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Rick Perry * Tuesday Open Thread

So Rick Perry is the latest GOP presidential candidate to keep us in suspense, supposedly, until he announces he’s indeed running. As if he won’t. Would he be in South Carolina this coming Saturday for any other reason? So, if any of you have got the Perry bug — and you’re impressed that he’s apparently responsible for Texas’s booming economy — here are a couple items we all should take in and consider thoughtfully. Why? Because, while it’s thrilling to get excited about a candidate, it’s always best to look before we leap.

Note that some of the reasons that Texas’s economy is doing well are decidedly “anti-conservative,” including “government growth,” a rise in federal spending from $107 billion in 2000 to $227 billion in 2009, and “a 19 percent growth in government jobs compared to 9 percent growth in private jobs since 2000.” HEY! I thought growth of federal government, spending, and jobs was an Obama thing! Too funny. And this is the guy the Tea Partiers are salivating over!

Ten reasons why the Texas economy is growing that have nothing to do with Rick Perry,” Houston Chronicle:

Rick Perry may credit much of Texas’ recent economic success to the low-regulation, small-government philosophy he has espoused, but some economists say that the governor’s policies aren’t the only (or even the primary) reason for Texas’ economic health.

On the other hand, Texas’ unemployment has remained stubbornly high. According to Bureau of Labor Statistics data, the state’s jobless rate increased from 8.1 percent in 2010 to 8.2 percent in June, while the unemployment rate in nearby states remained lower or dropped. And many of the new jobs in Texas have been government and low-wage positions.

Though economists say Perry’s low-tax, low-regulation policies have helped the state’s economy, there are many other reasons why Texas’ economy is thriving while other states’ flail. Here are ten of them:

1. Rising oil prices [...]

2. Government growth.

“Creation of government jobs help to create jobs in the rest of the economy, because people spend money and buy things,” Wial said.

Wial said that even as the federal government directed stimulus monies towards the state — federal spending topped $227 billion in 2009, up from almost $107 billion in 2000, according to the Census Bureau — Texas didn’t see the same cutbacks in state government spending that other regions did because of its bi-annual budgeting. He said that could have protected jobs, and the overall economy, from the fallout of the recession.

According to a recent Wall Street Journal article, employment in Texas’ public sector has grown more rapidly than the private sector recently, with a 19 percent growth in government jobs compared to 9 percent growth in private jobs since 2000. Texas has added more than one in five of the public-sector jobs nationwide at local, state and federal levels.

That trend will change with the implementation of the new state budget, which will make cuts to state spending to account for a state budget shortfall.

3. Military spending.

The federal government has significantly expanded its military spending in the decade since 9/11, and that has been good news for Texas, home to major bases like Fort Bliss and Fort Hood. [...]

Read the rest here: “Ten reasons why the Texas economy is growing that have nothing to do with Rick Perry.”

  • Anonymous

    MUST READ

    One speech can reclaim O’s dignity

    New York Post,
    by Michael Goodwin    
    8/10/2011

    Dear Mr. President, Knowing your interest in how previous presidents faced national crises, I recommend an example you might have missed. It’s an Oval Office speech noted not for its oratory, but for its surprising content. The parallels to your situation are striking.

    (Snip)
    I urge you to pull a Lyndon Johnson.

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/one_speech_can_reclaim_dignity_FskwkGCDrFLioQUm66zw4L

    • HELENK

      now that is a speech I could watch without my stomach turning

  • Anonymous

    Bernanke has thrown in towel on economy

    CNN/Money,
    by Paul R. La Monica   
    8/10/2011
    NEW YORK  

    – Is the Federal Reserve waving the white surrender flag? It sure looks that way. The Fed made the unusual (and unprecedented) move on Tuesday to tell the market in plain English that it
    intends to keep rates near zero for the next two years! That is disappointing on many levels. First and foremost…..

    http://money.cnn.com/2011/08/10/news/economy/thebuzz/

  • HELENK

    stocks down again

    http://www.cnbc.com/id/44088463

    way to go backtrack

  • Anonymous

    Michael Moore throws weight behindMatt Damon for
    president

    Daily Caller, by Chris Goodnow   

    8/10/2011

    As some progressives become increasingly vocal in
    their grumblings against the once-revered President Obama, leftist movie maker
    Michael Moore has decided to show his support for an unlikely candidate: actor
    Matt Damon. Damon has never expressed an interest in running for elective
    office, but Moore is lavishing praise on the liberal film star anyway.  (Snip)
    The “Dude, Where’s My Country?” author….

