Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Rick Perry Pledges to Blow Up Hoover Dam


Rick Perry continues to fascinate me. He is the only candidate other than Ron Paul who poses a real threat to both the GOP Establishment and the Obama Democrats.

Karl Rove has stopped attacking democrats and is now going all MSNBC on Perry.  In response, the left has gone from bawling for The Texas Turd Blossom’s imprisonment to praising his Perry-bashing sagacity.


The reason I like Perry right now is because he has kicked off a loud and much-needed dialog about the size and scope of government, complete with talk of jobs, overregulation and tort reform. He’s not the only conservative itching for such a throwdown, but he’s attracted the brightest spotlight and he’s the only candidate with a real record of grappling with these issues.

Here’s a news excerpt that reveals the media's barely disguised hatred of the man:
(API – Herford Station, Iowa) To clamorous crowds of government-hating Tea Partiers, Rick Perry pledged to blow up Hoover Dam if elected president.
He also removed any doubt about whether he was packing heat by shooting out a chandelier in the ball room where he held his post-rally press conference. When confronted by horrified reporters, most still cowering under tables, he replied that the offending light fixture “looked too French,” as he calmly tucked the Smith & Wesson Model 500 back inside his jacket.

A disheveled CNN reporter with a visible wet spot covering his crotch indignantly challenged the Texas governor’s hostility to all things government. “Why do you hate welfare babies and infrastructure?” “You just want to blow up government!”

“Yeah,” replied Perry, eyes narrowing to slits, “and y’all don’t even want to know what I got planned for that yapping pack of French Poodles y’all call the press corpse.”

Governor Perry wrapped up the press conference by forcibly baptizing a crying msnbc reporter in a bucket of Jack Daniels while loudly shouting, “praise Jesus!”
Brilliant conservative commentator Jeff Jacoby then stood up and efficiently batted down the liberal “conservatives hate government” meme:
But it isn’t highways or veterans’ programs or minority voting rights that conservatives find so objectionable about Washington. When Perry speaks of making the nation’s capital “inconsequential,’’ he isn’t proposing to dismantle the Hoover Dam. Hard as it may be for liberals to accept, the Republican base isn’t motivated by blind loathing of the federal government, or by a nihilistic urge to wipe out the good that Washington has accomplished.

What conservatives believe, rather, is what America’s Founders believed: that government is best which governs least, [...]
But as government grows larger and more powerful, it crowds out private action. It replaces local, familiar, and organic institutions with remote bureaucratic ones. As state and federal governments swell, taking over functions that used to be left to individuals and voluntary organizations, communities are weakened.

Increasingly citizens are taught to rely on government, rather than on themselves or their neighbors. They develop a sense of entitlement, and entitlement in turn fuels selfishness. (Jeff Jacoby – When Inconsequential Means Better)
Bill Bennett explains Why Rick Perry is a Strong Candidate, reminding us that before the candidacy and before the pathetic Demagogic party attacks, Perry’s Texas attracted a lot of non-partisan praise:
In 2009, one nonpartisan poll of business executives ranked Texas as "the No. 1 state to do business" for the fourth year in a row. And, the Economist magazine highlighted Texas in 2009 as "Lone Star Rising" with a subtitle to its special report: "Thanks to low taxes and light regulation, Texas is booming." This was in addition to several favorable data points comparing Texas to California in a separate piece in the magazine.
Ed Morrissey explains how twisted statistics lure in Jersey Shore liberals who fail to pause and notice the lack of a statistical baseline or detect the common trick of comparing dissimilar or different time periods. If it sounds too good (or too bad) to be true, it probably is.

For the opposing viewpoint, see American Prospect explain Perry’s Pitfalls

My favorite article about Governor Perry is by liberal Texan James C. Moore. I wish I could write like this talented man…
Romney has business experience and intellect that are not on Perry's resume' but he is from "Massatoositts," (Webster's Texas Edition, see also "Massachusetts"), and Texans love to kick their political boots into New Englanders' squishy parts. (Why Rick Perry is headed to the White House)
Game on!

48 comments:

Christopher - Conservative Perspective said...

