Gov. Rick Perry stopped at the coffee shop area in the Market Street at 50th and Indiana shortly after 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Nearly 200 people waited to show their support for Perry who wants to stay Texas governor for a third term.
"People are going to decide by virtue of the policies we put in place. I've always been a believer in public policy makes good politics," says Perry. But Perry has some competition. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison announced earlier this month she wanted to be the republican on the 2010 gubernatorial ballot.
Yesterday afternoon, Governor Perry went on the radio with Senator Dan Patrick, who was filling in for Lou Dobbs on his national radio program.
You can listen to the entire 12-minute segment here:
Governor Perry with Dan Patrick
The two discussed how Washington should follow the Texas model, not the other way around, addressing issues like Obamacare and the town halls, how to attract business, and the real meaning of the United States Constitution's 10th Amendment.
As our first lady - or as I often refer to my wife, Anita, our "first nurse" (she received her nursing degree from West Texas State University) - will tell you, nursing is a fantastic and vastly rewarding career that touches almost every family in Texas, and many candidates are eager to undergo the education necessary to join their ranks.
Yet Texas faces a continued shortage of nurses that will get worse without additional, decisive action.
What's the problem? Most pressing is a continuing demand for instructors at nursing schools. In 2008, Texas schools of nursing had to turn away 42 percent of interested, qualified applicants. That's close to 9,000 capable Texans sitting on the sidelines instead of getting the training they need to start easing the burden on strained staffs and ailing patients.
Nursing schools say they'll need 265 full-time and 159 part-time faculty members, along with 93 clinical assistants, to increase enrollment by 20 percent. And all this is unfolding amidst reports that demand for nurses is expected to increase by 86 percent by 2020.
Fortunately, Texas isn't the kind of state that waits around for someone else to solve our problems. Eight years ago we began taking deliberate steps to alleviate the worst of this crisis by creating the Professional Nursing Shortage Reduction Program and the Nursing Innovation Grant Program. In 2007, the Hospital-Based Nursing Education Partnership Grant Program was established to expand the state's education capacity through partnerships between academic institutions and hospitals.
Over the years, these programs have combined to make a significant difference. In fact, in 2008, Texas nursing schools produced 7,689 new registered nurses, representing a 69.7 percent increase over the number of nurses who graduated in 2001.
We're improving, but we cannot afford to rest on our laurels in the face of an aging population and nursing schools that struggle to find and fund sufficient faculty.
The number of doctors applying to practice medicine in Texas has skyrocketed by 57 percent. In 2008, the Texas Medical Board received 4,023 licensure applications and issued a record 3,621 new licenses.
In all, in just the first five years after reforms passed, 14,498 doctors either returned to practice in Texas or began practicing here for the first time.
And our reforms finally brought critical specialties to underserved areas. The number of obstetricians practicing in rural Texas is up by 27 percent, and 12 counties that previously had no obstetricians now have at least one. The statistics show major gains in fields like orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, neurosurgery and emergency medicine.
The Rio Grande Valley has seen an 18 percent growth in applications to practice medicine, adding about 200 doctors to this critically underserved area.
And what about the money that used to go to defending all those frivolous lawsuits? You can find it in budgets for upgraded equipment, expanded emergency rooms, patient safety programs and improved primary and charity care.
Principled, conservative leadership involves more than having an 'R' by your name, and successful policymaking is about more than incessantly sloganeering about results, not politics without any meaningful results to show for yourself. Leadership is about tackling difficult problems and standing up to entrenched special interests, even when it means you face a backlash for doing what is right. Being an effective Governor and advancing important reforms does not happen by treating the job as a popularity contest.
As Teddy Roosevelt famously said, "credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood..."
Achieving tort reform in Texas was not a walk in the park, and it wouldn't have happened without the dedication of many individuals and organizations-- including Governor Perry-- comprising a determined conservative movement, who put themselves in the arena and achieved real results. Tort reform in Texas is one of America's great policy success stories over the past decade, and it's hard to deny those kind of results.
In this first part, Pags and Governor Perry spoke about these two new Texas laws that provide our veterans with in-state tuition and other important educational opportunities. You can watch a couple of videos from the bill signing by clicking here. In addition, the two discussed the Texas philosophy on taxes and spending versus the philosophy of Washington, D.C. and states like New York that are currently raising taxes. They also discussed health care, transportation, and education. Listen for yourself:
Governor Perry with Joe Pags
Click the green "Read more" button below to listen to parts 2 and 3.
AUSTIN — Gov. Rick Perry, raising the specter of a showdown with the Obama administration, suggested Thursday that he would consider invoking states’ rights protections under the 10th Amendment to resist the president’s healthcare plan, which he said would be "disastrous" for Texas.
Interviewed by conservative talk show host Mark Davis of Dallas’ WBAP/820 AM, Perry said his first hope is that Congress will defeat the plan, which both Perry and Davis described as "Obama Care." But should it pass, Perry predicted that Texas and a "number" of states might resist the federal health mandate.
"I think you’ll hear states and governors standing up and saying 'no’ to this type of encroachment on the states with their healthcare," Perry said. "So my hope is that we never have to have that stand-up. But I’m certainly willing and ready for the fight if this administration continues to try to force their very expansive government philosophy down our collective throats."
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.
If you want to know where the future is headed, look where the people are going. And if you want to know where the people are going, check with U-Haul. Here's an interesting indicator, first noted by the legendary economist Arthur Laffer: Renting a 26-foot U-Haul truck to go from Austin to San Francisco this July would cost you about $900. Renting the same truck to go from San Francisco to Austin? About $3,000. In the great balance of supply and demand, California has a large supply of people who are demanding to move to Texas. There's a reason for this.
"Did the greater prosperity in low-tax states happen by chance?" asks Laffer, who studied the issue for a detailed economic report, Rich States, Poor States. "What seems obvious to us appears as right-wing science fiction to many California legislators and pundits. They claim that serious reform of the tax code is unrealistic, that a large state has many duties to fulfill, and that it is irresponsible to call for a return to a 19th century view of the role of government. . . . Not only does Texas lack a highly progressive income tax — it doesn't have one at all! We hasten to add that the last time we checked, Texas still had literate kids, navigable roads and functioning hospitals, which one would think impossible given the hysterical rhetoric coming from defenders of California's punitive tax system. In fact, the Texas success story illustrates everything we have been recommending for California all these years. How do they do that?"
Texas was among the last states to enter the recession. California is expected to be the last state to leave it. Texas has lots of jobs and not much in the way of taxes. California, the other way around. California has Arnold Schwarzenegger, a Hollywood Republican who presided over enormous expansions of spending and debt. Texas has Rick Perry, a classic conservative hard case who just vetoed a pre-kindergarten spending bill, adding to the record number of vetoes he's handed down as governor. And it's not just Perry — the story of Texas politics is full of Democrats who would have been too right-wing to be elected as Republicans in Connecticut or Pennsylvania. Things are a little different down south of the Red River.
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. Always keeping an eye on California, Texans have started bottling wine and making movies. And there's still an automobile industry in America, but it's not headquartered in Detroit: A couple thousand Texans are employed building Toyotas, and none of them is a UAW member.
For his leadership in reforming Texas' tort system, the American Medical Association honored Gov. Rick Perry with its Dr. Nathan Davis Award for Outstanding Government Service.
Named for the founding father of the AMA, the award recognizes elected and career officials in federal, state or municipal service whose outstanding contributions have promoted the art and science of medicine and improved public health. The award to Perry and other public officials was presented March 10 in Washington, D.C.