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Our Handy Guide to the Best Coverage on Gov. Rick Perry and His Record

The best reading on Texas Gov. Rick Perry to help you cut through the horse-race coverage and get oriented.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry speaks to visitors at the Iowa State Fair, Aug. 15, 2011, in Des Moines. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

As noted below, this guide has been updated. This guide was originally published on Aug. 18, 2011.

This is the first installment in a series of reading guides on 2012 presidential candidates. Here are the other guides.

Rick Perry has made plenty of headlines since he announced his presidential bid. But with the deluge of day-to-day coverage, it’s hard to get a sense of his actual record. We’ve selected some of the best reading on Perry to help you get oriented.

The basics (updated Sept. 2, 2011):

If you want to go beyond the bio on Perry's campaign page, Texas Monthly reporter Paul Burka’s guide for Yankee journalists is a good place to start. It’s a list of eight insights gleaned from covering Perry since the 1980s, including the ways that Perry has reinvented the role of governor in Texas and how his rural upbringing has shaped his politics.

Perry is considered one of the most conservative 2012 GOP contenders. An interesting story in the National Review details how Perry is more conservative than his predecessor, former President George W. Bush. (The piece also dishes on Perry’s tense relationship with Bush.) Perry is also known for being among the first politicians to embrace the Tea Party movement. Perry believes that homosexuality is wrong and has written about how secular humanism is bad for society. He has expressed skepticism about many Federal government programs and has called Social Security “a Ponzi scheme.”

Perry articulates some of his more controversial views in his 2010 book, “Fed Up! Our Fight To Save America From Washington,” including the assertions that climate change is “all one contrived phony mess” and that the 16th Amendment, which allows Congress to levy an income tax, is a “milestone on the road to serfdom.” Politico has sent nine follow-up questions to the Perry campaign asking whether Perry stands behind some of the book’s "more politically explosive statements”. For instance: "Does he still believe Social Security is constitutional or unconstitutional? Does he believe it should never have been created?"

At a rally in 2009, Perry told reporters that Texas might secede if it got too fed up with Washington. Perry’s campaign said this week that Perry does not advocate secession.

The Texas Observer also details Perry’s ties to the New Apostolic Reformation movement, a strain of Christian belief in which politics and faith are intertwined.

Perry is also skeptical of evolution. While campaigning in New Hampshire this week, Perry told a 9-year-old boy that evolution is a "theory that’s out there" that’s "got some gaps in it.” He also said that Texas public schools teach both evolution and creationism. TPM reports that teaching creationism in public schools was ruled unconstitutional in 1987.  (Updated Aug. 18, 2011

A 2006 profile in the Dallas Morning News gives us a look at Perry’s early life and how he got into politics. To gain insight into Perry as a campaigner, Texas Monthly interviewed several people who’ve run against him and lost. The Texas Tribune profiles the people in Perry’s inner circle.

Overview of his record as governor (updated Sept. 7, 2011):

What did Perry actually do during his decade-long stint as Texas governor? One of Perry’s most-touted accomplishments as governor has been job creation. In his presidential announcement speech, he said:

Since June of 2009, Texas is responsible for more than 40 percent of all of the new jobs created in America. Now think about that. We’re home to less than 10 percent of the population in America, but 40 percent of all the new jobs were created in that state.

But it’s unclear to what extent Perry’s policy decisions were responsible for creating those jobs. The Austin American-Statesman lays out all the factors that went into Texas’ economic success over the past few years. Yahoo! News took a closer look at jobs data and found holes in Perry’s narrative that limited regulation of business was the major driver of Texas’ economic growth. Yahoo! and others have noted that part of the growth was driven by the state and local governments, which have actually added many jobs.

The National Journal has an overview of Perry’s performance on the economy, education and health insurance, accompanied by some useful charts. The Journal found that Texas still has a high poverty rate, despite the strong jobs figures, and that the state’s high-school graduation rates are below the national average. The contributors to Ezra Klein’s blog put together a series of critical posts evaluating Perry’s record on balancing the budget, creating jobs, Medicaid and the environment. Perry’s PolitiFact report card shows a mixed record when it comes to making accurate statements.

Rick Perry interrupted his campaign to this week to deal with the wildfires raging in Texas, which have destroyed nearly 800 homes. Unfortunately, the Texas Forest Service—the main state agency that fights wildfires—has been working on a reduced budget, thanks in part to Perry’s stance against increasing taxes. Reuters reports that the agency will lose about a third of its budget over the next two years. The Houston Chronicle has an overview of how Perry’s choices as governor contributed to the Forest Service’s financial woes. According to KVUE News, volunteer fire departments, which service most of the state, are also in a tight spot after the state reduced their funding from $30 million to $7 million this year.

Skeptical stance on global warming:

Perry has long expressed doubts about the science behind climate change. This week, he accused climate scientists of manipulating data for profit and claimed that a growing number of scientists question whether man-made global warming is really creating climate change. The Washington Post's Fact Checker found the claims to merit a full four Pinocchios: Perry “has every right to be a skeptic—all scientific theories should be carefully scrutinized—but that does not give him carte blanche to simply make things up.”

Scandals and controversy (updated Oct. 3, 2011):

Dallas Morning News investigations over the past two years have detailed some questionable financial transactions between Perry and his political allies. According to a July 2010 story, Perry made as much as $500,000 in a real-estate sale that raises questions about “favoritism, backroom dealing and influence-buying.” Perry’s staff responded that the deals were perfectly appropriate and legal.

The newspaper also reported that Perry gave more than $16 million in Emerging Technology Fund grants to companies with executives or investors who’d contributed to his campaign. More recently, the Los Angeles Times took a broader look at the perks that Perry’s major donors have received during his time as governor. Perry denied that politics influenced how he awarded the technology grants, and his aides told the Times that his donors don’t get special perks.

