Rick Perry Teamed Up With Democrat Governor’s Association To Pressure Congress For TARP

By Gary P Jackson

In his capacity as Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, Rick Perry teamed up with his counterpart over at the Democrat Governors Association, Joe Manchin of West Virginia, to put pressure on Congress to pass TARP, which turned out to be nothing more than welfare for the Wall Street set. $1 trillion worth of crony capitalism at it’s finest.

Perry and Manchin both signed a series of letters addressed to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and House Minority Leader John Boehner.

The body of text reads:

As leaders of our respective organizations, we don’t always see eye to eye on policy, but we come together today with one clear purpose. We strongly urge Congress to leave partisanship at the door and pass an economic recovery package. We both believe that it’s time to stand together for our country.

There is a time for partisanship and there is a time for getting things done. No one likes the hand they’ve been dealt, and now is not the time to assign blame. It is time for Washington, D.C. to step up, be responsible and do what’s in the best interest of American taxpayers and our economy.

This economic crisis is not just impacting Wall Street; it is also making life harder for everyday Americans. Americans across the country and in every demographic are feeling the pinch. If Congress does not act soon, the situation will grow appreciably worse. It’s time for leadership. Congress needs to act now.

History tells us Congress took their advice and did act. History also shows us we would have achieved roughly the same results had we gathered up that $1 trillion, taken it down to College Station, placed it in a large pile, hosed it down with gasoline and had a bonfire that would make an Aggie proud!

You can read copies of all the letters here.

That’s not all, doing his best Mitt Romney/John Kerry imitation, Perry, who was in a tough re-election battle, flip-flopped and came out against the very crap sandwich he helped shove down the American people’s collective throat!

Non-Texans who think Rick Perry is the second coming don’t realize before the 2010 election, Perry could barely spell conservative, let alone pretend to be one. Unlike Mitt Romney who sticks his finger in the wind AFTER events happen, then reacts, Perry sticks his finger in the wind too, but has the ability to act before the wind gets too far past him.It makes him look like he’s been there all along. That is if you don’t look too hard.

Perry, a Big Government establishment guy if there ever was one, saw the writing on the wall, and reinvented himself as a “Tea Party” kinda conservative in 2010. Even wrote a book about it.

Truth is, under Rick Perry, Texas debt exploded a mind blowing 184.2% or 20% a year. That’s AFTER taking bailout money from Uncle Sam. As Whitney Pitcher points out, Governors Huntsman, Palin, Pawlenty, and yes, even Romney, have far better records, as fiscal Conservatives, than Perry.

Perry is calling himself a conservative these days, and he talks the sweet talk, but when one looks at his actual record, they quickly find Perry’s boots aren’t made for walking the walk!

Perry’s flip-flop on TARP:


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29 responses to “Rick Perry Teamed Up With Democrat Governor’s Association To Pressure Congress For TARP

  1. Link to the letters says “Not Found” – content sent down the ‘memory hole’ maybe?

  2. Winghunter

    Rick Perry’s Crony Capitalism Problem http://on.wsj.com/oK4nGv

  3. Well done. Never read this blog before, but would seem to be written by another of many Texans who’ve tolerated Perry’s big Government Cronyism for a decade. There’s plenty more about Perry that needs to be considered before crowning him king-> http://bit.ly/nYce8E

    • Gary P

      Yeah, only voted for Perry once. 2010. Two reasons, KBH was worse, and Sarah Palin asked her supporters to get behind him. KBH was just too much.

      Thanks for the link. Sounds like we are singing from the same hymnal!

  4. There’s a great post by “John Smith” at C4P analyzing Palin’s possible campaign strategy.

    • Gary P

      I’ll check it out.

    • Seattle

      I like to think that Sarah announced her Presidential run in Madison on April 16th.

      She said, in part,
      “And the 2012 election begins here. We will take the courage and the integrity that you showed all of America. We will take it and we will win back our country! […] We will not squander what we have. We will fight for America! And it starts here in Madison, Wisconsin! It starts here! It starts now! […] Mr. President, game on!”

      The only thing left is that small matter of filing paperwork on time with the FEC.

