Rick Perry’s Crony Capitalism Problem

Ugh, this isn’t good at all.

Today, Michelle Malkin has as her top story,  Rick Perry’s ill-conceived and ill-fated attempt to force the Gardasil vaccine on sixth grade girls:

He also forced state health officials to make the vaccine available “free” to girls ages 9 to 18. The drug, promoted by manufacturer Merck as an effective shield against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts, as well as cervical cancer, had only been approved by the Food and Drug Administration eight months prior to Perry’s edict.

Gardasil’s wear-off time and long-term side effects have yet to be determined. “Serious questions” remain about its “overall effectiveness,” according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Even the chair of the federal panel that recommended Gardasil for children opposes mandating it as a condition of school enrollment. Young girls and boys are simply not at an increased risk of contracting HPV in the classroom the way they are at risk of contracting measles or other school-age communicable diseases.

Perry defenders pointed to a bogus “opt-out” provision in his mandate “to protect the right of parents to be the final authority on their children’s health care.” But requiring parents to seek the government’s permission to keep an untested drug out of their kids’ veins is a plain usurpation of their authority. Translation: Ask your bureaucratic overlord to determine if a Gardasil waiver is right for you.

Libertarians and social conservatives alike slammed Perry’s reckless disregard for parental rights and individual liberty. The Republican-dominated legislature also balked. In May 2007, both chambers passed bills overturning the governor’s unilaterally imposed health order.

Now, Perry is lamely trying to excuse this huge blotch on his record by saying that “he didn’t do his research well enough”:

Well, Malkin did her research:

Perry’s former chief of staff Mike Toomey is a top Merck lobbyist. Toomey’s mother-in-law headed a Merck-funded front group pushing vaccination mandates. Merck’s political action committee pitched in $6,000 to Perry’s re-election campaign in 2007 and Merck discussed the vaccine with Perry staff on the day they donated.

And that’s just one of many examples of Perry’s crony capitalism. Left Coast Rebel lists a few more:

The file on Perry’s abuses of power, insider deals with cronies and tax and spend policies is thick, but for a start here are what Texas RLC members voted as the top five Perry scandals which GOP primary voters need to know more about:

    1.Business Slush Funds:
    Perry made heavy use of business incentive “slush funds” which used taxpayer dollars to subsidize selected businesses, many of them run by his major campaign contributors. Just two of these funds, the Texas Enterprise Fund and the Texas Emerging Growth fund, spent over $700 million to subsidize businesses to move to Texas or expand operations in Texas, with little evidence that these handouts of taxpayer money produced job or revenue growth anywhere near sufficient to justify the expense. In fact, many of these businesses eventually downsized or relocated long before they had earned the money Perry gave them, or even went bankrupt with $25 million fund dollars like Countrywide Financial.


    2.Toll Roads and Land Seizures:

    Perry has never met a toll road project he wasn’t willing to seize huge amounts of private land for and then give the exclusive management contracts to foreign corporations. Perry’s time in office has set records for eminent domain land seizures – over a million acres have been seized. His toll road projects have confiscated family farms and torn communities apart. Toll roads have been used as a massive off-the-books tax program, taking money from Texas drivers and feeding it to foreign financial interests and management groups which lobbied the governor for special deals which produce much higher tolls and higher profits than are typical in other states.


    3. Forced Vaccinations:

     In 2007 Perry issued an executive order which would have forcibly vaccinated every girl in Texas entering the sixth grade with Merck’s Gardasil vaccine for Human Papilloma Virus. This massive violation of the privacy rights of Texas teenagers and their parents would have come at a cost of $360 in taxpayer money per shot. It would have been a huge windfall for Merck, which had paid Perry’s former Chief of Staff $250,000 to lobby the governor and legislature to promote the forced vaccination program.


    4. The Job-killing Franchise Tax:

    Knowing that it would be impossible to pass an income tax against popular opposition in Texas, Perry promoted the idea of a special business tax called the “Franchise Tax” which taxes businesses at different arbitrary rates set by the government. This tax expands business taxes to types of businesses which are not taxed in most states and in many cases taxes small businesses more than large corporations they compete with. For example it taxes small car repair shops at double the rate it taxes large dealerships for car repairs. It’s a small business and job killer.

5. Scuttled the anti-TSA Bill:

When Rep. David Simpson led the Texas legislature towards passage of an enormously popular bill (HB1938) to hold the TSA accountable for intrusive searches of airline passengers, Perry played a key role in making sure that the bill was not passed. When the TSA and the Justice Department began pressuring him, although Perry had promised to submit the bill to the special legislative session, he delayed submitting the bill until it was so late in the session that it was virtually impossible to hold the constitutionally mandated votes necessary for passage. That way he could score points with the public for submitting the popular bill while at the same time making sure that it wouldn’t pass. It’s a classic example of Perry’s insincere pandering.


