Anonymous asked in Politics & GovernmentElections · 9 years ago

Rick Perry: "Mr. Big Government" has done what to Texas debt as a % of GDP since being in office?

do we need more bush/obama policies, or is rick perry unelectable?

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  • 9 years ago
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    Earlier post:

    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

    Well, like the dimwitted character in the Monte Python movie, he got better. Now he is Mr Liberty against all that government intrusion...oh except for snapping up land for highways, banning gay marriage, putting prayers back in public schools, stopping the Islamization of Texas schoolchildren (a nefarious plot if there ever was one, but our state School Board is on it), promote creationism, seal the border--well sort of, mandate vaccinations on school kids to test their efficacy, and turning the state government over to lobbyists for large business firms (they know what's best; they should make the rules).

    This guy is not to be underestimated. He has built a whole career playing the dumb hick only to sucker punch his opposition when they least expected it. He is a master at deflecting blame when things go wrong and accepting credit for things he did not do. My hope is he is finally exposed for the phony he is.

  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    •Over a majority of the roles further in Texas are low paying or at minimum salary howdy they are jobs. minimum salary in easy terms reduces furnish of hard artwork. Texas funds deficit is ranked third optimum in the rustic at 27 billion! i do unlike Rick Perry. in spite of the undeniable fact that Texas is a super p.c. of the entire US GDP. Texas could additionally stand as that is very own us of a, and has. Take Texas' debt as a share to what Texas contributes, and that's small whilst in comparison with what the remainder of the U. S. contributes vs that is very own debt. that is upwards of 80% of GDP. a great form of the debt gathered via any state is that of Federal mandate. i'm sorry, however the states does no longer spend the money in the event that they the place no longer compelled to via federal regulation. •Texas makes up 12% of all state debt in the U. S. yet in easy terms 6% GDP In 2008, for the seventh 3 hundred and sixty 5 days in a row, Texas led usa of america in export sales. Texas exports for 2008 totaled $192.2 billion In 2002, the Port of Houston became 6th between the appropriate sea ports in the international in terms of finished shipment quantity; Texas has the fifteenth best GDP in the international. that is in easy terms a state, no longer a rustic. Texas is 8-14% human beings GDP. reckoning on stats you seem at. As for spending on social endeavors, of direction, why do you think of it has considered one of those low unemployment fee. Pay human beings to no longer artwork and that they wont. Tax people who produce, and that they wont. easy human nature has no longer replaced. direction of least resistance. I voted Kathy Glass for governor. i do unlike Perry and on no account did, and the undeniable fact that Texas is doing nicely is in spite of his intervention, no longer through fact of it.

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