Perry bans non citizens from campaign event

New Hampshire-based Associated Press writer Steve Peoples reported on Twitter that staffers at a Rick Perry campaign event there were asking reporters if they were U.S. citizens because only citizens would be allowed at the event.

As we know Perry is the King of the anti-immigrant candidate, but a few questions we have are:

Should a candidate for President of the United States put restrictions on the media?

If Perry were to be elected, would he continue this policy?

Does this policy apply to all foreigners or just Mexicans and Arabs?

We will see how this progresses.

Perry, Texas Tea Party and King Street Patriots “Hell Bent on Disenfranchising Poor”

he Democratic Party of Texas blasted the The Houston Texas Tea Party group, King Street Patriots, for inviting columnist Matthew Vadum to speak at a fundraising event.  Vadum has written that registering poor people to vote was “antisocial and un-American”

As we wrote earlier this year during the 2010 election the King Street Patriots poll watchers participating in the “True The Vote” campaign were accused of numerous voting infractions and were being investigated by the Justice Department for their anti-voter fraud campaign after receiving a number of complaints about voter intimidation in Hispanic and African-American areas.

The Texas Democratic Party issues  a Press Release yesterday titled “King Street Patriots: Un-American for Poor to Vote”

Texas Democratic Party Chairman Boyd Richie said

“It’s fitting that the group whose sole purpose is to harass and intimidate minority voters would feature a rightwing extremist who thinks poor people shouldn’t be allowed to vote. But at least the King Street Patriots are finally being honest. This event serves as a gleeful admission from their group that folks who are likely to vote Democratic should be denied their fundamental right to vote.

Sadly, this group that’s hell bent on disenfranchising poor-folks and minorities is not an anomaly in today’s Republican Party. Rick Perry, the head of the Republican Party in Texas, has taken the lead in disenfranchising Texans. Perry’s redistricting plan was struck down because it violates the Voting Rights Act and his voter suppression legislation has not been pre-cleared because it is designed to keep certain people from voting. The King Street Patriots and Rick Perry are two peas in a pod.”

The Gov is indeed arm in arm with the radical group.  The Tea Bagger’s keep up the claim they are only looking out for voter fraud when indeed they are truly only trying to keep certain portions of the citizenry from voting at all.

Texas provided “incomplete” information that does not enable federal officials to determine whether their proposed voter ID law would be discriminatory, the Justice Department said today.

DOJ Civil Rights Division Voting Section Chief T. Christian Herren Jr. writes that Texas did not provide any of the required data on race. The Gov said that the voter registration process does not require an applicant to state his or her race, but the State is trying to compile the information from Department of Public Safety information as quickly as possible.

Redistricting plan rejected, now pushing what amounts to Jim Crow laws.  The King Street Patriots are w0rking arm and arm with The Gov to disenfranchise as many minority and poor Texans as they can in what they see as an effort to dilute the Democratic Vote.  The Gov even before his Presidential run was in bed with the group and praised the King Street Patriot’s president, Catherine Engelbrecht, at the ribbon cutting of  the grand opening of their new headquarters.

Perry For No Child Left Behind Before He Was Against It

Do these people running for President think we are just stupid?  They think they can just spout off any nonsense they want and we will believe then and follow them like sheep.  Case in point.  At the Faux News-Google Tea Party Debate, our beloved Gov said “I was also vocal against No Child Left Behind. It gets back to the federal government has no business telling the states how to educate our children.”

Okie Dokie.  Sounds good, the Teabaggers love it.  One itsy bitsy problem, in 2002, The Gov loved No Child Left Behind, even issuing a Press Release on his Official State of Texas Governor’s web site.

Friday, July 26, 2002  •  Press Release

 HOUSTON – Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced today that Texas’ No Child Left Behind implementation plan has received federal approval. The approval clears the way for almost $400 million in new federal funding, moving the governor’s education plan a step closer to the classroom.

“Texas was a model for President Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation, and we continue to lead the nation “in innovative solutions to improve our schools”, Perry said. “The U.S. Department of Education’s stamp of approval means we can move forward with our plan to improve early childhood education, dropout prevention, teaching excellence, science education and our schools’ use of technology.”

