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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Gov. Rick Perry Says Texas May Invoke State's Rights; Reject ObamaCare if Passed by Congress - Audio 7/23/09

Here is audio of Texas Gov. Rick Perry saying Thursday on the Mark Davis Show that if Obama's Government Health Care Plan passes Congress, there is "absolutely" a real possibility that Texas could refuse to participate under 10th Amendment State's Rights.

Gov. Rick Perry, raising the specter of a showdown with the Obama administration, suggested Thursday that he would consider invoking states’ rights protections under the 10th Amendment to resist the president’s healthcare plan, which he said would be "disastrous" for Texas.

Interviewed by conservative talk show host Mark Davis of Dallas’ WBAP/820 AM, Perry said his first hope is that Congress will defeat the plan, which both Perry and Davis described as "Obama Care." But should it pass, Perry predicted that Texas and a "number" of states might resist the federal health mandate.

"I think you’ll hear states and governors standing up and saying 'no’ to this type of encroachment on the states with their healthcare," Perry said. "So my hope is that we never have to have that stand-up. But I’m certainly willing and ready for the fight if this administration continues to try to force their very expansive government philosophy down our collective throats." . . . . MORE


Fr. Vince July 25, 2009 at 12:45 PM  

Once a governor has the testosterone to refuse to participate in Obamacare, I hope some governor recognizes that the GOVERNORS have the right to declare that a Supreme Court decision can be unconstitutional. For over 35 years, the governors have been failing to recognize their duty and right to declare Roe v. Wade unconstitutional, and therefore null.

Since Wade was Attorney General of Texas, perhaps it might dawn on Rick Perry that HE has the right to declare Roe v. Wade null.

Jennifer,  July 25, 2009 at 3:06 PM  

YESSSSSSS! Time to start planning my move to Texas!

James R. Perry IV of Ada, Kansas,  July 25, 2009 at 5:17 PM  

Rick and I have the same name. He is easily America's best governor. They should call him America's governor the way they called Rudy America's Mayor. Rick Perry for Mayor, governor, and president!

Diogenes July 25, 2009 at 7:36 PM  

Nuh uh. Nope. No way, no how. Been there, done that with another dopey Texas governor. Ain't gonna make that mistake a second time.

And, if possibe (and I never thought I'd say it) this dope Perry is an even bigger dope than Crawford's village idiot.

Anonymous,  July 25, 2009 at 8:00 PM  

George Bush did a lot of things wrong. But anyone who attributes those to stupidity is just not a serious person. His convictions and opinions may be wrong on many points. But it is just plain lazy and jejune to call him "dumb."

Diogenes July 25, 2009 at 8:16 PM  

OK, "dumb" may be too succinct, but for the record, I called him a "dope" and an "idiot".

If you wish to quibble, how about "totally lacking intellectual curiosity"? Or "intellectually lazy"? Or even "superficial" and "easily distracted"?

W was an alcohol- and/or drug-addicted party boy who slithered through Yale on daddy's coattails. He did absolutely nothing of substance until he got himself elected governor of Texas, then had his party regulars steal the presidency for him in 2000. And, once he became President, he turned the keys to the castle over to VP Darth Cheney, and went golfing.

But if "dumb" offends you, then we won't call him dumb.

Anonymous,  July 25, 2009 at 9:02 PM  

I won't quibble over "dumb."

Your potted biography is just as lazy and jejune.

He got decent grades in college and an M.B.A from Harvard. No record of help on that from daddy.

Too many trustworthy people have testified that he knew what was going on, e.g., that he knew just what was on every page of massive briefing books on every department. And that the Texas accent, while not exactly phony (he DID grow up there), gave way to a more neutral Eastern accent when he was really doing business and didn't want to waste any time.

I'm not a big fan of the Bushes, or Nixon, or even Eisenhower. My kind of President is Coolidge, or Harding, or Taft. Harding knew how to make a Depression last ten months--do nothing. So did Coolidge. If he had run in 1928, he would have died in office, but the Depression would have been over by 1931. Hoover couldn't keep his hands off, and FDR simply continued Hoover's mistakes, only sextupled.

