My Governor Needs A Governor

Rick Perry is out of control again:

Coming off a dramatic and highly successful entry into the 2012 Republican nomination race, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) escalated his rhetoric against Washington and the Obama administration today by calling Fed Chair Ben Bernanke’s emergency economic policies “almost treasonous.”

Asked about the Federal Reserve, Perry told a questioner at a campaign stop in Iowa that if Bernanke “prints more money between now and the election I don’t know what you’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.”

Perry went on to suggest that a continuation of Bernanke’s policies — a so-called third round of quantitative easing — would be “almost treasonous.”

Remember, Perry was the guy who called for Texas to secede from the Union a couple of years ago. Someone who would do that, and later call anyone else “treasonous,” is out of control. Remember that gadget in the early days of rotating steam engines that was designed to keep them from running out of control? (See picture, upper right.) I do believe Texas’s Governor needs a governor…

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  • jams o donnell  On Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 10:28 am

    The man is a complete wanker

    • Steve  On Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 10:34 am

      jams, you are too kind to him. Rick Perry is George W. Bush without the brains.

  • NTodd Pritsky  On Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Are you suggesting Perry has a lot of thermodynamic potential vis Gibbs’ free energy equation?

    • Steve  On Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 12:43 pm

      NTodd, for Perry, it’s a matter of religion: it is better to receive than to Gibbs. And I think it’s Perry’s money to which one may apply the expression for G, because Perry has money to burn.

  • jams o donnell  On Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I thought stronger language would be inappropriate Steve…

    As for a governor wouldn’t a straitjacket be a better option?

    • Steve  On Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      jams, if Perry became president, the dire straits would be ours, not his. Meanwhile, he seems to let off steam pretty often; maybe a governor could help the Governor accomplish that.

      BTW, in my reply to you above, I should have said “Rick Perry is George W. Bush without the brains, charm and compassion.

  • MandT  On Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 5:10 pm

    It has been said that Perry is less intelligent and ethical than Dubya? What? OMG heaven help us! Dumb as a rock comes to mind.

    • Steve  On Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 7:00 pm

      MandT, this man is governor because some Texas businessmen have been willing… and since Citizens United, I’m sure some corporations as well… to pay any amount in campaign contributions to assure that he stays bought and remains Governor. Some people, only half in jest, call him Governor-for-Life. Maybe he’s not… maybe he’ll switch to President at some point. If that happens, I shall leave not just Texas but the United States. Some things are simply not to be tolerated.

  • MandT  On Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    There are some terrific people in Texas and some great towns like Austin. When are conscious Texans going to stand up and put this ass clown down. He is a worse embarrassment for Texas than ole ‘Junior.’

    • Steve  On Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm

      Dammit, MandT, it’s not easy. Indeed, it’s not merely difficult. It’s impossible.

      I was politically active for about 15 years in various Democratic org’s and a few campaigns, until criminal Rep. Tom DeLay (eventually he went to prison for campaign funding improprieties) re-redistricted Texas in mid-Census cycle. The result was a highly Republican-gerrymandered state.

      The federal court that ruled on the legality of the redistricting remarked that it was deplorably unjust, but they could not find anything in it in violation of federal election law, so it stood.

      Now, the only places where Democrats do reasonably well are certain cities. Houston is one of them; it’s pretty well evenly divided between the parties.

      But damn it to hell, it’s not as if a committed group of citizens can change ANYTHING here. I have all but given up trying. When the GOP can buy a huge fraction of available TV and radio ad time every election, when individual GOPers send out dirty-trick false announcements about election dates or early voting dates, when GOPers send out “poll watchers” to harass likely Democratic voters, etc. etc. ad nauseam, there’s really no prospect of our ever reclaiming Texas. Thank you for your concern, but don’t sit up counting votes for us the way you probably did for Wisconsin.

  • MandT  On Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 8:36 pm

    Ps. We’ve been looking at leaving options too, but it is looking pretty grim. Globalization has made most western economies too expensive and we can’t transfer Medicare. We are stuck I’m afraid.

    • Steve  On Tuesday August 16, 2011 at 9:58 pm

      MandT, we, too, are stuck. Life is difficult enough with available funds, but beyond that, Stella has a devastating and non-negotiable fondness for extreme air conditioning, with the extreme bills associated with that.

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