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14 August 2011

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Tyler

I thought it was fascinating how the media narrative is Bachman Perry for two pages followed by a blurb about Ron Paul finishing second by a hundred or so votes.

Is that tiny Texan congressman that terrifying to the media and the Powers That Be?

stanleyhenning

This is disgusting beyond all imagination. I thought I was supposed to be living in America not Israel or even for Israel for that matter. I think we need to rethink our approach to the concept of "America First". No I'm not advocating the approach of 1940, but I am for demanding that our "leadership" base critical decisions on reliable information from people who will consider America's interests first and carefully war-gaming the potential outcome, both civil and military, of these decisions for America "first". Such an approach would have ideally kept us out of both Iraq and Afghanistan.

William R. Cumming

Does Governor Perry have any foreign policy experience? Has he ever accepted gifts from foreign countries?

Anna-Marina

So the US neocons are fashioning the next puppet. This time the useful doll is of male persuasion.
Krystol has delivered Sarah, Feif rushes to prim Rick-the-Secessionist.
It is difficult to discern any benefits for the United States from these activities.

William R. Cumming

Well Mitt Romney's dad dropped out of the Presidential race when he stated that he had been "brainwashed" on Viet Nam. So where do the Republicans stand on "nation building" at this point?

Have they all drunk the same koolaid?

Mark Gaughan

God Bless America!

Mark Gaughan

Not only doesn't he have clue about foreign policy, there's also this:
January 6, 2011
The Texas Omen
By PAUL KRUGMAN
These are tough times for state governments. Huge deficits loom almost everywhere, from California to New York, from New Jersey to Texas.
Wait — Texas? Wasn’t Texas supposed to be thriving even as the rest of America suffered? Didn’t its governor declare, during his re-election campaign, that “we have billions in surplus”? Yes, it was, and yes, he did. But reality has now intruded, in the form of a deficit expected to run as high as $25 billion over the next two years.
And that reality has implications for the nation as a whole. For Texas is where the modern conservative theory of budgeting — the belief that you should never raise taxes under any circumstances, that you can always balance the budget by cutting wasteful spending — has been implemented most completely. If the theory can’t make it there, it can’t make it anywhere.
How bad is the Texas deficit? Comparing budget crises among states is tricky, for technical reasons. Still, data from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities suggest that the Texas budget gap is worse than New York’s, about as bad as California’s, but not quite up to New Jersey levels.
The point, however, is that just the other day Texas was being touted as a role model (and still is by commentators who haven’t been keeping up with the news). It was the state the recession supposedly passed by, thanks to its low taxes and business-friendly policies. Its governor boasted that its budget was in good shape thanks to his “tough conservative decisions.”
Oh, and at a time when there’s a full-court press on to demonize public-sector unions as the source of all our woes, Texas is nearly demon-free: less than 20 percent of public-sector workers there are covered by union contracts, compared with almost 75 percent in New York.
So what happened to the “Texas miracle” many people were talking about even a few months ago?
Part of the answer is that reports of a recession-proof state were greatly exaggerated. It’s true that Texas job losses haven’t been as severe as those in the nation as a whole since the recession began in 2007. But Texas has a rapidly growing population — largely, suggests Harvard’s Edward Glaeser, because its liberal land-use and zoning policies have kept housing cheap. There’s nothing wrong with that; but given that rising population, Texas needs to create jobs more rapidly than the rest of the country just to keep up with a growing work force.
And when you look at unemployment, Texas doesn’t seem particularly special: its unemployment rate is below the national average, thanks in part to high oil prices, but it’s about the same as the unemployment rate in New York or Massachusetts.
What about the budget? The truth is that the Texas state government has relied for years on smoke and mirrors to create the illusion of sound finances in the face of a serious “structural” budget deficit — that is, a deficit that persists even when the economy is doing well. When the recession struck, hitting revenue in Texas just as it did everywhere else, that illusion was bound to collapse.
The only thing that let Gov. Rick Perry get away, temporarily, with claims of a surplus was the fact that Texas enacts budgets only once every two years, and the last budget was put in place before the depth of the economic downturn was clear. Now the next budget must be passed — and Texas may have a $25 billion hole to fill. Now what?
Given the complete dominance of conservative ideology in Texas politics, tax increases are out of the question. So it has to be spending cuts.
Yet Mr. Perry wasn’t lying about those “tough conservative decisions”: Texas has indeed taken a hard, you might say brutal, line toward its most vulnerable citizens. Among the states, Texas ranks near the bottom in education spending per pupil, while leading the nation in the percentage of residents without health insurance. It’s hard to imagine what will happen if the state tries to eliminate its huge deficit purely through further cuts.
I don’t know how the mess in Texas will end up being resolved. But the signs don’t look good, either for the state or for the nation.
Right now, triumphant conservatives in Washington are declaring that they can cut taxes and still balance the budget by slashing spending. Yet they haven’t been able to do that even in Texas, which is willing both to impose great pain (by its stinginess on health care) and to shortchange the future (by neglecting education). How are they supposed to pull it off nationally, especially when the incoming Republicans have declared Medicare, Social Security and defense off limits?
People used to say that the future happens first in California, but these days what happens in Texas is probably a better omen. And what we’re seeing right now is a future that doesn’t work.


