ANOTHER BUSHASTER: RICK PERRY ANSWERS CRITICS

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    Aug 16, 2011 9:10 PM GMT
    DES MOINES , Iowa — Gov. Rick Perry said Monday that his 2007 order that Texas schoolgirls be vaccinated against a sexually transmitted virus, a frequent target of criticism by some social conservatives, was a mistake.

    Appearing on a conservative radio talk show while touring the Iowa State Fair, Perry said he changed his mind on the issue after the Legislature overturned Perry’s order.

    “I’m one of the first to say that we didn’t approach this issue right at all. Shouldn’t have done it through an executive order,” Perry said. But he defended his motive of preventing cervical cancer.

    “I readily stand up and say I made a mistake,” he said. “I don’t always get it right, but I darn sure listen.”

    The 2007 order prompted a backlash among many parents, including parts of Perry’s political base, and additional criticism when it was revealed that the vaccine’s manufacturer, Merck and Co., employed a former top Perry aide, Mike Toomey, as a lobbyist.

    Perry issued an executive order in February of that year that sixth-grade girls receive the vaccine, Gardasil. Parents would have been able to opt out, but critics suggested if there was to be any government encouragement for the shot, it should have been an opt-in program. Lawmakers voted overwhelmingly a few months later to overturn Perry’s order.

    Until now, Perry has steadfastly defended the decision. Perry’s 20-minute appearance on WHO-AM proved to be a tough venue. A caller also raised his push to create the Trans Texas Corridor and contract with a Spanish company to build it.

    The governor insisted that he championed a ban on putting tolls on any road that taxpayers had already paid for. “What we were talking about was widening between San Antonio and Dallas or adding a new route” to relieve congestion, he said.

    A third caller asked Perry to explain his support for Democrat Al Gore, whose presidential bid he served as state co-chairman in 1988, when Perry was still a Democrat.

    “I never met a Republican till I was 25,” Perry said, and at the time, Gore was the most conservative Democrat on the ballot.

    Perry said he ended up voting for the elder George Bush for president that year and switching parties shortly after that. “The Democrat Party left had left me,” he said.
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    Aug 16, 2011 10:25 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 saidAs a person who lives in Texas, clearly the Catfish knows that Perry has been awful for him and his state. icon_rolleyes.gif


    Absolutely. I know the Texas TALL TALE that Rick Perry is touting first hand.

    Rick Perry is on the presidential campaign trail touting his record of giving a leg up to corporate special interests as some kind of "Texas miracle" that has created jobs.

    In Texas, of course, we know this so-called "miracle" is a tall tale. For most middle-class folks, it feels like we're working harder and harder under Gov. Perry, but falling further behind. We have the highest percentage of hourly workers earning minimum wage or less -- and our median household income has fallen to 47th in the nation.

    So while the media continues its honeymoon with Rick Perry, those of us who have actually experienced his failed policies firsthand have a personal responsibility to make sure the rest of the country knows the truth about his record.

    We've seen this movie before. A Republican governor from Texas decides to run for president on a record of "results."

    If we don't stop him, we'll see an ending that's all too familiar: corporations make huge profits while good jobs get shipped overseas, and middle-class families are left hoping for a miracle that never comes.

    It's up to us to introduce folks around the country to the Rick Perry we know in Texas: the man who supports the Tea Party plan to end Medicare as we know it, who would cut K-12 education spending and important investments in research and jobs, and who's so far out of the mainstream on climate change that he actually believes the globe is cooling.
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    Aug 16, 2011 11:16 PM GMT
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    catfish5 saidIn Texas, of course, we know this so-called "miracle" is a tall tale. For most middle-class folks, it feels like we're working harder and harder under Gov. Perry,


    Key word: working

    Texas has done very well creating jobs. Many citizens in the other states aren't "working" at all.


    catfish5 said
    We've seen this movie before. A Republican governor from Texas decides to run for president on a record of "results."


    Sure. Perry is the same as Bush. Once again, it's all Bush's fault.





    Texas has done well creating jobs???? Texas has more people earning the federal minimum wage or less than any other state and is tied with Mississippi for the highest percentage of minimum-wage workers. icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Aug 16, 2011 11:21 PM GMT
    southbeach1500 said
    catfish5 said
    southbeach1500 said
    catfish5 saidIn Texas, of course, we know this so-called "miracle" is a tall tale. For most middle-class folks, it feels like we're working harder and harder under Gov. Perry,


    Key word: working

    Texas has done very well creating jobs. Many citizens in the other states aren't "working" at all.


    catfish5 said
    We've seen this movie before. A Republican governor from Texas decides to run for president on a record of "results."


