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The Biggest Little Hypocrite in Texas

Posted on Aug 16, 2011
AP / David J. Phillip

By Robert Scheer

It is unfathomable that yet another Texas blowhard governor has emerged as a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination. The persistent appeal of the mythology of Texas as a model for the nation defies the lessons of logic and experience, and yet here we are with Rick Perry, a George W. Bush look-alike, as a prime contender to once again run our nation into the ground.

To begin with, Texas is not and never will be a model for the nation unless the other states discover similarly rich deposits of oil and natural gas that account for one-third of jobs and supply 40 percent of tax revenues within those states. If Texas energy receipts and jobs helped float Gov. Bush’s reputation, they have been nothing short of miraculous for Perry’s tenure. The price of oil rose from $25 a barrel when Lt. Gov. Perry replaced the newly elected President Bush to $147 in 2008 and has stayed at more than $80 a barrel since, to the dismay of anyone who has to buy gasoline.

Jim Hightower and Robert Scheer discuss Perry’s entry into the presidential race on Truthdig Radio.

In addition, thanks to breakthroughs in oil field technology that Perry had nothing to do with, there have been controversial new drilling techniques that have vastly expanded the exploitation of gas and oil reserves, producing many of the new jobs that the Texas governor claims. For a relatively ineffectual governor, in a state in which the part-time Legislature holds the power, to take credit for this job boom is as ludicrous as a Saudi prince bragging of his entrepreneurial skills as the source of royal wealth.

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Unfortunately, the boom in the energy industry has not spread to those in the state stuck in less lucrative sectors of the economy. Texas remains tied with Mississippi for the largest number of workers earning wages equal to or less than the federal minimum wage. This is particularly true for the majority of nonwhite Texans, who account for a good portion of the state population increase that Perry brags about. It will be interesting to see how he handles the immigration issue in light of the fact that the manufacturing sector, particularly automobiles, is dependent on robust traffic of parts and workers across the border from Mexico.

It should be added that much of the non-energy job growth is in the public sector, which has been in part financed by the federal government that Perry lambastes. As the Austin American-Statesman newspaper points out: “… [A]lmost half of the state’s job growth the past two years was led by education, health care and government, the sectors of the economy that will now take a hit as federal stimulus money runs out and the state’s 8% cut in state spending translates into thousands of layoffs among state workers and teachers in the coming months.”

There is, however, something very important in the Texas experience that could serve as a model for the nation, and that is the state’s success in avoiding the worst effects of the housing crash. Texas has not suffered anything like the crushing foreclosure crisis that is the main source of joblessness in states from Florida to California. But Perry surely will not dwell on the reasons for Texas having escaped that fate, because his mantra of less government regulation doesn’t work in this instance. If lax environmental and zoning codes were the secret, neighboring Arizona and Nevada would not be the housing basket cases that they are. The difference for Texas is one that most free-market conservatives ignore: It was precisely the tight government regulation of the housing market that spared Texas a similar fate.

From the first days of statehood in 1845, Texas has maintained the strictest laws on home mortgages in the nation. The Texas constitution’s blanket ban on home equity loans, born of outrage over previous land grabs by banks, has been eased substantially over the years, but a firm commitment that the total amount in loans on a house not exceed 80 percent of appraised value, and other consumer-friendly restrictions on mortgage lenders, saved Texas from the home mortgage disaster visited upon many other states.

That put a crimp in the wild lending that fed the securitization of home mortgages that still proves to be so toxic to the nation’s economic recovery outside Texas. As a bit of irony, it was U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, who pioneered the passage of federal legislation preventing government oversight of those mortgage-backed securities. Perhaps because Texas homeowners were better protected than those in the rest of the nation, the Texan Bush managed to be splendidly indifferent during his presidency to the dire consequence of the housing bubble. 

Indeed, how can Perry seek the presidency largely on the basis of his Texas governorship without conceding that it is his Texas predecessor, himself purely a product of Texas state government, who is far more responsible for the economic meltdown than the current president? 

Barack Obama “inherited a mess,” economist Nouriel Roubini—made famous by his 2005 prediction of the economic collapses, which Bush ignored—told The Wall Street Journal, adding, “We’re lucky that this Great Recession is not turning into another Great Depression.” In case his point was missed, Roubini reminded of the obvious: “We destroyed our fiscal sustainability before [President Obama] came to power. … We had guns and butter and low taxes. It doesn’t work, if you want guns and butter, you should have high taxes during wars.”

Bush, as Perry is doing, complained about big government in every area except lavish spending on the military-industrial complex, an important part of the Texas economy at more than $200 billion a year, double what it was a decade ago. But that’s all the hypocrisy we have time for in one column.

Click here to check out Robert Scheer’s new book,
“The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street.”


Keep up with Robert Scheer’s latest columns, interviews, tour dates and more at www.truthdig.com/robert_scheer.


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By Napolean DoneHisPart, August 19, 2011 at 6:18 pm Link to this comment

Right on, I was under the impression TD was censoring certain things for Perry, like they usually omit what is more important… just my conspiracy radar working overtime.

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By Shenonymous, August 19, 2011 at 6:14 pm Link to this comment

Agreed!  By the way, it won’t even let me just write only the word
‘Agreed’!  It said I already posted it and I was posting a duplicate! 
Go figure!  It isn’t worth it to futz with it any more. What was it
Aristotle said, “give unto a thing only what it is worth!” ?

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, August 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment

Yeap… I just would wish the Shills on TD would report on the real and not magnify the mediocre.

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By Shenonymous, August 19, 2011 at 6:08 pm Link to this comment

Not really meaning to drag this out, Napoleon - either your way or
my way will get anyone interested to the article.  Six of one half a
dozen of the other. Seems though, the immediate way to get there
is to put just ‘politicusUSA.com’ in any browser’s search bar,
i.e., Firefox, Opera, Camino, Safari, etc., would do the trick.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, August 19, 2011 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

She, I use firefox and copy and pasting the link into the browser renders the site… but when I try to copy and paste it as it as one line onto truthdig, no dice.

This is what the white screen reads at truthdig:

Action Denied: Blacklisted Item Found
http://www.politicususa.com/

en/rick-perry-investment-porn

( I broke the line because it won’t post otherwise…. possibly because the word “porn” in the url.

But, if anyone would like to read the article regarding Mr. Perry’s financial investment into exploiting the already exploitable, simply copy and paste it as it is here… and backspace between the “en” and the preceding “/”

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By Shenonymous, August 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm Link to this comment

For Rickydick Perry and all the Rickydick Perry minions:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jQHKdNAWQo

Charlie Darwin

Set the sails I feel the winds a’stirring
Toward the bright horizon set the way
Cast your reckless dreams upon our Mayflower
Haven from the world and her decay

And who could heed the words of Charlie Darwin
Fighting for a system built to fail
Spooning water from their broken vessels
As far as I can see there is no land

Oh my god, the waters all around us
Oh my god, it’s all around

And who could heed the words of Charlie Darwin
Lords of war just profit from decay
And trade their children’s promise for the jingle
The way we trade our hard earned time for pay

Oh my god, the waters cold and shapeless
Oh my god, it’s all around
Oh my god, life is cold and formless
Oh my god, it’s all around

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By Shenonymous, August 19, 2011 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment

Napoleon DoneHisPart - I used the browser Opera, put in the
politicususa.com/  /en/rick-perry-investment-porn and
this is what opened,

Politicususa
Real Liberal Politics-No Corporate Money. No Masters

Page Not Found

The page you requested could not be found.