The Texas Education Agency submitted the state’s No Child Left Behind implementation plan to the U.S. Department of Education last month. The plan includes funding to help local school districts implement Perry’s blueprint to continue improvements in Texas schools.

So The Gov champions taking $400,000,000 from the nasty Federal Government and then brags that Texas will “lead the nation in innovative solutions to improve our schools.”

Did it happen?  Nope!

According to the Center for Public Policy Priorities,  since taking $400 million in new federal funding, Texas now ranks 3rd from the bottom for High School Drop Outs.  Who is worse than Texas?  Only Arizona and Nevada.

How much of the “$400 million in new federal funding” went to promoting “Innovative solutions to improve our schools” or creationist quasi religious anti-science programs we will probably never know.  But what has been the result of these so called “Innovative solutions to improve our schools”?  You be the judge:

  • Texas has one of the highest dropout rates in the nation
  • The National Kids Count Project estimates that 13 percent of all Texas’ 16-19 year olds are not enrolled in school and not high school graduates.
  • The poverty rate among high school dropouts is estimated at 31 percent — 10 times that of college graduates.
  • One report states that 89% percent of Texas prison inmates did not complete high school.
  • Texas has the nation’s fourth highest adult incarceration rate.

So what does this tell us?  Texas does not invest in its children.  Texas takes the cheap route with the end result of a significant drag on its own economy.

Instead of investing, yeah I know that’s a dirty word to the Teabaggers, in our children we end up with huge spending on prisons and poverty.

This is only a glimpse of what is to come if Texas were to secede.  Remember folks,  these Teabaggers that want secession also want to end Public Education.  Every one of the GOP Presidential Candidates wants to abolish the Department of Education. People of Texas need to wake up and realize that not all government spending is bad.  Investing in our youth only benefits us.  Educated, productive citizens only help the economy of Texas while the inverse has only a negative result.

Are Perry’s Lobbyist and Fat Cat Friends Paying His Wife?

The Austin American-Statesman has published an article that alleges that much of Texas First Lady Anita Perry’s $60k-a-year salary at a nonprofit comes indirectly from The Gov’s political donors, large state contractors, and companies with business before the state legislature.

Mrs. Perry is an employee of the Texas Association Against Sexual Abuse and is paid from the money that she raises from private funding and from state grants from state agencies, including the governor’s office.  Little conflict of interest?

The American-Statesman writes that “donating to the Texas Association Against Sexual Abuse has become just one more legal way for those with an interest in state government to get close to Texas’ first family.”

Futhermore, for some reason, the fundraising for the TAASA increased dramatically after Mrs. Perry was hired.

In 2003, the group reported to the Internal Revenue Service that it had received no donations of $5,000 or more, the minimum required to be disclosed in public IRS filings.  In the first year of her tenure, major donations jumped to $100,000 — with all the money coming from state contractors, lobbyists or donors to the governor’s political account.  Add to that more than 70 percent of the $634,500 in large donations given to the group between 2004 and 2009 came from businesses or individuals with ties to the governor. Add to that, surprise, surprise, these same donors also gave the governor’s political committee, Texans for Rick Perry, a total of $798,000 in contributions in the same year they gave to the TAASA.

And this is the guy who said he was offended at the notion he could be bought for $5,ooo.  So it brings to mind the question of is there an amount he could be bought for?

 

Perry says Troops don’t respect President

Yesterday, while schmoozing for votes in Iowa, The Gov. told a crowd why he’s running for president saying “One of the reasons that I’m running for president is I want to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of the United States respects highly the president of the United States. One Veterans group said “American troops are perfectly capable of disagreeing with the policies of a President and still holding respect for the office of Commander-in-Chief, for Rick Perry to suggest otherwise is nothing more than a below the belt smear against their professionalism.

Perry was asked if he would like to clarify or back down from his comments, he replied “If you polled the military, the active duty and veterans, and said “would you rather have a president of the United States that never served a day in the military or someone who is a veteran? They’ve going to say, I would venture, that they would like to have a veteran.”

