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Up until 1989, Rick Perry was actually a Democrat.
« on: August 26, 2011, 12:48:38 pm »
Up until 1989, Rick Perry was actually a Democrat. In 1987, he supported a $5.7 billion tax hike

More than 20 years ago, the Republican presidential frontrunner was on the other side of the aisle. Will his record come back to haunt him?

It's no secret that Texas Gov. Rick Perry is a "no-apologies conservative" — but not all voters know the new Republican frontrunner used to be a Democrat. Perry spent several years as a Democrat in the Texas state House — and always clearly had conservative leanings — before officially switching parties in 1989. Will his somewhat forgotten, blue-tinted past affect his bid for the GOP presidential nomination? Here are four questions that might come up in the campaign:

1. When did Perry sour on the social safety net?
These days, Perry believes "Social Security and Medicare are public policy blunders and are probably unconstitutional," says Mark R. Yzaguirre at FrumForum. But back when he was a Democratic state lawmaker, pretty much everyone on his side of the aisle supported both programs. Perry seems to suggest, as Ronald Reagan did, that he didn't leave the Democrats, but that instead, they abandoned him by lurching left. But the fundamental liberal position on Social Security and Medicare hasn't changed since 1968, so primary voters will want and deserve to know when Perry changed his mind, and why.

2. Why the abrupt jump from blue to red?
It's not as if Perry underwent some gradual ideological transformation, says Alan Colmes at Liberaland. He was Al Gore's Texas state chair in 1988 when the Tennessee Democrat ran for president the first time. Perry has since suggested that his experience with Gore served as a sort of road-to-Damascus moment that helped push Perry to "the side of the angels." But there are still plenty of questions of what, exactly, motivated Perry to switch sides.

3. Is Perry just masking his old Democratic beliefs?
Perry isn't alone in switching sides — the Left, with its "welfare boondoggle," has driven plenty of fiscally conservative Democrats into the arms of the GOP, says Will Malven at The Houston Conservative. Even as a Democrat, Perry was a "fierce fiscal conservative always arguing for more austere budgets," and his conservative views have "never wavered." Still, skeptics are sure to wonder whether Perry's "just another smooth talking closet moderate (or even liberal) who has adopted a conservative facade out of political expediency." He isn't — but Perry must be prepared to set disbelievers straight.

4. And what about Perry's past votes for tax increases?
"A raging liberal he was not," says Jay Root in The New York Times. Perry was, after all, a former rancher and Air Force pilot representing rural Texans. But he did "cast some votes and took a few stands that seem to be at odds" with his Tea Party conservatism today. "The most vivid example is his support of the $5.7 billion tax hike in 1987, which was opposed by most Republican lawmakers and "triggered the largest tax increase ever passed in modern Texas." Oops.

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Re: Up until 1989, Rick Perry was actually a Democrat.
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2011, 10:17:49 pm »
It was like shortly afterwards when some "supposedly Democrats" started converted to Republican, why? That was when the supposedly "Reagan Revolution" started to get into full swing(around the early 1990's) - it was a big deception and was done all by Gingrich's "Contract to America" was nothing but a setup to slowly but surely plant the seeds for the economic collapse during the Clinton years.

BTW, I wonder why we haven't seen any Democrats converting in recent years? ::)

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« Reply #2 on: September 01, 2011, 04:08:06 pm »

A secret plan by the New World Order to kill off America’s most dangerous people, the Texans, is moving forward as an actual law now that the Texas House of Representatives has approved an 85mph speed limit in the nation’s second most populous state. Cloaked experts from the Council of Malthusian Relations announced from their Temple today that Texans may be reduced by as much as a third in the coming year. “They have high-speed roadways in Europe, and there could be some merit in having some of those highways in Texas,” said Republican Rep. Lois Kolkhorst, who introduced the bill while reading from a glossy brochure provided to her by the Club of Rome’s population reduction propaganda office.

Secret globalist and “former Democrat” Rick Perry is expected to approve the bill, as his goal is to kill off whatever Texans he cannot enslave in FEMA camps.

The AP bureau in Austin reports that even generally evil insurance companies are taken aback by the Republican plan to kill off the main source of Republican votes: drunken old white people driving terribly and not wearing seatbelts because they hate Ralph Nader.

    “Obviously, the two things that kill most people on our highways are speed and alcohol. Increasing it to 85, or even 75, will have a dramatic impact on the death and injury rate on those highways where it’s implemented,” said Jerry Johns, a spokesman for the Southwestern Insurance Information Service.

The spokesman noted that Texans already speed way beyond the 70mph posted limit, so they’ll probably think it’s okay to drive over 90mph once the new signs go up.