The shifting of public responsibility from state to local government also shows up in the study's rankings for total public debt per capita. If you look only at state government, Texas looks great — the next-to-lowest debt per resident in the country. But when you add local debt to that state debt, Texas falls into 15th place, among the most debt-loaded states in the union.

Taken together, the numbers fail to conform to Perry's portrayal. In job creation and economic hardiness, as a tax haven, even as a place where government is supposed to be scarce, Texas fails to fit the sound bites. Which raises another question about Perry himself: If Texas is not the small-government, low-tax, bottom-up-governed oasis its governor describes, is he even that kind of leader?

The Tea Party has been lighting torches of discontent in recent weeks over Perry's support for in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants (too compassionate) and his backing of mandatory HPV vaccinations for teenage girls (too progressive). But another chapter, one too nuanced for the 24-hour news cycle, better demonstrates Perry's true style of governance: his failed attempt to create a high-tech transportation corridor across the entire state.

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Economist Bernard Weinstein says Rick Perry can't take credit for Texas's windfalls.
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Economist Bernard Weinstein says Rick Perry can't take credit for Texas's windfalls.

Announced in January 2002, the Trans-Texas Corridor, or TTC, was to be a 1,200-foot-wide, 4,000-mile-long swath carrying high-speed rail, pipelines, and high-tech super toll roads from Mexico to Oklahoma. Like the higher education "seven points" plan, the TTC was the brainchild of a millionaire pal of Perry's, the late Ric Williamson, whom Perry had appointed chairman of the state's transportation commission.

The problem, according to people involved in Texas transportation and trade issues at the time, was that Perry and Williamson dropped the plan on legislators as a fait accompli, without any political preparation. Then they made things worse by stubbornly trying to force it by fiat down the throats of an increasingly recalcitrant citizenry.

The TTC idea is dead now, shot many times over in the head by the legislature. After Perry unveiled the TTC in 2002, farmers, small towns, and two major cities rose up against it in horror, fueled by its threatened use of eminent domain and a backroom deal to turn the road over to a Spanish toll road company — without a bidding process. Even worse, the preordained route would have bypassed, and probably killed, major new shipping centers in Dallas and Fort Worth.

State Sen. Florence Shapiro, a Republican powerhouse, still thinks the basic concept might have had merit. She calls Williamson, who died of a heart attack four years ago, "a very, very bright man." But, she says, "The manner in which it was presented was the problem. They didn't even try to work it out. They just said, 'Here's the plan.'"

The TTC is hardly the only example of Perry's ham-fisted style of governance. After the savage blood-letting of the most recent legislative session, he poured salt in the wounds of local school districts by seeming to blame all of the unpleasantness on them: "The lieutenant governor, the speaker, their colleagues aren't going to hire or fire one teacher, as best I can tell," he told reporters at a news conference. "That is a local decision that will be made at the local districts."

Well, yes, because Perry and the legislature cut off their money.

Perry also vowed publicly that he was not forcing his "seven points" anti-research plan on any of his many appointees to Texas university boards of regents. He said he had presented the plan to them merely to foster discussion.

"I appoint people to the board of regents," Perry said in May 2008. "They are in charge of setting policy... that's their call. It's not the governor's call. It's never been the governor's call, and I don't get confused about what my role is."

But in April 2008, the Houston Chronicle published emails sent to regents and university chancellors by Perry aide Marisha Negovetich in which she repeatedly hectored them to get going on the governor's seven points plan. "The Governor is anxious to put together a cohesive plan of action... and also learn from you what progress you have made to move these reforms forward," she wrote.

In the September 12 GOP presidential debate, Perry said he was "offended" by criticism from Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann that he "could be bought for $5,000" from Merck, maker of Gardasil, the HPV vaccine that Perry mandated by executive order in 2007 for all Texas teenage girls. Two days later, the Houston Chronicle's Austin bureau laid bare a pattern of six-figure contributions by Merck to a middleman fund that has given millions to Perry.

Stanford, the campaign consultant Perry beat in 2006, agrees Perry botched the Gardasil moment, but he says it also illustrates why he might get himself elected president. The same traits that make him tone-deaf in office, Stanford says, can make him pitch-perfect on the campaign trail.

Before Perry unleashed his Gardasil order, Stanford says, "He hadn't done that hard government work that you have to do in building coalitions. He hadn't reached out to the people who already agreed with him and gotten them on board."

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Max
Max

How can someone like Rick Perry who claimed that Texas needed to get off from the union now wants to be the president of the United States?

