Never thought I’d be saying this: Alex Jones injects a little sanity into the Rick Perry lovefest that’s been sweeping the conservative political class recently. Jones’s website recently brought to light a long list of facts about Perry’s tenure as Governor that should give conservatives and Tea Partiers pause before hailing Perry as a “Southern-fried Reagan”.
Several of the bullet points have to do with conspiracy theories regarding the “NAFTA Superhighway” or the Bilderberg conference — I’m not going to bother listing those — but the other bullet points are issues that Perry may have trouble responding to, if he wants to present himself as the GOP’s savior in 2012:
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “The total debt of the Texas government has more than doubled since Rick Perry became governor.”
- “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.”
- “Even with the oil boom in Texas, 23 states have a lower unemployment rate than Texas does.”
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “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.”
- “Texas has the highest percentage of workers making minimum wage out of all 50 states.”
- “In 2007, 221,000 residents of Texas were making minimum wage or less. By 2010, that number had risen to 550,000.”
- “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.’”
Given the fact that this general election will undoubtedly be first and foremost about the lagging economy, is Rick Perry really the best person to take up our banner in this regard?