September 12, 2011 by Bob Livingston
Education: B.S. from Texas A&M
Military: USAF pilot 1972-1977, reaching the rank of captain.
Professional: Cotton farmer on family-owned farm.
Family: Married with two children.
Political: Texas House of Representatives 1985-1991, Texas Commissioner of Agriculture 1991-1999, Lieutenant Governor 1999-2000, Governor 2000 to present.
State of residence: Texas
Campaign website: http://www.rickperry.org
If you look up the definition of crony capitalist, you’re sure to find Rick Perry’s photograph. He is a master at political patronage, and the practice has pumped millions of dollars into his campaign coffers.
Just a few examples:
- From January 2001 to February 2010, Perry as Governor tapped 3,995 appointees 5,662 times to serve on hundreds of State agencies, boards and commissions. And during that time, his campaign received $17.1 million from 921 of these appointees or their spouses.
- After he appointed Wendy Lee Gramm to the Texas A&M board of regents and the Texas Tax Reform Commission, Perry’s campaign received $610,000 from the U.S. Senate campaign of Gramm’s husband, Phil.
- Two other appointees gave Perry more than $450,000 each and both were appointed to the Parks and Wildlife Commission. Appointees from this commission contributed more than $2 million to his campaign — an average of $118,477 per appointee.
- No. 2 on his list of contributors were Texas A&M Regents. Four appointees besides Gramm gave more than $200,000 each, and the average per appointee was $113,127.
- Inaugural Committee appointees gave Perry an average of $102,194 each.
- University of Texas regents gave Perry an average of $83,463 each.
Perry likes to pass himself off as a conservative and is courting the Tea Party vote. So far, it seems to be working. But that has to be because they don’t yet know who the real Rick Perry is and see only the façade built by a slick politician. His stances on most issues are far from conservative.
However, he comes by his liberalism naturally. His father was a Democrat, and so was Rick when he entered politics in 1985. In 1988 he supported Al Gore’s Presidential bid. Now, he’s trying to run away from Gore’s global warming lunacy, saying in an interview that “this was Al Gore before invented the Internet and got to be Mr. Global warming.” In fact, Gore was already on the global warming crusade.
According to Jim Tucker of American Free Press, Perry is the Bilderberg group’s ace in the hole if its first candidate in the GOP field, Mitt Romney, fails. Perry attended the Bilderberg confab in Istanbul, Turkey in 2007. He certainly follows the Bilderberg line on issues like the NAFTA Superhighway and related infrastructure projects that open up the chances of a North American Union that would merge the U.S. with Mexico and Canada.
When questioned by the press in 2007 about his trip to the Bilderberg conference, Perry insisted the Bilderbergers do good work and Americans should be grateful for them.
Perry is soft on illegal immigration. He has consistently supported allowing illegal aliens to pay in-state tuition at State colleges and universities, and he opposed Arizona’s immigration law SB 1070. Last year, Perry spoke out against using E-Verify to prevent illegal aliens from getting jobs as State employees. Those are not Tea Party values, nor are they conservative values.
He has railed against government borrowing in Washington but more than doubled borrowing during his tenure as Texas Governor. According to PolitiFact, “Texas had $34.08 billion in outstanding bonds and notes” at the end of the 2009 fiscal year, up from $13.7 billion at the end of fiscal 2001, Perry’s first as Governor. He almost doubled State spending in 10 years, and has repeatedly raised taxes, despite claims to the contrary.
He brags about job growth, but those 1.2 million jobs he claims to have created in 10 years are 629,000 short of the jobs needed to bring the State’s employment level back to where it was in 2007. Most of the jobs were minimum wage jobs. More than half a million Texans now work for $7.25 an hour or less, so he can brag that he’s brought Texans down into a tie with Mississippi for the highest percentage of workers reduced to poverty pay.
Finally, there is Perry’s 2007 executive order that mandated girls receive the Gardasil vaccine before entering the sixth grade. The vaccine causes serious side effects and has been linked to more than 8,000 adverse reactions and multiple deaths. Most troubling of all, Perry ignored evidence of Gardasil’s dangers, possibly to receive a $6,000 campaign contribution from Merck and because his former chief of staff was the company’s lobbyist.
Perry has been called George W. Bush without the brains. Eight years of big-government spending and nation building from the “compassionate conservative” helped lead us over the cliff we now find ourselves hanging from. We certainly can’t afford four years of a dumber Bush clone known in Austin, Texas as Governor Goodhair.