    Sure. Perry is the same as Bush. Once again, it's all Bush's fault.





    Texas has done well creating jobs???? Texas has more people earning the federal minimum wage or less than any other state and is tied with Mississippi for the highest percentage of minimum-wage workers. icon_rolleyes.gif



    What's the unemployment rate in TX? Probably lower than the national average if I had to guess.


    Texas leads the nation in minimum-wage jobs, and many positions don't offer health benefits. Also, steep budget cuts are expected to result in the loss of more than 100,000 jobs. The state's rapidly expanding population has been both a blessing and a curse. While it has spurred the creation of jobs to service the new residents, it has also kept the state's unemployment rate higher than one would expect for a place that's adding so many positions. Texas' unemployment rate is 8.2% -- lower than the nation's, but higher than 25 other states.
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    Aug 16, 2011 11:40 PM GMT
    catfish5 said

    We've seen this movie before. A Republican governor from Texas decides to run for president on a record of "results."



    And yet you Texans just keep going back to that movie over and over and re-electing him. Hmmmm...interesting. icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 16, 2011 11:55 PM GMT
    CuriousJockAZ said
    catfish5 said

    We've seen this movie before. A Republican governor from Texas decides to run for president on a record of "results."



    And yet you Texans just keep going back to that movie over and over and re-electing him. Hmmmm...interesting. icon_wink.gif


    It is very interesting... Remember, this is Texas politics. Texas politics is unique. Like I've said before, Texans vote for the party, not the person. What is even more interesting is that the a majority of Texas conservatives would not vote for Perry as President.
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    Aug 17, 2011 1:05 AM GMT
    Rick Perry = John Kerry

    Great haircuts

    Major flip-floppers

    LOTS of baggage in their closets

    Kerry = Liberal from Masscahusetts - the most liberal state in the U.S.

    Perry = Right-winger from Texas - the most right-wing state in the U.S.

    Rick Perry = John Kerry

    They even RHYME
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    Aug 17, 2011 1:09 AM GMT
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    "Funny how Deval Patrick isn’t running for President on the strength of the Massachusetts economic miracle."
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    Aug 17, 2011 2:49 AM GMT
    "Twenty-five states have lower unemployment than Texas" which is "tied with Mississippi for more minimum-wage jobs than anywhere in the United States."

    Rated true.

    http://www.politifact.com/texas/statements/2011/aug/16/lloyd-doggett/lloyd-doggett-says-texas-has-worse-unemployment-25/
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    Aug 17, 2011 3:44 AM GMT
    From 2007 to 2011 wages in TX rose by only 0.6%.
    Nationwide wages rose 5.0%
    In California - wages rose by 9.3%.

    Tx has the highest % of workers working for minimum wage in the entire country.

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    Aug 17, 2011 4:29 PM GMT
    Rick Perry's Ties With Merck Run Deep

    AUSTIN (AP) -- Gov. Rick Perry ordered Friday that schoolgirls in Texas must be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, making Texas the first state to require the shots.

    The girls will have to get Merck & Co.'s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, that are responsible for most cases of cervical cancer.

    Merck is bankrolling efforts to pass laws in state legislatures across the country mandating it Gardasil vaccine for girls as young as 11 or 12. It doubled its lobbying budget in Texas and has funneled money through Women in Government, an advocacy group made up of female state legislators around the country.

    Details of the order were not immediately available, but the governor's office confirmed to The Associated Press that he was signing the order and he would comment Friday afternoon.

    Perry has several ties to Merck and Women in Government. One of the drug company's three lobbyists in Texas is Mike Toomey, his former chief of staff. His current chief of staff's mother-in-law, Texas Republican state Rep. Dianne White Delisi, is a state director for Women in Government.

    Toomey was expected to be able to woo conservative legislators concerned about the requirement stepping on parent's rights and about signaling tacit approval of sexual activity to young girls. Delisi, as head of the House public health committee, which likely would have considered legislation filed by a Democratic member, also would have helped ease conservative opposition.

    Perry also received $6,000 from Merck's political action committee during his re-election campaign.

    It wasn't immediately clear how long the order would last and whether the legislation was still necessary. However it could have been difficult to muster support from lawmakers who champion abstinence education and parents' rights.

    Perry, a conservative Christian who opposes abortion rights and stem- cell research using embryonic cells, counts on the religious right for his political base.

    But he has said the cervical cancer vaccine is no different than the one that protects children against polio.