Truthful
Truthful

Leticia; This article is about Gov. Perry, what President Lula De Silva has to do with it? Despite your hateful comment about him, we saw him as a very productive president that put Brazil on the world stage as an economic power house. We wish that next election in this great country would bring us a president of Lula De Silva caliber.

Leticia Martelle Maynard
Leticia Martelle Maynard

Parce que vous rendre hommage à un ami français des dictateurs corrompus?

Lula da Silva, a man of morbid vanity.Awards for a hypocrite who always sided with dictators!In Brazil, everyone knows that the former president Lula da Silva is a mansick of vanity whose personal goal, pass to the world a false image of self. Why false image?Because Lula claims to be a person, but in practice is another.So many say that in Brazil the only difference between Lula and his friends dictators of Iran, Venezuela and Cuba, is these Lula's friends have the courage to show their true colors.Look why Lulas is contradictory and fake:

He praises democracy but in practice attempts with the bench of his party in Brazil, approves laws that control (censorship) to local media.And because, deep inside, have always loved dictators style.Do You from Europe remember when he said that the global crisis and discrimination to the least-favored countries were blue eyes’ Europeans fault?Remember?

Do you know that Lula always criticized Europe and the USA, but not let go the fortune of traveling to these places? Whether strolling or is self promoting.Because Lula, for the Brazilians, is and always will be the man who has the dilemma: Do what I say, BUT DO NOT DO WHAT I DO.Lula has always blamed the United States and Europe because of incompetence and failure of development of third world countries.He says that human rights must be respected, but when he was president, Human rights was ignored in the case of the Cuban prisoners and worse, he turned his back not manifesting support for the cause of Cuban prisoners on hunger strike in protest. He criticized the cause and supported his friend the dictator Fidel by condemning political prisoners.This is the real Lula!

Lula claims that you can not harass and discriminate, but didn’t gave a chance, whatsoever, to the Cuban boxers who have requested political asylum in the government, and aside that Lula immediately obeyed orders from his boss, Fidel, deported the boxers with no chance defense.This is Lula, hypocrite who says one thing, but his ideology and philosophy makes him do other thing.Lula when he was opposition, criticizing both his predecessor president because he traveled a lot, but when Lula became president, traveled more than 658 times than Cardoso (the former president).He is a hypocrite who talks about justice, democracy, human rights, dignity and character, but proved quite the opposite of all this when he decided to personally provide his government to work in defense of the the criminal and terrorist Cesare Battisti by making him staying here in Brazil, even though millions of Brazilians were opposed to defend and hold this criminal.Lula is that and more, which leaves us perplexed, is to observe that Europe keeps rewarding a demagogue vanity-sick hypocrite who preaches one image, but is another.Lula da Silva, the two –faced man.

You should look into the European press about the opinion of millions of Brazilians for Lula da Silva.Because for us, and you should know that we are not a lot, Lula da Silva is just a hypocrite, a demagogue and a liar who pays dearly for a team of professionals working in the outside world in search of bodies, institutions, companies, which finally has been able to Lula getting awards to highlight in the outside world as if it were what is not.

The worst is that his team has been success.We have observed that Lula and his team has deceived straight these institutions in Europe where Lula gets what he wants to enrich his boundless vanity diseased.Lula da Silva, the former president who has made his government the most corrupt ever in Brazil.This is true, the rest is blah, blah, blah, from people who have no principles, dignity, honesty, integrity and ethics.I am a student, a federal employee who always praised Lula when he was opposition, who believed when he spoke when he was the union leader Lula, but when he became president, that was when I saw that I was wrong about who actually is Lula.Lula, two-faced man s that made his government the most corrupt in Brazil, and left us a Cursed Inheritance (domestic debt) beyond absurd to have passed to his successor, his fellow party members who continue looting and carrying out the corruption that is now widespread. I hope that Europe chord, and not giving out prizes to anyone, much less who actually has no character to do so.Again, the only difference Lula to your friends dictators of Venezuela, Iran and Cuba, is that Lula's friends without pre had the courage to show the true face.One more thing: Do you know why Lula is not going to Italy?I think the Italians should attend Mass that he receive this award in France.It is high time that Lula was unmasked in public.

