POLITICAL NOVELS  5:09 pm August 22, 2011

Rick Perry Oddly Finds Social Security Less Unconstitutional Than Last Week

by Kirsten Boyd Johnson

the gop's kafka.Rick Perry’s Texas conservative Jeebus freak routine includes some anti-establishment trailer park teabagger romance novel he released last year called “Fed Up!” One of the book’s themes is a general contempt for Social Security and social safety net programs for the elderly — typical polite parlor chat in rich white Southern homes, but not a concept suitable for a nation of older voters who have seen their pension funds and 401ks fed cyanide margaritas throughout the recession. What should Rick Perry tell those people? Easy! Just lie: “Rick Perry never said any of that, Social Security is cool, Rick Perry loves people who love Social Security just as much as he loves a photograph of a tiny baby wombat. Have you ever seen one of those? They’re so cute. Who doesn’t love cute? Rick Perry loves cute. CUTE.” Fine, we are paraphrasing, but only by a little. Rick Perry’s spokesman has never actually heard of “wombats.” How to spin this?  

WSJ Washington Wire blog:

[Perry] suggested the program’s creation violated the Constitution. The program was put in place, “at the expense of respect for the Constitution and limited government,” he wrote, comparing the program to a “bad disease” that has continued to spread. Instead of “a retirement system that is no longer set up like an illegal Ponzi scheme,” he wrote, he would prefer a system that “will allow individuals to own and control their own retirement.”

But since jumping into the 2012 GOP nomination race on Saturday, Mr. Perry has tempered his Social Security views. His communications director, Ray Sullivan, said Thursday that he had “never heard” the governor suggest the program was unconstitutional. Not only that, Mr. Sullivan said, but “Fed Up!” is not meant to reflect the governor’s current views on how to fix the program.

Yes. He never heard Perry say that. He might have read those words on a page, but he never heard it. Catch his drift? [WSJ]

 

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nounverb911 August 22, 2011 at 5:11 pm

And now a word from our sponsor, Rick "Don't Quote Me Bro" Perry.

finallyhappy August 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Couldn't a house drop on this lying mofo???

MichelesPantalones August 22, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Well … yes, but wouldn't that be a waste of a perfectly good house?

LiveToServeYa August 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

Not if it was underwater in the first place. That way, the owner could collect the insurance in the Being-Dropped-on-an-Asshole clause.

nounverb911 August 22, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Rick you better pray people don't buy your book and find out what you really think.

TrotskysAxe August 22, 2011 at 5:19 pm

Fortunately for him, they don't/can't read.

DaRooster August 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm

And can't afford it with no job.

MissusBarry August 22, 2011 at 6:20 pm

God forbid one go to a socialist library. Literally.

Negropolis August 23, 2011 at 2:30 am

Down in Texas they are privately funded and known as "Reading/Book Saloons" and contain all of the latest comic and coloring book material.

V572 T-Blow August 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Rick's never read it. Why should anyone else?

Chillwaver August 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm

You mean the Constitution, right?

DarwinianDemon August 22, 2011 at 9:34 pm

Oh they bought it, but if isn't on the dust jacket, they wont see it.

Chillwaver August 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

F' ED UP!

jus_wonderin August 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Well, it might be that Perry's mouth was filled with Koch so the words weren't "heard".

Steverino247 August 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

How do these assholes keep getting elected? Is NO ONE paying any attention after the word "Jesus" comes out of their mouths?

Sue4466 August 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Sub "Jesus" for "Ginger" and you got it.

Steverino247 August 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Yeah, that's about it. BAD DOGS, er, VOTERS!

Sue4466 August 22, 2011 at 5:46 pm

I must point out that my dogs are smarter than the average Tea Party voter.

finallyhappy August 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Unless your dogs are incredibly overbred- they are smarter than the way above average teabagger.

emmelemm August 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm

My dog is smarter, friendlier, spry-er even in his geriatric years, and much more fun to have around than the average Tea Partier.

ETA: His breath is atrocious and smells like South Street Seaport on a 100 degree afternoon, but it's still probably better than most Teabaggers.

