Michele Bachmann Closet Neoconservative Attacks Ron Paul–Go Back Into The Closet–Video

Posted on December 21, 2011. Filed under: American History, Blogroll, Communications, Diasters, Economics, Education, Employment, Energy, Federal Government, Foreign Policy, government spending, history, Inflation, Investments, Language, Law, liberty, Links, media, Natural Gas, Nuclear Power, Oil, People, Philosophy, Politics, Rants, Raves, Talk Radio, Video, War, Wealth, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Ron Paul vs. Michele Bachmann on Iran Fox Iowa Debate 12-15-11

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Update from Congresswoman Michele Bachmann on Israel 

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Ron Paul  – “The one who can beat Obama”

Ron Paul wants to secure America’s borders and not Israel’s borders and Saudi’s borders by going to war with Iran.

The American people are finally waking up to this fact and the neconservatives, Israeli lobby and the Government of Israel do not want Ron Paul to be president.

I used to think that Ron Paul was going to choose Michele Bachmann as his running mate.

Not any more.

Bachmann’s problem is she believes what her staff and advisers tell her without doing her own homework and challenging them.

Zionist neoconservatives behind the fradulant IAEA report on Iran

Ron Paul vs. Michele Bachmann on Iran Fox Iowa Debate 12-15-11

Ron Paul On The Tonight Show With Jay Leno Part 2 (12/16/2011) 

Bachmann should have remained focused on attacking the two progressive/neoconservative candidates, Romney and Gingrich.

Instead she decided to go after Paul over Iran.

Paul will respond to her attacks by attacking the neoconservative warmongering over Iran by Romney,  Gingrich, Perry and Santorium.

Ron Paul Attacks Gingrich…AGAIN!

Newt Gingrich: Serial Hypocrisy

Ron Paul Ad – Consistent

Sometimes she has her facts straight, many times she does not.

She is simply not ready for prime time.

Iran has been attacking the United States via proxies for over thirty years.

The question is what exactly does the U.S. do about it.

Start World War III. I think not.

Covert operations to support those wanting to overthrow the current regime is by far the better option.

Ron Paul understands this, even if Bachmann does not.

Bachmann would be more useful to the tea party movement if she went after the progressives including Romney, Gingrich and Perry.

Instead she attacks the one person in the race that the tea party and independents would support.

Bachmann will be lucky to come in fourth or fifth in Iowa.

I suspect she has just come out of the closet as a neoconservative warmonger.

Unfortunately for her this is a very crowded field which the American people are rejecting.

Tea Party Diva Bachmann Attacks Ron Paul on Iran During Iowa Debate

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Ron Paul on foreign policy – Tea Party Debate – Analysis by Michael Scheuer 

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Republican Party Presidential Debate–December 15, 2011–Sioux City, Iowa–Fox News–Videos

Posted on December 16, 2011. Filed under: Banking, Blogroll, Business, College, Communications, Economics, Education, Employment, Federal Government, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Policy, government, government spending, Investments, Language, Law, liberty, Life, Links, Macroeconomics, media, Microeconomics, Monetary Policy, Money, People, Philosophy, Politics, Public Sector, Raves, Talk Radio, Unemployment, Unions, Video, War, Wealth, Weapons, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

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Three to four weeks ago the word went out to selective talk radio hosts that the Republican Party establishment leadership, power brokers and special interests had selected Mitt Romney as their candidate.

The talk radio show hosts did not take this very well.

Nor for that matter did the conservative movement including libertarians and tea party supporters.

Romney is considered to be a big government progressive that simply cannot be trusted.

Three out of four Republicans simply do not want Romney as their Presidential candidate.

The Republican establishment main selling point or argument was that in the general election, Romney would be more electable than a more conservative or libertarian candidate. Really? Give me a break.

Michael Savage Argues with Newt Gingrich Supporter – (Sound Clip Aired on November 28, 2011)

This is complete nonsense for the simple reason almost any Republican candidate should be able to beat Barack Obama.

The Republican Establishment knows this.

This is exactly the reason why they want their guy–Romney– to be nominated.

Electability is not the issue.

The real issue is who do the American people trust.

Obama Runs Second to Republicans In Voter Trust On Key Issues

“Just over one-third of Likely U.S. Voters trust President Obama more than the Republican candidates for president when it comes to the handling of the economy, national security and health care. However, the president does have the trust of more voters than any individual GOP candidate at this time.”

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/general_politics/december_2011/obama_runs_second_to_republicans_in_voter_trust_on_key_issues

The American people do not trust Obama–Romney–Gingrich.

The reason is very simple, Obama is a pathological liar.

The American people will largely ignore and turn off Obama’s $1 billion propaganda campaign.

The Republican establishment is having a nervous breakdown over the possibility that Newt Gingrich may get the nomination given his dramatic rise in the polls.

Newt Gingrich has issues or baggage–both old baggage (three wifes, three religions, ethics issues) and new baggage (bank bailouts, Freddie Mac and drug and health care company contributions)–that many voters are not aware of until they start watching and listening to Ron Paul’s ads.

Besides the old and new baggage, Gingrich is a big government progressive.

The tea party supporters, conservatives, libertarians, and  independents simply will not vote for any progressive Republican, Gingrich or Romney.

Sean Hannity Defends Progressive Newt Gingrich

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Once this is understood and both the old and new baggage are displayed for all to see, Gingrich like Perry and Cain before him will rapidly fall in the polls.

The Republican Party establishment’s dilemma is that they do not have a candidate that is acceptable to both the conservative and libertarian base, the tea party or for that matter the Republican Party base.

The reason why many conservatives and libertarians have left the Republican Party is that do not want another big government progressive like Nixon, Ford, Bush, Dole, Bush, and McCain.

The American people do not trust the two flip-floppers and progressives–Romney and Gingrich.

Who do the American people trust?

Who do the American people know is a consistent and principled conservative that opposes government intervention at home and abroad?

Ron Paul.

The Republican Party establishment as well as the pro-Israel neoconservatives cannot stand Ron Paul.

Why?

Ron Paul would actually balance the budget, cut spending by $1 trillion including the elimination of at least five departments for starters, cut military spending used to police the world and nation build, bring the troops home, end foreign aid, end the IRS and income tax, eliminate subsidies, reform entitlements and restore the republic.

Ron Paul scares them to death. He cannot be bought and is happily married.

Ron Paul’s campaign has a series of ads that are quite effective.

Slowly, but surely, Ron Paul’s message is resonating with the American people.

Both the Republican establishment and most of the so-called “conservative” talk show radio hosts are out-of step with the American people especially America’s youth.

While the “conservative” talk radio show hosts usually will not formally endorse any of the Republican Party candidates, they definitely have their likes and dislikes which are no secret to their regular listeners.

Bill Bennet’s favorite, Paul Ryan, is not running and his second and third choices, Rick Perry and Rick Santorium, are behind Paul in the polls.

Boortz likes Gingrich.

Beck likes Santorium and Bachmann but dislikes progressives Romney and Gingrich.

Rush Limbaugh likes Gingrich.

Hannity likes Gingrich.

Levin likes Bachmann.

Savage to boost ratings favors Romney over Gingrich.

Many of the above also want young neoconservative Marco Rubio as the Vice-President candidate.

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Wars and empires are the biggest threats to liberty and the American Republic for they are very expensive.

What neoconsevatives  including Bennett and Levin do not understand is the United States is financially bankrupt–get a clue!

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All of the above do not want Ron Paul to be the nominee.

Their standard reply is  “I Like Ron Paul except on foreign Policy”

SA@TheDC – “I Like Ron Paul Except on Foreign Policy”

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55% Say U.S. Should Never Have Been Involved in Iraq

“The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 29% of Likely U.S. Voters believe, looking back, that the United States should have become involved in Iraq. Fifty-five percent (55%) say America never should have gotten involved an even more negative assessment than we found in February.”

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/the_war_in_iraq/55_say_u_s_should_never_have_been_involved_in_iraq

59% Want US Troops Home from Afghanistan

“As trouble with neighboring Pakistan shines a new spotlight on a troubled region, most voters are ready to bring U.S. troops home from Afghanistan.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 59% of Likely Voters nationwide want the troops to come home either immediately or within a year. Twenty-nine percent (29%) oppose any firm timetable and 12% are not sure.”

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/afghanistan/59_want_us_troops_home_from_afghanistan

Paul would bring all the troops home and end all foreign aid including military ad to Israel as well as foreign aid to the enemies of Israel.

While some of the above talk show hosts are closet neoconservatives, all are pro-Israel and foreign policy interventionists.

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SA@TheDC – Does Attacking Neoconservatism Reflect Racism or Reality?

 The American people increasingly favor Ron Paul’s non-interventionist foreign policy.

The youth are for Ron Paul.

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In my youth I was for Barry Goldwater.

Today, I am for Ron Paul.

The Republican talk radio show hosts have lost their way when they decided to be Republicans first instead of consistent and principled American conservatives and libertarians.

Neither Romney nor Gingrich are conservatives.

Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are progressive neoconservative Republicans.

Time for the so-called “conservative” talk radio show host to come clean with their listerners.

The conservative and libertarian base will wake up to this fact as will the tea party, independents and even the Republican base.

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Republican Presidential Candidate Debate–ABC News–Des Moines Register–December 10, 2011–Videos

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Thanksgiving Family Forum –November 19, 2011–Des Moines, Iowa– Complete Video

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Thanksgiving Family Forum — Complete Video

Hear what the candidates have to say about family issues, life challenges, the sanctity of life, marriage and more. Watch the event in its entirety. The Forum took place in Des Moines, Iowa, on Nov. 19.

This is the complete, unedited program.

 

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Republican Presidential Debate On National Security–November 22, 2011–CNN, Heritage Foundation, American Enterprise Institute–Videos

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Ron Paul Ignored By The Media

Editor-in-Chief Insights: Intense Favorites

 

Face The Nation with B…: Michele Bachmann wins straw poll, lays out

Face The Nation with B…: GOP presidential race picks up the pace

Newt Gingrich Releases 2012 Presidential Candidacy Announcement Video

A new job’s plan

Obama Plans Major Jobs/Debt Speech

Obama’s jobs plan – What’s the holdup [CNN 8-18-2011]

Obama says new job creating plan on the way 8/17/2011

SR Allstars – August 17 – Part 1: Obama Jobs Plan?

SR Allstars – August 17 – Part 2: 2012, Perry, Ryan, Paul

Fox’s Andrew Napolitano Predicts Obama’s Jobs Plan Will Be A ‘Giveaway To Select Groups That He And

The Triumph of Human Freedom: THE PLAIN TRUTH by Judge Napolitano 8/18/11

 

Obama’s approval rating on economy hits new Gallup Poll low of 26 percent

Republican presidential candidates Romney, Perry, Paul and Bachmann attack Obama’s job creation record

By Raymond Thomas Pronk

In Feb. 2009 President Barack Obama’s Gallup Poll approval rating on the economy was at its highest at 59 percent and his disapproval rating was at its lowest of 30 percent. The official unemployment rate was 7.8 percent in Jan 2009. In Aug. 2011 Obama’s Gallup Poll approval rating on the economy was 26%, a new low, and his disapproval rating was 71%, a new high.  The July 2011 unemployment rate was 9.1%. The unemployment rate has been over 8% for the last 31 months. Obama’s overall job approval rating according to the Gallup’s daily three-day rolling average tracking poll of Aug. 11-13 dipped below 40 percent for the first time when it hit a new low of 39 percent. It fell again on Aug. 20 to 38 percent.

Unemployment Rate Percent from Jan. 2001-Aug. 2011

 

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Department of Labor

In the Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Aug. 23, 2011 President Obama also hit a new low on the Presidential Approval Index of -26 with 45 percent strongly disapproving and 19 percent strongly approving. Rasmussen Reports on Aug. 23, 2011 that among likely voters Obama is at 39 percent and Paul at 38 percent. In a matchup between Obama and a generic Republican candidate among likely voters, Obama is at 43 percent and the generic Republican at 48 percent.

The Misery Index is an economic indicator that is the sum of the unemployment and inflation rates. When President Obama entered office, his Misery Index stood at 7.73 percent. Today it is over 12.7 percent. Obama’s average Misery index is 10.52 which is greater than George W. Bush’s average Misery Index of 8.11 and Bill Clinton’s average misery index of 7.8 percent.

Should the U.S. economy enter another recession, the unemployment rate will most likely again exceed 10 percent. Obama’s approval rating on the economy will most likely fall even lower and his Misery Index will be even higher. However, it is unlikely that Obama’s Misery Index will beat President Jimmy Carter’s June 1980 record Misery Index of 21.98. Ronald Reagan beat Jimmy Carter in the 1980 presidential election with 489 electoral votes and 43,903,230 popular votes to Jimmy Carter’s 49 electoral votes and 35,480,115 popular votes—a landslide Republican victory over an incumbent Democratic president.

Jobs and the economy will be the number one political issue in the 2012 Presidential election. The leading Republican candidates, former Massachusetts’s Governor Mitt Romney, Texas Governor Rick Perry, Texas Congressman Ron Paul and Minnesotan Congresswoman Michele Bachmann have been very critical of President Obama’s performance in terms of job creation and the growth in the economy measured by the Gross Domestic Product.

A television attack ad paid for by Romney ends with the tagline, “Obama isn’t working”, with a photo of an unemployment office with a long twisting line of Americans looking for jobs. This is one of a series of one minute attacks ads where the phrase, “Obama isn’t working” is repeated and the employment situation prior to the Obama administration is compared with the employment situation today in a particular city or state. Another attack ad in the series is directed at college students and begins with Obama promising students at the University of Maryland a better future in 2009 and ends with the questions, “Where is the opportunity? Where are the jobs?”

Perry recently entered the presidential race and does not have any Obama attack ads to date. However, Perry in a recent speech to the South Carolina GOP blasted Obama’s record on job creation comparing it to his record on job creation in Texas. Perry stated “The fact is one in six work eligible Americans cannot find a full time job. That is not a recovery, it is an economic disaster.” Perry continued that “we tried for two and half years government trying to create jobs. It is time for the private sector to be given the chance to create jobs.” Perry is proud of his job creation record in Texas and pointed out that “since June of 2009 my home state has created 40 percent of all new jobs created in America.”

Paul has a one minute TV attack ad which asserts that he was the one “voting against every tax increase, every unbalanced budget, every time, standing up to the Washington machine, guiding by principle, Ron Paul who will stop the spending, save the dollar, create jobs, bring peace, the one who will restore liberty. Ron Paul the one who can beat Obama and restore America now.”

Bachmann in an interview on Face the Nation emphasized that she is the chief author of two bills that would repeal Obamacare (the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) and the Dodd–Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Companies are telling her “that those bills are leading them not to be able to create jobs.” Bachmann also favors “repeal of the existing tax code in its current form, it is 3.8 million words”; “we need a tax code that is job friendly, this is not a job friendly tax code. When you have one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world at 34 percent that is not going to incentivize people to start new businesses.”

President Obama announced that he will release his new jobs plan after Labor Day. He said “I will be putting forward when they come back in September a very specific plan to boost the economy, to create jobs, and control our deficit.” Two of the specifics of Obama’s plan that have leaked to the press include an extension of unemployment benefits and extension of the payroll tax cut. The Romney and Paul ads, Perry speech, Bachmann interview and Obama announcement can be viewed in their entirety on YouTube.com with links to them on www.pronkpops.wordpress.com .

In a recent Gallup Poll released on Aug. 22, President Obama is running neck and neck with the top four Republican candidates. Romney leads Obama 48 percent to 46 percent. Perry and Obama are tied in the poll at 47 percent each. Obama leads Republican candidates Paul, 47 percent to 45 percent and Bachmann, 48 percent to 44 percent.

Among independents Romney and Paul lead Obama by 3 percent and Perry leads Obama by 2 percent. Obama beats Bachmann by 6 percent among independents. The Gallup Poll was conducted on Aug. 16 and 17  and has a margin of error of 3.3 percent. For the American people, jobs and the economy are the leading issues of the 2012 presidential election.

[Raymond Thomas Pronk is host of the Pronk Pops Show on KDUX web radio from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday and author of the companion www.pronkpops.wordpress.com blog with links to online videos and articles and past radio show podcasts and downloads—Give It A Listen!]

Background Articles and Videos

Gallup poll: GOP contenders neck-and-neck with Obama

Republicans line up behind candidates to a greater extent than Dems behind president

By Steven Shepard

“…The poll, conducted last week as Obama’s approval rating cratered around 40 percent, shows Obama leading Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., 48 to 44 percent, and Rep. Ron Paul, R-Tex., 47 to 45 percent.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry ties the president at 47 percent each, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney leads Obama, 48 to 46 percent.

At this early stage of the campaign, Republicans are largely lined up behind their candidates to a greater extent than Democrats are behind the incumbent president.

Republicans are firmly behind Perry (92 percent) and Romney (91 percent). Bachmann (86 percent) and Paul (82 percent) perform slightly worse among members of their own party. …”

“…Independents are split: Romney and Paul lead among that group by three points, Perry by two, but Obama leads Bachmann among independents by six points. …”

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44235036/ns/politics-decision_2012/t/gallup-poll-gop-contenders-neck-and-neck-obama/

Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval

Each result is based on a three-day rolling average

http://www.gallup.com/poll/113980/Gallup-Daily-Obama-Job-Approval.aspx

Rasmussen Reports

Daily Presidential Tracking Poll

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

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“…The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 19% of the nation’s voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty-five percent (45%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -26 (see trends).

This is the lowest Approval Index rating yet measured for President Obama. The previous low was -24 reached yesterday and also in September 2010. Additionally, the level of Strong Approval matches the lowest yet recorded. By way of comparison, President Bush had ratings near the end of his second term in the minus 30s.  …”

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/obama_administration/daily_presidential_tracking_poll

Obama 39%, Paul 38%
“…The president and the maverick are running almost dead even in a hypothetical 2012 election matchup.Texas Republican Congressman Ron Paul earns 38% of the vote to President Obama’s 39% in the latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters. Fourteen percent (14%) like some other candidate, and eight percent (8%) remain undecided. (To see survey question wording, click here.)

Just a month ago, Obama posted a 41% to 37% lead over Paul, who ran second to Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann in the recent high-profile Ames Straw Poll in Iowa.

Paul, whose long run afoul of the GOP establishment with his libertarian policy prescriptions, picks up 61% of the Republican vote, while 78% of Democrats fall in behind the president. Voters not affiliated with either of the major political parties prefer the longtime congressman by 10 points – 43% to 33%. …”

http://www.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/elections/election_2012/election_2012_presidential_election/obama_39_paul_38

Election 2012: Generic Presidential Ballot
Election 2012: Generic Republican 48%, Obama 43%
“… A generic Republican candidate now holds a five-point advantage over President Obama in a hypothetical 2012 election match-up for the week ending Sunday, August 21. The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely U.S. Voters finds the generic Republican earning 48% of the vote, while the president picks up support from 43%.  Two percent (2%) prefer some other candidate, and seven percent (7%) are undecided. ,,,”

The US Misery Index
January 1948 to July 2011

Misery Index = Unemployment rate + Inflation rate

http://www.miseryindex.us/customindexbymonth.asp

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Bachmann, Paul and Perry Make The Federal Reserve System And Monetary Policy A Major Campaign Issue–Videos

Posted on August 19, 2011. Filed under: American History, Banking, Blogroll, Communications, Economics, Employment, Federal Government, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Policy, government, government spending, history, Inflation, Investments, Language, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, Microeconomics, Monetary Policy, Money, People, Philosophy, Politics, Rants, Raves, Video, War, Wealth, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , |

Perry threatens Bernanke HD

Rick Perry: Bernanke flirting with treason?

News Wrap: Rick Perry Takes Heat for Criticism of Fed’s Stimulus Effort

Ron Paul — “The Problem Is Not Ben Bernanke. The Problem Is the Federal Reserve System.”

Ron Paul: Rick Perry Is “Politically Astute” on Federal Reserve and Secession

Ron Paul on CSPAN Road To The White House Series

 

Ron Paul ~ Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve 1

Ron Paul ~ Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve 2

Ron Paul ~ Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve 3

Ron Paul ~ Monetary Policy and the Federal Reserve 4

 

Rick Perry’s Campaign Strategy: Become Ron Paul – Alex Jones Tv

Audit the Federal Reserve

Ron Paul on Washington Watch – Audit the Federal Reserve HR 1207 03-03-09 1 of 2

Ron Paul on Washington Watch – Audit the Federal Reserve HR 1207 03-03-09 2 of 2

Background Article and Videos

FIAT EMPIRE: Why The Federal Reserve Violates The U.S. Constitution-Full Length

“…FIAT EMPIRE explores why some feel the Federal Reserve System is a “bunch of organized crooks” and others feel some of its practices “are in violation of the U.S. Constitution.” Discover why experts agree the Fed is a banking cartel that benefits mainly bankers, their clients in need of easy money, bailouts and a Congress that would rather go deeper into debt than seek funding from its constituents. Long-term studies indicated the Federal Reserve System encourages war, destabilizes the economy (by causing boom and bust cycles), generates inflation (a hidden tax) and is the supreme instrument of unjust enrichment for a select group of insiders. If you are fed up with an ever expanding state and corporations that are “too-big-to-fail,” look no further than the fiat money printed by the Fed. …”

 

 

 

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2011 Iowa Straw Poll: Bachmann knocks off Pawlenty, Paul builds momentum, Perry crashes party—Show me the money!–Videos

Posted on August 15, 2011. Filed under: Banking, Blogroll, Communications, Economics, Employment, Federal Government, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Policy, government, government spending, Immigration, Investments, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, Microeconomics, Monetary Policy, Money, People, Philosophy, Politics, Raves, Talk Radio, Uncategorized, War, Wealth, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Ron Paul Speech at the Iowa Straw Poll – 2011 Ron Paul Comes in SECOND PLACE!!

Iowa Straw Poll results

Gov. Perry Announces Presidential Bid

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Announces His Candidacy for President of the United States

Bachmann wins Iowa poll, Pawlenty drops out

MSNBC Gov. Tim Pawlenty is quitting the presidential race

The straw poll conducted by the Iowan Republican Party in Ames, Iowa Aug. 13 was the first real political test of the candidates. The poll is an early indicator of which candidates are both well organized and can attract campaign contributions from their supporters.

Minnesotan Congresswoman Michele Bachmann won the 2011 Ames, Iowa straw poll on Aug. 13 with 4,823 votes. She was followed closely by Texas Congressman Ron Paul with 4,671 votes, a gap of only 162 votes. Bachmann and Paul combined received more than 60 percent of the 16,892 total votes cast.

Lagging far behind in 3rd place was former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty with 2,293 votes and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum with 1,657 votes. Atlanta businessman and former talk radio show host Herman Cain received 1,456 votes, for a strong 5th place finish without spending a penny for radio or television advertising.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, the Republican establishment front-runner candidate, received 567 votes with a 6th place finish. Former Speaker of The House of Representatives Newt Gingrich finished 7th and received 385 votes.

Texas Governor Rick Perry officially announced his candidacy for presidency of the United States in a speech in Charleston, South Carolina on Aug. 13. Perry promised that “I’ll work every day to try to make Washington, D.C. as inconsequential in your life as I can.” and unveiled the tag-line for his campaign, “It is time to get America working again”. Perry then flew off to Waterloo, Iowa on Aug. 14 and crashed the Republican Party Black Hawk County’s Lincoln Day dinner and fundraiser, where he and Bachmann were invited speakers.

Pawlenty announced on Aug.14 that he was dropping out of the race due to his 3rd place finish in the Iowa straw poll and his performance in the debates. Perry’s entry into the race was also a factor.

I am still supporting Paul as the presidential candidate and Bachmann as the vice-president candidate who would unite the fiscally responsible libertarian and social conservative wings of the Republican Party and Tea Party movement.

I consider both Romney and Perry to be closet progressives or RINOS (Republican In Name Only) with Perry also supporting a neoconservative interventionist foreign policy. Neither Romney nor Perry is up to the job of aggressively cutting the size and scope of the federal government, which would require closing 8 to 10 federal departments, cutting defense spending upwards of 25 percent, cutting entitlement spending (Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and welfare programs) and comprehensive tax reform–The FairTax.

Paul is the one candidate that truly believes in a limited constitutional republic with balanced budgets and a non-interventionist foreign policy by bringing the troops home, cutting unnecessary defense spending and ending foreign aid. His long voting record in Congress clearly demonstrates this. Paul is the only peace and prosperity candidate of either political party.

While the American people may believe and trust Paul, it is still not clear they will support him. The real question is, will the American people send him enough money to enable him to run against the Republican establishment candidates, Romney and Perry.

Who will win the Republican Party nomination for president in 2012? Which candidates will bring in the most money and use it wisely by building a well-organized campaign with a clear and concise message? Both Romney and Perry are capable of bringing in big Republican establishment money, especially from the military industrial complex and the petroleum industry.

“Show me the money” will be one of the tests all candidates must meet to remain viable. Money is required to pay for television and radio ads both in the primaries and the general election. Without money or campaign contributions, the majority of the American people who do not follow politics simply won’t be familiar enough with the candidates or their position on the issues.

What is interesting to note is Paul leads all the other candidates for president, including Barack Obama by a large margin in terms of campaign contributions from active duty military. It remains to be seen whether he and Bachmann can consistently bring in enough money from the American people. If they cannot, then either Republican Party establishment candidates, Romney or Perry, should win the presidency in 2012.

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1st Place: Ron Paul, 2nd Place: Michele Bachmann, 3rd Place: Mitt Romney–Winners of The 2011 Ames, Iowa Straw Poll–Videos

Posted on August 13, 2011. Filed under: American History, Banking, Blogroll, Business, Communications, Culture, Economics, Education, Employment, Energy, Federal Government, Fiscal Policy, Foreign Policy, government, government spending, Health Care, history, Immigration, Inflation, Investments, Language, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, Microeconomics, Monetary Policy, Money, People, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Public Sector, Rants, Raves, Reviews, Taxes, Unemployment, Unions, Video, War, Wealth, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , |

Campaign For Liberty, Peace and Prosperity

 

 

Ron Paul on Neil Cavuto: From Ames Iowa Straw Poll, Great Interview!

 

Ron Paul: Rick Perry Offers No Real Change

 

Ron Paul at Iowa State Fair

 

Michele Bachmann Iowa State Fair

 

Michele Bachmann Iowa Straw Poll Kick Off

 

Michele Bachmann talks dollars and cents

 

Kristine Frazao from Ames, Iowa

Countdown to Ames: Iowa Republican’s Craig Robinson Predicts Straw Poll Results

 

 

 

Ames Straw Poll: The Complete Guide

Who is participating in this year’s poll?

1. Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann
2. Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain
3. Twitter account-haver Newt Gingrich
4. Former Utah Governor/Ambassador to China/Wizard keyboardist Jon Huntsman
5. Michigan Representative Thad McCotter
6. Texas Representative Ron Paul
7. Former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty
8. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
9. Former Pennsylvania Senator/Jelly enthusiast Rick Santorum

So, the non-participants are Gary Johnson, Fred Karger, Buddy Roemer, and presumed future primary candidate Rick Perry.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/12/ames-straw-poll_n_924828.html

 

My own prediction is Ron Paul will come in first, followed by Michele Backmann and Mitt Romney.

The race is between the Constitutionalist Republicans Ron Paul and Michele Bachmann and the Establishment Republicans Perry and Romney.

I think the final Republican ticket will be either Paul/Bachman or Perry/Pallin.

I support a Paul/Bachmann Republican Party ticket in 2012 for both are fiscally responsible and voted down the increase in the National Debt ceiling.

A Paul/Bachmann ticket would unite the libertarian and social conservatives who are for limited government in terms of size and scope, a constitutional representative republic and a peace and prosperity economy.

Now if Ron Paul would come on out and support the FairTax, he would win in a landside!

Ames straw poll grounds

 

The FairTax: It’s Time

 

Background Articles and Videos

Ron Paul Highlights – GOP Debate in Ames, Iowa

Ron Paul: A New Hope

 

 

 

 

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Third Republican Debate In Ames, Iowa, August 11, 2011–Show Me The Money!–Videos

Posted on August 12, 2011. Filed under: American History, Banking, Blogroll, Communications, Economics, Education, Employment, Federal Government, Fiscal Policy, government, government spending, Health Care, history, Homes, Immigration, Investments, Language, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, Microeconomics, Monetary Policy, Money, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Public Sector, Rants, Raves, Religion, Resources, Science, Security, Strategy, Talk Radio, Taxes, Technology, Transportation, Unemployment, Unions, Video, War, Wealth, Wisdom | Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Full GOP Debate in Ames, Iowa – Aug. 11, 2011

3rd GOP Presidential Republican Debate In Iowa on Fox News: Part 1

3rd GOP Presidential Republican Debate In Iowa on Fox News: Part 2

3rd GOP Presidential Republican Debate In Iowa on Fox News: Part 3

3rd GOP Presidential Republican Debate In Iowa on Fox News: Part 4

3rd GOP Presidential Republican Debate In Iowa on Fox News: Part 5

3rd GOP Presidential Republican Debate In Iowa on Fox News: Part 6

3rd GOP Presidential Republican Debate In Iowa on Fox News: Part 7

Tim Pawlenty is the big loser in the third Republican debate in Ames, Iowa.

Pawlenty the former Governor of Minnesota went after Tea Party Republican Michele Bachmann by attacking her record in Congress and her veracity.

Bachmann responded by throwing a knockout punch by revealing to the American people that Pawlenty used to be for cap and trade energy tax and carbon emission controls when he was Governor of Minnesota.

Now that Pawlenty is running for President he has flip-flopped on the issue of the cap and trade energy tax and admits he made a mistake.

Tim Pawlenty: Courage to Stand for Renewable Energy

Pawlenty’s ‘Flip-Flop’ On Cap And Trade, Global Warming

Bachmann was a Republican leader in the Democratic controlled House of Representative against Obamacare, the cap and trade energy tax and raising the national debt ceiling as well as a leader of the Tea Party caucus.

Michele Bachmann CO2 Is A Natural Byproduct of Nature!

Rep. Michele Bachmann Delivers Tea Party Response to State of the Union

As far as I am concerned any candidate that was ever for a cap and trade energy tax on carbon dioxide emissions is not an acceptable candidate for President.

The cap and trade energy tax is a jobs killer that would put the economy into an even worse recession.

Cap and Trade is a Massive Energy Tax

Cap and Trade Will Destroy the Middle Class

Cap and Trade Explained (in plain old English)

The clear winner was the Republican establishment candidate with the most money Mitt Romney.

The clear winners among the Republican constitutional candidates were Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul.

The losers were Pawlenty, Gingrich and Santorium.

The straw poll in Iowa this Saturday will validate the winners and losers of the third Republican debate as well which candidates are both well organized and can attract campaign contributions from their supporters.

Ron Paul Expects To Come In Top 3 In Ames Iowa Straw Poll

Only the top three candidates will be considered still viable and worthy of campaign contributions.

My own prediction is Bachmann, Paul and Romney will finish in the top three with the remaining candidates falling way behind these leaders.

The Pawlenty, Santorium and Gingrich will simply run out of money and not be contenders in 2012 once Governor Rick Perry enters the race.

Herman Cain will run fourth and will keep on running until he too runs out of money in early 2012 if not sooner.

By next week the leaders for the Presidency nomination will be Republican establishment candidates Romney and Perry and Republican Constitutional candidates Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul.

I am still supporting Ron Paul as the Presidential candidate and Michele Bachmann as the Vice-Presidential candidate.

Ron Paul on John Stossel after Debate: I Just Don’t Believe These Wars Are Necessary

Ron Paul on Fox At Iowa State Fair: Philosophy of This Country is Shifting Towards The Constitution

Ron Paul Iowa Debate Highlights Part 1

Ron Paul Iowa Debate Highlights Part 2

I consider Mitt Romney as a closet progressive and Rick Perry has closet neoconservative and simply do not trust either of them.

Neither Romney nor Perry is up to the job to aggressively cut the size or scope of the Federal Government which would require closing eight to ten Federal Departments, cutting Defense spending by about 25%, cutting entitlement spending (Social Security, Medicare, Medicare and welfare programs) and comprehensive tax reform–the FairTax or Flat tax.

Ron Paul is the one candidate that truly believes in a limited constitutional republic with balanced budgets and  and bringing the troops home.

His voting record in Congress clearly demonstrates this.

Ron Paul is clearly the only peace candidate of either political party with his bring the troops home and cut military spending positions.

While the American people may believe and trust Ron Paul, it is still not clear they will support him.

The real question is will the American people send him enough money to enable him to run against the Republican establishment candidates Romney and Perry.

Who will win?

The candidates that can bring in the most money and use it wisely by building a well organized campaign.

Both Romney and Perry can bring in the big  Republican establishment money especially from the military industrial complex and the petroleum industry.

It remains to be seen if Paul and Bachmann can consistently bring in the money from the American people.

Show me the money will be one of the key tests all candidates must meet to remain viable candidates.

Money is required to pay for television and radio ads both in the primaries and the general election.

Without money the majority of the American people who do not follow politics simply do not know a candidate’s name or position on the issues.

What is interesting to note is Ron Paul leads all the other candidates for President including Barack Obama in terms of campaign contributions from  active duty military by a large margin.

Campaign Finance Numbers Out: What Do They Mean For 2012?

Obama’s $86 Million Campaign Haul Leaves GOP Competitors Far Behind

Ron Paul: #1 with the Troops

What do America’s soldiers know about a commander-in-chief that you don’t know?

