Let’s Be Honest About Gov. Perry

Aug 21, 2011 by

by Donna Garner

Right now is the vetting season in politics. This is the time for us to make sure that our country does not make the same mistake twice in voting for a President who has not been properly vetted.

We citizens are doing the right thing to look at each candidate’s background, voting records, policies, preferences, philosophy of life, and personal positions on important issues. Then after taking a truthful look at a candidate’s full profile, we can make our decision as to whether we believe he or she would make a good President.

Those who are criticizing researchers who are uncovering the facts behind various candidates are actually repeating the same mistake that occurred when researchers tried to educate the public about Obama and his disastrous positions during the run-up to his Presidential election.

Those researchers were vilified; and the American people were so star-struck by Obama (who has turned out to be the essence of the “Manchurian candidate) that they voted with their emotions instead of with logical, informed reasoning. The United States is now having to live out the disastrous consequences of that wrongful, emotion-based decision at the ballot box.

Voting blind is not a smart thing. It is like throwing dice and hoping the right numbers come up.

I have grown concerned as of late about the blind acceptance that some people want to direct toward Gov. Rick Perry and his record. Because I published an article that told the “good and the bad” about Gov. Perry (11 positives and 11 negatives), I have been criticized by people on my side of the aisle who have said that my efforts will end up helping Obama get re-elected. (I have posted my article at the bottom of this e-mail.)

I presented 11 positives about Gov. Perry knowing that the liberal news media certainly would not focus on his good points, and Gov. Perry definitely does have some strong attributes.

However, Gov. Perry also has some weaknesses; but what does our side have to hide? If we really have the best candidate in Gov. Perry, then what have we to hide about his record? If Gov. Perry is the best person for the Republican nomination, that is great; but we who live in Texas and know certain facts about him (both positive and negative) have the right and the responsibility to share this information with the rest of the country.

Again, we need to remember that this is the vetting season; and our goal must be to put forth the very best candidate possible to defeat Obama. What we do not want is for our candidate to “flame out” in the last couple of weeks leading up to the November 2012 election because at the last minute, voters find out unfavorable information about our Republican candidate.

We also do not want to support a Republican nominee for whom we feel no “fire in the belly.” To overcome Obama’s series of overreaching decisions that are meant to build up his voter base (e.g., his obvious catering to labor unions and the LGBT community, his recent decision to grant “amnesty” to illegals — all of whom are sure to flood the ballot boxes in the Nov. 2012 election) and to overcome the cheating by the Democrats that is sure to occur at the polls, our side is going to have to produce twice as many votes for our candidate than are technically needed to win.

We Republicans must feel “fire in the belly” for our candidate so that we will get out and walk the blocks and get every possible voter to go to the polls with us. We have to produce a huge groundswell of support for our candidate. We must not choose another limp candidate such as John McCain for whom many in this country felt no connection and no real passion.

The time to lay out the truth is right now, and we are not being disloyal to the Republicans, conservatives, and independent voters by making sure that fact-based information is shared across the country with the voting public.

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SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT

FACT — ISSUE #1: Gov. Perry did sign HB 1403 in June 2001 (after having been passed by the Texas Legislature). HB 1403, referred to as Texas’ version of the DREAM Act, allows illegal immigrant students who want to attend Texas colleges/universities to pay in-state tuition rates if they will first sign an affidavit promising that they will apply to become permanent residents as soon as they are eligible.

The catch is that no agency or organization was designated in HB 1403 to follow up and make sure the affidavits and the promised actions are taken by the illegals.

When pressed about the lack of follow-up on the affidavit provision, Gov. Perry said the Texas Education Agency does the follow up. However, Suzanne Marchman, a spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency, said the TEA oversees K-12 public education and has no authority to audit colleges and universities to make sure the illegals are following through with the provisions of HB 1403.

Spokespersons from the two largest universities in Texas — Texas A&M University and The University of Texas — both said that they have no designated authority to verify the affidavit mandates.

Allowing these illegals to pay in-state tuition rather than out-of-state tuition is a huge savings for them: The base tuition set by Texas statute is $50 per semester credit hour for in-state tuition at four-year universities and $327 per semester credit hour for out-of-state residents. (Texas colleges/universities are allowed to set their own tuition rates in addition to the state statute amounts.)

Not only do illegals get to pay the lower in-state rates, but their admittance can deny enrollment seats for legal residents.

As Republican State Rep. Debbie Riddle told the Houston Chronicle on 1.12.07, “What we are doing is grossly unfair to people who are here legally…It gets down to the question: Are we going to continue rewarding people who cut to the front of the line and are not here legally.”

