Since Rick Perry is one of the GOP presidential frontrunners, we are going to hear a lot more about him. He will probably dominate the airwaves for a few weeks, but if he makes the kind of statements that he made about Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke then the Texas Governor may end up alienating those beyond his base.
There is some irony that Perry, who once suggested Texas secession, is calling out Bernanke as treasonous.
“Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous or treasonous in my opinion,” Perry said.
The big fear with printing money is that inflation will jump out of control. That hasn’t happened yet. With the slumping economy it is not likely too either.
Perry didn’t stop his controversial statements there. When asked if Barack Obama loved the country, Perry said, “You need to ask him.”
It is unimaginable that any president or presidential contender does not love his or her country. Newt Gingrich loves his country. Rick Santorum does too. Even Rick Perry probably does as too, although he seems to have a special fondness for Texas in his heart. Undoubtedly, Barack Obama loves the United States as well.
That Perry lets a question like this linger is unconscionable. Sadly, this is an indicator of what kind of candidate Perry will be. He will be loose with the facts and quick to dismiss anything he sees as contrarian.
Rick Perry — all hat, no cattle, big Texas mouth.