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Rick Perry On The Record

- James Richard "Rick" Perry was born March 4, 1950 to Amelia June Holt and Joseph Ray Perry.

- In 1984, Perry was elected to the Texas House of Representatives as a Democrat from district 64, which included his home county of Haskell. He served on the House Appropriations and Calendars committees during his three two-year terms in office. He befriended fellow freshman state representative Lena Guerrero of Austin, a staunch liberal Democrat who endorsed Perry's reelection bid in 2006.

- In 1987, Perry voted for a $5.7 billion tax increase proposed by Republican governor Bill Clements.

- Perry supported Al Gore in the 1988 Democratic presidential primaries and worked for Gore's campaign in Texas. On September 29, 1989, Perry announced that he was switching parties, becoming a Republican. Then Karl Rove recruited opportunistic Perry to switch parties so Perry could win Agricultural Commissioner as a Republican.

- TARP Bailout – Was FOR the 2008 TARP bailout – wrote a letter on 10/1/08 with Joe Manchin supporting it: http://trailblazersblog.dallasnews.com/2010/01/was-rick-perr...
Perry then Perry writes an WSJ op-ed on 12/2/08 with Mark Sanford opposing bailouts. http://online.wsj.com/articl//SB122818170073571049.html

- When Rick Perry became the governor of Texas in 2000, the total spending by the Texas state government was approximately $49 billion. Ten years later it was approximately $90 billion. http://www.economicpolicyjournal.com/2011/06/first-look-rick...

- The total debt of the Texas government has more than doubled since Rick Perry became governor. According to usdebtclock.org, the debt to GDP ratio in Texas is 22.9% and the debt per citizen is $10,645. In California , the debt to GDP ratio is 18.7% and the debt per citizen is $9932.

- Rick Perry supports Proposition 6 "slush fund", affecting water rights and an assault on private property. Among its biggest benefactors is the Associated General Contractors of Texas, Dow Chemical, Dallas-based Energy Future Holdings (Texas' biggest unregulated power generator), Texas Oil and Gas Association, and Conoco Phillips.

- Rick Perry spearheaded the effort to lease roads in Texas to foreign companies, to turn roads that are already free to drive on into toll roads, and to develop the Trans-Texas Corridor which would be part of the planned NAFTA superhighway system http://www.wnd.com/2007/09/43433/. Rick Perry has instituted a huge tax increase in Texas in the form of toll roads; going from zero debt on roads to $30 billion in toll road debt in 10 years as Perry sells off Texas ’ public infrastructure. (2003-2011)

- Wants to use Texas Teacher and State Employee Retirement Money on risky toll roads. http://www.texasmonthly.com/blogs/burkablog/?p=4969ing

- Rick Perry falsely claims that he has a “track record” of not raising taxes. Rick Perry has repeatedly raised taxes and fees while he has been governor. Today, Texans are faced with significantly higher taxes and fees than they were before Perry was elected.

- Rick Perry attended the Bilderberg Group meetings in 2007 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=90jfQrb4wAE

- Perry supported the Business Margins Tax, a backdoor state income tax (2006) http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/politics/item/9595-rick...

- HPV Vaccine Mandate – Attack on parental rights. Tried to force every 12 year old girl in Texas to take Gardisil shots because his former Chief of Staff Mike Toomey is a lobbyist for Merck. Perry tried to mandate this by executive decree until the Texas legislature overwhelmingly crushed it. (2007) http://www.naturalnews.com/033571_Rick_Perry_HPV_vaccines.html

- FLDS El Dorado raid (2008) – Massive attack on parental rights and peaceful home schoolers; Religious Oppression. 438 children ripped away from parents and traumatized for months. Out of control Child Protective Services, approved by Rick Perry, and based on a crank phone call from Colorado alleging child abuse; breaks up dozens of families. http://www.johntfloyd.com/blog/the-unrelenting-march-against... (2008).

- Played politics with the death penalty case of Cameron Todd Willingham – Perry refused to give him a stay. Willingham had been convicted of murdering his family via an arson determination that was based on junk science. Perry removed 3 members of board of the Texas Forensic Science Commission that was investigating the case and put political pressure on the head of the panel.(2009)

- Defeated Justice Steven Wayne Smith – made robo phone calls against most conservative Supreme Court judge in modern Texas history. Smith was the equivalent of Robert Bork, considered the best judge in Texas in 50 years. His crime was beating RINO, Xavier Rodriguez, an appointee of Rick Perry in a primary. Perry vowed to bring down Smith the next time and ultimately did. Rodriguez also made pro-abortion rulings. (2004)

- Supports No Child Left Behind Act and Dept. of Education.

- Instituted state CHIP program for Texas, a widely abused program and one more step to socialized medicine, more taxes and rationed healthcare.

- Perry supported SB 289 (2009) - Supports Sobriety Check Points. Unconstitutional trashing of 4th Amendment rights where everyone is pulled over with no probable cause and no reasonable suspicion.

- Rick Perry supports the Patriot Act

- Vetoed Texas Eminent Domain Bill – taking your land for his toll road schemes more important than signing property rights protection overwhelmingly passed by Legislature. (2007)

- Governor for NINE years, Perry then reads about the 10th Amendment a few years ago. Completely insincere because for 9 years Perry never said an ill word about federal encroachments, No Child Left Behind, etc. (2009)

- Perry endorsed gun grabber Rudy Guiliani for President (2007), then endorsed John McCain (2008) http://www.wnyc.org/story/147780-power-couple-rudy-giuliani-...

- For United Nations, NAFTA, CAFTA, Trans Texas Corridor.

- Does not stand up for elected State Board of Education every time it gets castrated by the liberals in the legislature. Throws crumbs to conservatives on SBOE, but never there when they really need him. Did not veto SBOE redistricting map which was designed to minimize conservatives. (2011).

- Texas Enterprise Fund – Rick Perry’s slush fund for politically connected insiders, another waste of tax dollars. Gave $20 Million to Country Wide Financial which went bankrupt. Many company executives who get access to this slush fund are Perry contributors.

- Supported a $5 bar tax on every patron of a strip club. “Wife” Anita on salary for $65,000/year at the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault and bar tax is their #1 legislative agenda item. TAASA receives state money already and wants to get hands on bar tax expected to generate millions. Tax rule ruled unconstitutional by lower courts. (2010)

- Supported $3 Billion Cancer BONDS, the Lance Armstrong cancer tax – more taxing, borrowing and spending. (2007).


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