Sorry, but the same exact thing happened if you tried to link by copying
the entire web address in the FireFox browser

Also at SeaMonkey

Same at Camino

And at Safari it would not even connect to Politicus USA

BUT, if you put http://www.politicusUSA.com into your browser, I used
Firefox this time, you will be directed to the website, then if you scroll
down the page about 5/6 of the way in the right-side column you will
see the article about Rick Perry Hardcore History link.  Just click on the
title of the article and it will take you to the story by Sarah Jones which
starts about ¼ way down the page under the video.

All are Internet browsers, so the problem is not Truthdig!

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By Carl Street, August 19, 2011 at 8:55 am Link to this comment

(Continued)


On a purely statistical basis one could argue for the “freedom” of Red China—after all, there is 3 times the turnover in the Chinese Communist Central Committee than there is in the U.S. Congress.  Obviously, their system is more change friendly than ours.

More importantly, the Chinese people, unlike their deluded American counterparts, entertain no illusions about their system—which places them far ahead in terms of their prospects for personal survival and welfare.  As any military commander can tell you the first and most important activity is enemy identification—a critical area where media and denial blinded rationalizing Americans fail abysmally.

Voting will not; in fact, cannot change things because the system itself is designed to filter out anyone who has integrity.  You can no more have an honest politician than you can have a Buddhist Pope or a warm, honest, kindly, humanitarian Mafia contract killer.  Their “recruiting systems” automatically remove anyone who lacks the necessary attributes.

Likewise, anyone who prospers under our political system MUST be a demonic power-mad corrupt criminal psycho-path, no matter how well they and their press agents disguise their true nature and motivations. Indeed the devil has (and usually does) have the power to take on a pleasing shape; and the devil is at his most dangerous when he appears to be beneficial.

IF you want true change and real freedom then you and others must stop being government enablers.  Despite the overwhelming historical evidence that there is little or no advantage to having a coercive centralized authority with the “right” to steal and kill with the impunity of public support, supposedly intelligent people continue to accept that status quo as “normal”—as if somehow a logical case could be made for exchanging the removal of the threat of neighborhood muggings for the threat of thermo-nuclear warfare.

While these same people will vilify Hitler, Stalin and Pol Pot, etc. they fail to recognize that none of these deranged individuals ever killed anyone personally.  Their wholesale thefts, tortures, murders, etc. were all carried out by government shills “just doing their job” without whose cooperation these acknowledged monsters would have been largely powerless. So in the final analysis WHO is the more guilty??!  Certainly it would appear that the sins of deference and omission are far greater than the sins of commission – at least the consequences have proven to be so.

The very idea that certain members of our race have the right to steal, maim and kill with not only the deference; but even the support of their fellows because they all wear the same clothes (uniforms) and carry certain tokens (badges) demonstrates that despite advanced technology we have progressed little beyond the savage ignorance and superstition of our cave dwelling ancestors.

While it was bad enough when we only had stones, spears, blow-guns and arrows; for the human race to be at that same level of arrested social and moral development while in possession of thermo-nuclear weapons seems like a guaranteed recipe for disaster.  Certainly if the human race fails to evolve beyond its tribal warfare and superstition phase in short order, the prospects for our species are dismal indeed.

The hour is certainly late; and the time short…

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By Carl Street, August 19, 2011 at 8:54 am Link to this comment

I used to marvel in high school about how passionate many of my peers became over “student council” elections—anger, speeches, fights, vandalism, threats, posters, rallies, etc., etc., when, in reality, NO MATTER WHO was elected or what they promised or purported to believe in, the REAL Administration of the school remained unaffected—NOTHING of ANY REAL significance was going to change; EVER!  Now I am in my 60’s and I marvel that most of my peers mentally, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, STILL have that “Student Council Mindset” except they are now in what they absurdly like to call the “real world”.

So go ahead, rant, rave, register, elect, whatever—NOTHING will change because, like high school, the people elected are NOT really running the show—they just put on an act; throw a bone or two where possible while they; like bull riders in a rodeo; do all they can to stay on as long as they can to enjoy the gravy train.

You can no more solve political problems by establishing an “opposition party” than you could protect yourself from lions on the plains of Africa by bringing your own lion.  Ultimately, institutions do NOT oppose each other except while they fight over the right to eat you—no matter which lion wins, YOUR fate is secure; you are going to be dinner.

So called “opposition parties” are easily co-opted and will simply merge into the defecant-laced whole of the power structure.  Even if “successful” all you will have done is created your own gate to the same negative destination; but having your own gate does NOT change your ultimate destination!  Curiously, both those that saw Obama as some kind of savior and those who opposed him are now registering similar complaints—both groups may not wish to see it; but they have a LOT more in common with each other than not.

Perhaps, someday the human race will mature to the point where they no longer feel the need for life-long parental supervision and give up the illogical notion that some are entitled to “rule” others.  One would think that as the human race teeters on the brink of self-imposed extinction supported by nearly 5,000 years of recorded human history showing that governments ALWAYS fail to protect and defend while failing to deliver on their empty promises of prosperity, etc., that the overwhelming evidence of the past would sink in.

After all, it is not like some have been beneficial and others not; there has NOT been a single instance where governments have ultimately failed to turn upon their populace.  NOT ONE!—Whatever, “peace and order” was enjoyed; has merely been the calm before the storm.  THNIK about it—NOT ONE in nearly 5,000 years—and, considering that record has undoubtedly been sanitized by pro-institution “historians”; the REAL record is almost certainly far worse than even that repugnant chronicle.

You would think the lessons borne out by that damnable record could be understood by even the most casual observer!  But, believers in institutions are like heroin junkies—no matter how they suffer; they continue to crave another fix.  I keep waiting for this world filled with hopelessly addicted institution-oriented junkies to see the light…  IF and when that day comes governments will go to the way of the dinosaur; until then, routinely exchanging one set of predators and parasites for another will NEVER result in “freedom”—Oppressors may change; but oppression does NOT.

Americans have the same possibility of change through their elective process as residents of Stalin’s gulags had of being extricated by filing a writ of habeas corpus—right up there with being struck by a meteor in terms of probability.

(Continues)

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, August 19, 2011 at 8:39 am Link to this comment

That link ( if anyone cares to visit it to confirm ) was actually from a friend who posted it on FB.

It worked just fine from there, but when attempted to post on here, the TD site read ‘blacklisted.’

Q:

Do the regulars on TD believe TD to be independent from the mainstream?

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By Shenonymous, August 19, 2011 at 6:36 am Link to this comment

I think The Qwaf is better than coiffure.  It gets the alliteration of
coiffure but it means a person that has annoyed you to a point where
you want to name them the worst possible thing.

