By Gary P Jackson
Meant to post this the other day after Stacy Drake wrote about some of the pay-for-play dealings Rick Perry is famous for. Since then we've learned more about the dangers of Gardasil.
Meanwhile, Tammy Bruce calls out Perry for wanting to inject this potential poison in Texas school girls. As she points out, in typical Perry weasel fashion, he claims he saw the error of his ways and backed off. The fact is, Texans raised holy hell, and the Texas legislature stopped Perry, something they've had to do before.
You see, the position of Governor of Texas is constitutionally weak. But unlike previous governors, Rick Perry has often chosen to usurp the legislative process and issue an executive orders time and time again. This almost always gets him in trouble, and the legislature has to deal with his messes.
The Gardasil mandate would have never made it through the Texas legislature, and Perry knew it.
This may not seem like a big deal to some, but Perry is the sort who would do the same thing in Washington. As Dan Riehl pointed out on Thursday, Rick Perry is very much aligned with the establishment. As he put it:
For what it’s worth, I’m getting a sense that, within the conservative movement, Perry may come to more represent the old line conservative movement, much of which is seriously compromised as a result of having been established in Washington for so long.
In other words, Perry represents business as usual, the very last thing we need in a new president.
It should trouble voters that Perry has no respect for the Texas Constitution and the legislative process set forth in it. It should trouble them even more that he was willing inject innocent Texas school girls with a drug that hadn't been fully tested, and has issues, all so his buddies at Merck could make a quick buck.
One correction to Tammy's monologue, it's not $120 per student, it's $360. It's a three shot regimen. That's retail, but even at wholesale prices a lot of money for Perry's cronies.
Something for voters to ponder. Between forcing people [mandating] a medical treatment, and all of the pay-for-play crony capitalism that surrounds the Texas governor's office, how exactly is Rick Perry much of an upgrade from Barack Obama?
Throw in the fact he's tripled Texas' debt since taking office and ... well ... you get the idea.