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February 21st, 2014
09:50 PM ET

Rick Perry: Not govt's business to set minimum wage

Texas governor Rick Perry spars with Illinois Governor Pat Quinn on raising the minimum wage.

Jones attacks red states, Perry defends
Gov. Rick Perry defends Texas against Van Jones' attack on red states.

Van Joes to Rick Perry: Aren't you living in a Texas mirage?
Van Jones questions Rick Perry on the jobs he is bringing to his state.

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Filed under: 2014 Elections • Debates • economy • Jobs • Middle Class • Minimum wage • Newt Gingrich • Pat Quinn • Rick Perry • Van Jones
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  1. Steve

    Jethro has taken to wearing eyeglasses to make himself look more intelligent and thoughtful. The problem is you can't put lipstick on a pig, it's still a pig.

    March 3, 2014 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • Corey

      Obama is even deeper out of his league and he was elected twice, so intelligence obviously doesn't mean much to be president.... You just have to win the 'want to have a beer with' straw poll, qualifications don't even come into the equation.

      March 4, 2014 at 12:26 pm | Reply
  2. djthbp

    The repubs argue that unions are not necessary, since workers are now well protected by state and federal laws. Then they argue that government should not legislate minimum wages. Either unions ARE necessary to negotiate wages, or government MUST set an above poverty level minimum wage. I propose that BOTH are necessary.

    March 2, 2014 at 9:55 pm | Reply
  3. SGT Rock101

    The world was as Perry says until the people he represents, the heartless rich 1%, got too greedy and the Great Depression came along. Big business did nothing to alleviate the problem they created (sound familiar). They created no jobs, gave the megarist amounts to charity, demanded protectionist policies and tax breaks (heard that before?), and sat on their cash hoping the unemployed would die off quicker as they parties like 1929.

    It was the democrats and FDR, with their New Deal policies and governmental regulations and much more, that eventually saved the nation for democracy. In that package was a standard minimum wage for those winning federal government contracts and regulations for business' crossing state lines. States set, if so moved, their own minimum wages.

    Perry is riding on the tide of the deaths of the Great Depression survivors. As they die off younger and inexperienced voters forget the tragedy of the 1929 Depression. Even the screw up of republican and wild eyed conservatives in 2007 does not move clown like Perry to understand that the rich are greedy unto death of themselves and this nation. May God have mercy on the soul of Rick Perry; may he return in another life to live under his own laws as a laborer.

    March 2, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Reply
  4. Ames Tiedeman

    Dear Governor Perry,
    Why it is the governments job to tell TESLA it cannot sell direct to the consumer in TEXAS. Could it be because you believe in crony capitalism? Why are you protecting the Texas Automobile Dealers Association? Free the people. Free TESLA. Let TSLA be TESLA. I thought our great state of TEXAS was bout FREE MARKET CAPITALISM!!!???

    March 2, 2014 at 7:04 pm | Reply
    • dondiego

      I'm sure you've got it figured out. They only promote a free market when it is convenient for them and those that finance their campaigns (AKA bribes).

      March 4, 2014 at 11:21 am | Reply
  5. matthewjtanner

    Gee Rick, the federal government has been setting a national minimum wage since the 1930's. Seems like you would have come up with this stance long before now.

    March 2, 2014 at 7:01 am | Reply
  6. marilyn58

    Yeh, Leave it to the greedy businesses that first get the products made for pennies in other countries and now want to pay us a poverty wage to sell their products here, shameful!

    March 1, 2014 at 2:21 am | Reply
    • Bubba

      According to Perry and his nazi cohorts, the Government's only job is to deport Minorities and Hate Gays.
      I blame Perry's mother who obviously did not love him enough.

      March 1, 2014 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  7. Bob

    If the GOP had to get a real job, after their failed policies left millions unemployed, they would see the current minimum wage could barely feed them let alone provide a roof and clothes over them.

    February 28, 2014 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • Logan Mongelli

      I would like to see a gradual increase in the minimum wage. Rasing to quickly would cause too many problems too quickly.

