In short: any “conservative” citing a NYT article that blasts a capitalist and in a factually dishonest way sounds more like a liberal (and Rush has the audio of Obama proving the point) can forget my support.
Lefties in the 1990’s: Bill Clinton SO deserves credit for the US economy! Lefties today: Rick Perry deserves NO credit for the TX economy!
There’s a logical fallacy known as post hoc ergo propter hoc, which means “after this, therefore because of this”. Basically, it means that it’s illogical to assume that simply because event B happens after event A, then that must mean that event B was caused by event A. Example: In 1912, the Titanic sank. In 1914, World War I broke out. Therefore, the sinking of the Titanic caused the outbreak of WW I. Absurd, right?
Well, in 1994, Republicans took control of both chambers of Congress, when Bill Clinton was as popular as a prostate exam by Dr. Edward Scissorhands. Bubba had passed, with the newly deposed Democrats controlling both chambers at the time, a massive tax increase, which caused the economy to stumble in 1993 and 1994. When the Republicans took over, they dragged Bubba away from his mistresses long enough to sign a bill that included, among other business-friendly features, a reduction in the capital gains tax. After that, the economy began to take off. So all he did was sign a bill that he didn’t want and didn’t like, constructed by those evil pro-business Republicans. That’s it. Nothing else.
So what did the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) do? “Well, Clinton got elected in 1992 and the economy took off in late 1995 and early 1996. Therefore, the economy improved because of Bill Clinton.” Interestingly, when Reagan signed tax CUTS into law in the 1980’s and the economy began to boom, the MSM paid as much attention to that inconvenient truth as Barney Frank pays to a 42DD bikini-clad blond. But I digress.
The left loved giving Bubba credit that he was not due. They could not point to a single policy position that BJ championed into law. All we were told was “the economy is great, and it’s Clinton’s doing!” No explanations were necessary. He got elected and re-elected, the economy hummed, and…well, just connect the dots, you rubes! Post hoc ergo propter hoc.
What a difference a decade (and a party affiliation later) makes, huh?
The new lefty talking point is that while the national economy sucks under ObaMao, which by the way is NOT his fault, the Texas economy is roaring along, which by the way is NOT Rick Perry’s credit to take. Apparently, the same economy that B.O. inherits and blames his ills on is NOT the same economy that Perry inherited in TX. Funny, that. So now, the left is trying to say “Well, the only reason that TX is doing better than everywhere else is because (insert excuse du jour here)!” The current talking point: TX is an oil-rich state, so that and that alone is why TX is doing well.
Slate is riding that pony for all it is worth. The trouble is that this pony is worth nothing. James Taylor at Forbes (he’s seen fire and he’s seen rain 😆 ) does a masterful job demolishing that pathetic argument, noting that Perry has had the wisdom to implement energy-friendly policies and the courage to fight the envirokooks (especially those at the federal level) who have tried and continue to try to shut down Texas’ oil industry. (Sidebar: Taylor rightly notes that it’s funny how NOW, after 2.5 years of fighting oil production under Chairman Zero, the left FINALLY acknowledges that oil production is vital to improving the economy. I don’t think that’s the argument they wanted to make, but make it they did! 😆 )
Additionally, Perry has championed business-friendly policies for a decade now, and not coincidentally, Texas is now #1 in the nation in business-friendly states (my current state of FL is #2). Reduced regulations on businesses, no crippling anti-capitalist policies, etc., have enticed many a businesses to leave less friendly states (goodbye, Cali!) and move to Texas. Those businesses have taken their tax base with them, so nice work, blue states!
Anywho, my point: the left is a bunch of mindless hypocrites who, as usual, feel before they think (apologies if the implication is that at some point they actually DO think). BJC got credit for a good economy, though the left has no idea what, if anything, he did. But these same people crediting BJ would have you believe that Rick Perry is merely a lucky recipient of a good economy, an economy that has excelled while the rest of the nation has floundered. But while BJ can’t point to anything he did to improve the economy, Rick Perry can. And my hunch is that over the next 14 months or so, Perry will have no problem telling you what he did.
And no, I’m not saying I think B.O. is a Muslim. I think it’s pretty clear that Barry O worships a deity that he holds to be much higher than God, Allah, or any other deity…and that deity is Barack Hussein Obama.