RESTORE AMERICA NOW! Ron Paul 2012 – Special Message Military Spending

Ron Paul 2012 Who’s Laughing Now! – Join the rEVOLution!

Background Articles and Videos

Judge Napolitano On The Fed Destroying The Economy

Peter Schiff “The Framers Of Our Constitution Warned About The Perils Of Democracy”

Rush Limbaugh – Ron Paul Is Going To Destroy This Party, This Is Nuts On Parade

Ron Paul Vs GOP Warmongers: Congressman Romps To Victory In Iowa Debate – Alex Jones Tv

 

IOWA GOP CHAIR: Ames Straw Poll ‘Very Vital,’ Despite No-Shows

Ron Paul Mentioned on FOX Ron Paul Winning Ames Could Scare The Establishment

Ron Paul “This Military Spending Doesn’t Defend Us IT MAKES THINGS WORSE!”

Rand Paul Goes to Bat for His Dad

What is the Straw Poll?

The Iowa Straw Poll is simply a presidential poll taken by Iowa Republicans.  The Straw Poll has become a huge event, normally held in Ames, IA.  There are many “straw polls” around the country, but the Iowa GOP Ames Straw Poll is THE straw poll.  In fact, the Ames Straw Poll has become one of the most popular Republican political events in Presidential election cycles.

Started in 1979 and held in the early fall the year before the caucus in contested presidential cycles, the Straw Poll serves as a first indicator of the strength of a candidate’s organization and message.  Though the Straw Poll results have no official or legal effect, nearly a thousand media outlets are expected to attend and tens of thousands of Iowans participate.  With all the activity during the day, some folks say the Iowa Straw Poll is like the Iowa State Fair – but better because politics is involved.

In order to vote in the Iowa Straw Poll, one must be at least 18 years of age on or before November 2012 and a resident of the state of Iowa.  The Iowa Straw Poll is a Republican event – the Democrat Party does not organize a straw poll.

http://theiowastrawpoll.org/strawpoll.php

Pawlenty’s ‘Flip-Flop’ On Cap And Trade, Global Warming

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Michele Bachmann Enters 2012 GOP Field–It’s Official–Videos

Posted on June 27, 2011. Filed under: American History, Banking, Blogroll, Business, Communications, Economics, Employment, Federal Government, Fiscal Policy, government, government spending, Inflation, Language, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, Microeconomics, Monetary Policy, Money, People, Philosophy, Politics, Raves, Security, Taxes, Video, Wealth, Wisdom | Tags: , , , |

Michele Bachmann Enters 2012 GOP Field

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Rick Perry/Sarah Palin Republican Establishment Candidate Ticket vs. Ron Paul/Michele Bachmann Republican Constitutional Candidate Ticket for the 2012 Presidential Race–Vidoes

Posted on June 21, 2011. Filed under: Banking, Blogroll, Business, Climate, Communications, Culture, Demographics, Economics, Education, Employment, Fiscal Policy, government, government spending, Language, Law, liberty, Life, Links, media, Microeconomics, Monetary Policy, Money, People, Philosophy, Politics, Talk Radio, Technology, Transportation, Unemployment, Video, War, Wealth, Wisdom | Tags: , , , |

Pronk Pops Show 33:June 22, 2011

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 PERRY ANNOUNCES PRESIDENTIAL RUN

Alex Jones Talks About Michael Savage, Glenn Beck, and Rush Limbaugh

 

 Gov. Rick Perry Decision on Presidential Run Likely to Come in July

Perry Will Think About Running For President.

Rick Perry For President?

Governor Rick Perry Names Rush Limbaugh Honorary Texan

Rush Limbaugh: Obama Is Most Afraid of Sarah Palin

Rush Details to Greta How to Beat Obama in 2012

Dick Morris on Sarah Palin’s experience as a reformer

Roundtable: The ‘Palin effect’ [NBC: 6-21-2011]

Sarah “Barracuda” Palin – A True Reformer With True Grit

Sarah Palin and Rick Perry bring the house down.

TX Governor Rick Perry a Fan Favorite for 2012

 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry Speaks to Republican Leadership Conference; Crowd Chants, “Run, Rick, Run!”

14 Reasons Why Rick Perry Would Be A Really, Really Bad President – Alex Jones Tv

Can Rick Perry fill GOP void? [NBC: 6-21-2011]

GOP consultant Matt Mackowiak assesses the candidacy of Rick Perry for President

 

TsaTyranny.com Gets Credit For Nudging Governor Rick Perry On Anti-TSA Bill

Texas Officials Punished & Embarrassed By TSA For “Opting Out” – Call Rick Perry! (512) 463-2000

Michael Reagan rates republican candidates for 2012

Texas Governor Rick Perry On Texas Border, Illegals, and the Obama administration

Texas Declares Sovereignty!

 

Michael Savage Interviews Texas Gov. Rick Perry on 10th Amendment – Part 1

Michael Savage Interviews Texas Gov. Rick Perry on 10th Amendment – Part 2

Alex Jones warns you about Sarah Palin

 

Ron Paul: Rick Perry Would Dilute the Establishment Vote

Ron Paul’s Full Speech at the Republican Leadership Conference (RLC 2011)

Ron Paul About The Secession Of Texas

Ron Paul – Republic of Texas

Mark Levin Interviews Michele Bachmann

Michael Savage Calls for a Bachmann-Romney 2012 Ticket!!! She’s a True Conservative Woman

Rep. Michele Bachmann Delivers Tea Party Response to State of the Union

Michele Bachmann Republican Presidential Debate Manchester New Hampshire June 13, 2011

Dave Elswick interviews Congresswoman Michele Backmann

Michele Bachmann: Taking Care of Business!

 

I fully expect Texas Governor Rick Perry to enter the 2012 Presidential race and should he win the nomination, select former Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate.

I also expect that should Texas Congressman Ron Paul win the nomination that he will select Minnesota Congresswoman, Michele Bachman as his running mate.

What I would much prefer is for both the Texas Governor and Congressman to announce while they running, who they would select as their Vice-President candidate should they win the nomination to be the Republican nominee for President in 2012.

Governor Rick Perry has a much deserved reputation among conservatives in Texas as being soft or squishy on illegal immigration.

Since jobs will be the number one campaign issue, illegal immigration will also be an issue.

There are somewhere between 12 to 20 million illegal aliens employed in the United States.

These jobs could be performed by the more than 30 million Amercian citizens seeking full time employment.

Once it becomes known that Governor Perry is soft or squishy on illegal immigration, his popularity among conservative, libertarians and independents will fall rapidly.

The American people do not want a Republican Establishment Candidate for President of the United States such as Texas Governor Rick Perry.

The American people want a Republican Constitutionalist Candidate for President of the United States.

A Paul/Bachmann ticket will unite the conservative movement’s economic libertarians and social conservatives of the Republican Party and the grassroots Tea Party movement.

The Democratic and Republican Party establishments truly fear such a ticket for they know it is a winner with the American people.

The American people want and will elect Ron Paul as President and Michele Bachmann asVice President of the United States of America.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry on border security

Gov. Rick Perry on Sanctuary Cities

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KVUE Report On Perry’s Border Flip-Flop

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14 Reasons Why Rick Perry Would Be A Really, Really Bad President

“…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 an untested and unproven 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. …”

http://www.prisonplanet.com/14-reasons-why-rick-perry-would-be-a-really-really-bad-president.html

Gov. Rick Perry Statement on Arizona, Immigration & Border Security

“…Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement regarding border security, the recent debate over immigration policy in Washington and what has been implemented in Arizona:

“Texas has a rich history with Mexico, our largest trading partner, and we share more than 1,200 miles of border, more than any other state. “As the debate on immigration reform intensifies, the focus must remain on border security and the federal government’s failure to adequately protect our borders. Securing our border is a federal responsibility, but it is a Texas problem, and it must be addressed before comprehensive immigration reform is discussed.

“Recently, there has been much debate over immigration policy in Washington and what has been implemented in Arizona. I fully recognize and support a state’s right and obligation to protect its citizens, but I have concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas.

“For example, some aspects of the law turn law enforcement officers into immigration officials by requiring them to determine immigration status during any lawful contact with a suspected alien, taking them away from their existing law enforcement duties, which are critical to keeping citizens safe. Our focus must continue to be on the criminal elements involved with conducting criminal acts against Texans and their property.  I will continue to work with the legislative leadership to develop strategies that are appropriate for Texas.

“Securing the border has to be a top priority, which is why I have a standing request with the federal government for 1,000 Title 32 National Guardsmen who can support civilian law enforcement efforts to enhance border securityin Texas. I have also requested predator drones be based in and operate over the Texas-Mexico border to provide essential information about criminal activity to law enforcement on the ground.

“Until the federal government brings the necessary resources to bear, we will continue to commit state funding and resources for additional border security efforts in order to protect our communities and legitimate cross border trade and travel, while enforcing the laws already on the books.” …”

http://www.texasinsider.org/?p=26174

Rick Perry

“…James Richard “Rick” Perry (born March 4, 1950) is the 47th and current Governor of Texas, having held the office since December 2000. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998, he assumed office as governor in December 2000 when Governor George W. Bush resigned to become President of the United States. Perry was elected to full terms in 2002, 2006 and 2010, an unprecedented feat in Texas political history. With a tenure in office to date of &000000000000001000000010 years, &0000000000000182000000182 days, Perry is the longest serving current U.S. governor, having succeeded North Dakota Governor John Hoeven who resigned on December 7, 2010 after being elected to the US Senate.

Perry served as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association in 2008 (succeeding Sonny Perdue of Georgia), and in 2011 will once again serve as RGA Chairman.[2]

Perry holds all records for Texas gubernatorial tenure, having broken both Allan Shivers’ consecutive service record of 7 1/2 years in June 2008 and Bill Clements’ total service record of eight years (over two non-consecutive terms) in December 2008. As a result, the Dallas Morning News reported in December 2008 that Perry has the distinction of being the only governor in modern Texas history to have appointed at least one person to every possible state office, board, or commission position which requires gubernatorial appointment (as well as to several elected offices to which the governor can appoint someone to fill an unexpired term, such as six of the nine current members of the Texas Supreme Court).

Perry won the 2010 Republican primary election, defeating U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison[3][4] and former Wharton County Republican Party Chairwoman and businesswoman Debra Medina.[5] In the 2010 Texas gubernatorial election, Perry won re-election to a third term, defeating former Houston mayor Bill White and Kathie Glass.[6]

In response to questions about his political future, Perry has deflected suggestions that he should run for President, saying that he’s not been interested in seeking the office. In May 2011 however, Perry made his first public comment suggesting a possible change in direction when he said he would “think about” running for president after the close of the 2011 Texas legislative session but then quipped, “but I think about a lot of things”.[7]

In June 2011, Perry made perhaps the clearest sign yet that he may be more serious about seeking the presidential office in 2012 when he appeared on the Fox News Channel and told host Neil Cavuto that he was “certainly giving it the appropriate thought process.” Referring to his previous statements about not being interested in running, Cavuto asked Perry what had changed. Perry responded, “Six weeks ago, this was not on my radar….” But since then, his wife and supporters have asked him “to give this a second thought” as “our country is in trouble.” [8]

Early life

A fifth-generation Texan, Perry was born in Paint Creek, about 60 miles (97 km) north of Abilene in West Texas, to ranchers Joseph Ray Perry and the former Amelia June Holt. His father, a Democrat, was a long-time Haskell County commissioner and school board member. Perry graduated from Paint Creek High School in 1968. As a child, Perry was in the Boy Scouts (BSA) and earned the rank of Eagle Scout; his son, Griffin, would also later become an Eagle Scout.[9][10] The BSA honored Perry with the Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.[11]

Perry attended Texas A&M University, where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, a member of the Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity and one of A&M’s five yell leaders (a popular Texas A&M tradition analogous to male cheerleaders).[12] He interned with the Southwestern Company during the summer time as a door-to-door book salesman where he honed his communication skills.[13] Perry graduated in 1972 with a degree in animal science. While at Texas A&M University Perry successfully completed a static line parachute jump at Ags Over Texas (a United States Parachute Association dropzone), the dropzone that was then in operation at Coulter Field (KCFD) in Bryan, Texas, just north of Texas A&M (in College Station, Texas).

