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Spin on Spin (What Sarah Palin’s supporters are saying about Rick Perry)

I could be writing funny jokes about President Obama missing the bus under which he intends to throw America.

Instead, I got side tracked by a tweet claiming that Governor Perry is not honest.

“A Time for Choosing” is a pro-Sarah Palin blog that published an August 29, 2011 post titled, “Perry Campaign: Everything in “Fed Up!” Was Meaningless BS,”

Needless to say, no Perry staffer said such a thing. Instead, the author takes a mish mash of articles from the Los Angeles Times, the Hill, the Washington Post, and the Wall Street Journal  and builds himself a strawman.

He claims the Governor lies because he repeatedly told us he had no desire to run for President, ignoring the fact that the Governor told us that conversations with his wife in June of this year led him to have a change of heart.

As for the rest of the piece, A Time for Choosing’s author, who claims to have read the Governor’s book, Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington, echoes the claims that the Perry campaign is denying the book has any relevance, and that the Governor is “walking back” or has “tempered” his stand  on the strong views expressed in it.

Perry told a Wall Street Journal reporter to read the book when the reporter repeatedly insisted that Perry

 “. . . suggested the program’s creation violated the Constitution. The program was put in place, “at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government,” he wrote, comparing the program to a “bad disease” that has continued to spread. Instead of “a retirement system that is no longer set up like an illegal Ponzi scheme,” he wrote, he would prefer a system that “will allow individuals to own and control their own retirement.”

However bad it is for SS to be “at the expense of respect for the Constitution,” nowhere in the book does it say that Social Security violates the Constitution.The reporter suggests that the Governor “suggests.”

The author quotes the Hill referring to the Washington Post’s comments on an email from Perry staffer, Mark Miner:

The 16th Amendment instituting a federal income tax starting at one percent has exploded into onerous, complex and confusing tax rates and rules for American workers over the last century. The need for job creation in the wake of the explosion of federal debt and costly entitlement programs, mean the best course of action in the near future is a simpler, flatter and broader tax system that unleashes production, creates jobs, and creates more taxpayers. We can’t undo more than 70 years of progressive taxation and worsening debt obligations overnight.

Here’s what the book actually proposes:

“Second, we should restrict the unlimited source of revenue that the federal government has used to grow beyond its constitutionally prescribed powers. One option would be to totally scrap the current tax code in favor of a flat tax, and thereby make taxation much simpler, easier to follow, and harder to manipulate. Another option would be to repeal the Sixteenth Amendment to the Constitution (providing the power for the income tax) altogether, and then pursue an alternative model of taxation such as a national sales tax or the Fair Tax. The time has come to stop talking about fixing the broken and burdensome tax code and to take bold action to replace it with one that is not a burden for the taxpayer and that provides only the modest revenue needed to perform the basic constitutional functions of the federal government. America needs a fairer, flatter, and simpler system, one which working families can complete without having to hire a bevy of professionals to assist them.”   Perry, Rick; Newt Gingrich (2010-11-15). Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington (pp. 182-183). Little, Brown and Company. Kindle PC Edition. (accessed 8/29/11)

I want to believe that the bloggers’ problem is using interpretations/spins from several reporters, on a book they evidently either didn’t read or didn’t understand to build your premise on. If that is the case, though, why would he a headline that appears to be a quote from a staff member when it’s an obvious, biased interpretation by the blogger?


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4 thoughts on “Spin on Spin (What Sarah Palin’s supporters are saying about Rick Perry)

  1. Boy you Rickrollers sure are touchy.

    Yes, I’ve read Perry’s book. Yes, Perry’s campaign is saying he didn’t mean it to be a 2012 manifesto.

    Oh, and Texans grilled Perry HARD about running for President. he got the question over and over, and lied every time. Had they known for sure he’d run, I doubt he would have been the GOP nominee for Governor in 2010.

    Here he lies to the debate moderator, to God, and to Texas: video removed by BBN

    Even I voted for him in 2010 to keep KGH out, but had I known he’d run, I’d have backed her. Perry is corrupt, and a Progressive. You can bet he’ll NEVER be President. Not in this lifetime.

