Despite a malicious denial-of-service attack on RickPerry.org today, thousands of Texans were able to participate in "Talkin' Texas" and listen to Governor Rick Perry talk about his record and vision for Texas.
Governor Perry reflected on the conservative legislative accomplishments in Texas that have positioned our state for success. If you missed it earlier, you can now watch the live portion of the video for yourself:
Governor Perry today offered several new proposals to maintain Texas’ positive momentum, including:
• A constitutional amendment requiring a two-thirds vote of the legislature to increase state taxes;
• Making permanent the recent tax cut extended to 40,000 small businesses in the last legislative session (under current law, the $1 million business margins tax exemption will expire in 2011);
• Imposing criminal penalties on employers who knowingly violate employment laws by hiring workers who are in Texas illegally; and
•Paving the way for ongoing job growth by purging unnecessary laws and regulations that stifle Texas entrepreneurs.
The event, which garnered more than 22,000 views in spite of the attack, was streamed live from the HOLT-Caterpillar facility in San Antonio. Check back at http://RickPerry.org/talkin-texas and look out for regular updates.
Statement from Texans for Rick Perry Spokesman Mark Miner Concerning Internet Sabotage
“Today’s ‘Talkin' Texas’ webcast by Gov. Perry was deliberately interrupted by a denial-of-service attack, preventing countless users from logging in to view the Governor’s remarks. This planned and coordinated attack was political sabotage, and we are working to identify those responsible for this illegal activity. Before the attack was initiated, more than 22,000 users were able to log in and view Gov. Perry’s complete remarks, which will be distributed shortly.”
The "Talkin' Texas" page will host the archived video as planned, for those who were unable to log on and watch.
In these uncertain times, we are all concerned about the future. While Texas is by no means immune to the recession facing our country, it will be Texas that leads our nation out of its economic doldrums.
The Texas model of governance, which-- under Governor Rick Perry's leadership-- has produced balanced budgets, provides a very clear contrast and an important alternative to the out-of-control deficit spending in Washington. The results are clear. Texas remains the nation's economic leader, even in these tough times:
Please tune in tomorrow at 11:30 A.M. Central Daylight Time for "Talkin' Texas" at this link: http://www.RickPerry.org/talkin-texas. You must be a registered user at RickPerry.org, and you must be logged in to watch. Visit the Talkin' Texas page to register if you have not already done so.
The Texans for Rick Perry family was very sad to learn that our dear friend Brianna Becker of Austin died on Friday evening. Brianna embodied the best of Texas. She had strong values, a vibrant personality, and an unlimited future. Texas and America are losing a bright light by her passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with her family and friends through this difficult time.
Dozens of groups and individuals representing a broad array of Texans have made their endorsements for 2010. Governor Rick Perry is the clear choice for a rapidly growing number of individuals and associations representing a broad and diverse community of Texans. Take a look at the latest endorsement video:
Join Governor Rick Perry for a special live online discussion about the future of Texas on Tuesday, September 29, at 11:30 a.m. CDT (10:30 in El Paso). In order to join us, you'll have to be a registered user.
Bookmark the "Talkin' Texas" page and return there Tuesday at 11:30 a.m. CDT
Did you know: Texas has installed more wind power than any other state and all but four countries and is developing new transmission lines that will move more than 18,000 megawatts across the state – nearly as much as all other states’ current capacity combined.
Under Governor Rick Perry, Texas is working toward a diverse energy portfolio, responsibly developing our state's resources and providing for energy security for generations to come. Whether it is oil, clean coal, natural gas, nuclear, wind, solar, or other up-and-coming sources, Texas is ahead of the curve when it comes to energy diversity.
“Governor Perry is a proven leader who has been instrumental in helping Texas maintain a key role in the national economy, despite the many challenges we face,” said Pickens. “He understands what needs to be done to address the threat of foreign oil imports and how we should begin using a cleaner, cheaper, domestic option – Texas’ abundant natural gas supplies.”
Keep Texas strong. Support Governor Perry. Join the growing list of folks just like T. Boone Pickens who have joined the Perry 2010 team. You can add your own endorsement at http://hq.rickperry.org.
This morning, Governor Rick Perry spoke at an important energy summit at the Texas Capitol on the issue of cap and trade legislation that is making its way through Congress in Washington, DC. Cap and trade, also referred to as "Waxman-Markey," represents a serious threat to the Texas economy, and it would be the largest tax increase in the history of the United States.
Cap and trade could cripple Texas’ energy sector, irreparably damaging both the state and national economies and severely impacting national oil and gas supplies. Employing 200,000 to 300,000 Texans, the energy industry in this state alone supplies 1/5 of the nation’s oil production, 1/4 of the America’s natural gas production, 1/4 the nation’s refining capacity, and nearly 60 percent of the nation’s chemical manufacturing. Cap and trade is a direct assault on the Texas energy industry-- an industry that is already modernizing and diversifying into alternatives such as wind and solar without the kind of severe taxes and overbearing regulation the federal government seeks to impose.
Join Governor Perry in his stand against federal Cap & Trade legislation. Amplify your impact. Sign up at http://hq.rickperry.org.
I don’t have to tell you that our fellow Americans are having a tough go of things in this current economy and that these problems aren’t going to fix themselves, but I’m at a loss to explain how Washington can justify the approach they’re taking.
If anyone here is starting a business, thinking you can borrow your way out of debt and spend your way to prosperity, you might want to consider taking an Economics 101 class. I’d suggest the same class for the folks in Washington and, while we’re at it, a refresher course on the U.S. Constitution.
We know that the route to success is lower taxes, smaller government and freedom for every individual. I know that because I’ve seen that approach work in Texas. Just three months ago, we wrapped up our biannual legislative session with a balanced budget, a tax cut for 40,000 small businesses and a Rainy Day Fund that is projected to grow to $9 billion by 2011. Compare that to California’s $24 billion deficit and a federal deficit approaching $1.6 trillion.
To read the entire speech, click here. As Governor Perry mentioned in his speech, if you care about the 10th Amendment and want to stay engaged, text FREEDOM to 95613.