Nancy K

Colonel Lang, I would really appreciate a comment from you regarding the emergence of Rick Perry as a possible GOP contender and possible future president of the USA.
I and I'm sure many of your readers value your insight into all of this.

Patrick Lang

NancyK

Let me think about it. pl

Patrick Lang

All

Away until Thursday. pl

highlander

Well...Well, life is indeed full of unpleasant choices.....even for you former grandees of the empire's civil service battalions.

You can have governor Perry, and his Jew loving ways as your Presidente. Or, you can continue to march with Jewish owned and operated, Barry Obama, and an almost garanteed full blown depression, if he is reelected.

In which case, those of you depending on that federal retirement check, can lean overand smack your economic rear ends, a fond farewell. Interesting times.

Peter

Perry stands a very high chance of being the next President. If Rove gets on board the bus, Perry will have the advanced political weapons at his disposal. Perry would win the "who would I like to hang out with at a BBQ contest", just like the previous Republican President always won the who would I like to hang out a BBQ with, a guy from Texas or suit wearing Easterner.

Perry is going to run on how many people he personally hired in the State of Texas. Having $80 to $110bbl oil never hurts in Texas

With President Obama keeping a heavy cadre of Goldman Sachs advisers on speed dial, the economy won't heal to help President Obama in 2012.

J

We the U.S. are screwed, screwed six-ways-from-sunday screwed.

Both Bachmann and Perry scare me, I would not buy a used car from either one of them. Perry's surrounding himself with pond-scum the likes of Dough Feith really bothers me.

Bachmann sounds even more ditsy than Sarah Palin, and I shudder to think of her thumb being close to the nuclear launch button OR her being one heart beat away from the Presidency if the the GOP decide in the end to put together a Perry-Bachmann ticket with Bachmann as the side-seat driver.

In short I think our republic is screwed six-ways-from-sunday, we can't win. Every candidate except Ron Paul IMO are dummer-n-dirt and I wouldn't trust the care of my grandchildren to their custody. Paul, there are things that trouble me concerning Ron Paul, he talks a good game but doesn't deliver, and has a track-record of poor-to-non-delivery on almost every rational issue he has ever espoused.

Damn, can't we as a nation get a break for once and get summbody, suMMbody in the White House with two brain cells working and a heart that cares about the nation and its citizenry instead of the selfish-self-centered-blowfish we have had to contend with ever since JFK.

Today it appears the sad truth is that if one wants to be president, first they have to pledge allegiance to the State of Israel first ahead of our U.S. and put the interests of Israel ahead of our U.S., and second they have to grovel before the crooked bankers and scum occupying Wall Street, else they can kiss their presidential aspirations grits goodbye.

We're screwed anyway it goes for 2012.

J

Colonel,

I think that I have found the ticket for 2012, a pair that can for once carry a tune and not break the headlights every time one has to look at them. Meet the Russian and Ukraine Singers Nikolay Baskov and Taisia Povaliy, they make a really cute couple, PLUS they can carry a tune unlike the daring duos our White House has had to endure for far too many years.

