10 Reasons We Won’t Miss Rick Perry

On Monday, Rick Perry announced that he will not be seeking reelection as the governor of Texas next year, a proclamation that is sure to come as relief to progressives.

Perry, has done plenty in his 13 year tenure (longer than any other governor in Texan history) to cause his constituents a lot of grief. Here are 10 reasons we aren’t sad to see him go:

1. He legislates against women’s bodies

Let’s start with the most recent: lady hating.

Perry has worked to restrict women’s reproductive rights through various measures for some time now. After Wendy Davis successfully filibustered legislation that would effectively end abortion services throughout much of the state, Perry stepped in to assure everyone that the pro-choice movement would not be able to declare a victory.

Having the power to call a special Senate session in emergency situations, Perry decided that denying women health services was just the reason to use his privilege. What a hero!

2 … and their wallets

If you can’t trust women to make decisions about their own bodies, how can you trust them with money, either?

Last month, Perry vetoed a bill that would work to ensure women receive equal pay to men. Despite that women still make just 77 centers for each buck a man earns, Perry said he felt the legislation was unnecessary.

3. Uh, what’s the third one?

Let’s see. I can’t, I can’t [remember] with the third one. Sorry. Oops.

4. He is a major obstacle in the race to address climate change

With leaders like Perry politicizing rather than tackling the issue of global warming, the human race may be doomed. Perry has labeled this environmental crisis “all one contrived phony mess that is falling apart under its own weight.”

He even publicly denounced groups who tried to educate Texans about environmental policy.

As Perry sees it, scientists are fabricating climate change data in the hopes of profiting… you know, as opposed to corporations who are denying they are causing global warming so that they may continue to profit at the earth’s expense.

5. He wants to repeal corporate taxes

Of course Perry takes the corporations’ side: he might as well be their best friend. After all, he is very vocal about eliminating corporate taxes – a plan that sounds appealing to no one but CEOs and their cronies.

How strongly does Perry feel about this topic? Well, he actually compares it to the Civil Rights movement.

It’s pretty disturbing to liken a push to exclude wealthy entities from paying their fair share of taxes to an oppressed minority population seeking acceptance and equality.

Then again, it’s hard to imagine that a guy who vacations at a place called “Niggerhead” has a firm understanding of what Civil Rights is really about.

6. He is dismissive of the LGBTQ community’s fight for equality

When he’s not demonizing gay marriage in offensive commercials, Perry is diminishing the magnitude of the ongoing gay right’s movement, dismissively calling it “the flavor of the month.”

Sorry, Perry, but the movement’s popularity is more than a passing fad, and you’re sorely mistaken if you think it’ll disappear a few weeks from now.

A fan of both Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and a state’s right to define marriage as between a man and a woman, Perry has most recently championed the cause of excluding gays from the Boy Scouts, vowing “Not on my watch.”

7. He is an unapologetic killer

While serving as governor, Perry has overseen 250+ executions in his state, a national record.

He not only supports the death penalty, but has also tried to widen the pool of prisoners who can be put to death. Vetoing a bill that would exclude mentally disabled convicts, and decrying a Supreme Court decision that forbid kids under the age of 18 from being sentenced to death, Perry shows little mercy.

Sadly, that also includes cases where subsequent evidence indicates a person on death row is innocent.

In the infamous case of Cameron Todd Willingham, Perry refused to offer the man clemency or even a stay despite that new information had emerged to likely exonerate him. To this day, Perry shows no remorse for his role in the execution, although most now consider Willingham innocent.

8. His economic recovery “successes” stink

Though Perry labeled himself a “miracle man” for fixing Texas’s economy, the true results fall far short of miraculous. The jobs that Perry managed to create for his state were low wage and without health benefits. In fact, he oversaw the addition of more minimum wage positions than all other 49 states combined.

But, hey, a jobs a job, right? Maybe, but a minimum wage salary still leaves a lot of families living below the poverty line. As for the rest of the economy, his budget left Texas $27 billion in debt, the sort of deficit that Republicans tend to frown at.

9. He vetoed a bill making texting-and-driving illegal

Even though a Republican majority in the State House twice overwhelmingly tried to put legislation on the books to help keep the roads safer, Perry vetoed it once and would have done the same a second time if he hadn’t first intimidated the Senate from introducing the bill to its floor.

Perry’s reason for the veto?

“Freedom.” He thinks a texting while driving ban is just the government infringing on your rights… to be a distracted driver.