    • HELENK

      the kiss of death

    • Anonymous

      micheal moore’s fat has gone to his head! and i used to like some of his comments back when he had an agenda that pointed out real issues.

    • Anonymous

      micheal moore’s fat has gone to his head! and i used to like some of his comments back when he had an agenda that pointed out real issues.

  • HELENK
  • Scottymac54

    If Perry is being offered up to Independents as an alternative to Barky, methinks the GOP brain trust needs to head back to the drawing board.

  • Anonymous

    Democrats stand by plan to recall
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker

    Green Bay Press Gazette,
    by Staff at AP
    8/10/2011

    The Wisconsin Democratic Party is standing by its plans to force
    a recall election against Republican Gov. Scott Walker despite
    losing four of six recalls targeting GOP state senators. Party Chairman Mike Tate issued a statement Wednesday saying the Democrats’ winning of two Senate recall elections shows how vulnerable Walker is to a recall effort.

    http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com/article/20110810/GPG0101/110810079/Democrats-stand-by-plan-recall-Walker?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

    • Anonymous

      FROM THE COMMENTS:

      Is there a sane person around who thinks the barrack is going to let these
      clowns splash another spanking all over national news ahead of his attempt to
      stay in the White House?
      ——————————————————————————

      In Wisconsin they have to wait until the state officer has been in office at least one year. OP is correct this would really muck up the White House at a critical time.

      ————————————————————————–

  • HELENK

    just for fun. those of you who have kids or know kids
    On Saturday there will be a full moon. In the light of the moon, take your hose and put it on spray, hold it up into the light. You will create a moonbow.

    http://www.atoptics.co.uk/rainbows/bowim51.htm

  • Anonymous

    The Bear Whisperer

    Wednesday, August 10, 2011
    by JosephSmithNAW · 

    The Bear Whisperer is a title fully befitting Obama. Every time Obama comes out and gives a big speech related to the economy, the market tanks almost reliably. I am thinking by now, market bears have become attuned to this. They probably know by now that if the President is expected to speak on the economy, its time for them to come out and do their stuff Bear Whisperer, Super Bear whatever you wanna call it, he seems to have some kind of ‘gift’…..

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2761750/posts

  • Anonymous

    Reading, Writing, Rioting…
    Philly Flash Mob
    Is From Oprah-Funded School

    GatewayPundit ^
    | August 10, 2011, |
    Jim Hoft

    Are they teaching community organizing at Mastery Charter High School? Philly officials reported that the latest violent flash mob to hit the streets were from an Oprah-funded charter school.

    Caught On Tape: Philadelphia Teen Mob Attack:
    MyFoxPHILLY.com The Blaze reported:

    The incident occurred July 29—the same day flash mob attacks took place in another section of the city—just blocks from Mastery Charter High School. Students in the video face expulsion or suspension, school officials wrote in a letter to residents in the area where the attack took place. Sources told Fox 29 that man attacked in the video was hospitalized…

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2011/08/higher-learning-philly-flash-mob-is-from-oprah-funded-school/

  • Anonymous

    Five Things Leftists Won’t Let Obama Do to Help Economy

    Townhall
    August 10, 2011
    | Jeff Carter

    Most of the time, markets tend to ignore political speeches. Traders know they are partisan and full of hot air. Ask any trader who he’d rather have lunch with, Ben Bernanke or Barack Obama and most of the time they’d skip the White House to tred up the steps of the Federal Reserve building. However, in times of crisis like we have right now, Presidents have to lead. The bully pulpit of the Presidency can’t paper over wounds, but it can serve as a salve. Obama spoke in a time of crisis yesterday. What little credibility he had with the…

    http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/jeffcarter/2011/08/10/five_things_leftists_wont_let_obama_do_to_help_economy

