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17R3W asked in Politics & GovernmentPolitics · 9 years ago

Politico Asks - Is Rick Perry Stupid?

A controversial Politico article questioned the intelligence of 2012 Republican presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick Perry.


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  • 9 years ago
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    From a previous 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 usdebtclock.org, 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.



  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    When running for Lieutenant Governor, Rick Perry combined his publicly

    traded stocks into a blind trust—Perry Blind Trust, Inc. FN3. Thus,

    Perry’s subsequent Personal Financial Statements reveal little about his

    stock holdings. FN4. However, Perry’s 1995 Personal Financial

    Statement—the final revealing record of Perry’s assets—shows that he

    invested in thirty-two stocks, including Movie Gallery, Inc. FN5.

    While the precise amount of the investment is not revealed, Perry listed

    the stock in category “B”—meaning that the stock was worth between five

    and ten thousand dollars. FN6. Most of Perry’s stock fell into the

    class “B” category. FN7

    Did you know that Movie Gallery is the largest Porno distributor in the world? featuring SM/BD porn?

    His 15 seconds is up...........

  • 6 years ago

    Rick Perry is a genius, y'all. I reckon he's the best politician out there. Still in touch with his roots. Not corrupted.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    No - people who ask whether a Governor is stupid more than likely have jobs where they interact with the public by asking " Would you like fries with that order ? "

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  • 9 years ago

    maybe not stupid, but certainly lacking of any real thinking skills. This guy prays for the deficeit to go down? He used stimulus money to fix the Texas shortfall and then completely forgot about it!

  • Politico is a liberal machine... who cares what Politico says.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    no we elected another governor from that state as far as i can remember george bush and he and Chaney were as about as bright as a burnt out light bulb, what makes you think this guy is any brighter??

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Intellectually challenged.

  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    That's a valid question.

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