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The Good and the Bad About Gov. Perry


DONNA GARNER - Educator for 33 years, appointed by President Reagan, Now Activist Writer

by Donna Garner   

The Good

(1) Our Texas legislature has just passed one of the strongest sonogram laws in the country and laws that will help to defund Planned Parenthood.  

(2)  Gov. Perry told Obama that Texas would not participate in the Common Core Standards and Race to the Top which is the Obama administration’s initiative to gain federal control of public-school classrooms in order to implement his social justice agenda, including the lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender agenda.  We should give Perry big kudos for protecting our Texas public schools from this takeover by the federal government. 

(3)  Gov. Perry has been very assertive about his demands that the federal government shoulder the responsibility of securing our borders. 

(4)  Gov. Perry supported the voter I. D. bill was passed.  Also Texans will be required to proveU.S. citizenship or legal residence before they can renew or get a Texas driver’s license.  These were top priorities by Gov. Perry.   

(5)  Gov. Perry has pushed Texas to adopt tort reform laws that have encouraged businesses and healthcare professionals to settle in our state.  

(6)  Texas has no state income tax. 

(7)  These business-friendly practices have made Texas a welcome environment for job creation and for business growth.  

(8)  Gov. Perry believes in Texas balancing its budget rather than in raising taxes.

(9)  Gov. Perry is stubbornly independent and strongly believes in states’ rights. 

(10) Gov. Perry believes in freedom of religion and not freedom from religion.  He knows that the U. S. Constitution does not contain the words “separation of church and state.” 

(11)  So far as I know, Gov. Perry is a decent and God-fearing man; and his family seems to be made up of principled individuals.  He also has some fine staffers; and the man he has appointed as the Texas Commissioner of Education, Robert Scott, would make a wise U. S. Secretary of Education who would immediately begin to limit the over-reach of the U. S. Department of Education into our nation’s public schools.    


We are FED UP Perry!

Based upon the Republican tsunami of Nov. 2, 2010, Texas voters sent 19 out of 31 Republicans to the Senate and 101 Republicans out of 150 to the House. Approximately 86 of the House members ran as conservatives. Even though under the Texas Constitution Gov. Perry is not in control of the legislature, he certainly should have made his presence felt on many issues.    

If Gov. Perry could not persuade members of his own party, then how could we possibly think he would have the ability as President to persuade leftists Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi to do anything?  

(1)  Apparently during this last legislative session, Gov. Perry was more interested in running for President than in supporting the Republican leaders on the State Board of Education who have courageously stood against the pressure of the national media and have adopted the best curriculum standards in the nation.  English, Science, and Social Studies standards will soon be in place in Texas schools (K to 12) with new Math standards coming shortly.     

Because Gov. Perry says he wants our Texas students to gain college-and-career readiness, he should have stood strongly in support of the SBOE leaders.  Instead he allowed them to be decimated for the next ten years by allowing the anti-conservative SBOE redistricting map to be adopted.    

(2)  Gov. Perry also allowed Republican Sen. Deuell to tie up the capable, fair-minded, and much-respected chair of the SBOE, Gail Lowe, in the Senate Nominations Committee, thus not allowing her name to go to the Senate floor for confirmation.  

Because Lowe was not confirmed, Gov. Perry had to appoint another chair.  He did make a very good choice in Barbara Cargill.  However, this is not a good time to make a shift in the chair leadership when the new curriculum standards are being implemented across the state.    

(3)  By making Barbara Cargill the SBOE chair, she in turn has had to give up her vital seat as the chair of the Committee on Instruction; and it looks as if that committee may fall into the wrong hands.  It is this committee that is charged with issues that directly impact students and teachers in the classroom the most.    

(4)  Gov. Perry also was seemingly nowhere around when a bill (HB 60) needed to be passed that would have retained Texas’ control over teacher appraisal criteria, curriculum standards, and assessment instruments instead of allowing that state control to pass into the hands of the federal government.  HB 60 also would have made it illegal for Texas to have participated in the personally intrusive national database that the Obama administration is forcing upon states.   

(5)  Fethullah Gulen is an Islamist imam who believes in Sharia law. His follows have recently orchestrated a coup in Turkey ; and this country, unbeknown to most of the U. S. media, has now fallen into the hands of the Islamists. This is a very serious situation because Turkey is a member of NATO and has the second largest military.  

Gulen himself lives in the United States ( Pennsylvania ), and he and his followers are attempting to indoctrinate our American school children into Islam through an entire network of charter schools using our taxpayers’ dollars to do it.  