Silver,

To be honest I stopped at the mention of Bill Bennett.

That man reeks of GOP party elitist! In other word's,, a RINO.

I like Perry myself but now less so with that endorsement. Whomever the majority of the GOP party establishment likes at this stage of the game (and there is none yet) is off my list, period.

Always On Watch said...

Silverfiddle,
You may be interested in the FEATURED QUESTION I've posted. Just an FYI.

Always On Watch said...

I do have reservations about all the GOP candidates presently in the field of possibles.

That said, I hardly think that we can do worse than Obama. Sheesh.

I want a President who will undo Obama's executive orders and, specifically, trim back EPA regulations.

Silverfiddle said...

Christopher: Anathematize people and pretty soon you are a very pure, very small and very inconsequential party. Just ask the Libertarian Party.

Also Christopher, please give some reasons why you claim Bennett is a Rino.

Bennett did not endorse Perry, and I have my reservations as well. But there are no perfect candidates and I agree with AOW that anybody is better than Obama.

LD Jackson said...

I can just see the reaction if Perry were to pull out a revolver and shoot the chandelier for being "too French". That would be something to watch.

Anonymous said...

Amusing satire.

That is what it is, isn't it?

This part, of course, makes a very serious point eloquently:

"as government grows larger and more powerful, it crowds out private action. It replaces local, familiar, and organic institutions with remote bureaucratic ones. As state and federal governments swell, taking over functions that used to be left to individuals and voluntary organizations, communities are weakened."

Gosh! I couldn't have said it any better, myself. Anyone who doesn't agree with that good common sense statement of fact deserves pity along with a generous helping of scorn and contempt.

That said, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin spent a lot of time in France. France played a significant part in the founding of this nation. Jefferson imported much elegant French furniture and good wines to be enjoyed at Monticello.

Washington, DC was planned and laid out by a Frenchman, so hostility towards France and French culture is singularly inappropriate for anyone pretending to be a patriotic American.

Of course, France -- like every other Western Power including our own -- has suffered a tremendous decline since World War II. But that shouldn't give loudmouthed hicks and ignorant rednecks the right to denigrate beauty and refinement they are ill equipped to understand and appreciate.

And yes I KNOW the business about shooting down the chandelier was joke, but too many Americans are just crude and ill bred enough to applaud such a gesture if it actually occurred.

"Denigration Derbies" may be a fun way to let off steam, but they don't solve problems.

~ FreeThinke

Ducky's here said...

The man's a freak. He also doesn't seem to understand that there aren't enough gun loons among independent voters to get elected with this act.

If you think Jeff Jacoby is brilliant I suggest you read another Boston columnist, James Carroll who can write and has insight. Broaden your outlook.

The French thing is really cute however. This guy is really playing to the morons.

Jack Camwell said...

I'm inclined to agree with you FreeThinke.

It would probably pain many Americans to know that much of the English we speak is derived from French.

Ducky's here said...

France played a significant part in the founding of this nation.

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France made the founding possible. No France, no America.

Dig a little deeper and you find that Haiti was a critical factor in the founding. The wealth from Haiti and its slave labor was immense and allowed France to fund the war with Britain which made the revolution possible.

Of course, when Haiti revolted and freed itself we made our commitment to freedom very apparent and it was indeed circumscribed.

Propertied white men good, others not so good and if that has changed it isn't due to the right.

conservativesonfire said...

The fun and games of campaign rhetoric are just beginning. It will be fun watching even if it from the outside looking in.

Anonymous said...

If there's anything worse than a yahoo or a redneck, it's a stuck up know-it-all from the northeastern United States.

They use facts as drunken man uses lamp posts -- for support rather than illumination.

Unintentionally comical they are.

~ FreeThinke

badwolf79 said...

Well, if the duck's against Perry, there must be something good there.
Seriously, no candidate should be considered who doesn't pledge the immediate and significant reduction in the federal government.

To a doctor finding cancer in a patient, cutting it out is a reasonable choice. A plumber with an overflowed toilet doesn't call for raising the ceiling, and I find that an apt description of what we have today in Washington.

