Thursday, August 18, 2011

Candidates of 2012-Rick Perry

Rick Perry replaced George W. Bush as governor of Texas, after Bush became president. Most of us not being Texans are unfamiliar with this guy, so, who is he? He started off as a Democrat in the Texas State Legislature and supported Al Gore’s presidential campaign in 1988; in 1989 he became a Republican. Coincidence? Eventually he became Lieutenant Governor, then Governor, where he has remained to this day. In the last election, the Bush family ran Kay Bailey Hutchison against him but she lost. Rick seems to be attracted to the Tea Parties, or at least he is pandering to them. On April 15th, 2009, fired up by a Tea Party gathering he said, “Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that... My hope is that America and Washington in particular pays attention. We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that.” That sure sounds like he was threatening to have Texas secede from the US. Some would call that treason. How ironic then, that within the first 48 hours of declaring he said of Federal Reserve head Ben Bernanke, "If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y'all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous – or treasonous in my opinion." Way to go Rick, threatening a federal official. Governor Perry zoomed to the top of the list on at least one poll and seems to be the charismatic candidate many were waiting for. He has charisma but I find the way he touches people to be a bit off-putting, certainly when he patted the cheeks of a CNN camera man that seems to be one of the strangest things I’ve ever seen a politician do. Perry touts job creation in Texas; during the past two years Texas has accounted for at least one-third of the new jobs created in the United States but as it turns out, those were all government jobs! D’oh! This guy seems a bit dense and self deluded, but here at The Strangest Adventures, we like that. I’ve presented him as a western gunslinger, going after the president; they were both campaigning in Iowa on the same day, recently. Makes sense to me, Perry is known for being armed most of the time, even while jogging!

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