RPT convention speech highlights: Perry speaks; White campaign responds
by Mark Lavergne
Sat, Jun 12, 2010, 02:29 PM
Here’s a quick look at Gov. Rick Perry’s remarks at the Republican Party of Texas Convention earlier today. His gubernatorial opponent, Democrat Bill White, issued a response shortly after the speech, which is included below.
Perry Texas cannot retreat from its traditional brand of leadership, like keeping government limited and taxes low, he said, despite the overreach of the federal government.
“Understand me clearly,” he said. “The federal government has a purpose.” But he criticized the government for taking aim at the state’s energy sector and forcing Texas to “purchase Washington‘s healthcare option,” saying Obamacare would do nothing more than drive doctors out of the practice of mediciane and reduce access across our state and nation.
If only Washington would “focus on its real responsibilities, like securing our borders,” Perry said. Standing ovation for that one.
He repeated his well-practiced fiscal principles of “not spending all the money,” low taxes, regulatory predictability, tort reform, etc.
He called for:
*legislation requiring a two-thirds vote of Texas legislators before they can raise taxes;
*a voter ID law requiring voters to verify that they “really are who they say they are” when they approach the voting booth;
*making permanent the tax cut for 40,000 small businesses in the state;
*freezing each college freshman’s tuition to the level in was when they first began; and
*penalties for employers who knowingly hire illegal immigrants, etc.
“If you think you can sit this one out, think again,” Perry said.
He plugged his “Perry Home Headquarters,” which recruits citizens to participate in the Perry campaign from their homes. He called participants in the Perry Home Headquarters initiative a “rapidly growing network of thought leaders.”
He called Senators John Cornyn and his recent primary opponeny Kay Bailey Hutchison “principled Republican leaders.”
And of course, he claimed, among other things, that White:
*“applied Washington style budgeting to the City of Houston, borrowing from tomorrow to pay for today”;
*joined an anti-gun group;
*supported legislation to limit voting rights for veterans;
*would, if elected, “accelerate Washington’s takeover of our state, etc.
White’s response From the White campaign’s press release:
There he goes again...the usual from career politician Rick Perry
HOUSTON -- The Bill White for Texas campaign released the following statement, attributable to spokesperson Katy Bacon, on Rick Perry's persistent hypocrisy:
"Here's what career politician Rick Perry didn't mention today: the $18 billion budget hole, nearly doubling state spending and doubling state debt."
"Even with an $18 billion budget hole, Perry refuses to stop draining taxpayers for a lavish rental mansion with a heated pool and one and a half chefs."
... written by Ken Dickson , June 13, 2010
Let's see. what kind of success did Bill White have in Houston? Just another tax & spend Dem with no plan other than an job-killing Obama campaign to destroy Texas economic success!
Mr. White would just be more government interferrance with no solutions other than more taxes & no growth with a Socialist agenda!
... written by Ed Darrell, Millard Fillmore's Bathtub , June 26, 2010
What kind of success did White have in Houstn? He turned the town around. Downtown Houston works better than almost all other Texas cities, better than most major cities in the U.S. It's clean, it's populated by people and viable businesses. The roads work. Schools cooperate with businesses to get better results in gradation rates and graduate achievements.
Lots more jobs, better living. You call that "government interference," but it makes a huge difference to the millions of people affected.
Houston works, without an $18 billion budget hole. It's not slouching towards bankruptcy as Texas is.
It's not socialism just because he smiles and people like him. Good government, democratic government, produces results. Bill White's leadership has done that.