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Let the puff pieces begin…

Alas, they love him, they really do love him…

Wyatt Andrews of CBS “News” fawns over him, starting with this bit of scientific “fact” (no doubt fact checked from two alternate sources like all good “journalists”):

Perry is going to have a big effect on this race.

And then:

Some call this the “Texas Miracle.” But with Perry as governor, the state has added hundreds of thousands more jobs than any state by far. And in a country desperate for jobs, this issue — and Perry’s claim that he deserves the credit — sets him apart.

Don’t let him read what Krugman thinks about the Rick Perry “miracle”.

Anyway, I really don’t know enough about Perry to make a substantial statement about him except for I can already tell he’s going to be the “media darling” of this race.

That and it looks like the same guy who does Edwards’ hair does his.


To be more fair about the Krugman bit, I’ll be honest having read this and a couple others by him about Perry before writing the original post, I can’t say I’m entirely convinced by his (Krugman’s) arguments. That’s not to say Krugman’s points aren’t true, but there is a sense in the same way that I am, that there’s some bias and “reaching” here. We don’t want to believe in the “Texas Miracle” so we’re going to kick it down without full analysis.

Personally of course, Perry being a Republican “leader” is off to a bad foot for me, but the whole deal with the prayer garbage really pisses me off. I have no issue with being a preacher or a politician, but it’s when you mix the two it gets my back up. They can try to rewrite history as much as they want, and certainly Perry is hardly the first one, but the fact is it’s not what our forefathers intended and for good reason.

I’ll leave the “Separation of Church and State” issue to another post some other day but just as a quick aside since it seems to be the common argument these days – just because the forefathers believed in God doesn’t mean they wanted it in government. Many if not most of them held slaves too, but they took care not to permanently institutionalize it. Permit unfortunately yes, institutionalize, no. We shouldn’t confuse their personal lives with what they believed a perfect state should look like.

That said, our forefathers were smart but they’re also dead. The country didn’t look anything like it does today, so perhaps at times we have to find our own bearings in uncharted waters…


This latest column by Krugman does a lot better job of showing the fallacy of the “Texas Miracle”. Perhaps more importantly it shows why even if it works, it isn’t a template for the entire nation.

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