  • Anonymous

    Five Things Leftists Won’t Let Obama Do to Help Economy

    Townhall
    August 10, 2011
    | Jeff Carter

    Most of the time, markets tend to ignore political speeches. Traders know they are partisan and full of hot air. Ask any trader who he’d rather have lunch with, Ben Bernanke or Barack Obama and most of the time they’d skip the White House to tred up the steps of the Federal Reserve building. However, in times of crisis like we have right now, Presidents have to lead. The bully pulpit of the Presidency can’t paper over wounds, but it can serve as a salve. Obama spoke in a time of crisis yesterday. What little credibility he had with the…

    http://finance.townhall.com/columnists/jeffcarter/2011/08/10/five_things_leftists_wont_let_obama_do_to_help_economy

  • Anonymous

    Wisconsin GOP’s stand
    could reverberate elsewhere

    MADISON, Wis.
    (AP)

    — A stand by Wisconsin Republicans against a massive effort to oust them from power could reverberate across the country as the battle over union rights and the conservative revolution heads toward the 2012 presidential race.

    Democrats succeeded in taking two Wisconsin state Senate seats away from Republican incumbents on Tuesday but fell one short of what they needed to seize majority control of the chamber.

    http://news.yahoo.com/wisconsin-gops-stand-could-reverberate-elsewhere-071238130.html

  • Anonymous

    Wisconsin GOP’s stand
    could reverberate elsewhere

    MADISON, Wis.
    (AP)

    — A stand by Wisconsin Republicans against a massive effort to oust them from power could reverberate across the country as the battle over union rights and the conservative revolution heads toward the 2012 presidential race.

    Democrats succeeded in taking two Wisconsin state Senate seats away from Republican incumbents on Tuesday but fell one short of what they needed to seize majority control of the chamber.

    http://news.yahoo.com/wisconsin-gops-stand-could-reverberate-elsewhere-071238130.html

    • Anonymous

      The two Republicans that lost were not a surprise to anyone paying attention. Kapanke won in 2010 in a very Democratic district to the surprise of many and Hopper had a very messy divorce going on with his wife signing his recall petition. There were the most vulnerable.

      All in all although the Dems are claiming victory because they picked up two seats they didn’t pick up enough.

      The massive bombarding of our state with ads in our mailboxes and on our local television stations which reportedly cost over 35 million dollars was overkill IMO. People are just sick of it. And when the majority of the ads are negative people get very sour.

      Maybe now all the outsiders will get on their broomsticks and buses and get the hell out of Wisconsin. We can make up our own minds who to vote for thank you very much. Take your money and shove it where the sun don’t shine. Our votes are not for sale.

      • Anonymous

        What happened with the 2 Dems for recall today?

  • HELENK

    I just found this website and I know many here are busy and thought this would help. access of many news site on one site

    http://www.hightide.com/news.html

    this one and another one called all my favs are great when you are in a hurry

  • HELENK

    I just found this website and I know many here are busy and thought this would help. access of many news site on one site

    http://www.hightide.com/news.html

    this one and another one called all my favs are great when you are in a hurry

  • Anonymous

    Gallup:
    Muslim Americans GiveObama 80 Percent
    Approval, Highest of Major Religions

    Cybercast News Service,
    by Terence P. Jeffrey   
    8/10/2011

    Eighty percent of Muslim Americans approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president, according to a newly released survey conducted by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, a partnership between Gallup and the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi. According to the survey, 65 percent of Jewish Americans approve of the job Obama is doing; 60 percent of atheists,
    agnostics, and those of no religion approve; 50 percent of Catholics approve; 37 percent of Protestants approve and 25 percent of Mormons approve.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/muslim-americans-give-obama-80-percent-a

    • HELENK

      I guess he is popular among them. He is the best ally they ever had in DC. He told them when he went into office he would stand with them

    • HELENK

      I guess he is popular among them. He is the best ally they ever had in DC. He told them when he went into office he would stand with them

  • Anonymous

    Gallup:
    Muslim Americans GiveObama 80 Percent
    Approval, Highest of Major Religions

    Cybercast News Service,
    by Terence P. Jeffrey   
    8/10/2011

    Eighty percent of Muslim Americans approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president, according to a newly released survey conducted by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, a partnership between Gallup and the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi. According to the survey, 65 percent of Jewish Americans approve of the job Obama is doing; 60 percent of atheists,
    agnostics, and those of no religion approve; 50 percent of Catholics approve; 37 percent of Protestants approve and 25 percent of Mormons approve.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/muslim-americans-give-obama-80-percent-a

  • Anonymous

    Republicans Maintain Control
    Of Wisconsin Senate

    Channel 3000,
    by Staff
    8/10/2011
    Madison, Wis.  

