Texas governor will consider running ...

Texas governor will consider running for president

There are 107 comments on the Athens Banner-Herald story from May 27, 2011, titled Texas governor will consider running for president. In it, Athens Banner-Herald reports that:

After months of resisting calls to join the race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday he would consider seeking the Republican presidential nomination, potentially reshaping the GOP field.

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Since: Feb 07

Whitman,Ma

#1 May 27, 2011
Texas seems to be doing OK in these hard times. Maybe he could just be the one. I dont think he would be meek in the debates. O'Bama needs teleprompter to get his points across.
Giggs

Dubuque, IA

#2 May 27, 2011
Wake up USA wrote:
Texas seems to be doing OK in these hard times. Maybe he could just be the one. I dont think he would be meek in the debates. O'Bama needs teleprompter to get his points across.
$27 Billion deficit with 1/3 of the population in or near poverty isn't exactly "doing OK". But I shouldn't expect much from you considering you are still flogging the teleprompter BS.

Since: May 10

Marina, CA

#3 May 27, 2011
Wake up USA wrote:
Texas seems to be doing OK in these hard times. Maybe he could just be the one. I dont think he would be meek in the debates. O'Bama needs teleprompter to get his points across.
Texas had a larger budget deficit than California. About the same in absolute terms and MUCH larger as a percentage of the overall budget.

Texas has jobs, but many are low-paying, distribution centers along the border. One out of three wage earners in Texas earns too little to keep a family of four above the federal poverty level.

"Big government" California has fewer state employees per capita than Texas -- 107 per 1,000 residents compared to 121 in Texas.

Texas may be "business friendly" but it is neither science friendly nor environmentally friendly, and this is where a lot of the investment money is. Some on the right complain about California's environmental regulations, but if you're looking to invest in alternative energy or other environmental technology, where are you going to take it?

According to the latest data from PricewaterhouseCoopers, in 2010 Texas received less than 5% of venture capital investment.

Likewise, Texas hasn't done anything to endear itself to the scientific (or academic) community, particularly with politicizing curricula, such as mandating that evolution be taught as a controversial theory and deleting references to the age of the universe or how long ago the ice age was, because it contradicts a literal reading of the Bible.

It's at the top of states in teenagers pregnant, uninsured population, uninsured children, high school dropout rates, domestic violence, poverty, and just plain STOOPID. Yep. They are doing OK.

Since: May 10

Marina, CA

#4 May 28, 2011
Deficit-ridden Texas no longer laughing

That sound you hear coming from Texas officials when the subject of California comes up is no longer chortling. It's more like choking.

Leading Texans starting with Republican Gov. Rick Perry made frequent forays into California over the past few years trying to convince California business owners to move operations and headquarters to the Lone Star state, and even convinced a few to go.

For the buccaneer-like approach used by Texas government and Texas businesses in their relations with California have been muted. Some of the Texas companies that tried to exploit Californians illegally during the energy crisis of the early 2000s are extinct, starting with the biggest pirate of them all, Enron. And after hiding the truth for more than a year, Texas state government now admits to a two-year budget deficit of $25.5 billion, similar to California's shortfall on a per capita basis.

The Texas budget gap comes to about 30 percent of the state budget; California's to less than one-fourth of recent yearly spending. Things are so tough that ever-lax Texas has begun cracking down on Internet retailers, demanding they pay sales tax if they have a physical presence in the state. This caused Amazon.com to close its lone Texas warehouse, the retail giant griping about an "unfavorable business climate" — the same words Texans use while trying to lure California businesses.

The Texas troubles are largely driven by the "supply side" economic beliefs of Perry and other Republican leaders in that solidly "red" state, who have long been convinced their government could survive and thrive with the third-lowest tax rates in the nation, when levies on income, sales and property are combined. Lower taxes, they've argued, would lead to more business growth and more jobs, producing more actual tax dollars for the state budget than would higher rates.

Wrong, wrong and wrong. Yes, unemployment in Texas is lower than in California just now, about 8.3 percent and rising in January, while California unemployment has held steady about four percentage points higher for a year. But Texas, with real estate values far below California's, had virtually no price bubble to burst and was therefore not afflicted with as great a foreclosure crisis or as much of a dropoff in housing construction jobs. Take away housing factors and Texas unemployment is about the same as California's.

Meanwhile, Texas business growth has been slowing since mid-2010, reported an Austin business newspaper.

While California Gov. Jerry Brown is trying to exempt public education from most upcoming deficit-driven budget cuts, top Texas officials appear to have no compunctions about slashing public schools and colleges.

"A lot of things we (state government) are doing arguably aren't priorities for the people of Texas," Republican Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst told a reporter. "People could stake me and Gov. Perry on the ground and torture us, and we still would not raise taxes."