Check out their duo performance and judge for yourself
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qv2rI1RK4ps

Don't they make a cuter couple than Perry/Bachmann? Me thinks so anyways, especially given the fact that Baskov is a natural blond, see for yourself http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_p7QB8b-_w .
Enjoy.

Fred

I wonder what Perry thinks of our 'friends' in Pakistan and China?

http://www.wired.com/dangerroom/2011/08/if-china-saw-our-stealth-copter-its-no-big-deal/

J, if the above article doesn't give you a stroke then try some nice country music, courtesy of the Lennigrad Cowboys and the Red Army Choir (surley Perry, like Bush, just loves country):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0lNFRLrP014

J

Tell me that Rick Perry is now trying to pass himself off as a 'comedian'.
http://content.usatoday.com/communities/onpolitics/post/2011/08/rick-perry-federal-reserve-ben-bernanke-presidential-race-/1?csp=34news&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+usatoday-NewsTopStories+%28News+-+Top+Stories%29&utm_content=Google+Feedfetcher
Rick Perry criticizes Federal Reserve as almost 'treasonous'

X-cuze me? 'Almost' treasonous? Try they need to be discarded and the Congress takes back the minting of our nation's coin and our economy ruled by elected representation instead of banker fiat.

'Almost' doesn't quite cut it Governor Perry, you need to go back to the drawing board and try getting rid of the Federal Reserve Act of 1913, which has screwed our nation ever since the Fed was created.

Please tell me that now Mr. Perry is trying to be a comedian at the Bollywood comedy club, right? 'Almost'? Is Perry trying the Clinton comedy routine of what 'is', is? Doesn't he realize that that particular comedy line only worked once, and only for that individual. 'Almost'? Shazam.

Lars

Rick Perry seems to be like an unguided missile with half a load of fuel. No doubt the nominating spectacle in the GOP will be entertaining, but I suspect that in the end, it will be Michele Bachmann who will prevail. However, I doubt that she will be the 45th POTUS.

par4

Perry is Bush without all of the brains and savoir faire.

Bobo

Folks it's early actually way early....You got Mitty, Bachy, Ricky and Mr Paul on one side with more to come against Barak the community organizer from Chicago who got Usama. Rhetoric is in full force and it will get wackier.

From an early view Mrs Bachman seems to have legs. So far she has put Sarah in the backseat and sent Mr Pawlenty home, that is legs.

J

Fred,

I think that the natural blonde one Baskov has a better hair do than the Leningrad boys. Notice how Baskov's blond clip's character had a flat curlycue almost Elvisque, while the Finnish boys were pointy-heads. The Red Army Choir boys club have been singing for their suppers ever since their Red Army went into disarray, poor fellows.

I still think that the Baskov/Povaliy ticket isn't such a strain on one's headlights, unlike looking at the Perry-Bachmann duo. I for one don't fancy unnecessary eye-strain when I can help it, do you?

The thought of Perry OR Bachmann, and 'foreign policy' in the same sentence, scares the hell out of me.

J

Lars,

If you were given a choice of between:
a) Perry
b) Bachmann
c) Hillary Clinton
d) Obama

which would you pick for the 45th POTUS?

Sadly, I fear that Hillary who has the brains while the rest of the field are scattered chaff, is unelectable due to too many heavy winds that are aligned against her.

Babak Makkinejad

Col. Lang:

John Brown had been provoked..

Patrick Lang

Babak

By what, a desire for local self determination in Kansas? pl

Lars

At this point, I would pick Hillary Clinton from the 4 choices.

Norbert M Salamon

As an ooutside observer, being somewhat [or more] ignorant of the specifics of the present candidates for the Presidency, I would hazard to opine, that the USA needs someone in the line of Mr. Gorbachev, that is a person willing to dsmantle the EMPIRE.
Based on the above, sanity demands that Mr. Paul, the Teax Rep is the best choice, though his extreme libertanism is a certain negative issue.
The other candidates from the Republicans seem to want to drive the USA to follow the example of Rome, Britiswh Empire, German attempt at Empire, Soviet Empire, by assuring the complete collapse of the USA due to adventurism, military, political and finacial [this driving force seems to have affected the present President, Mr. Obama, also].

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