There have actually been only several actually stupid men elected President. Lots of evil men, and philosophically misguided, etc. Calling the ones I or you disagree with "idiot" or "stupid" is just lazy.

Diogenes July 25, 2009 at 9:58 PM  

Yeah, I always admire a President that does nothing. Cooolidge worked about four hours a day, and always took a lengthy afternoon nap. And he saw the crash a'coming, so he got out of Dodge and let Hoover take the fall.

You are the first person I've ever heard that says Bush knew what was in those massive briefing books. I'd really like to see some references to those "trustworthy people" you cite, because what I've read, there's universal agreement that Bush didn't know details, didn't want to know details, and that it was difficult as hell to keep his attention in briefings. With one notabe exception: he loved to hear all the details about the "kill" statistics in Iraq. You know, playing solitaire with that little deck of cards with the funny Iraqi photos on them, making great big red Xs across their faces when they got killed. Now THAT interested Georgie!

He wasn't stupid; he just didn't really care all that much about stuff, once he got to be President. The big desk, the Oval Office, the Marine chopper,Camp David.... now THAT was the cool stuff!

Anonymous,  July 26, 2009 at 12:07 AM  

Coolidge worked a good ten-hour day, and did not take a nap every afternoon. Read somebody besides Arthur Schlesinger, Jr. In fact, read Coolidge and the Historians, by Dr. Thomas Silver. It's his dissertation, extremely readable. Shows that the four most-read historians were, quite simply, venal hack partisan liars.

I said "nothing" in the specialized sense of not attempting to intervene and do the impossible: namely, prevent a recession from happening.

As in, "having the courage to do nothing." I.e., NOT be a howling Messiah who must put his fingers into absolutely everything.

Linda Chavez is one person who described Bush, interviewing her, as being quite less laid-back than he appeared in public.

As for "all you've read": It sounds as if your reading has been restricted to victims of, to coin a phrase, Bush Derangement Syndrome.

I was disappointed that you didn't bring up the Cheneys' favorite dinner--little children kidnapped off the streets of Anacostia.

Diogenes July 26, 2009 at 1:10 AM  

Your Dr. Silver (a conservative who worshipped Coolidge) is pretty much alone in his assessment of Coolidge's work habits:

"The President's typical day followed a set routine: breakfasting early, working until noon, having lunch followed by a walk and a two or three hour nap, some more business, evening social affairs, a little reading before bed, and then to sleep for at least seven or eight hours."


(That's just one of any number of accounts of Coolidge's fondness for extended afternoon naps.)

But you, obviously, are in a position to evaluate Who's Who Among Historians. I'd be a ittle reluctant to arbitrarily refer to the top four historians as being venal hacks, but hey, what do I know? I don't care for Bush's mental acumen, and I rarely use words like "jejeune". (You forgot to do so this time, though.)

As for Linda Chavez finding Bush "less laid back" than he appeared in public, I would note that she was one of his Cabinet members, so her impartiality is just a tad questionable. And I would also note that being "less laid back" isn't really saying that Bush knew and understood those big thick briefing books, as you claimed. Chavez might also have been in a unique position when it came to Bush, because her issue was one of the few in which Bush actually was engaged. (Not that he actually DID much about immigration, mind you, but that was one of his few pet subjects.)

Now, why don't you cite some other totally impartial sources, like Rushbo, Sean, Bill-o, or Glenn? In fairness, though, if you look upon Coolidge as being one of our greatest Presidents, it's no wonder that you are so willing to attribute a high IQ and an inquiring mind to Dubya.

Jennifer,  July 26, 2009 at 5:47 PM  

Personally, I think both of you guys are pompous overblown airbags. Who gives a Bleep what either of you think of Bush. No one knows the truth and fact is...he did a FAR better job than the current nutjob is doing. That's good enough for me. Let's worry more about the current trainwreck and less about past ones that we can't fix or change (but can hopefully learn from).

Diogenes July 26, 2009 at 8:12 PM  

We wouldn't have half the problems we have, if it were not for Bushie and the Big Dick.

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