MichelesPantalones August 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

My *cat* is smarter than the average teabagger. I pill him once, he knows better than to trust me ever again, no matter how nice I make with the "here kitty-kitty" bullshit. He rolls me the hairy eyeball, waits till I'm within grabbing distance, then takes off running, causing me to land on my ass to the merriment of any watchers or passers-by. These eejits keep voting for the same bullshit artists no matter how many times they get kicked in the teeth.

BarackMyWorld August 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Where in the Constitution does it say Rick Perry should even exist?

Pragmatist2 August 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

That bit about three-fifths of a person.

flamingpdog August 22, 2011 at 6:25 pm

In Leviticus 18:23?

Oh, wait, you say that's not in the Constitution?

BarackMyWorld August 22, 2011 at 6:44 pm

That's my new favorite Bible chapter.

MichelesPantalones August 22, 2011 at 8:36 pm

That's a whole lotta "do nots" to remember.

Negropolis August 23, 2011 at 2:38 am

The all time greatest hits:

18 “‘Do not take your wife’s sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.

21 “‘Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.

22 “‘Do not have sexual relations with a man as one does with a woman; that is detestable.

23 “‘Do not have sexual relations with an animal and defile yourself with it. A woman must not present herself to an animal to have sexual relations with it; that is a perversion.

horsedreamer_1 August 22, 2011 at 11:04 pm

Texas is not in the Constitution, nor were any "Texans" signatories to it.

The only solution to this egregious error is to repeal the Louisiana Purchase — & all other impositions of "Manifest Destiny".

evan7257 August 22, 2011 at 5:13 pm

People read?

Callyson August 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Past tense…as in, yes, once upon a time, people read…

MichelesPantalones August 22, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Who you callin' "people"?

Buzz Feedback August 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm

"Foreward by Newt Gingrich"

Yessum!

nounverb911 August 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm

Newt Gingrich? Isn't he that the guy from "Breakfast at Tiffany's"?

Gleem_McShineys August 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Close

"Breastfeed at Grifftany's"

Negropolis August 23, 2011 at 2:34 am

More like "Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner at Tiffany's."

flamingpdog August 22, 2011 at 6:29 pm

If only Newt were actually forward-thinking. Of thinking.

BarackMyWorld August 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm

The one who's ALSO running for president?

AWKWARD~!

SenileAgitation August 23, 2011 at 3:58 pm

if Perry walks back his Fed Up positions I guess he makes Newt take the stroll, too, so they can still be friends, but probably not kiss as much anymore

nounverb911 August 22, 2011 at 5:15 pm

The prayers of Texas have been answered, Perry has left the state (temporarily at least).

ifthethunderdontgetya August 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

How about our fight to save America From Texass?
~

emmelemm August 22, 2011 at 5:16 pm

Wombats are adorable.

Oh, and fuck Rick Perry with a rusty machete. Thank you.

V572 T-Blow August 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

One of these might be better than the machete.
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?q=wire+bru

facehead August 22, 2011 at 5:17 pm

The book was not intended to be a factual statement.

smokefilleddoommate August 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

And not intended to be an actual book.

FakaktaSouth August 22, 2011 at 5:18 pm

I believe he didn't "say" this. I believe he didn't write this book – did you SEE them big ol words, shoowee, whatever pardner. (kicks shit)

RIck just wants to be the Pres (or make money trying) He'll tell you what – after BofA helps Rick out, he'll let you know what he thinks next.

Sue4466 August 22, 2011 at 5:21 pm

The views in the book are his views on SUNDAY. Today is MONDAY. Thus, the book does not reflect his current views. Catch up people!

Rick's going to be doing a book a day to keep up with his shifting views. Thank god amazon does self publishing.

jus_wonderin August 22, 2011 at 5:24 pm

He should have gotten it published as a 3 ring binder. That way he could say "Page 102, take that one out and put in this new page 102."

Sue4466 August 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

So he's loose-leaf stupid?

Yep. That works.

