Rick Perry vs. Newt Gingrich: Which Candidate Will Kill 'Big Daddy' Government?

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Governor Rick Perry
The South Carolina Republican Presidential Primary is on January 21, 2012. I live in South Carolina, so the Republican Presidential candidates have just about a month to convince me of one thing: that he or she will help cure the disease and not just the symptoms.

I already know that it's imperative that President Obama not win a second term, and not just to save me from more gray hairs and so-not-cute wrinkles due to constant scowling at the nightly news. But, just as important and too often forgotten is the need for a President who will have the strength and the convictions to push America back from the precipice on which it is balancing on one entitlement-ridden foot. Who won't just treat our painful symptoms like high unemployment, economic disasters, and unsustainable spending, but will also cure the source of the disease itself: Big Daddy Government and the entitlement, dependence, economic ruin, and Statism that it causes?

The front-runners are Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Perry. I have not and will not support Mitt Romney in the primaries no matter how many times I am told "he's the most electable!" I think that supporting someone based upon whom you think can win is a sure-fire way to lose. Plus, while this election will rightly be framed as 'it's the economy, stupid,' the economic downturns are merely a result of the main problems we face. We must cure the relationship between we, the people, and the Big Daddy State. If we don't do it now, it will be too late. Obamacare was the "Hail Mary" from the Democrats in accomplishing this; Obamacare was not about health care or people, it was about government and increasing our dependence on the state. Romney has neither the fortitude nor the desire to combat that. 

But, in the cases of Speaker Gingrich and Governor Rick Perry, I can wholeheartedly and enthusiastically support either one of them, albeit one maybe more so than the other. 

Newt Gingrich showed that he can accomplish some of what we need when he was Speaker. It took six decades to get some sort of welfare reform -- and Speaker Gingrich was the one who did it. But does he have the ability and the desire to recognize that sometimes a temporary cure, even if a fundamentally super smarty pants one, only prolongs the disease? 

See, one of my biggest problems with the Tea Party movement is its tunnel-visioned focus on cutting spending alone. While that does need to happen, it's merely a symptom of the disease. It's like if a dentist treated an abscessed tooth with just pain killers and antibiotics. Sure, he'd take away your pain and maybe even the immediate infection. But unless he actually extracts that diseased tooth, the problem will just come back -- and could be fatal.

So, I'm leaning toward Governor Perry as the person who has the best track record of being willing and able to perform the extraction, even if painful, to provide a cure. With smaller government, the courage of his conservative convictions and common sense. He doesn't just talk the talk, he walks the walk. He may not talk purty sometimes, but his walk is extraordinary. And may be just what this country needs.


This post is part of a weekly conversation with each of our 5 Moms Matter 2012 political bloggers. Read the original question and find links to all their responses here: Which Republican Candidate Deserves the Nomination?


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nonmember avatar Mick

Oh sure. Just look at the great things he has done for Texas, particularly our educational system. Schools and universities have been forced to layoff teachers and professors and libraries are cutting back to because of multi-million dollar budget cuts Perry made. What a great walk. He puts education as the very bottom rung, which is not what this country needs in order to remain a player in the world market. We need skilled laborers, not a nation of McDonald's fry cooks. And that's just one issue off the top, not even mentioning how Perry has somehow magically become a millionaire while in office (hi big pharma)or any of the other bonehead stunts he's pulled. Even the Bushes hate Perry. That's saying quite a lot.

ABHol... ABHolling

I don't mean to be rude but IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU?!?! i mean how can you even begin to say you would support Newt??? It has been so clear that he is a lobbyist and is all about big government and making money. His views sway based on who is paying him the most money. When he was speaker of the house he had tons of ethics violations resulting in about $300,000 in fines. Also he was forced to leave as speaker because of the things he was doing. He is someone who obviously can't be trusted. Why anyone would want that for a president is beyond me. oh wait, because he said he has asked for forgiveness from God? oh yeah that makes me believe him now.

Also, I'm not sure where you got your information but those are not the top 3 GOP candidates. If you look at the polls the top three are Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul. Rick Perry trails far behind Ron Paul. I'm curious to know why you would exclude him when its obvious he has a much better chance than Perry does.

nonmember avatar jessica

maybe do a little more research next time... See who the top 3 REALLY are, and look at Texas before supporting him. He's crippled his state. Ask people who live down there. Several of my friends are trying to get out, but can't find a job in their field elsewhere...

nonmember avatar Texas Fact

Here are some facts (posted in where it says "your blog URL." It isn't my blog, but it has some great facts on Texas' education system. Or just google "Myths and flat out lies about Texas and Rick Perry- Education."

regen... regenbogenpilz

Hey have you heard of RON PAUL????   

jkm89 jkm89

Oh wow.

hotic... hoticedcoffee

I'm all about small government, but I don't think we can get there by way of, what seems to be, Rick Perry's small brains. I do agree with you that Obama needs to be a one term lesson, and I'd vote for Perry in the General if I had to - stumbling towards smaller government beats running towards socialism any day - but Perry isn't getting my vote at the NH Primary.

nonmember avatar Rick

For answers check Richard Mondale.org
Walk the Walk

Books... BooksnBoys

Ron Paul completely lost my vote when he started saying WACKY things like "the US was responsible for 9/11".  I'm sorry, but HOW many times has this guy run for president?  Getting a little ridiculous here.

I fully support the government putting education on the bottom rung of their priority list - it's not like they are doing a great job anyway!  Maybe a fresh approach would be good!

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