Bloomberg News has also reported on other cases where Perry allegedly gave contracts and permits to his big donors. In one instance, a Texas billionaire was given a permit for a radioactive waste dump over the objection of some state officials. Perry denies that there was any favoritism involved in the process of awarding contracts.

Controversy also surrounded the appointment of a former Perry aide to lead the Texas Deptartment of Transportation, as the Dallas Morning News reports. Phil Wilson, who served as Texas secretary of state for one year, will be the first non-engineer to hold the position in nearly a century. He’s slated to make $292,500 a year—$100,000 more than the last chief, making him one of the highest-paid Texas officials. The Dallas Morning News notes:

[T]he new salary is more than $100,000 more than what Texas pays the executive in charge of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, the commissioner of the Texas Education Commissioner or the Texas Attorney General, who is paid $150,000.

Four Texas Transportation Commissioners, all appointed by Perry, voted to hire Wilson and to petition the Legislative Budget Board to further increase his salary down the line.

Though a panel of experts recently called for someone with more business experience to head the Department of Transportation, critics argue that the appointment, and the salary attached to it, is a case of Perry rewarding his friends and increasing his influence over the department. 

The Dallas Morning News also reported on Perry’s close political ties with the people behind a bank he uses for his campaign funds. Though Perry has been highly critical of the 2008 bank bailout, he does some of his most important banking with an institution that received $87 million in TARP money and took nearly three years to pay it back.

Perry has also been criticized for a lack of transparency. He has declined to release key documents related to the awarding of the grants. His office also regularly purges staff email accounts.

Perry was also sued by his 2006 Democratic challenger, Chris Bell, for allegedly breaking Texas campaign disclosure law. Bell’s lawyers accuse Perry of accepting a $500,000 donation that was funneled to him from homebuilder Bob Perry (no relation) through the Republican Governors Association. Perry settled with Bell for $426,000 last year. Both Perry and the Republican Governors Association deny any wrongdoing.

Perry is also accused of allowing death-row inmate Cameron Todd Willingham to be executed despite evidence that Willingham may have been wrongfully convicted. The New Yorker has a gripping narrative of the case, and the Texas Observer details how Perry helped limit an investigation that followed. A Perry spokesperson told The New Yorker that “the governor made his decision based on the facts of the case.”

Yet another controversy involves the historical, and offensive, name of the Perry family hunting camp—“Niggerhead.” A detailed Washington Post story on the use of the name at the camp sent Perry’s team into damage-control mode.

According to Perry, the word was written on a rock at the entrance to the ranch well before his family first started leasing the property in 1983. Perry says his father painted over it in 1983 or 1984, though his account contradicts the memories of more than two dozen others who visited the ranch in the 1980s and 1990s. Since 1989, the NAACP has lobbied for similar names to be removed from Texas properties.

The HPV vaccine controversy (updated Sept. 14, 2011):

Perry came under fire in 2007 for issuing an executive order that mandated sixth-grade girls to get vaccinated against the human papillomavirus, a common sexually transmitted infection that can lead to cervical and other types of cancer. Though the order allowed parents to opt-out on their daughters’ behalf, it prompted an outcry among religious conservatives concerned that getting the vaccine would encourage promiscuity, and it was ultimately overturned by the state legislature.

At the Tea-Party sponsored debate in Tampa this week, Michele Bachmann slammed Perry for violating “a liberty interest” by proposing that young girls be forced to get the vaccine. From a public-health perspective, experts say that Perry’s decision was actually a sound one. The New Yorker’s Michael Specter points out that doctors recommend girls get the HPV vaccine between the ages of 11 and 12, and that there is no data to suggest that getting the vaccine at a young age makes people any more likely to have sex than those who don’t. According to the Centers for Disease Control, 6.2 million Americans are infected with HPV each year, and most of the 12,000 American women who get cervical cancer each year contract it through HPV. 

After Perry signed the executive order, concerns were also raised about his financial ties to Merck, the maker of the HPV vaccine Gardasil. In 2007, the Associated Press and others reported that Perry received $6,000 from Merck’s political action committee during his 2006 reelection campaign.

During this week’s debate, Perry said that Merck’s donation was a small amount in the grand scheme of his 2006 campaign, and that it had no influence on his decision. But, as the Washington Post reported, campaign disclosure forms show that Merck’s PAC has actually given Perry nearly $30,000 since 2000. Since 2006, Merck has also donated over $380,000 to the Republican Governors Association. Perry has played an active role in the association for years, and it remains one of his biggest donors. 

Politico’s Ben Smith obtained 700 internal emails from Perry’s office related to the HPV decision. The emails suggest that Perry wasn’t actively involved in discussions about implementing his proposal.

How to follow Perry developments in real time:

The Morning News has a feed dedicated to Perry coverage and a Perry Watchers list. You can also follow veteran Perry reporters on Twitter: Evan Smith (@evanasmith) and Jay Root (@byjayroot) of the Texas Tribune, and Paul Burka (@paulburka) and Jake Silverstein (@jakesilverstein) of Texas Monthly.

Following the money—and diving deeper:

The Texas Tribune has stats on his performance in past campaigns and financial statements going back to 1993. If you want to dig more into the coverage, several Texas publications have set up Perry resource pages, including the Texas Observer, Texas Monthly, the Texas Tribune and the Dallas Morning News.

So, once again, we can look forward to an election season with the theme of “at least I’m not him,” looks like.

On one hand, we have a man who promised utopia and yet can’t be bothered to close a prison camp and still hires lobbyists into positions of power.  On the other, we can apparently look forward to pettiness and corruption under the veneer of Christianity.  I mean, if Perry’s the front-runner, I assume the quality drops from here.