MichelesPantalones August 22, 2011 at 6:39 pm

We used to do that with documentation for mainframes.

SmutBoffin August 22, 2011 at 5:31 pm

FLIP-FLOP

(Haha. Remember that shit? John Kerry? 2004? No? Nvrmnd.)

Sue4466 August 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

It's not a flip flop when Republicans do it.

When it's a republican, it's called being a maverick.

Yes, please let's bring back that term.

GunToting[Redacted] August 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

So, Perry participates in non-protected anal sex?

Wow, that works, too!

Doktor Zoom August 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm

Rick Perry is riding one of those not-so-swift boats.

Fukui_sanYesOta August 22, 2011 at 5:45 pm

It seems a tad shorter than the other boats too, how odd.

horsedreamer_1 August 22, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Rebecca Black is more consistent.

Pragmatist2 August 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Unlike the human race, Rick Perry evolves.

Sue4466 August 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

Daily, it appears. And based on polling, which is just like natural selection.

MichelesPantalones August 22, 2011 at 6:41 pm

He's just good at covering up the vestigial stuff — tail, gills, webbed feet.

gurukalehuru August 22, 2011 at 5:22 pm

not meant to reflect the governor’s current views on how to fix the program….is almost as good as "not intended as a factual statement."

MissusBarry August 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Really, the oldz teabaggers like just that one program? I'm shocked.

Also, keep the gubmint outs my soshul sekuritee!

nonbeliever7 August 23, 2011 at 8:25 am

Keep Socialist Government out of my Socialist Security!

Chillwaver August 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Is this the same Rick Perry that the "librul meedia" started calling a "front runner" before he even entered the GOP race?

GeorgiaBurning August 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm

He's always been a "front runner": whatever idea is in front, he's running on it

MichelesPantalones August 22, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Yep. And they just don't understand why he sputtered and fizzled so quickly, or why the Republicans keep yelling for another eejit to get in the race.

Pataki claims he's going to throw his hat in the ring next. Also, Paul Ryan, too.

mavenmaven August 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Don't listen to what I say, only look at what I do… no, that won't work either…

gvvt August 23, 2011 at 9:35 am

Take a look at my hair and these forceful, completely presidential thumbs-up gestures!

gullywompr August 22, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Making flippy floppy.

nounverb911 August 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Needs more Viagra.

weejee August 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

How to spin this?

This is a tale too Grimm for even a moose's daughter to spin Perry's straw into gold.

BTW, Ricky's real name is Rumpledforeskin.

widestanceshakedown August 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

Perry will lead the Perry Book Burning for America event immediately following the Perry Book Signing for Freedom event.

nounverb911 August 22, 2011 at 5:25 pm

“will allow individuals to own and control their own retirement.”
Just as long as the Koch boys get their cut.

Tundra Grifter August 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

This book is obviously so 2010. Just ask Rick Perry.

ThundercatHo August 22, 2011 at 5:26 pm

Instead a presidential seal or "Liberty" and "Freedom" on his cowboy boots he should have boots made with the more accurate "Lying" and "Ratfucker" stamped on them. This will also help him put them on the correct feet when he gets up to go jogging for coyotes in the morning.

zhubajie August 22, 2011 at 9:20 pm

Put ' "Lying" and "Ratfucker" ' on the soles, so he leaves those words behind him wherever he goes!

SmutBoffin August 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm

Other things Perry has had to repudiate:

1) his college education (while still enrolled, mostly)
2) his repeated assertion that "Zeppelin rules dude!"
3) his marriage to a less worthy firearm
4) his association with hair products that have no "hold"

Chillwaver August 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

This is good news for the other pretty-haired flip flopper running for Prez.

nounverb911 August 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Marcus Bachmannn?

Chillwaver August 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

All of 'em, Katie.

BTWBFDIMHO August 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

What if we read the book before commenting? Oh, wait.

SayItWithWookies August 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Why can't the gotcha media judge Rick Perry on his rugged good looks and his aura of backwoodsy independence?

