick Perry often gives speeches about illegal immigration, but when you look at the facts, he has been incredibly soft on the issue. If Rick Perry does not plan to secure the border, then he should not be president because illegal immigration is absolutely devastating many areas of the southwest United States.

#13 In 2007, 221,000 residents of Texas were making minimum wage or less. By 2010, that number had risen to 550,000.

#14 Rick Perry actually issued an executive order in 2007 that would have forced almost every single girl in the state of Texas to receive the Gardasil vaccine before entering the sixth grade. Perry would have put parents in a position where they would have had to fill out an application and beg the government not to inject their child with a highly controversial vaccine. Since then, very serious safety issues regarding this vaccine have come to light. Fortunately, lawmakers in Texas blocked what Perry was trying to do. According to Wikipedia, many were troubled when “apparent financial connections between Merck and Perry were reported by news outlets, such as a $6,000 campaign contribution and Merck’s hiring of former Perry Chief of Staff Mike Toomey to handle its Texas lobbying work.”

Rick Perry has a record that should make all Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians and Independents cringe.

He is not the “conservative Republican” that he is trying to claim that he is. He is simply another in a long line of “RINOs” (Republicans in name only).

If Rick Perry becomes president, he will probably be very similar to George W. Bush. He will explode the size of the U.S. government and U.S. government debt, he will find sneaky ways to raise taxes, he will do nothing about the Federal Reserve or corruption in our financial system and he will push the agenda of the globalists at every turn. {Read The Full Article With Videos Here}

Rick Perry, or as I prefer to call him Mr. Polish is indeed the the fiscal conservatives worst nightmare. He is not only lacking in a consistent and rational political philosophy, he epitomizes he worst in the anti-capitalist methodology of "crony capitalism."

Just what we DO NOT NEED, anther GWB in the Big Chair.

Via: Memeorandum


  1. As a conservative living in Texas I could easily refute much of this, but why bother? Your mind is clearly made up. Suffice it to say that much of the above is either outright lies or distortions designed to put him in the worst light possible. And I say this as a Texan who does not support Perry for President.

  2. Can you then point me to valid information that refutes these points. If so I will gladly run them here @ RN USA.

    I couldn't care less about the damage Perry may or may not have inflicted on Texas. I do however have to be concerned with the possibility of his liberal crony capitalism as it WILL effect the nation if we are so unfortunate as to have him as President.

    As I am sure you know my candidate is Ron Paul.

  3. Les,

    Thanks for the in-depth analysis. After having read this, I would be very interested in seeing who you would back -- besides Ron Paul -- for the GOP nominee.

    It would certainly be nice to a candidate who is (1) a true conservative and (2) is electable. I fear those might be mutually exclusive however.

    Not sorry to say this: I am an "A.B.O." voter (Anyone But Obama) because this guy is an absolute disaster and giving him anything but an unadulterated smack-down in 2012 would be an indication to the left that their repugnant socialistic principles have a place in this country.

    I do not believe for one New York minute that Perry will be the next Ronald Reagan but I do know this for certain: he will not be the next Barack Obama and, at present, that's good enough for me.

    So, if it is Perry who wins the nomination or Palin (if she ever gets in) or Bachmann or Romney or whomever, I will work my tail off to support them over Obama.

    Please, please, please, PLEASE tell me you would do the same.

    By the way, it would suit me just fine if Perry were the next GWB. I did not like a lot of the stuff that "W" did but I respected the man.

  4. In the very likely event Ron Paul will not be the nominee I hope a third party candidate that is charismatic and electable emerges. A candidate with center right politics and a person of intellect and integrity.

    There are few that fit the above billing.

    If this does not happen I will be hard pressed to vote at all. Because a vote for socialism, crony capitalism, or cor[corporatism is in fact a vote for the eventual demise of this country.

    THE DIFFERENCE?... You tell me.

  5. A third party candidate guarantees Obama and the democrats four more years to finish destroying the country.

    I am an Anybody But Obama guy. Romney, Paul or even Palin. Whoever gets the nomination gets my vote.

    You have assembled quite a case against Perry, Les. A little googling reveals the other side of the story on each of these issues.

    For example, about that corridor.

    Once the Panama Canal expansion is complete, Houston will most likely become the busiest port in the nation, and you gotta have roads and infrastructure to move the goods.

    Which is a better solution? Have government pay for it, or have it paid for by those who use it?

    Also, comparing California debt to Texas debt is apples and oranges. Texas debt is more current accounts that are easily fixed when the economy improves, while California's is long-term fiduciary liabilities that will only get worse as time goes on.

    This puts the jobs controversy into perspective:

    Texas has grown rapidly as people vote with their feet and escape the collapsing blue states. They've had to create a lot of jobs for those people.

    I find it interesting how both the right and the left are going after this guy (and using each others' arguments), so he must be a threat.

    Nobody's perfect. Reagan raised taxes and signed pro-abortion legislation.

    The jobs criticism is just liberal noise, but the Gardisil issue and the crony capitalism give me the most pause.

  6. Silver said: "A third party candidate guarantees Obama and the democrats four more years to finish destroying the country."

