This morning, Governor Perry spoke with Mike Gallagher about border security and government bailouts. Listen to the entire interview below:
In the interview, Governor Perry reiterated his call for the Texas legislature to fund the kinds of border security programs that have proved a success thus far. Crime is down 65% in key border areas where these programs have been implemented.
As citizens of a border state, we as Texans know that Mexico is an important commercial and cultural partner. Texas exported more than 62 billion dollars worth of products to Mexico last year alone. Unfortunately, though, the border regions of Mexico are facing a drug-related surge in crime; in 2008, there were more than four homicides on average each and every day in the city of Juárez alone.
Transnational gang activity, organized crime drug cartels, human smuggling, the exploitation of children, and brutal acts of violence are all spilling into the United States across the Rio Grande. For far too long, the federal government has not fulfilled its obligation to secure our border.
Since the initial implementation of these operations, Texas has seen a 52% drop in illegal alien apprehensions and a 65% reduction in border crime in key areas. By putting more boots on the ground and increasing law enforcement resources along the border, Governor Perry and supporters of border security efforts in the Texas legislature have proven that although border security is a federal obligation, it must remain a Texas priority. The border security successes thus far have shown that Texas leadership can improve the safety of our citizens.
Each and every day, vast numbers of Americans are voting for Texas' conservative principles. They are choosing free enterprise, personal responsibility, respect for property rights, and a government that is limited and transparent. They're not all necessarily waking up each day and voting in the traditional sense, at the polling booth. Americans are voting with their feet, and they're choosing Texas. Resoundingly.
30% of all Americans who moved from one state to another between 2007 and 2008 moved to Texas.
In many ways, Texas is a rare success story amid today's stormy economic news. It comes as no surprise, then, that in a new index measuring the health of the nation's largest 75 housing markets for 2009, Texas cities swept the top 5 spots:
Yesterday, Governor Perry sent a letter to President Obama outlining his position on Washington's massive stimulus package, H.R. 1.
Rather than editorializing or summarizing, the full text of the letter follows:
February 18, 2009
The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20500
Dear Mr. President:
I'm writing you today in response to stipulations set forth in H.R. 1, the $787 billion stimulus package you signed into law yesterday. As you know, I have been vocal in my opposition to this legislation because I believe there are better ways to reinvigorate our economy and believe H.R. 1 will burden future generations with unprecedented levels of debt.
Throughout the years, Texas taxpayers have sent substantially more dollars to Washington than we receive on issues ranging from transportation to border security and hurricane relief. As I have said during the debate on H.R. 1, should Congress pass stimulus legislation using Texas tax dollars, I would work to ensure that our citizens receive their fair share.
On behalf of the people of Texas, please allow this letter to certify that we will accept the funds in H.R. 1 and use them to promote economic growth and create jobs in a fiscally responsible manner that is in the best interest of Texas taxpayers. I remain opposed to using these funds to expand existing government programs, burdening the state with ongoing expenditures long after the funding has dried up.
I continue to believe that the best way to stimulate the economy is the approach we are taking here in Texas. As a result of low taxes, controlled government spending and a predictable regulatory climate, nearly 80 percent of all jobs created last year in the United States were created in Texas; the vast majority of these were private sector jobs. Just last week, Texas was ranked the top exporting state in the nation for the seventh year in a row.
It was a pleasure meeting you in Philadelphia, and I appreciate your concern for the Texans displaced by Hurricane Ike. While we differ on solutions to the ongoing economic crisis facing our country, I believe we both share a desire to see our great nation endure as a beacon of freedom and economic vitality to the world.
Yesterday President Obama signed a spending bill drafted by Congress full of pork and special interest handouts totaling nearly $800 billion. The Democrats think this bill will change our country's financial fortunes, but you and I know better.
In January, Governor Perry spoke at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's 7th Annual Policy Orientation. See the entire speech, including introductions from TPPF President Brooke Rollins and Board Member Jeff Sandefer, for yourself here:
Washington needs to know that this increasingly pervasive embrace of bailouts must be stopped before it drowns us in debt and destroys our national tradition of self-reliance. Sign this petition and add your voice to a growing chorus of Americans who are fed up with Washington and sending a simple message: “STOP!”
Visit NoGovernmentBailouts.com and help Governor Perry send the message to Washington politicians that We The People are tired of the multi-trillion dollar bailout parade.
Bailout recipients spent a staggering $114.2 million on lobbying last year, receiving from TARP funds an even more mind-blowing 267,208 percent return on their dollars, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. Yes, that's more than two hundred sixty-seven thousand percent.
It's no wonder, then, that the latest Rasmussen poll indicates that more than half of Americans now believe the new pork-laden bailout of '09 (a.k.a. "stimulus package," in mainstream media parlance) will actually do more harm than good; meanwhile, support for the New Bailout has fallen from 11% net positive (45-34) to 6% net negative (37-43) in just the past couple of weeks.
In February of 2009, it's finally "cool" to oppose the bailout, so it seems. Months ago, though, Governor Perry spoke out strongly against the emerging "bailout mentality" before being against bailouts was cool.