When I was in the U.S. Army, it never concerned me and I would have to say I didn’t care whether or not the President was a veteran or not. I swore an oath to that I “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

But then again, The Gov, does not respect the United States of American and has said he thinks Texas should secede. I think his goal is to win the Presidency and dissolve the very Union he will swear to protect. Then knowing him he will not take the oath of office.

Perry says Medicare and Social Security are Unconstitutional

The Daily Beast published a good article today that really exposes the madness of The Gov.  In the article Governor Perry is asked “I see how that might make sense for, say, education. But what would it mean for something like Social Security—a big, national safety net? In the book, you call Social Security a “failure” that “we have been forced to accept for more than 70 years now.” Is it time for it to end?”  Perry responds ” I think the first step in finding the solutions is admitting we have a problem—and admitting that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme”.   When asked “What was your reaction when activists were out there saying “keep your government hands off my Medicare”? Isn’t that a contradiction”, The Gov. laughed and said “I think you can find any sign on any issue at any rally. I’m not going to respond to one person’s sign.”

He is later asked “Progressives would say that “general welfare” includes things like Social Security or Medicare—that it gives the government the flexibility to tackle more than just the basic responsibilities laid out explicitly in our founding document. What does “general welfare” mean to you?”  The Gov’s response “I don’t think our founding fathers when they were putting the term “general welfare” in there were thinking about a federally operated program of pensions nor a federally operated program of health care.”

The Gov’s interpretation of the Constitution makes one wonder if he really knows how to read.  As we know The Gov didn’t do all that swell at A&M.  The Huffington Post published The Gov’s College Transcipt ;ast week and it sure had a lot of C’s and D’s and an F.

The Constitution reads that Congress has the power to “to lay and collect taxes” and to “provide for the…general welfare of the United States.” Nearly every Constitutional Scholars interprets the words “general welfare” to mean exactly that the government can enact programs that ensure that all Americans  live their lives secure in the understanding that retirement will not force them into poverty and untreated sickness.

The Gov. was then asked “So in your view those things fall outside of general welfare. But what falls inside of it? What did the Founders mean by general welfare?” to which he responded “I don’t know if I’m going to sit here and parse down to what the Founding Fathers thought general welfare meant.”

When asked “But you just said what you thought they didn’t mean by general welfare. So isn’t it fair to ask what they did mean? It’s in the Constitution.” Perry sat there in Silence. which prompted the interviewer to say “OK. Moving on”

Not even Ryan, Cantor and their crowd want to do away with Social Security and Medicare, they see it as a fountain of cash to be infused into their Stock Market Donors.  Perry is so far right, he makes these guys look almost moderate.

ACLU requests that Governor Perry disclose use of public resources for “Call to Prayer”

Oh Boy, Oh boy. A few days ago the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit aiming to block Perry from participating in “The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis” at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.  The ACLU of Texas has requested that The Gov.  disclose the amount of Texas Taxpayer dollars and other state or local government resources used to promote the event.  The event is also being sponsored by the American Family Association.  This fringe conservative Christian group advocates the reform of American culture based on their interpretation of the Bible. Several notables from the group are way out there.  As we reported earlier one of the principals believes the Statue of Liberty is Satanic.

The full story from the ACLU of Texas follows.

Perry’s “The Response” Blurs The Lines Between
Separation Of Church And State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kirsten Bokenkamp, (832) 691-7013 (832) 691-7013 or kbokenkamp@aclutx.org

HOUSTON — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas today requested that Gov. Rick Perry and other officials disclose the amount of tax-payer dollars and other state or local government resources used to promote the prayer event, The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis, set for Aug. 6 at Reliant Stadium.

“We are concerned that Gov. Perry is using public office to endorse a sectarian religious event and to advance specific Christian beliefs,” said Lisa Graybill, Legal Director of the ACLU of Texas. “We are seeking information on the degree to which state resources have been or will be used for the planning and promotion of this event and for state officials’ participation in it.”

The ACLU of Texas filed open records requests with the governor’s office as well as the Harris County sheriff’s, auditor’s and fire marshal’s offices and the City of Houston.

