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Perry: ‘Almost Treason’ To Print More Money

From (the self-described) "Washington’s Original and Most Influential Tipsheet" ABC News’ The Note:

Rick Perry On Ben Bernanke: It Would Be ‘Almost Treasonous’ To Print More Money Between Now And The Election

Michael Falcone and Arlette Saenz
August 15, 2011

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Texas Gov. Rick Perry capped off his first full day of campaigning in Iowa on Monday by suggesting that if the Federal Reserve prints more money between now and November 2012 it would be akin to an act of treason.

“If this guy prints more money between now and the election,” Perry said, “I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we — we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous — or treasonous in my opinion.”

Apparently, we are not supposed to object to anyone printing more money to play politics at this particular time.

He added, “We’ve already tried this. All it’s going to be doing is devaluing the dollar in your pocket and we cannot afford that."

What nonsense. How can printing more money devalue our currency? Where does Perry get such notions?

"We have to learn the lessons of the past three years that they’ve been devastating. The President of the United States has conducted an experiment on the American economy for almost the last three years, and it has gone tragically wrong and we need to send him a clear message in November of 2012 that new leadership is coming.” …

When asked in a follow-up interview whether Perry thought that the Federal Reserve was playing politics to try to help President Obama, he replied: “If they print more money between now and this election, I would suggest that’s exactly what’s going on.”

What crazy talk. Who could anybody think such a thing?

Mr. Perry had better shape up and stop speaking such obvious truths if he wants to be taken seriously as a Presidential candidate.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, August 16th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Perry: ‘Almost Treason’ To Print More Money”

  1. Chinnubie says:

    It’s about time someone’s out there speaking the truth. I’m amazed it was allowed to be spoken in the MSM. How dare they let some hillbilly from Texas speak these obvious racist words. My guess would be they are looking into drumming up some example of Perry’s out-of-control racism. He probably allowed the executions of considerably more minorities than white folk so that’s the proof that he’s a racist.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      To be honest, in the liberal assessment company, “hillbillies” come from the Southern Appalachian areas of the US. Texas, on the other hand has only “Greedy oil men” and “Cowboys” who have nothing better to do than to oppress the poor, poor mexicans who go there to get work and leave their financially strapped homeland because the US has stolen all their wealth.

      I like Perry’s rhetoric and it would be right at home, perhaps in 1955. Though I’m not saying he’s a throwback nor is it wrong to say such things. In my estimation, he’s right. Sadly though, there are so many people in this nation who fear straightforward speech. Frankness has somehow become “illegal” in conversation and people choose to be offended by it. It scares them.

      And fear is perhaps the biggest motivator in the human mind. Unlike 1955 when there were still plenty of strapping young WWII veterans about, and speaking your mind was generally respected, we now have had decades of pampered lives and few have ever had to struggle for anything or hung by a thread in a hospital after having their hand blown off or worse. Most men I ran into who came of age in those times didn’t have much time for bullshit.

      Nowadays, we seem to revel in it. Although, I will say Obama speaks his mind, such as it is. But my problems with him transcend his choice of words. I don’t have time for the list of his inadequacies.

      Perhaps Perry might dial it back for the purpose of getting elected but I have to say, when he’s right, he’s right. I would’ve preferred he stated clearly why it’s bad to just print more money. I feel that the independents are sorely in need of an education because, along with their pride in their “independent-ness” they also have a fair corner on the market of ignorance. In other words, they like to THINK they are smarter than either conservatives or liberals and have that rugged streak of self-reliance in them…but when I hear any “independent” speak, they usually have such a narrow view as to see things how they only effect THEM and no one else.

      One of them was praising the national healthcare thing and thought it was great because his kid was coming of age and he couldn’t afford her healthcare premiums. I suggested maybe she should go into the military and he got so angry that I thought he was gonna hit me. He actually believed that national healthcare would “relieve his burden” Yet I submit that if you want to continue to provide everything for your kid when they come of age, there’s a different problem instead.

      “Independent” seems to me to be just another word for “socialist” at this point. With the main thrust still being that the government is there to ease everyone’s passage through life. Which, of course means that everyone gets to live the same shitty life.

  2. untrainable says:

    Treason : the betrayal of a trust or confidence; breach of faith; treachery.

    Come on Rick, lets call a traitor a traitor. As Rush has asked, if you were trying to crash the economy what would you do? As the answer is exactly what has already been done, I don’t see a problem with calling Obie what he is. A traitor to our country, our people, and our way of life. The only question : Is there room for the truth in today’s political landscape?

  3. proreason says:

    Much as I agree with him, he needs to ratchet it back a notch.

    They destroyed Palin, they will fly to the moon to destroy him as well.

    • retire05 says:

      If you want a candidate that measures his words based on political correctness, Perry ain’t your guy. He is going to tell you what’s in his mind, and you can accept the fact that he is honest in his responses, or choose someone who is willing to play the PC game.

      My thought on his comments? It’s nice to have someone who is at least honesty about how they feel. Remember all that transparency we were promised? Well, there is it.

