Posts tagged i can haz prezidant?
Posts tagged i can haz prezidant?
Last November, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) published Fed Up, a 240-page ode to tentherism, which argues that everything from child labor laws to the Clean Air Act to Medicare violates the Constitution. As it turns out, however, claiming that America’s entire social safety net is unconstitutional isn’t a very popular position — so Perry’s now trying to take it all back just one week into his presidential campaign.
Here’s 10 reasons conservatives are concerned about Perry besides his book.
On a side note - Here’s a culmination of what I’ve learned about Perry on several liberal blogs:
Um, can we focus on why he should scare the utter shit out of us instead of giggling at his corndog technique?
I guess if corporations are people, that means they need civil rights. So if two corporations merge, is that now marriage? So what if two corporations of the same gender want to enter into a loving, same-sex merger marriage? Do they even have genders? So is the merger of many corporations polygamy?
I’M SO CONFUSED!
I know, vanity post. But glad to know The New York Times' political staff agrees.
I still can’t name a winner of tonight’s debate, but I stand by my original statement: The American people were definitely the biggest losers of tonight’s debate. Possibly followed by Tim Pawlenty and Rick “Frothy” Santorum.
And I’m almost sure Tim Pawlenty and Michele Bachmann brawled in the parking lot afterwards. I would have enjoyed that more.
The question isn’t whether Texas has created jobs, it clearly has. The question is: How, and at what cost?
Perry said in a recent interview on Fox that it’s a simple formula: Few government regulations, severe limitations on the right to sue and low taxation. Again, Perry’s right. Do those things and businesses will come to the state and create jobs. What he didn’t mention was what, other job creation, happens when you give business everything it wants.
Of course tax breaks for multi-billion dollar corporations incentivize businesses to expand. They also cost the state money that it needs for schools. Given a choice, Rick Perry’s Texas went with tax breaks. Now the state’s laying off as many as 100,000 teachers. That’s not likely to help Texas improve its current high school graduation rank of 36th in the nation.
If chemical companies didn’t have to comply with both state and federal regulations, they could hire thousands of people. So Perry’s administration not only refuses to regulate them in any meaningful way, but attacks the federal government when it does. Texas now has a thriving chemical industry and the largest levels of airborne carcinogens in the nation.
Corporate responsibility and compliance with law are inconvenient. Making a mistake and getting sued for it is expensive. So Perry, his appointees and allies have enacted tort “reform” so draconian that now, businesses are free to do whatever they want to their employees and consumers literally without consequence. New laws and radical right-wing judges (many of them appointed by Perry) have not “limited” lawsuits, but effectively prevented entire classes of people from seeking justice of any kind.
Today, even if a jury awards you damages against a corporation, there’s about an 87% chance that the all-Republican Texas Supreme Court (five of whose nine justices were appointed by Perry) will take it away from you, regardless of what the law says.
If you don’t want to read the whole thing, here’s the short answer: EVIL.
But you really should read the whole thing. Particularly because he’s supposed to be all like I CAN HAZ PREZADINT this weekend.
Peter Singleton, Sarah Palin’s right-hand man in Iowa, predicting she’ll run and dashing it with grandiosity.
George Washington and Winston Churchill? Really?!
This is a goddamn work of art.