Good rids to Goodhair!

image “Rick Perry says he won’t seek re-election in 2014, creating the 1st open race for Texas governor since 1990”

– @texastribune

Time to Rock and Roll, right Ann? Right, Molly?

Wendy Davis for Governor 2014

And, please excuse the peanut gallery that wants Perry for the WH in 2016. They have suffered too much brain damage from all the Pink Sneaks kicking ’em in the arse…

Wendy Davis 2014

33 Comments on “Good rids to Goodhair!”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    I just hate to think who TX Repub. have waiting in the wings.

  2. dakinikat says:

    and for those of you following the hooplah in my state: some back ground on the Jindal/Vitter hatefest at TNR

  3. NW Luna says:

    Woohoo! So happy for Texas!

  4. RalphB says:

    Houston Chronicle: Rick Perry’s announcement marks ‘the end of an error’

    After stepping in “oops” when he couldn’t count to three, Perry’s never going to be considered Mensa material, but as long as he’s been in the governor’s mansion, Perry has been trying to get state government out of the government business. Under Perry, anything corporations could do better than state government got privatized. Anything government could do better than private business, well, that got privatized too.

    The only problem is that Perry’s privatization has usually blown up in his face. In 2003, Perry replaced 2,900 state workers with private call centers that were going to make it easier for Texans to apply for food stamps, Medicaid and children’s health insurance. Not only did it make it harder for poor Texans to get help, but it also cost taxpayers $243 million. Perry calls that a win-win.

    Perry also “deregulated” tuition at state colleges and universities. This free-market reform increased tuition 55 percent in a decade. Not content to make college unaffordable, Perry has tried—so far without success—“to apply the cost-benefit logic of business to public higher education.” This is a great idea if you think a university should run its English Department like Enron. Apparently Perry does.

    There’s more: In a bit of the snake eating its own tail, Perry has proposed privatizing health care at private prisons. His plans to put privately managed tolls on public roads build by taxes incited a grassroots rebellion. And his move to privatize data center consolidation at the Texas Department of Information Resources was suspended two years into a seven-year, $863-million contract with IBM.

    Perry’s think tank is likely to be funded by the generous souls who funded his campaigns. Half of his top donors received $37 million in state contracts, and 921 of his appointees contributed $17.2 million to his campaigns. Michele Bachmann called this “crony capitalism,” but to Perry it’s investor confidence.

    To be sure, Perry will probably downplay his privatization efforts and crony capitalism to emphasize the low taxes, low regulations and pro-business tort reforms that have made Texas a leader in job creation. But Texas was a low tax, low regulation state long before Perry came along, and Texas led the nation in job creation under Gov. Ann Richards. What makes Perry different is his religious fervor to privatize state government, a dogma he has pursued in the absence of evidence it was working.

    In his states’ rights manifesto “Fed Up!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington,” Perry wrote, “States should be laboratories of democracy.” Perry probably hopes to rehabilitate his reputation by touting his record in Texas. But when you look at the results, Texas has been a meth lab of failure and cronyism for a dozen years. That’s a long time to be wrong.

    Sorry for putting so much in this comment but it was too good,

  5. bostonboomer says:

    This seems like a big deal: Judge rejects state secrets defense in wiretapping lawsuit

    (Reuters) – The U.S. government cannot quickly terminate a civil privacy lawsuit over warrantless wiretapping by arguing that such litigation would expose state secrets and harm national security, a U.S. judge has ruled.

    A group of AT&T Inc customers filed the proposed class action against the National Security Agency and Bush administration officials in 2008, accusing them of improperly operating a warrantless mass surveillance of U.S. citizens.

    Oh wait. That can’t be right. It says people knew about NSA spying in 2008 and filed a lawsuit! /s