Perry’s Flub

At the Wednesday Republican debate Rick Perry promised that as president he’d eliminate three departments:  Education, Commerce and um, hang on, I’ll get it.  Oops.  He later said that number three would be Energy.

So let’s forget for the nonce that Perry couldn’t remember all three departments he’d eliminate.  We’ve all had brain freeze.  But let’s look at each department.

Education:  We’re falling behind in educating our K-12 kids.  And nowhere is that more apparent than Texas.

From http://www.window.state.tx.us/comptrol/wwstand/wws0512ed/

  • Texas is #49 in verbal SAT scores in the nation (493) and #46 in average math SAT scores (502).
  • Texas is #36 in the nation in high school graduation rates (68%).
  • Texas is #33 in the nation in teacher salaries. Teacher salaries in Texas are not keeping pace with the national average. The gains realized from the last state-funded across-the-board pay raise authorized in 1999, which moved the ranking from 33 to as high as 26th in the nation, have disappeared over the last five years.
  • Texas was the only state in the nation to cut average per pupil expenditures in fiscal year 2005, resulting in a ranking of #40 nationally; down from #25 in fiscal year 1999.
  • Texas is #6 in the nation in student growth. The general student population in Texas public schools grew by 11.1% between school years 1999 and 2005, with the largest percent of growth seen among low income and minority children.
  • Between school years 1999 and 2005, the number of central administrators employed by Texas public schools grew by 32.5%, overall staffing in public schools grew by 15.6%, while the number of teachers grew only 13.3%.
Commerce:  These are the people who conduct the the census.  This is mandated by the Constitution.
Energy:  These are the people who monitor our nuclear stockpile.  Some would say that’s an important function.
So Governor Perry, would it really be wise to get rid of these departments.
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  1. So what did we learn from last nights debate. See number #4 below.
    So lets review what we have seen from the Republican Fascist Nazi Party debates.

    1: Applauds people being executed. True or False? True!!!

    2: Applauds people dieing for lack of health care insurance. True or False? True!!!

    3: Boo’s a gay Military Service Man who’s fighting for Our County. True or False? True!!!

    4: Boo’s Debate Moderator for asking about nominees (Cains) sexual harassment charges leveled against him. True or False? True!!!

    And thirty percent of the country are going to vote Republican.

    Our Country is so f*cked.

    Have a great day.

  2. Dog's Eye View

    Traveling. CNN on quietly in background, and they apparently cannot cover more than 4 stories in hours upon hours.

    ** Penn State/Paterno
    ** multiple viewings of Rick Perry on Letterman making light and coming off well (‘cuz Perry’s scripted); about 4-5 clips over 2 hours, and then discussion in general on Republican candidates
    **a little on Veteran’s Day; feel good about veterans recovering from PTSD through guitar playing
    ** heard one story on new Greek prime minister, early Pacific time

    Gaw.

    Gonna listen to Obama’s Veteran’s Day speech and then shut off the boob tube.

  3. Dog's Eye View

    RE brain freeze:

    Perry is clearly unqualified for the presidency; I’m amazed he’s still being propped up.

    Any chance we’re actually seeing early onset Alzheimer’s or other light dementia? Because Perry just does not seem that with it.

  4. TempeBev

    What a bunch of clowns – they could go on the road and raise money for a worthy cause, but that goal wouldn’t occur to the group.

  5. Dog's Eye View

    dnd: good post. I was surprised that Texas was as high as #33 in teacher salaries.

    Apples and oranges on some of the numbers, though. That appalling verbal/math score: I wonder if that’s a combination of a porous border and a requirement that all students be tested. Vermont might have a low income student fluent in English from childhood who’s enjoyed mandatory schooling since kindergarten vs. Texas is testing a 14 year old who’s not fluent in the language, been in the US for two years, and didn’t get that much schooling in her native country. (A few years ago, you needed a birth certificate to enroll in Mexican schools, and a lot of the poor can’t afford them. Don’t know if that’s still the case.)

    Plus an influx of Katrina refugees.

    Which is not to say Texas is doing a great job. Be interesting to see Texas figures broken down against Arizona, California, and even Florida too.

  6. Dooty

    basically under Perry’s reign, Texas has become a 3rd word country. I mean it didn’t have very far to go before Perry but it is there now.

    • dnd

      When I think of Texas, I think of great food. I think of some of the greatest music in the U.S. And I think of something a family friend once told my dad when he moved to Dallas: “The only thing Dallas has that Ft. Worth doesn’t is a great city 40 miles away.”

  7. Dooty

    Mz Dog said, “Be interesting to see Texas figures broken down against Arizona, California, and even Florida too.”

    I would like to see that comparison also. There are places in LA for example that look and sound like Mexico. Same with southern AZ Miami is it’s own third world country with Miami International Airport being the capital. Laredo, TX is all Mexican and most of San Antonio also. Diversity.

  8. Dog's Eye View

    Hello there Doots. How fare you this weekend? Have you been doing much photography with the digital camera? Cheers.

  9. TempeBev

    At least Texas has Dooty – he’s a definite plus to the state.

  10. Dooty

    thanks Bev that is a nice thing to say but not sure how true it is. Dog, me and digi photography is just not taking off. D I have told everyone for many years that Fort Worth has something Dallas will never have….the ability to drive to a major US city in about 30 minutes. Same story. Austin is definitely the most liberal city in Texas. Dallas is probably the most conservative after all this is the city that killed JFK. Two years ago I went thru the Texas Book Depository Museum for the first time. Pretty weird place.

  11. TempeBev

    Would have loved to see Steph, but prices were too high when she was in Phx.

  12. Dog's Eye View

    The photo of Perry is excellent.

    A dog’s expression, and not a particularly bright dog’s.

    Is the bone behind Door Number One or Door Number Two? I used to know that ….

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