      February 28, 2014 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  8. spike

    It all started back in 68 when Ted Kennedy opened the immigration doors wide open. Over a million coming in per year and 90% of those are unskilled folks. So we have filled up the lower wage jobs with immigrants, filled up the welfare rolls with immigrants. Now Obama thinks allowing 20 million illegals in here to work is a good idea, along with adding another million per year of foreign college grads with his expansion if H1B visas. Estimates are that the minimum wage would now be around $14.00 if the dems had not decided to flood this country with immigrants. How about taking care of our own first? You could not come up with a better plan to collapse the financial well being of Americans than the current immigration plan. In all fairness, many repubs are for selling out the American people through this bill as well. AS usual, the politicians create the problem, then come back with legislation to supposedly fix the problem with the eventual consequence of only making things worse. Both parties are selling out to their corporate campaign donors. Wake up my fellow Americans.

    February 27, 2014 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • JASC92

      if a immigrant with low skills, no contacts, and with a language barrier is able to take your job,

      Maybe its because you suck.

      March 1, 2014 at 8:11 am | Reply
      • spike

        yeah sure, let em all in. After all it doesn't matter does it.

        March 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm |
  9. Kata Strophic

    Newsflash to Perry: why do you think it's called the United States? Plural. It's a whole concept. While everyone is agog at your enthusiasm to slog it on alone and screw your citizens continually and unilaterally, fact of the matter is they ain't just the serfs of the once-great state of Texas.

    February 25, 2014 at 8:29 pm | Reply
  10. Taurean Lewis

    That my governor, Rick Perry protecting business, but not the people.

    February 25, 2014 at 5:04 pm | Reply
    • george

      You have to be a democrat because they miss it. The jobs Obandon has created are mostly minimum wage jobs. If you raise the minimum wage this will affect mostly small businesses and businesses like fast food industry, etc. Now if I was in a business like this and you cut into my already small profit I will raise the cost of my goods and not hire people. Against what democrats believe this will not put more money into the economy because your cost of goods goes up and you have less people working.

      February 27, 2014 at 7:35 am | Reply
  11. FrankinSD

    Countries with no minimum wage: Suriname, Guinea, Somalia, North Korea, Kyrgystan – the United States of America?

    February 25, 2014 at 4:24 pm | Reply
    • george

      This is a point that should not have been made, I think.

      February 27, 2014 at 7:36 am | Reply
  12. NDROCKER

    North Dakota has the biggest minimum wage economy! Sure, incomes in the Western part of the state are six figures, etc, but it doesn't trickle down to th Eastern part of the state. Fargo, Minot, Grand Forks, Mayville, etc are still minimum wage towns where there is NOTHING but retail, fast food and dillybar dipping! Homlessness has increased in these towns because so many people believe the lies about ND about being properous and if they can't make it in the oilfields, they come to the other areas and find poverty and the typical lowages of a right to work state like ND! Rents in Fargo equal or almost equal to those of the Twin Cities, but wages aren't! The wealth of the Oilfields are NOT share with every NorthDakotan either. The state Government is putting everything into one big bank acccount, for what, who knows?! The state could easly pay every state resident $2,000 every year–and wages iin the EAstern Part could be easily raised to $15,plus an hour, but having a republican governor, that will NEVER happen

    February 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • NDMecha

      The cost of an apartment in Fargo is not bad. I have a place in Fargo and a house in Bismarck and living in Bismarck is starting to get crazy expensive, but Fargo isn't that bad.

      March 4, 2014 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  13. ProtectAmericanJobs

    We need to bring manufacturing back to the United States of America and both parties are ignoring tariffs as a way to level the playing field, raise money and bring jobs back home. Let's guess why. Oh that's right, tariff is a dirty word. Hum, maybe it's that our so called leaders (political leaders) are beholden to the same people who are exporting our jobs.

    I guess we should keep letting Corp Boards, Wall Street, CEOs and Foreign Lobbyists promote sending US jobs to countries where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations.

    Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like China, where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn't help us compete when these company's factories are subsidized by China's communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

    The so called "Global Market Place" is not a level playing field. Companies may have made higher profits by "outsourcing", but they've been putting middle class Americans who are a good part of the world's customer base out of work.

    It has all happened way too fast – Our government leaders should have put measures in place to make it slower, so that it wouldn't devastate our country, which has no chance when competing with other countries that don't play by the same rules or have pay scales that are even remotely close.

    That's where our government leaders have to step up and put some sensible measures and incentives in place to keep jobs here in the USA or the real economy and infrastructure of the country we love will be destroyed along with the future of the American people.

