“Governor Goodhair” Rick Perry’s antics and the so-called “economic miracle” in Texas

Read my previous post: Governor Rick Perry – China Loves Him

(1) Governor “goodhair” Rick Perry.

Origin of the expression “goodhair” :

Molly Ivins, the nationally syndicated columnist, former editor at The Texas Observer, who followed Rick Perry very closely. She dubbed him “Governor Goodhair.”

Jim Hightower gives a less than glowing report on Rick Perry:
Jim Hightower, “The higher the monkey climbs the more you see its ugly side”

(2) Meet the real Rick Perry
As we approach 2012, Rick Perry continues to invent his own narrative about his record as Governor. It’s a story that puts him on a collision course with the truth.

The Texas Democratic Party is here to set the record straight on Perry’s catastrophic tenure as governor.

(3) Bob Moser Evaluates Gov. Rick Perry’s Touted Record in Texas. (Democracy Now!) Part 1 of 2

Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman pointed out recent economic data suggests the Texas budget gap is worth than New York’s, about as bad as California’s.

Rick Perry has been in the national spotlight primarily for his extreme Tea Party rhetoric, and more recently for his Christian right associations and his “Response” event in Houston.

Rick Perry primarily is a corporatist. He has basically instituted Grover Norquist’s model of governance and government shrinking more completely than any governor in America.

Read: Grover Norquist : Views on government

Who the big financial backers of Perry are:

The two of the biggest: Bob Perry and Harold Simmons
Bob Perry, who is the single-largest individual donor to right-wing causes around the country and has given Rick Perry about $20 million. Bob Perry is a huge home builder in Texas, and his primary interest has been in getting—in gutting regulations on businesses and environmental regulations.
Harold Simmons, a super-rich guy who is known as the “King of Superfund Sites” in America. He’s out of Dallas and recently—recently managed to open a huge radioactive waste disposal site in West Texas, and not only skirted what little state regulation there was in doing so, but also managed to get the county in which the site will be cited to pay for most of it. And Harold Simmons is known as one of the real evil geniuses of American capitalism.

Related topic:
A Texas-Sized Plan for Nuclear Waste
The billionaire “King of Superfund Sites” wants to open a giant radioactive dump in West Texas…what could go wrong?

Perry’s so-called “economic miracle” in Texas?

He did inflate the numbers, but there’s no question that Texas has created more jobs in the last couple of years than any other state.

What is—what lies beneath those numbers, however, is the fact that Texas has also created many, many more minimum-wage jobs and low-wage jobs than any other state. The kinds of industry that Texas has attracted are companies that are coming to Texas because of low and almost nonexistent regulation and because of a huge population of people looking for work and willing to work for low wages. And, you know, that’s the truth that lies beneath this “miracle.”

The other thing about it is that, you know, Rick Perry has stripped away successfully just about every strand of the social safety net in his 10 years as governor. And Texas education has been stripped to the bone. High school graduation rates are the lowest in the country. The rate of insurance is the lowest in the country. And, you know, it’s a miracle for companies who want to exploit their workers; it’s not a miracle for anybody else. Read more at Democracy Now.

Bob Moser Evaluates Gov. Rick Perry’s Touted Record in Texas. (Democracy Now!) Part 2 of 2

(4) In News Wrap: Rick Perry Takes Heat for Criticism of Fed’s Stimulus Effort

GOV. RICK PERRY: I’ll take a pass on the Federal Reserve right at the moment, to be real honest with you. I know there’s a lot of talk and what have you about him. If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we’d—we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. I mean, printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous—or treasonous, in my opinion.

In an interview published in The Daily Beast, Perry was asked to explain his past criticisms of the progressive era and the changes it produced. He replied, quote, “I think every program needs to stand the sunshine of righteous scrutiny. Whether it’s Social Security, whether it’s Medicaid, whether it’s Medicare. You’ve got $115 trillion worth of unfunded liability in those three. They’re bankrupt. They’re a Ponzi scheme,” Perry said.

(6) In addition to his economic expertise Governor Rick Perry is also an ace climatologist.

Governor “good hair” Rick Perry took his skepticism about climate change one step further on Wednesday, telling a New Hampshire business crowd that scientists have cooked up the data on global warming for the cash.

Watch Perry’s full remarks as captured by tracking outfit American Bridge 21st Century below:

Rick Perry: You may have a point there because, I do believe that the issue of global warming has been politicized. I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data, so that they will have dollars rolling into their, to their projects. I think we’re seeing almost weekly or even daily scientists who are coming forward and questioning, the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change. Yes, our climate’s changed, it’s been changing for ever-ever since the earth was formed, but I do not buy into that uh, a group of scientists, who have in some cases found to be manipulating this information and the cost to the country and to the world of implementing these uh, uh anti-carbon programs is in the billions if not trillions of dollars at the end of the, of the day, and I don’t think from my perspective I want America to be engaged in spending that much money on still a scientific theory that has not been proven, and from my perspective is more and more being put into question.


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