Perry rallies Dorchester Republicans

  • Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Leslie Cantu/Journal Scene Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged Republicans to stand up for the 10th Amendment.

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The federal government is holding this nation back, Texas Gov. Rick Perry warned Dorchester County Republicans on Tuesday.

The economy would explode if states were let loose to do what they know is best for economic development, he said, but the overreach extends to every arena.

Perry was even willing to give the benefit of the doubt to state-level Democrats over the judgment of the federal government, no matter the party in charge. “I trust Andrew Cuomo and the New York legislature more than the federal government to decide their education policies,” he said.

Perry appeared at the Dorchester County Republican Party’s “Big Bang BBQ” alongside Gov. Nikki Haley.

Sen. Tim Scott, education superintendent candidate Molly Spearman and local elected Republicans were among those sharing sweet tea and barbeque on the pavilion at Miler Country Club.

Despite his moment of gubernatorial solidarity with Cuomo, Perry said New York and California have lost the most wealth among the states, and he blamed the loss on their policies.

“They’re overtaxing, overlitigating, overregulating, and their public schools are being destroyed,” he said.

Instead, red state governors are the ones leading the way, he said.

Whenever he flies here he sees the Boeing plant, he said, and it makes him wonder what Haley is working on.

“I bet she’s even got some feelers out in Texas,” he joked.

In his only direct mentions of elections, Perry told the group that having continuity in the governor’s office is important for accomplishing some of the changes he’s achieved in Texas, like eliminating the income tax.

He also urged voters to demand that candidates for the U.S. Senate and House understand the 10th Amendment reserves all powers to the states that aren’t specifically enumerated.

Haley also brought up her complaints with the federal government.

“The hardest part of my job, every day, continues to be the federal government,” she told the crowd.

Even as the state works to bring jobs here, companies are telling her they’ll limit workers’ hours because of the Affordable Care Act, she said.

And, she vowed, “we will continue to say ‘no’ to Obamacare every step of the way.”

With the Fourth of July only days away, Haley reminded the group of the American Dream – and said that reports of its demise are greatly exaggerated.

At its worst, unemployment in South Carolina was more than 11 percent, she said. Now, it’s 5.3 percent.

Her administration gave additional bonuses to the Department of Commerce for landing economic development deals in the rural areas; moved 20,000 people from welfare to work; and passed tort reform, she said. Her parents knew what they were doing when they moved to this nation, she said.

“When they tell you the American Dream is dead, look at where we are today,” she said.

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