V572 T-Blow August 22, 2011 at 5:47 pm

A few events in the interim have diminished the broad market appeal that construct had in, say, 2000 or 2004.

Fox n Fiends August 22, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Note to Rick: The Republican Party is a Ponzi Scheme.

iburl August 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

Happy Days is a Fonzie scheme.

Doktor Zoom August 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Fear and Loathing is a Gonzo scheme.

inapewetrust August 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

growing miniature trees in pots is a bonsai scheme

not that Dewey August 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm

The Great Caruso was a Mario Lanza scheme.

Doktor Zoom August 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Don Quixote was a Panza scheme

glamourdammerung August 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm

I can not believe that anyone would accuse Perry of pandering. After all, as a conservative he should be allowed to have multiple, conflicting stances, right?

SexySmurf August 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

"After all, as a conservative he should be allowed to have multiple, conflicting wide stances, right? "

/fixed

glamourdammerung August 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

I thought the complaining about teh gheys while obviously craving one+ cocks in his orifice(s) was already covered by the conflicting stances part.

MichelesPantalones August 22, 2011 at 6:45 pm

And a HUGE opening, also. Too.

zhubajie August 22, 2011 at 9:21 pm

A pander has to have some attractive harlots to present, doesn't he?

cuzcorrelation August 22, 2011 at 5:34 pm

war is peace, freedom is slavery, ignorance is strength, etc. etc.

MrFizzy August 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Burn down the village to save it.

comrad_darkness August 22, 2011 at 6:15 pm

This is starting to sound like the best Plan C going.

inapewetrust August 22, 2011 at 5:52 pm

intelligence is stupid

GOPCrusher August 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I can't wait to hear how he's going to distance himself from saying that Texas should secede from the United States.

not that Dewey August 22, 2011 at 6:19 pm

His communications director would like you to know that the words coming out of his mouth are not meant to reflect the Governor's views on secessionism.

zhubajie August 22, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Talking out his ass doesn't count?

tihond August 23, 2011 at 8:41 am

He'll just say he was saying "Texas should succeed from the Union."

fartknocker August 22, 2011 at 5:35 pm

I'm pretty sure that with Rick's Dad being born in 1925 and his mom being born in 1928 that they probably both have utilized some form of Social Security in there "golden years." I'll bet if some fine journalist went and talked to them and the fine folks in Haskell County, Texas, one would find that these folks rely on some form of Federal assistance.

I just love this argument about how Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security is not constitutional except when it comes to the person in power – because they are different.

glamourdammerung August 22, 2011 at 5:56 pm

In fairness, conservatives certainly are different.

zhubajie August 22, 2011 at 9:23 pm

*Does* he take care of his aged parents? Or does he pretend they don't exist, need food, etc.? He doesn't strike me as the sort who takes filial piety very seriously.

Doktor Zoom August 22, 2011 at 5:36 pm

Listen: Ricky Pilgrim has come unstuck in reality.

Radiotherapy® August 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

Perry's New New Deal.

metamarcisf August 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

Calling his book "Fed Up' was no coincidence. Rick Perry's favorite fast food? A Bilderburger with Cheese.

kissawookiee August 22, 2011 at 5:38 pm

"comparing the program to a “bad disease” that has continued to spread."

So that's where Herman Cain caught The Cancer.

metamarcisf August 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

Rick Perry goes on to say that if congress disagrees with a decision of the Supreme Court, they can override it with a 2/3 vote. Alexander Hamilton's got nothing on this guy!

north_of_moscow August 22, 2011 at 5:40 pm

"I didn't mean what I said, I didn't say what I meant, who do I have to blow to become president?"

metamarcisf August 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm

Although Rick Perry believes in states rights and the Tenth Amendment is printed on his vanity toilet paper, he favors constitutional amendments to outlaw all abortion and gay marriage.

inapewetrust August 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm

people already own and control their own retirement – you can start a 401K or stock up on golden pirate doubloons or put all your cocaine income into t-bills or whatever the fuck you want to do. this is simply about the financial industry's hard-on for the hot sexy cash in the social security trust fund, which it would of course make mysteriously disappear.

unclejeems August 24, 2011 at 1:18 am

Truly and well said.