Upon graduation, he was commissioned in the United States Air Force, completed pilot training and flew C-130 tactical airlift in the United States, the Middle East, and Europe until 1977. He left the Air Force with the rank of captain, returned to Texas and went into business farming cotton with his father.

In 1982, Perry married Anita Thigpen, his childhood sweetheart whom he had known since elementary school. They have two children, Griffin and Sydney. Anita Perry attended West Texas State University and earned a degree in nursing. She has spearheaded a number of health-related initiatives such as the Anita Thigpen Perry Endowment at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio, which focuses on nutrition, cardiovascular disease, health education, and early childhood programming.

Perry has said that his interest in politics probably began in November 1961, when his father took him to the funeral of Sam Rayburn, who during his long public career served as speaker of the Texas House and the U.S. House of Representatives. Dignitaries from all over the nation came to the small town of Bonham, the seat of Fannin County, for the service.

Texas Legislature

In 1984, Perry was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat from a district (64) that included his home county of Haskell. He served on the House Appropriations and Calendars committees during his three two-year terms in office. He befriended fellow freshman state representative Lena Guerrero of Austin, a staunch liberal Democrat who endorsed Perry’s reelection bid in 2006 on personal, rather than philosophical, grounds. Perry was part of the “Pit Bulls”, a group of Appropriations members who sat on the lower dais in the committee room (or “pit”) who pushed for austere state budgets during the 1980s.

Perry supported Al Gore in the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries and was chairman of the Gore campaign in Texas.

In 1989, The Dallas Morning News named him one of the most effective legislators in the 71st Legislature.[citation needed] That same year, Perry announced that he was joining the Republican Party.[14]

Agriculture Commissioner

In 1990, he challenged incumbent Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower. Hightower had worked on behalf of Jesse Jackson for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1988, while Perry had supported U.S. Senator Al Gore of Tennessee. Perry narrowly unseated Hightower, even as the Republican gubernatorial candidate, Clayton Williams, went down to defeat at the hands of Ann Richards.[15]

As Agriculture Commissioner, Perry was responsible for promoting the sale of Texas farm produce to other states and foreign nations and supervising the calibration of weights and measures, such as gasoline pumps and grocery store scales.

In 1994, Perry was reelected Agriculture Commissioner by a large margin, having polled 2,546,287 votes (61.92 percent) to Democrat Marvin Gregory’s 1,479,692 (35.98 percent). Libertarian Clyde L. Garland received the remaining 85,836 votes (2.08 percent).[16]

Lieutenant governor

In 1998, Perry chose not to seek a third term as Agriculture Commissioner, running instead for Lieutenant Governor to succeed the retiring Democrat Bob Bullock. Perry polled 1,858,837 votes (50.04 percent) to the 1,790,106 (48.19 percent) cast for Democrat John Sharp of Victoria, who had relinquished the comptroller’s position after two terms to seek the lieutenant governorship. Libertarian Anthony Garcia polled another 65,150 votes (1.75 percent).[16] Perry thus became the state’s first Republican lieutenant governor, taking office on January 19, 1999 until his ascension to the governorship on December 21, 2000 upon the resignation of then-Governor George W. Bush.

Governor

Perry assumed the office of Governor late in 2000 when George W. Bush resigned to prepare for his presidential inauguration, becoming the first Texas A&M graduate to serve as Governor.

Perry won the office in his own right in the 2002 gubernatorial election when he defeated Laredo businessman Tony Sanchez, polling 2,632,591 votes (57.80 percent) to Sanchez’s 1,819,798 (39.96 percent). Four minor candidates shared 2.21 percent of the vote.[16]

The 2006 gubernatorial election proved to be a stiffer challenge. Though he easily defeated token opposition in the primary election, Perry faced a six-way race involving former Democratic Congressman Chris Bell, Libertarian candidate James Werner (a sales consultant); and three independent candidates – outgoing Republican state Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn (who chose not to face Perry in the primary race when early polling data suggested she would lose badly), well-known Texas country music singer Kinky Friedman, and write-in candidate James “Patriot” Dillon. Perry won the race in a plurality, polling 1,714,618 votes (39 percent) to Bell’s 1,309,774 (29.8 percent), Strayhorn’s 789,432 (18 percent), Friedman’s 553,327 (12.6 percent), and Werner’s 26,726 (0.6 percent). Dillon garnered a mere 718 votes. Perry became only the third governor in state history to have been elected by a plurality of less than 40 percent of votes cast (the 1853 and 1861 races also featured plurality winners carrying under 40 percent).

Late in the 2006 campaign, the Republican Governors Association received one million dollars from Houston businessman Bob Perry (no relation), and the association then contributed that amount to Rick Perry. Bell brought suit, contending that the Bob Perry donations had been improperly channeled through the association to conceal their source. In 2010, the Rick Perry campaign paid Bell $426,000 to settle the suit.[17][18]

Perry is a member of the Republican Governors Association, the National Governors Association, the Western Governors Association, and the Southern Governors Association. Perry is currently serving as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association; he previously served as its Chairman in 2008.[2]

Early in his term as Governor, Perry convinced the state Legislature to increase health funding by $6 billion.[citation needed] Some of these programs have since faced funding reductions, and Perry has refused to resume funding to previous levels because of the additional financial burden he says it would place on the state, even though Federal Matching Funds for Healthcare above and beyond the amount dedicated by the legislature are available. He also increased school funding prior to the 2002 election and created new scholarship programs, including $300 million for the Texas GRANT Scholarship Program.[citation needed] Some $9 billion was allocated to Texas public schools, colleges, and universities and combined with a new emphasis on accountability for both teachers and students.[citation needed]

Perry’s campaigns for lieutenant governor and governor focused on a tough stance on crime. In June 2002, he vetoed a ban on the execution of mentally retarded inmates. He has also supported block grants for crime programs.

Perry has also supported tort reform to limit malpractice lawsuits against doctors, and as lieutenant governor he had tried and failed to limit class action awards and allowing plaintiffs to allocate liability awards among several defendants. In 2003, Perry sponsored a controversial state constitutional amendment to cap medical malpractice awards,[19] which was narrowly approved by voters.

This legislation has resulted in a 30 percent decrease in malpractice insurance rates and a significant increase in the number of doctors seeking to practice in the state.[20]

Recently, Perry has drawn attention for his criticism of the Obama administration’s handling of the recession, and for turning down approximately $555 million in stimulus money for unemployment insurance. Perry was lauded by the Texas Association of Business[21] for this decision and his justification—that the funds and the mandatory changes to state law would have placed an enduring tax burden on employers. In September 2009, Perry declared that Texas was recession-proof: “As a matter of fact…someone had put a report out that the first state that’s coming out of the recession is going to be the state of Texas…I said, ‘We’re in one?'”[22]

Paul Burka, senior executive editor of Texas Monthly, criticized Perry’s remarks, saying “You cannot be callous and cavalier when people are losing their jobs and their homes.”[23]

Fiscal issues

Perry, a proclaimed proponent of fiscal conservatism, has often campaigned on tax reform and job growth. Perry resisted creating a Texas state income tax and increasing sales tax rates, choosing instead to increase user fees and debt, adding $2 billion for road bonds,[24] [25] borrowing from the Federal Unemployment Trust Fund[26] and adding surcharges to various traffic offenses, protected the state’s “Rainy Day fund”, balanced the state budget as required by state law, and was reelected on a platform to reduce property taxes that rose with the inflation of property values in the late 1990s and the 21st century. In early 2006, Perry signed legislation that delivered a $15.7 billion reduction in property taxes.[27]

In early 2006 Perry angered some fiscal conservatives in his own party by supporting an increase in the state franchise tax alongside a property tax reform bill. Many organizations within the Republican Party itself condemned Perry’s tax bill, HB-3, and likened it to a “back door” state income tax.[28] Perry claimed that the bill would save the average taxpayer $2,000 in property taxes. Critics contended that Perry inflated these numbers; the actual tax savings, they said, would average only $150 per family.[29]

In 2003, Perry signed legislation that created the Texas Enterprise Fund to enhance the development of the Texas economy. In 2004, he authorized the fund to grant $20 million to Countrywide Financial in return for a promise “to create 7,500 new jobs in the state by 2010.” The grant (all of which are approved by the Governor, the Lieutenant Governor and Speaker of the House) is one of the largest made from the fund in terms of the size and the number of jobs promised. In the fall of 2007, while slashing jobs and with its stock price plummeting, Countrywide assured Perry’s office that the company “believed” it would meet its 2010 commitment[30] only to be acquired in a fire sale two months later by Bank of America. Thanks to the “claw-back” provisions in the program, grantees return funds to the state for jobs not created.

Scrutiny directed at his preference for tax cuts has been largely offset by the state’s comparative economic strength[31] in the midst of a serious global economic downturn.

As lieutenant governor, he initially sponsored a controversial school voucher bill as an alternative to the “Robin Hood” school finance proposal. In 2004, Perry attacked the same “Robin Hood” plan as detrimental to the educational system and attempted to get the legislature to replace it with one that he said would encourage greater equity, cost less, hold down property and sales taxes, and foster job growth. Perry objected to the legalization of video lottery terminals at racetracks and on Indian reservations as well as increases in cigarette taxes.

In 2003, Perry called three consecutive special legislative sessions to procure a congressional redistricting plan he said would be more reflective of the state’s population. The plan finally adopted—supported by then U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay of Sugar Land—brought about a five-seat Republican gain in the delegation. In 2006, however, the five-seat edge was reduced to three seats. Thereafter, Republicans gained one seat in 2008 and an additional three seats in the 2010 election; they now hold a 23-9 majority.

A special session of the legislature was convened on June 21, 2005, to address education issues, but resistance developed from House Speaker Tom Craddick, a Republican from Midland. Perry’s proposal was attacked by members from property-poor districts and was rejected. During the session, Perry became involved in a heated debate with Comptroller Carole Strayhorn about the merits of his school finance proposal. Strayhorn initially planned to oppose Perry in the 2006 Republican primary, but she instead ran as an independent in the general election.[32] Another special session was convened on July 21, 2005 after Perry vetoed all funding for public schools for the 2007-2008 biennium. He vowed not to “approve an education budget that shortchanges teacher salary increases, textbooks, education technology, and education reforms. And I cannot let $2 billion sit in some bank account when it can go directly to the classroom.”

