If he is able to navigate the national Republican primary process and then go on to defeat the incumbent, what kind of President will Rick Perry make? I suspect, like Reagan, his days in the Governor’s mansion are a clue. Where Reagan could be accommodating with the Democrats and yet managerial, Perry has a coarser side. Perry is a crony capitalist.
Sometimes this side of him is almost cartoonish, it is so in your face. At times he reminds me of Mel Brooks as the Guv in “Blazing Saddles” (1974), a tool for those trying to make money off connections, and way too big a fan of crony no-bid projects like the Trans-Texas Corridor and other sweetheart deals. Of the insider deals with corporations, some are not even domestic – Cintra-Zachry comes to mind, that one is legendary.
The question is, What is it about a 2012 presidency that will bring out the best in Perry? No question the Soviet Union, a truly evil empire, made Reagan, Reagan. It covered him for failing to rein in the ever-increasing federal government that is now threatening to choke out our entrepreneurial energy and our Bill of Rights.
Candidate Reagan saw the problem. He talked about it, but in the end, the Departments of No-Energy and No-Education, among many others, still stand as monuments to mal-employment, federal overreach and adipose. As President Reagan, there was little follow through.
In the movie “Idiocracy” (2006), a firm that makes a sports drink ultimately buys out its federal regulators. The drink is then mandated by the regulators to replace water for everything from crop irrigation to public water fountains.
Something like that seems to be going on in both D.C. and Austin. Regulators are too numerous have too much power and seem to be for sale.
The problem didn’t start with the current administration, although they aren’t doing anything about it. My biggest concern with Perry is that he will try to govern like a Pasha distributing favors here and there through government agencies while engaging in an avalanche of conservative rhetoric, much of it empty. Such a man could do a lot of damage to conservatism as well as the core values the Republican Party. He has in Texas.
I will not be voting for tricky Ricky in the primary, but because of my fear of what four more years of Obama could do to the remains of our Republic, I will vote for any of the present Republican primary candidates in the general election.