Archive for August 14, 2011
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Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas Sends Warning to Republicans Nationwide About Perry’s Tax and Spend Record
AUSTIN, TX – Texas Governor Rick Perry may be the flavor of the day for a lot of Republicans, but Texas Republicans who are familiar with his record are a lot less enthusiastic about his presidential run. “Perry has a unique talent for finding new ways to raise taxes and loves to use taxpayer money to subsidize his business cronies,” says Secretary Dave Nalle of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas. “His supposed belief in limited government and states rights conveniently disappears whenever it conflicts with the demands of the special interests and corporate cronies who he serves.”
Governor Perry’s record of big government, big spending, big taxing and attacks on the fundamental rights of Texas citizens is a familiar to Texans, but seems to be much less well known to Republicans outside of the state, which may explain his high initial showing in the polls. The Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas is compiling a complete dossier on Perry to share with fellow Republicans outside their state so that they can be informed about what they are being sold in a Perry presidential candidacy.
The file on Perry’s abuses of power, insider deals with cronies and tax and spend policies is thick, but for a start here are what Texas RLC members voted as the top five Perry scandals which GOP primary voters need to know more about:
1. Business Slush Funds:
- Perry made heavy use of business incentive “slush funds” which used taxpayer dollars to subsidize selected businesses, many of them run by his major campaign contributors. Just two of these funds, the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Texas Emerging Growth fund, spent over $700 million to subsidize businesses to move to Texas or expand operations in Texas, with little evidence that these handouts of taxpayer money produced job or revenue growth anywhere near sufficient to justify the expense. In fact, many of these businesses eventually downsized or relocated long before they had earned the money Perry gave them, or even went bankrupt with $25 million fund dollars like Countrywide Financial.
2. Toll Roads and Land Seizures:
- Perry has never met a toll road project he wasn’t willing to seize huge amounts of private land for and then give the exclusive management contracts to foreign corporations. Perry’s time in office has set records for eminent domain land seizures – over a million acres have been seized. His toll road projects have confiscated family farms and torn communities apart. Toll roads have been used as a massive off-the-books tax program, taking money from Texas drivers and feeding it to foreign financial interests and management groups which lobbied the governor for special deals which produce much higher tolls and higher profits than are typical in other states.
3. Forced Vaccinations:
- In 2007 Perry issued an executive order which would have forcibly vaccinated every girl in Texas entering the sixth grade with Merck’s Gardasil vaccine for Human Papilloma Virus. This massive violation of the privacy rights of Texas teenagers and their parents would have come at a cost of $360 in taxpayer money per shot. It would have been a huge windfall for Merck, which had paid Perry’s former Chief of Staff $250,000 to lobby the governor and legislature to promote the forced vaccination program.
4. The Job-Killing Franchise Tax:
- Knowing that it would be impossible to pass an income tax against popular opposition in Texas, Perry promoted the idea of a special business tax called the “Franchise Tax” which taxes businesses at different arbitrary rates set by the government. This tax expands business taxes to types of businesses which are not taxed in most states and in many cases taxes small businesses more than large corporations they compete with. For example it taxes small car repair shops at double the rate it taxes large dealerships for car repairs. It’s a small business and job killer.
5. Scuttled the Anti-TSA Bill:
- When Rep. David Simpson led the Texas legislature towards passage of an enormously popular bill (HB1938) to hold the TSA accountable for intrusive searches of airline passengers, Perry played a key role in making sure that the bill was not passed. When the TSA and the Justice Department began pressuring him, although Perry had promised to submit the bill to the special legislative session, he delayed submitting the bill until it was so late in the session that it was virtually impossible to hold the constitutionally mandated votes necessary for passage. That way he could score points with the public for submitting the popular bill while at the same time making sure that it wouldn’t pass. It’s a classic example of Perry’s insincere pandering.
Don’t be fooled by campaign hype. If Perry says he’ll cut taxes or get government off our back, look up his real record. Look up his past statements. He supported TARP. He supported the bailouts. He was even Al Gore’s Texas campaign manager back in 1988. A vote for Perry in the Republican primary is a vote for more big government and more taxes and more of the the same deficits and irresponsibility we had for 12 years under Bush and Obama. The Republican Party and the nation need real leadership, not more of the same with a nicer head of hair.
