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:
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:
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:
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.