~ Will

Speedy G said...

Propertied white men good, others not so good and if that has changed it isn't due to the right.

The Ventian Lords on the right absolutely hated Othello....

...oh yeah, that's right, they didn't.

Dream on duckmeister. Pretend that "the right" invented prejudice. We like "propertied" ANYONE. Always have. As long as they ALWAYS had property and aren't part of those nouveau-riche upstarts and their wanton ways.

Jersey McJones said...

Texas is a shithole with the second lowest wages in the nation, millions of illegal aliens, rampant crime and poverty, lousy schools, lousy hospitals, lousy cops, lousy everything. Even the physical place itself is a shithole.

Sure, Perry knows how to create jobs - GROW THE GOVERNMENT! That's what he did! His net gain in jobs came ALL from the public sector! He had a net LOSS in private sector employment!

Sure, businesses love Texas. It's a shithole. If you can pay people less, abuse them more, and give them fewer benefiits, then why not set up shop in Texas? Oh. that's right. You have to be a scumbag too.

Only a scumbag or a moron would vote for Rick Perry.

At least Ron Paul is honest. Perry's a weasal.

JMJ

Silverfiddle said...

And you're an ignorant loudmouth liar, Jersey.

Put up or shut up. I won't have you spewing lies here.

Silverfiddle said...

Dear fellow Right Blogistanis:

This is an open forum and as such, even hopium-addled leftwing nutballs can stagger in here regurgitating liberal lies.

Apparently, some are too stupid to read, even when we provide them links disproving the msnbs bs they continue to spew:

http://www.politicalmathblog.com/?p=1590

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/rick-perrys-very-good-week/2011/08/22/gIQAsoRNWJ_story.html

Texas added nearly 30,000 jobs during the month of July — the 10th month running that the state has experienced positive job growth. But despite that private-sector growth, the state's unemployment rate rose slightly in the same time period, from 8.2 percent to 8.4 percent, hovering just under the national unemployment rate of 9.1 percent. Meanwhile, government jobs fell by 9,400 in July, the result, at least in part, of sweeping state budget cuts.

(http://www.texastribune.org/texas-taxes/2011-budget-shortfall/texas-added-jobs-july-unemployment-rose/)

You're making a bufoonish fool of yourself, Jersey, and destroying any shreds of credibility you may have had left.

Anonymous said...

From The American Prospect:


”... one of the Texas governor’s greatest vulnerabilities as a candidate became immediately obvious: He enjoys nothing more than raising eyebrows (and hackles) with incendiary talk.”


FT: One Barack Obama’s greatest vulnerabilities as a sitting president is painfully obvious: He does but raise eyebrows (and hackles) by endorsing and implementing incendiary action that aids only in collapsing the economy while making everyone but committed Marxists and ignoramuses look to people like Rick Perry in hopes of fining an antidote for the poison Obama has forcibly injected into our system.

~ FreeThinke

Rob said...

Jersey, you're dangerously close to fighting words there. "Texas is a shithole..."

So, the governor of the state is now accountable for the glut of illegal aliens that the President permits to invade his state?

I suppose we'd better consider New Mexico, Arizona, and California shitholes with negligent, crappy governors too?

By the way, some of Texas' high schools & hospitals are ranked among the best in the nation.

Anonymous said...

Karl Rove said:

... "You don't accuse the chairman of the federal reserve of being a traitor to his country. Of being guilty of treason," Karl Rove told Fox News Tuesday. "And, suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in texas. You know, that is not, again a presidential statement."


”Perry, meanwhile, has so far decided against apologizing for the headline-dominating comments about Bernanke.


"Rove's not pulling any punches, suggesting that Perry's comments are a sign of a candidate destined to be gaffe-prone.”


From:
http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/08/karl-rove-piles-on-rick-perry-bernanke-line-not-a-presidential-statement.php


FT: I had an adverse reaction to Perry’s image the moment he came on the scene, but I’ve never ‘bought’ Karl Rove either. After all, wasn’t he at least partly responsible for saddling us with George W. Bush for eight years?

However, the above exchange only makes Rick Perry seem much more attractive, while it does nothing for Karl Rove.

