Random spraying of allegations

There must be something to this Gov. Perry guy. He\’s causing a near random spraying of allegations:

Thanks to Perry, some Texas school children must pay to ride a bus to class, and when challenged about his (proposed) budget cuts to Medicaid that would shock a state already ranked ninth in the union for the percentage of elderly living in poverty, Perry huffed that the idea that senior citizens faced being turned out on the street was nothing more than an urban legend: \”I will suggest nobody disappeared.\”

What on earth does Medicaid have to do with the elderly living in pocerty?

The health care program for the old is MediCare, not Medicaid: the latter is the program for the poor (a program which is then supplemented by county based programs of health care for the indigent….that lots of people have no health care insurance is true, that lots of people have no health care treatment is not, something we\’re mostly not told).

In another statement of impressive audacity, he recently called for Obama to \”put a moratorium on regulations across this country\” that are \”killing jobs all across America\”.

Eliminating \”all regulations\” would, of course, put an end to, among other things, the safety testing of food and drugs, government oversight of transportation and even the ban of medical experiments on animal-human hybrids! A Perry regulation moratorium would add an element of risk to going to the grocery store, getting on a plane, even stepping out of the house, though it could provide lifetime employment for mad scientists and the like. It would be total anarchy: Mad Max meets Dr Moreau.

Blimey: a \”moratorium\” is \”no new ones\” not \”rip up all extant ones\”.

12 thoughts on “Random spraying of allegations”

  1. The progs who write for the Graun and WaPo are shit scared of Perry, which is fine by me. And, if their Sun God does get elected it’ll only be by a massive propaganda effort on their part. It’ll permanently destroy whatever remaining delusions in the public mind there are about media neutrality. Win/win.

  2. The problem I have with Rick Perry is that even by the standards of politicians, he’s extraordinarily ignorant about economics.

  3. “he’s extraordinarily ignorant about economics”: mm, but this would matter more if economics had proven itself useful by – for instance – predicting the Great Financial Crisis.

    What’s hard to understand about “stop the wars and bring the troops home from the foreign bases”? “Stop some other ludicrous government expenditures and subsidies”? “Try to find a few federal taxes you can increase without too much collateral damage”? “And a few you can decrease too”? “Stop immigration of unskilled labour while you’ve got serious unemployment problems”? “Stop the impeding of coal mining and oil drilling”? Et bloody cetera. Not a single economic abstraction among the more urgent actions required.

  4. Philip Scott Thomas

    I don’t care what subjects a politician is ignorant about. He needs only to realise he is ignorant about them and to go ask the right people for their advice.

    Unless the politician is running for God, we can’t really expect him to be omniscient. And the position of God isn’t up for re-election in 2012 anyway.

  5. Mind you, I don’t think I could bring myself to vote for the anti-evolutionary types. But then I’m not an American citizen – which precludes my voting, though not necessarily my being President. Funny old world!

  6. @Philip Scott Thomas:
    I don’t care what subjects a politician is ignorant about. He needs only to realise he is ignorant about them and to go ask the right people for their advice.

    I agree. Perry’s problem is that he seems to think that because he’s best mates with God, he doesn’t need advisors. It’s the same kind of hubris that infects left-wingers but more religious and less narcissistic.

  7. dearieme: I don’t think politicians need to be experts in economics, and there’s a convincing argument to be made that they shouldn’t be. I’m talking about basic economic literacy – things like “free trade hurts everybody” and “supply and demand can be dictated by the government at will”.

  8. dearieme,

    Mind you, I don’t think I could bring myself to vote for the anti-evolutionary types.

    I used to think that, but the more I look at politicians, the more I’m likely to vote for someone like that. It’s like someone who likes their Chateau Palmer or screwing hookers. If that’s where they get their kicks and the rest of the time they manage the economy well, that’s much better than some egotistical tosser like Blair who will march off to war or spend billions on some IT bondoogle.

  9. There’s a big difference between a souse, a skirt-chaser and a creationist. The first two are embracing reality, the last is denying it. That’s a very bad trait in a politician.

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