Rick Perry’s Solution to Unemployment: Kill More People

Today Rick Perry proudly announced his solution to the economic/ unemployment crisis facing the country. Drilling for oil was the novel solution presented by Governor Perry. His proposal was labeled “Drill Baby Drill.”  Perhaps he got that idea from Sarah Palin since it was so successful in the 2008 election. Perry said he would create energy-related jobs by allowing new permits in the Gulf,

and he would encourage additional drilling to increase domestic oil production by 25 percent. Among other places, he would allow drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.   The reason that we tend to select potential candidates for President from those who have served as Governor of a state, is that serving as the Chief Executive of a state is supposed to educate the candidate, and give him experience upon which he may rely while serving as President. If Rick Perry should govern the United States as he has done while serving as the Governor of Texas, unemployment would likely be reduced by the killing of more Americans. This is no joke!

While Governor of Texas, the Texas City Plant owned and operated by BP, had a catastrophic explosion killing 15 people and injuring 170. The explosion was not the only thing about the event that was catastrophic. The human error, the failure of B.P. to follow safety standards, and failure to correct known safety infractions each constituted a catastrophic failure of both BP and the Government. The Texas City explosion occurred while Rick Perry was governor. This video explains the multiple failures of BP and OSHA that were specifically identified in a lengthy 2007 report.

The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf was a well owned and operated by B.P. It flowed for three months and was the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry. That explosion occurred on April 20, 2010. Eleven people were killed and 17 were injured.

B.P. was determined to be solely at fault in the explosion based on 21 out of 35 specific problems, and jointly responsible for 8 other infractions. Rick Perry’s response was that the explosion was simply an “ act of God.” He also defended BP by explaining that they had a “very good safety record.”

Based upon BP’s actual record of heinous safety infractions, and long history in Texas of death and injury, Rick Perry was a)ignorant, b)oblivious, c)corrupt, or d)all three. The fact that BP paid Governor Perry $250,000.00 to help restore the Governor’s mansion after it burned would be an indication that the correct answer is “d” “all three.”

Rachel Maddow highlighted the error in reports by Governor Perry that the state of Texas, under his administration is responsible for creating jobs. Errors included:

a. For one, state lawmakers have spent much of the year grappling with a budget shortfall that left them $27 billion short of the money needed to continue current state services. In addition, while the national unemployment rate is 9.1 percent and the Texas unemployment rate is 8 percent. Twenty-three states, including New York, have lower unemployment rates, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

b. Perry often talks about the robust growth of jobs during his tenure. But jobs grew at about the same rate during Democrat Ann Richards’ four years as governor. And they grew at a much faster rate during Republican George W. Bush’s six years in the office than they have in Perry’s 10. Even before the national recession hit in 2008, jobs grew at a slower rate in Texas under Perry than under Bush.

a. The unemployment rate in Texas has risen from 7.7% to 8.0%. Texas has done worse than the rest of the country since the peak of national unemployment in October 2009: that month the U.S. rate was 10.1% and Texas was 8.2%. Texas peaked at 8.3% last December, dropping to 8.0% in April, while the national rate has dropped a point since it’s peak to 9.1%

Texas has by far the largest number of employees working at or below the federal minimum wage ($7.25 per hour in 2010) compared to any state, according to a BLS report. In 2010, about 550,000 Texans were working at or below minimum wage, or about 9.5 percent of all workers paid by the hour in the state. Texas tied with Mississippi for the greatest percentage of minimum wage workers, while California had among the fewest (less than 2 percent). Even Mitt Romney reported that Perry’s “own state’s unemployment rate has doubled on his watch.”

Perry has repeatedly criticized the federal government for intervening in business by attempting to impose regulations designed to protect the safety of the environment and human life. He has even filed suit against the federal government for the efforts of the EPA to regulate greenhouse gases.

Perry has cut funding for education and protection from fires that have taken the lives of Texans. He has ignored the extremely dangerous practices associated with drilling for oil, and when confronted with the loss of life caused by infractions, he declares the explosion to be an “Act of God.” Now he advocates more of this dangerous drilling.

Under the guidance of Rick Perry, Texas is the “killingest” state in the entire union, having executed more than four times as many prisoners as the next state. It seems that in Rick Perry’s Texas his idea for reduction of unemployment is characterized by reducing the work force. Given his lack of respect for the environment, health care, and safety considerations in business, it is clear that he is not a proponent of regulation or life.

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  1. Gov. Perry’s terrible record as governor and general ignorance should put at the top of the pack for the Republicans. It seems that they promote whatever is least good for the American people.


  2. Interesting piece on “CNN Ticker” Mrs. Perry – blaming Obama for their son having to quit his employment due to Federal Election Law regulations…..
    ( Do these people understand there are RULES? I am stunned!, I know I shouldn’t be since President Obama revamped the entire election process in 2009 right? )

    snip] “My son had to resign his job because of federal regulations that Washington has put on us,” Mrs. Perry said while campaigning for her husband in South Carolina, after a voter shared the story of losing his job.
    [end snip



  3. I saw a copy of the Dallas Morning News today with a headline of Perry’s job plan – more drilling – and just had to mutter “That Bastard!” Yes, we all need to become oil rig operators and start drilling the hell out of every inch of America that might yield some oil.


    1. Miss Sunshine,
      And the amazing thing is that from all the information I have seen it will take years for any new production will translate into more oil years from now.


  4. The funniest thing on the unemployment front in Texas is the comments made by Anita Perry, his wife. Their son is now jobless because he resigned his job in order to help with his dad’s campaign. And the kicker is that, according to Anita Perry, his joblessness is all Obama’s fault!
    Then again, this is the same woman who says she is a Christian because she never missed a day of Sunday School as a girl. I guess he didn’t marry her for her brains.


  5. I imagine that you are aware that other countries, with much less regulations are drilling in the Gulf right now? Do you really think that Cuba gives a hill of beans about the environment? They are, if not presently about to start drilling in the Gulf. So far they have decimated a type of fish that was only available in the southwest region of Cuba and the Polymita snails which are being harvested and sold to other countries to make jewelry. Do you think that accidental explosions are only limited to American rigs? Granted, it is going to take many years to get new fields to be productive but if they would have started developing new fireds years ago they would have now been productive. Foreign corporations are drilling for oil deeper than American companies are allowed, deeper wells in formations that are not as stable, yet it seems that people like you are only worried about American companies and jobs for Americans.

    Green energy is a noble cause, but as it has been proven it will take years before it can be implemented nationwide. Another point is that the existing infrastructure grid is obsolete and needs massive repair. It is absurd to make massive investments in unproven technologies when economic feasibility is in doubt and when the existing distribution grid is as insufficient as it is presently.

    The greatest return on investment would be to improve our distribution network into what is called a “smart grid”. In many areas as much as 30% of all electricity is lost due to transmission inertia. The revamping of this infrastructure will ultimately lead to the US not having to import oil from other countries by as much as 50%. It might be more socially equitable to eliminate many of the tax loopholes awarded to oil companies and earmark these funds to improve the existing distribution grid. This would be not only polically more palatable but socially more equitable.

    The only caveat is that government would find a way to divert these funds to their pet projects.


    1. I just realized that I made a couple of typo’s. Instead of “fireds years ago” I meant “fields” , Sorry for that and for any other typos that might pop up.


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