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Aug 13, 2011

Texas RLC warns of the real Perry.

Australians were treated some time ago to the chameleon like, “Real Julia.” Here the RLC warns of “The real Perry.”

While there has been breathless speculation and some cheering at the prospect of Texas Governor Rick Perry, entering the Presidential race, the Texas Republican Liberty Caucus, (RLC) begs to differ. The RLC is the small government wing of the Republican Party, made up of libertarians, constitutionalists, classical liberals, tolerant conservatives, and free market advocates who support their objectives.

In a statement today, Secretary Dave Nalle of the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas, stated, Texas Governor Rick Perry may be the flavor of the day for a lot of Republicans, but Texas Republicans who are familiar with his record are a lot less enthusiastic about his presidential run:
"Perry has a unique talent for finding new ways to raise taxes and loves to use taxpayer money to subsidize his business cronies.” "His supposed belief in limited government and states rights conveniently disappears whenever it conflicts with the demands of the special interests and corporate cronies who he serves."
Perry is outed as a big government, big spending, big taxing, attacker of the fundamental rights of Texas citizens. Nalle states:
“The file on Perry's abuses of power, insider deals with cronies and tax and spend policies is thick, but for a start here are what Texas RLC members voted as the top five Perry scandals which GOP primary voters need to know more about:”

1. Business Slush Funds: Perry made heavy use of business incentive "slush funds" which used taxpayer dollars to subsidize selected businesses, many of them run by his major campaign contributors. …

2. Toll Roads and Land Seizures Perry has never met a toll road project he wasn't willing to seize huge amounts of private land for and then give the exclusive management contracts to foreign corporations.

3. Forced Vaccinations: In 2007 Perry issued an executive order which would have forcibly vaccinated every girl in Texas entering the sixth grade with Merck's Gardasil vaccine for Human Papilloma Virus. This massive violation of the privacy rights of Texas teenagers and their parents would have come at a cost of $360 in taxpayer money per shot. It would have been a huge windfall for Merck, which had paid Perry's former Chief of Staff $250,000 to lobby the governor and legislature to promote the forced vaccination program. source

4. The Job-Killing Franchise Tax: Knowing that it would be impossible to pass an income tax against popular opposition in Texas, Perry promoted the idea of a special business tax called the "Franchise Tax" which taxes businesses at different arbitrary rates set by the government.

5. Scuttled the Ant-TSA Bill When Rep. David Simpson led the Texas legislature towards passage of an enormously popular bill (HB1938) to hold the TSA accountable for intrusive searches of airline passengers, Perry played a key role in making sure that the bill was not passed.
Republicans are warned not to be fooled by the hype, all of these items are linked to reliable sources in the full article which can be found here.

The Republican Liberty Caucus is a nationwide grassroots organization which promotes individual liberty and limited government within the Republican Party. You can find more information about the Republican Liberty Caucus of Texas here.


  1. Hey Jim,

    Yes, many points there to consider but here are even more in a rebuttal by somebody who has addressed all those and then some.

    Perry does have chinks in that armour, but we're not going to get Ayn Rand or Calvin Coolidge running next year. So we're going to have to settle for the old William F Buckley rule, nominate the most conservative candidate who can win.

  2. I take the point and have seen a couple of items going that way. Perry has a good chance of winning, but at this stage its a little like Bill Hayden said when told Hawke would ensure an election, "The drovers dog could win it."