Rick Perry Columns on Townhall

  • Jonah Goldberg - Tyranny of the Typical

    Tyranny of the Typical

    Jonah Goldberg
    Posted: 9/21/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    In his 1973 "Libertarian Manifesto," the late Murray Rothbard argued that the biggest obstacle in the road out of serfdom was "status quo bias." In society, we're accustomed to rapid change. "New products, new life styles, new ideas are often embraced eagerly." Not so with government.
  • Bill Murchison - The States and Their Powers

    The States and Their Powers

    Bill Murchison
    Posted: 9/20/2011 3:02:00 PM EST
    The fashion, one of them anyway, since Gov. Rick Perry entered the presidential lists is to bash him as a drooling neo-Confederate, pining for the good ol' days of states' rights. Yessuh, them Yankees tellin' us what to do all the time, why it's just unconstitutional, and we needs to see-seed!
  • Thomas Sowell - The 'Ponzi' Sound Bite

    The 'Ponzi' Sound Bite

    Thomas Sowell
    Posted: 9/20/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Many in the media and in politics have gone ballistic over the fact that Texas Governor Rick Perry called Social Security "a Ponzi scheme."
  • Janet M. LaRue - Romney's Ponzi Phobia

    Romney's Ponzi Phobia

    Janet M. LaRue
    Posted: 9/19/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    When it comes to Social Security, Republicans should stop treating seniors like the feeble-minded demographic portrayed in commercials written by 13-year-olds on Madison Avenue.
  • Debra J. Saunders - Rick Perry's Bad

    Rick Perry's Bad

    Debra J. Saunders
    Posted: 9/17/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry is getting hammered because he signed an order requiring that sixth-graders be vaccinated against the HPV virus in 2007.
  • David Limbaugh - AttackWatch.com is the Administration's Latest Propaganda Arm

    AttackWatch.com is the Administration's Latest Propaganda Arm

    David Limbaugh
    Posted: 9/16/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    President Obama's official re-election campaign has set up a website ostensibly to defend him against false attacks, but its obvious purpose is to smear Republicans and propagandize. What could be more shameless??
  • Ann Coulter - So A Comatose Guy Walks Into a Bar

    So A Comatose Guy Walks Into a Bar

    Ann Coulter
    Posted: 9/14/2011 6:35:00 PM EST
    People aren't buying the left's emotional appeals about imaginary victims anymore. The audience member's "Yes!" was a way of laughing in the moderators' faces for trying to pull that crap.
  • Jonah Goldberg - Debate Jars Perry out of Sweet Spot

    Debate Jars Perry out of Sweet Spot

    Jonah Goldberg
    Posted: 9/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Mitt Romney and Rick Perry are both exactly where they want to be.
  • Ralph Benko - The Defining Issue Of The 2012 Elections: Jobs Through Gold

    The Defining Issue Of The 2012 Elections: Jobs Through Gold

    Ralph Benko
    Posted: 9/14/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    A sure signal of a rising policy vector? The Washington Post sends forth a top gunslinger to attack it — “it” being the gold standard and the GOP candidates for considering it.
  • Rich Galen - The CNN/Tea Party Debate

    The CNN/Tea Party Debate

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 9/13/2011 4:11:00 PM EST
    A breakdown of the CNN/Tea Party Express debate.
  • Byron York - Will Immigration Cripple Perry's Bid?

    Will Immigration Cripple Perry's Bid?

    Byron York
    Posted: 9/12/2011 4:41:00 PM EST
    A fight over the future of Social Security has emerged as a key feature of the struggle between Republican presidential candidates Rick Perry and Mitt Romney. But there is another issue that divides the two and has not received enough attention: immigration.
  • Star Parker - Of Course Social Security Is a Ponzi Scheme

    Of Course Social Security Is a Ponzi Scheme

    Star Parker
    Posted: 9/12/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    I have a great plan for “saving” Social Security.
  • Debra J. Saunders - Perry Punches at GOP Debate -- Both Hits and Misses

    Perry Punches at GOP Debate -- Both Hits and Misses

    Debra J. Saunders
    Posted: 9/9/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry has a problem. The GOP primary has turned into a two-man race between him and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, it became clear during Wednesday's debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.
  • Mona Charen - Did Rick Perry Blow It on Social Security?

    Did Rick Perry Blow It on Social Security?

    Mona Charen
    Posted: 9/9/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    There is a brand of Republican who looks at President Obama's vulnerability on the economy and says "go for it." They argue that the overriding issue of the campaign should be jobs -- and that everything else should be a distant second.
  • Mona Charen - Did Rick Perry Blow It on Social Security?

    Did Rick Perry Blow It on Social Security?

    Mona Charen
    Posted: 9/9/2011 12:01:00 AM EST
    There is a brand of Republican who looks at President Obama's vulnerability on the economy and says "go for it." They argue that the overriding issue of the campaign should be jobs -- and that everything else should be a distant second.
  • Floyd and Mary Beth Brown - In Latest Republican Debate Moderators Carry Obama's Message

    In Latest Republican Debate Moderators Carry Obama's Message

    Floyd and Mary Beth Brown
    Posted: 9/8/2011 4:38:00 PM EST
    Brian Williams must crave attention. In the latest Republican debate, instead of moderating, he personally debated all the participants. The actual discussion between candidates was more civil and constructive than the endless string of gotcha speeches foisted as questions on the panel by NBC's Williams and his Politico sidekick, John Harris.
  • Rich Galen - The Reagan Library Debate

    The Reagan Library Debate

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 9/8/2011 1:45:00 PM EST
    This worked pretty well in Ames, Iowa so let's do it again. Here are my pre- and post-debate impressions.
  • Katie Pavlich - Want to Win the Youth Vote, Talk About Social Security

    Want to Win the Youth Vote, Talk About Social Security

    Katie Pavlich
    Posted: 9/8/2011 1:38:00 PM EST
    Hey working young people, the government is stealing your money and not just once, every two weeks. We should applaud Rick Perry for being open and honest about the real situation of Social Security and youth voters should take note that Perry is looking out for them.
  • Rich Galen - A Very Important Week

    A Very Important Week

    Rich Galen
    Posted: 9/7/2011 4:40:00 PM EST
    This is a big week in American politics.
  • Wayne LaPierre - Freedom is Celebrated, But Not in the White House

    Freedom is Celebrated, But Not in the White House

    Wayne LaPierre
    Posted: 9/6/2011 8:49:00 AM EST
    A fellow NRA member recently sent me a great video that is making the rounds on YouTube. It’s a short clip of a group of bloggers spending the day at a shooting range with Texas Governor Rick Perry. On its face, there is nothing terribly unusual or special about this. But to the millions of NRA members and patriotic Americans who have spent years fighting to protect and preserve our Second Amendment rights, this is a remarkable scene.