MissTaken August 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm

FED UP! Our Fight To Save America From Washington

Vote for me for Prez so I can go to Washington and really show you just how bad Washington is for you! Yee Haw!

metamarcisf August 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Rick Perry wants to do away with the Sixteenth amendment (income tax of course) and the Seventeenth Amendment (people aren't smart enough to elect their own senators – leave that to the State Legislatures)

HistoriCat August 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Might as well get rid of the Fifteenth and Fourteenth amendments too …

oh heck – throw in the Thirteenth as well! That should settle things quite nicely.

AJWjr. August 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

Pretty much all of 'em beyond the 10th, is my understanding. And that 6th one kinda scares most of 'em, too.

DaRooster August 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Rick Perry, you are just another dumb-ass douche from Texas… and it is far too soon.

philpjfry August 23, 2011 at 10:02 am

Perfect!

metamarcisf August 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

Rick Perry: "Last night I shot a coyote in my jogging suit. How he got in my jogging suit, I don't know."

unclejeems August 24, 2011 at 1:19 am

Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk . . .

comrad_darkness August 22, 2011 at 5:43 pm

>will allow individuals to own and control their own retirement.

Will allow my friends on Wall Street to rob them blind, fully constitutionally. –Fixed.

mumbly_joe August 22, 2011 at 6:00 pm

That's the thing, isn't it? Which of the two looks more like a Ponzi scheme, the program that is still running a technical surplus (even though admittedly that money exists in the form of government bonds), or your pre-2007 401K, which no longer exists, even though financial executives are earning record bonuses?

Truth is, the GOP wants to turn social security into a Ponzi scheme, which is why their "brilliant budget balancing scheme" is to try and wipe out the bonds held in the Social Security fund without repayment, i.e, loot Social Security to pay for tax cuts for the super-rich.

MrFizzy August 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Hi, I'm Rick Perry. Listen here, it's obvious I'm a dumb fuck, but by comparison to W and Sarah Palin, I must seem like John Stuart Mill. Thank ya'll for havin' such low expectations, and I'll see you at the voting booth.

comrad_darkness August 22, 2011 at 5:58 pm

What I totally don't get about this non-stop victim whine from the Right is they have had their way for 30 fucking years. 30 god-damn years they have destroyed food safety, drug safety, worker safety, they've given the rich and corporations free rein to fuck over and dodge every last tax they owe, and thrown in some with ridiculous tax refunds in the billions. They've done all this, bitched and moaned about what sorry ass victims the rich and corporations are and how they will take their ball and go home and fuck us all over more if we don't give them even more candy and pat them on the head for poisoning us all, and here we are, 30 fucking years later, the middle class is living in poverty with zero wage growth for decades, deeply in debt to banks committing fraud as a business model and this motherfuckers just bitch and whine and want more of the same damn thing. They want to "take the country back" from the same damn set of decimated government and tax scams for the rich they've been getting for thirty years. The country's a wreck, and the fucking diabetic addled teabagging idiots and the Jesus humpers scream about how liberals are treasonous bastards for not going along with this plan.

I really can't take it anymore. What the fuck is going on??

emmelemm August 22, 2011 at 6:07 pm

Happy Monday to you too.

In seriousness, though, it's reeeallllly getting dark in here. Dawn better come soon, or we are all well and truly done for.

comrad_darkness August 22, 2011 at 6:13 pm

That darkness is just Hurricane Irene approaching.

Rotundo_ August 22, 2011 at 6:28 pm

Politics as usual in the United States of America! And yes, so long as the "nears" get it worse, these fine folks will gladly vote people in who will slit their economic throats and laugh all the way to the bank doing so. And they won't get charged the same sorts of fees we do either…

Ohforcripessake August 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Reminds me of the poster from dispair dot com that read "It's always darkest before it goes pitch-black."

gvvt August 23, 2011 at 9:46 am

"Never underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups."

iburl August 22, 2011 at 7:21 pm

They will keep getting away with it too as long as so-called Democrats think that "the center" is halfway between what the average Democrat and the average Republican want. The reality is that the center will keep moving more and more rightward until we have a democratic party that HAS SOME FUCKING PRINCIPLES! In other words, it will keep happening forever.

