Rick Bilderberg Perry Indorsed TARP in 2008 – Now He Says He Was Wrong – What About All of the Gifts? – Knucklehead or Just Confused?
Back in 2008, Bilderberg Perry supported the $800 billion TARP bailout plan, this ended up costing America trillions. Now Rick Perry admits that it was a mistake, showing America that he is a darn good flip flopper, he must have been confused. Until recently, Bilderberg Perry was Chairman of the Republican Governors Association. Back in 2008 Rick Bilderberg Perry was partners with Joe Manchin, who was then head of the Democratic Governors Association.
During this time, Rick Bilderberg Perry wrote a letter to Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reed, and Paul McConnell urging them to pass the TARP bailout plan. Before then, he was a supporter of Al Gore. Sounds like Bilderberg Perry has had a hard time trying to decide what party to be dedicated too. Now, Rick Bilderberg Perry says that the Social Security system is a Ponzi scheme. A knuckleheaded statement to say the least. Now, he is backtracking on the statement. Rick Perry gives no alternative ideas to Social Security, but makes knuckleheaded statements.
Seemingly, it seems that Rick Bilderberg Perry likes to flow with whatever winds are good for Rick Bilderberg Perry and not the American people. Bilderberg Perry has also been using donor money to take some pretty nice vacations, also receiving some nice gifts. See Below:
“Cowboy boots — 22 pairs. Stetson hats. Belt buckles. Cuff links. A TV. Medical tests for him and his wife. Nine hunting trips. Dozens of tickets to sports games and concerts.
Rick Perry earns a $150,000 annual salary and has a blind trust. But he’s also received over 90 personal gifts — many of them from top donors and political appointees — during his 11 years as Texas governor, according to personal financial statements he filed with the state.
The forms, obtained from the Texas Ethics Commission, only require officials to list broad value ranges for their assets and liabilities (in April, Perry reported that he owed between $10,000 and $25,000 for a loan to Mercedes-Benz Financial, and more than $25,000 each to Union Planters Bank and Wells Fargo). However, since gifts must be worth at least $250 to trigger the gift disclosure requirement, the total value of the 90 gifts Perry accepted during his governorship is at minimum $22,500, and potentially much more.
Texas ethics rules allow officeholders to accept gifts, provided they disclose them, and Perry campaign spokesman Mark Miner told POLITICO, “All gifts are reported in accordance with Texas law.”
Perry’s gift givers are also among his most generous campaign backers, putting at least $6.4 million in contributions from themselves and their families into his three gubernatorial bids, according to a POLITICO analysis of data compiled by the watchdog group Texans for Public Justice. And at least 10 gift givers have gotten state appointments during the Perry administration.
Take insurance company owner Phil Adams of Bryan, Texas, whom Perry appointed to the board of regents of Texas A&M University in 2001 and reappointed in 2009.
Adams has contributed nearly $290,000 to Perry’s gubernatorial campaigns. Between 2005 and 2009, Adams’s company at times employed one or both of Perry’s two children, then in their late teens or 20s, to do secretarial work. And over the years, he’s given Perry, his wife Anita, and their children tickets to football and basketball games — including the 2007 Big 12 basketball tournament — and picked up the tab for their lodging and transportation to some of the games as well.
Houston auto dealer Dan Freidkin, whom Perry appointed to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission, has contributed $715,000 to his campaigns and paid for a 2007 hunting trip for the governor and his wife. Fellow Parks and Wildlife Commission appointee Dan Allen Hughes, Jr. footed the bill for Perry hunting trips in 2009 and 2010, as well as another trip of unspecified purpose last year.
Other major political donors who’ve given gifts to the Perrys include San Antonio Spurs owner Peter Holt, who’s contributed $538,000 to Perry’s campaigns and has also given the family at least four sets of tickets to the professional basketball team’s games. San Antonio biotech investor James Leininger, who’s taken Perry hunting and given him Spurs tickets too, also has contributed $239,000 to his campaigns. Next up: he’s sponsoring a retreat for the governor and his top donors at the end of this month to plan for his presidential campaign.
Aides have been generous too: Perry’s media consultant David Weeks has given the governor and his family tickets to a concert and football game, while top campaign strategist Dave Carney gave the governor a television and DVD player in 2003.
Perry reported accepting “medical tests” or “medical assessments” in 2001 and 2010 from Dr. Kenneth Cooper of Dallas, Texas, an exercise guru regarded as the father of aerobics, and also in 2010 from Dr. Randy Hickle, an anesthesiologist who founded a state-of-the art primary care facility in Lubbock, Texas.
Then there are the boots.
Perry, his wife and children have accepted pairs from El Paso’s J. Robert Brown, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission member; Fort Worth auto dealer Roger Williams, who Perry appointed Secretary of State; oilman and major GOP donor Harold Courson; and real estate developer Fausto Yturria.
But Perry’s most prolific boot-giver by far is famed Houston bootmaker Rocky Carroll, who has given Perry at least 10 pairs of custom-made boots since 1991, according to the filings, including a 2008 pair bearing the insignia of the Republican Governors Association, which Perry chaired until stepping down to run for president.
Carroll — who has made boots for everyone from Queen Elizabeth and Liz Taylor to former Presidents Carter, Reagan and Bush (both 41 and 43) —told POLITICO his boots start at $500 a pair. Though he said he wants nothing in return for the pairs he’s given to Perry and other dignitaries, he did concede in a March interview with the St. Petersberg Times that it’s good advertising to have presidents wearing his boots.
And he predicted Perry “is going to be the next president,” recounting a call he made to the governor’s cell phone this week.
“I said ‘I’ve already started your boots with the presidential seal on them,’” said Carroll. “So he can wear them and break them in.”
Here are links to the annual personal financial statements Perry has filed each year since he became agriculture commissioner in 1991:”