Rick Perry’s clear case that conservative policies can benefit all

“For too long, we Republicans have been content to lose the black vote because we found that we could win elections without it. But when we gave up on trying to win the support of African-Americans, we lost our moral legitimacy as the party of Lincoln. As the party of equal opportunity for all. It is time for us to once again reclaim our heritage as the only party in our country founded on the principle of freedom for African-Americans.”

It is no surprise there has been far more attention paid to Donald Trump’s attempt at populist caricature than the above words from Rick Perry’s speech last week. The modern Democratic Party has very little margin for error when it comes to keeping its lock on minority voters — and Trump’s musings about forcing Mexico to pay for a border fence to keep its criminals there serve Democrats’ political interests far better than Perry’s powerful arguments that minority voters, particularly African-Americans, have been let down time and again by Democrats’ policy choices.

Rick Perry addresses the National Press Club Luncheon July 2.  (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Rick Perry addresses the National Press Club Luncheon July 2. (Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images)

Perry’s political future was left for dead after his disastrous 2012 run — I’m on the record as believing that first impression is insurmountable — but his chances remain better than Trump’s. Other candidates are making overtures to voters who don’t typically back Republicans, notably Jeb Bush, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. But no one in the field, including Hillary Clinton, has matched the combination of rhetoric and record that Perry laid out at the National Press Club last Thursday.

You really should read (or watch) the entire speech to get its full impact, but here are some highlights of his description of the real-world impact of conservative policies in Texas — and how he’d translate that experience to the federal level:

  • We haven’t eliminated black poverty in Texas. But we have made meaningful progress. In New York, the supplemental poverty rate for blacks is 26 percent. In California, it’s 30 percent. In Washington, D.C., it’s 33 percent. In Texas, it’s just 20 percent. Here’s how it happened. Because we curtailed frivolous lawsuits and unreasonable regulations in Texas, it’s far cheaper to do business in Dallas or Houston than in Baltimore or Detroit. And those lower costs get passed down to consumers — especially low-income consumers — in the form of lower prices.”
  • “There’s a lot of talk in Washington about income inequality. But there’s a lot less talk about the inequality that arises from the high cost of everyday life. In blue-state coastal cities, strict zoning laws and environmental regulations have prevented builders from expanding the housing supply. That’s great for the venture capitalist who wants a nice view of San Francisco Bay, but it’s not so great for the single mother working two jobs in order to pay rent and still put food on the table for her kids.”
  • “In too many parts of this country, black students are trapped in failing schools where union bosses look out for themselves at the expense of the kids. This matters, because kids who graduate from high school typically make 50 percent more than those who don’t. In Texas, we made sure that the kids come first. Texas’ high school graduation rate went from 27th in the country in 2002, to 2nd highest in the country in 2013. Our most recent graduation rate for African-Americans was number one in the nation: 13 points higher than the national average.”
  • “(F)ederal programs impose a one-size-fits-all approach to fighting poverty. In California, someone might need more money to deal with the cost of housing. In Massachusetts, it might be the cost of vocational school. Instead, we force the poor to enroll in separate programs for housing assistance or Pell grants. If I am elected President, I will send to Congress a welfare reform bill that will take the money we already spend on non-health care-related, anti-poverty programs and split it into two parts. The first part will be an expanded and reformed version of the Earned Income Tax Credit so that anyone with a job can live above the poverty line. The second part will consist of a block grant so that states can care for their safety net populations in the manner that best serves their residents.”
  • “A four-year degree at the typical private college now costs more than $170,000. Compare that to the median home price in America, which is $205,000. We are literally asking poor students to mortgage their future in order to gain a college degree. This must end. In Texas, I challenged our state universities to offer a four-year college degree for less than $10,000. Many thought it would be impossible to drive tuition and fees that low. But today, 13 Texas universities have reached that target. We are on the cusp of an online revolution in higher education, but only if the federal government rolls back the rules that make it almost impossible for students to gain accredited bachelor’s degrees achieved with online instruction.”

There’s more, including his opening with a graphic description of a lynching in Texas 99 years ago, an episode of vigilantism that Perry said Texas “even today … struggle to talk about,” and how far the state has come since those days. Taken as a whole, Perry laid out a far better vision of where leading Republicans would like to take America than anything Donald Trump has had, or will have, to say.

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WhenDeKalbWasGreat
WhenDeKalbWasGreat

Perry can go on and get him some new Hipster glasses. He can go on and get him a brand new Hair Club for Men. It doesn't matter. He is a MORON.

332-206
332-206

"...Taken as a whole, Perry laid out a far better vision of where leading Republicans would like to take America than anything Donald Trump has had, or will have, to say."


No question.

And the best part is, a clear majority of voters remember what Donald Trump says.

And you'd be lucky to find one voter in ten who knows anything Rick Perry says.

I mean, other than "Oops"...

