Texas Governor Rick Perry has gotten glasses and some have speculated on an apparent increase to Perry’s book-learning credentials. Despite Perry’s new bookish, academic look, he is still so stupid. And a new pair of glasses won’t erase the memory of his tarnished and spectacular failure of a presidential campaign in 2012 and other dumb blabberings.
Gov. Rick Perry has made a laughing stock of himself on so many occasions. His dull-witted drivel is enough to give Michele Bachmann a competitive run on the stupid thought expressway. Perry’s career in recent years has been one embarrassing quote after another.
Two years ago, Perry likened the Social Security program to a Ponzi scheme.
“It is a monstrous lie,” said Perry. “It is a Ponzi scheme to tell our kids that are 25 or 30 years old today, you’ve paid into a program that’s going to be there. Anybody that’s for the status quo with Social Security today is involved with a monstrous lie to our kids, and that’s not right.”
Perry’s desire to oust Social Security was so outlandish and ridiculous that ultra-conservative former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney dismissed Perry’s claim. “The issue in the book ‘Fed Up,’ governor, as you say that by any measure, Social Security is a failure — you can’t say that to tens of millions of Americans who live on Social Security and those who have lived on it.”
The most famous blunders of Perry’s, however, is the skip he made when discussing what three government agencies he would eliminate if elected president. The conversation with Perry floundering during a CNBC debate against Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) is as follows:
PERRY: I will tell you, it is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone. Commerce, Education, and the — What’s the third one there? Let’s see.
PERRY: Five. Okay. Commerce, Education, and the —
PERRY: EPA. There you go.
Q: Seriously — is EPA one you are talking about?
PERRY: No, sir, no, sir. We are talking about the — agencies of government — EPA needs to be rebuilt.
Q: You can’t — you can’t name the third one?
PERRY: The third agency of government I would — I would do away with Education, the —
PERRY: Commerce and, let’s see. I can’t. The third one, I can’t. Sorry. Oops.
That’s all Perry has to say at the end of such a debacle. Oops. This man had prospects of becoming the President of the United State of America, and he can’t even remember his own platform and talking points. It would be a wonder if he could remember the three branches of government. The legislative, judicial, and, do you know the next one, Perry?
But the “anti-intellectual” persona that Perry eventually adopted wasn’t always a personifying trait to make him seem more accessible to the uneducated. For 30 years, Perry’s lack of intellect has been fodder for jokes, even among his Republican colleagues, since entering Texas state politics.
A former Republican governor said “He’s [Perry] like Bush only without the brains.” That’s bad. If being compared to George W. Bush makes someone stupid in the first place, then what exactly is it to be “Bush without the brains”?
Fellow party members make fun of him and even distance themselves from him after making plebian statements. Even the greater Texas population are ready to move on from Perry. Shortly after the 2012 presidential elections, polling firm PPP found that 62 percent of Texas voter think he shouldn’t run for governorship. Thirty-nine percent of Republican Texas voters are among those who believe Perry shouldn’t run again.
When asked about Perry running for the presidency again in 2016, a staggering 80 percent, with two-thirds of Texas Republicans, said no. That Rick Perry hasn’t taken his lack of intellect and abandoned politics is beyond normal thought. Perry, himself, even recognizes intellectual shortcomings.
Describing the disorganized nature of his intellect, Perry said “My brain is like a chicken pot pie.”