I remember that TX anti-TSA bill, and was pretty excited about it.  Ugh. I’ve been waiting for a candidate to come out forcefully against the TSA’s grope and grab policies, and here we have someone, who when he had the power to do something about it, he caved to pressure from Obama’s corrupt TSA and DOJ? Ugh.

No thank you on Rick Perry.


I’m still hearing that Ryan and Christie may enter the race…..

And another (former) Republican Governor, who spent her time in office fighting the type of crony capitalism we see coming out of Rick Perry’s Texas, still may enter the race.


I’m open to any explanations  Perry defenders have on any or all of these examples of what appears to be crony capitalism. In fact I’d like to hear his side of the story.


An even-handed report by Doug Ross: The Truth About Rick Perry, Cliff Notes Version

For those interested in an overview of PeskyTruth‘s two masterful articles describing the pros and cons of Rick Perry (“Want to know more about Rick Perry?” and “Seventeen (17) things that critics are saying about Rick Perry“), please consider the following “Cliff’s Notes” version.


CounterContempt: Debunking the Rick Perry Pro-Sharia School Curriculum Myth


Chuck DeVore: Big Government: Governor Perry, the Trans-Texas Corridor & Eminent Domain: Do Limited Government Conservatives Need to Worry? No!



9 thoughts on “Rick Perry’s Crony Capitalism Problem

  1. Rick Perry also has an islamocoddling whitewashing of jihad problem, which I’ll be exploring in great detail at my place in my next post. Chris Christie is even worse. Perry’s problem appears to similar to Bush’s and that is naivete about the dangers of islamic sharia and stealth jihad, but Christie’s problem is malicious, he KNOWS better and does it anyway. Rick Santorum is my candidate of choice specifically because he is the strongest against the jihad and sharia, my top issues. I don’t know where Ryan would be on this, but I do know that a LOT of conservatives would love to see him run! At least we know he’s on target with fiscal issues, and it doesn’t hurt that Paul Ryan is a real cutiepie.


  2. http://www.countercontempt.com/archives/1945 …. I stopped reading Michelle’s blog when she continuously blasted McCain for everything. Many of her loyal readers said they wouldn’t vote for McCain and most likely stayed home. There is a lot of crap coming out about Perry and many have put together blogs explaining a majority of it.


  3. The Gardasil thing alone is enough reason not to vote for the man. It was wrong on at least three levels (maybe more if we think more than 2 minutes about it): big brother gov’t medical madates, gov’t spending our tax dollars on it, and parental authroity. None of those required the ‘research’ he said he should’ve done (and why the heck didn’t he do that either??). At least one should’ve been obvious to him. No thanks.


  4. I keep coming back to the Gardasil thing too..

    I like his rhetoric but that’s his record.. And by damn, he was going to make everyone get a shot for their own good until he got a glimpse of his political mortality from the fall out.


  5. Every candidate has warts, but the more we learn about what Perry has actually done and advocated, the more he seems like a wart itself…

    Maybe he’s never gotten past the “prime directive” of being a Democrap: lie, lie, and lie some more, then claim to have been “misinformed” or “misinterpreted” or, as a last resort, lie some more.

    Taxes, slush funds, land seizures, cronyism, the Gardasil thing – it’s adding up to his running for president in the wrong party.


  6. Thanks for the link!

    This is the advantage to the candidate people allege is “damaged” for having been extremely fully vetted. It isn’t damage. It’s truth. Palin has been revealed to be a certain sort of person, who has talents and flaws (of which we are now almost painfully aware). But we know them. We know how she will react in most situations and she rarely disappoints. She is also unique in that she is not beholden to any industry for her financial security, making her probably the least ethics-challeged person on the national political stage today.

    Vetting is also an advantage ([pfaugh]) to a Romney candidacy, a fact which his campaign has helpfully noted this week. We know his character and past actions and their rationales. We have a good idea how he would react in most situations, for better or worse.

    We do not yet know Perry fully. The recent gubernatorial election was not helpful in that regard because the fight was almost totally intra-party between long-time rivals and political houses. In other words it was an insider’s game, which is not what we have in 2012. Perry has also not been helping in the vetting, and right now his major flaw is that he has suspicious skeletons not yet removed from the closet. Instead he is doing nothing but pander, leading me to disbelieve what he says. This is totally counterproductive. If I were advising Perry I would tell him to be very honest, and quickly, about a lot of issues. Tea Partyers will accept a lot of mistakes. They will not accept convenient lies.


  7. Christie & Ryan don’t have near enough depth & breadth of experience. (though I guess Christie does have breadth covered, come to think of it). And what October surprises are going to be launched –true and otherwise– against whatever candidate we have? They are plumb OUT of ammo to use against Palin. Wad = shot.
    Hope she runs; hope everyone rallies round. God – Palin – Guns – Canned goods are all I’m hanging my hopes on. She will do more to reverse this nightmare known as the Obama years than anyone else. If it took a Carter to give us Reagan; than having an Obama will surely bring the 2nd coming of Jesus Christ upon the earth. (In which case He has my vote.) But if it doesn’t …..it’s Palin!


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