And I assume we’ll still be using the Diebold (sorry, NOT Diebold, but whatever they call themselves, this week) voting machines that can’t be hacked or manipulated at all because they’ll sue you if you say they can be.  Counting the votes secretly behind closed doors always improves transparency and eliminates error, right?  (See 2008’s New Hampshire Primary results.  I’m sure Hillary’s win was legitimate, there…)

Every time I see one of these dimwits, I can’t help recall that the Athenians chose their leaders randomly, then put them on trial at the end of the term.  How is this nation-wide machine politics an improvement, exactly?  At least if we could eliminate the parties, we’d have a chance of making meaningful decisions rather than this Russian Roulette game.

In short, he’s no good.  I don’t trust him.  And I can see him enlisting us in countless wars.  Stay in Texas, Perry!

Good info. Obama just might give Carter a run for his money in regards to who is the worst modern day President. Perry looks strong. Hopefully, he gets elected and can clean up Obama’s mess.

Shady real estate deals, kickbacks to campaign donors ... sounds a lot like President Obama!

Seriously though, I am not shocked to see such a one sided presentation of Perry’s record.

You can parse the history of job creation in Texas any way you want, but the fact remains that employment in Texas is far far better than the rest of the country and a business environment that actually encourages commerce and industry without strangling it to death with regulations and taxes is surely the primary reason. 

On the education front, while Texas scores lower overall, each demographic group scores higher than its respective peers nationally. If this seems like a contradiction you have to take into consideration Texas’ demographic makeup which is much more Hispanic than the rest of the county.

Perry can stay in Texas, live the good life and enjoy all the jobs to be had.

The personal income issue will rise up and bite Perry’s a$$.  Most holier than thou, right wing, carnival barkers have something nasty in their closet.  Either a same sex ex-lover, a cheap motel hetero affair, or payoffs from wealthy donors and influence peddlers.  I have yet to read an in depth article adequately explaining Perry’s fast track political rise considering he was the son of a democrat Texas cotton farmer.

He was Al Gore’s election agent. He is nothing new, and certainly not what he presents as. Are you going to do a fair piece about Ron Paul?

Worth noting that Paul Burka (mentioned above) endorsed Rick Perry for governor in at least one Texas election.

Perry said yesterday that all job-killing regulations must stop.  Yehaa, then everyone in the country can live in a nasty, stinking Houston-like city with no drinkable water or breathable air.

To Mike H….since when did No Child Left Behind allow segregation.  We’re not playing mix and match here.  Either Texas meets the national criteria district by district, school by school or the don’t.  Don’t use Hispanics as an excuse for poor performance.  the feds don’t allow that.  Not even in Texas, the home of NCLB!

Gov. Perry is a politician who will position them so for the best possible effect in any political run for office.

Anyone is better than Pres. Obama, not only record spending and deficits but the secret is unrelenting new regulations in a society that is already overregulated.

Gov. Perry is well aware of this since his state has been singled out by this administration for punishment.

It is too early to tell or predict what the outcome of the Republican presidential race, the article above is not written from a neutral position that was my sense he as all politicians skeletons in the closet and I’m sure that that will be exploited I would wish the same to our present president standing. Fast and furious, open borders, kickbacks, special favors and a politicized attorney general’s office.

Sheldon Teicher

Aug. 18, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

This is the first time that I have posted a comment in your fine journal. It seems to me that you luckily gather all of the right-wingers in one spot who are “fact challenged”.Mark seems to think that “spending” has “exploded” during Pres. Obama’s first term. What program exactly drove that increase Mark?
Was it the increase in un-employment insurance? Was it the increase in Medicaid spending? No, it must have been the Affordable Care Act. Right! Oh it can’t be that; that program has not gone into effect yet. So where is all this EXTRA spending? HMMM could it be that pesky shortfall in revenue (I know,I know-“EVIL WORD”)? Less REVENUE + same spending =more deficit! Ask these astute analysts where is the beef? They don’t have an answer and never will. As for their new hero it seems that MOST of the increase in hiring that he takes credit for came from increases in virtuous “government ” jobs. Mr. Perry is a BIG MOUTH with little wisdom and a stunning lack of reasoning ability except for appealing to YAHOOS!

I always thought you were “objective” journalists based on the coverage I’ve read on loan modifications. 

This is just a smear article on Perry and you dress it up as an objective article.  You’ve lost one regular reader.

And, what’s so bad with having a “prayer group”—as a Christian I believe if more of that were occuring maybe this society would not be DECAYING and taking an “anything goes” mentality to everything! 

Perry stinks on illegal immigration—not tough enough.  Other than that, as a conservative, I support him!

Also, forgot to add—ANYONE, and I mean ANYONE is better than Obama—he couldn’t run a lemonade stand if his life depended on it.  I hope everyone will call the House Cmte on Government Oversight and Reform and urge Chairman Daryl Issa (R-CA) to investigate why Obama order top shelf buses that cost $1.1 million each from CANADA for his CAMPAIGN TOUR that American TAXPAYERS are paying for?!? 

What does it take to get this incompetent clown charged with multiple ethics violations and IMPEACHED?!?!?!?!?

Sorry, but reminds me too much of Bush inc. 

Another 4 years of Bush Inc. would send me over the edge or maybe to Paraguay where Bush bought his huge ranch to run to when the country he destroyed falls apart.

The Republicans can blame Obama all day, but they had better recognize their part in this mess and come up with real solutions not just slogans and sound bites about the free market and tax breaks.  Broken record.

@ Rush

Oh please FOR THE LOVE OF GOD let Perry win! Anything we can do to get liberals to follow through with their threats of leaving America I am 100% behind. And after all, its not like we will miss their contributions to sociology, GLBT studies, critical theory and the like.

Personally, I wouldn’t mind seeing a tea party, god fearing, anti gay anti global warming, fire breathing Republican take the office of president of this country..