    * Tariffs don't work, if we don't use them. We could have proportionally decreased and monitored them rather than just eliminating them altogether, which just allowed the floodgates to pop wide open.

    * Humm – Let me guess – Oh, here comes the Old Tariffs = Socialism / Trade war BS – * Sorry, they're right removing them has worked out so well for the American People and the Real American Economy. *

    The cold, hard truth is that the unholy alliance between Washington and Wall Street has sold out the American worker and exported our standard of living.

    Driven by the insatiable greed of Wall Street profiteers and accelerated by the false promise of free trade, our manufacturing base has been chased out of this country and along with it the livelihood of millions of hard-working Americans.

    * It used to be fashionable among politicians, pundits and so-called experts to claim that free trade is actually good for us. They say it enables us to buy cheaper goods made with cheap foreign labor and this, in turn, raises our standard of living. (But, if most Americans lose their jobs or are reduced to jobs with much lower pay and little or no benefits, it really doesn't make any sense.)

    * The free traitors need to ask themselves a more fundamental question: How will Americans buy those goods when they don't even have a paycheck that covers their mortgage, much less the college tuition for their children, etc....................?

    Foreigners will be coming here and buying our houses after we all foreclose. They'll also be taking over our government too, after it defaults from lack income tax revenue, due to businesses in the USA shutting down and or US jobs being outsourced and everyone being out of work.

    We need to bring back Glass-Steagall and start standing up to the WTO.

    If Ross Perot had been elected president in 1992, the American people and the American economy would have been much better off today!

    Our leaders need to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself. – They are NOT elected by or to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!

    The bottom line is that "Our Government" has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

    We need to add tariffs that are proportionate to the inequities in wages and regulations in the country where the goods were produced and or where we’re importing them from. We could then use the money raised by these tariffs to help companies build state of the art manufacturing plants here in the USA, which would create more jobs here at home for US citizens, which would then in turn increase our income tax revenue.

    The people with all of the excuses as to why we can’t, shouldn't or aren’t willing to manufacture products here in the US are the same people who have provided us with the very same shortsighted thinking that’s gotten us into this mess in the first place.

    Over the past 15-20 years, I've seen too many of our customer's close manufacturing plants here in the USA and move those plants to different countries, decimating entire areas here in OUR COUNTRY. And I'm not alone. Returning jobs to American Citizens will provide income tax revenue to OUR Government versus our government having to pay unemployment benefits to those who would be jobless instead.

    Bringing manufacturing back to the US not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them. This should also include the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us. Let’s keep that money and those jobs here in the US.

    And for those that will say that many jobs are being replaced by robotics and automation, you still need people to maintain and service the automated equipment, warehouse personnel, truck drivers to deliver the products, purchasing people to buy the materials, managers, office staff, etc.

    Also, let's manufacture the automated equipment and develop the software to be used for this automated manufacturing, etc. This not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them.

    Many American jobs have been replaced by automation, but many more have been replaced by "out-sourcing", H-1B workers and non-income-tax-paying illegal aliens here in the USA.

    The ONLY REAL FIX for Our Country is to Raise Revenue by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to Tax-Paying American Citizens.

    Returning private sector jobs to American Citizens will provide income tax revenue to OUR Government versus our government having to pay unemployment benefits to those who would be jobless instead. We need our elected officials to Start Protecting American Jobs and do whatever it takes to bring back the jobs they let go. We need leaders who will actually stand up for the American people.

    The “Global Market Place” is not a level playing field! The whole idea of the tariffs is so we can pay our factory workers a decent wage and not be blown out by these other countries where they don’t play by the same rules.

    The bottom line is that “Our Government” has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

    We may have to pay a bit more for products made here in the USA by US citizens, but at least we'll still have jobs and a future for our children.

    February 25, 2014 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  14. jboh

    Right from the mouth of the leader of the largest minimum wage economy in America. Oops.

    February 25, 2014 at 9:43 am | Reply
  15. Mr. Balls

    Perry spends too much time at NH Ranch.

    February 24, 2014 at 3:25 pm | Reply
    • LINDA WALLACE

      Who is van jones?

      February 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm | Reply
      • spike

        Google him- a card carrying member of the communist party. formerly worked in the Obama admin.