MHSmith
MHSmith

As Mr Young said we all(blacks) voted Republican. Blacks voted solidly Republican after the civil war up until JFK had MLK released from Birmingham jail. Daddy King from the pulpit knowing about the deal a forehand talked favorably of JFK and then went on to say I gotta whole lot black votes in my pocket. MLK was freed from jail and blacks haven't solidly for Republicans since that time according to Andrew Young's account.

FIGMO2
FIGMO2

During Perry's last run, his attempts to be folksy left him flat. Having watched him since then, he's portrayed his more serious side. His policies in Texas have proven successful.

Time to take a closer look at Perry. 

Mandingo
Mandingo

Comparing modern day Republicans and their elected leaders to the party Abraham Lincoln led is like trying to compare neck bones to t-bones. Tremendous difference in the quality and quantity of meat you get. Minorities seldom vote with or for modern day Republicans because modern day Republicans have never stood with or for any minority on any  issue at any time that benefited them. From abortion rights, voting rights, civil rights, gay rights , women's rights and now immigration reform that may benefit illegals that  work here , live here, pay taxes here and keep crossing the border for a chance at a better life for themselves . Donald Trump is under the GOP tent .  Reince Priebus , Chairman of the Republican Nation Committee , keeper of the party platform is as quiet as a church mouse. Why doesn't he lead the change in correcting / reeling in one of his own ?

Dusty2
Dusty2

Not worried about Trump or Perry.  Perry might be a good man and a great president but we will never know.  When the Dem propaganda machine got through shredding him in their usual creative fashion,  nobody will dare  even mention  his name much less vote for him. 


Hillary would arise as the great savior of women and minorities with promises of Nirvana and Disney World with a three day "work week" at high wages and  free tickets to Cuba for health care.  She will win.  USA becomes second Greece.  


Let us not waste time hallucinating about a good man.  No Republican, ANY Republican  could do worse  than the disaster that has hit us with Democrats.  To survive,  we must  not repeat the debacle upon us now.!

MarkVV
MarkVV

@Dusty2 

Does Hillary really promise Nirvana and Disney World with a three day "work week" at high wages and free tickets to Cuba for health care, if elected? Vote for Hillary!

MarkVV
MarkVV

@Dusty2 

Recovery from the Bush recession, low unemployment, no American soldiers dying in a major war – a kind of “disaster” the Republicans can only dream of.

MHSmith
MHSmith

@Dusty2 


Keep your eyes on Bernie's polls numbers after he opens a rally with "Money for nothing and your chicks for free." 

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@Dusty2

Republicans should cross over and help Democrats pick their nominee.  Republicans can't win in a country that is majority handout.

MHSmith
MHSmith

How is that other "OLD WHITE MANS" party doing Kyle, Hillary still look at a 48% drop against the Socialist Sanders?

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@MHSmith How is that other "OLD WHITE MANS" party doing Kyle


Still has a black President at the head of the party.

MHSmith
MHSmith

@HeadleyLamar @MHSmith



Hurry up bw and drag Jesse or Al up and pit them in the DEM primary.



Howard is rumored to be having heart palpitations


LOL!


Maybe the PC voters haven't took notice yet. 

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

I didn't listen to the whole speech, but did Perry actually say *how* those items he listed came about?  What policy of his produced that increase in minority graduation rate? What policy of his reduced black poverty rate? 


It's great that these strides have been made, but he doesn't say what he did.  Could it have been something Ann Richards did years ago to lay the groundwork?  Could it be other reasons that are not within the purview of the Governor? 

How can other states make similar progress? (I guess not all can, since some of the rankings are state vs. state.)


But I've thought Perry should be in the top 3 candidates on the Republican side. He's a better choice than more Bush or Rand/Rubio.  

Kyle_Wingfield
Kyle_Wingfield moderator

@LogicalDude He didn't go into that kind of detail. But he was governor for 15 years, so I don't think it's unreasonable for him to claim some credit for what happened between, say 2002 and 2013 (i.e., when the graduation rate rose so sharply).

GMFA
GMFA

The speech is a speech. Better yet, look at the State of Texas and ask yourself is Perry really Presidential material

LilBarryBailout
LilBarryBailout

@GMFA

Look at the state of the Iran "negotiations" and ask yourself the same of Barry.

Governor Perry is a better man and a better American.

MHSmith
MHSmith

I didn't want to say anything libs but your democrat party is looking a little WHITE around the edges. Some might begin calling you "that old white mans party"!  

MarkVV
MarkVV

@MHSmith 

Something looking white AROUND THE EDGES could hardly be called ”old white mans [sic] party.”

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@MHSmith I didn't want to say anything libs but your democrat party is looking a little WHITE around the edges


We just elected the first African American President in history and the GOP continues to run about 92 percent white.


Come again ?

RafeHollister
RafeHollister

@MHSmith Well, you forgot women there MHS, Hillary, Debby,  and Nancy.  The Dems are progressive enough to allow women to join the leadership, of course it seems for now, only white women.  Paternalism can include both sexes it seems.