Why. Because by some sliver of a chance the people of this country will know that putdowns, religion, ect. just won’t put the unemployed back to work and the whole Idea of no loop hole closing and just cutting simply will not work!

those rusted plants are a thing of the past,  It takes money and New. yes new Ideas ..something right now we seem to be lacking…

I have no Ideas, but other than put downs and the old political blame game..No one does!..Just listen!

Small goverment, large goverment it still takes money!..Just look if older what has happened to the education system, programs…Our future… One keeps hearing about the future we’re going to leave for our children and grandkids..

sorry Democrats and union workers,, you want to live in the past , then don’t cut your wages and demands drasically and beyond that even.
you loop hole rich and corporations, Keep hiding behind the curtain of truth. ... At least until someone finds a new golden apple of income for citizens of this country.

Heck, I remember years ago the only pickers of fruits were mexicans, No american would except those wage scales or conditions…Now those conditions are here!.. I bet if we let the tea party have it’s way Citizens would flock to the fields…Right/ Wrong…Ba, humbug,,

we’re still trying to live in the glory years that are far gone!..Those were my years, not yours. but our greed grew and that greed and progress or fall is now in your hands. Remember, as of yet you haven’t helped, not a bit!

so go ahead and blame Obama or the next president… republican or democrat…doesn’t matter it takes money right now and smart thinkers to set a new course after. something this country is sorely lacking in and will now take several years, yep several to regain if not more…

So give that fire breathing tea party leaning republican a chance to kill us off even more..4 more years, won’t really matter when I’m talkinmg years.

I’m old and crippled. this country now belongs to another generation. but it isn’t even their’s, it is their off spring and hopefully not but their childrens.

We have become the haert of the inland empire world; Everything in and nothing going out! It won’t start coming back in until stop demanding and start doing..
loke everything else, people are sick of paying to support you… forget you were once an executive of some branch with a college degree, go pick a fruit and except the wage.  Get rid of the bmw and walk if need be…just do something!

As for the republican viewpoint again, Just take a trip down to the Yacht club..ask nicely if they support closing the loop holes on taxes, Called increased taxes(wrong)_..ask in the last ten years what new business ventures because of these loop holes they have created…

Climate change,, man created, who cares, It is do we just ignore the contribution?

Ending for now, go ahead, vote for Perry, Are any Republican who have all the non answers to the answers


OK—now let’s have one on Obama since no one vetted him the last time.  Jobs, schools, core beliefs, etc. etc.

Jon said “Jon
Today, 12:12 p.m.
Good info. Obama just might give Carter a run for his money in regards to who is the worst modern day President. Perry looks strong. Hopefully, he gets elected and can clean up Obama’s mess”

So Jon, if he gets elected, which Chrisitan religion do you hope he names as the national religion?
Can you really vote for a man who made his name on fossil fuels and argues that the earth is only 6,000 yrs old.
I live in Texas. I may vote for him just to get him out of here.
Oh yea Jon. Before he was a Christian wingnut he was the campaign manager for Al Gore in Texas when he was running.

Rick Perry is a dangerous man. He’s got money and backers who will stop at nothing to get him on the ballot.
From the start of it, he’s given off nothing but bad, phony vibes. He’s an semi-educated idiot who had lousy grades at A&M..and he’s not improved.
In short, he’s Elmer Gantry for real, and he should be defeated at all possible costs, along with Michelle Bachmann.
They’re both cut from the same cloth and it’s full of moth holes.

well lets not forget how perry killed the bill in texas for the TSAmaking it criminal to fondel the children and people th e way they do he made then kill it told then that they would receive a no flight zine over texas which is claming war on the people so he is a crook and is paid for by the corrupt eliete to take position of power so they can succeed in the destruction of america do ur homework people hes a bad seed

Do any of you idiot’s proof read what you type?......maybe you should

Look, Perry is a great figure head.  He looks good in a suit & has a great smile.  But he ain’t honest.  He tried to slick through the “Trans Texas Corridor” that was a huge land grab & would have placed the operation in to the hands of a Spanish firm that just happened to have a former aide of his as an executive.  That $500,000 land deal probably toes the legal line as well.  Please people, don’t elect this guy.  Lets elect Ron Paul, or Ross Perot if you want a Texan.  While I’m at it, don’t re-elect any congressman.  Get the two parties out of there.  So we can get “pork belly” politics out of Washington & pass a balanced budget.  We are at a stand still with nothing but talk on both sides.  We need change & Obama is not it.  I’m not saying he’s a bad President.  No president can get anything done in the current Washing climate.

Hi Bruce.
You don’t need an apostrophe to make the plural form of the word “idiot,” just a plain s on the end will do.
All the best.

Regardless of which side of the political divide one happens to belong to, I find it frightening that people could consider voting for someone that believes evolution is a theory that “has some gaps”. It may be a theory, like gravity or relativity, but one that has far more scientific evidence in its favor than creationism can claim.

Moreover, Perry’s criticism of climate scientists “manipulating data for profit” seems rather hypocritical - I’ve yet to hear of a politician that did not manipulate data in order to garner votes.

We are not yet out of the financial doldrums that are affecting most countries, and thus affecting the ability of our current leaders to effect significant change.

Going forward, however, is it too hard to consider voting for the candidate whose long term vision will best serve our children and our children’s children in the future? Let us put aside our differences. It is they who will reap what we sow.

I’m a die-hard republican and am not excited about the Perry candidacy at all.  I think some of his positions are right on but overall I don’t see him as being electable in the general.  It’s very sad that the GOP has gotten to the point where there is no room for a thoughtful, reasonable candidate like Mitt Romney.  Perry wins the nomination and we endure four more years of this under Obama.  Cash out your 401K, get a safe deposit box and buy gold people!!!!

In regard to job creation, Perry as a reincarnation of a rooster, crows and crows and struts about taking credit for the sun rise.