        February 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm |
    • LINDA WALLACE

      In history......you will be famous for putting the only man in office that is not a citizen of the USA and doing it twice. You are now responsible for the first communist leader of the free world. You may not think that way now but......God help you on the future for your decision. Over and done with..

      February 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm | Reply
      • jboh

        Birtherism has died, except for the ignorant people in America.

        February 25, 2014 at 9:41 am |
      • Kata Strophic

        Google "communist." Trust me, cupcake, you're in for a big surprise. But nice try on resurrecting birtherism–I never did get quite enough of that adorable dentist you so obviously admire.

        February 25, 2014 at 8:32 pm |
  16. Reconstitution

    I find the whole debate to be absurd. You ever try to take the earth away from the place your standing? Yeah, its like that. Abolishing the minimum wage would be the farthest step backwards this country has made in the last 80+ years. No my friends, if you want to encourage economic growth, stop catering to interest groups, and start catering to the american people. If big business would only realize that paying people in your own country actually increases domestic wealth; we wouldn't even be having this discussion. It's not even about greed at this point; just plain ignorance and stupidity.

    Was your bottom line so important that you had to run your own sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, families and friends from their own houses; and put every neighbor around you in the poor house? How much does your worth matter to you now, that the world around you is crumbling to ash? How shameful and sad this once proud country has become.

    February 24, 2014 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  17. A J

    One thing that people seem to forget is that another reason why the government has set a minimum wage is something called 'slave labor'. Developing countries are practicing this quite well. Being forced to work uncounted hours for pennies and then being sequestered to pay to live and eat at a company residence is not my idea of work. If you think that this would never happen in the US, just look at the working conditions of American clothing factories in Saipan and other US Territories. And, for you right-wingers, forced abortions are the norm.

    February 24, 2014 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  18. kurt

    It is absolutely government's business to regulate working conditions in the US. This goes for child labor laws, workplace safety, the standard work week and yes... a minimum wage as well.

    We do NOT want businesses to be able to treat labor like any other raw material. We do not want them to be allowed to fire someone if they get pregnant and have to miss a few weeks of work. We do not want them to be able to say "too bad" to an employee injured on the job and just toss in a replacement with no responsibilty. And we do not want to allow them to control market forces and force wages down to below subsistence levels.

    We know that businesses have done this in the past. One of government's jobs is to prevent that sort of thing from happening in the future. So while I'm up for debate on what the minimum wage should be set at, I disagree strongly with the idea that the government has no right to impose a minimum wage. They have the responsibility to do just that.

    February 24, 2014 at 12:47 pm | Reply
  19. jamesc

    I hope Texicans are smart enough to vote for Wendy Davis and get these neanderthals out of office while we still have a state. The number 1 growth industry in Texas is prisons and we execute more people than any other state. It is the government's business to regulate women. It's the government's business to subsidize wealthy farmers who pay illegal aliens less than minimum wage to work their farms. It is the governments job to give low interest government loans to very rich people and corporations and to set the value of human life at 500,000 dollars (yes they did that!). Shoot - A non trivial fraction of jobs in Texas don't even pay minimum wage because they do not involve interstate commerce or they fall in some other execptions to minimum wage laws. But minimum wage is the standard to which all working people's jobs are compared and it has declined steadily for 30 years because of of republicans while prices have gone up. Minimum wage should be raised far more than 10 dollars.

    February 24, 2014 at 8:41 am | Reply
  20. 2_indy1600

    I've never had to take a job in Texas under $10 an hour. Jobs left this country under Cllinton and NAFTA, just like Ross Perot said they would: "That great sucking sound you hear is jobs leaving the country."

    February 24, 2014 at 3:39 am | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      You're right – If Ross Perot had been elected president in 1992, the American people and the real American economy would have been much better off today! I and many other people, who were able to see through all of the left vs right BS, did vote for Perot, because he was straight forward and just used common sense. He cared about his country and the American people.

      The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

      This is the only way that Americans are going to be able to "Get a Raise" and sustain it. The more jobs and businesses that we bring back to tax-paying Americans citizens, the healthier our real economy will be and the more likely it will be for the American people to keep up and possibly even start to move forward again.

      Unfortunately most of our politicians are a joke – Only it's not so funny, because over the past several decades, all they've been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

      It seems to me that over the last 2-3 decades that both parties were always able to distract and polarize voters with insignificant peripheral social issues like gay marriage and abortion, which got most voters so caught up in the BS that they'd always lose sight of the bigger picture.