Blacklisted messages is a Google thing not a Truthdig one.  There
are many websites especially ones from the Middle East that are
given blacklisted status.  Also certain gothic sites that might be
listed on a google search, I’ve been told gets blacklisted messages.
Those last ones I think is probably right to be censored because
they are known to promote death and destruction as in anarchistic.

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By Martin Sandberg, August 19, 2011 at 6:34 am Link to this comment
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http://www.thenation.com/article/162821/rick-perry-
biggest-little-hypocrite-texas
Mr. Scheer, you owe us an apology for your grotesquely and
deliberately wrong numbers. You state:
“Texas is not and never will be a model for the nation unless
the other states discover similarly rich deposits of oil and
natural gas that account for one-third of jobs and supply 40
percent of tax revenues within those states.”

I will be rounding to 1 decimal place for clarity throughout.

From the official Texas Revenue Sources projection from
January on page 5 (
http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxbud/bre2012/96-
402_BRE_2012-13.pdf )
“The broader oil and natural gas industry, which includes
mining, petrochemicals, petroleum refining, and oil/natural
gas- related manufacturing, accounts for 15 percent of the
total Texas economy”


Then on page 12 we can see that revenues from the Natural
Gas Tax are $1.3 billion and the Oil Production and Regulation
Taxes are $2 billion. Texas Total Net Revenue is $72.4 billion.
Therefor Texas gets about 3% of its revenue directly from oil
and gas.

Texas has deliberately diversified away from its former
dependence on extractive industry and your attempt to lie in
support of agenda is childishly easy to dispose of.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 19, 2011 at 6:00 am Link to this comment

Oddsox,
You are right: But I thought everyone here KNEW it was Molly Ivins’ brilliant invention to call Perry “The Coiffure”. 

If anyone thought I originated it, I’m sorry, Molly was a lot smarter and cleverer than me and she deserves the full credit.

“The Coiffure” is a better knick-name even than “Shrub” for Dubya.

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By Napolean DoneHisPart, August 19, 2011 at 12:58 am Link to this comment

Too bad Scheer the Shill missed this one about the moral Rick Perry’s investment into pornography:

WARNING:

I just tried to post the link from politicususa.com and a ‘blacklisted’ page showed up.  Thanks TruthDig, further digging the truth into a ditch so no one will know.

CENSORSHIP on this rag of the hegemony!

Look for it yourselves.

Or put the rest of url in the address after getting to the site, here it is:

http://www.politicususa.com/

/en/rick-perry-investment-porn

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By oddsox, August 18, 2011 at 8:17 pm Link to this comment

@ITW.  If you’re still out there, two items:

1) If you’re gonna refer to Perry as “the Coiffure,” at least give Molly Ivins her props for originating the nickname.  smile

2) Better sit down, I know this is sacrilege, but consider the possibility that FDR actually LENGTHENED the Depression with his alphabet soup agencies and expanded government.
**GASP**
http://newsroom.ucla.edu/portal/ucla/FDR-s-Policies-Prolonged-Depression-5409.aspx
When you read about “lawmakers (who) gum up a recovery with ill-conceived stimulus policies,” keep in mind this piece was published in 2004, well before Obama’s Presidency.

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By Marian Griffith, August 18, 2011 at 1:15 pm Link to this comment
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—-Once again run our country into the ground? You make it sound like Obama and the Democrats fixed something. Both parties destroyed this country in less than 40 years, and it’s not likely to be coming back.—-

While the slide down has started long ago, it was Bush jr. that jumped the country over the edge of the cliff.
Obama is flapping his arms in an attempt to slow down the descent. It does not help much and it looks foolish, but it is marginally better than the republican alternative which is planning to steal the parachutes, cut them into handkerchief sized pieces and sell those back at vastly inflated prices.

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By Tobysgirl, August 18, 2011 at 1:07 pm Link to this comment

I know the appeal of people like Perry.

First,

PEOPLE LOVE CROOKS and CON MEN.

Yes, they don’t love little crooks, just big ones. Why else do you think people get conned so easily? By preachers, politicians, someone on the telephone who wants their bank account numbers.

Second,

PEOPLE LOVE POLITICIANS AS DUMB AS THEY ARE.

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By oddsox, August 18, 2011 at 11:41 am Link to this comment

self-correcting, ..sorry.

Bernie Sanders runs for President as a candidate from the Social Progressive Party.

“National Socialist Party” is… um .. taken.

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By oddsox, August 18, 2011 at 11:31 am Link to this comment

..this thread is getting interesting now.

One of the nice things about the election being NEXT November is some improbable scenarios have time to play out.

Ok, so what if Ron Paul gets the Repub nomination somehow**
Then Bernie Sanders runs too, as a National Socialist. (Howard Dean as running mate?  Nah… probably Frank Llewellyn ... but George Soros pledges $200M in support) 
That splits the Democratic vote & Paul wins.
How’s that sit with y’all??

**How does Ron Paul win the nomination? 
By default, of course:
Perry & Romney exchange punches during the New Hampshire debate.  Romney cries and withdraws the next day.  Perry gets the better of the scuffle, but his hair ignites from a static charge during the melee, horribly disfiguring him and forcing him to withdraw.
Michele Bachmann confuses Halloween with Thanksgiving and Tea Party leaders withdraw support, become fearful she might be a closet Satanist.
Palin, Santorum, Huntsman and Gingrich are each offered $10M contracts as Fox News analysts.  They accept, withdrawing from the race.
Later it’s discovered that the offers were hoaxes, funded by Soros.

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By Samson, August 18, 2011 at 11:30 am Link to this comment

Obama and Clinton just declared war on Syria. 

Of course, in modern rhetoric, they don’t use the
word ‘war’ which has all sorts of constitutional
implications that they don’t like.  But, when they
call for ‘regime change’, they are saying the same
thing.  The most certain definition of war is for one
government to say it wants to remove from power
another government.  That’s most certainly a war.

But, hey, of course the Democrats don’t want you
thinking about how the Democrats got elected and the
war in Iraq still continues and the war in
Afghanistan has been escalated and ‘surged’ and how
we now have a proxy and drone war going in Pakistan
and how we now have a war in Yemen and a war in
Somalia and of course we still have a war in Libya.

Since most of the Democratic voters are anti-war, the
Democrats certainly don’t want you thinking of that. 
So, hey, instead, lets make fun of the Republicans. 
Got to be a Rich Perry hair joke we can tell.

The only message the pro-war Democrats have to give
to their anti-war base is the negative one of
attacking Republicans.  After all, if we let those
evil Republicans back into the White House, they’ll
probably run around the world starting more wars just
like that last evil Republican from Texas did.

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By jlt, August 18, 2011 at 9:22 am Link to this comment
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http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/08/17/297556/
report-texas-ranks-dead-last-in-total-job-creation-
accounting-for-labor-force-growth/

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By Michael Cavlan RN, August 18, 2011 at 8:52 am Link to this comment

Or maybe, just maybe it is the result of an “invisible donor” problem. Just talking out loud here now.

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By Michael Cavlan RN, August 18, 2011 at 8:50 am Link to this comment

You want to see a real hypocrite?

