Rick Perry apparently has written a book entitled “Fed UP!: Our Fight to Save America from Washington” that was published about nine months ago before the great white hope decided to run for the presidency of the U.S.
This recent book is the second book that Governor Perry has written and pushes the book at political campaign stops. The book retails at $21.99 but I’m sure you can download it to your handy e-book reader for much less.
Anyone can write a book in this great country; it’s interesting in Perry’s case that the essence of his latest offering is a major critique of the U.S. government. He claims in Fed UP that Social Security is a “Ponzi scheme” and unconstitutional. Mr. Perry also believes that many of the Amendments to the Constitution should be abolished or drastically changed.
In the book Perry describes how he would like to have the 17 Amendment which allows election of U.S. senators “as a misguided blow to the ability of states to exert influence on the federal government” ratified and give more power to the states.
The good Governor also would like to repeal the 16thAmendment that authorizes the federal government to collect income taxes. And he claims that it’s wrong to “to ask the wealthiest to pay a greater share of their income than the poor.” Apparently Mr. Perry hasn’t considered some of the national statistics on the ongoing unequal distribution of income in this country, nor the fact that most of the rich have loopholes the size of manhole covers that keep their overall tax rates much lower than those of the middle incomes and the poor. But why quibble over the details?
Among other things Perry attacks the “New Deal” the “Great Society” as nothing less than socialism in America. His main attack is about Social Security. Now we all know that the Republicans started taking money out of the Social Security fund several decades ago, the program has become a threat to the aged and soon to be aged who might rely on the $1400.00 a month benefit to survive. Notwithstanding the fact Social Security is funded sufficiently to survive for at least another 75 years.
Other sections of the book fault the judicial system by having federal judges to stand for reelection or reappointment in an effort to “stop the court from unilaterally creating policy.”
The main theme of the book seems to be that all government programs are unconstitutional. Perry believes that Social Security, bank regulations, Consumer Protection, Federal Education policy, are all unconstitutional.
Now all politicians like to write books that peddle their particular brand of politics. Most use ghost writers to write the books for them and I’m guessing that Perry used one for Fed Up!, his particular manifesto of Perry ideas.
As reporters continue to cover his run for the GOP nomination next year, he’s asked to comment on various subjects in the book and has backpedaled seriously about not meaning what he wrote in the book. His campaign staff has been trying to minimize the negative statements in the book that come out as questions by reporters by repeating the same responses, “He really didn’t mean that.”
Unless you’re reading this while locked up in a sanitarium heavily dosed with tranquilizers of some sort, you’d figure that the nonsense printed in Fed Up truly reflects the mindset of the Governor. This book reminds me of another manifesto written in bad times by an Austrian back in the 1920’s while imprisoned for political reasons in Germany.
If the mainstream political voting block is made up of so many seniors who rely on Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid how is Perry going to win them over because most of this segment of the population chant regularly, “don’t mess with my Social Security benefits and Medicare!”
Three weeks have passed since the Governor started his bid for the nomination by the Republicans next year more and more information about Perry is starting to come to the surface. Most politicians aren’t totally stupid; when they write or have ghost writers write books for them they try to eliminate putting controversial ideas in their respective books that might provide fodder for their political opponents.
In this case, it might be just the opposite, Perry might not have been smart enough to consider how these ridiculous ideas might come back to haunt him. Nothing surprises me about Mr. Perry.
As Ruth Marcus’ article in the Washington Post yesterday, “Rick Perry, by the book” ended, “The subtitle of Perry’s book “Our Fight to Save America from Washington” summons the image of another, urgent fight: saving America from Rick Perry.”
“Dark economic clouds are dissipating into an emerging blue sky of opportunity.” Rick Perry, Governor of the great state of Texas