      We'd really all be better off by just cutting through the BS and all the my team vs your team name calling nonsense and really focus on America and improving the future of the American people.

      Once they're elected, our leaders should be working together for the good of the our country and our citizens by using combinations of the best ideas from both sides versus just trying to make the other side look bad so they lose the next election. – How's that been working?

      All the nonsense just allows the puppet-masters to continue to do what's best for them at the expense of the American people while we're polarized and distracted.

      But, let's face it – Neither party is actually running our country – Powerful puppet-masters play both sides to make sure that they get what they want. Unfortunately what they want is not usually in the best interest of the majority of the American people. (American citizens)

      Foreign Lobbyists here in the US promote sending US jobs to countries like China, where they work for slave wages, no benefits, no OSHA safety standards or no real environment regulations. It also doesn't help us compete when these company's factories are subsidized by China's communist government. Just check out the current Chinese extreme pollution issues – We all live in the same world, but not every country plays by the same rules.

      The so called "Global Market Place" is not a level playing field. Companies may have made higher profits by "out sourcing", but they've been putting middle class Americans who are a good part of the world's customer base out of work.

      The American people need American leaders who will start putting some sensible measures in place to stem the tide or this is going to continue to have a devastating effect on the United States of America and the American people.

      Aren't there at least a handful of these powerful puppet-masters that are fellow Americans with enough of a conscience, guts and loyalty to America and their fellow Americans to start trying to turn this trend around?

      If there aren't any, we're screwed.

      The bottom line is that "Our Government" has to protect domestic industry and the jobs that those industries provide. If they do that, the rest will take care of itself.

      Bringing manufacturing back to the US not only gives jobs to the US citizens who would be working in those manufacturing facilities, but to the people that would be working in the businesses that would spring up all around them. This should also include the safe harvesting, production and distribution of our own natural energy here in the USA, rather than paying for fuel from countries where they hate us. Let's keep that money and those jobs here in the US.

      The lack of businesses and good jobs in the USA is what's really going to rob us, our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren of the potential of a prosperous or even decent future.

      It's all happened because, over the last 25-years, our government has allowed our country's industries to get sucked out to China, India, Mexico, etc and allowed illegal aliens and H-1B foreigners to come into our country and take away tax-paying Americans jobs and drive down domestic prices and wages.

      That's where our government leaders have to step up and put some sensible measures and incentives in place to keep jobs here in the USA or the real economy and infrastructure of the country we love will be destroyed along with the future of the American people.

      Nowadays it's obviously not about being either lazy or uneducated as many try to profess, but about wages, expenses and regulations that are not even remotely close to the wages, expenses and regulations in our country.

      If more people would have listened to Ross Perot back in 1992, America wouldn't be in this mess.

      Regardless of what the Free-Traitors keep trying to sell us, we can see what's real. The American People need to just trust their own instincts, common sense and what they've seen actually going on all around them versus all of the nonsense that the free-traitors are still trying to sell us.

      The American people will need good jobs with health-care benefits in order to be able to pay for the services of those educated doctors, lawyers, college professors, etc. – It can't all be chiefs and no Indians. There is an equally important place for both of them in America.

      The ONLY REAL FIX for our great country is to RAISE REVENUE, by Bringing Back Businesses and Jobs to TAX-PAYING AMERICAN CITIZENS.

      The American People need Our Leaders to start remembering that they are elected by the Citizens of the United States of America to represent the interests of those citizens and the country itself.

      They are NOT elected by or to represent the Global Market Place, Lobbyist or Foreign citizens!

      February 24, 2014 at 11:48 am | Reply
      • James

        Oh great. Another protectionist. You do know that by "protecting" so-called "American" jobs, you'll create monopolies?

        February 28, 2014 at 9:15 am |
  21. robert

    It is also not the government's business to force health insurance on us; but, now we are forced to comply or face a tax penalty. It's not the government's business to mediate the news outlets, tramp on our 2nd Amendment or on our 4th Amendment.
    But..back to minimum wage: a job pays what it is worth. Want better pay? Find another job and/or learn a useful skill. The job market is flooded, you say? Then stick a cork in our borders; we don't need any more immigrants – legal or illegal.