I love it when politicians refuse to apologize or back down -- even when they’re wrong. "Malleability" is not what we need in our leaders.

~ FreeThinke

Anonymous said...

Any state that could produce and honor Mary Martin (Wetherford) and Van Cliburn (Kilgore) can't possibly be a "shithole" -- even if it did also give us Lyndon Baines Johnson, H. Ross Perot, and the Bushes.

Baylor University has one of the very finest medical schools in the country, and the techniques of open-heart surgery were pioneered and developed in Texas.

Most of the time it's a better to sit quietly on the sidelines and let people think you might be a fool than to open your mouth, and let them know it for sure.

It's a terrible thing to suffer from Diarrhea of the Mouth and Constipation of the Mind simultaneously,

~ FreeThinke

PS: My Verification Word happens to be DAYMBUSH. Awfully close to the truth, ain't it? - FT

Jersey McJones said...

Silver,

Since Perry's been in office, of the 75,000 net job gains in the state, a grand total of NEGATIVE 6000 were from the private sector.

Yes, now Perry's policys are falling into place, and I 100% GUARANTEE they will be very bad for Texas.

Rob,

I'm from New Jersey (and the prt of Jersey that everyone makes the jokes about - the smelly, congested, overpopulated, ridiculously expensive, police state part) so I have the God-given right to pick on any state I want. ;)

Tezas is a very large state, both in population and just plain size. It has a wide variety of demographics. Depending on where in Texas you live, the quality of tyhe public services vary from excellent to terrible. Averaged, educationally, Texas is a below-average state, especially for math and science.

JMJ

Z said...

http://www.politicalmathblog.com/?p=1590

The most sensible, well-researched stuff on Perry, Texas and Jobs.

SF, I don't care WHO gets elected as long as it's not another leftist.

Perry was smart enough to suck the wind out of the GOPers when he attacked Bernanke and Obama ...not Romney or Bachmann. Suddenly, there was no Romney and no Bachmann...it was post-primaries and Perry was pumping. And winning hearts and minds.
I firmly believe he's the combo of Trump (whose ego I can't STAND), who speaks like most AMericans want to hear, and a politician, which, sadly, we need.
Not sure I like Perry yet, I'd prefer Paul Ryan or Santorum (sort of) but he beats the others.

Rove's shaking in his shoes and he has been since Palin came on the scene and the Tea Party was born. the GOP doesn't like independent, smart, strong Conservatives...not at ALL.
Watch for who Rove hates and you'll know who's doing the best in the polls.

Shaw Kenawe said...

FT wrote: "France played a significant part in the founding of this nation. Jefferson imported much elegant French furniture and good wines to be enjoyed at Monticello."

Yes. And I've often told people who love to mock La Belle France that if it wasn't for her, we'd all be speaking English.

Anonymous said...

"... I've often told people who love to mock La Belle France that if it wasn't for her, we'd all be speaking English.

And isn't a tragedy that we're not?

~ FreeThinke

Ducky's here said...

The most sensible, well-researched stuff on Perry, Texas and Jobs.
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What are you comparing it to? Not that you often blow smoke but the breadth of your reading is suspected to be limited.

You can't be a supporter of Breitbart and also say you support sound journalism.

Anyway, the Texas governor is a weak political figure beholding to the legislature. As we saw with Chucklenuts it isn't sound experience.

Perry has done little, knows all the fringe right buzzwords and governors a second rate state which isn't improving.

Lots of good minimum wage jobs though and the fringe right wingers can't figure out that's why housing prices are low.

Jersey McJones said...

Ducky, you just hit it on the nose with this; "the Texas governor is a weak political figure beholden (sp) to the legislature."

(feel free to correct me!)

That was W Bush's biggest problem, and he realized it later in his presidency: A Texas governor is de facto not prepared to be president. The governor of Texas is considered by most political scholars as the weakest in the country. Texas is as close to a small-d democratic state as a small-r republican state can be.

The power is in the hands of the legislature. It's been that way for years. Texas is disbalanced in favor of the legislature and judiciary. The executive branch, on every level, in Texas is uniquely weak. So is the quality of life.