How about a progressive blog which doles out, week by week, day by day a series of Democrat apologist, look ONLY at the bad evil Republicans articles.

As an aside, did folks know that former Alaska US Senator Mike Gravel has issued a call for support for him to primary Obama? You would not know that by the flow of establishment apologist writers that get published here. With barely just a smidgen of dissenting voices to keep it “credible.” In some circles that is called green-washing.

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By JDmysticDJ, August 18, 2011 at 8:50 am Link to this comment

RE: Michael Shaw, August 17 at 1:42 pm

“Who was it who created this super congress and more importantly who embedded it in congress?”

*************************************

Yet another ignorance of political reality exhibited by irrational critics of Obama. The Super Committee concept was proposed by Mitch McConnell Republican leader of the Senate. Obama and the Democrats agreed to this concept as a last minute compromise to avoid the default of our government and all that default would entail.

“WASHINGTON — The top Republican in the Senate proposed on Tuesday giving President Barack Obama sweeping new power to, in effect, unilaterally increase the nation’s debt limit to avoid a first-ever default on U.S. obligations.


The new mechanism would take the place of the current White House debt negotiations among congressional leaders and Obama. Those talks over spending cuts and tax increases have grown increasingly acrimonious.


Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., offered a new plan to allow the president to demand up to $2.4 trillion in new borrowing authority by the summer of next year in three separate submissions.


Those increases in the so-called debt limit would automatically take effect unless both the Republican-controlled House and the Democratic Senate enact legislation specifically disapproving it.”


Only Obama’s belief in American exceptionalism, and his Foreign Policy and National Security objectives are subject for legitimate criticism from the Left. Obama is very similar to Lyndon Johnson in these respects. Lyndon Johnson effectively resigned as President because of his errors. The alternative was Richard Nixon; a crook and an even greater war monger.

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By bob zimway, August 18, 2011 at 8:10 am Link to this comment

Understanding selfish, dumb, frightened Republicans is easy; stopping them is
harder.

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By TongoRad, August 18, 2011 at 7:37 am Link to this comment

Instead of sneering, Liberals would do better to try to seriously understand the appeal of politicians like Bush and Perry.

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By A Bird in the Hand, August 18, 2011 at 7:23 am Link to this comment
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Ron Paul!!!

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By Shenonymous, August 18, 2011 at 1:30 am Link to this comment

If the main slime media won’t touch Perry with a ten-foot pole on
his crappy record and being in bed with the oil companies, then
we need to do it for them.  All the MSM show hosts now have blogs,
twitters, facebooks, some have call in shows, and we have to hit
those venues.  Get enough involved and a small revolution gets
going.  How about the Ed Schultz show.  He’s always looking for
something meaty. Or Dylan Ratigan? Cenk Uygur is on The Young
Turks, send him your “information.”  Or is Truthdig your only
playing field?

John Best, August 17 at 1:46 pm – 5 Yups for Howard Dean, if you
could get him to run, I’d vote for him.  Or Bernie Sanders.  I tried to find
a Howard Dean website to see what he was saying these days beyond the
few minutes he gets on the news journal shows but there were none. 
I’ve heard Dean speak support for Obama.  I don’t think he would run
against him.  Bernie Sanders m i i g h h t???

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By j purrington, August 17, 2011 at 10:34 pm Link to this comment
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As was stated in the article, the Texas State legislature holds all the power in Texas.  The governor is a figure head.  Why?  Because it takes only a majority to pass a bill and only a majority to override a veto by the governor.  Texas governors seldom, (or almost never) veto a bill.  A governor from Texas therefore has little experience that would prepare him for the Presidency of the US.  If you list the states in order where the governorship is a good training ground for the presidency then, Texas ranks 50th of all the states.  Remember when George Bush was running for President he bragged about Texas being the first state to pass a patient’s bill of rights and that he signed it into law.  It was discovered that Texas did pass that bill but George Bush vetoed it.  The veto was quickly overridden and became law without his signature.

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By SteveL, August 17, 2011 at 9:10 pm Link to this comment

Accomplishments.  Executed a man known to be innocent then covered it up.  Had nothing to do with job creation in Texas.  Wants to get the Federal Government out of our lives.  Translation kill off Medicare and Social Security.  However wants to get the Federal Government in the form of the military in every war he can cook up.  How stinking decent.  Think the main slime media will ever ask him any real questions?  Doubt it.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 17, 2011 at 9:05 pm Link to this comment

Ok, two nit-wits:

“Obama’s idea of creating jobs is by means of government expansion (read socialism). It will never provide enough jobs to bring the unemployment numbers down to zero or even close.”

I know this guy won’t look at thread show facts, figures, and dates demonstrating conclusively that the New Deal worked—until it was strangled by the 1937 Edition of the TeaParty, which re-ignited the Depression.

You can’t grow a nation without infrastructure, modern, up-to-date infrastructure, and ours is over 50 years old since it was last updated and crumbling.  Infrastructure is the foundation of private growth, but government has to make it happen.  Nobody’s building the next Brooklyn Bridge or Golden Gate Bridge with private money to make a profit.

So you invest in infrastructure, and make it a requirement that all (or most) companies must be domestic, and workers must be citizens or permanent residents intending to become citizens.  They spend it on food, clothing, shelter, maybe some extra on TVs, cell phones.  The people who sell it to them need jobs and people expand or create business to serve them. Those people in turn spend their money, and so on and so on.  When a fundamental business enters a community this is what happens, and when they pull it out, ten times or more people lose their jobs than just the ones they lay off.

But, it works the same way with infrastructure, only, when the Government pulls out to move to another area, it leaves behind the tools for other fundamental businesses to come in.  Transportation. Communication, Worker Housing, Worker services…all this is now there for companies to build in. This isn’t anything like “Socialism”.  That’s just the new code-word for “Dirty Commies” used to smear ANYTHING that doesn’t benefit the few on top.

Think Research Triangle Park is ...SOCIALIST???? It was build by the State of North Carolina to attract businesses, high-tech businesses to the state, located where hundreds of thousands can get there to the Park, from all the points on the compass.  “Socialist”?  You gotta be outta your mind!

So, in all the years “The Coiffure” has been governor of Texas, did he build infrastructure? No!  A new use of Texas land, that allows multi-use, is wind energy.  There are vast wind farms, but….they cannot grow. Why?  Because “Mr. Hair” wouldn’t and didn’t invest in powerline infrastructure, in part because the oil companies were paying him off.  Non-polluting, non-consuming power in vast amounts and vast economic opportunities for Texas are SHUT DOWN because “The Coiffure” isn’t interested in them.

Note that Mr. Perry appointed an Enron exec to a major state board and the very NEXT DAY, Ken Lay sent him a check for $50,000.  Perry’s answer: “What a coincidence.”

Socialism is the state owning all or most of the means of production.  Socialism is NOT regulation. Socialism is NOT creating a banking system. Socialism is NOT social welfare programs.

All those who call these things “Socialism” are liars and most know it.