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FACT– ISSUE #2: Gov. Rick Perry told a child questioner in New Hampshire on 8.18.11 that Texas public schools teach creationism alongside evolution.

Nowhere in our new-and-improved Science standards (TEKS) that were passed by our elected Texas State Board of Education in March 2009 is the word “creationism” or “Intelligent Design” used.

What the Science TEKS do say is this: “In all fields of science, analyze, evaluate, and critique scientific explanations by using empirical evidence, logical reasoning, and experimental and observational testing including examining all sides of scientific evidence of those scientific explanations so as to encourage critical thinking by the students.”

After Gov. Perry’s gaff this week, his spokesperson, Catherine Frazier, clarified what he should have said:

Creationism could be discussed in the classroom as students are taught about evolution. It is required that students evaluate and analyze the theory of evolution, and creationism very likely comes up in that process…Teachers are also permitted to discuss it with students in that context. Schools are also allowed to teach biblical history as an elective and creationism is part of that teaching, too.

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“The Good and the Bad About Gov. Perry”

by Donna Garner

8.15.11

http://libertylinked.com/posts/8047/the-good-and-the-bad-about/View.aspx

THE GOOD

(1) Gov. Perry is pro-life in most cases and is also pro-marriage (one natural man and one natural woman). Our Texas legislature has just passed one of the strongest sonogram laws in the country and laws that will help to defund Planned Parenthood.

(2) Gov. Perry told Obama that Texas would not participate in the Common Core Standards and Race to the Top which is the Obama administration’s initiative to gain federal control of public-school classrooms in order to implement his social justice agenda, including the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender agenda. We should give Perry big kudos for protecting our Texas public schools from this takeover by the federal government.

(3) Gov. Perry has been very assertive about his demands that the federal government shoulder the responsibility of securing our borders.

(4) Gov. Perry supported the voter I. D. bill was passed. Also Texans will be required to prove U.S. citizenship or legal residence before they can renew or get a Texas driver’s license. These were top priorities by Gov. Perry.

(5) Gov. Perry has pushed Texas to adopt tort reform laws that have encouraged businesses and healthcare professionals to settle in our state.

(6) Texas has no state income tax.

(7) These business-friendly practices have made Texas a welcome environment for job creation and for business growth.

(8) Gov. Perry believes in Texas balancing its budget rather than in raising taxes.

(9) Gov. Perry is stubbornly independent and strongly believes in states’ rights.

(10) Gov. Perry believes in freedom of religion and not freedom from religion. He knows that the U. S. Constitution does not contain the words “separation of church and state.”

(11) So far as I know, Gov. Perry is a decent and God-fearing man; and his family seems to be made up of principled individuals. He also has some fine staffers; and the man he has appointed as the Texas Commissioner of Education, Robert Scott, would make a wise U. S. Secretary of Education who would immediately begin to limit the over-reach of the U. S. Department of Education into our nation’s public schools.

THE BAD

Based upon the Republican tsunami of Nov. 2, 2010, Texas voters sent 19 out of 31 Republicans to the Senate and 101 Republicans out of 150 to the House. Approximately 86 of the House members ran as conservatives. Even though under the Texas Constitution Gov. Perry is not in control of the legislature, he certainly should have made his presence felt on many issues.

If Gov. Perry could not persuade members of his own party, then how could we possibly think he would have the ability as President to persuade leftists Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to do anything?

(1) Apparently during this last legislative session, Gov. Perry was more interested in running for President than in supporting the Republican leaders on the State Board of Education who have courageously stood against the pressure of the national media and have adopted the best curriculum standards in the nation. English, Science, and Social Studies standards will soon be in place in Texas schools (K to 12) with new Math standards coming shortly.

Because Gov. Perry says he wants our Texas students to gain college-and-career readiness, he should have stood strongly in support of the SBOE leaders. Instead he allowed them to be decimated for the next ten years by allowing the anti-conservative SBOE redistricting map to be adopted.

(2) Gov. Perry also allowed Republican Sen. Deuell to tie up the capable, fair-minded, and much-respected chair of the SBOE, Gail Lowe, in the Senate Nominations Committee, thus not allowing her name to go to the Senate floor for confirmation.

Because Lowe was not confirmed, Gov. Perry had to appoint another chair. He did make a very good choice in Barbara Cargill. However, this is not a good time to make a shift in the chair leadership when the new curriculum standards are being implemented across the state.

(3) By making Barbara Cargill the SBOE chair, she in turn has had to give up her vital seat as the chair of the Committee on Instruction; and it looks as if that committee may fall into the wrong hands. It is this committee that is charged with issues that directly impact students and teachers in the classroom the most.