But here’s what I mean: while the NYT is giving a virtual full cavity search to all GOP candidates about their religious backgrounds, such a vetting of then-candidate Obama’s faith just didn’t happen. Oh, sure, they did the obligatory “Obama went to Rev. Wright’s church” bit, but that was it. But here’s what the head honcho at the Old Gray Hag is saying these days:
This year’s Republican primary season offers us an important opportunity to confront our scruples about the privacy of faith in public life — and to get over them. We have an unusually large number of candidates, including putative front-runners, who belong to churches that are mysterious or suspect to many Americans. Mitt Romney and Jon Huntsman are Mormons, a faith that many conservative Christians have been taught is a “cult” and that many others think is just weird. (Huntsman says he is not “overly religious.”) Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum are all affiliated with fervid subsets of evangelical Christianity, which has raised concerns about their respect for the separation of church and state, not to mention the separation of fact and fiction.
Notice that Keller thinks that it is WE Christians who must “get over” our “scruples about the privacy of faith in public life”? Let that sink in. We need to “get over” our scruples? I guess when you’re a liberal and have no scruples (pardon the redundancy), then you think it’s automatic that everyone else is without scruples, too.
Also notice that Keller lets the mask slip: “not to mention the separation of fact and fiction”. Because to liberals like Keller, belief in God is belief in fiction. Funny, because while Keller finds Santorum’s Catholic background to be a “fervid subset of evangelical Christianity”, Keller himself is an alleged Roman Catholic himself! If I didn’t know any better, I’d say that Keller was a bit sloppy on his research here. Yeah, I know, how crazy of me to think the MSM is lazy in doing its job!
Well, at least the NYT is consistent with its contempt for all faiths. Hmm? What’s that? Oh, that’s right…
Among a dreary Republican field, Herman Cain stands out for using religious bigotry to gain political traction for his presidential ambitions.
Mr. Cain, a former pizza executive, started a few months ago by telling a reporter that he would not be comfortable with a Muslim in his cabinet. During a televised debate last month, he said his discomfort was due to the intention of some Muslims “to kill us.”
To recap: Muslims are not crazy and are beyond questioning, but Christians are crazy and need to be thoroughly
scourged questioned. Got it. Thanks for the clarification.
See, when you have conservative candidates that are seemingly genuine in practicing their Christian faith and don’t modify it to fit with politically correct orthodoxy, the NYT and the rest of their MSM ilk find such candidates to be disturbing. But when you have a leftist who supposedly comes from the same religion as these conservatives, yet said leftist bastardizes and mutates that religion to be more politically correct, then the left and the MSM (pardon the redundancy) are absolutely cool with it. It doesn’t matter that the God constructed by Obama and Keller doesn’t exist…just so long as they don’t have to look at people like me who worships the God that does exist. Keller is cool with B.O. worshiping a false God, but he loathes Normal Americans who worship the true God.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Perry gives some red meat to the base, along with some fava beans and a nice Chianti…slurp-slurp-slurp!
I may have embellished the last part of the post title a tad…but not much. From the Boston Herald:
“The rhetoric will probably get heated. I’m going to be outspoken, I’m going to be passionate, I’m going to be calling it like I see it,” Perry told the Herald in a one-on-one interview, as he shrugged off Obama’s recent scolding that he should be “more careful” about what he says.
“And if I hurt the president’s feelings, well, with all due respect, I love my country and I love future generations more than I care about his feelings,” the 61-year-old governor added.
Perry, who embraced the Tea Party even before GOP presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann, also brushed off Democratic attempts to paint him as a marginal candidate.
“It’s the height of hypocrisy for this president to call anyone a marginal performer. If anyone is a marginal performer, it’s him. He has downgraded the good name and credit of this country,” Perry said. “Talk about someone who has marginalized America.”
Perry on why TX has been a hotbed of job creation:
“When you have Facebook and eBay and Caterpillar and Toyota all moving to Texas, they didn’t move there because we have good barbecue and warm weather in December,” Perry said. “They came because they knew they wouldn’t be overregulated.”
I’m liking me some Perry right now.
I’ve been reading on the blogosphere various predictions that the MSM would begin attacking Rick Perry by trying to show him as less acceptable than their previous target of obsessive hate, George W. Bush. Well, the predictions are beginning to come true.
Enter CNN. The video clip at the link is for a piece they call “Rick Perry is George W. Bush on steroids”. Seriously, that’s what they call it. Their “contributor”, Will Cain, does his best to lay out the case against a man who has been in the race less than two weeks. Ed has a different take than Cain, unsurprisingly:
Besides, if we’re talking about the Left’s idea of Bush on steroids — a unilateralist cowboy who starts wars, as is mentioned in this clip — doesn’t Barack Obama qualify better than Perry after refusing to get Congressional approval for American military action?
