Published October 22, 2011
Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivers a keynote address during the Western Republican Leadership Conference, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in Las Vegas.
Seeking to reinvigorate his Republican presidential campaign, Texas Gov. Rick Perry will unveil next week his plan to simplify the federal tax code with a flat income tax rate – a proposal that has energized conservatives in the past but failed to gain mainstream support.
Perry, who entered the presidential race to great fanfare in August but stumbled in his first few debates, is hoping his plan will help recapture the early momentum of his campaign much in the same way that Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 plan helped vault him to the front of the GOP field. But Cain’s plan has come under intense scrutiny and criticism ever since, forcing the former pizza company executive to redefine the plan to make it fairer for the poor.Republican presidential candidate, Texas Gov. Rick Perry delivers a keynote address during the Western Republican Leadership Conference, Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2011, in Las Vegas.
After my earlier post strongly objecting to Michele Bachmann’s attempt to link the Gardasil vaccination to “mental retardation,” the response has been nearly unanimous among commenters — and as it turns out, pundits too. The Boss Emeritus, whose rational objections to Perry’s Gardasil mandate threaten to be overwhelmed by Bachmann’s demagoguery, tries offering Bachmann some advice on how to deal with the issue in the future. Rush Limbaugh, on the other hand, concludes that while Bachmann had an otherwise strong showing in last night’s debate, she “jumped the shark” last night and today by repeatedly using an attack that Rush says deserves “shame.”
First, Rush defends Perry to some extent on the issue, calling it a “giant distraction“:
|NEWSMAX – AP
|AUSTIN, Texas — Texas Gov. Rick Perry told renewable energy industry officials that a cap-and-trade climate bill in Congress would increase taxes and devastate the state’s energy sector.Perry, contending that the climate bill would mean “economic disaster” in Texas, said the state is encouraging alternative energy sources while improving the environment.
He told the Texas Renewable Energy Industries Association on Monday that the state is achieving those goals through incentives and innovation. He said the federal climate legislation would negate the work the state has done.
Environmentalists see cap-and-trade as the best way to control carbon emissions.
Perry said Texas is a world leader in wind energy production and said progress is being made to spur production of solar, biomass and other alternative energy sources.
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