Obama vs. Perry in a nutshell
Mark Hemingway at the Weekly Standard uncovered a quote from Texas Governor, Rick Perry, that distills the essence of the consistent, conservative approach that forms the basis for his efficient management of our most successful state:
Government isn't difficult in theory...Don't spend all the money, keep taxes low, have a fair and predictable regulatory climate, keep frivolous lawsuits to a minimum, and fund an accountable education system so that you have a skilled work force available. Then get the hell out of the way and let the private sector do what the private sector does best.
Under Barely the President, we have seen our federal government spend all the current available money and have dipped into the pockets of our children and grandchildren for more. Regulatory budgets in Washington have grown 16% since 2008, topping $54 billion while employment at federal regulatory agencies has climbed 13% under B.O. to 281,000. Obama has imposed more than 75 new major regulatory rules since taking office, adding 18% to the number of pages in the Federal Register and cost the private sector more than $40 billion according to the Heritage Foundation. More than 4,200 new regulations are in the works as well. Incredibly, the genuises in the Obama administration are now test marketing via leaks a federal "Department of Jobs."
Now the Campaigner-in-Chief is spending an additional millions of our money on a bus tour to stump for more Keynesian bloat. Even Jon Stewart sees through the canard that the Obama Under the Bus tour represents B.O. performing official government business.
Rick Perry's succinct prescription for successfully managing government starkly contrasts with B.O. Theory:
Spend all the money. Raise taxes. Impose a hostile and punitive regulatory bureaucracy upon the private sector. Unleash the lawyers and turn the education system over to union hacks. Nationalize failing business models and invent crony socialism.
It looks like we really have a clear choice.
Ralph Alter is a regular contributor to American Thinker