Here in Texas we have 36 Gulen/Cosmos Foundation/Harmony Charter Schools, yet where has Gov. Perry been on this issue?  Where was he when a group of clear-thinking citizens tried to get the Texas legislature to require all charter schools to adopt three safeguards:  proof of citizenship for all charter school board members and the top five highest-paid administrators (public ISD trustees must be U. S. citizens); names, titles, and biographies posted online for all charter operator board members and the top 5 highest-paid administrators; and check registers publicly posted online just as so many other school districts have done.  

(6)  In February 2007, Gov. Perry signed an executive order mandating that all sixth-grade girls entering Texas public schools by the fall of 2008 had to be vaccinated for HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that is a common cause for cervical cancer.  Gardasil by Merck was the vaccine to be used.  A public outcry from parents and legislators occurred, and Gov. Perry’s executive order was overturned.  Now four years later, we know that Gardasil has been directly linked to 56 deaths in the United States with countless serious side effects having been documented in other females: Merck Vaccine Gardasil Linked to 56 Deaths in the U.S.  

(7)  On May 11, 2001 and over the protests of many conservatives, Gov. Perry signed Hate Crimes Bill (HB 587) into law.  Following are excerpts from the letter I wrote to Gov. Perry on Nov. 7, 2001:  

Why are some “citizens” more protected than others? Why should a criminal who beats up a homosexual receive a stiffer sentence than a criminal who beats up the elderly lady who lives next-door?  

Why should a person’s lifestyle choice (sexual preference) be any more “protected” than someone else’s. Sexual preference is not an inherent quality such as race, age, or gender; and we should never have allowed the homosexual activists to equate sexual orientation with the inherent categories.

 I know a number of people who have come out of the homosexual lifestyle. I don’t know anyone who has changed from being an Afro-American to being an Anglo. Sexual preference should never have been put in the same category as inherent, inborn qualities.  

Sexual preference is a lifestyle choice which is accompanied by terribly unhealthy sexual practices.  These practices can bring early death, painful suffering, and the increase in sexually transmitted diseases that are rampant in our society and are increasing exponentially among the homosexual community.   

(8)  Gov. Perry also supported the Trans-Texas Corridor which was a massive plan to create a quarter-mile-wide swath down our state.  He wanted to use eminent domain to force his plan into place. The plan was much too expensive and included giving contracts to foreign companies to build it. Again, the ranchers, landowners, and private citizens had to mount a forceful campaign against this plan to stop it.  

(9)  In my opinion, Gov. Perry has always been much too chummy with the technology vendors; and the news media has found some very questionable bids in the Governor’s Texas Technology Fund that have gone to his close friends and associates.  

(10)  The Governor has infuriated higher-education faculty members at some of the largest universities in our state by pushing distance learning over direct, classroom instruction. He has given his close friend Sandefer broad authority to restructure higher ed.  Sandefer believes a bachelor’s degree should cost only $10,000.  I imagine such a degree could be obtained; but it would not be worth the paper it is printed on.  Gaining a quality education is hard work, and those who think that anyone and everyone can get a college diploma with ease are trying to dumb down the masses.  

(11)  Gov. Perry’s rhetoric on immigration policies has not matched up to the results. During this last legislative session, Gov. Perry publicly supported a bill that would have prohibited Texas cities from being Sanctuary Cities for illegal immigrants.  Such a bill would have required local law enforcement officers to work more closely with immigration officials.  However, the Session ended without that bill being passed.   

Another bill that did not pass was e-verify that would have required employers and state agencies to determine legal status of job applicants by using the e-verify federal database.  

A hot-button issue that has upset many Texas parents who are legal citizens is that Gov. Perry is a big supporter of allowing illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition at Texas universities. This allows illegals to gain admittance ahead of applicants who are legal citizens.  

I have tried very hard to make my comments about Gov. Perry as honest as I possibly can, and I am leaving it up to individual citizens to judge for themselves as to whether he would make a good President. 


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4 Responses to “The Good and the Bad About Gov. Perry”

  1. JasonWHoyt Says:

    Thank you for such a thorough article!!

    I will be printing this and referring to it often, as I’m hearing more and more people ask about him.

    God bless you in all the great work you’re doing!! Thank you Alice and Donna! 🙂

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  4. Texan overseas (Waiting to come back when you secede) Says:

    First, most of the “good” you listed, are just talk. The bills “he” passed were going to pass with or without his support generally. The governor has limited legislative support.

    You also forget he was democrat Al Gore’s campaign manager in 1988 and only got the governorship because RINO George W. Bush appointed him.

    When his two first steps into politics were made possible by Al Gore and George W., both of whom promoted the global warming scam and were both pro-amnesty. So you can understand when those are his best friends, why Perry supported giving Illegals those in-state tuition rates and admitting them to classes which as you mentioned causes legal Texans to lose out.

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