Best Regards,

Leticia Marttele

28 years-oldFederal employee

Jim
Jim

Certainly none of the Presidential hopefuls can claim that they are going to be elected based on performance ? Even the incumbent can't be re-elected based upon his track record. Whoever comes in after Obama, all they have to do is get unemployment back to 7 or 8 % and that's better than where Obama has it. And they'll probably declare the recession over again, too.

jrplana
jrplana

Just in from the GOP Camp at Perry's ranch.They have new Candidate for The GOP nomination. My bet is on him. The Nominee is " Donald Duck". Here is why: The duck is the only one that can walk on mud without getting his toes dirty. Secondly, he has " Palin serving tea at the tea party mixer, and is said to be the Ducks running mate, but don't tell Bacchman. Third, he is the only one that can understand the tea party quackery! Go Donald! Go Donald! The Duck he is our man, if he can't do it no one can.....

yokolee
yokolee

Thank you Mr Weinstein, thank you.

Saul
Saul

Comparing Perry to Obama? Ouch!! Jim, you could do better then that.

doomsday
doomsday

I have no Idea ,but the funny thing is Obama putting Shakira as Counselor for Education for Hispanics,which make me wonder the dream team for Obama:Secretary of Education: Lady GagaSecretary of Veteran Affairs Sylvester Stallone a.k.a RamboSecretary of Homeland Security Matt Damon a.k.a Jason BourneSecretary Of Energy Chris Hemsworth a.k.a Thor Secretary of Transportation Jason Statham a.k.a The TransporterSecretary of Housing and Urban Development Jay z (no references)just another boy from the 'hood, another Obama's money giver Secretary of Health and Human Services Snoop Dog (heavy pot smoker)Secretary of Labor EMINEM boy he works!(Lawn mower )Acting Secretary of Commerce 50 cents( boy he can teach how to deal )Secretary of Agriculture Jamie Waylett (Harry Potter actor growing pot at home)Secretary of the Interior Lindsay Lohan (you dont need to know what you are doing act you do something)Attorney General The Lawyer of Casey AnthonySecretary of Defense Jackie Chang or Jet LiSecretary of the Treasury Johnny Depp a.k.a Captain sparrowSecretary of State Darth Vaderany one I forgot sorry there are not many secretaries for everybody

Billy Ray Sumbich
Billy Ray Sumbich

Ba rack Ob ama- Good reader of the teleprompter, even better at making excusesLousy at execution of economic recovery. Unable to keep campaign promises.

I will choose an unknown over the incompetent.

Craigley
Craigley

Texans (not their Gov.) should get the credit. The free market is alive and well in Texas. Houston in particular is the last city in the USA where you can come and work hard and find the American dream. And no state taxes either.

Try that in Chicago, LA or NYC and you meet mountains of paperwork, bureaucrats and union thugs.

Is it perfect? Not if you are looking for freebies or handouts. This is a state where you come to work and be successful.

But that is the only formula that will save America: Hard work; not handouts.

dcella
dcella

LMAO!! Jim schutze< the author of this article should stop writing these articles, unless he educates and informs himself enough to prevent traveling his one way street on Perry. Mr. Schutze, a fair question to base an article from yourself, would be to write something that people wont dismiss as MORONIC like this article. Something such as, a comparison of Mr. OBAMAS disastrous Presidential experience to what Perry has done in his carrier in Texas. No, no, no, that wouldn't be fair because Obama hasn't held any position in Government, before this incompetent Presidential career as a self proclaimed "THE MOST INTELLIGENT" President. Disregard, keep writing your propagandist articles. They are definitely good entertainment. NOT!!!No matter how much anyone, in this Liberal, Progressive, and Socialist YAHOO web browser, continue to push for a negative perception of Conservative values, A conservative GOP will win 2012.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Cala60554
Cala60554

LOL ... libs and dems fester fester fester ... I guess you are all just scared of Rick Perry..?

Amber
Amber

Rick Perry: Awful politician, genius campaigner...@redears:disqus my best friend's mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here, CashHuge. com

Robert
Robert

HE IS A MORON ....... LIKE ALL THE REPUBLICAN CANDIDATES .........

JANENE
JANENE

Can't you see the sphincter rings on Perry's forehead from his head being up his own arse?

Fernie B
Fernie B

you have no idea what socialism is. Obama has done more for wallstreet than any other president. And Herman Cain is a bloody idiot. 9-9-9 the country is not a bloody pizza or steak dinner joint dude!... Dumbassery like that only works when you market shit to dumbasses...oh wait..... this is a republican primary!...so, I get it...i see what he is doing....yeah Cain is great..don't vote for the only guy that can actually beat Obama..9-9-9 baby....how much for extra cheese?

nestor viera
nestor viera

what can you expect a megalomaniac like this sack of shit say,the real truth.he is not getting elected so what me worry?

