A few weeks ago, THE VILLAGE VOICE published an article putting the finishing touches on the presidential campaign of John Perry. According to this New York source of political analysis, Texas has a good economy because they are located in the center of the country. Perry’s claim that they have more jobs than they need does not depict the present state of the economic growth in Texas. Any economic life brewing in Texas was put there before Perry became governor. He has always better at campaigning that he has been at governing and now he was even doing such a hot job on his campaign. The depiction of his attentive wife could have been entitled “sweet but boring”.
Last night the evening news focused on the Perry Flat Tax Plan. Wall Street experts and other economic advisors argued about the perspective national tax reform. For one thing everyone would get is approximately two extra days of free living because that is how long it currently takes on average to fill out tax forms.
Those who think that they are killing John Perry by insisting that he does not live at the Republican hunting lodge where marksmen mistake quail for grown men sometimes, may be doing the presidential candidate a favor. He is struggling. He has a minister with strong feelings about Christianity; he has a wife; he has a resume. None of it came easily. In the first debate he announced that he had not had the heart to exclude immigrants from certain situations in the Texas community.
Now the governor of Texas pulls a clean white envelope out of his business suit and says I can put your over-taxed lives under some control. See that wallet on your dresser in the morning? I am worried about it too. I want you to be able to exert some control over that bill pouch. Something can be done about your credit cards too. What a beautiful metaphor. A clean white business envelope.
Most of us do not know exactly where the 14 trillion dollars of national debt came from. We don’t know when one for all and all for one started to mean that our grandchildren would have to pay for the management at GM who overproduced certain brands of cars.
Furthermore, Mitt Romney sounds good when he says that a strong America translates to a safer world for everyone, but most people don’t believe that a military buildup is practical for solving all the problems. The Secretary of State’s fifties hairdo along with the plan to enjoy the allies current victory is not history repeating itself.
Americans don’t know how poverty in America – with no guaranteed low level of health care – compares to poverty in Great Britain. The rural areas of Europe where families remain on their farms generation after generation do not compare to the struggles of American agricultural businessmen nor their present struggle with the EPA. On the same day’s news page, while grabbing Bin Laden seemed impressive to some; and Gaddafi has a bullet in his head too; those feats impress the young. Nobody thinks those signs are bids for real world peace.
Parents are going to jail because they cannot afford court ordered child support payments. The most prominent group represented in the poverty statistics is children. Student loans even if young people can get them do not necessarily translate to paying jobs. Insurance coverage with as much as 60-80% before your deductible may not mean affordable reasonable health care – not to mention the uninsured.
Rick Perry has said I can put some control on one of those bigger numbers with the word headache attached to the bill with your name on it. His critics are right, he is good at campaigning.