If you like, you could say Obama was not prepared - but he certainly is now!

Perry, by definition, is not prepared. Much less prepared than even W Bush was! At least GW came from a powerful and influential political family. Perry actually is the "charmingly" moronic cowboy W pretended to be!

JMJ

Silverfiddle said...

Jersey: You are either willfully stupid or a liar.

OD357 said...

Silver , my vote goes for willfully stupid. Jersey actually believes his own self spewing dogma. As they say in the south,

Jersey,,,bless his heart.

Thersites said...

How can anyone stupid enough to vote for a "community organizer" for President complain about the qualifications of ANYONE, even a lowly ex-dogcatcher, for elective office?

Chewbacca was born on Kashyyyk, not Endor. Talk about non sequiturs.

ps - Jersey is naught by NYC's trash dump.

Thersites said...

This one's for Jersey...

Silverfiddle said...

Jersey: Your Klown Kar logic is hilarious!

First you ridiculously claim Perry created no jobs, then you say go on to point out that the Texas governor is weak. OK, so which is it? Are the jobs really there and he's not responsible (weak), or are there really no jobs as you claim? If it's the latter, it's not Perry's fault.

You are so ate up with liberal bs and you don't even realize it. You've sucked up the progressive propaganda so hard you're dizzy.

Krudman had to issue this apology:

An earlier version of this column referred incorrectly to low-wage workers in Texas. Nearly 10 percent of hourly workers in Texas are paid the minimum wage or less, not almost 10 percent of all Texan workers.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/15/opinion/the-texas-unmiracle.html

It should say "Krudman lied and got called on it"

Again from the NY Times:

Texas is home to at least one-third of the jobs created nationwide since the recession ended. The state’s economy is growing about twice as fast as the national rate. Home prices have remained stable even as much of the country has seen sharp declines.

Texas remains in an enviable position. The state has created more than 260,000 jobs since June 2009, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, and the state’s economy is growing at an estimated annual rate of about 3 percent, compared with the national growth rate in the last quarter of 1.3 percent.


Even the liberal NY Times admits his job growth. They dismiss it as "lucky" and too many low wage, low benefit jobs.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/16/business/in-texas-perry-rides-an-energy-boom.html?pagewanted=all

From digital toilet paper, Think Progress:

The Lone Star State gained more than a million jobs since the end of 2000, while the U.S. has lost almost 1.5 million, according data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

About 300,000 of the new Texas jobs were in government. Well over half of them, fueled by the surging population, were at public schools. Employment in the state’s public sector has jumped 19% since 2000, compared with a 9% rise in the private sector.


http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/07/27/280366/rick-perry-grows-government-job/

That's at most 20% of all jobs being government jobs, and many of those were temporary census jobs.


So there you go Jersey. You're even more out there than the lefty propaganda rags. You're so far to the loony left you've left the truth behind.

So I'm warning you one more time, Jersey:

Disagree with me, call me names, ridicule the tea party, have a ball, it's all good and in the spirit of debate. But do not enter this forum and poison it with deliberate liberal lies.

Silverfiddle said...

And another thing Jersey, and you too, Ducky:

Reading my previous post, so you're going to criticize Perry for hiring teachers? Really?

You guys are so far gone with blind hatred you've painted yourself into a logical corner. No worries, being liberals, you'll just create an imaginary door.

Why don't you two put your heads together and make an ass of yourself!

Thersites said...

Imagine the film industry if it were run by Jersey and Ducky...

Ducky's here said...

No, I'm the new Minister of Culture and Farmer, you and fiddle go to the eduction camp and have to watch all 13 hours of Rivette's OUT1 on a loop.

Anonymous said...

A fellow named Shapiro gives you lots of reasons why he hates Rick Perry:

http://www.tnr.com/article/politics/94113/rick-perry-republican-nomination-liberal-nightmare

Lucianne Goldberg has told her readers this article will only persuade you to like Rick Perry a whole lot more.

We love what liberals loathe and vice versa.

Will the twain ever meet?

