Of course he plans to, and why shouldn’t he. Three reasons to do it include: (1) He did so well the first time around; (2) Late night comics and political pundits are encouraging his run as they need some new material, and (3) … I can’t remember three…OOPS.
As the longest serving governor of Texas, it is time for a change in our state. While he boasts of creating more jobs than the other 49 states combined, he fails to mention that a vast percentage of them are minimum wage jobs with no future. On the positive side, the economy is good, and his best work is in job creation for Texas.
Unfortunately, he is leaving office with a very divided state as he chose to bring up the abortion bill for a third time, even though it failed to pass in either the regular session or the first special session. He is willing to spend taxpayer dollars for a second special session that will not help the thousands of women he is disfranchising from medical care. This doesn’t make it safer for women, it makes poor women resort to back alley tactics and much more risk. Women of means have numerous other options, such as flying to a state that does respect a woman’s right to choose.
Additionally, he is denying Medicaid Expansion that is 100% funded, so his real agenda is clearly not that of providing better health care to women. He has also turned down federal funds assistance to rebuild streets and bridges. As a result, he is keeping hundreds from good paying jobs and creating a road to deficit spending in the future when infrastructure can no longer be ignored.
I am sure all of his current moves are designed to appeal to the far right conservative base of the Republican Party that will vote in the presidential primary. Since the country isn’t as far right as the base, their plan to win the national election is to suppress the vote by any means possible. And the partisan Supreme Court has made that, as well as billions of dollars by special interest groups, part of our current election system. This is causing America to slowly lose it democracy. Before we spread democracy to other countries, we need to fix it here at home.
After the 2012 clown show of characters running for the top office in the land, I can’t wait to see who throws their hat in the ring in 2016. We already know Perry is seriously considering it, as probably Paul Ryan who lost in 2012, maybe Rick Santorum, possibly Ted Cruz (who wasn’t even born in this country, but in Canada), and probably a couple of Republican governors, perhaps even a couple of dark horses no one is thinking about now. Whoever does run, I’m sure the talk and political show hosts are salivating at the prospects.