As expected, as soon as Governor Rick Perry (R-TX) announced that he was running for President, the loyal lap-dogs of President Obama came out to try to “question” Mr Perry’s record. This story is from The New York Times, but was reprinted on msn.com; I’m using the msn.com link because the Times’ original is behind a subscription wall:
Texas job boom — leadership or luck?
By Clifford Krauss
HOUSTON — Texas is home to at least one-third of the jobs created nationwide since the recession ended. The state’s economy is growing about twice as fast as the national rate. Home prices have remained stable even as much of the country has seen sharp declines.
Is Texas lucky, or has the state benefited from exceptional leadership? As Gov. Rick Perry campaigned Monday in Iowa for the Republican presidential nomination — with the economy dominating the national political landscape — the answer to that question is central to his candidacy.
Even before he formally entered the race over the weekend, Mr. Perry and his allies set out to dictate an economic narrative on his terms. A radio spot last week in Iowa told voters that the governor “has a proven record of controlling spending and creating jobs” and suggested that he could replicate the success of Texas on a national scale. In a budget speech a few months ago, Mr. Perry, who declined through a spokesman to be interviewed for this article, boasted that Texas stood “in stark contrast to states that choose to burden their residents with higher taxes and onerous regulatory mandates.”
More at the link; the Times original can be found here.
Governor Perry isn’t perfect; no candidate is. And I don’t agree with Governor Perry on every issue; the only person I agree with on absolutely everything is myself, and even there I sometimes have my doubts.
But one thing is certain: he’s clearly superior to President Obama!
Will Rick Perry make a better President than Barack Obama? One thing is obvious: we never know how well someone is going to do as President until he actually gets in the office. Millions and millions of people thought that Mr Obama was the right man for the job in 2008, even though he’d never run anything in his life. A lot of people think that Rick Perry is the right man for the job, now, and we have his record as Governor at which to look, but while state gubernatorial seats are the primary training ground we have for Presidents, it’s still a huge step from the statehouse to the White House, and some governors have done very well, while others have been failures.
But Mr Parry almost couldn’t do worse than Mr Obama. If Mr Perry were elected our 45th President and he was an abject, miserable, sniveling failure, he’d be, at worst, tied with Mr Obama as our Worst President Ever.™ All he has to do is get a couple of things right, and he’ll be better than our 44th President.
As for me, I think that he’d do a lot better. He has the right basic ideas, and he has the right personal philosophy, but I could say the same things about most of the other Republican candidates. What separates him from the rest of the Republican candidates is that he has an eleven-year record of success as Governor of the Lone Star State.¹ I have more confidence in Mr Perry to be able to handle the job than I do in the others.
¹ – Mitt Romney was a successful Governor as well, but I have philosophical differences with him. Or at least I think I do: since he’s taken both sides of every contested argument in the past, depending upon the office for which he was running, no one can be sure of what he believes at any given time, or how subject to change it is. Jon Huntsman was a successful Governor as well, but he’s too unknown, and doesn’t really have a chance.