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By purplewolf, August 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment

ever have that strange feeling of deja vu

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By Steve R, August 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm Link to this comment
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Whatever Perry’s pros and cons are, we need to remember three things:

1. Obama’s idea of creating jobs is by means of government expansion (read socialism). It will never provide enough jobs to bring the unemployment numbers down to zero or even close.

2. As far as I’m aware, all of Obama’s campaign promises have come to nothing. Good thing he didn’t promise that America’s credit rating would be cut, right?

3. Less than minimum wage is perhaps better than no wage at all - no?

So to those that say they’ll stick with the democrats because it’s “territory they’re familiar with” - how’s that hopey changey thing working out?

It sure isn’t “familiar territory” to me!

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By yrscrewed, August 17, 2011 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment

He is not the front runner Ron Paul is although it may not seem that way.  He actually won the Iowa Straw Poll it you take away the nut job Woman that from Minnesota who purchased the votes.
Here is a link from the from Jon Stewart Show, The Daily Show:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3EY5Ofcxjs0

http://youtu.be/3EY5Ofcxjs0

Fox New is Fair and Balance as Adolf Hitler.

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By par4, August 17, 2011 at 5:59 pm Link to this comment
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Once again run our country into the ground? You make it sound like Obama and the Democrats fixed something. Both parties destroyed this country in less than 40 years, and it’s not likely to be coming back.

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By JMD, August 17, 2011 at 5:34 pm Link to this comment

Robert Scheer:                  8/17/2011
        What purpose does it serve to complain
about big government,while increasing the military budget? If the size of the military grew two to three times the size of the government,would we beg for President Dwight D. Eisenhower, to return? 
        Thanking you for this opportunity -
        James M. deLaurier

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By Shenonymous, August 17, 2011 at 5:33 pm Link to this comment

Most of the jobs are minimum wage. You could count someone as
having a job who bends over…. ah, to pick up someone’s lost penny! 

Well while there are those who claim that Obama is no different than
any Republican, I’ll still go with the Democrats as that is territory I
am more comfortable in.  Republicans give me a rash.  Everyone is
entitled to go with whomever they choose.  Way…elll christian96 it
doesn’t look like Rick Perry’s Omnipotent Father was listening to his
prayers for rain! Why would The Second Coming of Christ need to pray
anyway?  Why doesn’t the pretender to the Throne just make it rain?

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By James M. Martin, August 17, 2011 at 5:24 pm Link to this comment

Fine job, Mr. Scheer.  Walmart needs 450 or so new employees here in Corpus Christi for a new store, and you can bet your last dime there will be 25,000 applications.  Perry’s idea of a job is less than minimum wage since, as everyone knows, minimum wage “hurts small businesses,” by which term Perry means his oil buddies.  What these people really want is an out and out plutocracy with a figurehead of state.  To do this, they will go to any length, and if, while they finagle it, they render us a nation of slaves, so much the better.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm Link to this comment

For once nearly 100% consensus on a thread!

Only one nit-wit is wrapped up in fantasy conspiracy theories about things nearly 50 years ago.  Sweet dreams!

Meanwhile absolutely everyone else on the thread is grounded in the here-and-now about Rick Perry and what a blowhard asshat he is.  Hell, the man makes George W. Bush look intelligent and edjumacted. 

There’s a funny story that EVERYONE in his home town hates him and is planning on voting against him.  Seems his claim of being a “farmer” has them all in bitter laughter “I never saw HIM on a tractor” said one former neighbor.

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By WriterOnTheStorm, August 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment

Fielding such a cast of misfits could mean that the Republicans still consider
Obama unbeatable, and won’t offer a serious candidate until 2016.

But it’s also possible that parading loopy hard right candidates now will have
the (designed?) effect of making centrist voters feel relieved if/when a more
serious and conciliatory sounding, but still appropriately Rand-worshipping
“big-bidnis” candidate is eventually rolled out.

Already Rick pray-away-the-liberals Perry makes Michelle God-made-me-run
Bachmann seem not so bad in comparison, and Mitt Corporations-are-people-
too Romney seems positively presidential in a side by side taste test.

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By Egomet Bonmot, August 17, 2011 at 4:57 pm Link to this comment

This is the greatest of all possible developments. 

It means we’ll see Obama-Ron Paul debates, which will be as thoughtful, historic and far-reaching in discussing the purpose of America as the Lincoln-Douglas debates were.

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By Observer, August 17, 2011 at 3:34 pm Link to this comment
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Should this > Nitwit of a Clown < be the GOP nominee - better watch out America,because this could turn out to become another > stolen Presidency a la George W Bush < with much greater implication.
With the recent memories still vividly clear of the reckless,murderous war crimes committed by the Bush-Cheney-CrimeGang,the idea that the >Zionist NeoCons< could steal yet another one for this Bonehead Perry could be devastating for the United States and its citizen - resulting in their loss of freedom and liberty for ever.

Democrats / America wake up - learn/remember the lessons from those horrible Bush-Cheney years !

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By christian96, August 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm Link to this comment

Shenonymous—-Thanks for the info.  I wonder if
God is pouring the 100 plus heat on Dallas for a
reason?  I think Texas will wake-up about as much
as New York and Washington woke up!  It ain’t going
to happen.  They love those big bucks just too much.

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By Birch, August 17, 2011 at 3:18 pm Link to this comment

Perry represents the oil and gas interests amongst our ruling
elite while Obama represents the Wall Street Bankers. Pick your
poison. There is nothing Obama can do at this late stage to turn
the economy around so he will go down with it. But if Perry is
elected, he can only make the situation worse and the
Republicans will have reclaimed the economy which they drove
into the ground. Maybe if things get bad enough, the American
people will wake up to the fact that no one represents us.

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By KitattnyHawk, August 17, 2011 at 3:15 pm Link to this comment
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Most homes in Texas were trailers, shacks.  People have been treated poorly unless they were 6 digit or better salary.
perry cannot save Texas today and as   Governor why is any of these morons campaigning when they have States or a country to run?  Budget cuts..let’s start at the top.

I believe if you want to hang OB out to dry than a story on the fact that he is not in an American made Bus and Campaigning on another Vacation paid for by those of us without jobs…goes for all others.

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By oddsox, August 17, 2011 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment

@ JimBob
““Frontrunner” is a meaningless term 15 months before
the election, Bob.  Relax.”

Exactly. 

It’s so far in the future that before the election:

—Obama et. al. could actually turn this economy around if only they had some idea how.
—Sarah Palin could become a grandmother yet again.
—The Chicago Cubs could win the World Series.  Twice.

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By upgradeyourlife, August 17, 2011 at 3:00 pm Link to this comment

The media is just deciding this whole thing on their own, meanwhile the public seems to say just give us someone, anyone, as long as they’re wearing my colors and aren’t black hispanic or muslim.

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By Tom Edgar, August 17, 2011 at 2:49 pm Link to this comment
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Texas is a great State to be from…... Very far from.

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By ardee, August 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment

Perry runs on his record.

