For months, the punditocracy has bemoaned the fact that the GOP field was boring and lacked any credible candidates to take on the “Anointed One.” This all changed on August 13 when Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he would be throwing his hat into the ring.
Governor Perry jumped to the top of the polls almost immediately upon entering the race and is seen by many as the likely nominee. A Perry-Obama race would offer the electorate a stark choice in November 2012 because the two men have drastically different visions for the country.
Governor Perry represents the Texas model, which consists of small government, low taxes and low regulation, whereas President Obama represents the model of big government, class warfare and bureaucratic socialism. This difference in philosophy was most evident when Perry said in his opening press conference, “I’ll work to try to make D.C. as inconsequential in your lives as I can.”
Many liberals are laughing off a Perry candidacy because they believe that he is too stupid, too religious and sounds too much like George W. Bush to be president.
However, this line of attack gets less credible with every day that passes, because the Obama administration is starting to make Jimmy Carter look competent.
This administration has presided over three straight trillion-dollar-plus budget deficits, a 9.1 percent unemployment rate, 0.8 percent growth in GDP for the first half of 2011, a 2,000 page healthcare bill that had to be passed so we could find out what was in it, a $787 billion stimulus bill for jobs that were not quite shovel ready, a National Labor Relations Board that is preventing Boeing from creating thousands of jobs in South Carolina and the first ever credit downgrade in our nation’s history.
Meanwhile, Texas has thrived during Perry’s 11-year reign. Texas is responsible for forty percent of all new jobs created since June 2009.
Perry also signed property tax relief, worth $15.7 billion, and tort reform into law. There are even rumors that he shot a coyote with his .380 Ruger that was threatening his dog.
What is there not to like? Meanwhile, things continue to get worse in Washington D.C. for Obama.
Last Friday the Department of Labor announced that no new jobs were created in the month of August.
Also, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) predicted that the unemployment rate would remain at 9 percent through Election Day.
No president has been reelected with an unemployment rate above 7.2 percent since Franklin Roosevelt.
At this point, the only thing that can save the Obama presidency from being a failed one is for the current economic malaise to somehow turn around in the next fourteen months.
However, the only way to jumpstart an American economic recovery is for President Barack Hussein Obama to join the 16 million people who are out of work in November 2012.
In 2008, the Obama campaign was all about hope and change. Now all the American people can do is hope for change in 2012.
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