    February 23, 2014 at 10:33 pm | Reply
    • Julie

      I agree, if your not worth 10.00 an hour I wouldn't want to be forced to pay you. Get a skill or some education....

      February 24, 2014 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  22. Kate Gallagher

    It is not governments place to establish minimum wage, but it is alright for them to establish if a woman gives birth or not. It is ok to use a woman as a human incubator as well. Filthy man, he is.

    February 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Reply
  23. Maria Rivera-Carvalho

    This from a man that thinks it is the government's business to regulate my womb? Or tell me who to marry? Then they wonder why voters don't respect Republicans.

    February 23, 2014 at 5:42 pm | Reply
    • Julie

      You can regulated your womb...... cheaply with birth control. Murder is not the answer!

      February 24, 2014 at 9:34 pm | Reply
      • jboh

        I agree about cheap inexspensive birth control. Too bad personhood amendments would ban most types. What about the TEA/GOP opposition to the ACA contraception clause.?

        February 25, 2014 at 10:23 am |
      • jamesc

        Well, women obviously haven't been doing that, Julie. That is why we need government (mostly men) to do it for them. I think laws requiring women to wear burkas would help with that too. And maybe men should be issued those wooden sticks so we can swat them on the ass when they make a misstep in public...

        February 25, 2014 at 9:20 pm |
  24. Free Man in the Republic of Texas

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    February 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm | Reply
  25. emskadittle

    why do we take economic advice from the same party that drove us off the cliff?

    February 23, 2014 at 4:05 pm | Reply
    • kurt

      Interesting fact relating to parties and economics.

      Since we started tracking unemployment rates midway through Truman's term, only one democrat has NOT had a decrease in the unemployment rate from the time he took office to the time he left office. Jimmy Carter... the unemployment rate was exactly the same when he left as when he came in.

      We've only had one republican president where the unemployment rate hasn't gone UP while he was in office. Ronald Reagan. (a drop from 7.5% to 5.4%). Every other GOP president (including popular ones like Eisenhower) had increases in the unemployment rate while president.

      So which party should you vote for if you're interested in getting people employed? Logically.

      February 24, 2014 at 12:55 pm | Reply
  26. ken

    Rick Perry and his ilk should move to Mexico- no taxes, no gun laws, no dern gubm;t no dern police or judges telling everyone what they have to do.

    He'd love it!

    February 23, 2014 at 3:33 pm | Reply
    • Julie

      Texas doesn't need to get rid of the conservatives, but. boy wouldn't it be great if all the liberals would move to the blue states i.e. N.Y,,Ca. , R.I., Il.. and finish off their bankruptcies! I wish all conservative businesses would leave these blue states in the dust and come to red states . The division, class warfare, bullshit race card. and amnesty crap has killed this country and quite frankly I would just love the liberals to go pay and vote their belief, and the conservatives can update the generational welfare recipients into work for payment, ins, food, and utilities. learn skills or be poor, we'll help ya up but not forever ,unless you are truly disabled, or untreatably mentally ill. I'm frankly fed up with the gross over spending, fraud, special interest crap, and lack of any accountability of the current administration

      February 24, 2014 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  27. HonestAbe

    Well this is one more nail in perry's electable coffin. I hope these conservative keep talking. Never has this country been blessed with a dumber group of politicians than the republicans, teabags and the right in general. It is a blessing to all of us in the real world.

    February 23, 2014 at 11:16 am | Reply
  28. Minnie Mouse

    It is the business of our government. If standards weren't set, the only people who would financially be able to survive would be the wealthy. You would have jobs starting out at $2 to $5 ect.. an hour just because businesses know they can get away with it and do what they want because it would be perfectly legal without standards. These standards are 100% necessary. Without set standards on the minimum wages, we would have more people living in poverty and all for the government and tax payers to pick up the slack. At the current minimum wage fo $10.10 per hour that the government is asking for, is to much increase at one time. This is because the wages haven't been raised in years and the cost of living keeps going up. If anything else needs to be set to keep up with the wages, is a set standard cost of living wage each year.

    February 23, 2014 at 9:54 am | Reply
    • ProtectAmericanJobs

      I agree it is the our governments business to set the minimum wage. But we can't just raise the minimum wage unless we start improving the overall business environment and employment picture. Especially not to the $11, $12, or $15 per hour that some of these people are talking about.

