Rick Perry attacks Mitt Romney, Pres. Obama in policy speech

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  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 1, 2011 1:16 p.m.

    To bebot - although I've already agreed that government can sometimes be too overreaching, claiming that "our freedom is all but gone" is a ridiculously ignorant comment. I assume that you, like me, have the freedom to:

    Pack up all your belongings and move anywhere from Hawaii to Maine on a whim, without any paperwork or application.

    Choose any and all of your friends.

    Worship at the church of your choice, or be a devil-worshiper, or be an atheist, without even a hint of government coercion.

    Run for public office as a Democrat, Republican, Independent, Green Party, Nazi, Communist, or Llama Lover, and face no prosecution if you lose.

    Write editorial comments to the newspaper without any fear of repercussions.

    Go to WalMart and find a gazillion options for every conceivable product, and purchase whatever you can afford.

    Prepare for and pursue the career of your choice.

    Pick up on a whim and vacation anywhere in the country you want, whenever you want.

    I'm running out of my 200 words, but I could go on for a very long time. Besides being unable to smoke pot, I'm curious about all the oppression under which you think you live.

    Oct. 1, 2011 12:33 p.m.


    A drug dealer is an attempted murderer? What about the state liquor store? What about tobacco companies?(I believe that they should be shut down because the costs of cancer treatment and the direct correlation to death). For you to say someone who is in jail for drug use(personal drug use, not a violent drug dealer), is worse than someone who cheats hundreds of people out of millions is where I disagree with current policy. White collared crimes haven't been persecuted until very recently. If we outlaw drugs lets outlaw liquor and tobacco too.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Oct. 1, 2011 9:01 a.m.

    To bebot

    I differ on my opinion of drug usage. As far as I'm concerned, drug dealers are attempted murderers, and turning it into to a regulated, legal business just turns attempted murder into a legal operation. To me, the callous indifference to the havoc wreaked by hooking people on drugs that so often lead to an escalation of use, addiction, misery, and even death is so despicable that I think it's worse than embezzlement, and should carry heavier penalties.

    I do agree we are a far different country than our founding fathers pictured, and our freedoms are indeed impaired by a bloated and heavy-handed government. But, I certainly don't imagine that our founding fathers pictured a potheaded population of drug addicts, and morally bankrupt drug dealers with no value whatsoever for the impact of their activities on human lives.

    Oct. 1, 2011 12:56 a.m.

    To DSB,

    My point was drug charges often carry larger sentences than insider trading and embezzlement cases. Why allow tobacco and alcohol use, but in order to stop marijuana we sacrifice millions and millions of dollars plus however many deaths because of the drug cartels. It's not the governments job to tell me what I can and can't do with my body, let alone put me in jail for years for using drugs. Our country doesn't resemble anything that the founding fathers pictured. Our freedom is all but gone.

    Oct. 1, 2011 12:42 a.m.

    To DSB,

    My point was drug charge

  • KM Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 8:57 p.m.

    I would like to see Perry run a liberal state like that of Massachusetts. I don't think he would have an easy time touting jobs in a state like that. He is lucky to have been head of a conservative state like Texas.

  • DSB Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 4:43 p.m.

    To Bebot - which is worse, a heinous murder, or embezzlement? Maybe we should stop prosecuting embezzlement.

    I think Perry is a buffoon, and if he's nominated, I'll have to concede that the most powerful segment of my party is dedicated to providing endless fodder to late night comedians and left-wing media, so they can paint exaggerated caricatures of Republicans as people who choose uneducated, mentally incompetent idiots as their leaders, just like they did with Bush as President.

    I think Romney, Huntsman, and Gingrich, and possibly Cain or Ron Paul, could help us move away from the mockery of self-appointed intellectual elitists, and possibly force them to argue ideas instead of level personal attacks on intellect.

    But, Bachman and Perry will certainly expand the range of jokes. And, heaven forbid Sarah Palin gets nominated - there would never be a break.

  • joy Logan, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 4:04 p.m.

    He's got to stop with the attacks. I'm sick of hearing his name even. There is something wrong with is guy. Can you imagine 14 more months of him let alone 4 years. Whether you liked Bush or not compare the two when they stand at a stage. Scary huh!

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 3:50 p.m.

    I have looked at Texas. I don't want Perry harming the United States the way he's harmed Texas. No, thanks.

  • Tom in CA Vallejo, CA
    Sept. 30, 2011 3:19 p.m.

