Monday, January 16, 2017

Rick Perry

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During a presidential debate in 2011, Rick Perry made an unforced error when he tried to explain three government agencies he would eliminate. While gesturing to Ron Paul, the Texas Governor stumbled saying, “It’s three agencies of government, when I get there that are gone, commerce, education, and the . . . umm . . . what’s the third one there, let’s see.”

The Perrynator later explained, “It was Energy!”

Yeah, that’s the ticket!

Showing that the Presidential Transition Team has a sense of humor, multiple sources are telling the media that Rick Perry has been picked to head the Department of Energy.

While Perry may be a good pick for the DOE’s responsibility in regulating domestic energy production – specifically the regulation-loving Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), voters may not be comfortable handing Perry the keys to the nation’s nuclear weapons program.

The Department of Energy does what it implies, regulating energy, but is also responsible for nuclear weapons, nuclear reactors, energy conservation, radioactive waste and for some reason, the largest body of research in genomics.

Perry an Eagle Scout who graduated Texas A&M with a bachelors in Animal Science, went on to become a C-130 pilot in the Air Force.

After finishing his service in 1977, he went home to Texas to farm cotton with his father.

When the future governor entered politics in 1984, he was elected to the Texas statehouse . . . as a democrat, voting for a $5.7 BILLION tax increase.

By 1989, Perry switched parties and starting hanging out with Karl “turdblossom” Rove who went on to be his campaign manager.

As governor, despite signing Grover Norquist’s pledge to oppose tax increases, Perry proposed and approved several tax increases and debt measures.

Within a 10-year span under Perry’s leadership, Texas’ debt ballooned from $13 billion to $38 billion . . . yes, he nearly tripled the state’s debt.

So while Kellyanne Conway and the rest of Trump’s transition team may find it amusing to tap Perry for this top position, taxpayers may have to pay the price for a bad joke.

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Shocking news from the Republican presidential race: Scott Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin, is dropping out.

Walker, who gained fame taking on the public sector unions in Wisconsin and surviving a union-backed recall, had high hopes of reforming the federal government as he did Wisconsin.

And just a few months ago, Walker was considered to be a top tier contender–possibly as a more conservative, less establishment foil to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Walker himself led the entire field in the polls as recently as April, and was in second place (after Donald Trump) just last month. He had also led, until very recently, in the critical first voting state of Iowa.

But, following two lackluster debate performance, Walker’s campaign has been in a freefall.

In the latest CNN poll, taken since Wednesday’s second Republican presidential debate, Walker had 0% of the vote–meaning that his support had all but dried up.

0% put the former frontrunner in the same category of has-been presidential candidates like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who have not gained enough traction to get out of the undercard debates.

Walker is the second high-profile Republican to drop out of the race, following former Texas Gov. Rick Perry who dropped out shortly before the second debate.

Perry, one of the longest-serving governors in American history, entered the 2012 race with great fanfare, only to lose it after a number of gaffes and high-profile stumbles. Entering the 2016 race, Perry was never able to recapture his lost momentum, and never peaked above the low single digits in the polls.

Walker has not yet endorsed another candidate for President.

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