CNN, though, needs to pace themselves. They added another “Perry makes us miss Bush” piece, this one courtesy of an anti-Bush columnist.
Let that sink in for a second. The MSM has a strange new respect for a man they spent over eight years demonizing! It’s like that “Bush is evil! OK, scratch that, Bush may have sucked and wanted women, children, and Iraqi goat herders to be be waterboarded, but at least he was more reasonable and temperate than Rick Perry!”
If this is the line of the attack that the MSM is going to run with, then I have officially found my candidate for 2012. Rick Perry is driving the MSM so crazy that they are beclowning themselves by pining away for the good ol’ days of Chimpy McHitlerburton. If the MSM sees Perry as that much of a threat, then he has my backing for sure.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
Bachmann wins Iowa straw poll. Big deal? I don’t know.
Ron Paul finishes second in IA. The Paulestinians will likely crow about this.
Rick Perry formally announces his entry into the 2012 field.
Pawlenty drops out. He could be a good pick for VP for Perry or Romney, though I doubt the latter would pick him after his “Obamneycare” quip. Rumor has it that the MN GOP is recruiting him to run for the Senate next year against unaccomplished freshman Amy Klobuchar.
You’d like to think that at 39% approval, B.O. loses to any of these people, despite Debbie Whatshername Schmuck’s absurd assertions to the contrary that he’s in “remarkably good shape“. Only time will tell.
Why Oprompter doesn’t want to face Rick Perry in the 2012 general election:
A full two and a half years after taking office, Team Obama still blames Bush—for everything except the fall of Adam. Well, there is one other elected chief executive who inherited a Bush economy: Rick Perry, as governor of Texas. And yet I have never once heard Perry whining that the state would be doing so much better if it hadn’t been for the policies of his predecessor.
To use a football analogy—I mean, we’re talking about Texas—it’s not who hands you the football and it’s not where the ball is handed to you, it’s what you do with the ball after you have it.
Rick Perry took the ball from Bush and scored an economic touchdown for Texas. Obama took the ball from Bush and fumbled it—repeatedly—giving the other team a chance to score a touchdown.
How well does blaming Bush work when his successor in TX didn’t seem to have a problem with the transition?
Check this out:
Few Republicans will say it publicly, but many party elites believe Perry would have difficulty moving beyond the sort of sharply-delivered platitudes he’s honed before Texas’s conservative electorate.
Even in the Lone Star State, many GOP insiders don’t think their governor has the chops to take his game to the national stage.
For many Republicans, it’s also not clear whether the party and the country is ready for a Texas governor whose macho manner is almost a steroid-enhanced version of the previous one they elected president.
John Ryder, a longtime Tennessee GOP committeeman who attended Perry’s speech Saturday, said some in the party would like another candidate in the George W. Bush model.
But others would ask: “Do we want to do that again?” Ryder said. “That would be Perry’s challenge.”
The betting in Republican circles is moving toward a Perry run, but skeptics aren’t convinced he wants to do the unglamorous work involved in campaigning for president. In their view, he’s always enjoyed national attention and Washington invitations so an extended flirtation with a White House bid would seem to be a logical extension of this penchant for the spotlight.
What most Republicans agree on is that Perry — by dint of his fundraising capacity, establishment connections, Tea Party appeal, and charisma — would at the very least scramble the still-unsettled GOP field and pose an immediate threat to those candidates vying to become the conservative alternative to Romney.
If the party establishment is skeptical of a Perry run, then I’m reflexively on board with him. I mean, the party bigwigs backed Charlie Crist last year for FL Senator, only to see him bolt the party and run as an independent. The insiders also backed Arlen Specter last year in the PA GOP primary over true conservative Pat Toomey, only to see Specter bolt the party. So in my eyes, the party elite is about as useful as a football bat…or the UN (same diff, really).
This is a fluid situation, but it looks like Newt’s campaign team is abandoning ship by the droves. Apparently, taking the Missus on a trip to the Greek Isles while everyone back in the states is busting their hump trying to rehabilitate your image goes over about as well as a fart in church.
Newt’s main adviser, David Carney, is best buds with TX governor Rick Perry, who was said to have waved off any ideas of running in 2012 because Carney was previously engaged in a campaign. Not any more, Governor! 😆
Sources are now saying that Perry is taking a seriously hard look at 2012. Folks, I could be WAY off (and Lord knows it wouldn’t be the first time), but this may be the break the GOP needs to knock ObaMao out of OUR house next year!
He hasn’t jumped in, yet. His name’s being tossed around quite a bit, though.
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