    – Republicans will stay in control of the state
    Senate after surviving several recall challenges on Tuesday. Republicans on
    Tuesday successfully defended four seats in recall elections, and Democrats
    picked up two seats. The Republican state senators who were targets of the
    recalls were Sens. Luther Olsen, Robert Cowles, Alberta Darling, Sheila
    Harsdorf, Dan Kapanke and Randy Hopper. While Olsen, Cowel and Harsdorf were
    victorious and kept their seats, Kapanke and Hopper lost to their Democratic
    challengers. http://www.channel3000.com/politics/28818859/detail.html

  • HELENK

    2012 is going to be one hell of an election year. I do not remember everyday Americans being this angry and fed-up.
    The people in DC if they have any sense better start listening. The can be and most likely will be replaced if they do not.

    http://azstarnet.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/article_d17be89d-a79d-5580-baf5-815f1fdacf3b.html

    The is a town hall meeting in Arizona with John McCail

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE  RULE

  • Anonymous

    The left wakes up:
    Obama is not ‘sort of God’

    Washington Post,
    by Jennifer Rubin
    8/9/2011

    Poor Evan Thomas will never live down his ludicrous comment
    that President Obama was “sort of God.” What seemed like slobbering now seems
    outright dumb, given the president’s performance. And don’t take my word for it.
    Left-wing pundits have discovered he’s sort of like Jimmy Carter. Others now
    comprehend he’s remote and cold. Still others recognize he is weak and
    ineffectual (“strangely powerless, and irresolute, as larger forces bring down
    the country and his presidency”). It’s not strange at all. Conservatives have
    been saying the same thing for several years

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/right-turn/post/the-left-wakes-up-obama-is-not-sort-of-god/2011/03/29/gIQAoSqR4I_blog.html

  • Anonymous

    Obama admin to boost housing

    Politico,
    by Abby Phillip    
    8/10/2011

    The Obama administration announced Wednesday that it
    will pursue options to shift some foreclosed homes owned by Fannie Mae and
    Freddie Mac onto the private rental market. Motivating the effort is a long held
    belief by some housing experts, including former administration economist Jared
    Bernstein, that instead of flooding the already depressed housing market with
    these properties, they could be used instead to increase supply—and reduce
    prices—in the rental market. The administration says that the move will help
    increase private investment in the housing market, while increasing the
    availability of affordable housing.

    http://www.politico.com/politico44/perm/0811/banking_on_rentals_bde9125c-6dca-4f3a-81ed-12e08538ec42.html

  • Anonymous

    Gallup:
    Muslim Americans GiveObama 80 Percent
    Approval,Highest of Major Religions

    Cybercast News Service,
    by Terence P. Jeffrey   
    8/10/2011

    Eighty percent of Muslim Americans approve of the way Barack Obama is handling his job as president, according to a newly released survey conducted by the Abu Dhabi Gallup Center, a partnership between Gallup and the Crown Prince Court of Abu Dhabi. According to the survey, 65 percent of Jewish Americans approve of the job Obama is doing; 60 percent of atheists, agnostics, and those of no religion approve; 50 percent of Catholics approve; 37 percent of Protestants approve and 25 percent of Mormons approve.

    http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/muslim-americans-give-obama-80-percent-a

  • Anonymous

    Obama and the quicksand summer

    The Hill
    [Washington, DC],
    by Sam Youngman    
    8/10/2011

    It’s not as bad as it looks for President Obama. It’s much, much worse. July and August are looking like a summer of quicksand for the president, and there is nobody left to throw him a rope. The more he kicks, the farther he sinks. It’s still way too early to pronounce Obama’s reelection hopes dead. But this is either the low point before the comeback or the beginning of the end. And really, it could go either way. The tailspin scenario is easy enough to envision: A double-dip recession combined with the continued assault from…..

    http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/obama-rerun/176167-obama-and-the-quicksand-summer