MHSmith
MHSmith

@GMFA @MHSmith


A little old fashion but that's alright y'all DEMs' will wear it well.


MHSmith
MHSmith

@MarkVV @MHSmith


No something looking to it but seeing an all WHITE Presidential Primary can VERY EASILY be called that old white mans party. 


Getting...   ' (sic) desperate aren't you? LOL!    

MarkVV
MarkVV

@MHSmith @MarkVV  No, just laughing at your awkward inability to express even a silly little comment in a way that would make sense.

Caius
Caius

I really would not mind Perry in the WH.  But I believe he has another cross to bear other than minority voters.  That is the women voters that Obama owned in 2008 and 2012.  Where will they go?  Can the Democrats sell the "war on women" for one more cycle?  (Closed any abortion clinics lately?) 


Juanx
Juanx

While Perry makes, correctly, a point of the short comings of the Democrats in shoring up the neighborhoods of minorities there are reasons fewer minorities vote Republican. The primary reason minorities are not attracted to the Republican Party is the baggage this Party attracts. Lets start with the confederate flag and Dylann Roots, Cliven Bundy, White Power Groups, the Tea Party, Fox News, AM Talk Radio, Strom Front, Inc., George Will, Ted Cruz, etc. The internet has put this ugly side of the Republican Party where I wish it never found itself. Some how they must find that pandering to these types will make them marginal in American politics. Perry is not Presidential material and will need a job after the GOP nomination.

n8diggidy
n8diggidy

@Juanx The Tea Party...? Like that group Democrats fear mongered about hurling racial epithets at Congressional Black Caucus members going to sign the ACA into law? You know the media promoted that Democrat lie for weeks.  Then months, maybe years later, it was proven to be false because nobody could claim a $100,00 reward for video evidence. There are racist republicans and racist democrat union members. Republicans just don't promote lies to slander their political opponents.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@n8diggidy @Juanx Republicans just don't promote lies to slander their political opponents.


My god that made me spit out my coffee.



Juanx
Juanx

@Kyle_Wingfield @Juanx  ...yep. Their spiels are of the same buzz words such as states rights, southern heritage, freedom of speech, etc. If it was not for the fact that individuals and media listed above used the same language it could be dismissed. The pandering by the Republican Party if ceased might result in a different outcome in attracting minority voters is my point.

straker
straker

n*diggidy - "he would've referred it to the UN"


Did he tell you that?


Or, did talk radio?

MHSmith
MHSmith

Bush,Walker,Carson,Rubio and Huckabee GOP front runners for the moment.


Sanders and Clinton Democrat front runners.


Um, Kyle, do  you see what I see?  


Just sayin...

bu2
bu2

@Jefferson1776 

Texas has done very well.  Perry had policies that mostly got government off their backs and they thrived despite 12 years with an idiot like Perry as governor.  They resisted when he tried to direct things too much and succeeded when he allowed the people to direct things.

n8diggidy
n8diggidy

"It is no surprise there has been far more attention paid to Donald Trump’s attempt at populist caricature"


After the Charleston Shooting many liberals admitted there was no gun control regulation that could've stooped the murders, so they turned the argument to the Confederate Battle Flag. Removing the flag will not do anything to stop mentally disturbed people from doing crazy insane things. 


Rather than talk about our dysfunctional immigration system, they will talk about The Donald. They are not about actually solving problems, they are all about increasing their elected officials confiscatory taxing powers to spread the wealth to ensure and enrich themselves with their political power.


To any libs who would now rather distract to past statements of Perry, do they remember candidate Obama's answer for Russia's invasion of Georgia?  Well let me remind them, he would've referred it to the UN, where Russia has veto power. Was that the statement of an intelligent candidate? Did they care? 

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@n8diggidy  "It is no surprise there has been far more attention paid to Donald Trump’s attempt at populist caricature"

Considering where he is polling he is going to get some attention.

Removing the flag will not do anything to stop mentally disturbed people from doing crazy insane things.

No it wont but it will send a powerful signal. The kid wasn’t mentally ill. He was a white supremacist.

Were the Boston bombers just mentally ill as well ?

Rather than talk about our dysfunctional immigration system, they will talk about The Donald.

As has been mentioned we arent talking about him. Republicans are and many support him.

n8diggidy
n8diggidy

@HeadleyLamar "Were the Boston bombers just mentally ill as well ?"


Yes, their minds were weak and easily manipulated. It could've arisen from many things but probably resided in emotional insecurities.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

@n8diggidy @HeadleyLamar Yes, their minds were weak and easily manipulated.


The answer is no they werent. At least not in any clinical sense


Nor was the Charleston shooter. 

n8diggidy
n8diggidy

@HeadleyLamarGot it.  But a confederate battle flag made Roof murder in Charleston. Or are you talking around the real issues like a good Democrat?