Tuesday, August 23, 2011

How Dare You Quote Me

What is it with some people who can’t even remember what they said or wrote, or if they did, they act as if they’re not to be taken seriously? The latest is Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and his book “Fed Up!” which, among other things, claims that just about every government program you can name (including some that benefit the state of Texas) are unconstitutional, and, by gum, he won’t stand for them.

[Perry’s] communications director, Ray Sullivan, said Thursday that he had “never heard” the governor suggest [Social Security] was unconstitutional. Not only that, Mr. Sullivan said, but “Fed Up!” is not meant to reflect the governor’s current views on how to fix the program. […]

In an interview, Mr. Sullivan acknowledged that many passages in Mr. Perry’s “Fed Up!” could dog his presidential campaign. The book, Mr. Sullivan said, “is a look back, not a path forward.” It was written “as a review and critique of 50 years of federal excesses, not in any way as a 2012 campaign blueprint or manifesto,” Mr. Sullivan said.

The campaign’s disavowal of “Fed Up!” is itself very new. On Sunday evening, at Mr. Perry’s first campaign stop in Iowa, a questioner asked the governor to talk about how he would fix the country’s rickety entitlement programs. Mr. Perry shot back: “Have you read my book, ‘Fed Up!’ Get a copy and read it.”

Apparently Mr. Perry hasn’t taken his own advice.

Remember back in May when Newt Gingrich got caught knocking Paul Ryan’s budget plan on Meet The Press and then backtracked like a land crab in hot sauce: “Any ad which quotes me is committing a falsehood.” Guess who wrote the foreword to Mr. Perry’s book.