      One other thing to note: the MSM is not asking any other candidate about previous decisions they have made except for a couple of questions to Romney about Romneycare, the blueprint for Obama care. Romney will not admit it was a bad decision and continues to defend it. Perry has been asked about everything from being a Democrat in 1988 to Gardisil to [you name it]. Why is the press being so hard on Perry and not Romney?

    • proreason says:

      I want a candidate who will beat Obama. If Perry can’t, he won’t be the person I support.

      Again, I like everything the guy says, but the country doesn’t align perfectly with the commenters on S&L. Maybe he can win by being totally frank and expressing the S&L perspective, and if he develops a majority that way, I’ll be more thrilled than anybody. Unfortunately, the entire history of electoral politics (including RR) says that isn’t the way to go.

      I’m expecting a rapid learning process because at the moment I think he’s running for the right reason…which is to save the country rather than a lust for power. But I’ll be watching for that as well.

  4. retire05 says:

    proreason, I understand where you are coming from. We were handed a bowl of pablum last election giving us a man who had no possibility of winning against the Obama leviathan. At least this time we have a better range of candidates to choose from.

    What worries me is what if we get someone who is willing to parse words, and bends to political correctness, only to not take the Senate and wind up with a POTUS that thinks compromise means bending over?

    A friend of mine said the wanted someone who could take a punch. I told him I wanted someone who could land one.

    • proreason says:

      completely agree.

      Not PC is fine with me….but throwing the treason word around is going too far if he’s serious about winning.

      I’ll be surprised if he does it again.

    • Right of the People says:

      In my mind I don’t think Perry has a serious chance but I’d love to see him stick around until the convention spewing the truth and not pulling punches. Somebody has got to get the truth out and he seems like a likely spokesman and if he can continue to be controversial and annoy the Dims and the LSM all during the campaign then take one for the team he can do a lot of good. He’s just the kind of loose cannon the Republicans need right now.

      Him or someone like him who has enough credibility to be taken seriously could run some serious interference for whoever the real candidate ends up being. Just like The Donald was useful in getting Obummer to forge his birth certificate and allow the world to see the forgery, Perry could help Bachman or whoever the Republicans want to run.


      I don’t think they destroyed Palin, it’s not like she’s off cowering somewhere licking her wounds, I think her bus tour shows that. I look for her to be a late entry into the race after a lot of dust has settled. I’m not for running an eighteen month race like they’re doing but at least it helps to sort out who is real and who isn’t.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Pro is right. Politics is a soundbite culture. The more you have to defend yourself from Democrat’s capitalizing off you with mischaracterizations, the less effective you are on offense.

      Plus, there’s plenty of more treacherous aspects to how this regime came to power and behaves than having the appendage Bernanke throw the printing presses into overdrive. I mean if one is going to go there, then don’t pussy-foot around the lackies and just come out and say it: they’re all thieves and they’re purposefully subverting the foundational institutions of the country economically, politically, and socially. They all believe they’re morally justified to strangle the private sector with their regulatory tentacles, seize the wealth of the country, redistribute it, and massively grow the size the State through which to buy votes and secure power in perpetuam. Tools like Bernanke, Geithner and the Fed are exactly that: tools. Apparatchiks.. Men not of grand plans, but there to execute hundreds of careful details within the grand plan.

  5. He might as well spit it out as often as he wants.

    In a month he will be counted out. Once Tea Party folks remember a couple of inconvenient truths Perry is going to be out of contention and fast.

    Forcing young girls (over the objection of the legislature) to vaccinate for cervical cancer is troubling. Not very constitutional.

    Then the immigration? Meh.

  6. sticks says:

    There will not be a contender who has nothing questionable in there background, but I would vote for allmost any Republican over the golf vacationing fundraising disastor we now have.

  7. proreason says:

    Very interesting article about Perry’s strategy at PJM.


    In a nutshell, Perry has forced the Moron and the make believe media to respond to him, thereby amplifying his message and making himself the preemptive candidate. And the controversail things, like the “almost treason” remark, have been on issues that Perry has been on the correct side of. (note: it’s not in the article, but middle-of-the-road economic guru Larry Kudlow has written that Perry is right to challenge Bernanke; the policy is dangerous.)

    Read the article. It is superior, and inspirational if you like Gov Perry.

    • tranquil.night says:

      He’s quick on the spot too. His response to this planted child’s question on evolution is excellent: http://hotair.com/archives/2011/08/18/video-mom-pushes-kid-to-ask-perry-about-evolution/

      He is strong and articulate on the stump and on the pulpit. It’s amusing to watch the Establishment stirred into a tizzy after having their champion of so many months see the stage pulled out from under him so quickly in the polls.

      At this moment, he projects to me the sense that he is completely capable of handling the barrage being launched at him from all sides. It’s very refreshing. When they aren’t focussed on destroying a personality, then they’re focussed on demonizing us collectively. Well, they’re always about that anyway. It’s not like they ever seem to lack the resources to lie and malign whomever necessary.

    • proreason says:

      Yep, they will be hitting him pretty hard on creationism. He handled it pretty well, but he will hear it a lot more.

      His answer for the make believe media should be that local school boards are in charge of the curriculum in Texas, like they should be everwhere. If they had to teach exactly what Al Gore believes, it wouldn’t work any better than having to teach exactly what Rick Perry believes.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Superbly put.

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