I don’t have to tell you that our fellow Americans are having a tough go of things in this current economy and that these problems aren’t going to fix themselves, but I’m at a loss to explain how Washington can justify the approach they’re taking.
If anyone here is starting a business, thinking you can borrow your way out of debt and spend your way to prosperity, you might want to consider taking an Economics 101 class. I’d suggest the same class for the folks in Washington and, while we’re at it, a refresher course on the U.S. Constitution.
We know that the route to success is lower taxes, smaller government and freedom for every individual. I know that because I’ve seen that approach work in Texas. Just three months ago, we wrapped up our biannual legislative session with a balanced budget, a tax cut for 40,000 small businesses and a Rainy Day Fund that is projected to grow to $9 billion by 2011. Compare that to California’s $24 billion deficit and a federal deficit approaching $1.6 trillion.
To read the entire speech, click here. As Governor Perry mentioned in his speech, if you care about the 10th Amendment and want to stay engaged, text FREEDOM to 95613.
As our nation endures the turmoil of colliding value systems and an unprecedented increase in the size, intrusiveness and audacity of the federal government, Americans are returning more and more to the words of our Founding Fathers and, hopefully, the faith that guided their lives.
"...As you are painfully aware, people of faith and their ideas are not exactly welcomed with open arms into the arena of public discourse. We are told that our deeply-held beliefs, the core principles that shaped our nation, are merely outdated notions, irrelevant to clear-thinking members of an enlightened society. I disagree.
Given the high stakes of the current debates, people of faith need to be more vocal than ever as our culture and our government wrestle with the essential questions of the human experience, as they consider limits on the exercise of our God-given freedoms..."
In recent weeks, Governor Perry has received an overwhelming array of endorsements for his 2010 re-election campaign-- from business groups, conservative groups, and law enforcement groups. The Perry endorsements have really only just begun, so stay tuned for more endorsements for Rick Perry in coming weeks.
The Texas pro-life community is firmly behind Rick Perry, as demonstrated by recent endorsements, including:
Pojman points out Gov. Perry has consistently and passionately supported laws protecting unborn babies and their mothers. Perry supported the Women's Right to Know Act (2003), the Prenatal Protection Act (2003), the parental consent law (2005), and funding for alternatives to abortions (2007, 2009).
In 2003, U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, who recently announced her candidacy for governor, showed her support for legalized abortion by voting for a resolution that stated, "It is the sense of the Senate that the decision of the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade was appropriate and secures an important constitutional right; and such decision should not be overturned." (See Senate Roll Call No. 48, 108th
Congress, 1st Session.)
The pro-life community is backing Perry and so can you. Rick Perry needs your endorsement-- go to http://hq.rickperry.org and get started building your Perry network today!
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry has received the endorsement of Kyleen Wright, president of the Texans for Life Coalition, in his bid for re-election.
"Governor Perry is the most pro-life governor in the history of Texas,” said Wright. “Only the threat of his veto kept Planned Parenthood's allies from stripping parents of their right to control sex education in their communities and schools this past session. We are grateful for such a loyal friend."
Wright has spent more than 30 years working to protect innocent human life. She is the past president of Greater Tarrant Right to Life and served as vice president of Texans United for Life from 1994 to 2000. Wright has led Texans for Life, one of the state's largest pro-life organizations, since 2000. An experienced debater and public speaker, she is passionate about changing hearts and saving lives through education and legislation. As a single mother of four young men, she knows firsthand the importance of protecting and guiding young Texans to maintain our country’s strength well into the future.
“Texas is blessed to have such a strong and dedicated defender of life working on its behalf,” said Gov. Perry. “I am proud to have her endorsement in this upcoming election, and eager to continue in partnership with her and all pro-life advocates to champion the issues most important to preserving the sanctity of life in our state.”
Kyleen Wright joins the Texas Municipal Police Association, Texas Chemical Council, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, RNC Committeewoman Cathie Adams, Texas Right to Life, Houston Realty Business Coalition, Texas Apartment Association, Texas Republican County Chairman Association President Linda Rogers, Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett, Texas Alliance for Life, Texas Department of Public Safety Officers Association PAC and Texas Home School Coalition PAC in their endorsement of Gov. Perry.
Kyleen Wright, president of the Texans for Life Coalition
Austin, TX (LifeNews.com) -- A Texas pro-life group has weighed into what will likely be a combative primary election contest in Texas as Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison takes on sitting Gov. Rick Perry. The Texas Alliance for Life political action committee is urging Texans to get behind Perry, saying his pro-life record and views are superior.