      We Have To Fix The Root Of The Problem First, which is that over the past several decades, all our leaders have been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

      I've been running a business where we haven't been able to our raise prices or wages for several years, because of what our leaders have allowed to happen to our country. Most small to medium size businesses are just struggling to survive.

      Our real economic problems happened because, over the last 25-years, our government has allowed our country's industries to get sucked out to China, India, Mexico, etc and allowed illegal aliens and H-1B foreigners to come into our country and take away tax-paying Americans jobs and drive down prices and wages.

      I run a business with 20 employees, all of whom earn well more than minimum wage, but it isn't so easy. It's hard enough to stay in business and make any profit nowadays and take care of our hard working conscientious employees. I believe that our cross-trained employees are our company's most important asset.

      We have every little turn over in our company. But if I advertise one job opening (all of which are well over the minimum wage), I'd have dozens upon dozens of qualified people and some over qualified people clamoring for the job and almost all of them would be happy to come in for less than they were making, just to have a steady job. But these people and myself are just struggling to keep up with our mortgages, kids student loans, health-care coverage............etc..............

      The American people need our leaders to wake up and start putting some sensible measures in place to stem the tide or this is going to continue to have a devastating effect on the United States of America and the American people.

      We'd really all be better off by just cutting through the all the my team vs your team name calling nonsense and really focus on America and improving the future of the American people.

      February 24, 2014 at 11:53 am | Reply
      • ProtectAmericanJobs

        I agree, it is our government's business to set the minimum wage. But we can't just raise the minimum wage unless we start improving the overall business environment and employment picture. Especially not to the $11, $12, or $15 per hour that some of these people are talking about.

        We Have To Fix The Root Of The Problem First, which is that over the past several decades, all our leaders have been doing is screwing the American people, by stalling, spending, removing protections and allowing illegal aliens to continue to pour in and American jobs and industry to pour out, and all while collecting their American tax-payer funded pay checks, benefits and whatever else they get on the side from their various lobbyist friends.

        February 24, 2014 at 11:55 am |
  29. W.G.

    Perry is a payed for IDIOT propped up by Big Business ! Anybody that ever voted for this guy
    IS AN IDIOT !

    February 23, 2014 at 8:33 am | Reply
  30. Poor Yorick

    *pays

    February 22, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  31. Poor Yorick

    What percentage of Texas' new jobs pay at least a subsistence wage? I live in Texas. While it may be true that 95 percent of Mr. Perry's new jobs pay more than $7.25 per hour, most that I've encountered still pay less than the proposed new minimum of $10.10. Alas, we still live below the poverty line.

    February 22, 2014 at 3:20 pm | Reply
  32. Monet

    Rick perry should know first the name of the GOVERMENT branches before he could comment on anything that has to do with governing .

    February 22, 2014 at 2:05 pm | Reply
  33. Smitty

    Texas seems to be doing better than most states. In fact most states that have a repub gov seem to be doing better than the dem controlled states, go figure.

    February 22, 2014 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • basedonfact

      Really? California has a surplus. Scotty Walker took Wisconsin from 11th to dead last in job creation.

      February 22, 2014 at 8:40 pm | Reply
      • Julie

        Please let me know where you get your info? Ca. is up to it's eyeballs, and with this drought this could be the nail in their liberal coffin. California= 1.Budget deferral (Kicking can) 40 billion
        2.Obligation borrowing (2nd in the country) 77 billion
        3.Pension and employee health promises. 96 billion of which 265 billion is unfunded
        Total red is 265 Billion. that RED not green!

        February 24, 2014 at 10:17 pm |
    • WSAY

      You don't know what you are talking about. Go figure.

      February 23, 2014 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • Peabody

      Smitty, you need to go back to the drawing board and take off your republican colored glasses.

      February 24, 2014 at 10:27 am | Reply
  34. Thom

    Perry has never been right about a single thing he's ever said or quoted......

    February 21, 2014 at 11:44 pm | Reply
    • Pat Smyth

      ...and you have?

      February 22, 2014 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • Mitt Romney

      Come on. He was right about three things.....

      Uh I forget them... Ooppps!

      February 22, 2014 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • george

      Now you sound like the head of the govt jesters, prince Reid. Anyone that makes a statement like this is either ignorant or needs to come back from Mars for lack of oxygen to their brain.

      February 27, 2014 at 7:46 am | Reply

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