While Perry acknowledges the activity is “reckless and irresponsible,” he prefers educational outreach to tackle the problem instead of legislation.

Forgive us for laughing at his preference for “education” because…

10. He played a huge roll in the degradation of Texas’s educational system


The same man who suggested he would eliminate the Department of Education in a presidential debate similarly butchered his own state’s public education system.

The funding for schools has barely increased, despite a 21% enrollment increase.

As a result, Texas spends about $1,500 less on education per student than when Perry first assumed office. Moreover, Perry’s recent budget left the state’s schools short $4 billion. When test scores were lackluster, Perry blamed the immigrant population.

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Jim V
Jim V8 months ago


Jerome S
Jerome S8 months ago

thanks for sharing.

Jim Ven
Jim V1 years ago

thanks for the article.

Alexandra Rodda
Alexandra Rodda4 years ago

Past Member - you've really asked a fundamental question.
Int he early 1960s there was an experiment done. A donkey, a dog and a rooster were left in an walled enclosure with enough food, water etc
Some time later, it was discovered that the rooster was the dominant animal, and the other two - the strong donkey and the intelligent dog were submissive to it.
It seems that the less brain, the more there is a drive to become the post powerful.
This has to be corrected and the more intelligent, the more strong must step up and exercise power for the good of all, even if they'd rather be doing better things. It's a case of making sacrifices for the common good, like Marcus Aurelius did. (Though he was forced to.)

Dennis D.
Past Member 4 years ago

The sad part is that once upon a time. The republican party had great ideas. Helped write the majority of the civil right act.. The part that gutted the Voters right act was both republican and democrats. With a heavy influence from the republicans.

Today the republican party is a party of being clueless and with all the wrong answers.. Sad but all the same demonstrable shown by what has happened in Texas. 60 years ago.

Stephen Brian
Stephen Brian4 years ago

Hi Jean :)
(con't, I really wish we still had a character-counter on this site.)

It sucks a lot, but that's where things stand. Additional time can be used to complete business that could not be completed due to time-restraints. Perry used it in the intended manner. I am irritated that he used it to push through such badly written legislation, but as governor, it was his job to ensure that business of the legislature could be concluded if possible, whether about abortion, construction-regulations, workplace-safety, or whatever else, and he did it.

(I still don't quite understand Influence Explorer's page: It says more money was spent opposing Romney than total spending, $25 million vs. $14 million.)

Stephen Brian
Stephen Brian4 years ago

Hi Jean :)

It definitely was about the abortion-bill. That was the business of the session that could not be completed. The strikes may have been questionable, but frankly they seem to be justified: Normally I would consider those sorts of strikes to be abuse of the rules of procedure at best, but Davis was in the middle of using the rules of procedure to try to halt the business of the legislature. If she wanted to play by the letter of the rules, then she should have played by all of them and stayed on-topic in her filibuster.

I believe the bill is very badly written, and that this was probably the intent of at least some lawmakers, but there is good reasoning behind it as well: A clinic where surgery is performed, well-established and safe procedure or not, should conform to existing regulations regarding surgery. Abortion should not be given special treatment. However, I think those regulations should be made more lenient depending on the complication-rate of surgical procedures peformed. Also, when it comes to defunding Planned Parenthood, this is what happens when an organization uses tens of millions of tax-dollars for direct partisan politics in a single election. It took sides, and many Republicans are now about as likely to approve public funding for it as Democrats are to approve public funding for Tea Party groups.
It sucks a lot, but that's where thing

Joan E.
Joan E4 years ago

Mike S, if you are drinking the Fox News Kool-Ade about climate change because George Wallace used to be a Dixie-Crat and you still think Republicans have anything to do with the Abolitionist Party of Lincoln, you missed the news. The two parties switched places on racism half a century ago. You didn't notice who was voting for what when it comes to voter repression and Civil Rights lately?

Frank Hanline
Frank Hanline4 years ago

@ Ellen G: Perhaps you can tell us what the taxes will be on a family of 4, including Sales Tax, for one making $25,000/yr

Then perhaps $50,000/yr





When you do, perhaps you'll note the lower your income, the greater the taxes from all sources will be for you.

Then with cuts in education, Health Care and services, they'll have even less money to spend, further dampening economic growth. If all you need are rich people, lax regs and low taxes to have a strong economy, please explain Mexico

Georgia L.
Georgia L4 years ago

Wow, Mike is delusional. Ellen, when did 'conservatives' have to be bat guano crazy?