It's unfortuate that Texas Gov Rick Perry self destructed so will not be the Republican nominee and next President -- this time around. The main issue concerning Americans for the 2012 election will be … In the words of VP Biden: “it’s a 3-letter word… JOBS, JOBS, JOBS! (Nobody ever accused Biden of being very bright).
Rick Perry was the ONLY candidate of either party, declared or undeclared, that could boast of creating jobs while in political office! During the Obama reign, half of ALL jobs created in the US were created in Perry’s Texas! Pretty impressive! By contract, according to the Fact Checker in the 19 Aug 11 Washington Post, "...job growth is measured from the start of a presidency. That would show nearly 2.4 million jobs have been lost since Obama took office, the worst record of the modern presidency."
According to a 21 Jun 11 USA Today article – “Texas Wins in US Economy Shift” – “Texas became the USA's second-largest economy during the past decade — displacing New York and perhaps heading one day toward challenging California — in one of the biggest economic shifts in the past half-century.”
According to Bureau of Economic Analysis, over the past decade Texas experienced the biggest economic increases in 50 years surpassing $1 trillion in annual economic output. The state’s share of the US economy during the past decade gained nearly a full percentage point reaching 8.3% in 2010 – a feat matched only twice in the past 50 years — by California in the 1980s and Texas itself during the 1970s oil boom. By contrast, according to the article California’s “share of the national economy peaked in 1990 but shrank faster than all but three states from 2000 to 2010.”
As this country’s longest serving Governor (since Dec 2000) and the chief executive of our second largest state by both size and population, he presided over this entire decade of growth and is by far the best qualified and most experienced executive in all of US Government. Compare this to our present Commander-in-Chief who had never held an executive position in his life prior to his election as President – and it shows. His 3 terms in the Illinois Senate and 4 years in the US Senate hardly prepared him to be a decision-maker and it certainly didn’t make him an inspirational leader or speaker – as evidenced by the market dropping almost 700 points almost while he was on the air speaking on TV trying to “inspire” the Nation and quell the markets during a recent almost 700 point drop.
I would also add that, with the exception of Ron Paul, Perry was also the ONLY candidate that has ever served in the Military which the President presides over as Commander-in-Chief. Perry was commissioned in the Air Force in 1972 out of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets ROTC program and after completing pilot training, flew C-130 tactical airlift in the States, Middle East, and Europe. He left the Air Force in 1977as a captain. Ron Paul, a medical doctor, was an Air Force active duty flight surgeon from 1963 to 65.
With Gov Perry we would have gotten a seasoned decision-making executive and leader –and at least nobody would have needed to teach Perry how to salute or identify the insignias of rank.
With Perry we still need a Republican "The One" replacing "The Great Pretender" Obama.