Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 9 years ago

Isn't it pretty much moot whether Rick Perry thinks Public Schools should teach creationism or evolution,?

considering that Rick Perry is opposed to the concept of public education and intends to eliminate public schools altogether?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Before Republicans get too excited about Rick Perry, there are a whole lot of things that they should know about him.

    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.


  • 9 years ago

    Eliminating the department of education isn't equal to eliminating public schools. Most of school funding comes from state income (90% in my state) and public schools would function fine without the department of education. It would save billions of dollars on the federal level.

    I'm not a Perry supporter, but I am a truth supporter.

  • 9 years ago

    No, This is more about exposing your lack of wisdom, allowing your fears to have you hear what you want to hear. No one is calling for eliminating public schools. What some Republicans ARE calling for is the elimination of the federal Department of Education. States handle their own education. The DE is an bureaucratic over-layer that mostly just eats up money.

  • 9 years ago

    Creationism is not a scientific theory. It is a belief. It should be taught in theology not biology. No other developed country mixes religious beliefs with science in their schools.

    Eliminating public education is completely stupid. Public schooling sets the stage for people to have an equal start in life and is necessary for people to function in an advanced society.

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  • Jimbo
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    9 years ago

    You have just done what all liberals do and that is lie about the opposition. Perry does not want to eliminate PUBLIC SCHOOLS. What he said was that he would like to end the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION at the federal level. Stop listening to that idiot and crazy assed loon Chris Mathews along with Ed Schultz and Rachel Madcow on MS NBC.

  • 9 years ago

    Perry - as many Republican governors - appears to be taking legislation and talking points from the ALEC organization, which works to write their own lucrative deals on closing state facilities: prisons, schools, colleges, highways to gouge the public.

    He has used the religious views of his own state public to sell their future away to his corporate supporters.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Yes it is but that's because most people don't realize how our public education works, and that we do teach creationism, just as literature instead of science due to the rules of science it cannot be scientifically validated.

    As for people who say that the department of education interferes with education don't quite understand that curriculum is determined at the state level or lower and that funding is just about all the US Department of Education actually does, "The primary functions of the Department of Education are to "establish policy for, administer and coordinate most federal assistance to education, collect data on US schools, and to enforce federal educational laws regarding privacy and civil rights." Though, I guess, it can be argued that that interferes with education, since when do schools and students have civil rights? (/sarcasm)

  • 9 years ago

    False premise. No one in the Republican Party is seeking to eliminate public schools. You are either misinformed or a liar. What Conservatives seek to do is get the Federal Government out of the way and let the States run their own public schools however they decide. Just as they did when we our education system was the envy of the world.


  • 9 years ago

    Rick Perry should be a moot point, but unfortunately people actually take this guy seriously.

  • 9 years ago

    Republicans want to get rid of the department of Education, that is Federal involvement over the states. They have never even mentioned getting rid of public schools.

    Why make up stuff

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