Actually, funny thing, Sarah:  What’s taught in schools (to the highest levels) as evolutionary theory was a political compromise (the “Grand Synthesis”) in the 1930s.  As such, it does have gaps and is demonstrably wrong on a few points that a clever high schooler can figure out if he actually does the reading.

For example, the theory demands gradual changes, but we’ve never found the progression between generations.  The reason (probably) has to do with recessive traits spreading “secretly,” but then that kills the “survival of the fittest” part.

The overall idea is true (and provably so), but there’s plenty of space for a motivated Creationist to find fault, and it’s a shame that more Evolutionists don’t look at the theory with a skeptical eye any more than Creationists are skeptical of Noah’s Ark.

I am amused by the Alzhiemer’s victims that refer to Jimmy Carter as the worst president in modern history when George Bush left office only 2-1/2 years ago.  Maybe it is not Alzhiemer’s, but adult attention deficiet disorder.

I found nothing noting or highlighting anything good or positive that Gov. Perry has accomplished. Surely, being the supposed totally objective analytical reporting service you hold your self out to be there must be one or two major accomplishments you could have “discovered” in the research and reference sources you note in this piece.

May we assume you will offer the same “categories” you used to paint your picture of Perry? I can hardly wait to read whaat you all will say about Obama/Biden and any othe others running for President.

I think I will wait to read one or two more of your political reviews of other candidates before I remove myself from this bolg.

So the right finally has their horse to bet on: a slick opportunist who’s hung up on Bible thumping and ignoring the 1st Amendment, and thinks that a low-wage service economy is the way out of our recession.  The feeble minded who think Obama is the creator of a Republican designed economy will love him.

Barry Schmittou

Aug. 19, 2011, 10:16 a.m.

Perry seems to be another rich politician using God for political gain just like Obama and Bush !!

I had Buddhist and Christian beliefs until I personally experienced MetLife’s consultant Dr. Gary Greenhood ignoring my eye cancer problems and then four more doctors paid by MetLife did the same while the Bush and Obama administrations Directors would not uphold the laws !!

The evil enabled by Obama and Bush has an intricate world wide pattern that Buddhism does not explain, so I am trying my best to be a Christian while watching my life and the world being destroyed.

Bush and Obama’s DOL/DOJ would not stop Dr. Greenhood even though I provided quotes where Judges’ wrote that Metlife and Dr. Greenhood ignored Multiple Sclerosis, brain lesions and much more in the claim of Jacquelyn Addis, and a foot that new mother Joanne Vick broke in five places when she developed a severe diabetic condition after child birth!! 

Quotes from Judges and treating Physicians also prove that Metlife endangered multiple patients with cardiac conditions and psychological conditions !!

Meanwhile Bush and Obama promote their Christian beliefs on TV and Obama said we should “sharpen our instincts for empathy”!!

In the last four years AIG, MetLife, Prudential, Unum and JP Morgan have received multiple Non Prosecution Agreements for either bid rigging or fraud in Workers Comp, Health Care and securities !!!!

They commit frauds to increase sales of the policies because they know the DOL/DOJ will allow them to violate laws repeatedly when sick and dying patients file claims !!

Wachovia Bank laundered $110 million and JP Morgan rigged municipal bids in 31 states but no one was prosecuted !!!!

Ephesians 6:12 is the only explanation I see to this global pattern of psychopathic greed that controls both parties Here’s the American King James Version :

‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Rick Perry told a large group of Christians he is one of them.

Rick, your actions and lobbyists connections don’t seem Godly. I’m seeing powers and principalities in you, allegiance to the elite who do not care how many die because of their greed and war mongering !!

Ron Paul is the only candidate I’ve seen who is anywhere close to reality about the corruptions destruction of our nation. I don’t agree with everything he says about removing regulations but he may get my vote again.

God please be with us all because you are our only real hope. Please do something to cause Obama and the Democratic leaders and the Republican leaders and the elite who control them all to realize the tremendous sufferings and death they are causing around the world, with so many wars and so much greed while hundreds of millions do not have enough food, health care, or money to live on !!

Wow!  We have the creationists, the threats to leave the board (if anyone actually cared), the why aren’t you tough on Obama? Satan would be better, mob.  Kinda the full spectrum of self delusion.

It’s likely none of these individuals visited or researched the many sites suggested by this article.  There they would have found some praise for Perry and some serious concerns about old boy politics.  But then these folk don’t bother to research or follow thru.  So much easier to walk the planet with blinders on.

to those interested there is a site called i recommend all check it out its full of information about the things no one is really talking about meaning the media it will cover politics solar events and God, Jesus i do hope that u go with an open mind and get ready for the truthful information u r about to recieve for its amazing as if ull note that all the political in power have bunkers underground to hide when everything gets moving on this earth ull understand y the chemtrails that all politions will not talk about is happening yes the chemicals aluminum, berium, and something like the spell isnt correct but it like solfurium is being sprayed in the sky for a few reasons but under the pretense of weather modification but the berium gives harrp the capability to creat imiages in the sky they did it in japan a whole city the people saw and then they made it dissapear all i talk of is on utube for u to see so dont believe me research for ur self to see what im talking about im getting use to people thinking im crazy and trying to get me into a hospital cuz i tell the truth it justs shows me complete and utter stupidity on the people who do not question what they r being told by the media u have a tool bieng the computer i recommend u use it for that purpose to search for the truth all things will be revield for those who search and ask for it they will recieve it check out the comet ELENIN its going to be inline again critical days r the 11, of sept and the 26 of sept u can me on facebook i am angela barrett in cda idaho there is muach info on my page for those who r slightly courius god bless u

Perry has a habit of using security paid for by our state taxes for all of his travels and Texas laws allow him to keep this info secret for long period of time. I hope as a Texan that he is using our tax money for his self-promotion.

r u kidding hugh as using ur tax money for his gain go to the site i suggested and get urself informed

hi, Hal
Just read your comment to bruce who wants self spell check.
I read his comment and just chuckled to myself.
Perhaps he should go back to his 7th grade english class before trying to correct others?