BlueStateLibel August 22, 2011 at 9:09 pm

Americans have adopted Social Darwinism, even though they reject Evolution. They're applying their idea of "Survival of the Fittest" to human society, something Darwin never intended, and makes no sense, since we are social animals living in cooperative societies. It will end in a very ugly way; hopefully I won't be around by then.

Nothingisamiss August 22, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Thank you for the rant.

rahelio August 22, 2011 at 10:41 pm

the dumbest part is that if you go to the comment section on your run-of-the-mill teatard blog (or the wall street journal), they'll claim that all this bad stuff is happening because of Socialism! and Reverse Racism! and Terrorists!

The downward spiral was helped along by democrats (acting like republicans) but it just makes the blame harder to assign.

MrFizzy August 23, 2011 at 8:11 am

There's a very simple answer to this (good rant by the way): much like the 9/11 hijackers flying themselves into buildings, the only possible explanation is that they're brainwashed. Monied Republican conservatives have figured out how to manipulate more than half of this country into doing things that are against their own self interest. Stupidity reigns supreme. Time to head for Panama or Canada.

Ayn Rand Paul Tard August 22, 2011 at 6:01 pm

By taking all sides on a position president Perry can then honestly say that he clearly stated his actions before he was elected. Too bad if you don't want to be made into Soylent Green. And no, he won't wait until you're dead, it'll just pinch for a sec.

Barrelhse August 22, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Dick Perry.

MichelesPantalones August 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

I dunno. Dan Savage has threatened to make Rick Santorum's first name into a household word along the lines of his last name. Yesterday's definition for "Rick" was "someone who licks up the santorum," I think. Anyway. Rick sounds like a good name for Perry. And then, there's always (P)Rick, where the (P) is silent.

Barrelhse August 22, 2011 at 7:55 pm

Well, not to gossip, but I understand that Charlie Chan was quite jealous. Whenever he would get oral his wife would say "Rick! Rick!"

MichelesPantalones August 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

How did she say anything with his dick in her mouth?

Steverino247 August 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm

Four legs good. Two legs better. Two legs and great hair best.

MichelesPantalones August 22, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Four legs only good if you can use one of them to stand one while the other three take turns dusting Rick's bum.

GeorgiaBurning August 22, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Perry's respect for the Constitution is like a dog's respect for a fire hydrant. He'll mark all sides.

fuflans August 22, 2011 at 6:17 pm

rick perry should meet honey badger.

genxr August 22, 2011 at 7:16 pm

honey badger doesn't give a fuck about rick perry

rocktonsam August 22, 2011 at 6:18 pm

Rick W. Perry

W= what?

zhubajie August 22, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Worthlessasshole?

Guppy06 August 22, 2011 at 6:21 pm

Rick said nothing of the sort! His ghost writer, on the other hand…

Callyson August 22, 2011 at 6:37 pm

His communications director, Ray Sullivan, said Thursday that he had “never heard” the governor suggest the program was unconstitutional.
"Lalalalala, I am not listening…"

JustPixelz August 22, 2011 at 6:46 pm

"will allow individuals to own and control their own retirement"

Prior to the Great Depression, the elderly — as 30 year olds were called back then — had company pensions and savings accounts for their retirement. When the Depression hit, the companies that held the pensions went bankrupt and the banks failed when mortgagees couldn't make their payments. (Fortunately that can never happen again!)

The upshot was individuals who had controlled some or all of their retirement were suddenly penniless. Forced to return to work or keep working, these people magnified unemployment, especially as they displaced younger workers. The kind of younger workers who were voted "most likely to build barricades" when they dropped out of high school. In steps the Federal government with a way to coax those seniors out of the work force. By paying them.

