Rick Perry's possible 2010 opponent went on the attack yet again today in the pages of the Austin American-Statesman, criticizing the Governor for rejecting $555 million dollars in strings-attached federal stimulus dollars. Back in March, Governor Perry said "thanks, but no thanks" to that portion of the Obama stimulus package if it meant changing Texas law and expanding the government's intrusion into private enterprise.
Michael Q. Sullivan, President of the watchdog group Texans for Fiscal Responsibility, explains that revisionist history from the Senator isn't scoring her any points:
The conservative movement and the responsible business community (large and small businesses alike) were uniformly opposed to taking those burdensome dollars. Not only would it have required massive tax increases in the future, it would have done so with requirements that the state forever alter our unemployment insurance laws. (The feds now claim they were joking about that "forever" part, but the federal law still clearly states that the rules must be permanent.)
Both the Texas Association of Business and the National Federation of Independent Business loudly urged lawmakers to reject the use of stimulus funds. As did nearly every member of the Texas Conservative Coalition, the conservative caucus of the Texas Legislature. A mid-session report by the group pointed out that “federal matching funds drive increases in state spending, exposing taxpayers to increased tax liability from both federal and state governments.”
It would have been irresponsible to take those federal UI dollars. Frankly, it represents a lack of leadership to have voted against in the Senate what she now demands Texas to have accepted. And it is always poor judgment to cede the state's clear authority over such matters to Washington, and certainly to the Obama Administration.
Earlier this year, Governor Perry rejected $555 million in strings-attached stimulus dollars. The response from Texans was and remains overwhelmingly positive.
Late last week, Rick Perry's possible 2010 opponent joined liberal critics attacking the Governor for his decision to say "thanks, but no thanks" to Obama. The conservative Pratt on Texas radio program in Lubbock had a nice recap of this latest out-of-touch attack from Washington against Rick Perry. Listen here:
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Last night, Governor Rick Perry-- himself an Air Force veteran-- returned from a Middle East trip sponsored by the U.S. Department of Defense. Along with four other Governors, Perry visited Texas military men and women defending freedom in Iraq, Kuwait, Afghanistan, and Germany.
“I’m proud to have the opportunity to visit the dedicated men and women who sacrifice so much to protect freedom around the world,” Gov. Perry said. “These individuals work hard through difficult and dangerous conditions to protect others, and deserve our highest honor and deepest appreciation.”
This morning on WBAP 820 radio in Dallas, Governor Perry spoke with Mark Davis about his trip. Listen to the entire interview here:
Governor Perry with Joe Pags
The two also discussed the Governor's opposition to Obamacare in Texas, bailouts, cap & trade, and activist judges.
To get the most up-to-the-minute alerts about upcoming radio and television appearances, be sure to follow the campaign on twitter: @GovPerry2010.
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Earlier this month, Governor Perry signed two pieces of legislation designed to relieve the burden of property taxes on Texans. Despite major property tax rate cuts in 2006 and 2007, rising property tax appraisals ate into that relief for homeowners.
After signing the bills, Perry sat down with Houston Association of Realtors Chair Vicki Fullerton for a quick interview:
House Bills (HB) 8 and 3613 will help slow the pace of increasing property appraisals, provide additional oversight for the appraisal process, and grant a total exemption for the homes of veterans who are disabled due to their service for our country.
To read more about appraisal reform and property tax relief, and to watch video of the press conference and bill signing, click here. Also, be sure to connect with Governor Rick Perry on his Facebook page.
Sunday, Governor Perry connected via satellite from Kuwait with PJTV's Bill Whittle. The two discussed the Governor's recent visit with Texas soldiers in Iraq, progress in and hope for the new democracy, and a few other issues.
While some in Washington are spending an inordinate amount of time these days running down Texas for perceived political gain, Governor Perry is proud that Texas remains the nation's economic leader.
Texans are clearly responding to Governor Perry's optimistic message about Texas; today's Rasmussen Reports poll, showing the Governor leading by 10-points, confirms that voters prefer Perry's brand of strong conservative leadership to mere harping from the sidelines.
If you have not had the opportunity to hear Governor personally deliver his message about Texas leadership, please take a few minutes to watch one of the many speeches available on the campaign YouTube channel.
These days, however, it's not just Governor Perry advocating the Texas model; our state's success story is beginning to get out, far and wide.
National Review, calling Governor Perry a "classic conservative hard case," published a must-read article this month about our Great State:
Governor Perry sums up the Texas model in five words: "Don't spend all the money." Here's what a good long run of small-government, low-tax conservatism has achieved in Texas: Once a largely agricultural state, Texas today is home to 6 of the 25 largest cities in the country, more than any other state. Texas has a trillion-dollar economy that would make it the 15th-largest national economy in the world if it were, as some of its more spirited partisans sometimes idly suggest it should be, an independent country. By one estimate, 70 percent of the new jobs that were created in the United States in 2008 were created in Texas. Texas is home to America's highest-volume port, the largest medical center in the world, and the headquarters of more Fortune 500 companies than any other state, having surpassed New York in 2008. While the Rust Belt mourns the loss of manufacturing jobs, Texans are building Bell helicopters and Lockheed Martin airplanes, Dell computers and TI semiconductors.
You may have also seen The Economist's coverage of the ongoing battle between Texas and California for preeminence in the United States-- Texas has the upper hand in that rivalry.
The Texans for Rick Perry 2010 campaign has a campaign manager! Welcome Rob Johnson-- currently serving as the chief of staff to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst-- to the team. We're all excited to have Rob on board. The Perry campaign is welcoming a lot of new faces, including 10 new field staff all around the Great State of Texas.