    BTW, you claim I’m twisting words, though I’m not, and yet you twist words like you are Chubby Checker!

    What a hack.

    If you’re going to link to my blog, be truthful, or don’t link to it.

    Posted by Gary P | August 30, 2011, 12:52 AM
    • I don’t allow commenters to post videos. However, I do try to approve comments, even from those bloggers who have blocked mine (August 26. post on Tammy Bruce’s comments. Addition from BBN: it looks like you’ve also blocked my comment on 8/29 to the post I’ve referenced).

      I’m frequently taken aback by the hostility and projection that I witnessing from Palin supporters, as exemplified by your anger at being referenced and your name calling.

      You have a very narrow definition of lying which excludes someone’s changing his mind over a period of time. The Governor has explained that he changed his mind after other people brought up the question, and after his wife told him he should get out of his comfort zone. From what he has said publicly, he made up his mind in early June and moved forward on that decision.

      I did not use the term “lying” or”twisting words”. In fact, I avoided it even while encouraging my readers to consider your title.

      Your accusation that Governor Perry is corrupt and/or Progressive is totally unsubstantiated. From Fed Up!: “The truth is, I don’t care what party the statist is in. The fact of the matter is, it is the statist, and those who support or enable him, who is the problem. For too long he has undermined this country by empowering the national government at the expense of liberty. An America defined by the statist in Washington is an America doomed to fail. P 15/186 loc 338”

      The “Net is interesting.Our words go out to the world for others to evaluate. You can’t block “links.”

      Posted by bnuckols | August 30, 2011, 3:38 AM
  2. If you did some research on Perry’s record, you would find that, under the surface, Perry is no conservative. You would find that he is supports the same kind of big government the Obama advocates for.

    Edit:BBN (OK, that’s enough)

    On the surface, Perry talks ‘Conservative’ well, but that’s as far as it goes.
    His actions and record need a complete vetting. It appears that you have much more homework to do on Rick Perry. You do your readers a disservice when you jump on a candidate’s bandwagon before you have gone through a candidate’s record. A good thing to remember is that in this age of social media getting news out faster than cable news, it won’t allow the same old liberal domination of a news cycle.
    Also, it won’t allow a blogger the luxury of skipping the necessesory steps that it takes to get to really know a candidate. If you can’t be objective about Rick Perry, others will do the work that you have chosen not to do. They will find other sources of credible information.

    If you can’t concede that Rick Perry has real problems and expose those
    problems, then you are no better than the lefty news channels that permeate the air waves, consistently ignoring Obama and his real agenda. The news media helped get us into the mess that we are in as a country.

    We don’t need another cover-up of a candidate’s record. We don’t need another source that helps elect a person who will continue the same failed policies that are already in place and that will ultimately take this country down, if not stopped right out of the gate of a new presidency in 2013.

    If you are only here to help continue with the same ol same ol way government has been operating, then you aren’t in it to win it for the sake of everyone who lives in this great country.

    Time to get real and honest about why you want to hide Perry’s non-conservative record. Why would you want to cover-up, or gloss over Perry’s shortcomings? All his cronyism? How has he provided well, with taxpayer dollars, for those who have contributed heavily to any of his election
    Nothing novel about politicians who do this, but that doesn’t mean that we
    have to settle for it. We need to find the candidate who doesn’t play by those kinds of cronyism unwritten rules. We need to find a candidate who doesn’t owe anyone any special favors and can’t be bought. We need to find a candidate who is in it to serve the people, not one that would only serve himself, or herself.
    It is a simple thing to figure out. VET! VET! VET! Leave no stone unturned until you see a pattern in behavior. This pattern is how a candidate will behave as POTUS.
    Obama’s behavior is the same as it has always been. from the beginning of his political career until now.
    So too, will Rick Perry’s behavior be the same as POTUS as it has always been up to now.

    Posted by IwjwI | August 30, 2011, 6:15 PM
    • You’re allowed to tell me to do “some research” only if you give some clue that you’ve done your homework enough to read a few headlines on this blog, even if you can’t bother yourself to read any of the essays.

      Posted by bnuckols | August 30, 2011, 6:53 PM

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