Saturday, August 13, 2011
August 12, 2011
There's a new Republican presidential candidate this weekend--Texas Governor Rick Perry-and he's different--different from some of his GOP competitors and very different from President Barack Obama. For one, he likes to jog armed.
He believes in low taxes and limited government. He's been governor for eleven years. Texas, the Washington Post reports, has no income tax, ranks 46th in the taxes it collects per capita and has accounted for between 30% and half of the new jobs created in the country in the past two years.
A quarter of the state's people lack health care coverage, the highest percent in the country. Texas ranks 47th in spending on schools and highest in the country for levels of chemicals released into water and carcinogens released into air, the Post says. So it's different, all right. Very different.
Is it what most Americans want? I guess we'll find out.