Why Rick Perry is not the Presidential Tea Party Candidate that the Washington Insiders & Media believe he is.
I wanted to share with you the talking points my good friend Lori Medina with the Dallas Tea Party and I have been jotting down while considering Rick Perry as the President of the United States. It is interesting to note that Gov. Perry seems to be more popular outside of Texas than he is inside. The information below may give you some insight if you are not from Texas.
Why Perry does not meet Grassroots/Tea Party standards in Texas? We believe in fiscal responsibility and the rule of law, so far Perry has not respected the laws on our books regarding illegals. Over the past 10 years as Governor he has let us down with the Budget, Immigration, Redistricting, Education, now Gambling and not standing up to moderate establishment Republicans like Joe Straus and David Dewhurst. He has a chance to rectify these issues in Special Session but instead he is out campaigning for the Presidency. Where is he on the issues below?
1. Budget – Perry was forced to call a Special Session because of the Budget
Question: Why did Straus/Dewhurst and their appointed chairs and committee members wait until almost the end of the legislative session to get serious about passing the budget?
“It only took one day of “Rick Perry really is gonna run” for a few legislators to plan a dip into the RDF. Governor Perry previously vowed to veto any further use of the RDF when he agreed to use around $3 billion to cover the shortfall in the current budget. He made it clear he’d veto use of any RDF money for the new budget. In the Special Session (D)Rep. Donna Howard proposed an amendment that would automatically spend RDF dollars in the future. Will Perry follow through on his promise and Veto? House Democrats tout victory passing amendment to tap Rainy Day Fund
2. Immigration –
Statement: Voters on Nov. 2, 2010 spoke loud and clear; we want illegal immigration stopped and our borders secured.
Question: Why did Perry not push Straus and his team to make sure the anti-sanctuary cities bill was one of the first bills to get to Gov. Perry’s desk? If it were not for the Budget issue and the Special Session this would not have had a chance to pass.
[On 6.7.11, Gov. Perry added sanctuary cities to the call in the Special Session; and other immigration bills are also being filed.] Will he see it through while on the Presidential Campaign trail?
Vital Immigration Bills for Texas & Gov. Perry If He Intends to Run!
1. Texas must pass strong anti-Sanctuary Cities (currently SB 9 & HB 9) this session. Basically law enforcement must be able to inquire as to legal status when they come into contact with anyone they suspect of being in the country illegally
2. Texas must pass a strong e-verify bill that does not provide for monetary penalties (preempted to the Feds) — we can only take away business licenses. Since the Supreme Court has just upheld AZ’s e-verify portions of SB 1070, it is time for Texas to jump onboard and end the magnet of jobs.
3. Texas must know how much illegal aliens are costing the tax payers in Texas before we can have an honest/intelligent debate on this subject. Texas legislators are being asked to vote on immigration bills that they have absolutely no clue as to true cost. How can they vote, not knowing the facts re: the cost of the Texas illegal alien population and WHY are taxpayers not allowed to know what that cost is?
Rep. John Zerwas introduced HB 655 this session (and a similar bill in 2009) which would require state agencies to report the cost of services provided to illegal aliens in Texas. HB 655 actually made it to the floor for debate/vote but it was postponed and we have no idea why. That one bill is key to cutting the budget in Texas since illegal aliens access our entitlement services using fake ID’s. The Democrats always say that illegal aliens are good for the Texas economy. Of course, no one has the real numbers because no one is supposed to collect the data. If the Democrats are correct, you would think they would be eager to get that info documented and they should be the first in line to vote for this bill!! Neither side wants to reveal the true cost because they know voters would be out in the streets & up in arms if they knew. Illegal Immigrants Bankrupting Rural Texas Counties
3. Redistricting – Who is in charge of Texas?
House redistricting map
Question: Why did the House driven by Straus’ agenda draw a House redistricting map that will hurt the re-election of three of the most outspoken conservative House members – Was it retribution? REDISTRICTING THREATS BECOME REALITY
State Board of Education Redistricting Map
Questions: Why did the leadership in the Texas Legislature champion a State Board of Education Redistricting map that will make it almost impossible for conservative SBOE members to be re-elected? Why did Perry not stand with Conservatives and VETO this map since he says he is a Tea Party Conservative?
In the weeks leading up to May 18, over 5,000 people signed a petition to the Governor; and 24 Republican and/or tea party leaders representing thousands of other Texans had driven to Austin to produce a YouTube shown widely throughout the state and nation. Our message was, “Gov. Perry, please stand with Conservative Texans and veto the SBOE map.” Read this article for more information. Call to Action- Contact Gov. Rick Perry about the SBOE Chairman
4. Education –
Audit and transparency regulations for all charter schools
Where is Perry on this issue, Gulen Schools?
[On 6.6.11, the New York Times contained an investigative report on the Gulen movement (a.k.a., Cosmos Foundation, Harmony Schools) which is operating at least 33 charter schools in Texas using our tax dollars. A charter school bill that will take some of the Permanent School Funds and make those dollars available for charter school bonds (including Gulen schools) is in the Texas Legislature right now.
Logical-thinking Texans are trying to make sure that all charter schools should (1) have to show proof of U. S. citizenship for board members (e.g., ISD trustees) and top administrators; (2) post online the names, titles, and bios of board and top administrators, and (3) post their checkbook registers online so that taxpayers will know how their tax dollars are being spent. However, where are the leaders in Texas Perry, Dewhurst and Straus on this issue? Why haven’t they championed these safeguards?]
Will Perry add HB 2923 to the Special Session call?
HB2923 must be passed because it would ensure that Texas has the authority over what is taught in its public schools and not the Obama administration.
HB 2923 says that for Texas schools to be accredited, they must follow the state-adopted standards, curriculum requirements, and tests. Huberty’s bill also states that Texas will not participate in the national database that is going to have student-identifiable, family-intrusive data sent to the federal government.
(To read more about HB 2923 and the issue of the Obama administration’s takeover of the public schools through Common Core Standards/Race to the Top, please go to my article posted at: “Child Abuse by the Federal Government — How and Who?”
5. Perry says he is against Gambling in Texas
Question: One bill that expands gambling in Texas has already been passed. Will there be others? Perry did not veto this bill but it shows he did not sign it therefore it went into law. Question where does Perry actually stand on Gambling in Texas?
It is common knowledge that the current Speaker Joe Straus and his family stand to make tens of millions of dollars if slot machines are approved at Texas racetracks and casinos.
Question: Is it any coincidence that the House members Straus has appointed as chairs of committees are the very ones who have authored the gambling legislation that kept resurfacing throughout the legislative session?
6. Left leaning Speaker Joe Straus and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst seem to have the ultimate power in the State of Texas not Governor Perry.
Please see this Press Release – Grassroots Activists – “Pledge” to Voters not Straus for Speakers Race in 2013
Because Straus used the pledge card system and then also promised sizeable campaign contributions to legislators in exchange for their votes for him as Speaker, he ended up being given the ultimate power in the House therefore running the show in Texas verses Perry.
The question is will Perry spend his time running for the Presidency or will he stand up against the “Establishment Moderates” in the Republican Party? Will he stand with “We The People” and finish the job in Texas first? At this point he seems to be a “Self-Described” Tea Party Candidate.