Results, Not Rhetoric, From Rick Perry
Over the weekend, Rick Perry issued a challenge to Hillary Clinton. He tweeted that “Americans want results not rhetoric.”
As Governor of Texas, Rick Perry certainly got results.
– At the end of his term of Governor, Texas began to lose tens of thousands of jobs per month, as the boom-and-bust cycles of the oil industry that Rick Perry had allied himself with hit Texans hard.
– Rick Perry increased the economic burden on poor and middle class workers while giving huge government packages to fossil fuels companies, even as the contribution by those companies to the state economy fell.
– Thanks to Rick Perry’s policy of promoting the oil and gas industry at the expense of environmental standards, Texas has the highest rate of carbon dioxide emissions of any state in the union.
– Under Rick Perry, poverty grew in Texas. Texas now has the fifth highest rate of poverty in the nation. Only states like Mississippi and Alabama have more poverty than Texas.
– If you do have a job in Texas, watch out. Texas ranks highest of all U.S. states in the rate of worker deaths.
– Texas is dead last in the nation in terms of the percentage of its adult residents who have graduated from high school.
– Texas is among the bottom 5 states in terms of teacher pay, and that neglect has brought results – Texas ranks 47th in SAT scores.
– During Rick Perry’s time as governor, Texas achieved the lowest rate of literacy in all the USA.
– Under Rick Perry, Texas came to have the lowest rate of health insurance coverage in the nation.
– As much as Rick Perry claims to be pro-life, under his watch, Texas provided the lowest rate of prenatal care in the first trimester of pregnancy of any state.
– Texas also ranks lowest in the nation in terms of voter turnout.
So, yes, Rick Perry certainly knows how to get results – negative results of the sort that nobody would hope to emulate. In the 2016 presidential election, we shouldn’t allow Rick Perry to do to America what he did to Texas.