Perry Calls Bernanke Policies “Almost Treasonous”


The latest addition to the GOP primary field, Rick Perry, has been issuing an astonishing array of memorable quotes since he announced his candidacy this weekend. †The problem is that many of these statements are outlandish at best and — well, we’ll let you fill in the blank from there. †Here’s a sample of Perry’s choicest rhetoric.

First up, Perry spoke out against Ben Bernanke at a campaign stop in Iowa. †Asked his opinion about the Federal Reserve, Perry laughed and blithely threatened Bernanke, saying that if he “prints more money between now and the election I don’t know what you’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.” †He added that continuing Bernanke’s policies would be “almost treasonous.”

But it was just some light-hearted joking, right? †Well, long-time Bush aide Tony Fratto disagreed. †He tweeted: “Gov. Perry’s comments about Chmn. Bernanke are inappropriate and unpresidential.” †Ouch.]

Perry then went on to question President Obama’s patriotism. †Asked whether Obama loved his country, Perry replied, “I dunno, you need to ask him.” He added later that servicemembers needed a president who had military experience, which Obama does not. †”The president had the opportunity to serve his country,” he remarked. †”Iím sure at some time he made the decision that isnít what he wanted to do.”

He jabbed further at Obama, telling Iowans to ask him about his record on jobs. †”I think itís fair for Iowans to ask the president tomorrow, where are the jobs that you promised, Mr. President?” Perry said. †”Heís gonna talk about jobs, but I think the only job he cares about is the one heís got.”

But it wasn’t all ragging on Obama – there was some delightfully sexist humor thrown in for good measure. †”My shirt has a few wrinkles in it,” he said, taking off his jacket at a question-and-answer session. †”It’s not my wife’s fault.” †This kind of humor may seem like grand old fun at home in Texas, but as John Dickerson points out, Perry had better dial back comments like those, “at least by the time he gets to the general election and starts going after those suburban swing-voting women.”

But you’ve got to admit, as Bill Clinton pointed out, Rick Perry is a “good looking rascal” – it’s just too bad he’s “crazy.”

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Dan B.
Dan Brook5 years ago

The regressive Republican Party of No is obstructionist, mean-spirited, thuggish, religiously fanatical, scientifically ignorant, corrupt, hypocritical, xenophobic, racist, sexist, homophobic, evolution and global warming denying, oily, anti-environment, anti-consumer, anti-choice, anti-education, union busting, Medicare and Social Security slashing, authoritarian, selfish, greedy, out-of-touch, lacking compassion, warmongering, and otherwise dangerous.

NEVER vote for Republicans.

Frank S.
Frank S.5 years ago

Ron Paul stands no chance of being elected! And Rick Perry is putting both feet in his mouth at the same time! So what else is new?

Steve R.
Steve R.5 years ago

Bernanke is a banking cartel puppet.

For the uneducated - the Federal Reserve is NOT a government agency. It is an institution owned by a private banking cartel. Did you not watch "Freedom to Facism" by Aaron Russo?

And every time The Fed prints more dollars out of thin air - your existing dollars depreciate in value.

Do you not understand that?

If there is one 1929 Rolls Royce left on the planet - it's priceless! If another 10,000 are suddenly discovered in a warehouse somewhere, well guess what?

Bernanke has been stealing your money since the day he took over from the previous traitor - Alan Greenspan.

Ron Paul and Rick Perry are the only two politicians that speak out against the Fed as far as I know. The rest are happy to go along with the thievery - especially Obama.

Nick R.
Nick R.5 years ago

I didn't think he could do it so soon, but he just proved he is dumber than Bush.

Frank S.
Frank S.5 years ago

@ Craig C. I don't know Craig, and I'm not going to worry about it. Besides even if it is true how are you going to prove how it was spent and where all the money is now?

Craig C.
Craig C.5 years ago

Then Frank please tell me where the $16 trillion went ok wise guy?? And didn't 2 of Gores friends with the polar bear deal have to now explain their actions! Or do we only report what needs to be!!!

Frank S.
Frank S.5 years ago

Man, Rick Perry really likes to put his foot in his mouth. Somebody needs to tell him that the Fed is audited annually! If he keeps going this fast, he is going to make G.W. look like a genius!

Federal Reserve System
Are the Federal Reserve System and Reserve Banks ever audited?

"The Board is audited annually by a major public accounting firm. In addition, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) generally exercises its authority to conduct a number of reviews each year to look at specific aspects of the Federal Reserve's activities. The audit report of the public accounting firm and a complete list of GAO reviews under way are available in the Board's Annual Report, which is sent to Congress during the second quarter of each calendar year. Monetary policy is exempt from audit by the GAO because it is monitored directly by Congress through written reports, including the semiannual Monetary Policy Report to the Congress, prepared by the Board of Governors."-

Frank S.
Frank S.5 years ago

"The Board of Governors contracts with an accounting firm to conduct an audit of the Reserve Banks every year, and Board staff periodically reviews the operations of the Reserve Banks in key functional areas. The audited combined financial statements of the Reserve Banks are published in the Board's Annual Report."-

"The Reserve Banks, like the Board, are subject to audit by the GAO, but certain functions, such as transactions with foreign central banks and open market operations, are excluded from the GAO's audit. Each Reserve Bank has an internal auditor who is responsible to the

Bank's board of directors."-

Frank S.
Frank S.5 years ago

Nah, Rick Perry knows much more about manmade climate change than many in the scientific community do! So it can only mean that he easily knows much more about finance than all the financial experts at the Fed do! Lol.

Posted at 07:50 PM ET, 08/17/2011

Rick Perry’s politics of suspicion and accusation
By Stephen Stromberg

“I think there are a substantial number of scientists who have manipulated data so that they will have dollars rolling in to their — to their projects.”- Rick Perry

Craig C.
Craig C.5 years ago

Did you people miss his point? He was asking about the $16 trillion dollars yes you heard that $16 trillion lent to banks here in America and to Foreign banks which is your tax dollars on top of the $14.5 national debt. Why does nobody want to talk about that? Who are these banks that got this money and WHY? And now they want another secret bank? Really? Don't get me wrong i'm not for Perry at all don't like the man for many reasons but this one is a question for all concerned~