      – – – – – –
      “A tailwind is a wind that blows in the direction of travel of an object. A tailwind increases the object’s speed and reduces the time required to reach its destination. Tailwinds are commonly measured in relation to the speed of vehicles — commonly air and watercraft — as well as in running events — particularly sprints. The opposite wind is a headwind.”
      –> from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailwind
      – – – – – –

      To my mind, the tailwind is the will of the Tea Party and Conservatives, and Sarah is a vehicle moving in the direction of that will.

      Obviously, we know that Obama’s continual complaint of “headwinds” for him are the Tea Party, Conservatives, and a majority of Americans. His tailwind ain’t so impressive anymore, if it ever was.

      I want to believe that no “headwind” fighting the Tea Party and Conservatives poses a problem. I believe it can be that way if Sarah moves forward with that small matter of filing paperwork and making it official!

  5. winzin

    Ron Paul is the best candiate. He was against TARP, and he is honest, unlike any of the others.

    • Gary P

      Ron Paul is too old and too far out of the mainstream on most issues, but he is 100% right on the Fed! Has been for years. Nixon screwed us when he took us off the gold standard.

      If you support Paul, you may be a libertarian. If so, you need to look to Sarah Palin and her record. She’s very much a libertarian. She also has a decade of Executive Experience and 20 years of total public service. Honest as the day is long, and has been well out front on every issue. She was hammering Obama a year ago for printing money the rest are just now catching up.

      Oh, and she was one of the very first to endorse Ron’s son Rand Paul.

      She’s our next President. She turned Alaska around, and threw a whole bunch of corrupt Republicans in prison.

    • I agree. I also love his position on ending the War on Drugs, bringing the troops home, ending the fed, among other things. He’s got my vote. If he doesn’t make it past the neoconservative gatekeepers, I’ll write him in.

      • Gary P

        A vote for Ron Palin (as a write in) would be a vote for Obama. You’re a libertarian, if that’s what you want, vote for Sarah Palin. She will be our next President.

        BTW, did you notice all the neo-cons who backed her since early 2007 jumped away once they found out she WASN’T a neo-con? Oh yeah. She’s dead set against nation building, and only for war when we must. Her son is an Iraq war veteran and now serves in the reserves. She knows what it’s like. Plus she was Commander-in-Chief of the only full time active duty National Guard in the nation.

        She was also the only one, besides Ron Paul who was calling out the Obama regime for Printing money. She was doing it over a year ago when everyone else was cool with it. She wrote an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, and their resident “economist” wrote an article saying she was nuts. The WSJ editors took her side.

        Ron Paul has some good ideas, but he’s too old and frankly, unelectable. It’s time to get behind a young, energetic, proven leader. Sarah Palin turned Alaska around, fought corruption, put corrupt Republicans in prison, balanced the budget, and created a $12 billion surplus.

        She’s also been not only head of Alaska’s oil and gas commission, but America’s oil and gas compact commission as well. She knows energy, has a plan to make us energy independent, and created millions of new good pay, durable jobs.

        Come join us and we’ll all stop Obama together.

  6. Seattle

    “She’s dead set against nation building, and only for war when we must.”


    And do you have links to her writings regarding our military? I’d like to know her explicit stance regarding foreign policy, our troops, war, past and current wars we have been in and are in, etc. If she hasn’t written explicitly about this as yet, I would like her to do so. Depending on her answers, and how well she is informed, she either will or will not continue to have my support.

    • Gary P

      Sounds kinda harsh on your part. If you’ve followed Sarah Palin for any amount of time you know she has been very solid on any issue facing the military and national security. She ripped Communist China a new one, ON CHINESE SOIL, back in 2009.


      Although we’ve written about it all, and she has written op-eds in all the major newspapers, the best thing to do is go read her Facebook notes. There is plenty of red meat, solid policy in there.


      Sarah Has spoken to various military groups and charities, and as Commander-in-Chief of Alaska’s National Guard, she’s visited her troops in both Kuwait and Kosovo.

      50th PAD Arifjan, Kuwait

      Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo

      Sarah Palin has stated her policy on the war on terror is simple: “We win, they lose.”

      I also suggest you follow her on Twitter She has changed the national debate more than once with a few well worded tweets.