READ THAT LAST SENTENCE, LOL

At the same time, one in every three Texas families that include at least one wage-earner remains below the federal poverty level of $22,300 per year income for a family of four. This more than doubles California's 15.3 percent 2010 rate.

The difference in poverty numbers indicates that Texas features many more low-paying jobs than California, another factor depleting meaning from the difference in unemployment rates.

http://m.redding.com/news/2011/feb/22/tom-eli...

Since: May 10

Marina, CA

#5 May 28, 2011
"Texas, the state with the most rapid population growth over the last decade is held up as the model for job diversion from the Golden State," he writes. Businesses accuse California of having high taxes, stringent environmental regulations and difficult permitting systems, and say that's driving start-ups to Texas.

But Nickelsburg says many of the accusations aren't accurate. As The Times reported last year, California's tax burden isn't actually that high and has been shrinking, and environmental regulation can be a good thing -- after all, even if one business wants to pollute rivers, most other businesses around it benefit from clean water.

As for bureaucracy driving businesses out of the state, Nickelsburg says that it appears that some businesses are more naturally suited to California, and are growing, while others are more naturally suited to Texas. Legislators should focus on making it easier for California-centric businesses to grow in the state.

To explain: Texas has relatively cheap land and lots of open space. California has expensive land and less space. So businesses that are likely to grow in California are those that don't need a lot of land but are what Nickelsburg calls "high value-added, labor-intensive production of goods and services."

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/money_co/2011...

Since: May 10

Marina, CA

#6 May 28, 2011
WHY DID TEXAS SKIP THE HOUSING CRISIS?

“Texas has withstood the real estate bubble that ravaged the rest of the country, largely because state leaders made protection of private-property rights a priority in recent sessions,”

"The most important of these protections is that homeowners can only borrow a maximum of 80 percent of their appraised home value."

SIGNED INTO LAW BY DUBYA BUSHIE? HMM, I WISH HE'D DID THAT WITH THE REST OF US!!!

“This kind of protection doesn’t exist in other states and many homeowners have found themselves upside down on their loans as a result,”

http://starglobaltribune.com/2011/texas-realt...

“"I'm A Great American!"”

Since: Sep 08

Obama Nation! USA! USA!

#7 May 28, 2011
Rick Perry??? LOL!!! Good luck with that!

'Ol PooPoo strongly suspects Rick Perry will have his hands full passing the teabaggers' litmus test.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-503544_162-200038...

Perry will say the law was not right for Texas? Just like Romney is saying Romney Care was right for Massachusetts, but not America?

RIGHT!!!!!

And if he tap dances past Teabag Nation and gets nominated, he'll need to explain his tap dancing to Hispanics when he campaigns for the general election.

That should be BIG fun!
Sarah

Berkeley, CA

#8 May 28, 2011
The man who said Texas could and maybe should secede wants to be president. Lol

Since: Feb 08

Hypoluxo Fl

#9 May 28, 2011
Sarah wrote:
The man who said Texas could and maybe should secede wants to be president. Lol
What's wrong with you? You should know by now that hypocritcal statements and actions like this play to the ignorance of the teabag nation. There does not seem to be a cure. I'm waiting for the next hypocritical nutjob they trot out.
serfs up

Plano, TX

#10 May 28, 2011
Jonny Boy Central Coast wrote:
WHY DID TEXAS SKIP THE HOUSING CRISIS?
“Texas has withstood the real estate bubble that ravaged the rest of the country, largely because state leaders made protection of private-property rights a priority in recent sessions,”
"The most important of these protections is that homeowners can only borrow a maximum of 80 percent of their appraised home value."
SIGNED INTO LAW BY DUBYA BUSHIE? HMM, I WISH HE'D DID THAT WITH THE REST OF US!!!
“This kind of protection doesn’t exist in other states and many homeowners have found themselves upside down on their loans as a result,”
http://starglobaltribune.com/2011/texas-realt...
When it comes to states...you have to get much more specific. Generalizing is crap. My concern is if the governor is a new world order representative. We know your side is full of them.
Right to Secede

Aspermont, TX

#11 May 28, 2011
Will Perry's suggestion of the right for Texas to secede from the Union come back to haunt him if he runs for President?

Actually, any government has the right to secede from "the political bands which have connected them with another..." (See Preamble below.)

The key is whether the seceding state can pull it off. Abraham Lincoln opposed secession of the South in 1961. After 4 years of war, he proved they could not secede.

The U.S. colonies seceded from the United Kingdom in 1776. They proved you could do it--since they won the Revolutionary War.

Part of the 1776 Preamble to the Declaration of Independence (of the American Colonies):

"When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation..."

Perry has already "declared the causes which impel"
such a separation; he need only put it in writing,
and then mobilize the (battle-hardened) Texas Guard which is already directly under his command.

One might therefore see why Obama and the Government gets nervous when a governor of such a large and powerful state as Texas even implies secession.