“The ACLU of Texas values the diversity of belief systems in public life, and each of our beliefs calls us to address problems in different ways. But none of us, especially an elected official, is in the position to say whether believers or non-believers should lead the way in solving our common problems,” said Terri Burke, Executive Director of the ACLU of Texas. “We believe that diversity is protected, society is best served, and the U.S. Constitution is respected when government actions remain separate from religious action, when religion is neither forced upon us, nor prohibited, by government. The Response certainly does not seem to follow that principle.”

One of the cornerstones of the ACLU’s work is to ensure that the First Amendment is upheld and to safeguard against government promotion of, or interference with, religious practice.

Under the state’s open records law, government officials have 10 business days to respond to open records requests. The ACLU of Texas expects a response on or before August 3.

For a copy of the documents filed with state and local government offices, please go to our website.

Cutting Medicaid, The Texas way to stop “ObamaCare”

Yesterday The Gov. along with several of the his Elitist TeaBagger supporters in the Texas Legislature slapped backs and smiled for the camera after the singing by The Gov. on the latest assault on the poor in Texas.  SB7 seeks to save $468 million Medicaid dollars over the next two years by expanding managed care, requiring co-payments and lowering of the earning eligibility to qualify for the program.   The Bill allows Texas to enter into health care compact with other states the stated goal of seeking  flexibility in operating Medicaid and Medicare, but whose real goal is to keep the dreaded Affordable Health Care Act – ObamaCare – out of Texas.

Some Health Care experts and Insurance Industry groups worry that the cuts could add to a shortage of physicians and other providers participating in the program.  They also are concerned that cutting the rates paid to doctors which is currently about 72% of what Medicare pays will prompt providers to raise their prices for patients who have private insurance.  Another concern is that employers and families with private insurance will be forced to pay higher rates.

The payment cuts won’t go into effect immediately since the federal government subsidizes Medicaid the cuts will require federal approval.

Perry states Texans will pay for his security

In our last Post we posed the questions of whether or not The Gov. would require Texas taxpayers to cover the cost of security should he enter the Presidential race.   We also posed the question as to whether or not he would resign as the governorship to run.  Well yesterday The Gov signed the Medicaid Reduction Bill or as the Right calls it the Bill to Save Medicaid.  Invited to the signing were several TeaBagger Reps and Senators for the photo op.  After the signing The Gov was asked our first question and he replied he most certainly would require us residents of Texas to pay for his security during a national campaign.  His rational is that him running for President is actually him promoting Texas. WTF?

The Gov. said that he would be promoting Texas. That he would be traveling internationally and to places where the Texas story needs to be told.  What a crock.  He is running for President not the Tourist Bureau of Texas spokesman.  Back in 1999 when GW Bush ran for President and was still Governor, the security tab hit the Two Million Dollar mark, none of which was returned to Texas from his Presidential campaign.

It is our feeling that anytime a Governor runs for national office his campaign should be covering the bills not the Texas taxpayers,   especially in this deficit plagued economic climate when so many programs are being cut.   But this will probably not change as Right Wing TeaBagger philosophy is to dismantle all social programs so that the money can be given to the wealthy.

Perry was also asked if he decided to run for the presidency would he resign the Governorship.  The Gov’s reply was “I’m not dealing with the question.”  So in other words he is saying no I’m gonna keep the paycheck and a fall back job in the case I don’t win.

Bad news if Governor Rick Perry wants to run for President

Poor Ol’ Governor Perry, wanting to be asked to save the Grand Old Party by being asked to run for president only to find himself near the bottom of the barrel among Texas Voters in a recent poll by the University of Texas. The Gov. at 4 percent, just barely ahead of Jon Hunstman the former Governor of Utah and more recently, Obama’s Ambasador to China who is at 1 percent. Next comes former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania at a whopping 3 percent, then Perry tied with Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty. Even, I’m gonna run, no I’m not, no wait yes I am, Donald Trump is ahead of Perry at 6 percent.

More bad news for The Gov.is that according to the poll, only 41 percent approve of his job performance while 42 percent disapprove of it. Ouch. Looks like The Gov. is really gonna have to get his spin machine in high gear soon to reverse this bad news.