Who knew there was someone out there with the potential to be dumber and crazier then George W. Bush, easily our worst President by any measure.  Maybe it would have been better if Texas did secede.  This guy is a dream candidate for Democrats.

Why is it that you are always waiting to catch all the skuttle-butt and air out any little tidbit that you can jump on and act like he has no right to be a follower of Jesus, nothing but ridicule and negative comments about it all.  Looks like you are well on your way to dig up as much semi-dirt as you can.  I suppose no one who is a Christian has any rights as far as you are concerned.  Whether you like it or not, this country was founded on Christian principles that made this country great. It has worked just fine until rebellious people got too big for their britches and are trying to destroy the very foundation this country is built on!! For once, someone is taking a stand for righteousness and the truth. Since this country was established on RELIGIOUS freedom and its principles, instead of trying to tear it down, just go somewhere else where you can practice you own beliefs and leave our beloved country alone - stop trying to tear down everything we’ve always stood for. No, God does not hate you, He loves you whether you like it or not!!  I guarantee you He will not allow any more destruction and bad rap than it takes to subdue those that think they are better than God!  He is a multi-tasker and does it perfectly!  Shame on you for trying to ravage Gov. Perry!

For REAL insight on Rick Perry and on Texas issues take a look at the Somervell County Salon, a local Texas blog and news media.

Perry, the longest serving Governor, won with a paltry 39 percent of the total votes.  That means 61 percent of Texas voters did not want Perry and voted for someone else!

Your readers should learn what Texans already know.  Rick Perry has no problem taking $11,000 per month from the taxpayers to spend on his residence, a lakeside mansion.  After “a mysterious fire” in the Governor’s Mansion, the Texas Governor began to rent the mansion at the taxpayers’ expense.  That is NOT a “tough choice” Perry often brags about.

Gov. Perry apparently believes instead of cutting expenses, as most Texas families have to do, he will cut our children’s education financing rather than tone-down his high cost of living expenditures and move into a smaller home since taxpayers are spending for it.

Here in Texas, we know that Perry only thinks of Perry and his special interests.  It’s time Americans learn it fast.

Barry Schmittou

Aug. 20, 2011, 12:04 p.m.

I do pray that Perry is really a saved Christian, but I feel certain the tremendous majority of politicains use God for political gain.

Like most Republicans, Perry wants to limit medical malpractice, and the limits that are proposed would not take care of some patients medical problems or deaths that were caused by the malpractice.

The following ProPublica quote also makes me wonder about Perry :

“The newspaper also reported that Perry gave more than $16 million in Emerging Technology Fund grants to companies with executives or investors who’d contributed to his campaign [30]. More recently, the Los Angeles Times took a broader look at the perks that Perry’s major donors have received [31] during his time as governor. Perry denied that politics influenced how he awarded the technology grants, and his aides told the Times that his donors don’t get special perks.”

I’ve seen this happen over and over. There is so much cronyism and revolving doors between lobbyists and politicians !!

As I said earlier Ephesians 6:12 is the only explanation I see to this global pattern of psychopathic greed that controls both parties. Here’s the American King James Version :

‘For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

Rick Perry told a large group of Christians he is one of them.

His actions and lobbyists connections don’t seem Godly. All Christians struggle because the devil wants our soul, and Perry may just be a struggling Christian, but I can’t help but see powers and principalities in him, allegiance to the elite who do not care how many die because of their greed and war mongering !!

And Obama and Bush and the rest of the rich candidates represent wickedness in high places from what I’ve seen.

There’s no other way to explain how our so many of our National leaders are so wealthy, and in Tennessee if the Governor and legislators are not rich when they take office they usually are when they leave.

I actually thought Obama was a pertty nice guy when he was elected, but then he appointed the powerful elite even after he said he was going to change all that !! And he allows corporations to destroy lives !!

God please be with us all, the war mongering debt alone has destroyed our nation and world, and the military industrial complex must be part of the wickedness in high places !! There is no other way to explain how we could be funding so many wars !!

John, Your August 18 posting.  I agree with you about the two candidates.  I wish we had a third.  I voted for Obama but he has been disappointing to say the least.  He takes credit for things he didn’t do, that others did.

Interestingly, I note that no one has talked about the two people on death row that he killed who were innocent and he knew it prior to the execution and refused to stop it.  He’s a murderer.  He tried to cover it up as well.  The first man’s DNA cleared him. The Second man the State Fire Marshall provided the fired that killed his family was an accident, and that he did not set it.  Perry tried to bury it. If he was such a good Christian, why hasn’t he placed a prohibition on executions until we have better proof that people actually did the crime.  I believe he has the power to halt them.  We execute people in Texas like we slaughter cows.


You are right about Perry wanting to limit medical malpractice claims as well as other personal injury claims.  People really screwed the pooch when they allowed our representatives to limit claims.  Did anyone see “Hot Coffee” on HBO?  It’s a documentary about how Corporate America brainwashed and manipulated the American public into believe that lawsuits are frivolous.  I knew it was all lies, but the general public did not.  I also pointed out to the Citizen for Lawsuit Reform here in Texas back in the 90s when Bush first got into office as Governor of Texas, that really, they were businesses that didn’t want to be responsible for their actions or lack thereof. 

Doctors want to be able to work 72 hours straight and not be held accountable for killing someone as a result of lack of sleep.  They want special treatment while acting reckless with people’s lives.  They want protection for their screw ups, screw ups that could have been avoided had they just acted reasonably to start with and practiced a high standard of care.  Did you know that we know have a huge problem with Staph Infections because doctor’s refuse to wash their hands.  It used to be the protocol to wash your hands between patients, but doctors refuse to do that anymore, and there are highly infectious forms of Staph that actually kill people, yet the doctors want to walk away hands clean (excuse the pun) without any responsibility for their reckless behavior.

