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Published On: Mon, Jul 20th, 2015

Why I can’t vote for Rick Perry

Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is frequently praised for his work on the border with Mexico and his pro-10th Amendment stance and small government rhetoric (more than 30 years ago, Ronald Reagan also gave a lot of small government rhetoric and didn’t deliver).

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However, Perry, who boasts his military service frequently, and rightly so, is a huge supporter of overseas intervention and the use of our military in ways I consider questionable at best.

If we go back just 5 short years ago, then Governor Perry suggest using the military to possibly invade Mexico!

In an interview with MSNBC in 2010, the governor said, “You have a situation on the border where American citizens are being killed, and you didn’t see that back when George Bush was the governor.”

When asked whether the U.S. should consider deploying troops inside Mexico, Perry said the federal government should consider all options “including the military.”

Perry is also known nationwide as the great border security crusader, with Texas accounting for 2/3s of the international border (1,254 of the 1,900 miles). He has also been an outspoken opponent, rightfully so of any nationalized health insurance.

But let’s go back to 2001 and look at a speech that was published that should bother Americans greatly concerning the border issue and health policy.

In this speech to University of Texas-Pan American President Miguel Nevárez, Perry boasts of support of both open borders and bi-national health insurance, let’s see what he said:

President Fox’s vision for an open border is a vision I embrace, as long as we demonstrate the will to address the obstacles to it. An open border means poverty has given way to opportunity, and Mexico’s citizens do not feel compelled to cross the border to find that opportunity. It means we have addressed pollution concerns, made substantial progress in stopping the spread of disease, and rid our crossings of illicit drug smuggling activity. Clearly we have a long way to go in addressing those issues.

Concerning a health insurance pact with Mexico, Perry said:

Legislation authored by border legislators Pat Haggerty and Eddie Lucio establishes an important study that will look at the feasibility of bi-national health insurance. This study recognizes that the Mexican and U.S. sides of the border compose one region, and we must address health care problems throughout that region. That’s why I am also excited that Texas Secretary of State Henry Cuellar is working on an initiative that could extend the benefits of telemedicine to individuals living on the Mexican side of the border.

Sorry Rick, can’t vote for you.

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- Writer, Co-Founder and Executive Editor of The Global Dispatch. Robert has been covering news in the areas of health, world news and politics for a variety of online news sources. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the website, Outbreak News Today and hosts the podcast, Outbreak News Interviews on iTunes, Stitcher and Spotify Robert is politically Independent and a born again Christian Follow @bactiman63

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