  • Anonymous

    John Kerry, Not John Q. Public, Isto Blame for Our Burning
    Fiscal House

    Big Government, by Brad Schaeffer   

    8/10/2011

    Am I the only one who grew quite tired of seeing John
    Kerry this weekend on the MSM talk show circuit deriding the Tea Party and what
    he is proffering as their responsibility for the S&P action Friday? “This is
    without a doubt a Tea Party downgrade,” he fumed on Meet The Press. The common
    narrative being offered by Mr. Kerry et. al. is that the right-wing GOP held the
    prospect of not raising the debt ceiling—thus forcing a default—like a gun to
    the head of a hostage government. They then defiantly maintained their
    ideological

  • HELENK

    a pretty good take on the Tea Party  who they are and what they stand for

    http://townhall.com/columnists/jonahgoldberg/2011/08/10/wake_up_and_smell_the_tea/page/2

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

     

  • HELENK

    Why would anyone watch NBC for news any more? What was once a  giant in news is now a pygmy and a sick joke.

    http://bigjournalism.com/pjsalvatore/2011/08/09/al-sharptons-greatest-hits/

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • HELENK

    Why would anyone watch NBC for news any more? What was once a  giant in news is now a pygmy and a sick joke.

    http://bigjournalism.com/pjsalvatore/2011/08/09/al-sharptons-greatest-hits/

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • nqisfun

    The last thing we need is another religious idiot from Texas. 

    • Anonymous

      nqisfun what we don’t need is another person helping put down potential nominees who can win. thank you NOT and please save the name calling for your REAL ENEMIES.

    • Ferd_Berfle

      The last thing we need is another religious idiot from Texas.
      ==============
      On the contrary, the last thing we need is commentary from a drug-addled idiot of a troll who can’t put two words together without creating a logical fallacy and a fissure in the English language. I very cordially invite you to go fuck yourself.

  • HELENK

     Kyl, Portman, Toomey republicans to the so-called super committee

    http://twitter.com/#!/ReutersPolitics/status/101313230844067841

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

  • harvey g

    Perry has all the other GOP candidates peeing their pants. All numbers and stats have their appeal or lack thereof according to the mindset of the individual. However, numbers do not lie, politicians do. Texas, under Perry’s governorship, created 1/3 of all jobs in America this past year. Love him or hate him his economy is the best in the United States of America. Perry’s resume tops all the others even if the Texas wages are low, it is better than no wages at all. Unless—UNLESS— one preferrs food stamps to work.

    • Guest

      The other candidates are worried Americans will embrace Perry threatening welfare if they don’t take 2-3 minimum wage jobs to make ends meet ? I think not. 

    • Anonymous

      Scott Walker here in Wisconsin isn’t running but the following news could help him start building a resume to run in the future:

      Last month’s employment report from the Department of Labor offered more dismal news about the U.S. economy. And while many areas of the country continue to struggle, there are a few bright spots. Gov. Scott Walker happens to be presiding over one in Wisconsin, which added a net of 9,500 new jobs in June — more than half the 18,000 created nationwide.
      Wisconsin’s resurgence comes after three years of job losses — more than 150,000 jobs were lost in the three years before Walker became governor. Since he took office in January, the state has added 39,300 private-sector jobs. That puts Walker on pace to exceed his goal of 250,000 new jobs in four years.

  • Anonymous

    Governor Perry prays and is armed…my kind of guy! LOL!
    Since he was once a conservative democrat, it’s uncertain that he would be supported by the Tea Party, especially hard right-wingers.
    For now, he is definitely on my radar screen, at least for the primaries.

  • Guest

    “Note that some of the reasons that Texas’s economy is doing well are decidedly “anti-conservative,” including “government growth,” a rise in federal spending from $107 billion in 2000 to $227 billion in 2009, and “a 19 percent growth in government jobs compared to 9 percent growth in private jobs since 2000.”
    Perry is one of the most outspoken advocates of federalism in the field. He and Romney both believe in states as “laboratories of
    democracy” and “laboratories of innovation” on healthcare. In fact, Romney’s entire line of defense against the Mass-care Obamacare comparison is federalism. If Perry
    potentially provides cover to Romney on Mass-care, where he is most vulnerable in the primaries, this is a huge plus for Romney. 

    If Perry attacks Mass-care,
    Romney need only question how the outspoken states-rights governor of
    Texas can presume to say what is good for Massachusetts? 

    • Anonymous

      i would like to also point out that perry saved our beaches last summer while obama showed distain and used every opportunity to further CRASH THE GULF COAST ECONOMY. so folks get off your high horses about Perry. we need someone to replace obama and let’s not spend out time picking any potential nominee apart. reason? it words for obama and his thugs.