Texas economy is boosted by a deal of oil money, by cheap labor and little to no regulations. Yet all Texas can aspire to is 46th in education and dead last in providing health care:

http://shapleigh.org/system/
reporting_document/file/3/focus_documents3.pdf


Texas on the Brink
How Texas Ranks Among the 50 States
You get what you pay for. In Texas, we do not get much because we
do not pay for much. Compared to other states, Texas ranks near the bottom
in spending for education, health care, environmental protection, workforce
development, public safety, and other services and protections. Our failure to
invest in ourselves puts our children at risk and our future in jeopardy.

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By Michael Shaw, August 17, 2011 at 1:53 pm Link to this comment

That is Rick Perry. John Best is entirely correct! Who was it who created this super congress and more importantly who embedded it in congress? Look at who sits on this board of fools and where their interests lay. I keep hearing “across the board cuts” with nothing left unturned, yet I see 12 guys from 12 states whose biggest industry involves the largest defense contractors in the military industrial complex. So here we have a new dictatorial element in place, put there by Obama and whose members are only placing their eyes on cuts to Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and unemployment insurance. As Obama ignores his base and endangers the welfare of the general population solely to gain corporate campaign finance in his reelection bid, he has left himself(and us) vulnerable to his so called republican counterparts who will see to it that this committee even more brutally destroys what little good is left in this country. Obama apologists take heed, what you promote in supporting him(on the continued false assumption he is the lesser of two evils) while being so worried about a GOP victory is mute. Either way enables a future where people will die from neglect and cities will burn, leaving only one thing for our children and grandchildren to look forward to, corporate slavery and no hope.

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By DemocraToby, August 17, 2011 at 1:49 pm Link to this comment
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Isn’t Texas the home of the greatest blowhard of them all?  J. R. EWING!

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By Michael Shaw, August 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment

A John Perry victory is no blessing for anyone on the left. The simple and sad fact in the matter is that neither is another Obama term.

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By John Best asks, "What IS Progress"?, August 17, 2011 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment

How about “Give ‘em hell, Yee-HAW Howard Dean”?  There’s a passel of ‘em, Dodd, Kuccinich, but again, there are thousands of seats farther down in government which need filled by people who will give support to whomever the electorate gets enthralled with.

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By Michael Shaw, August 17, 2011 at 1:42 pm Link to this comment
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Who was it who created this super congress and more importantly who embedded it in congress? Look at who sits on this board of fools and where their interests lay. I keep hearing “across the board cuts” with nothing left unturned, yet I see 12 guys from 12 states whose biggest industry involves the largest defense contractors in the military industrial complex. So here we have a new dictatorial element in place, put there by Obama and whose members are only placing their eyes on cuts to Social Security, Medicare, food stamps and unemployment insurance. As Obama ignores his base and endangers the welfare of the general population solely to gain corporate campaign finance in his reelection bid, he has left himself vulnerable to his so called republican counterparts who will see to it that this committee even more brutally destroys what little good is left in this country. Obama apologists take heed, what you promote in supporting him while being so worried about a GOP victory is mute. Either way enables a future where people will die from neglect and cities will burn leaving only one thing for our children and grandchildren to look forward to, corporate slavery.

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By Shenonymous, August 17, 2011 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment

You may very well be right John Best, but do name another
candidate who could beat whatever Republican wins the nomination
for President.  Is that what you want, or think would be better than
Obama?  Is it really an even trade off?  It is sad argument, I very well
know, but the sobering fact is that it is the only game in town, unless
some charismatic other political celebrity is drafted as a counteraction.

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By Richard Wills, August 17, 2011 at 12:53 pm Link to this comment
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I was surprised, by my lack of reaction, to Perry and Palin and Bachmann and all the other Koch whores and Ailes puppets.  Taking a historical perspective, their predecessors were traitors 150 years ago, their successors will be traitors a 150 years from now.

  Ho hum, so what else is new? This has always been about the Republicans taking in the dixiecrats to catch up with demographic swings that had left the Republican Party as irrelevant.  And the dixiecrats have thoroughly infiltrated and corrupted whatever principles the GOP once espoused.

  What surprised me, about my own feelings, was how strongly I reacted to the brazen blasphemy being proclaimed by these vermin as if it were virtue.

  Here I thought of myself as materialist atheist, yet I felt a deep sense of shock and pity for their blighted souls.

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By dzrlib, August 17, 2011 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment
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What else makes Texas interesting?  In answer to this question, Peter Hotez, a neglected diseases expert who is moving from Washington, D.C. to set up the National School of Tropical Medicine in Houston, Texas, stated:  “Because there is a lot of poverty, it has the highest rates of parasitic and neglected infections anywhere is the U.S.  ...  In addition, Dengue (aka breakbone fever) has emerged along the gulf coast.”  [Science magazine, June 17, 2011 p.1366].  This should provide some food for thought for business owners thinking of relocating from California.

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By Robespierre115, August 17, 2011 at 12:35 pm Link to this comment

Although a Perry victory might be a blessing for American leftists considering everything from the antiwar movement to labor has been castrated by Obama and his corporate propaganda machine.

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By Marian Griffith, August 17, 2011 at 12:33 pm Link to this comment
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@ohiolibgal
—-Fox News and others shovel out the distortions and lies, but for it to work people must be gullible enough to lap it up.—-

Which is why they first went after the teachers and the school system. If you can keep the population dumb and poor you can control them for a long time.

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By StPete, August 17, 2011 at 12:17 pm Link to this comment

“It is unfathomable that yet another Texas blowhard governor has emerged as a
front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.”

Really? Why is that unfathomable?  We know Perry has great hair, speaks forcefully
(if not sensibly) and says all the right things to his target audience. He’s been
doing this in Texas for years. He also probably knows yesterday was not Elvis’s
birthday.  So of course the yahoos love him. 

The mystery to me is that the Dems, after all these years, still can’t figure out how
to talk to about half of the American public.  That’s what’s unfathomable.

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By John Best asks, "What IS Progress"?, August 17, 2011 at 12:10 pm Link to this comment

I do think these bizarre nut jobs the Republicans are putting forward are to ensure the re-election of corp-obama. 

While we all stare glassy-eyed at the presidential contest, another year passes as the wealth-sucking machinery of modern systems feeds on existing wealth whilst ignoring any chance of making reasonable investments in this country.

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By Cloud Shaman, August 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment
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He is your typical Texas High School football coaches getting his team fired up to due battle.

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By Mary Nelson, August 17, 2011 at 12:02 pm Link to this comment
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Seeing anything as “unfathomable” (or amazing or surprising or shocking or unbelievable or…..) simply indicates that one doesn’t really understand the situation. What’s not understood here is that the entire U.S. political scene is a circus designed to keep we the people from seeing that the dominant culture is killing the planet, therefore to keep each one of us from trying to do something to stop it. Too bad.