Perry refused to accept federal funding for education because “it had too many strings attached” resulted in massive teacher lay offs in Texas.  He clearly doesn’t care about education or our children.

There is nothing Godly about Rick Perry.  He’s what I would refer to as a false witness.  Killing innocent people on death row and refusing to stay the execution, or refusing to pick up a file, clearly shows he’s a false witness.  Thou shalt not kill.

Perry should have had a moratorium on all executions in Texas following the first wrongful execution of that man in which his DNA proved he didn’t do the crime.  Instead, he allowed executions to continue resulting in a second innocent man being murdered for a crime he did not commit, and then Perry tried to cover it up.

In closing, I want to mention that Rick Perry stole farm land from many farmers to build a Toll Road between Austin and Waco, Texas.  It cost tax payers $106 million dollars, all because one of his contributors wanted to build it.  It wasn’t necessary, and the costs are not justified.  I am personally opposed to all toll roads as I see it as a means to only allow the wealthy to travel on them, while forcing the poor to use other roads.  That toll road wasn’t necessary, it’s not utilized enough to justify the costs, and was built in spite of tax payers objecting to it.

Perry is a bigger fraud than Bush, and I hope we get a third candidate so I have someone I can actually vote for.

Barry Schmittou

Aug. 20, 2011, 4:58 p.m.

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experiences Chris !

We had a doctor in Tennessee who removed the wrong kidney and the patient died later, and Tennessee wants to limit malpractice to $250,000.

I hope we get another candidate too, but I may spend my time praying instead of voting. I’m sure those in power will love to here that some of us think everything may be so far gone it’s all in Gods hands now. They would love to hear that because they want everyone to give up. I feel sorry that they do not see what false prophets and mean human beings they are. I hope some of them will see the light and really be saved before they die !

Take Care and God Bless !!

Before giving support to Perry in his consideration of running for the position of President of the United States…..
Know the real Perry.  Do not be conned by ‘Slick Rick’.  Voters nationwide have a right to know Perry as conservative Texans know him. 

*  Perry signed into law SB313 on June 17, 2011 that  
  essentially strips voters in some Tx counties of their privilege and
  right to vote (right to vote against being forciblytaken in by a
  groundwater conservation district) without so much as first giving
  these people DUE PROCESS as protected under the 14th U.S.
  Amendment Perry ignores the DUE PROCESS Clause!!!!!!  Talk
  about government overreach, Perry takes the cake.

*  Perry has control over the TexasOne Fund… a fund where
  donations are accepted and Perry can then use then funds to
  take trips aboard, with his family and other special politicians, 
  and a entourage of   DPS for security.  (Please note that
  taxpayers foot the bill for the DPS on these excursions by Perry
  and to date costing taxpayers over $1,000,000.00)

*  Perry even signed into law a bill that allows the security costs for
  these DPS excursions with Perry to remain a SECRET.

*  Perry has control over the Emerging Technology Fund, which
  allows Perry to chose who receives millions of dollars in grant
  money (taxpayer money).  To date, Perry has awarded several
  grants to some of his bigger campaign donors.

*  Perry is living extravagantly on the public dime as taxpayers are
  footing a posh rental home for Gov. Perry already exceeding
  $600,000.00 in rental expenses.

*  Perry slams the federal government for overreach… yet Perry
  himself issued an EXECUTIVE ORDER mandating all sixth grade
  girls get the questionable GARDASIL vaccine. Perry is Mr.
  OVERREACH himself!

*  Perry supports converting existing paid-for freeways into TOLL
  ROADS… w/o a public vote by the people.

*  Perry & the Legislature are using Enron-style accounting
  practices, other special accounting maneuvers,  and gimmicks to
  balance the State budget.

*  Perry signed the Dream Act into law, allowing illegals to pay in-
  state college tuition…  and Perry opposed AZ tough legislation
  dealing with illegals.
We know Perry… and if voters do not like the option of voting for the lesser of two evils, then I suggest that people start informing your neighbors, friends, and sending out e-mails to newspapers letting them know of the real facts on Perry.

Thank you so much Barry.  Your example of removing the wrong kidney is exactly why we need no limitations on damages.  I’d like to know what politician thinks their life or the lives of their loved ones is only with $250k?

In Dallas, before Tort reform, there was a case involving one of the hospitals.  There was a 4 year old little girl who needed an x-ray.  The Anesthesiologist tried to give the girl some anesthesia (drinkable), but she wouldn’t take it.  Her father coaxed her into it.  The doctors sent her home while she was still sleeping and hadn’t awoke from the anesthesia. By the times the parents realized something was wrong and rushed the 4 year old little girl to the hospital, it was too late and she died.

We charged people with vehicular homicide, why can’t doctors be likewise charged with homicide when they kill people such as removing the wrong kidney or o.d. a 4 year old on anesthesia?

They have what they call Pier Review Committees whereby all parties involved in the screw up meet and conduct an investigation in secrecy. The outcome is never revealed.  It’s absolutely confidential and has a greater protection than the doctor patient privilege, clergyman, etc.

If you have a patient that is planning to kill someone, or a child that’s being abused, or an elderly patient who’s being abused, you have a legal duty to report it. So, why can’t these Pier Review Committees report homicide?  In my opinion, o.d. a patient, removing the wrong vital organ resulting in death, or some or sort of screw up, it should be up to a jury to decide whether or not it’s homicide or an accident. They shouldn’t be able to hide behind a protective shield and escape responsibility.  Doctors are known for being drug attics, alcoholics, etc., just like all other normal people. Why do we give them the God status?