RLC of Texas Chairman Judson Vandiver asks, “Let’s hope Republicans outside Texas see through all the hype. Let’s all say to to Perry what he said to a Texas state trooper when he tried to bully her after she pulled him over for speeding YouTube: ‘Why don’t you just let us get on down the road?’”
By Brent Budowsky – 08/12/11 10:29 AM ET
The Republican debaters looked like Snow White and the eight dwarfs, though recently Barack Obama has not looked profoundly presidential either. There were two big winners. Ron Paul is establishing himself as the only anti-war candidate in either party, a potentially huge role. Michele Bachmann continued her shredding of Tim Pawlenty, who will drop out before the big show. Paul and Bachmann are destined for a big clash with Rick Perry for the Anybody But Romney role.
First, Ron Paul: The great political opportunity for Paul is to be the clear and only anti-war candidate, at a time when war is highly unpopular. I am not agreeing or disagreeing with the policy, just suggesting that Ron Paul helped himself big time championing the anti-war position. If Paul keeps escalating his anti-war view, he could break into a clear third place in the polls.
Next, Michele Bachmann: Bachmann is breaking down Pawlenty the way Sugar Ray Leonard broke down boxing opponents. She lands short, hard blows: Pawlenty for cap-and-trade. Pawlenty weak on healthcare. Pawlenty sounds like Obama on government. Each Bachmann jab draws a little blood. She pushes him farther to the left. She keeps him pinned down. Pawlenty is intimidated by Bachmann. He cannot man up against her. His days as a candidate are numbered.
Finally, Rick Perry. The big dog on the cable news today. He is formidable, but I think overrated. Is Perry ready for prime time? I doubt it. Why does Perry hang out with neocons? Does he really want to run as Bush 45? Can he handle the hard nasty questions of brutal presidential politics? Don’t bet on it.
Once Bachmann disposes of Pawlenty, she will turn her fire on Perry. One of them must destroy the other before the grand shootout with Mitt “corporations are people too” Romney. Can you believe he said that?
Ron Paul and Rick Perry are destined for a very big clash on war-and-peace issues, and it will be a sight to behold. Paul says “get out now” while Perry says “bombs away.” The fur will fly. My bet is Ron Paul wins that debate. Stay tuned.
Meanwhile, in Michigan, Barack Obama pretended he was not the president living in the White House, but another angry voter waving his pitchfork against Democrats as well as Republicans in Washington. A very bad act and a story for another day.
Here is just another example of the mainstream medias constant efforts to try and avoid covering Ron Paul or doing their best to minimize what coverage they do have to give of him. This capture taken from the NBC “news” site. If you took a quick glace at the original article you would never see Ron Paul listed, but would have no problem with the other candidates as they are in bold font. Another cheap trick and childish shot at the good Dr. Paul.
The Washington Post, The Hill, Slate, Newsmax and many others have declared Ron Paul among the winners in last night’s debate. Many have also declared Rick Santorum to be a loser. As for the debate, many have said Santorum lost that too.
But perhaps the best post-debate Santorum comments came from Sen. Rand Paul. Slate asked Sen. Paul: “What did you make of Rick Santorum’s attack on your father?”
Sen. Paul replied: “You know… I’d rather not talk about other candidates, particularly if they don’t have a chance of winning. I think there are some other significant candidates and significant issues, but I didn’t really see that as one.
“There are many opponents of Obamacare who are voicing outrage that some of the same organizations that carried “Obama’s water” and vocally endorsed his health care “reform” law are the ones who are scrambling for waivers.”
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee leaders continue to press the Obama Administration to explain how it granted more than 1,400 waivers exempting groups from President Barack Obama’s health care law.
They also questioned how more than 20 percent of the waivers issued in April went to the home district of House Minority Leader Nancy (“We have to pass the bill so you can find out what is in it”) Pelosi (D-CA).