      Here’s the bottom line though. One can TRUST Sarah Palin. She says what she means, and means what she says. She has a 20 year record of public service that backs that up.

      • Seattle

        “Sounds kinda harsh on your part.”

        How so?!! What part of what I requested sounded harsh?! I am just seeking a fuller explanation of her stance (per your statement I quoted in my reply, which I felt was a brief thing to say on your part), and I wanted links to more information. Good grief. Trust is earned by knowledge of a person – I just requested more knowledge on this topic, if you had it. Do you not want people to feel confident of Sarah Palin, by replying in good faith to those who want more information? The next 4-8 years will not be easy ones militarily. Our military has been burned by BHO. I think they’d want to feel convinced they will have a CinC they can trust.

        Thank you for the links, I appreciate having them, but I do not appreciate your initial reaction to my request. I wrote in good faith.

      • Gary P

        Just the tone is rather harsh. Man, we’re all just doing what we can to defeat liberalism/socialism and the Obama reime. Frankly, I wish I had the time to look all of the links up for you, but I simply don’t. That’s why I strongly suggest you spend some time with her Facebook notes. That is where the red meet is.

        Anyhow, thanks for being a reader, we’ll try not to piss you off too much!

  7. Seattle

    Hi Gary, sigh–
    the only thing I see in the words that I wrote that could be construed as “harsh” by someone not used to cut-to-the-chase directness, erhm — would be that I said a short, “Explain” instead of “Explain, please!”; and that maybe my words, “Depending on her answers, and how well she is informed, she either will or will not continue to have my support” does not suggest to you that (1) strong principles RE: the military and troops & (2) some military ‘wonkiness’, are important to me regarding who I support for President. I am not Libertarian regarding the military (e.g. do not share Ron Paul’s views on the military). So I was just wondering her exact stance. Sarah aligns with my beliefs on a lot of things, and I think the talk of Ron Paul and your comment to Luther made me want to delve deeper.

    As far as being pissed off, I wouldn’t say that… :-]
    -from some of your comments to others that I’ve seen since my short sojourn here (the Poll about VP choice is how I found you), it seems some contributors would not want to piss you off much either!

    Truce. (And off I go with coffee to read Sarah’s Notes.)

    • Gary P

      I was just giving you the Jazz and hoping we wouldn’t piss you off, as it isn’t our intent!

      Not always easy to express good-natured ribbing in print!

      • Seattle

        Gary et al, I just spent about 5 hours pouring over Sarah’s FB “Notes”. I looked at every entry, read about 70 percent of the entries, and flagged several I knew I’d want to keep as bookmarks to read again and again.

        I now have zero qualms. Totally on-board. 🙂 Doubts are erased.

        Why on earth didn’t I go there FIRST & read everything, before I plagued you, Gary, for LINKS and INFO (sorry! as if you don’t have enough to do)

        It was in the middle of the approx 325 facebook posts that I began to hope Sarah would announce her run BEFORE the time I finished going through her whole facebook site. I’m ready for that announcement. Has she announced yet?
        GAME ON, please:)

      • Gary P

        It’s a ton of work piling through her FB posts if you haven’t been reading them as she goes. But as you see, there’s a lot of there, there!

        Glad you took the time. BTW, Caroline Glick, who writes for the Jerusalem Post, among others, who a piece I’ll be getting to that touts what she calls a “Jacksonian” foreign policy, which basically means no neo-cons. She favors Sarah over Rick Perry for sure on foreign policy.

        Glad you took the time to share your thoughts too!


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  9. Seattle

    Gary, my post does not show up but that’s okay!

    Anyway, I know of Caroline Glick… I’ll be interested to read your upcoming piece.
    BTW, did you see that this page is trying to get internet hits by including Sarah’s name on it!! (I took a screenshot in case they change the text, so email me privately if you want that screenshot, e.g. if they take Sarah’s name off of it by the time you look at it)

    • Gary P

      WordPress is doing goofy things. Sometimes it “double posts” a comment. Approving one gets the other. I just approved the other, so it should show. I appreciate what you said greatly.

      Caroline is one of my faves.

      Looks like they already lost Sarah’s pic. It’s amazing what people will do to get hits!

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