    "If there are diseases in our society that are going to cost us large amounts of money, it just makes good economic sense, not to mention the health and well being of these individuals to have those vaccines available," he said.

    Texas allows parents to opt out of inoculations by filing an affidavit stating that he or she objected to the vaccine for religious or philosophical reasons.

    Even with such provisions, however, conservative groups say mandates take away parents' rights to be the primary medical decision maker for their children.

    The federal government approved Gardasil in June, and a government advisory panel has recommended that all girls get the shots at 11 and 12, before they are likely to be sexually active.

    The New Jersey-based drug company could generate billions in sales if Gardasil _ at $360 for the three-shot regimen _ were made mandatory across the country. Most insurance companies now cover the vaccine, which has been shown to have no serious side effects.

    Merck spokeswoman Janet Skidmore would not say how much the company is spending on lobbyists or how much it has donated to Women in Government. Susan Crosby, the group's president, also declined to specify how much the drug company gave.

    A top official from Merck's vaccine division sits on Women in Government's business council, and many of the bills around the country have been introduced by members of Women in Government.
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    Aug 17, 2011 7:06 PM GMT
    rickrick91 saidFrom 2007 to 2011 wages in TX rose by only 0.6%.
    Nationwide wages rose 5.0%
    In California - wages rose by 9.3%.

    Tx has the highest % of workers working for minimum wage in the entire country.




    so much for the so-called "texas miracle".


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  • Bigolbear

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    Aug 17, 2011 8:57 PM GMT
    Where did I say it was this past Friday or that I claimed it was a current article? This was an article that came out back in 2007 when the issue was getting press. I posted it today because it has a relevance to the original post as to the percieved intention of his pushing for the legislation.

    southbeach1500 said"Gov. Rick Perry ordered Friday ..."

    This past Friday? Really?



    Bigolbear saidRick Perry's Ties With Merck Run Deep

    AUSTIN (AP) -- Gov. Rick Perry ordered Friday that schoolgirls in Texas must be vaccinated against the sexually transmitted virus that causes cervical cancer, making Texas the first state to require the shots.

    The girls will have to get Merck & Co.'s new vaccine against strains of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, that are responsible for most cases of cervical cancer.

    Merck is bankrolling efforts to pass laws in state legislatures across the country mandating it Gardasil vaccine for girls as young as 11 or 12. It doubled its lobbying budget in Texas and has funneled money through Women in Government, an advocacy group made up of female state legislators around the country.

    Details of the order were not immediately available, but the governor's office confirmed to The Associated Press that he was signing the order and he would comment Friday afternoon.

    Perry has several ties to Merck and Women in Government. One of the drug company's three lobbyists in Texas is Mike Toomey, his former chief of staff. His current chief of staff's mother-in-law, Texas Republican state Rep. Dianne White Delisi, is a state director for Women in Government.

    Toomey was expected to be able to woo conservative legislators concerned about the requirement stepping on parent's rights and about signaling tacit approval of sexual activity to young girls. Delisi, as head of the House public health committee, which likely would have considered legislation filed by a Democratic member, also would have helped ease conservative opposition.

    Perry also received $6,000 from Merck's political action committee during his re-election campaign.

    It wasn't immediately clear how long the order would last and whether the legislation was still necessary. However it could have been difficult to muster support from lawmakers who champion abstinence education and parents' rights.

    Perry, a conservative Christian who opposes abortion rights and stem- cell research using embryonic cells, counts on the religious right for his political base.

    But he has said the cervical cancer vaccine is no different than the one that protects children against polio.

    "If there are diseases in our society that are going to cost us large amounts of money, it just makes good economic sense, not to mention the health and well being of these individuals to have those vaccines available," he said.

    Texas allows parents to opt out of inoculations by filing an affidavit stating that he or she objected to the vaccine for religious or philosophical reasons.

    Even with such provisions, however, conservative groups say mandates take away parents' rights to be the primary medical decision maker for their children.

    The federal government approved Gardasil in June, and a government advisory panel has recommended that all girls get the shots at 11 and 12, before they are likely to be sexually active.

    The New Jersey-based drug company could generate billions in sales if Gardasil _ at $360 for the three-shot regimen _ were made mandatory across the country. Most insurance companies now cover the vaccine, which has been shown to have no serious side effects.

    Merck spokeswoman Janet Skidmore would not say how much the company is spending on lobbyists or how much it has donated to Women in Government. Susan Crosby, the group's president, also declined to specify how much the drug company gave.

    A top official from Merck's vaccine division sits on Women in Government's business council, and many of the bills around the country have been introduced by members of Women in Government.