Perry’s campaign office in 2006 declared that without the special session, some “$2 billion that had been intended for teacher pay raises, education reforms, and other school priorities would have gone unused because House Bill 2 [the public school reform package] didn’t pass.”[33] The bill failed to pass in the first session, and was refiled in a second session, in which the bill was defeated 62-79, after 50 amendments were added without discussion or debate.[34]

Late in 2005, to maximize the impact of a bipartisan education plan, Perry asked his former rival in the race for lieutenant governor, John Sharp, a former Texas State Comptroller and a member of the Texas Railroad Commission, Texas State Senate and Texas House of Representatives, to head an education task force charged with preparing a bipartisan education plan. Sharp accepted Perry’s offer and removed himself as a potential candidate for governor in 2006. The task force issued its final plan several months later, and the legislature adopted it.[35] For his successful efforts, Sharp was later nominated by the Dallas Morning News for the “Texan of the Year” award.[36]

In June 2010, Perry went on a 12-day trade mission to East Asia. The security detail for the trip cost $129,000 in state money. The Texas Government attempted to block the media’s scrutiny of the use of the funds as they contained information that could compromise the future security of the state’s senior executive. A member of White’s gubernatorial campaign stated that Perry should, “stop hiding the facts on fiscal issues like what he’s charging taxpayers for travel”. Perry’s campaign countered that the trip led to greater exposure for Texas business opportunities in Asia.[37][38] In all, Perry made 23 foreign trips from 2004–2010, including a vacation on Grand Cayman and an education policy retreat in the Bahamas. The state paid only 1% of the travel expenses for these excursions, but security details for all trips combined cost over $1 million in state money. Perry’s chief of staff remarked that the trips were “good business sense” as they enhanced the profile of Texan goods and services in foreign markets. White’s campaign, however, accused Perry of staging the trips for self-promotion.[39]

Repeal of the 16th Amendment

In Rick Perry’s 2010 book Fed Up!, he takes issue with the Federal government’s right to collect income tax. Rick considers “The 16th Amendment. If you want to know when Washington really got off the track, the 16th Amendment, giving them the opportunity to take your money with a personal income tax.”[40]

Social policy

Perry is known for his opposition to gay rights, and he opposes all legal recognition of same sex marriages. He condemned the United States Supreme Court decision in Lawrence vs. Texas,[citation needed] which struck down a Texas sodomy law and believed the law to be “appropriate”.[41]

Perry is pro-life and opposes government funding for elective abortions. In 2005, Perry, a social conservative, signed a bill that limited late-term abortions and required girls under the age of 18 who procure abortions to notify their parents. Perry signed the bill in the gymnasium of Calvary Christian Academy in Fort Worth, an evangelical Christian school.

Christian religious beliefs

In what was described as a “God and country” sermon at the Cornerstone church in San Antonio, attended by Perry and other mostly Republican candidates, the Rev. John Hagee stated, “If you live your life and don’t confess your sins to God Almighty through the authority of Christ and His blood, I’m going to say this very plainly, you’re going straight to hell with a nonstop ticket.” Perry was asked if he agreed with those comments and said, “It is my faith, and I’m a believer of that.”[42] Perry went on to say that there was nothing in the sermon that he took exception with. [43]

While visiting Israel in August 2009, Perry gave an interview to the Jerusalem Post in which he affirmed his support for Israel from his religious background, “I’m a big believer that this country was given to the people of Israel a long time ago, by God, and that’s ordained.”[44]

Intelligent design

During the 2006 gubernatorial election campaign, Perry said he supported teaching intelligent design alongside evolution in Texas schools. A spokeswoman for Perry called intelligent design a “valid scientific theory”, an analysis that political commentator Rick Casey describes as “disputed by the scientific establishment”.[45]

 HPV vaccine

On February 2, 2007, Perry issued an executive order mandating that Texas girls receive HPV vaccine that protects against some strains of the human papilloma virus, a cause of cervical cancer. The order provided vaccination free of charge to those who were not covered by insurance.[46] The order included an opt-out provision for parents. At the time of the order, Gardasil, a newly approved drug manufactured by Merck was the only FDA approved HPV vaccine. The move made national headlines,[47] and 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.[48]

Perry’s decision has been criticized by some social conservatives and parents due to concerns about possible moral implications of the vaccine and safety concerns. On February 22, 2007, a group of families sued in an attempt to block Perry’s executive order.[49] Perry’s order has also been criticized for the price of the vaccine: approximately $360 in Texas.[46]

On May 9, 2007, Perry allowed a bill to go into law that would undo his executive order.[50]

Vetoes

Perry set a record in the 2001 legislative session for the use of the veto: he rejected legislation a total of 82 times, more than any other governor in any single legislative session in the history of the state since Reconstruction. Perry’s use of the veto drew criticism from some in the 2002 gubernatorial campaign, having used the veto only nine fewer times than preceding Governor George W. Bush had during three legislative sessions and 22 more than Ann Richards cast in two sessions.[51] In the two legislative sessions following the 2001 session, Perry was more conservative in his use of the veto, employing it 51 times.[52] As of 2011, he had used the veto 273 times, more than any other Texas governor.[53]

 Supreme Court Justice Steve Smith

Perry has made numerous appointments to the Texas courts, the Texas Railroad Commission, as secretary of state, and to other boards and commissions during his tenure as governor. Two of the three Railroad Commissioners, Victor G. Carrillo and Elizabeth Ames Jones, began their service as Perry appointees. The third, Michael L. Williams, started in 1999 under appointment from George W. Bush. He has named six short-term appointments as secretary of state, including two of his former legislative colleagues, Henry Cuellar and Gwyn Shea.

One of Perry’s first selections was the appointment of Xavier Rodriguez to succeed Greg Abbott on the Texas Supreme Court. Rodriguez, a self-proclaimed moderate, was quickly unseated in the 2002 Republican primary by conservative Steven Wayne Smith, the attorney in the Hopwood v. Texas suit in 1996, which successfully challenged affirmative action at the University of Texas Law School. Hopwood, however, was overturned in a 2003 decision stemming from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Steven Smith was elected by a comfortable margin over Democratic opposition in the 2002 general election.

Perry objected to Smith’s tenure on the court and refused to meet with the new justice when Smith attempted to mend fences with the governor. Perry encouraged Judge Paul Green to challenge Smith in the 2004 Republican primary. Perry raised funds for Green,[citation needed] who defeated Smith in the primary and was then elected without opposition in the general election. Smith attempted a comeback in the 2006 Republican primary by challenging Justice Don Willett, another Perry appointee who was considered a conservative on the court. Smith polled 49.5 percent of the primary vote, but Willett narrowly prevailed.

Trans-Texas Corridor

In January 2001, Perry proposed the Trans-Texas Corridor, a $145+ billion-dollar project that would build multi-lane highways, rail lines and data lines from Oklahoma to Mexico, and from east to west in southern Texas. Instead of paying for the project with taxes, Perry proposed that it be partially financed, partially built and wholly operated by private contractors who, in exchange for a multi-billion dollar investment, would receive all toll proceeds, notably Cintra, a Spanish-owned company, and its minority partner, San Antonio-based Zachry Construction Corporation, one of Texas’ largest road construction companies.[54] Some of the more controversial aspects of the project include tolls, private operation of toll collections (at rates set by local municipalities), and extensive use of eminent domain (or the option for landowners to maintain a lucrative equity stake in the project) to acquire property.

Opponents portrayed the proposal as a “land grab”, and criticized Perry for opposing the public release of the actual terms of the 50-year deal with Cintra to the public for fear they would chill the possibility of the company’s investment; Perry’s former liaison to the legislature, former State Senator Dan Shelly, returned to his consulting/lobbying work with Cintra after securing the TTC deal while on the state payroll. All of Perry’s gubernatorial opponents opposed the corridor project, as did the 2006 state party platforms of both the Democratic and Republicans parties.[55][56] After much contentious debate between supporters and opponents, an official decision of “no action” was issued by the Federal Highway Administration on July 20, 2010, formally ending the project.

In 2001, Perry appointed Ric Williamson of Weatherford, an old friend and former legislative colleague, to the Texas Transportation Commission. Williamson became the commission chairman in 2004 and worked for the improvement of the state’s transportation infrastructure until his sudden death of a heart attack on December 30, 2007.

Death penalty

Perry supports the death penalty.[57] On June 2, 2009, Texas carried out the 200th execution since Perry assumed the office of governor.[58]

[Cameron Todd Willingham

Questions were raised in 2009 by a report from an investigator hired by the Texas Forensic Science Commission that an innocent person may have been executed in Texas while Perry was governor. The report concluded that a fire allegedly set by Cameron Todd Willingham in 1991 to murder his three daughters could not have been arson. Willingham said that he was asleep in his house when the fire started and denied that he deliberately killed his children.[59] He was executed in Texas on February 17, 2004. Prior to his execution Dr. Gerald Hurst, an Austin scientist and fire investigator, reviewed the case and concluded there was “no evidence of arson, the same conclusion reached by other fire investigators. Hurst’s report was sent to Perry’s office as well as Board of Pardons and Paroles along with Willingham’s appeal for clemency.[60] Neither responded to Willingham’s appeals. “The whole case was based on the purest form of junk science,” Hurst later said. “There was no item of evidence that indicated arson.”[61]

The Texas Forensic Science Commission agreed to investigate in 2008 after defense attorneys claimed that Willingham was wrongfully convicted on the basis of flawed scientific evidence. Dr. Craig Beyler, a nationally recognized fire investigator in Baltimore, was commissioned by the state panel to conduct an independent review. He submitted a 55-page report, saying methods used in the investigation could not support a finding of arson.[59] The report, written by Dr. Beyler, found that “a finding of arson could not be sustained”. Beyler said that key testimony from a fire marshal at Willingham’s trial was “hardly consistent with a scientific mind-set and is more characteristic of mystics or psychics.”.[62]

Perry later expressed skepticism of findings by fire experts. He stated that regardless of findings by arson experts, court records showed evidence of Willingham’s guilt in charges that he intentionally killed his daughters in the fire. Perry is quoted in the report as stating of Willingham, “I’m familiar with the latter-day supposed experts on the arson side of it”, but court records provide “clear and compelling, overwhelming evidence that he was in fact the murderer of his children”, despite alleged scientific evidence to the contrary. He also noted that the defense team had ample opportunity to cross-examine the prosecution’s expert witnesses at the trial and to present their own expert witnesses, as well as to raise these issues when appealing the verdict and penalty in State and federal court [63]

Willingham’s wife, Stacy Kuykendall, has gone on record[64] stating her firm belief that Willingham murdered her children.

On October 2009, Perry replaced three members of Texas Forensic Science Commission just two days before it was to hear from Dr. Beyler, the author of the latest of three reports to conclude that arson was not the likely cause of the 1991 fire. As a result, the hearing was postponed indefinitely, and critics of the governor accused him of trying to quash the Willingham probe.[65] Perry said the commission’s inquiry will continue, saying that his decision to replace the three commission members was part of the normal appointments process.[59]

Ousted head of the forensics panel, Samuel Bassett, has stated he felt pressure from Perry’s office and that they felt the Beyler report was a “waste of State money” and that the Willingham investigation should be a lower priority. He went on to say that they indicated they were not happy with the course of the Willingham investigation and hinted at reducing the commission’s funding.[66]

 Pardons and commutations

Under Texas law, the Governor is not permitted to grant pardon or parole, or to commute a death penalty sentence to life imprisonment, on his own initiative (the law was changed after former Governor James E. Ferguson was charged with selling pardons for political contributions). Instead, the Board of Pardons and Paroles will recommend to the Governor whether or not to grant such. If the Board recommends such, the Governor is free to reject the recommendation, but if the Board chooses not to recommend such, in the case of a death penalty sentence the Governor can only grant a one-time, 30-day reprieve.

In 2005, Frances Newton’s appeal for a commutation of her death penalty was declined. Her attorney had argued Newton was incapable of standing trial. The Board of Pardon and Parole did not recommend a commutation, and Perry chose not to grant the one-time reprieve. Newton was executed on September 14, 2005.

Tyrone Brown was an African-American who was sentenced to life in a Texas maximum security prison in 1990 for smoking marijuana while on probation. Texas Judge Keith Dean had originally placed Brown on probation, but changed the sentence after Brown tested positive for marijuana. After being defeated in the last Dallas election, Dean requested the governor pardon Brown. On March 9, 2007, Perry granted Brown a conditional pardon after receiving a recommendation from the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles.[67]

On August 30, 2007, Perry commuted the death sentence of Kenneth Foster, an accomplice in a 1996 murder, doing so three hours before Foster was to die by lethal injection. Evidence had shown that while Foster was present at the scene of the crime (transporting the individual who actually committed the crime away from the scene in his car), he had nothing to do with the actual commission of the murder, and, for that matter, may not have even been aware that it had been taking place, as he was outside in his car at the time. Again, the Board of Pardon and Parole recommended the commutation, and Perry chose to accept the recommendation, thus converting the sentence to life in prison with a possibility of parole in 2037.[68]

Environmental issues

Perry does not believe there is valid scientific proof of anthropogenic global warming. He has said several times that there is no scientific consensus on the issue.[69] In a September 7, 2007, speech to California Republicans, Perry said, “Virtually every day another scientist leaves the global warming bandwagon. … But you won’t read about that in the press because they have already invested in one side of the story.”[70]

Texas-based TXU had been planning a $10 billion investment in 11 new coal-fired power plants over the next several years, but drastically reduced those plans in 2007 under the terms of a buyout by a consortium of private equity firms.[71] The Governor’s Clean Coal Technology Council[72] continues to explore ways to generate clean energy with coal. After the 2009 legislative session, Perry signed House Bill 469[73] which includes incentives[74] for clean coal technology breakthroughs.

Perry opposes regulation of greenhouse gas emissions because he says it would have “devastating implications” for the Texas economy and energy industry. He has stated that he supports an “all of the above” energy strategy[75] including oil, coal, nuclear, biofuels, hydroelectric, solar, and wind energy. Perry has collaborated with T. Boone Pickens, an alternative energy advocate and oil pioneer. Environmentalists have characterized his views on climate change as “shortsighted and overly alarmist”.[clarification needed][76]

Education

In 2007, Perry vetoed health care for community college faculty due to revelations that schools had been using state funds to pay benefits for non-state employees. Funding for state-employed school personnel was restored in a joint agreement and funding re-allocation later that same year.[77]

Perry, an Aggie himself, visited the newest Texas A&M University system campus in Texarkana, Texas in August 2010.[78]

 Inauguration concert controversy

Perry invited his friend, rock musician Ted Nugent, to perform at a black-tie gala hours after Perry’s second inauguration ceremony on January 16, 2007. Nugent appeared onstage during the inaugural ball wearing a cutoff T-shirt emblazoned with the Confederate flag and shouting derogatory remarks about non-English speakers, according to press reports.[79] The NAACP condemned Nugent’s wearing the Confederate flag.[80]

Fire at Texas Governor’s Mansion

On June 8, 2008, the 152-year-old historic state governor’s residence was swept by a fire the local authorities suspected was a result of arson. The mansion, which was undergoing planned maintenance, had no occupants at the time; Perry and his family had been living elsewhere since the previous fall. Because the fire occurred outside of working hours, no workers were inside, although much of the building was badly damaged.[81] At the time of the fire, Perry himself was in Stockholm, Sweden, on an economic development tour to encourage investment in Texas.

Comments on the possible secession of Texas

In April 2009, Perry endorsed a resolution supporting state sovereignty, under the argument that such authority is reserved by the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.[82] On April 9, 2009, Perry said, “I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our State. That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the States’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our State from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.”[82]

After a tea party protest held on April 15, 2009, Perry responded to a reporter’s question about secession, saying, “Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that… My hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention. We’ve got a great union. There’s absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that.”[83][84][85] In reference to Perry’s comments, a spokesperson said that Perry “never advocated seceding”.[83] A Time magazine article shed light on the situation, with experts saying that Texas cannot legally secede but may split into five states.[86] Nevertheless, in an op-ed piece distributed on May 17, 2009, Perry stated “I have never advocated for secession and never will.”[87]

In response to Perry’s comments, the Amarillo Globe-News posted an editorial on April 19, writing that Perry “uttered some words that take that discussion to a level not heard since, oh, 1861—when Texas in fact did secede and joined the Confederate States of America. We all know what happened next.”[88] U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) further reflected this understanding, “Well, I don’t think it’s particularly useful. The legal response is ‘You can’t do it.’ We fought a Civil War. You can’t do it… I think it’s a distraction. We have a lot of serious issues. This is not one of them.” Additionally, Rep. Charlie Gonzalez (D-TX) thought “the governor got carried away. You see posturing in preparation for the Republican primary. It serves no useful purpose.” However, Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) said “I’m receptive to the principle of secession. You should have the right to leave.”.[89]

Response to H1N1 influenza pandemic

Perry asked for federal assistance in fighting the 2009 H1N1 influenza pandemic.[90]

Immigration

Perry has opposed the creation of the Mexico – United States barrier, which is meant to keep out illegal aliens. Instead of barricading the border completely with a fence, Perry believes that the federal government should fulfill its responsibility to its citizens by securing the borders with “boots on the ground” and technology to improve safety while not harming trade with the state’s biggest trading partner, Mexico. [91] Perry said the Arizona immigration law SB 1070 “would not be the right direction for Texas” and would distract law enforcement from fighting other crimes.[92]

 Response to 2011 drought and wildfires

On April 21, Perry proclaimed a three-day period, from Friday to Sunday (coinciding with Easter), as Days of Prayer for Rain in the state.[93]

2008 presidential endorsements

“Rudy GiulianiIn October 2007, despite their political differences on many social issues, Perry endorsed Rudy Giuliani for President.  is the most prepared individual of either party to be the next President… I’m not talking about any mayor, I’m talking about America’s Mayor,” Perry said.[94] Some conjectured that, if Giuliani were elected, Perry might have been considered for a position in the new President’s cabinet, or perhaps the Vice Presidency.[95] However, Giuliani withdrew from the race on January 30, 2008 after failing to gain support in early primaries.

Both Giuliani and Perry immediately endorsed Arizona Senator John McCain for President.[96] Shortly after Mitt Romney’s withdrawal from the race in early February, Perry reportedly[97] called McCain rival Mike Huckabee and suggested that he withdraw as well to clear the way for McCain to secure the nomination. Huckabee declined this request and made it clear publicly that he would only abandon his presidential bid if McCain secured enough delegates. Huckabee withdrew his presidential bid on March 5, 2008 after John McCain won the Texas and Ohio primaries.

2010 Texas gubernatorial election

Main article: Texas gubernatorial election, 2010

In April 2008, Perry announced his intent to run for re-election.[98] Perry defeated Senator Hutchison and Debra Medina in the March 2, 2010 primary election, becoming the Republican nominee. He faced Democratic nominee William Howard “Bill” White, the former mayor of Houston. Although nearly all polls indicated that Perry was ahead, one survey conducted by a Democratic-owned polling firm, showed a 43 – 43 tie. Perry refused to debate White until White released his tax returns from 1995, his last year as deputy energy secretary in the Clinton administration. White released his tax returns for his six years as mayor of Houston. According to his spokesperson, White had taxes withheld from his $133,000 salary in 1995, the amount of which was offset by losses in the starting of an energy business.[99]

On November 2, 2010, Perry handily won re-election to an unprecedented third four-year term in the general election polling 2,733,784 votes and (54.97 percent) and White garnered 2,102,606 votes and (42.28 percent) and Perry also carried 226 out of 254 counties, resulting him in making history becoming the first Texas governor to be elected to three four-year terms and the fourth to serve three terms since Shivers, Price Daniel, and John Connally. Perry’s third term began on January 18, 2011.

 Political future

Perry has persistently denied aspirations to higher office; he was originally included on the 2012 Presidential Straw Poll ballot at the Values Voter Summit in September 2009, but his name was removed at his own request.[100] In April 2008 while appearing as a guest on CNBC’s Kudlow & Company, he specifically stated that he would not agree to serve as Vice President in a McCain administration, stating that he already had “the best job in the world” as Governor of Texas. Further, during a Republican gubernatorial debate in January 2010, when asked if he would commit to serving out his term if re-elected, he replied that “the place hasn’t been made yet” where he would rather serve than the Governor of Texas. In December 2010, when asked if he was a “definite maybe” to run for President in 2012, he replied, “a definite no, brother”.[101]

On May 27, 2011, he said he is “going to think about” running for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination after the close of the Texas legislative session.[102] Perry said in a response to a question from a reporter, “but I think about a lot of things,” he added with a grin.[7]

A “Draft Rick Perry for President” website has been started by California State Assemblyman Dan Logue[103]

 Publications

Rick Perry has written two books:

  • On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts are Worth Fighting For was published in February 2008.[104] In his book, Perry celebrates the positive impact of the organization on the youth of America and criticizes the ACLU for its legal actions against the Boy Scouts of America.[105]
  • His second book, Fed Up! Our Fight to Save America from Washington was published in November 2010.[106] Perry’s second book discusses his support for limited central government.

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Michele Bachmann: President Obama Doesn’t Have Any Concept of How to Create Wealth

 

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Republican Party Budget Proposals

S-1 FY2012 Chairman’s Markup(Nominal Dollars in Billions)
Fiscal Year Outlays Revenues Deficits Debt Held By Public
2011 3,618 2,230 -1,388 10,351
2012 3,529 2,533 -995 11,418
2013 3,559 2,860 -699 12,217
2014 3,586 3,094 -492 12,801
2015 3,671 3,237 -434 13,326
2016 3,858 3,377 -481 13,886
2017 3,998 3,589 -408 14,363
2018 4,123 3,745 -379 14,800
2019 4,352 3,939 -414 15,254
2020 4,544 4,142 -402 15,681
2021 4,739 4,354 -385 16,071
2012-2021 39,958 34,870 5,088 n.a.

http://budget.house.gov/UploadedFiles/PathToProsperityFY2012.pdf

Democratic Party Budget Proposals

S-1 FY2012 President’s Budget(Nominal Dollars in Billions)
Fiscal Year Outlays Revenues Deficits Debt Held By Public
2011 3,819 2,174 -1,645 10,856
2012 3,729 2,627 -1,101 11,881
2013 3,771 3,003 -768 12,784
2014 3,977 3,333 -646 13,562
2015 4,190 3,583 -607 14,301
2016 4,468 3,819 -649 15,064
2017 4,669 4,042 -627 15,795
2018 4,876 4,257 -619 16,513
2019 5,154 4,473 -681 17,284
2020 5,442 4,686 -735 18,103
2021 5,697 4,923 -774 18,967
2012-2021 45,952 38,747 -7,205 n.a.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2012/assets/tables.pdf

Tea Party Budget Proposals

S-1 FY2012 Tea Party’s Balanced/Surplus Budget(Nominal Dollars in Billions)
Fiscal Year Outlays Revenues Surpluses Debt Held By Public
2012 2,500 2,500 0 10,900
2013 2,800 2,800 0 10,900
2014 3,000 3,000 0 10,900
2015 3,200 3,200 0 10,900
2016 3,300 3,300 0 10,900
2017 3,400 3,500 100 10,800
2018 3,500 3,700 200 10,600
2019 3,600 3,900 300 10,300
2020 3,700 4,000 300 10,000
2021 3,800 4,300 500 9,500
2012-2021 32,800 34,200 1,400 n.a.

