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: