In 1967, George C. Scott starred in a film about a con man that almost got away with his crimes. You may have seen it; The Film-Flan Man. Today, Texas has as its governor its own con man. Before you vote in November, consider his record and what is best for Texas. Will we have more of a con game or do we want good government, honest leadership and a governor tackling the problems our state has head on instead of covering them up or passing the buck to local tax boards?
This article from the Somerville Country Salon
pretty well lays out the issues I have with Rick Perry. It is too bad the voters in the Republican did not turn him out when they had the chance. Perry has run a very good con on the tea party and religious right folks. His 38% right wing base is holding firm for him. I hope they wake up and realize what they are supporting is doing them more harm than good. Gubernatorial Election 2010
Will Gov. Rick Perry Have A Bad Reelection Hair Day In November 2010?
Look, I know I have written a lot about the governor and how during the past 7 years of his reign he mercilessly and maliciously has "flim-flammed" the good people of Texas.
"Mr. Good-Hair" has been a long-time topic of mine. I know you folks out there must be saying, "Wow, this guy really has a vendetta against the governor." You know what? You’re correct! But it's just business and personal. That’s what happens to me when someone in power with political muscle and clout abuses and takes advantage of his position and of hardworking Texans. And that’s exactly what Perry has done since the first day he took over George Walker Bush’s place in the Governor’s Mansion when the latter evacuated Texas for Washington D.C.
During the past 7 years Gov. Rick "Special Interest" Perry did NOT lift a finger to help hardworking Texans. In fact, he did a lot to hurt them — where it REALLY hurts — in their wallets! So, you may say, "What did Perry do that was so bad?" Well, here you go!
Approximately 4 years ago, the governor put on his 10-gallon white Stetson and "galloped" around Texas pushing legislation to eliminate "frivolous" medical malpractice lawsuits with the promise that doing so would lower medical and health care costs; however, after voters took him for his word and voted for the legislation costs are still high and are continuing to rise
Four years ago Perry cut important social services, including children’s healthcare, to balance the state budget; one year later, he replaced some of the funding for these programs while boasting that he increased health care tax dollars for more Texas children --- Perry's claim was bogus!
Year after year Perry and "his merry band of legislators" have diverted more of the state's responsibility to finance education onto local county governments, who in turn placed the burden onto already struggling homeowners Why did Perry promise Texans that deregulating the electric industry would translate into less costly monthly electric bills from a more competitive industry? In reality, currently monthly electric costs for Texans are the highest ever in the state's history
Perry, legislators and appointed officials promoted a Teacher Incentive Plan to focus on getting students to pass the state exam(s) as the measure of success; our children are NOT commodities on an assembly line and such a ludicrous piece-work pay incentive is an insult to teachers and their honorable profession — furthermore, if the state provided teachers with a more professional and reasonable salary with adequate benefits there would be no economic reason to provide extra perks via an incentive program that won't work for educating our children
Four years ago, after forcing teachers to accept pay cuts and the loss many of their health and retirement benefits, Perry and officials returned a small share of that money and claimed they increased teacher pay an average of $2,000 per teacher --- another bogus claim by Perry!
Perry continues to promise Texans "NO NEW TAXES," but continues to push his toll road agenda --- what are toll roads if not new taxes? In addition, Perry maintained the freeze on gasoline taxes and gave TxDOT his approval to spend tax dollars however it needed to push toll roads. TxDOT became a runaway state agency and was provided omnipotent powers by Perry's legislative cohorts. In addition, gas tax revenues still are being diverted to other interests, including higher education institutions and the Department of Public Safety. Gasoline tax revenue must be used to build and maintain our roadways!
Overall, Gov. Rick Perry has been "a VERY bad man" for most Texans and their families. The Governor's wealthy campaign contributors and big business constituents have made higher profits and more money by abusing the pockets of most Texans.
Currently Perry is supporting and approving all sorts of positive things, e.g., more affordable low income housing, freeing up some tax dollars so low income folks can get homes, secession from the U.S., creating some jobs here and there, etc. "So," you may say, "what’s wrong with that?"
Well, I’ll tell you ——
The former comedienne and actress Mae West once defined a 'Fox' as... "a Wolf bringing gifts."
Remember, 2010 is a reelection year for Gov. Rick Perry. With only 17 months left of his term as governor, he is already felling the pressure by Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison's efforts to win in the GOP Primary. Perry has nothing to lose and has everything to gain by driving home this "Good Governor" impression in the people’s minds just before the election.
The circus magnate P.T. Barnum stated that, "There’s a sucker born every minute." And that exactly is what our governor is hoping... that the majority of Texans are suckers.
This definition may be applied to our governor’s self-proclaimed efforts on behalf of the people of Texas.
Perry promised to help Texas homeowners with high insurance costs; however, 4 years ago home insurance premiums doubled overnight due to lax legislation and officials looking the other way and currently Texans pay the highest premiums in the nationWhen home insurance premiums doubled, the governor and [at that time] Texas Insurance Commissioner Jose Montemayor and later current TDI Commission Mike Geeslin promised to force the insurance industry to reimburse homeowners at least 10 percent of the recent 100 percent jump in costs — has anyone gotten a check back from an insurance company — except for the industry's campaign contributions to our special interest officials? Perry promised to help homeowners get relief from high taxes; however, during the past 7 years property taxes have sky-rocketed more than 800 percent for homeowners in some districts
Will Perry Finally Take the Ferry From the Capitol? In November 2010 voters need to make a strong statement to the governor. We know what he has and has not accomplished during his lackluster 7-year reign. We know all the promises he made to us and how few he has honored. We know how his poor leadership of the Texas Legislature has hurt hardworking Texans and their families. But most of all, we are NOT suckers!
We must NOT permit Perry to scam another 4-year term that will cause further harm to future generations of Texans.
It's time to "Make Perry take the Ferry!" Sounds like a great bumper-sticker