  • Anonymous

    Meanwhile, here in Wisconsin,

    Republicans take 4 of 6 in recall, hold Senate
    More: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/127435173.html

    After outside interests, aka Unions, spent over $30,000,000 they still weren’t able to take the prize they sought. And what they sought, in the long run was the destruction of Scott Walker. I think this makes it much harder for them to do that. And the longer Wisconsin citizens have to see the effect that Walker’s policies are having on our state, the lousier the Dems chances are for recalling him. They won’t quit though. And in that I believe is their downfall. Many/most of us here in Wisconsin are tired of the vitriol and the drama. We’re tired of politics and want to be able to go to our mail boxes and turn on local television without being bombarded with an avalanche of negativity.

    Pols and media are convinced that he/she/it that has the most “gold” wins. Maybe Wisconsin citizens are showing what the rest of the country may show in 2012, that our votes are not for sale. Wouldn’t that be special?

  • Anonymous

    Not salivating over Perry, and  don’t buy the media meme/ polls naming him.. I don’t want to see a chosen candidate, let’s let it all play out and see what the public really thinks. Not a big fan of huge religious events, but I will say this, at least his faith is no mystery; he isn’t hiding it or making excuses for it. We don’t need to uncover it and if he needs to defend it, that is simply because of the very same reason’s cited in defense of the current president.Someone doesn’t like it, someone is worried over it fearing it will be forced upon them.
    That stuff doesn’t worry me, I am more worried over being told who the candidate of choice is, as who actually end up being the front runners. It is still too early and we don’t have all the players yet, IMHO.

    • Anonymous

      I am not at all enthused with Perry. In fact as little as I “like” Romney I would far prefer him. But in the end, when push comes to shove, I would vote “for” Perry as a way to vote “against” Oblahblah. Not happily but because I believe nearly anyone would be better in the job than Oblahblah. And Perry has a least “run” a large enterprise by being Governor.

    • Anonymous

      I am not at all enthused with Perry. In fact as little as I “like” Romney I would far prefer him. But in the end, when push comes to shove, I would vote “for” Perry as a way to vote “against” Oblahblah. Not happily but because I believe nearly anyone would be better in the job than Oblahblah. And Perry has a least “run” a large enterprise by being Governor.

  • Anonymous

    The White HouseOffice of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate Release August 01, 2011
    Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan

    As Ramadan begins, Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world.  Ramadan is a festive time that is anticipated for months by Muslims everywhere.  Families and communities share the happiness of gathering together for iftar and prayers. Bazaars light up the night in many cities from Rabat to Jakarta.  And here in the United States, Muslim Americans share Ramadan traditions with their neighbors, fellow students, and co-workers. 
    For so many Muslims around the world, Ramadan is also a time of deep reflection and sacrifice. As in other faiths, fasting is used to increase spirituality, discipline, and consciousness of God’s mercy.  It is also a reminder of the importance of reaching out to those less fortunate.  The heartbreaking accounts of lost lives and the images of families and children in Somalia and the Horn of Africa struggling to survive remind us of our common humanity and compel us to act.  Now is the time for nations and peoples to come together to avert an even worse catastrophe by offering support and assistance to on-going relief efforts. Times like this remind us of the lesson of all great faiths, including Islam — that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.  In that spirit, I wish Muslims around the world a blessed month, and I look forward to again hosting an iftar dinner here at the White House.  Ramadan Kareem. 

  • Anonymous

    The White HouseOffice of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate Release August 13, 2010
    Expected Attendees at the White House Iftar Dinner

    http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2010/08/13/expected-attendees-white-house-iftar-dinner

    To many to actually post the press release. I knowm its a tradition, but I have to wonder the timing and the cost, at this particular moment. There are quite a few “His Excellency “

    • Anonymous

      I did not realize that Conyers, Carson, and Holt were Muslims. 