Go only knows, but I doubt it. Enmity is so much more exciting than comity. To get past the food fight stage, we'd have to develop emotional maturity.

It AIN'T gonna happen.

~ FreeThinke

Finntann said...

Hell, I'll take any city in Texas over any in New Jersey.

El Paso vs Newark?

San Antonio vs Trenton? LOL

Houston vs Camden? Oh god stop it, my sides hurt.

Silverfiddle said...

FT: Thanks for the link! Everyone should go read it because the guy makes an OK case against Perry, albeit he enshrines academic achievement but fails to mention W Bush put leftwing nutball Al Gore to shame.

He also incorrectly call Obama a professor, when he was just a lecturer who published not one scholarly article.

Silverfiddle said...

I also note the article uses such sleight of hand trick as false equivalency. He calls Perry a hypocrite for standing for the 9th and 10th Amendment but criticizing the income tax and direct election of senators.

It is a false equivalency. He's not saying we should ignore those amendments we don't like (like the progressives do), he's for following the constitutional process to rescind them.

Jersey McJones said...

I'd take Newark, Finntann, and if you knew what's good for you, you'd do the same.

You guys got all upset about a certain SHITHOLE.

Well, call it what it is. I know I wouldn't want to live there. I've had it up $#@! with the red states. What a poorly run bunch of morons.

JMJ

Ducky's here said...

Finntann it's Lubbock for you or maybe Brownsville.

Houston? Are you kidding?

Weather's nice in Dallas this time of year.

Silverfiddle said...

@ Jersey: I'd take Newark, Finntann

Ha ha! They why are you living in Florida licking ferns, Jersey!

Like the bible clinging, tobacco chewing rightwing redneck hicks you disdain, Jersey, you've voted with your feet!

Red states are gaining congressional seats, blue states are bleeding out people, fleeing in horror from the collapsing liberal experiments.

Which are you going to believe, the progressive propaganda, or your own lying eyes?

OD357 said...
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OD357 said...

Wait a minute Jersey lives in Florida? Last I checked m isn't that a red state? Ha ha Great! I love it. Thanks for bringing facts to the rant Silver.

Z said...

"It would probably pain many Americans to know that much of the English we speak is derived from French."
Verbs are mostly German; Nouns, French.
I lived in Paris through 9/11.....I don't suppose I could ever make most of you understand how amazing the French (citizens, not the gov't) were toward us AMericans; we'd always been told to keep the English talking down on the streets because of Muslims, etc...you get warned about things like that when you're living out of country(I barely saw Muslims in Paris unless we had couscous in a muslim sector, which I wouldn't do after 9/11).....SO, WE were afraid to wear anything that called attention to ourselves, but guess who wore American flag purses and American flag bandanas and scarves after 9/11?
The FRENCH.
Only a French waiter would tell an American and her husband "Go stay in the country with my mother at her home if it gets bad for Americans here with the Muslims"
It was the French who had 3 minutes of silence on the Place Victor Hugo near where I Lived, and it was FRENCH shop owners who couldn't wait till I walked by their shops so they could pop out and give me a flier announcing this 3 minutes of silence "See what we are going to do?"

Ya, the FRENCH.

Finntann said...

Spent alot of time in Lubbock too, I'd rather live there than Newark, Camden, or Trenton and that's saying alot.

And it's not like I haven't spent enough time in NJ to pass judgement.

Anonymous said...

If you knew Jersey, like I know Jersey -- Short Hills, Chatham, Madison, Summit, Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, Ridgewood, Englewood, Tenafly, Cresskill, Demarest, Alpine, Lambertville, Stockton, et. -- you' understand why it was called The Garden State and why some of the most expensive real estate in the country is there.

Every state has a dichotomy about it -- sections where sensible people yearn to be, and places they instinctively shun. I guess opinion as to the merits depends on where you came from, where you are and where you want to go.

Newark, Jersey City and Elizabeth stink -- places to flee. The towns listed above are the stuff that dreams are made of.

~ FreeThinke

~ FreeThinke

-FJ said...

The State is fine, FreeThinke... it's the people from Jersey that are NYC's garbage. ;)

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