Not So Fast Gov. Perry – More Questions Voters May Want to Ask

September 8, 2011
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During the GOP Debate last night, we heard the usual questions and answers from: Herman Cain, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Rep. Ron Paul, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Sen. Rick Santorum each battling it out hoping for an eventual nomination. But, Rick Perry fared well, looking like the Cheshire cat with a grin on his face — yet a few questions were not asked.

 

 

The most enthusiastic applause centered around Rick Perry’s enthusiastic support of the death penalty in Texas –234 executions is a record breaking number.

 

 

In 2004, due to scientific proof which seemed to prove that death row inmate Cameron Todd Willingham had not murdered his three children, Gov. Rick Perry denied a stay of execution. Mr. Willingham, an innocent man, was put to death because of a dysfunctional system and governor who still remains without conscience over this man’s death.
A more direct question would have been appropriate:

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It’s fairly common knowledge that Gov. Rick Perry is deeply concerned about cervical cancer — a person would almost be led to believe that he has a financial stake in backing his concern.  Questions would certainly have been in order over this:

 

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) says that it’s just a coincidence that he and eight other lawmakers received donations of $5,000 each from Merck lobbyists just a few days before mandating the drug giant’s HPV cervical cancer vaccine for all females in Texas ages 12 and up.
?A few more questions regarding the economy and well being of his constituents would have also been appropriate:
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Texas ranks high with the uninsured, poverty, illiteracy, high school graduation rate, below minimum wage earners — the list is long.

Update: This list was constructed by a reader at  The New Civil Rights Movement AndyBlue, who says he’s been compiling it from other commenters as well.

Well done Andy.

The New Civil Rights Movement did our best to verify each item, and made a few minor corrections, like adjusting the rank a notch or two based on verifiable data. Other items we did not feel qualified to debate, and removed some, or left them as there are contradictions, which are also dependent upon the year or method of measurement. Suffice it to say, some might think these numbers are sufficient to indict Texas Governor Rick Perry for malpractice, not for the nation’s highest office.

Texas Ranks #1 in population living below the poverty line ( 17.2 % ).?

Worst environmental record in the United States?

Ranks #1 in illiteracy?

Ranks # 1 on the poorest gun regulations in the US and highest per capita gun murder rates in the US

?Ranks #1 with the highest real estate taxes per $1,000 value of a home in the United States?

Ranks #1 in the lowest high school graduation rate?

Ranks #1 with the highest interest rates “pay day” companies can charge?

Ranks # 1 in those making below minimum wage?

Ranks 50th ( dead last ) in Teacher Pay?

Ranks # 1 (26.5%) who lack health insurance?

Ranks # 1 (20.3%) of children who lack health insurance?

Ranks # 1 in the highest per capita executions in the world?

Ranks # 50th in $ spent for Medicaid for the poor and children

?Ranks 50th ( dead last ) in $ spent on its citizens?

Ranks # 1 in the # of food insecure children.?

Ranks 49th ( the 2nd lowest ) in Medicaid $ given to nursing homes?

Ranks 2nd highest in teen births?

Ranks #2 with the highest home insurance rates?

Ranks #2 with the highest sales ta

Ranks 49th in $ funded for the mentally ill?

Ranks #1 with the highest overall pollution rate

?Ranks #1 in adults under correctional control?

Ranks #1 in adults under probation

While fires were raging across Texas, Rick Perry cut firefighting:

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My question would be: Gov. Perry, you prayed for rain and got fire, do you think God is trying to tell you something?

 

Many thanks to my old friend Ray McVeigh for some of this info.

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  • Micah

    I absolutely agree with Abeon’s critique of this article. I also am not a supporter of Perry, but I still take issue with the perspective from which this article was written.

    I think that the author (and MANY other Americans as well) would greatly benefit our country by taking the small amount of time it would require to read Common Sense, written by Thomas Paine in 1776, and thereby be reminded of what functions any government ought to be limited to as well as the dangers that exist in allowing that government to overstep the bounds of its responsibilities.

    In fact, I think it would be accurate to say that Americans as a majority suffer from an acute lack of common sense, as well as a severe case of wishful and idealistic thinking.

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  • Abe

    Your list of questions which you consider essential marks you as one who believes in the almighty power of government to SAVE everyone and fix everything. While many of the things you mentioned are sad for Texas, very few of them should fall under the purview of government. I find it amusing that you assume otherwise, yet there are people like me who profoundly disagree with you. Yes, some common sense environmental and health regulations make sense. But most of the things you mentioned are only indirectly influenced by government. For instance, you say, “?Ranks #1 in adults under correctional control?.” I assume you’re attributing this to some sort of miss-management on Perry’s part? But merely saying that a state has relatively more adults in prison means relatively little. Texas is an immense state–both in population and in sheer size. It’s entirely conceivable that if you’re merely comparing the number of people in prison in Texas to every other state, Texas “wins” just because it has so many more people than many states. Now, if Texas had more people in prison as a proportion of it’s population than other states (i.e., a ratio), then the ranking would be more meaningful. However, even so, the ranking would be highly flawed. Rankings are a poor way to look at the world because the mask the many factors that influence a relative outcome. For instance, Texas has a huge border with Mexico…am I the only one who thinks this and high illegal immigration would lead to higher crime rates, murder rates, and thus imprisonment? Of course it will be ranked higher than, say, Montana which shares a border with, um, Canada.

    I understand that you’re out to draw blood from Rick Perry, but there’s plenty of more substantial things to attack him on than this trite misleading babble.

    Understand, I’m not defending Rick Perry; After all, while I loathe Obama, I’m not a Perry supporter. I merely detest the sloppy, mistaken thinking exhibited by this article/post. If you care to apply some rigorous analysis to the various candidates, I’m all ears. What you’ve done here doesn’t count.

    • Fred Garvin

      There are SEVERAL items in the list for which the TX government is DIRECTLY responsible and some others that reflect the state of things in the Republic of Texas.

      Note that each one of these things use objective measures, not the raw numbers you decry in your cherry-picked response.

      You seized on one item – prison population – and sought to characterize the entire list based on that one item.

      Texas Ranks #1 in population living below the poverty line ( 17.2 % ).?
      ?Ranks #1 with the highest real estate taxes per $1,000 value of a home in the United States?
      Ranks #1 in the lowest high school graduation rate?
      Ranks #1 with the highest interest rates “pay day” companies can charge?
      Ranks 50th ( dead last ) in Teacher Pay?
      Ranks # 1 (26.5%) who lack health insurance?
      Ranks # 1 (20.3%) of children who lack health insurance?
      Ranks # 1 in the highest per capita executions in the world?
      Ranks #2 with the highest sales tax

      And a few other of the items. These items defy your assertion that number are skewed because TX has a very large population. If anything in the list in the article is skewed because it uses raw population numbers, why would the list include the following?

      Ranks # 50th in $ spent for Medicaid for the poor and children
      Ranks 49th ( the 2nd lowest ) in Medicaid $ given to nursing homes?

  • Laughing

    The man has balls as they say, he put an innocent man to death. Maybe that’s why he’s praying so hard.

  • Thomas Bishop

    In an interview with Glenn Beck, last year, Governor Perry, you claimed that the idea that the federal government can require action to “clean our air is really nonsense.”

    Is that why Texas has the worst environmental record in the United States and just allows the polluters to pollute? That it’s profitable and that’s American?

    • http://FreakOutNation.com Anomaly100

      @Thomas Bishop, I think [and others will disagree I'm sure] that the questions were far too easy.

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