Photos and Video by William Landers
Written By Juliana Simone
New Orleans, La – The third day the Conference was held at the Hilton Riverside still featured a variety of interesting speakers for attendees. Perhaps the most awaited politician appearing on this final day of the forum was Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Rumored to be considering joining the race for the Republican Party’s nomination to run in 2012 for President, those who knew the man’s record well and those who were curious to hear him talk about it, buzzed about what time he would be taking the stage.
The 47th Governor of Texas took the stage sometime around 3PM and spoke to the crowd for just under a half an hour. Being introduced by fellow Texan Joe Domino who proclaimed their state is the nation’s leader in exports, Fortune 1000 companies and net job creation he hailed Perry as “America’s Job Governor.”
Early in his speech, Governor Perry said he credited conservative leadership in the state of Texas saying they have created 47.8% of all jobs created in the last two years and that they have unmatched job creation. He said it was Texas conservative values that have made them the #1 exporting state in the nation and that they have a balanced budget to boot. Perry did indeed elaborate on the strong economy his state was enjoying and how he has done this successfully.
“I’ve distilled my economic agenda down into what I consider to be some pretty simple guiding principles,” he reasoned. “Number one is don’t spend all of the money. (applause and cheers) Number two is keep the taxes low and under control. Three is have regulations that are fair and predictable so that business owners know what to expect from one quarter to the next, and number four, reform the legal system so that frivolous lawsuits don’t paralyze employers that are trying to create real wealth.” He said for ten years they’ve followed this recipe.
“We’ve stopped law suit abuse. We have the lowest tax burdens in the nation. Our per capita debt is limited and we keep adding jobs while others are losing them left and right,” he continued. “Those jobs flee other states for factors like excessive taxation, punitive regulation and frivolous lawsuits.” He added proudly that his last Texas legislative session to preserve their job friendly climate did not raise taxes while balancing their budget and maintaining essential services and that new budget leaves six billion dollars in a rainy day fund.
Some legislation they passed the Governor supports is ‘loser pays’ lawsuits, photo I.D. requirements for every voter in the state of Texas, and protecting the sanctity of life with a bill that requires a sonogram on those contemplating abortion. Addressing the latter, Perry said, “When liberals talk about protecting our most vulnerable populations, I don’t understand why they don’t include the most vulnerable – those innocent unborn children.”
After quoting President Ronald Reagan from a CPAC convention in 1977, Governor Perry said he definitely agreed with his thoughts and stated “We need to stop apologizing for celebrating life; We need to stop apologizing for wanting to protect individuals rights to build a business; We need to stop apologizing about stemming the tide on the entitlement mindset that’s out there.”
“Our Party cannot be all things to all people – it can’t be – and our loudest opponents on the left are never going to like us, so let’s stop trying to curry favor with them” he added.
Talking more about President Obama and Washington Perry observed, “This administration may stand up and mouth words about job creation, but they clearly consider ‘enterprise’ a dirty word. They think that the fruits of our labor need to be spread around – or a word I like to use from their core ideology is be ‘redistributed.’
This endless overreaching of our federal government is what motivated me to write the book “Fed up” last year. It’s a discussion that’s centered around the tenth amendment.” Citing the key phrase of the amendment he went on to stress the importance of state control over federal intervention. “When states lead the way, and they compete for ideas and resources and jobs, free market principles are allowed to act and great things happen. The states are proof that the best leadership is closest to the people, not hold up in D.C. issuing these ‘one size fits all’ mandates that try to fit the entire country. Our role, our goal, is to replace the entrenched powers in Washington. Restore the rightful balance between state and federal government.”
“In November of 2008, there were too many Americans who voted for some vague promises about hope and change – and they ended up with unprecedented deficits, unrestrained spending and unacceptable unemployment. Americans voted for hope and got nothing but greater economic misery. In November 2010, Americans expressed their frustrations with that misery and voted for conservative Republicans in the U.S. Congress and state houses all across the country. We have seen Republican leaders turning the tide.”
“November 2012 is not far away – but we’ve got to be ready to elect Republican leaders up and down the ballot who will make government smaller so that opportunity can get bigger. America’s greatness is not found in the size of its government. America’s greatness resides in the hearts and minds of our people, their innovative approaches to solving problems and their ability to endure even in the toughest of times. If we want to stimulate the economy we don’t need more government spending, we need to unleash the private sector in America.” He surmised, “Americans are waking up to the realities of their previous choices. They’re setting things right with their votes.”