Perry: When Business Profits, We All Profit

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Patrick Michels
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation policy orientation.

Gov. Rick Perry delivered the keynote address on Thursday morning for the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s policy conference.

Perry began his speech in a generally reasonable manner, encouraging the audience’s pride in Texas (“I don’t think there is a more powerful history in our country than the history of Texas”), and confiding in his audience of other states’ apparent engrossing jealousy of Texas’s economy. “I can promise you, Rick Scott in Florida, Bobby Jindal in Louisiana, is [sic] more than happy to step into the fray and compete for the crown of the job creation capital of the world. They’re ready.” Floridians and Louisianans aren’t the only ones who can’t stand the success of Texas’s job market. “I’m sure that I couldn’t get all forty-nine other governors to admit they would want to beat Texas. Just, you know, reading the front of the Drudge Report yesterday, I’m thinking Governor Cuomo would not admit he would want to be a Texan. But if he’d be truthful, he would say that the economic climate that has allowed that state to grow and create jobs, he’d dearly love to be able to stand up and say, ‘We did this in New York.’ But he can’t.”

Perry focused the majority of his speech on economic policy-making this session: “What is the most important thing that government does? I will argue that the most important thing that government does, the thing that we collectively do together, is to create a climate where job creators, where entrepreneurs, know that they can risk their capital and have a chance to have a good return on their investment.”

Texas Gov. Rick Perry
Patrick Michels
Gov. Rick Perry speaks at the Texas Public Policy Foundation policy orientation.

He continued: “And the reason it’s the most important, the reason that you must get that done first is because you will run out of money if you don’t, before you’re able to pay for the law enforcement officers that keep us safe, the young men and women along our border that defend us from the drug cartels that are trying to penetrate into Texas. The school teachers that are in the classroom teaching our children the transportation infrastructure. Get the economic side of it done right, done first.”

This is Perry’s governing philosophy in its purest form: That the economy and more specifically the profits of big business are the top priority that must come before everything else. In Perry’s view, when business profits, we all profit. If only it always worked that way.

Perry closed with a non-sequitur. He jumped from his talk on Texas’s state of economic freedom to the state of a woman’s reproductive system. “We make the decisions about how do we protect our citizens, as this debate rages on security and public safety. I hope the Legislature will also reform our laws and protect what I consider to be some of the most vulnerable citizens that we have, and that’s the unborn.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/David-Brito/1838267917 David Brito

    Excuse me, but can anyone name ONE instance where this has benefited anyone except the rich. Sounds like he’s applauding trickle-down economics..

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    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Vickers/832903587 Jason Vickers

      why are you lefties so angry at the rich? why don’t you try to get rich instead of blaming and feeling sorry for yourself? Most of the rich people in this country earned it and did not inherit the money. that is a fact brito the lefty.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jason-Vickers/832903587 Jason Vickers

    good for perry. i just wish he has not run such a terrible campaign for prez. he could have brought the tone this country so desparately needs right now. AN AMERICA IS GREAT TONE UNLIKE THE america the terrible tone that obumbler brings.

  • radsenior

    When business profits, the rich get richer. We must remember that money and power in the hands of fewer and fewer people with stricter less compassion has taken hold in Texas since baby boy Bush took the helm. The continuous hawking that Texas has done well by Perry and the others cannot be proven when so many are not covered by insurance and people have to have two or three jobs to make ends meet. Perry and his types have received big money to take local and state level offices and run as though their “fiefdoms.” Big money has worked well in Texas by buying the Governorship for these same fewer and fewer people with stricter less compassionate hands. Texas can do better. Every Texan must carefully analyze every prospective candidate for every elected position next cycle and vote out the combative and confrontational radical fringe that has taken over the Republican party. All the new millionaires who keep making money have not stepped up to the plate and generated any new jobs as the TEA party hawked back in 2010. Hey Perry – Where are the jobs? As Joe Wilson of South Carolina said: “You Lie!” Texas needs new blood in every level of government and ousting of the fringe elements which have made this once proud party of Lincoln and Reagan into free-failed extreme radicalism. Do not sit on the sidelines and allow the few with the most power and stroke to make decisions that will effect you directly without your input. We must remember that money and power in the hands of fewer and fewer people with stricter less compassion has taken hold in many states and Washington is their next target. Do not sit on the sidelines and allow others to make decisions that will effect you, or your family directly, without your input. Get active in local, state and national politics and keep yourselves informed. We can make a great change in the 2014 Mid-term election!