Rick Perry: A Nut-Case Beyond A GOPer’s Wildest Dreams

Rick Perry has joined the ranks of global warming deniers:

Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a conservative Republican, and as such he does not believe that climate change is caused by human activity. But Perry went one step further than most in the mainstream climate change denier community on the presidential campaign trail in New Hampshire Wednesday, stating flatly that scientists drum up phony climate change data to make a buck.

“A substantial number of scientists [have] manipulated data to keep the money rolling in,” New Hampshire Union Leader editorial page editor Drew Cline quoted Perry saying on the stump in a tweet. Before that, Cline quoted Perry saying, “I do believe the issue of global warming has been politicized.”

Well, he’s right about that: the issue of global warming has been politicized, by Rick Perry among others. Most sane people don’t need to politicize it; they only want to see action taken to alleviate its worst consequences. But I have to give Perry credit: he knows everything there is to know about “manipulat[ing] data to keep the money rolling in.”


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  • MandT  On Wednesday August 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    I’ve never considered before, how rocks ‘think’—-usually one considers what crawls out from under them. Rick Perry strikes me as mentally ill. If he were to mate with Bachmann the result in a brood of nematodes. That’s my story and I’m stick’n with it.

    • Steve  On Thursday August 18, 2011 at 10:14 am

      MandT, Rick Perry typifies a certain type of Texan… the type that has regrettably become the stereotype in much of the nation. Perry is (at least in public) religious, insanely politically conservative, and one hundred percent bought and paid for. You may be old enough to remember the sainted Ann Richards, who was our governor before GeeDubya; she was proof that Texans are not all like Bush and Perry. But she let the governorship get away from her, and then she went and died. Sigh.

      I’ll offer my ritual comment that nematodes do not deserve comparison with Rick Perry. Nematodes, like all products of evolution that survive, are well-suited to their environmental context. Perry, OTOH, wants to destroy our environment.

  • jams o donnell  On Wednesday August 17, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    I wouldn’t expect much more than algae from that union MandT!

    • Steve  On Thursday August 18, 2011 at 10:17 am

      jams, I fear their offspring would be more like kudzu… useless to humans but quickly taking over whatever pond they’re introduced into.

  • Bryan  On Wednesday August 17, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    Oh, yes, it’s always about money with the GOP.

    I would hate to tell him that when my Dad was establishing ROTC units at Syracuse and Colgate Universities after WWII, my parents were cautioned not to mention my Dad’s salary as a Master Sergeant in the Air Force, as he made significantly more than the faculty.

    Having been a faculty member, Perry might be surprised how many people teaching at universities don’t make enough to pay taxes. The full-professors, especially with endowed chairs, are middle class, but the lower levels are not exactly rolling in cash. If you want to make money at a university, coach football.

    MandT. I really didn’t need to have that image implanted in my brain. That was 👿

    • Steve  On Thursday August 18, 2011 at 10:21 am

      Bryan, Perry is wholly owned. There is no danger he will ever miss a meal or a car payment. He is useful to his owners even as politicians in his own party frequently behave toward him in ways appropriate to his incompetency. If Rick Perry becomes president, I shall try to find somewhere outside the U.S. to live.

      • Bryan  On Thursday August 18, 2011 at 10:48 am

        Steve, doesn’t Goodhair already believe that Texas is outside the US?

        I guess he considers the disasters funding to be foreign aid. 😉

        • Steve  On Thursday August 18, 2011 at 4:58 pm

          Bryan, I don’t know if he believes that, or merely wants that. Perry is a study in contradictions. He talks about secession while accusing an Obama appointee of treason. He talks about our state’s doing so well economically while whacking budgets that help cities and towns pay for cops, firefighters, libraries and schools. He talks about the Texas miracle while sticking his hand out for all the federal government money he can get his hands on.

          In short… Rick Perry is the very model of a Republican.

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