    Rick Perry cooked his goose in the last GOP debate when he cornered himself on illegal immigration. Illegal immigration will NOT be solved until the magnets, i.e., special consideration in the form of college tuition breaks, are gone.

    I appreciate they are "down and out", and probably need help, but what about all of the LEGALS here who are also down and out??

    He is pandering to the hispanic vote, and it has backfired on him.

  • Grammy3 SOUTH JORDAN, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 1:50 p.m.

    To me he is just a great big fraud and we will still be in big time trouble if he wins. He might be a good Governor in Texas but he does not have the smarts I think to get us out of the problems that we are facing. He also lies it seems every time he turns around. There are a few of the men in the race who I feel can do a much better job being our next President.

  • FDRfan safety dictates, ID
    Sept. 30, 2011 1:35 p.m.

    By a margin of 63 percent to 32 percent, respondents in a Bloomberg Global Poll approved of the presidents proposal, known as the Buffett rule.

    Do you seriously think that a Republican candidate can oppose this tax on those making more than a million dollars per year and still get elected? Quite a quandary for the Republicans; support the tax proposal and not get nominated or oppose it and not get elected. We are trapped by a primary system that is in the firm control of wackos.

    Sept. 30, 2011 12:41 p.m.

    I'd like a candidate who will finally make real changes that are good changes. First change to make is to pull out of afganistan, Iraq, and any other country that we have no business being in. I am also opposed to this defend Israel at all costs agenda, I don't understand it, and think it's an unwinnable situation. Second we need to reduce government size. Too much regulation, red tape, and interference. Take from the rich and give to the poor is crippling the country. Entitlement programs have good intentions but are heavily abused and drag on the economy. Corporations and jobs will continue to leave the country if we continue the high taxes or increase them. People are not created equal. Some people are talented and motivated while others are not. It's not fair to take from people who risk everything to start a business then take a huge portion of their earnings to support lazy people who are milking unemployment, stretching the definition of disabled, or abusing the welfare program. Corporate lobbyist need to be shutdown. Legalize marijuana, pardon non-violent drug offenders, and start enforcing important laws. What's worse smoking pot or embezzling millions.

  • Lilljemalm Gilbert, AZ
    Sept. 30, 2011 12:37 p.m.

    The more this guy talks, the more convinced I am that he'd make a bad president.

  • byu rugby Crystal Lake, IL
    Sept. 30, 2011 12:36 p.m.

    Why is he for tax payer funded college education for illegal immigrants and their children.

    What makes them so special besides potential votes?

  • Dadof5sons Montesano, WA
    Sept. 30, 2011 12:28 p.m.

    So has anyone asked Rick perry why he was Texas campaign chairman for Al Gore? It is question he needs to answer.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 12:00 p.m.

    Perry needs to spend more time covering his specific economic plan and less time bashing Mitt Romney.At the end of the day, people are going to give him a thumbs up or down on what HE can do NOT what he thinks Romney can or can't do.

  • CaliforniaCougar Lake Elsinore, CA
    Sept. 30, 2011 11:51 a.m.

    Perry is just out of his league in this race. It's obvious that a group of people want him to be President, and that he has convinced himself to be President ... but he has no capability to be President.

    The debates typically do not help or hurt a candidate, but Perry implodes every time he opens his mouth on stage. Even Santorum looks better than Perry, and Santorum does not have much to offer.

    The polls are tipping back to Mitt. It shouldn't be long until Perry collapses in the polls.

  • MarieDevine Divine-Way Kansas City, MO
    Sept. 30, 2011 11:28 a.m.

    No candidate yet, can solve the emission problem by continuing the same lifelong employment system that created it. However, by returning to the land, we can quickly and easily solve not only the emissions problems, but the whole energy crisis, pollution to our air, land, water and food that makes young and old diseased, war, immigration, inequality and unfair and expensive social welfare programs, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, etc. with their expensive government payroll attached.
    We need to select Gods garden paradise lifestyle and make it known; God will give us a candidate to bring it in smoothly. Gods way has no sorrow added. That would be a delightful change. The way is prepared for us; we need to prepare the way for God.

  • DeltaFoxtrot West Valley, UT
    Sept. 30, 2011 10:39 a.m.

    I hate to remind Perry, but there is a lot more to this nation than healthcare and climate change. True those are big issues, but the top three are

    1: Jobs
    2: The Economy
    3: Debt

    and they're all very closely related.

    The man who has the best plan to address those will win this election.