"We enthusiastically endorse Governor Perry in his bid for re-election," TAL director Joe Pojman told LifeNews.com late Monday.
"He is a loyal advocate for the protection of unborn babies and their mothers, and TAL is eager for him to continue his dedicated and effective leadership of our state,' Pojman said.
The pro-life group points out that Perry has consistently and passionately supported laws protecting unborn babies and their mothers.
Perry supported or signed into law the Women's Right to Know Act and the Prenatal Protection Act in 2003, parental consent law in 2005, and funding for alternatives to abortions in 2007 and 2009.
"Texas needs a leader who is unrelentingly pro-life," Pojman said. "Unlike his opponent, Governor Perry has never given an inch to the life-threatening precepts of Roe v. Wade, whether verbally or by his actions as an elected official."
"Governor Perry has been a supporter of pro-life legislation and has signed into law whatever pro-life bills were passed by the Texas legislature," Parro says.
While Perry's pro-life track record is obvious, Hutchison's record is spotty.
Hutchison has a strong pro-life record on abortion funding and pro-life legislation to limit abortions, she officially is pro-abortion and voted that way several years ago.
Hutchison reaffirmed her pro-abortion position in March 2003 with a vote in favor of an amendment to the partial-birth abortion ban supporting the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that allowed virtually unlimited abortions.
"It is the sense of the Senate that the decision of the Supreme Court in Roe v. Wade was appropriate and secures an important constitutional right; and such decision should not be overturned," the amendment read.
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today received the endorsement of the Texas Alliance for Life (TAL) PAC for re-election in 2010.
“We enthusiastically endorse Governor Perry in his bid for re-election,” said Texas Alliance for Life Executive Director Joe Pojman, Ph.D. “He is a loyal advocate for the protection of unborn babies and their mothers, and TAL is eager for him to continue his dedicated and effective leadership of our state.”
TAL is a statewide, nonprofit organization of people committed to protecting the fundamental right to life of all innocent human beings, and to promoting respect for their value and dignity from the moment of conception until natural death.
“TAL’s dedication to preserving the sanctity of life in Texas is a platform I'm proud to advocate, and I am honored to have their support in the upcoming election,” said Gov. Perry. “I look forward to helping their ongoing efforts to maintain and strengthen the pro-life values in our state which are a key component in keeping Texas on the path to prosperity and opportunity.”
TAL joins the Texas Municipal Police Association, Texas Chemical Council, Texas Society of Professional Engineers, RNC Committeewoman Cathie Adams, Texas Right to Life, Houston Realty Business Coalition, Texas Apartment Association, Texas Republican County Chairman Association President Linda Rogers, and Heidi Group Founder Carol Everett in their endorsement of Gov. Perry for re-election.
Renowned pro-life advocate, Carol Everett, gave her endorsement to Gov. Perry for re-election in 2010.
“Carol’s dedication to offering young Texans an alternative to abortion has left a deep impression upon our entire state,” said Gov. Perry. “The example she has set and the work she has accomplished on this front have no doubt strengthened and offered hope to countless Texans. I am thankful for her endorsement and look forward to continue helping her support such pro-life efforts which are essential to keeping our state on the track of success.”
The founder and CEO of The Heidi Group joins eight more influential Texas organizations and leaders who support the Governor. Ms. Everett has spent more than 25 years working to offer women who face unintended pregnancies alternative options to abortion.
“Gov. Perry has consistently and unapologetically fought to secure a strong pro-life climate in the state of Texas,” said Everett. “He is clearly the leader Texans need to keep our state headed in the the right direction, to maintain a high quality of life within our communities, and to ensure the ongoing strength of Texas families. I proudly offer my support in his bid for re-election as governor of our great state.”
The oldest, largest and only statewide pro-life organization, Texas Right to Life, gave their endorsement to Governor Perry for re-election in 2010.
“Since even before he became Governor, Rick Perry has led efforts to protect the sanctity of innocent human life,” said President of Texas Right to Life Dr. Joseph Graham. “Not only does Governor Perry defend the unborn, he has worked to stop destructive research on human embryos and other biotech assaults on human life.”
While in office, Governor Perry has signed bills that protect life and promote alternatives to abortion, such as the Woman's Right to Know Act and Prenatal Protection Act.
“I am honored to receive Texas Right to Life’s endorsement and look forward to further working to protect the sanctity of life in Texas,” said Gov. Perry. “Such efforts are an essential component to strengthening Texas families which thereby uphold the strength of our entire state.”
Find the full Press Release regarding the endorsement here.
For more information about Texas Right to Life, visit their website here.