Rick Perry knocks George W. Bush, Mitt Romney for 'big government' policies

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Range Rover, Nov 8, 2010.

  1. http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1110/44837.html

    Perry knocks Bush, Romney policies

    By: Jonathan Martin
    November 8, 2010 02:12 PM EST

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry insists that he’s not running for president, but he didn’t mind offering an unvarnished view Monday about the signature policy accomplishment of one Republican who almost certainly is in the race.

    “The health care plan out of Massachusetts, I would suggest to you, is too much the like the health care plan passed out of Washington,” Perry said, succinctly voicing one of the chief difficulties former Bay State Gov. Mitt Romney faces in the upcoming GOP primary.

    Washington may hold little allure for him, but that doesn’t mean that Perry, who just won a convincing victory for his third full term, isn’t interested in increasing his national political profile.

    Offering the sort of blunt talk sure to keep drawing attention his way, the conservative Texan used a reporters roundtable designed to promote his new book to expound on where his own party went wrong on its way to losing the White House.

    Perry criticized former President George W. Bush, whom he succeeded in Austin, for promoting two significant pieces of domestic legislation, the Medicare prescription drug benefit and the No Child Left Behind bill that implemented federal education standards.

    "I think those were both Big Government, but more important, they were Washington-centric," he said of the two laws, both significant parts of the Bush legacy. "One size does not fit all, unless you're talking tube socks."

    The former president — now in the midst of a media tour for a book of his own — “missed some opportunities to send some good messages to a Congress that was spending too much money, frankly, on programs that we can't afford and don't need,” Perry said.

    In his new jeremiad against federal power, “Fed Up!” the governor is even tougher as he takes aim at unnamed “old-guard Republicans” who “enable the statists.”

    “They cowardly and selfishly empower themselves politically by compromising liberty issue by issue, often selling principle for a bridge, a museum or some building named after them back in their home district or state,” writes Perry in the 187-page polemic.

    Such language is evocative of the tea party movement, the spirit of which Perry captured en route to a crushing primary victory over Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison and an equally triumphant win last week over former Houston Mayor Bill White.

    Yet Perry insisted he’d prefer to lead a band of conservative governors as a bulwark against what he portrayed as an encroaching Washington than try to challenge President Barack Obama.

    “I got the best job in the country,” he said. In four years, Perry added, “Lord willing, I will be governor of the state of Texas.”

    He boasted of the numbers of minorities he’s appointed as governor and of the success last week of a group of black and Hispanic Republican state legislative candidates.

    Yet, even as he takes a hard line on border security, the governor acknowledged the difficulties the GOP had this election with Hispanics and pointed to California, where Democrat Jerry Brown thumped Republican Meg Whitman in the governor’s race 73 percent to 18 percent among Hispanics, according to exit polls. He noted that 22 percent of the state’s electorate last week was Hispanic.
    “The idea of having a diverse Republican Party is very important [so] ... it looks like the rest of the country,” Perry said.

    Even as he demurs about a White House bid, Perry plainly wants to have a voice in the national debate. He’s taking his book tour to a wide range of venues, including the Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show.”

    “He’s the No. 2 book reviewer in America behind Oprah,” Perry declared of Stewart, who often criticizes conservatives.

    Picking up a copy of his book, the governor explained: “I’m all about that being on a lot of TVs.”
  2. Seems the GOP has a new 2012 candidate
  3. LOL!!! rover is a dubya defender now... oh the irony!!! ROFLMAO!!!
  4. Lucrum


    What happened to your favorite, Sarah Palin?
  5. She still has my vote in the GOP primary :)
  6. Maverick74


    Range Rover, dude, you hit your maximum copy and paste limit today. No more till tomorrow. You only get to copy and paste 100 times a day, that's the limit.
  7. Sarah gets more delegates in the primaries then Perry does :D
  8. Perry's feeling it 'cause TAMU has won something in 20 years. What...we're still not sure yet...but he's feeling it?

  9. As I've noted before, this is 1968 for the far right. It won't end until they field a candidate for Prez on the Republican line, and are finally and definitively defeated.
    The fact that Miller, O'Donnell, Angle, Tancredo, Buck, and Paladino all went down, and that all were outside the South, doesn't seem to have made any sort of impression. (Tancredo: "Hickenlooper received 51 percent of the vote to Tancredo’s 36 percent and Republican Dan Maes’ 10 percent, just as the internal poll had said.
    Widely circulated polls from Rasmussen Reports and Magellan missed terribly. The final Rasmussen poll showed Hickenlooper was favored by 47 percent of voters, Tancredo by 42 percent and Maes by just 5 percent...Automated polling techniques employed by Rasmussen and Magellan are to blame for their dismal performance in the Colorado governor’s race, Melanson said. They rely on voters to tell the truth about party affiliation, age and gender, while the more accurate Keating polls relied on up-to-date voter files purchased from the Secretary of State’s Office. Such data carry a high price tag that deters some polling organizations."
    So, whether it's 2012 or some later date, it looks like they're itching to take over the Republican party, at which point they'll run some joker who thinks folks like the ones here on ET make up some sort of real majority outside of the usual asylums, and go down in a flaming fireball.
  10. Ever wonder why dems have to resort to deceptive and fraudulent tactics such as this and "crash the tea party" efforts to advance their goals? Ever wonder why just being honest isn't good enough??

    #10     Nov 8, 2010