It should be noted that Perry never actually used the word "secession."
Right to Secede

Aspermont, TX

#12 May 28, 2011
That should be 1861, above, instead of 1961.

Since: May 10

Marina, CA

#13 May 28, 2011
serfs up wrote:
<quoted text> When it comes to states...you have to get much more specific. Generalizing is crap. My concern is if the governor is a new world order representative. We know your side is full of them.
Generalizing?

Bubba I was VERY SPECIFIC. Texas skipped it BECAUSE they had laws(REGULATIONS) THAT DIDN'T ALLOW MORE THAN 80% LTV ON HOME EQUITY LOANS. IN OTHER WORDS PEOPLE COULDN'T TAP OUT THEIR HOMES TO BUY THE SUV OR PUT THEIR VACATION ON THE HOUSE.

THAT WAS ONE VERY PRIMARY DRIVER OF DUBYA'S ECONOMY AND CRASH DURING HIS REIGN.
Palm Trees for Sale

Lynn Haven, FL

#14 May 28, 2011
Thanks to his adherence to tough fiscal discipline, Governor Perry has helped shape a job creation environment unlike any other state’s. With low taxes & government spending, predictable regulations, a fair legal system and increasingly accountable schools, Texas has led the nation in job creation with more jobs gained than any other state in 2010 and over the past ten years. As a result, Texas is consistently ranked as the nation’s best place to do business and create jobs.

Perry has pursued an aggressive border security strategy that is putting more boots on the ground, more helicopters in the sky, and more resources into the hands of Texas peace officers standing between Texans and the exploding drug-related violence across the border.

He refused to raise taxes when Texas faced a record $23 billion budget shortfall in 2010. Instead, he was the first Texas governor since World War II to sign a budget that lowered state spending (and has now done it twice). As governor, Perry has used his line item veto to cut over $3 billion in proposed spending.

He led the battle to pass the country’s most sweeping lawsuit reforms, closing the door on junk lawsuits that had been making trial lawyers rich while driving countless doctors either out of the state or the profession all together. Since Texas voters approved these reforms, malpractice claims and premiums have fallen and access to healthcare is increasing across the state as doctors have applied in droves to practice in Texas.

In 2005, Perry signed a historic $15.7 billion property tax cut for homeowners and businesses that also included new taxpayer protections against appraisal increases. In 2009, Gov. Perry secured a tax cut for approximately 40,000 small businesses in Texas and protected the Rainy Day Fund for future challenges.

Governor Perry championed $4 billion in Texas Mobility Fund bonds to accelerate needed transportation projects across Texas. With this new money nearly 90 percent of the major metropolitan highway projects planned for the next 12 years will be completed in half the standard time.

I really hope he runs. He knows how to fix things and get the job done without stealing everything from citizens. Cutting spending... what a concept.

http://obamasupporters.gather.com/viewArticle...

Since: Dec 07

Palestine, TX

#15 May 28, 2011
Giggs wrote:
<quoted text>
$27 Billion deficit with 1/3 of the population in or near poverty isn't exactly "doing OK". But I shouldn't expect much from you considering you are still flogging the teleprompter BS.
The debt is going down, already being fixed. The poverty is illegal aliens, we're working on that also. Nobammer isn't working on sh*t except flying around the world vacationing and campaigning.

“JESUS WOULD IMPEACH THE GOP!!!”

Since: May 09

Lake Success, N.Y.

#16 May 28, 2011
Sarah wrote:
The man who said Texas could and maybe should secede wants to be president. Lol
They're bottom feeding. Now Gulianni says he may run, and now tops the GOP polls over Romney.

Go figure.

Since: Feb 08

Hypoluxo Fl

#18 May 28, 2011
TonyT1961 wrote:
<quoted text>
They're bottom feeding. Now Gulianni says he may run, and now tops the GOP polls over Romney.
Go figure.
The teabaggers can't even figure each other out. Some on here are calling Paul a RINO. Now go figure that out.

Since: Dec 07

Palestine, TX

#19 May 28, 2011
TonyT1961 wrote:
<quoted text>
They're bottom feeding. Now Gulianni says he may run, and now tops the GOP polls over Romney.
Go figure.
Anything away from nobummer is UP!
Ross

Ocala, FL

#20 May 28, 2011
I am amused by "Jonny Boy's" comments. He criticizes Texas where more jobs are being created than any other state while California is set to release 46,000 prisoners because its leadership is so incompetent that it can't pay its bills. I think if I were "Jonny Boy" I would be focused on the leadership or lack there of in my state instead of throwing stones at a financially successful state.

By the way, most of the crap distributed in the lengthly statements above are propaganda straight out of Media Matters and other Soros sites..."Jonny Boy" is just one more brainless Soros drone.

Since: Sep 08

Neon City Oh.

#21 May 28, 2011
The GOP circus clowncar needs more clowns.

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