 

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The American people and the tea party movement want the Federal Government to balance the budget by stop spending money the Federal Government does not have.

Neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party will listen to the American people.

The Republican Party would balance the budget in 2040 and would run a nearly $1,000 billion deficit in Fiscal Year 2012!

The Democratic Party would balance the budget with massive increases in taxes that would wreck the economy and destroy jobs.

I fully support Ron Paul for President and Michele Backmann for Vice-President in 2012.

The tea party movement and the vast majority of the American people will support this ticket.

The Republican Party should start listening to Senators Rand Paul, Jim DeMint and Mike Hill in the Senate and Ron Paul and Michelle Bachmann in the House of Representatives if they want to get re-elected.

Otherwise you will get the boot.

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S-1 FY2012 Chairman’s Markup

(Nominal Dollars in Billions)

Fiscal Year Outlays Revenues Deficits Debt Held By Public
2011 3,618 2,230 -1,388 10,351
2012 3,529 2,533 -995 11,418
2013 3,559 2,860 -699 12,217
2014 3,586 3,094 -492 12,801
2015 3,671 3,237 -434 13,326
2016 3,858 3,377 -481 13,886
2017 3,998 3,589 -408 14,363
2018 4,123 3,745 -379 14,800
2019 4,352 3,939 -414 15,254
2020 4,544 4,142 -402 15,681
2021 4,739 4,354 -385 16,071
2012-2021 39,958 34,870 -5,088 n.a.

 

http://budget.house.gov/UploadedFiles/PathToProsperityFY2012.pdf

 

S-1 FY2012 President’s Budget

(Nominal Dollars in Billions)

Fiscal Year Outlays Revenues Deficits Debt Held By Public
2011 3,819 2,174 -1,645 10,856
2012 3,729 2,627 -1,101 11,881
2013 3,771 3,003 -768 12,784
2014 3,977 3,333 -646 13,562
2015 4,190 3,583 -607 14,301
2016 4,468 3,819 -649 15,064
2017 4,669 4,042 -627 15,795
2018 4,876 4,257 -619 16,513
2019 5,154 4,473 -681 17,284
2020 5,442 4,686 -735 18,103
2021 5,697 4,923 -774 18,967
2012-2021 45,952 38,747 -7,205 n.a.

 

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/budget/fy2012/assets/tables.pdf

The tea party movement’s budget would require the Federal Government to have a balanced or surplus budget in every fiscal year starting in 2012 with a declining national debt starting in Fiscal Year 2017.

S-1 FY2012 Tea Party’s Balanced/Surplus Budget

(Nominal Dollars in Billions)

Fiscal Year Outlays Revenues Surpluses Debt Held By Public
2012 2,500 2,500 0 10,900
2013 2,800 2,800 0 10,900
2014 3,000 3,000 0 10,900
2015 3,200 3,200 0 10,900
2016 3,300 3,300 0 10,900
2017 3,400 3,500 100 10,800
2018 3,500 3,700 200 10,600
2019 3,600 3,900 300 10,300
2020 3,700 4,000 300 10,000
2021 3,800 4,300 500 9,500
2012-2021 32,800 34,200 1,400 n.a.

Summary of Outlays, Revenues (Receipts), Deficits, Surpluses

Fiscal Years 1980-2010

(Nominal Dollars in Millions)

Fiscal Year Outlays Revenues (Receipts) Deficits (-), Surpluses
1980 590,941 517,112 -73,830
1981 678,241 599,272 -78,968
1982 745,743 617,766 -127,977
1983 808,364 600,562 -207,802
1984 851,805 666,488 185,367
1985 946,344 734,037 -212,308
1986 990,382 769,155 221,277
1987 1,004,017 854,288 -149,730
1988 1,064,417 854,288 -155,178
1989 1,143,744 991,105 -152,639
1990 1,252,994 1,031,958 -221,036
1991 1,324,226 1,054,988 -269,238
1992 1,381,529 1,091,208 -290,321
1993 1,409,386 1,154,335 -255,051
1994 1,461,753 1,258,566 -203,186
1995 1,515,742 1,351,790 -163,392
1996 1,560,484 1,453,053 -107,431
1997 1,601,116 1,579,232 -21,884
1998 1,652,458 1,721,728 69,270
1999 1,701,842 1,827,452 125,610
2000 1,788,950 2,025,191 236,241
2001 1,862,846 1,991,082 128,236
2002 2,010,894 1,853,136 -157,758
2003 2,159,899 1,782,314 -377,585
2004 2,292,841 1,880,114 -412,727
2005 2,471,957 2,153,611 -318,346
2006 2,655,050 2,406,869 -248,181
2007 2,728,686 2,567,985 -160,701
2008 2,982,544 2,523,991 -458,553
2009 3,517,677 2,104,989 -1,412,688
2010 3,456,213 2,162,724 -1,293,489

For a history of the Federal Government’s Receipts (Revenues), Outlays, and Deficits and Surpluses

Table 1.1—Summary of Receipts, Outlays, and Surpluses or Deficits (-): 1789–2016

“…Historical Tables provides data on budget receipts, outlays, surpluses or deficits, Federal debt, and Federal employment over an extended time period, generally from 1940 or earlier to 2012 or 2016.

To the extent feasible, the data have been adjusted to provide consistency with the 2012 Budget and to provide comparability over time.

To download the Historical Tables as a single PDF, click here (360 pages, 3.2 MB) …”

http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/budget/Historicals

Neither the Republican nor Democratic Party is capable of living within the means of the American people.

The political class or elites are not serious and do not understand the problem.

If they did they would have a sense of urgency which is lacking in both the Democratic and Republican proposed budgets.

 
Deficits, Debts and Unfunded Liabilities: The Consequences of Excessive Government Spending
 

The Republicans are proposing a budget for Fiscal Year 2012 of $3,618 billion compared with the President Obama’s $3,729.

This results in a deficit of $995 billion for the Republican budget and $1,101 billion for President Obama’s budget.

As the above tables clearly show, neither party is capable of balancing the budget in the next ten years.

The above budgets are needed to support a warfare and welfare economy with a collectivist state.

The above budgets are not a pathway to a peace and prosperity economy with a constitutional republic.

The budget needs to be balanced starting in fiscal year 2012 at $2,500 billion or less.

The tea party movement demands that from here on out that all budgets be either balanced or in surplus with no tax increases.

Please do not tell me Congressman Ryan that the budget will me in primary balance by 2015.

Primary balance means you exclude interest on the national debt  from expenditures or outlays.

A budget in primary balance is just a rather lame-duck president’s attempt to confuse the American people.

I am not confused or amused by President Obama totally irresponsible Fiscal Year 2012 budget proposal.

Nor am I impressed with the so-called path to a balanced budget and a path to prosperity for the United States economy.

The tea party movement does not want a path to prosperity but a jet plane ride to a balanced budget in Fiscal Year 2012 without any new taxes.

Start permanently shutting down ten Federal Departments before you even begin to think about  cutting mandatory spending or entitlements including Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.

The American people want the FairTax not the continuation of an overly complicated Federal Income taxation system even with a lower rate of 25% for individuals and corporations.

The FairTax: It’s Time

President Obama’s Fiscal Year 2012 budget gets a F and it will cost him his re-election.

The American people have no intention of getting in the Democratic Party’s car driven by Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama:

The American people have no intention of getting on the Republican Party’s path to prosperity either.

The Republican Fiscal Year 2012 budget gets a D+.

Milton Friedman would give you a D-:

The  American people demand fiscal responsibility or living within ones means for the Federal Government starting with the Fiscal Year 2012 Federal Government Budget.

The American people were listening when the Republican establishment’s leadership said they heard the American people.

Republicans roll out “Pledge to America”

Pledge to America Preamble

“Pledge to America” Unveiled by Republicans (Full Text)

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-20017335-503544.html

The Republican Pledge to America clearly stated that:

“We have a plan to impose fiscal discipline and cut government down to size.”

The Republican Pathway to Prosperity is that plan and it does not impose fiscal discipline  nor does it cut down the size of the Federal Government.

Over the next ten fiscal years, there is not one single year in which the fiscal discipline of a balanced budget is met.

The Republican Pledge to America clearly stated that:

“With common-sense exceptions for seniors, veterans, and our troops, we will roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels, saving us at least $100 billion in the first year alone and putting us on a path to balance the budget and pay down the debt. We will also establish strict budget caps to limit federal spending from this point forward.”

For Fiscal Year 2008 the total actual outlays were $2,982 billion and total actual revenues or receipts from taxation were $2,523 billion for the U.S. Federal Government with a deficit of $458 billion.

The Republican Pathway to Prosperity proposes in Fiscal Year 2012 total estimated outlays of $3,529 billion and total estimated revenues of $2,533 billion resulting in a deficit of $997 billion.

The Republican Party establishment and leadership misled and lied to the American people and the tea party movement when it said it would “roll back government spending to pre-stimulus, pre-bailout levels.”
Both the Democratic and Republican Party proposed U.S. Federal Government budgets are extremely dangerous for they  generate increasing uncertainty among business owners and consumers as to where this ultimately leads the economy and nation.

“Extreme Spending”

The Republican establishment’s leadership in Washington D.C.  needs to be replaced for they have refused to learn the lessons of the 2006 and 2008 elections and apparently need to learn another lesson in 2012.

If you are a tea party movement patriot challenge all House and Senate seats currently held by Republicans if they vote for this fiscally irresponsible and unbalanced budget for Fiscal Year 2012.

The tea party movement  has been betrayed by the Republican Party leadership and establishment in Washington, D.C.

Dan Mitchell gets a A+.

It’s Simple to Balance The Budget Without Higher Taxes

Controlling Leviathan: The Battle for Limited Government

Question and Answer Session: The Fight Against Big Government

I didn’t leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me.

The independents and the tea party movement have given up on both political parties.

The Pathway to Prosperity is the Republican Party’s timid attempt to capture the independents and tea party movement.

No sale.

The tea party movement will not be pleased.

They will be leaving on a jet plane.

I will be voting for Ron Paul for President in 2012 and Michele Bachmann for Vice-President.

SA@TAC – Ron Paul’s Pledge to America

P.S. You really disappointed me Congressman Ryan, your proposal is neither bold nor timid, it is fiscally irresponsible and gutless.

Suggest Paul Ryan talk to some Senators who understand the problem and what needs to be done now.

Rand Paul and Mike Lee on “Glenn Beck” with Judge Napolitano 03/07/11

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A Ron Paul/Michele Bachmann 2012 Presidential ticket and its election would be a first step toward this goal.

 

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Rush my suggestion is you have a woman’s week the next time you go on vacation.

Any of the above woman would be excellent in hosting your show.

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