Someone asked why “the lefties” are so afraid of a Rick Perry presidential candidacy.
Well, from a Texan’s standpoint, I have to reply that I’m not really afraid of what might happen when reasonable people have the opportunity to weigh well-vetted candidates. I AM a bit concerned that national media will get all caught up in the hoopla and forget that the man presided over a debacle. If the last 10 years isn’t a textbook on “pay-to-play” politics, I don’t know what is!
One of our activists penned this missive against Gov. Goodhair. As if you really need more talking points … but if you do, here are some very good ones. Thanks, Tommy!
What does Rick Perry have against American Democracy?
I hear Rick Perry wrote a book “Fed up! Our fight to save America from Washington”, but then why is he so hell-bent on spending at least four years there?
Rick has certain ideas he covets. Rick wants to do away with life-time tenure of federal judges. People a lot smarter than Rick understood that judges should be independent of political pressure from the next administration or the next. They understood that to subject the judge to political pressure would over time erode his/her ability to render just opinions from the bench.
Those people in the past understood that a judge opinion could be wrong at the lower court level so they developed a system of review by the higher courts and if needed correcting by the higher courts. The system has worked well since it was set in motion.
Rick at the same time wants the Congress to have the power to override the Supreme Court decisions. Wow! Rick, the founding fathers of this nation understood that separate and equal powers in the hands of the executive, legislative, and judicial bodies was the only sane way to proceed. Rick, have you been looking at Congress lately? They can’t even agree on passing legislation and you want them to also rule on the Supreme Court decisions. How silly is that?
Now Rick’s next two ideas are tied together. He wants a balanced budget amendment while at the same time he wants to repeal the 16th amendment, which allows the federal government the ability to collect federal income tax.
Now 43 states have state income tax laws modeled after the federal law so I assume that he would want them repealed as well … but maybe not since no one will argue the fact that Rick is a states rights kind of guy. If Rick repeals the federal income tax amendment there would be no need for a balance budget amendment. You see while Rick was making a “D” in economics he missed the equation (Taxes less Expenses equals a surplus — like Clinton left us — or a deficit — like W left us — or a zero balance). Without federal revenue the only way to balance a budget thus is to eliminate all expenses (maybe Rick’s real objective).
I however would caution Rick that he would then be in the White House with no servants, no running water and no electricity. Never mind flying in Air Force One, Rick, there will be fuel, no pilots no maintenance, no hanger, no airport … well, you get the picture.
Rick, you want a job as president but there will be no salary, salary is an expense too. Oh by the way, Rick, no expense means no military expenditures. Last years federal budget had $850 billion earmarked for defense. With no federal income tax there would be no military expenditures. I guess you could try to hide federal revenue as fees for the military expense but I think the American public is wise enough to know a fee is the same as a tax and you have pledged no new taxes right?
As I said no one denies that Rick is a states right kind of guy and no one will deny that he wants limited federal government. But, his next two proposals don’t fit the mold. He wants a federal amendment to define marriage between a man and a woman and he wants a federal amendment to end all abortions. Where I might agree with his premises on marriage and abortion, I ask: where is small government and states rights?
These two amendments that he is calling for would expand the scope of the federal government into the private lives of all Americans. Wait a minute, Rick, you can’t have it both ways.
I started by asking the question, what does Rick Perry have against American Democracy, so I have saved the worst for last. Rick wants to repeal the 17th amendment to the constitution, which gave the power to elect senators to the citizens of the state that they reside in. S,o Rick, you don’t believe in democracy, in the right for citizens to select their representatives? That is truly unbelievable. You would have us go back to the smoke-filled back rooms where the corporate fat cats chose our leaders since back then our leaders believed that the populace wasn’t smart enough for the job.
Well having taken a good look at what Rick wants, I can tell you these two facts. Rick believes in an American society of the 1800’s and wants to go back there. The second fact is that I will do everything in my power as a voter in this nation to see that you never get the chance.
~ Tommy Grimes