I’ve read all sorts of cases talking about the constitutional rights of corporations, due process, etc., but somewhere along the line our U.S. Supreme Court has forgotten that limiting damages in a suit is not what our founding father intended.  Where in the Constitution does it say anything about the rights of businesses?  Our founding father were businessmen.  If they intended the Constitution to provide protection to businesses, they would have incorporated it into the Constitution.

Sorry, the whole idea that people should be limited in damages is absurd to me. Who much is your life worth to you?  People, through their own ignorance, got on the lawsuit abuse train because they were incapable of thinking for themselves.  It sickens me.


I live in Texas and I agree 100% with what you wrote.  Perry is a crook, and people need to be aware of it.  I had forgotten about the toll road you mentioned.  In Particular, he’s trying to do that to Hwy 59, the only road into Houston from Liberty.  Everyone one who commutes to work every day has to pay a toll.  It actually hurts our economy.  If people have to pay for the toll, they have less money to take home to spend on things like food, water, housing, transportation, entertainment, eating out, shopping, etc. 

I think the shot he was requiring was actually shot down.  It’s unconstitutional to force such a thing on people. 

“The United States Supreme Court has consistently declared the significance of the family unit in American society.[5] The right to raise one’s family is essential, see Meyer v. Nebraska, 262 U.S. 390, 43 S.Ct. 625, 67 L.Ed. 1042 (1925), and the right to procreate is one of the “basicrights” of all persons. Skinner v. Oklahoma, 316 U.S. 535, 62 S.Ct. 1110, 86 L.Ed. 1655 (1942).

“It is cardinal with us that the custody, care and nurture of the child reside first in the parents, whose primary function and freedom include preparation for obligations the state can neither supply nor hinder.”
Prince v. Massachusetts, 321 U.S. 158, 166, 64 S.Ct. 438, 442, 88 L.Ed. 645, 652 (1944).

The Supreme Court has adopted the concept of family privacy acknowledging that there are certain aspects of our lives into which the government cannot intrude. See Moore v. City of East Cleveland, Ohio, 431 U.S. 494, 97 S.Ct. 1932, 52 L.Ed.2d 531 (1977) (government cannot intrude on choices concerning family living arrangements); Roe v. Wade, 410 U.S. 113, 93 S.Ct. 705, 35 L.Ed.2d 147 (1973) (state law proscribing abortion infringes on an individual’s right of personal privacy); Stanley v. Illinois, 405 U.S. 645, 92 S.Ct. 1208, 31 L.Ed.2d 551 (1972)(state law presuming unmarried fathers unsuitable parents violated the natural father’s interest in his children); Griswold v. Connecticut, 381 U.S. 479, 85 S.Ct. 1678, 14 L.Ed.2d 510 (1965)161*161 (state law proscribing the use of contraceptives unconstitutionally intrudes upon a person’s right to marital privacy). The Court recently reaffirmed the parents’ fundamental liberty interest “in the care, custody, and management of their child.” Santosky, ___ U.S. at ___, 102 S.Ct. at 1394, 71 L.Ed.2d at 606.”

Under Perry, all federal highways would become toll roads thereby hurting our economic growth even further. 

I am likewise opposed to illegal immigrants, but we have yet to find a candidate who will have the balls to do something about it.  I hope the U.S. Supreme Court upholds the Arizona law. We are at war with Mexico.

Our boarders are being invaded and our government is doing nothing to protect us. They are too busy fighting war over mineral rights in the middle east and using 9/11 as an excuse and justification of the war.

I hope a libertarian runs for office.

Me, I’m just waiting for something interesting like Perry or another one of the righties demanding that America help rebuild the Temple in Jerusalem…after destroying all of the extant Islamic holy places, of course.

lolll…which is a not very subtle way of wondering if the American right is in the grip of a faction of Christian Zionists. 

A curious thought, perhaps; but as I survey the damage that the right is wreaking upon American, I find that I am unable to conceive of a logical explanation.  My mind rebels at the concept of a greed so intense that you would destroy your own country and so your entire family tree.  That leaves my mind to wander…to consider more exotic explanations for why the right seeks to weaken America and so remove the…leavening, if you will…influence of an America that is worth looking up to upon the world. 

Our right is still belligerent…still willing to produce documents for the world’s consumption that speak of an “American Century”.  But the normal scenarios for imperialism, were that the explanation, demand that the overreaching nation be strong.  But I look at what the right is doing to America - destroying our public infrastructure as well as the industrial infrastructure it takes to both build weaponry and provide the tax base required for funding a military - and I perforce must conclude that either simple imperialism is not the right’s goal or they truly are idiots. 

Particularly in light of the fact that a leader dare not underestimate the strategic value of troops motivated by the belief that they are both in the right and have something worth fighting for at home.  But as our current stream of returning veterans are finding out when they attempt to find jobs and create a future, our right is replacing America with…illusion.

So if our right still talks trash to the world - still wants to keep anger and warfare a part of the world’s destiny - but they work to weaken our ability to win, then what is their goal?  When I get to that point in my train of thoughts, I cannot help but recall the right’s increasing use and manipulation of religion…Perry himself provides an outstanding example of that behavior.

And that leads me to what some of the more rabid ideologues among the Christian right say…and to Christian Zionism and an attempt to force “the Second Coming”.  Insanity, yes…but so is destroying your country solely to enrich yourself.

Must I choose based upon which is less insane?


I hear your pain, and I actually do agree with a lot of what you wrote. We are sniping off our noses to spite our faces so to speak.  When is more enough?

We need better candidates to represent our interest. We need more libertarians or independents, but a party that actually represents us before we implode.  We are headed there.

Chris and Barry, it is funny, isn’t it?  There are frivolous lawsuits (and there are), therefore we need to limit the amount of damages in all lawsuits, NOT ask the judges and juries to actually use common sense to guide their rulings and prosecute the people who file the frivolous lawsuits.  No, that would be wasteful.

Blaming the victim is much cheaper.

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