Petition: Secure the Border

If you are like Gov. Rick Perry, and you agree the federal government must take responsibility and secure our border, sign this petition.

Texas cities among healthiest housing markets for 2009.

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:

1. Houston
2. Austin
3. Ft. Worth
4. San Antonio
5. Dallas

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Governor Perry's letter to President Obama.

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.

Rick Perry

(Click here to download the .pdf version of the letter).

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PERRY: Belief in individual at conservatism's core

February 18, 2009

Washington Times

Governor Rick Perry

America is not great because of the size of our government, but because of the vision and values of our people. I am convinced that those who believe in big government have little faith in self-governance. Their philosophy says that government should do what a man can't - or won't - do for himself.

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Help Us Turn the Tide in Washington and Stop These Irresponsible Bailouts

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.

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Governor Perry's Keynote Address at the Texas Public Policy Foundation's Policy Orientation

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:

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