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Health Care, District of Columbia, Census and the National Archives Subcommittee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) called on President Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Kathleen Sebelius to provide to the Committee detailed information about the waiver process and factors involved in deciding which organizations did—and did not—receive waivers.
“The Obama Administration has implemented a policy that picks winners and losers—all without disclosing how and why these selections were made. The public has a right to know what justification they used to exempt businesses, unions and other organizations from compliance with Obamacare,” Chairman Issa said.
“At a time when many businesses are struggling to create jobs and grow the economy, this has the potential to create an unfair advantage for some politically-connected businesses, while others are left to suffer the consequences of onerous government regulations,” Issa added.
“Through an amorphous process shrouded in ambiguity and understood by few, the Administration has granted exemptions from Obamacare’s onerous requirements to hundreds of organizations. The American people deserve to know what standard of review Secretary Sebelius utilized and why the geographic distribution of granted waivers appears to be so distorted. I look forward to working with Chairman Issa as we continue to ensure political favoritism does not trump fundamental fairness,” Gowdy said.
The Committee has requested that HHS deliver by August 17 documents and information including a copy of every waiver application and supporting materials. In addition, the committee asked for information about the internal evaluation of each waiver application. Thus far, HHS has delivered only applications denied as of March 10.
Because HHS has since decided to eliminate the entire waiver process effective September 22, Issa and Gowdy also raised concerns about the fairness of this process. They asked that HHS provide a full explanation of the shutdown process as well as documents and questions about stakeholder surveys and communications to assess a possible shutdown.
“If the Department continues to demonstrate an unwillingness to cooperate with the Committee’s investigation, we will be forced to consider compulsory process,” Issa and Gowdy wrote.
There are many opponents of Obamacare who are voicing outrage that some of the same organizations that carried “Obama’s water” and vocally endorsed his health care “reform” law are the ones who are scrambling for waivers.
“The fact that people who pushed this law down the throats of a majority of Americans who opposed [Obamacare] are now obtaining waivers that free them from the law’s stipulations smacks of political corruption. It’s the Chicago Way, multiplied by thousands,” said attorney and political consultant Mike Baker.
News began breaking on Sunday morning before most folks had finished their coffee or had even woken up on the left coast. Some fourteen hours after finishing a relatively distant third place to Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul in the Ames straw poll, former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty is ending his quest for the presidency.
Pawlenty told supporters on a conference call Sunday morning that he would announce on ABC’s “This Week” that he was ending his campaign after a disappointing finish in the Iowa straw poll on Saturday.
The poll was a test of organizational strength and popularity in the state whose caucuses lead off the GOP nomination fight.
Pawlenty had struggled to gain traction in Iowa, a state he had said he must win, after laying the groundwork for a campaign for nearly two years.
I won’t attempt to hide my disappointment since, as most of you know, I was quite a fan of T-Paw and had hoped he would do well. But in the end, there have likely been too many doses of reality being delivered to his campaign. As Ed and Tina already pointed out, while some people brush off the importance of a straw poll like the one in Ames, this was more than just a test of how many free tickets and pulled pork sandwiches one can hand out. It’s also a test of how well you can build your organizational structure and what kind of image you can project.
T-Paw had poured almost all of his remaining campaign funds into this effort and worked the ground game for well over a year, yet he still came up far, far short. It was going to be difficult at best to go back to potential donors after this and convince them to flush more money into the effort. But what Governor Pawlenty really never seemed to overcome was the media branded image that he was simply, “too nice.” He was the vanilla candidate who everyone liked, but they simply didn’t see that “fire in the belly” that everyone talked about. Even his scrappy verbal brawl with Michele Bachmann on Thursday night was too little, too late.
He was also regularly shoved to the back of the pack every time a new “flavor of the month” candidate entered the race and spiked in the poll numbers. This was doubtless compounded with the addition of a new, seriously high voltage competitor entering the race this weekend in the person of Rick Perry.
So where does he go from here? It’s difficult to imagine the final nominee picking him for the veep slot, but anything is possible. There is also the potential for a future Senate run where he might fare quite well, though he has brushed that thought off in the past.
Sorry to see you go, Governor, but I understand the decision. Best of luck.