Retirement funds tied to the economy discourage retirement during bad times. You want to help unemployment? Allow penalty-free IRA withdrawals at age 50, make health insurance available at "employer rates" for people up to age 65. Do that and I'm outta here.

Steverino247 August 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm

I'll feel safer flying, too, as the flight attendants on the plane will be women who aren't there for the health insurance, but can actually perform the tasks on the safety card.

zhubajie August 22, 2011 at 9:29 pm

If you read 19th century literature, bank failures destroying someone's retirement plans come up all the time, because the situation happened every 20 years or so. Read Conrad's _End of the Tether_, for example.

gvvt August 23, 2011 at 10:00 am

It's not unlike any other "guarantee" that is supposed to remain in force X years down the road. My favorite is spent-uranium storage at Yucca Mountain: "Dose assessments were to continue beyond 10,000 years and be placed in DOE's Environmental Impact Statement,.." or until the Tea Party decides that it's too expensive and based on bad science….

Nothingisamiss August 22, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Amen, baby.

JustPixelz August 22, 2011 at 6:49 pm

"Honor your father and your mother", Ricky. It's in the Bible. You can look it up. There's other stuff in there you might find discomforting.

genxr August 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm

Rick, show me in the Constitution where it says you have to be a dumb fuck.

widget2011 August 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

Great book according to Rush Limbaugh, that says all I need to know. I prefer the 1 star reviews, too bad there aren't any Ø star reviews. My review, without reading.

Vapid, trash talking POS written by an idiot, who probably can't even read, let alone write a book. Self-serving, vacillating positions on all issues, written by Chuck Norris's quasi-ghostwriting nit-wit from WND, co-authored by Turd Blossom & Tundra Grifter.

-5 Stars at best.

AJWjr. August 22, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Ricky the Carnivorous Pony.

AJWjr. August 22, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Ricky Bobby.

zhubajie August 22, 2011 at 9:18 pm

Perryland, where the wounded wombat wails.

OneDollarJuana August 22, 2011 at 10:29 pm

Sounds like Perry has a bit of Romney's virus. Kind of makes one flip-flop.

snoopyfan2010 August 22, 2011 at 11:10 pm

I hope he runs and loses. That is the only way we will be able to get rid of him in Texas.

Angry_Marmot August 23, 2011 at 12:24 am

Naked-nosed or hairy-nosed wombat? 'Cause I don't think he should be trusted with either.

Negropolis August 23, 2011 at 2:26 am

Well, you know what this means, right? Time to bust out the puppy pictures, and/or more tax cuts as distractions.

Negropolis August 23, 2011 at 2:29 am

Not only that, Mr. Sullivan said, but “Fed Up!” is not meant to reflect the governor’s current views on how to fix the program.

Are you fucking kidding me? Did he actually just use the #notintendedasafactualstatement bullshit?

LiveToServeYa August 23, 2011 at 9:42 am

Do you know who *else* got into power because people didn't read his book?

widget2011 August 23, 2011 at 10:39 am

John Kasich?

guangho August 24, 2011 at 8:47 am

Too easy.

Donald Trump of course.

anniegetyerfun August 23, 2011 at 12:21 pm

To be perfectly fair, Perry never SAID that. He WROTE that. Well, somebody wrote that and it was published in Rick Perry's name.

ttommyunger August 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

I found an old copy of Perry's book, but couldn't make out the words; Crayon does not hold up over time.

NadePaulKuciGravMcKi August 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Slick Rick Perry the new Bush
not quite ready for prime-time

Sue4466 August 22, 2011 at 6:10 pm

And more consistent in their logic and policies too.

user-of-owls August 22, 2011 at 10:36 pm

Who's The Boss was a Danza scheme.

not that Dewey August 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Pants without belts are a sans-a scheme.

not that Dewey August 22, 2011 at 10:52 pm

Air travel in Germany is a Lufthansa scheme.

Doktor Zoom August 22, 2011 at 11:11 pm

The turbocharged Chevy Corvair was a Monza scheme.

not that Dewey August 22, 2011 at 11:50 pm

Late-night mail-order knives are a ginsu scheme.

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