January 18, 2012
“Rick Perry’s stupidity causes diplomatic incident” — that’s one of the recent headlines about Presidential candidate Rick Perry. Well, that’s typical Perry. Most of us who have lived in Texas under Governor Rick Perry’s reign already knew of his stupidity. That’s who Rick Perry is.
I first referred to Perry as “stupid” back in early 2010 when he called the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico “an act of God”. That was after Texas Republicans, under Perry’s leadership, attempted to rewrite Texas history to give it a very conservative slant. Perry also ruled the longest ignoring the fact that the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality under-reported the amount of radiation found in drinking water across the state of Texas. Hell, even one former Reagan official called Perry an “idiot”.
As reported by Daily Kos last year, Perry pushed a life insurance scheme on retired Texas teachers to create tax shelters for speculators.
The Perry administration wanted to help Wall Street investors gamble on how long retired Texas teachers would live. Perry was promising the state big money in exchange for helping Swiss banking giant UBS set up a business of teacher death speculation. All they had to do was convince retirees to let UBS buy life insurance policies on them.
This is the kind of underhanded governing we could expect if Perry was elected President.
In nine years as governor, Perry more than doubled our debt, mainly by cutting taxes for corporations – much like his predecessor, who later became President and did the same thing to the entire country. In his last campaign for governor, Perry refused to make public the states’ financial records so he could lie about the size of our debt, saying it was one-half of what it really was. Only after he was re-elected did he allow the financial statement to be released revealing the true amount.
For many years the GOP flaunted Texas as the shinning example of how extreme conservative policies were successful. However, today they have abandoned that talk, and for good reason. They can’t fit Texas into their script any more, which is “a pro-business, lean-spending, no-union state. You can’t fit [the deficit problem] into a nice storyline, so it’s ignored.”
After South Carolina’s Primary
next Tuesday Saturday Perry will certainly drop out of the Presidential race. Hopefully that will be the last any of us will ever hear of him, but I doubt it. Besides, the only people who like him are those who are as stupid as he is
For more evidence on how dumb, ignorant and stupid Perry is, here are many of the headlines during Perry’s run for the GOP Presidential nomination.
Never underestimate the difficulty of changing false beliefs [with] facts.
Economist Henry Rosovsky