[The Governor often departs from prepared remarks.]
If one has never studied the endless struggle between good and evil, reflected on the cycle of conflict and contentment, or experienced the ebb and flow of peace and war, one might be swayed by those who describe the military option as an antiquated solution chosen only by knuckle-dragging Neanderthals.
I think they are misreading reality. Whether you are a student of history, or a person of faith who understands the notion of a fallen world, it is clear that war will always be part of the human experience. As long as there are people who will satisfy their craving for power with the blood of the innocent, there must be warriors who will draw a line and simply tell them “no.”
AUSTIN - Gov. Rick Perry today thanked members of the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) for their service to our country and encouraged them to continue playing their key role in the lives of soldiers returning from active duty.
"The Texas VFW plays an important part of our state’s military readiness," said Gov. Perry at the TFW Annual Mid-Winter Round Up. "Not only because their real-life stories of survival encourages our young soldiers fighting today, but also because of the role that they play when our servicemen and women return from overseas and begin integrating themselves back into society."
Gov. Perry Announces Rockwell Collins Expansion in Texas
Aerospace and Defense Company to Create 334 New, High-Paying Jobs
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today announced a $1.67 million Texas Enterprise Fund (TEF) award to Rockwell Collins Inc. to expand their operations in Texas. The company will lease 90,000 square feet of space to accommodate growth at its facility in Richardson, create 334 new, high-paying jobs and invest more than $6.7 million in machinery and equipment for the new building.
"Rockwell Collins’ expansion and commitment to create more than 330 new jobs is a strong indicator of our state’s vibrant economy and business-friendly climate," Gov. Perry said. "Thanks to strategic investment in businesses throughout our state, Texas continues to advance as a leader in high-tech design and manufacturing, which will play a key role in our state’s future."
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today criticized the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission’s recommendations to triple the federal gas tax from its current 18.4 cents to nearly 60 cents per gallon (with a series of five tax increases over five years) and curtail states’ ability to leverage the capital and innovation of the private sector. Adding an even harsher blow to taxpayers, the commission encouraged states to follow suit and simultaneously raise their own gas taxes at an even higher rate than the proposed federal increase. Congress must reject these recommendations.
As I stand here today, the start of the next legislative session is just a year away. I am firmly committed to spending that year and that session refining the innovations we have championed. I want to continue our state’s progress on conservative principles like limited government, low taxation, accountability, and policies that allow individual Texans to prosper.
After more than twenty years in this business, my philosophy of life, leadership, and governance has pretty much boiled down to one word: competitiveness.
When you think about your kids and what you want for them, you want them to be competitive. You certainly want them to succeed, but, more than that, you want their achievements to accurately reflect their abilities…and you want their rewards to match their efforts.