In his appearance with Neil Cavuto on FOX News today, Rick Perry telegraphed which issue may separate him from the herd of Republican candidates if he enters the presidential race: tort reform. He mentioned it at least four times-I wasn't counting and the realization didn't come until the interview was over. Perry stated, then reiterated, that successful tort reform had played a major role in the Texas economic renaissance by establishing that state's reputation as a business-friendly environment. He pointedly mentioned the important role medical technology and research were playing in Texas' economic growth, an industry that is frequently victimized by ambulance chasers. He then rang the Liberty Bell of Legal Doom by saying that tort reform nationwide is essential in any successful campaign to turn the American economy around.
Those words had to peal and reverberate ominously throughout the Democratic Party's biggest herd of cash cows, trial lawyers. Want to bet there aren't worried conversations going on in legal watering holes and tony restaurants all across America? Think those highly trained legal minds accustomed to figuring out how much lucre they can extract from tortious situations aren't busily spinning out calculations of just how much more of that lucre they're going to have to pony up to Obama and the Democrats if Rick Perry should decide to run?
If Perry jumps in, you can bet the counselors' checkbooks will be wide open from the outset to prevent his winning the primary. Should he prevail in that race, they'll be hocking their ski chateaus and shore side villas, or even, horror of horrors, their private jets, to fund his opposition. Just the thought of the kind of federal jurists a President Perry would appoint is enough to get the cash stream flowing. Trial lawyers rival unions in the creation of political cash flow and this is the point of my writing. It requires the contributions of tens if not hundreds of ordinary citizens to counter those of a single wealthy trial lawyer. If Perry enters the primary, those of us who believe him to be the best representative of our beliefs and our best chance to win back our country are going to have to dig deep and contribute early. If he wins the candidacy then that need for financial support will only increase and continue through to victory.
Should Perry announce, I'm with him from the outset because I believe of all the current candidates, he provides the sharpest contrast with Obama: he's pro-business, pro-jobs and determined to get business-strangling bureaucrats and bloodsucking barristers under control. Unlike Obama, Perry knows well from his Texas successes that higher taxes retard economic growth rather than promote it. Under a Perry Administration, America will be looking at a complete reversal of the disastrous Democrat policies that have us in the mess we're currently in. Think about that-can you honestly say you believe that about the present front-runner, Mitt Romney? We shouldn't stupidly let the liberal media pick our candidate once again. We should pick the truest conservative available to us and if Perry runs, that's him.
To sum it up, if you really want to turn this mess around, you're going to have to cough it up, just like those trial lawyers who oppose everything you stand for. By the way, Perry's not a lawyer.