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By Paul_GA, August 17, 2011 at 11:55 am Link to this comment

PRGP: I know where my rifle is—it’s right over my kitchen doorway.  wink

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By Shenonymous, August 17, 2011 at 11:47 am Link to this comment

christian96, I detect agreement between thee and me about the
Perry hypocrite! Since I too have the Perry list of 10, I will try to post
them if only to see if they are the problem.  This message Page not
found
was declared by the Webmaster not to be a program catcher
to censor certain messages that contain unacceptable language. 
He explained as much on another forum where the Page not found 
message was occurring to several of us truthdippers.  It happened
this a.m. on another forum where it let me post half of a long post
broken into two parts, but would not allow the second part to be posted. 
Very odd behavior of the site webcrawler that seems to seek out certain
words or phrases. I was allowed to post a few other comments on that
very same forum and on a couple of other forums!  So go figure!  The
Webmaster may not reply to my email, which I had to send from my
personal email service because even when using the Contact Us feature
that is at the bottom of every Truthdig page, the Page not found
turned up!  He was working on the problem that happened a couple of
weeks ago and did email me to my private email address, and had me do
some sleuthing getting an IP address but he never got back to me on this
problem.  Strange indeed.

MSM is fueling the fires of the Republican primary so they have an
overabundance of the same drivel to keep repeating day in and day out,
and have assisted in Perry’s heavenly ascension.  What is the incredulity
expressed in some posts here in Texas trying to send yet another of its
yahoos to the White House?  Texas thinks it is the United States and that
the other 49 needs to secede.

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By PRGP, August 17, 2011 at 11:24 am Link to this comment

What sadness would envelop the founders to witness how far the Republic has fallen from their lofty goals.  Rick Perry asshole of the universe, lobotomy poster child, darling of evangelist, delusional nutcakes.  And I went to war for this shit???  Where’s my M-16 when I really need it?

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By drbhelthi, August 17, 2011 at 11:18 am Link to this comment

I think it wise to review the mass of available information on why Dallas, Texas, was selected to be the murder location of John F. Kennedy Senior. Due to fulfillment of FOIA requests, the diary of Mrs. Kennedy Onassis, and the intelligence of Ms. Caroline Kennedy, a mass of information is available.

After which, one is better equipped to comprehend why the “Texas Machine” placed its strawman in the forefront, at this stage of the game. 

A continuation of the WWII NAZI/Zionist puppetry is assured.

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By Shoes 4 Industry, August 17, 2011 at 11:07 am Link to this comment
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“To begin with, Texas is not and never will be a model for the nation unless the other states discover similarly rich deposits of oil and natural gas that account for one-third of jobs and supply 40 percent of tax revenues within those states.”

Such as Alaska?

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By Carl Street, August 17, 2011 at 11:04 am Link to this comment
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“It is unfathomable that yet another Texas blowhard
governor has emerged as a front-runner for the GOP
presidential nomination.”

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The ONLY real mystery here is why supposedly intelligent people continue to believe the election process is honest and valid—Despite overwhelming evidence that the powers that be have ALWAYS put whomever they chose into office.  The idea that those who vaporize cities and steal and kill on an industrial scale would become honest at the door of the voting booth deserves to be hooted at by any rational person.

But, I guess it is so hard to give up romantic dreams that people who should know better will ignore the evidence and continue to “work within the system”  My guess is that is the same group that believes they can make a living by buying lottery tickets and playing craps in Las Vegas.

BTW, more bad news—there is NO Easter Bunny or Santa Clause either and Harry Potter is just a movie…

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By christian96, August 17, 2011 at 11:01 am Link to this comment

Sorry, I tried three times to list all 10 of
Rick Perry’s 10 Worst Crony Capitalists but each
time I clicked “Submit” I got the message, “This
Page Could Not Be Found.”  If you are interested
in the top 10 you’ll have to go to Mother Jones.

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By BobZ, August 17, 2011 at 11:00 am Link to this comment

Rick Perry is a one man “gagfest” with his George W. Bush mannerism’s, his
extreme right wing politics, and his lack of respect for our public institutions and
our leaders. It’s ok to criticize leaders you don’t like but to personally denigrate
the president and the head of the Federal Reserve is not presidential. Worse yet is
his suggestion that it might be okay to secede from the Union if Washington D.C.
continues down a progressive path he doesn’t agree with. Possibly Rick Perry is
closer to teasonous than Ben Bernanke. At first I just thought Rick Perry was
George W. Bush on steroids,but he is actually far worse. The last thing this country
needs is a nation of minimum wage workers with no health care, no safety nets,
and no education.

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By Jo Ann McGrath, August 17, 2011 at 10:51 am Link to this comment
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Perry acts as though he has been able to convert testosterone to hair oil. That John Wayne act blows all those nice church ladies into la la land and if the dopey Dems keep bitchin’ about Obama not being tough enough, we’ll know once again what it’s like to have some village’s missing idiot taking us all for a ride.

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By Michael Shaw, August 17, 2011 at 10:47 am Link to this comment
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Ah Perry! Yet one more member of the current GOP lunatic lineup, guaranteed, along with Obama to leave most of us between a rock and a hard place when it comes to having any candidate who will remove us from this ongoing catastrophe that will impoverish most of us as it continues to give more tax breaks to the wealthiest Can anyone say…dog and pony?

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By Shenonymous, August 17, 2011 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

He thinks he is the second coming of Christ.

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By christian96, August 17, 2011 at 10:14 am Link to this comment

I just read the following article on Mother Jones,
“Rick Perry’s 10 Worst Crony Capitalists.”  The
following is number 5:

Kenneth Lay: In 2001, Rick Perry appointed an Enron exec to chair the Texas Public Utilities Commission, and the next day, Perry got a $25,000 check from Lay. As Molly Ivins mockingly pointed out, Perry “explained this, to everyone’s satisfaction, as being ‘totally coincidental.’”

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By ohiolibgal, August 17, 2011 at 9:54 am Link to this comment

Hard to believe the same state can produce this yahoo, Dubya, and then people like Molly Ivins and Jim Hightower. You have to wonder how sincere he is since he started out as a moderate democrat.

The republican field is quite the collection. That any of them get any traction is not a good reflection on millions of our citizens. I get why the Koch brothers eat this up, but middle and lower class people should know better.

Fox News and others shovel out the distortions and lies, but for it to work people must be gullible enough to lap it up.

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By rbrooks, August 17, 2011 at 9:35 am Link to this comment
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It’s mildly entertaining to see how far into morally bankrupt/mental midget territory the Republicans are having to go to find someone to make Obama look good.

If President Perry proves not to bring enough batshit, who’s next? Stuff Kissinger and animate him? (hey, it worked for Cheney)

Ahh - no problem! President Beck!

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By Hulk2008, August 17, 2011 at 9:22 am Link to this comment

Politicians who take credit for various “accomplishments” are not rare - they are in fact the rule rather than the exception.  Perry claims to have done this or that through his own foresight and fortitude.  He swaggers about what would happen to this political opponent or that, e.g. done to a Fed chairman, were that person in Texas.  He’s driven to show off 24-7.  Is it in the blood or the culture? 

A politician claiming a success is a lot like an opossum declaring itself a “predator” when it finds a road kill.

I lived in Texas twice, in spite of being called a “Damned Yankee” at the time.  The locals were mostly friendly and outgoing, even the ones packing heat and wearing hats that were too big.
I worked for a Texan in another state while he transformed a successful not-for-profit healthcare mutual insurance company into an all-out profit-and-take-no-prisoners mega-corporation; he bragged to me on the sly at the time, “This will be the third place I’ve pulled this off.” 
    So, Texans are not without large self-determined goals.  Maybe it’s the flat, seemingly never-ending horizon, or the constant knock-ya-down wind blowing in from everywhere. 