    True. Any such candidate is a complete joke at best, and at worst a spoiler stalking-horse for the big candidate on the other side of the ideological aisle.

  7. "If this does not happen I will be hard pressed to vote at all. Because a vote for socialism, crony capitalism, or cor[corporatism [sic] is in fact a vote for the eventual demise of this country.

    THE DIFFERENCE?... You tell me."


    The difference is that you saddle the majority of us -- the poor working stiffs -- with this current sack of crap. With another four years and unfettered by having to get re-elected and realizing that he needs to keep his Obama Care and Crap-and-Tax stuff in place, he will veto any and all attempts at repeal/change and we will get the short end of the stick.

    It's kinda like refusing to take cancer treatments because you don't like the way you look when your hair falls out.

    Look, I respect the fact that that people are entitled to their opinions but being obdurate and intransigent ain't gonna get the job done. I got a wad of cash that says we will not have a Libertarian (big-L or small-l) in our lifetimes.

  8. As long as conservatives and libertarians continue to support the BS crony capitalist and corporatist{s} that rule the major parties we will continue to reap the disaster we are presently witnessing in our nation.

    It is sad, at least IMO that you guys will choose to support anybody so long as it ain't Obama. No matter how anti intellectual or ridiculous a particular candidate may have demonstrated themselves to be.

    Rather than vote for the lesser of two evils from now on I will vote for the candidate that has IMO has the most consistently demonstrated rational true conservative libertarian views.

    Beyond that I will vote for "Donald Duck" rather than vote for Obama.

    principles, philosophy, and ethics do matter.

  9. Les: It's like buying a car. I'd love a $100,000 Porsche, but it just ain't in my budget.

    An election is a multiple-choice test. Sure, you can write in your own answer, but you still fail the test.

    Look at where the GOP is now compared to 2008, compared to 2000...

    No one can credibly say it has not become more conservative and more small government. It's ain't perfect (nothing is), and we ain't there yet, but we're moving in the right direction, while the democrats are doubling down on their failed statism.

    For me, the choice is easy.

  10. TWP - Perhaps you are right But, there are those of us who will be vocal and argue the proper thing to do is to push a rational conservative and libertarian agenda.

    Listening to the hyperbole and crap coming from the major parties candidate is sickening. I say this with respect to both the democrats and republicans.

    If you think voting for ABO will result in change I respectfully submit you are just hoping without looking at the evidence.

    Tyranny my friend can and does take many forms. Each as destructive as the other.

  11. Silver - I will no longer buy junk with my vote. The republican and democratic parties are frigging jokes. Just as Obama, Perry, Bachmann, Palin, et all are jokes.

    As to statism, define your terms. Because as near as I can tell for as far as the eye can see statism is alive and well in both parties. Statism comeS in both red and blue. Today it is just a matter of which color and flavor you accept.

    Either looks hideous and tastes like s*it.

    As Rand said a consistent non-contradictory philosophy, ethics and morality based on reason matters. Apparently all three have been lost on most candidates.

    Thinking outside the box and pushing the envelope is the only hope for reasoned and real change. Short of that we'll keep getting more of the same blue or red crap.

  12. for as far as the eye can see statism is alive and well in both parties

    So true Les.

    With the democrats I see no chance whatsoever of pushing back the frontiers of statism. With the GOP there is at least a ray of hope because the tea parties are breathing down their necks.

    With a third party, no hope whatsoever. You've got to have power to affect change.

    There will always be a tension with the GOP, as there is in any organization, and nothing will ever be "solved."

    Government is a huge ship that cannot be turned on a dime.

  13. Correct Silver, government can't be turned on a dime, nor should it.

    That principles, rationality, reason, science, philosophy, ethics and morality {branches of philosophy} matter seems to be lost on the "Big Two" political circuses and the myopic tents in which they reside.

    So, IMO it is up to those who recognize the reality of current American politics to PUSH THE ENVELOPE towards those things that matter and are of real value.

    Change and thinking outside ones cereal box isn't easy. Especially for politicians with no real compass to follow let alone consistent rational philosophy.

    As much as the Tea Party may have served a useful purpose there are some dudes and dudettes in the group without a real clue and therefore are dismissed by me.

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  15. I used to read the left-wing columnist Molly Ivins. Because she was a lowbrow mud-flinging columnist who shied away from intellectual arguments, the main thing I learned about Perry from her was that Perry had good hair, and Molly did not like it.

  16. Molly Ivens, God rest her soul, was a gifted writer. I rarely agreed with her, but I greatly admired her keen and hilarious insights and her ability to put it down on paper.

  17. Weak. Perry is a convenient "anti-Obama" shepherd and the flock that will follow him is clueless.

    My dream ticket: Ron Paul and Marco Rubio, Paul Ryan, or Chris Christie.

    I would vote for Jesus, but the Christian Right already has laid claim to Him, and He already has a full-time job as it is. LOL!

  18. Once again, a national election will come down to this: voting against the incumbent.

    How long it has been since I was actually able to vote FOR someone! **sigh**


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