(4) Gov. Perry also was seemingly nowhere around when a bill (HB 60) needed to be passed that would have retained Texas’ control over teacher appraisal criteria, curriculum standards, and assessment instruments instead of allowing that state control to pass into the hands of the federal government. HB 60 also would have made it illegal for Texas to have participated in the personally intrusive national database that the Obama administration is forcing upon states.

(5) Fethullah Gulen is an Islamist imam who believes in Sharia law. His follows have recently orchestrated a coup in Turkey; and this country, unbeknown to most of the U. S. media, has now fallen into the hands of the Islamists. This is a very serious situation because Turkey is a member of NATO and has the second largest military.

Gulen himself lives in the United States (Pennsylvania), and he and his followers are attempting to indoctrinate our American school children into Islam through an entire network of charter schools using our taxpayers’ dollars to do it.

Here in Texas we have 36 Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony Charter Schools, yet where has Gov. Perry been on this issue? Where was he when a group of clear-thinking citizens tried to get the Texas legislature to require all charter schools to adopt three safeguards: proof of citizenship for all charter school board members and the top five highest-paid administrators (public ISD trustees must be U. S. citizens); names, titles, and biographies posted online for all charter operator board members and the top 5 highest-paid administrators; and check registers publicly posted online just as so many other school districts have done.

(6) In February 2007, Gov. Perry signed an executive order mandating that all sixth-grade girls entering Texas public schools by the fall of 2008 had to be vaccinated for HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that is a common cause for cervical cancer. Gardasil by Merck was the vaccine to be used. A public outcry from parents and legislators occurred, and Gov. Perry’s executive order was overturned. Now four years later, we know that Gardasil has been directly linked to 56 deaths in the United States with countless serious side effects having been documented in other females: http://www.flainjurylawyerblog.com/2011/01/merck-vaccine-gardasil-linked.html

(7) On May 11, 2001 and over the protests of many conservatives, Gov. Perry signed Hate Crimes Bill (HB 587) into law. Following are excerpts from the letter I wrote to Gov. Perry on Nov. 7, 2001:

Why are some “citizens” more protected than others? Why should a criminal who beats up a homosexual receive a stiffer sentence than a criminal who beats up the elderly lady who lives next-door?

Why should a person’s lifestyle choice (sexual preference) be any more “protected” than someone else’s. Sexual preference is not an inherent quality such as race, age, or gender; and we should never have allowed the homosexual activists to equate sexual orientation with the inherent categories.

I know a number of people who have come out of the homosexual lifestyle. I don’t know anyone who has changed from being an Afro-American to being an Anglo. Sexual preference should never have been put in the same category as inherent, inborn qualities.

Sexual preference is a lifestyle choice which is accompanied by terribly unhealthy sexual practices. These practices can bring early death, painful suffering, and the increase in sexually transmitted diseases that are rampant in our society and are increasing exponentially among the homosexual community.

(8) Gov. Perry also supported the Trans-Texas Corridor which was a massive plan to create a quarter-mile-wide swath down our state. He wanted to use eminent domain to force his plan into place. The plan was much too expensive and included giving contracts to foreign companies to build it. Again, the ranchers, landowners, and private citizens had to mount a forceful campaign against this plan to stop it.

(9) In my opinion, Gov. Perry has always been much too chummy with the technology vendors; and the news media has found some very questionable bids in the Governor’s Texas Technology Fund that have gone to his close friends and associates.

(10) The Governor has infuriated higher-education faculty members at some of the largest universities in our state by pushing distance learning over direct, classroom instruction. He has given his close friend Sandefer broad authority to restructure higher ed. Sandefer believes a bachelor’s degree should cost only $10,000. I imagine such a degree could be obtained; but it would not be worth the paper it is printed on. Gaining a quality education is hard work, and those who think that anyone and everyone can get a college diploma with ease are trying to dumb down the masses.

(11) Gov. Perry’s rhetoric on immigration policies has not matched up to the results. During this last legislative session, Gov. Perry publicly supported a bill that would have prohibited Texas cities from being Sanctuary Cities for illegal immigrants. Such a bill would have required local law enforcement officers to work more closely with immigration officials. However, the Session ended without that bill being passed.

Another bill that did not pass was e-verify that would have required employers and state agencies to determine legal status of job applicants by using the e-verify federal database.

A hot-button issue that has upset many Texas parents who are legal citizens is that Gov. Perry is a big supporter of allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Texas universities. This allows illegals to gain admittance ahead of applicants who are legal citizens.

I have tried very hard to make my comments about Gov. Perry as honest as I possibly can, and I am leaving it up to individual citizens to judge for themselves as to whether he would make a good President.

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