Some Texans seem determined to blow that wind back.

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By jimbob, August 17, 2011 at 8:46 am Link to this comment
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“Frontrunner” is a meaningless term 15 months before
the election, Bob.  Relax.

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By steve pesce, August 17, 2011 at 8:37 am Link to this comment
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Bob,

I’m a big fan of yours, but this piece is really lame.  Is this really the best you can do?  This guy is clearly an insane lunatic and a hypocrite.  But you certainly have not made that case at all.

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By mrfreeze, August 17, 2011 at 8:31 am Link to this comment

California Ray - You made me laugh out loud! Thanks for that!

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By Texas Survivor, August 17, 2011 at 8:21 am Link to this comment
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Never underestimate Rick Perry. He’s the consummate politician winning every race he’s ever entered. Considering the strength of the current president, the Obama effect in the apathetic outcome of the last Texas governor’s race and the corporate money behind the Republican Party, the 2012 election is Perry’s to lose. We have our work cut out for us.

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By Paul_GA, August 17, 2011 at 8:06 am Link to this comment

I wonder, California Ray, if Mr. Scheer had first read William Pfaff’s “Assassination as Foreign Policy”
(http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/
assassination_as_foreign_policy_20110816). As Pfaff says in the last two paragraphs, “The world is not open to domination by a single state. The effort to establish it will destroy the United States itself ... A global policy of assassination of what are conceived to be America’s enemies endlessly creates, motivates and augments the number and determination of those enemies. It defeats itself. It is an assault upon the most powerful force in modern history, nationalism, which is composed of religion and culture, and incorporates a people’s moral identity and sense of destiny.”

This country IS being run into the ground by idiots who can’t think outside the box marked, “American Empire Forever”.

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By madisolation, August 17, 2011 at 8:03 am Link to this comment

Scheer writes:
“It is unfathomable that yet another Texas blowhard governor has emerged as a front-runner for the GOP presidential nomination.”
And just exactly how did he “emerge?” He didn’t win the Iowa Straw Poll. He didn’t participate in either the straw poll or the debate. He simply announced his candidacy and the mainstream media and those on the left and the right glommed onto Perry and took it from there. Voila! Rick Perry has “emerged!”
Let’s face it. Robert Scheer will never write an unbiased column about Ron Paul, who virtually tied with Bachmann for first place in the poll, won the debate, and has raised more money than any other candidate except Romney. In fact, Scheer will never write about Ron Paul at all. He, like his partisan friends, will “disappear” Paul. Heaven forbid anyone should challenge the status quo.
Yesterday, Glenn Greenwald’s wrote:

“The steadfast ignoring of Ron Paul—and the truly bizarre un-personhood of Gary Johnson—has ensured that, yet again, those views will be excluded and the blurring of partisan lines among ordinary citizens on crucial issues will be papered over.  That’s precisely the opposite effect that a healthy democratic election would produce.”

http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/
glenn_greenwald/2011/08/16/elections/index.html

I haven’t come to expect much more courage and depth from liberals, but I expected some. However, it appears that journalists from both the left and the right bear a resemblance to Obama and the politicians in Congress: they are “bipartisan” in their refusal to mention Ron Paul’s name.

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By RedwoodGuy, August 17, 2011 at 7:57 am Link to this comment

I guess Scheer thinks that someone’s record matters in elections?

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By California Ray, August 17, 2011 at 7:20 am Link to this comment

At the end of the first paragraph, Mr. Scheer mentions the terrible prospect of the U.S. being run “into the ground.” Consider this: shouldn’t all aggressive military empires be run into the ground? By aggressive, I mean invading and occupying another country in truthless violation of the UN Charter and the Nuremberg Principles and then using torture to extract information about, say, WMDs that the locals were hiding. Consider also that if the U.S. is not run into the ground, what is to stop it from acting on its plans to weaponize space and put all human life on the planet in grave jeopardy?
Japan and Germany were once run into the ground to the great relief of people who valued human rights, peace, truth, and justice. Consider that seeing the U.S. run into the ground may not be the terrible prospect you think it is.

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By mrfreeze, August 17, 2011 at 6:53 am Link to this comment

Perry - Yet another example of someone who believes his “luck” is talent.

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By California Ray, August 17, 2011 at 6:44 am Link to this comment

Hold it right there, Robert Scheer! When you criticize the Governor of Texas, you are undermining support for our sanctified military personnel and supporting unholy terrorism. God Bless America, yadda yadda yadda. As surely as dinosaurs once shared the Earth with humans, we can trust a Texas politician to lead the U.S. back to morality and prosperity.

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By Paul_GA, August 17, 2011 at 6:33 am Link to this comment

Well, as Marx is supposed to have said so memorably, “History repeats itself—the first time it’s a tragedy, the second time it’s a farce.” (I know that’s not the exact quote, but it’s close.)

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By bob zimway, August 17, 2011 at 5:56 am Link to this comment

Bad memories of Bush outside lunatic Texas will put this loud mouth in his place.

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By prisnersdilema, August 17, 2011 at 5:48 am Link to this comment

It’s only unfathomable when one doesn’t understand that fundamentalist religious beliefs
are not based on reason, but on devotion and belief.  Logic and reason, and reality,
make no difference, when they compete against, those that blindly use the bible, to
justify every action, and to condemn, idiot non believers.

The message, of Perry and all those like him, boils down to one thing…Convert or die.

Perry maybe a lighter version of Warren Jeff’s, but the mentality is the same.

You can argue, reason, debate, plead, and even beg, but it won’t matter. You won’t be
able to escape their judgement.  Slick Rick, will be the nomination.

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By omop, August 17, 2011 at 5:43 am Link to this comment

The previous President from Texas [ a chickenhawk as is Perry ] and his
administrations contributed to the over $4 Trillion dollars expenditures in
Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, etc,.

One can only imagine how many more trillion dollars the Perry presidency
would cost America.

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By Inherit The Wind, August 17, 2011 at 5:24 am Link to this comment

A Texas Republican is a hypocrite and a blowhard????

STOP THE PRESSES!!!

(this is news?)

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By Dr Bones, August 17, 2011 at 4:21 am Link to this comment
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Another secessionist, just like Palin without the children stage props and idiot husband.

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By ardee, August 17, 2011 at 2:56 am Link to this comment

Blowhards are a dime a dozen in politics. Apparently they are equally common in journalists.

Harsh you note, I agree, but harshness may be needed when one’s choices at the polls are so abysmal. This article is true as far as it goes, and the same critical look at all the candidates for the presidency might speak to equally harsh noting of sad truths.

We are well and truly screwed when our two choices, whichever elephant wins the nomination and runs against the incumbent, are between Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

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By THX 1133 is not in the movie..., August 17, 2011 at 1:46 am Link to this comment

By Robert Scheer

It is unfathomable that yet another Texas blowhard
governor has emerged as a front-runner for the GOP
presidential nomination.
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Hard to beat the opening paragraph, no?

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