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Monday, December 07, 2009

Robert Draper, contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, discusses Texas Governor Rick Perry, who’s in the fight of his political life against popular Republican senator Kay Bailey Hutchinson, who has the key players of the Bush administration behind her. His article "It’s Just a Texas-Governor Thing," is in Sunday’s New York Times Magazine.

Guests:

Robert Draper

Comments [8]

mozo from nyc

A report generated by State Senator Eliot Sharpley during 2007 was titled "Texas on the Brink". As of 2007, here's how Texas ranked on some indicators of quality of life (bear in mind this was a little over two years ago, so some things may have changed):

* Percentage of Uninsured Children 1st

* Income Inequality Between the Rich and the Poor 2nd

* Percentage of Population without Health Insurance 1st

* Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) Scores 47th

* Percentage of Population over 25 with a High School Diploma 50th

* Percentage of Non-Elderly Women with Health Insurance 50th

* Rate of Women Aged 40+ Who Receive Mammograms 44th

* Rate of Women Aged 18+ Who Receive Pap Smears 47th

* Cervical Cancer Rate 5th

* Women's Voter Registration 43rd

* Women's Voter Turnout 49th

* Percentage of Eligible Voters that Vote 44th

Add to this list that Texas has the highest rates for home insurance, 25% higher than 2nd place Louisiana.

So much for Republican ideas in Texas.

Dec. 07 2009 12:43 PM
Bill Mullen from New Rochelle

(1) When did turning your back on the American flag, and calling for Texas secesion become a non-traitorous act?

(2) Who of the new style "Reaganite" "Cnservatives" realizes that until George W Bus, Reagan ran up the greatest deficit ever; and that his whole "economic boom" was based on borrored money?

Dec. 07 2009 12:40 PM
Jim

How can anyone admire Reagan if they are conservative?

The deficit exploded under Reagan. They cut taxes dramatically in 1981 only to raise them again in 1982. They also raised the FICA taxes which affects middle class and lower classes. Its only when Volcker cut rates did the economy took off.

Dec. 07 2009 12:36 PM
smidely

If Texas secedes, I assume that means we can cut the pensions currently being payed out by taxpayers to both Bush ex-presidents?

Also if Texas secedes, does the guest know who would then take that state's place as the worst in categories including worst high schools, most prisoners on death row, worst environmental record, etc. etc.

Dec. 07 2009 12:21 PM
Mike

What is so great about being a "pure conservative?" Why is is it so hard to take apart that argument. Aren't there tons of things that big government has done that has helped the country?

And, I am assuming that Gov Warren is against warrentless wiretapping right? Since he is concerned about Big Gov't?

Dec. 07 2009 12:18 PM
Ray

Isn't Dick Armey the one who has been sponsoring the rally's against health reform? Either him or an organization he is involved with.

Dec. 07 2009 12:15 PM
hjs from 11211

In April 2009, Rick Perry, the Governor of Texas, appeared to endorse a resolution supporting Texan sovereignty at a Tea Party in Austin, Texas, following a question from a reporter.

"There's a lot of different scenarios. Texas is a unique place. When we came into the union in 1845, one of the issues was that we would be able to leave if we decided to do that ... My hope is that America, and Washington in particular, will pay attention. We've got a great union. There's absolutely no reason to dissolve it. But if Washington continues to thumb their nose at the American people, who knows what may come of that? But Texas is a very unique place, and a pretty independent lot to boot."

Dec. 07 2009 11:49 AM
George from Bay Ridge

How does the entry of Bill White into the race change the dynamic? Does White even have a chance?

Dec. 06 2009 11:13 PM

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