"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Friday, December 16, 2011

Twelve Days of Clarity - Day Twelve -- Gov Perry's Message of Faith, Jobs, and Freedom

Governor Perry, Champion of Conservative Principles, has an outstanding record as a statewide elected official in Texas from his days as Agriculture Commissioner to Governor of a large state which is larger than some countries.  He has seen first hand how the Federal Government has overstepped with their environmental regulations and failed with securing our southern border.  Governor Perry has real plans to get America back on the right track not just rhetoric of some other candidates:
The flat tax, a balanced budget, job creation, domestic energy, a secure border, and a part-time Citizen Congress. To get America working again, we must overhaul the Washington Establishment.
In 1990 when he was first elected as Agriculture Commissioner, the conventional wisdom was that he would not be able to beat Jim Hightower, the incumbent, but after a lot of hard work on the campaign trail and a new vision for the Agriculture Department that the people liked, he won.  As Ag Commissioner he changed the culture of the Ag Department giving the same voice to the small farmer as the large ranch Democrat donors received.

In 1998, Perry decided to run for Lt Governor against the popular Comptroller John Sharp (they were friends at A&M), and once again conventional wisdom said he could not beat Sharp plus he had some Republicans opposing him and supporting Sharp behind the scenes.  Then Governor Bush who was also running for reelection as Governor had said he would not run for President if there was not a Republican Lt Governor.  In spite of some nasty articles and dirty tricks trying to defeat him, he won the race.  In January 2001, he became Governor after Governor Bush became the President of the United States.

In 2002, it was a fairly easy race as he defeated Tony Sanchez of Laredo with almost 59% of the vote.  Then the establishment decided they didn't want the conservative Texan to continue as Governor so the next two elections were anything but easy.

In 2006 while he had little competition in the primary, the establishment ran then Comproller Carole Strayhorn who was part of the Governor's cabinet and mother of the White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan to challenge Perry as an Independent, then there was the musician Kinky Friedman who has now endorsed Perry for President but ran against him in 2006 as an independent.  He defeated the Democrat Congressman Bell, the two independents, and the libertarians with 39% of the vote to 29% for Bell.

Then came one nasty primary in 2010 as the Republican establishment led by Bush 41 with his puppet Karl Rove got Senator Kay Bailey, a moderate on social issues, to run against Perry.  Then the the Ron Paul Tea Party candidate Debra Medina also entered the primary.  Mitt Romney endorsed Kay Bailey which raised a lot of eyebrows in Texas with the question of why?  Rick Perry won the primary with no run-off and went on to win the general against the negative campaigner Mayor of Houston, Bill White, with 54% of the vote winning 226 out of 254 counties.

Since getting in the Republican Presidential campaign in August, the negative campaigning by Romney, Cain and Bachmann against Perry has reached some of the lowest moments for a campaign that I have ever seen.  Now that Rick Perry has found his groove in the debates, Karl Rove writes an editorial yesterday in the Wall Street Journal saying there are too many debates and candidates need to meet with voters more.  Rove didn't see anything wrong with debates when Romney was riding high but now that his record is under attack there are too many debates?

Will Rick Perry be the comeback kid?  We believed so when Republican primary and caucus goers look at Perry's record, his plans to reform the Federal Government, and his steadfast championing of conservative beliefs, he will get their vote.  You will never see Rick Perry putting his finger in the wind to see which way it is blowing in order to determine which side of an issue to support.

Rick Perry, the Eagle Scout who grew up in the small town of Paint Creek, in West Texas learned the importance of faith, family, and love of America.  After graduating from Texas A&M, he became a C-130 Air Force pilot flying missions overseas. Captain Perry returning to Paint Creek after finishing his Air Force commitment and marrying his high school sweetheart, Anita Thigpen.  They have two grown children Griffin and Sydney.

Rick Perry is a true Champion of Conservative Principles and deserves our vote in the Republican Primary.
Gov. Rick Perry Advocates Part-Time Congress and Balanced Budgets; Cites Tim Tebow’s Faith, Persistence and Strong Finishes
Posted on December 16th, 2011 
Perry a standout at FOX News Presidential Debate 
SIOUX CITY, Iowa – Texas Gov. Rick Perry spoke strongly and confidently about ending Washington’s culture of congressional earmarks, deficit spending and federal excess, and articulated his unmatched pro-jobs record, staunch conservatism and plans to help create American jobs in tonight’s Iowa presidential debate, hosted by FOX News and the Republican Party of Iowa. 
Governor Perry strongly connected with American families and football fans by relating to Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, his unabashed Christian faith, persistence and fourth-quarter comeback victories. 
“Am I ready for the next level? Let me tell you, I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses,” Gov. Perry said. “I like these debates and I hope President Obama and I debate a lot. I’ll talk about passing a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Congress. I’ll talk about having the type of part-time Congress that I think Americans are ready for.” 
Gov. Perry has traveled the country sharing his message of faith, jobs and freedom with conservative plans to stimulate the economy, boost job creation and repair the damage of the Obama administration’s failed economic policies. The governor’s Uproot and Overhaul Washington plan calls for a part-time citizen Congress, eliminating ineffective federal agencies and making Washington, D.C., as inconsequential in the lives of the American people as possible. 
“The issue we ought to be talking about on this stage is how you really overhaul Washington, D.C.,” Gov. Perry continued. “And the idea that you can’t tell the difference between lobbying and consulting, the idea that we have Congress staying there as many days as they do and the salary that they have. That’s why I’ve called for a part-time Congress. Cut their pay in half, cut their time in Washington in half, cut their staff in half, send them home. Let them get a job like everybody else back home has, and live under the laws they pass. We do that, and pass a Balanced Budget Amendment to the United States Constitution, and the conversations that we’ve been having up here will be minor.” 
Gov. Perry’s Cut, Balance and Grow plan establishes 20 percent flat personal and corporate tax rates, and simplifies the tax system by closing corporate loopholes and ending tax breaks for special interest groups. When compared to current laws, Gov. Perry’s plan will mean tax relief for Americans of every income group. Cut, Balance and Grow also includes a federal Balanced Budget Amendment and plans for a full audit of every regulation passed since 2008. 
During the debate, Gov. Perry shared his record and vision to get America working again by bringing the pro-jobs, pro-business and pro-innovation model he helped to create in the state of Texas to the nation. Over one million net new jobs have been created during Gov. Perry’s tenure in Texas. He has the strongest job creation record of any candidate in the presidential race, and will bring his experience in creating jobs through eliminating job-killing regulations, ensuring a fair and predictable tax system, creating a just legal climate and ending unnecessary government spending to the country as president. 
Source:  Rick Perry.org

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