Texas governor and potential G.O.P. presidential candidate Rick Perry can be described as a more powerful, workingman’s George W. Bush (which is pretty scary). He’s got that same Texas swagger, same befuddled squint, same off-the-cuff speaking capacities—and he proclaims the Christian faith even harder. But he was more powerful as Texas Governor than Bush ever was—creating some 600 boards, commissions, authorities and departments in Texas while in office (Gov. Rick Perry’s Cash Machine, NYTimes.com). For someone that claims to be a staunch small government man, that’s sure a lot of government regulatory bodies. But maybe there’s a reason for all of them:

Since 2001, more than a fifth of the $83 million that Mr. Perry has raised for his gubernatorial campaigns has come from people he appointed to state boards and commissions, according to a study by Texans for Public Justice (Gov. Rick Perry’s Cash Machine, NYTimes.com).

In 2005, when the TXU Corporation, a utility based in Dallas, sought permits to build coal-fired power plants. That October, Mr. Perry issued an executive order for a review panel to fast-track the application. In the months that followed, current and retired TXU executives, as well as the company’s political action committee, sent Mr. Perry more than $100,000 in donations, including one check dated the same day as Mr. Perry’s order (Perry Mines Texas System to Raise Cash for Campaigns, Confessore and Luo for NYTimes.com).

As can be seen in the above graphic, and the following quotes pulled from others’ research, Perry was for sale during his gubernatorial stint (and undoubtedly still is for sale). And yes, most politicians these days are for sale. But Perry is running for President, and seems to be a frontrunner in the illustrious narrative that is the GOP candidate race. His convictions about this world are even more provincial than his predecessor in Texas:

  • “I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling into their projects. And I think we are seeing almost weekly, or even daily, scientists are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change.”
  • When asked about his opinion of the Federal Reserve (a institution that holds a very big key to helping solve some economic problems) he had this to say: “If this guy [Ben Bernake] prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what you all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. I mean, printing more money to play politics at this particular time in America history, is almost treacherous, treasonous in my view.”
  • In his book, Perry calls Social Security a “a crumbling monument to the failure of the New Deal.”

Then to his claims that Texas has come out of this Great Recession as a winner because he has created jobs and kept unemployment low. But as Paul Krugman (one of the most sound economic minds of our times) pointed out, “It has, for many decades, had much faster population growth than the rest of America—about twice as fast since 1990 (The Texas Unmiracle, Krugman for NYTimes.com).”

This population growth, as you will find out if you read that Krugman article, has created the need for lower-end jobs, which Perry has created. But those jobs are helping no one. And we can also see that Texas doesn’t have a low unemployment rate compared with the rest of the country because it had 8.4% unemployment in July 2011. That’s a higher rate than Arkansas, Delaware, Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Utah, Virginia, and Wisconsin (just to name a few).

These false claims of economic prosperity for Texas might be attributed to Perry’s inability as a thinker and misunderstanding of how an economy works:

  • “Dave McNeely, a Texas political columnist who has covered Austin since 1963, differentiated between Perry’s skill set. ‘In terms of sheer brains and understanding policy at a deep level, he’d rank pretty low,” said McNeely, looking back at the chief executives he’s covered from John Connally on. “But as far as power politics and control, he’s the most powerful Texas governor in history.'” (Is Rick Perry Dumb? from Politico)
  • “He is not an ideas man. Longtime Texas lobbyist Bill Miller, a Perry fan said Perry learns what is necessary to be effective. ‘If he should know about John Locke, he’ll know about John Locke,’ Miller said. ‘If it’s not on his schedule, it’s irrelevant to him.’ In an illustration that Perry knows what he needs to know, his spokesman said the governor is currently reading Henry Kissinger’s recent China book — “On China.” And that’s not the only practical guide the governor is thumbing through. Mark Miner, the spokesman, said Perry is also reading Charles Stanley’s “Turning the Tide,” a Baptist pastor’s how-to for Christian conservatives who want to change the country’s direction, and the Bible.” (Is Rick Perry Dumb? from Politico)

In summary, Perry is a dumbed down version of George W. who preaches more and slings from the hip quicker. And he is running for President of this nation. If that’s not a humanrobot I don’t know what is…

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