       

  • Anonymous

    The White HouseOffice of the Press SecretaryFor Immediate Release August 01, 2011
    Statement by the President on the Occasion of Ramadan

    As Ramadan begins, Michelle and I would like to send our best wishes to Muslim communities in the United States and around the world.  Ramadan is a festive time that is anticipated for months by Muslims everywhere.  Families and communities share the happiness of gathering together for iftar and prayers. Bazaars light up the night in many cities from Rabat to Jakarta.  And here in the United States, Muslim Americans share Ramadan traditions with their neighbors, fellow students, and co-workers. 
    For so many Muslims around the world, Ramadan is also a time of deep reflection and sacrifice. As in other faiths, fasting is used to increase spirituality, discipline, and consciousness of God’s mercy.  It is also a reminder of the importance of reaching out to those less fortunate.  The heartbreaking accounts of lost lives and the images of families and children in Somalia and the Horn of Africa struggling to survive remind us of our common humanity and compel us to act.  Now is the time for nations and peoples to come together to avert an even worse catastrophe by offering support and assistance to on-going relief efforts. Times like this remind us of the lesson of all great faiths, including Islam — that we do unto others as we would have them do unto us.  In that spirit, I wish Muslims around the world a blessed month, and I look forward to again hosting an iftar dinner here at the White House.  Ramadan Kareem. 

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  • HELENK

    I can not tell a good reason that Perry does not appeal to me as a voter.
    I do know if I want religion I will go to a church not the White House.
    We have very serious problems in this country right now and I do hope that the churches are saying a prayer for the country.
    In the White House I want someone who has ideas and solutions and the will to do something to fix the problems If the person wants to pray privately for all the help they can get that is great.

    unemployment needs to start in DC asap

    WOMEN WITH INTELLIGENCE AND EXPERIENCE,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS,EQUALISTS AND THOSE CHATTERING PEOPLE RULE

    • Anonymous

      well helenk, you aren’t getting that are you? furthermore what you are getting is distain for christians. i am a moderate in religeon as in most things but i have to tell you i am all for perry showing respect for religeon and making it an issue with the pathetic piece of shit we have living in the wh and showing nothing but distain for everything we hold dear including our faith

  • AbigailAdams

    Just like Mayor Nutter said on Sunday:  “I’m just going to speak plainly.” 

    Anyone who, at this late date, thinks that any the GOP choices available at this moment may be a toss up to this president in the ’12 election, is clearly not understanding the gravity of our situation.

    And it’s still early.  Be sure to watch the upcoming Iowa debate.  So far I think I’m jumpin’ in with both feet on T-Mac (Thadeus McCotter).  I think there will be a lot of buzz the day after the debate about this man.

    • Guest

      Does he have a 1% standing in at least five national polls? Thadeus McCotter wasn’t even close to meeting the eligibility requirements for this debate. The finalized lineup is Romney, Bachmann, Pawlenty, Paul, Cain, Gingrich, Santorum and Huntsman.
       

      • Anonymous

        Not a one I’d want to vote for…but

        • Guest

          Fortunately, that is not how the “field” works. It’s still “open” until the date it’s a done deal..Perry’s getting plenty of press and he hasn’t “officially” thrown in his hat. Even Trump is reconsidering. Huntsman hasn’t yet been in a debate – and he won’t hesitate to come out swinging against his opponents in Iowa Thursday. So things are hardly settled and no one should have a problem with Palin not announcing until she’s ready to do so as well.

          It won’t come to this (!) but I probably would vote for anyone except Bachmann and Santorum over Obama. 

      • AbigailAdams

        Yeah, I know.  But he hadn’t signed-up for those polls, something one apparently has to do first.  As I say, it’s early.  I do hope he can make this debate (I didn’t think they had finalized the roster yet), because people really have to hear him.  I’ve watched everything on him I can find and man, I’m impressed.

      • Ferd_Berfle

        Does he have a 1% standing in at least five national polls?
        ===============
        That’s a specious response. My only concern is if he has the right ideas. He does. And frankly I tire of the unwashed herd forcing us to choose between American Idol candidates who look good on the outside but are rotten to the core. We keep playing that stupid game, expecting a different outcome. Insanity, anyone?

        • Anonymous

          sheeple don’t buy ides they buy brands-McCotter has no chance

  • http://twitter.com/jbjdjbjd jbjd

    If there is a Hell; I suspect, this is where Texas Governor Perry will eternally burn.
    http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/death-by-fire/

    • Anonymous

      I guess he can’t on your vote :)

    • Anonymous

      jbjd why don’t you take a hike in that direction with opinions like that. who in the hell do you think you are.

  • AbigailAdams

    A very loud voice at the back of the room cried out “Awwwww–Kwarrrrrd!”

    This is one of the few times in the past 2 years I’ve been able to “listen” to this president.  hahahahah.

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  • Dorinda

    I’m looking for a good alternative to Obama and thus far, the only candidate I’d cast a vote for is not doing well.  Rick Perry, as another Texan said, is like George Bush on steroids.  Voters who went for Obama in 08 didn’t  think it through.  Rick Perry is one of those that deserves a lot of careful thinking or we’ll end up with another version of The One.

    • Anonymous

      Perry isn’t even close to being another Obama. And believe me, I’m not a big Perry fan, prefer Palin. But if it was between Obama and Perry, you can take it to the bank that I would damn sure vote for Perry over Obama any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Don’t like his open borders though.

      • Anonymous

        Perry is far too religious…I do not want a theocracy..Palin is about as far right as I’d like to go.

        • Ferd_Berfle

          I take your point but we may need a Perry if the progressives Kool-Aid guzzlers get any more friendly with the Moslems.

        • Docelder

          Bush was elected twice. Following in Bush’s footsteps as far as getting elected is not a bad idea for Perry. Look what being bland did for McCain. Reminds me of the biblical example of salt that isn’t salty… it’s useless. So conservatism that isn’t… isn’t. It will be a big mistake not to separate from people like McCain in 2012. 

        • Anonymous

          oh so you will sit there whining about the repubs while the good ship america goes down in flames. wake up and smell the decline of this country. thinking like that just helps obama. geez

    • Anonymous

      Perry isn’t even close to being another Obama. And believe me, I’m not a big Perry fan, prefer Palin. But if it was between Obama and Perry, you can take it to the bank that I would damn sure vote for Perry over Obama any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Don’t like his open borders though.

    • Anonymous

      Dorinda. You eloquently state the predicament I find myself in.

      And it is really frustrating that the GOP primaries seem to require candidates to veer right in order to get attention and to attract a devout following.  Which means that a lot of very qualified, highly experienced candidates — who’ve learned  from that considerable experience the hard lessons of how to lead successfully — are centrists.  (I.e., successful leaders learn from tough experiences and past failures that they achieve results through inclusive teamwork and time-intensive planning and preparation for the ups and downs that bedevil every major project.)

      Then there are a few, like Barack Obama, who thinks he can skip through the time-consuming hard work that makes most leaders successful, skimming along fast solely on the strength of his personality.  What Obama never learned, because he never worked hard or even observed those leaders who worked hard, was that people, sooner or later, see him for what he is:  unqualified. 

      Then there’s a type like Rick Perry who is riding high on the positive economics of his Texas, failing to acknowledge that he had little to do with much of the state’s successes.

      That’s not the only reason I’m suspicious of Perry.  I also worry about his manipulation of religion and big prayer events designed, it strikes me, to make himself look “holier than thou.”

      • Anonymous

        Remember all the hype over the entrance of Fred Thompson in the ’08 election – great actor, successful Senator, successful attorney, charasmatic. No sooner did he enter the race than he tanked faster than a 1000 lb. anchor.

        I think basically the same thing will happen with Perry. It is still Romney’s nomination to lose.

        The only person who can knock Romney off would be the entry of Sarah Palin. As much as I would like to see that happen I just don’t think she will. 

        • cookiegramma

          As A native New Englander I would never vote for Romney. His state was not doing all that well when he was governor and the cost of living is through the roof.

          • Anonymous

            i’d vote for anyone but obama. that is just how desperate this situation.is. we are not in a restaurant where you can discuss with the chef over what tastes good

    • Anonymous

      that is a beyond well informed comment. please do your homework.

  • Anonymous

    ONE MORE TIME. some tea partiers “might” be salivating over Perry, but as a whole, nay not from the ones I see. I will say though that most tea partiers KNOW they have to get rid of the POS in the wh now so right now, any GOP, except Romney/Obama lite. That’s just how it is. Otherwise, we get the asshole in there now. Not satisfactory to me. no, no way, nada.

    • Anonymous

      I don’t “salivate” over any pol. Never did. Never will. I try to make the best choices I can based on the best information I can find.
       
      Like the “most” Tea Partiers you mention, the most important thing to me is getting rid of POTUS POS. So I would vote for Perry.