Billy Ray Sumbich
Billy Ray Sumbich

this economy is so bad, I would welcome another 4 years if Bush in office, The economy is going nowhere under the policy of this commander and chief.

When Bush ran the country,,,

Gas was half what it is now.Unemployment was around 5.5%The dollar bought more.Health Insurance could be purchased.it has skyrocketed since Obamacare.My home was worth more.

Obama and his policy is a disaster.

Dram Catchers
Dram Catchers

WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! WE DON’T NEED YOU ANYMORE !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES !!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...ORhttp://www.youtube.com/user/Bo... <== OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE(OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE in 2009 and is pointing out undisputed facts of genocide against whites - visit website bellow for all details including original documentation).

Make sure to play one from beginning as youtube is censoring proofs of genocide against whites by either playing video in the middle or blocking one entirely from play

Just in case or if not functioning, use http://www.dailymotion.com/vid...

VISIT ALL NEW “OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION”http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.c...

MULTYCULTURALISM = TERRORISM !! OBAMA = OSAMA !!!http://stateofterror.blogspot....

John
John

Who is this clown of Jim Schutze? His diatribe is so partisan and biased that it is totally comic. Shame on you for having published such a medicre, deceiving nonsense.

Drake Mallard
Drake Mallard

People are sick of the Bush family brand and the world is moving away from them.

This is the kind of republican that makes the party undesirable

Rick Perry= Bush 3.0

Stone Dome
Stone Dome

"When we see him govern, he's awful," says Jason Stanford, a consultant who ran former Democratic state Congressman Chris Bell campaign. Gee, isn't that what you jornolist enviromarxists voted for when you chose obama?...nothing like this is being said about him even now! total hypocrisy!! we see you and won't be brainwashed by your ilk anymore

Fernie B
Fernie B

Just like all the tea partiers that say federal government is the problem but run for federal office instead of state office....hypocrites but the dumbassery of the republican base buys it... so be it

Fernie B
Fernie B

you have a magic wand we all arent aware of it? dude, not even harry potter can fix this mess. republicans will only make it worse.. historically periods like these take forever to get resolved. Add globalization and technology to the mix, more jobs will go away. Soon there wont be a post office or cashiers or dvd stores

Fernie B
Fernie B

nothing racist about that post right?? You do know Shakira is super smart and knows like 15 languages right? Yeah keep on talking dude...you just make people turn away from the republican brand....moron...digging your own graves and dont even know it

Fernie B
Fernie B

and you are fox news A+ pupil same talking points over and over.. What? you dont want to use the muslim crap again? trust me, anything you can say about him has been said about him already. This guy will keep on grinning and smiling and shaking hands.. and the day after the election you will know why the guy is brilliant

Fernie B
Fernie B

Right... have you looked at the "JOBS" he created? all crap jobs... any state with a booming population could create those

Laura Regina Alonso
Laura Regina Alonso

I don't know if you read the article, but Obama wasn't mentioned at all. This is an article about Rick Perry and how he manages his campaign. From an economical point of view, Schutze's point of view is completely valid, Perry is taking credit for what he hasn't done.

Fernie B
Fernie B

yeah as long as it's not an actual person..Maybe you can run the Ghost of Ronald Reagan. not a single republican can relate to the american public..none.. They keep vomiting the same talking points they have been vomiting for the last 12 years. Feel Sorry for you

Fernie B
Fernie B

Dude, even though I think most republicans are dense...I still think they wont shoot themselves on the foot and nominate Perry. Republicans always have pretended they wanted somebody else before settling for the most "mainstream" (thats a nice way of saying "not batshit insane") candidate. Trust me, the way he fumbles on the debates this guy makes Bush look good. I want Perry to win the nomination. Or the 9.99 pizza dude. He makes horrible freaking pizza... the easiest thing to make.... yeah, im sure he can run a country

Fernie B
Fernie B

you have a point. However, you missed the entire picture. Like the face that the market collapsed on his (bush's) way out. If you set your apartment on fire the day you move out, and somebody moves in at the same time you do this, technically, the apartment was in better shape when you had it and the new renters might look like the retards that set the place on fire. But the world, at least the rational world, doesnt think like that. We try to analyze things and go, Oh, got ya, there are other factors at play. We are electing a president not a wizard. you want a wizard vote for harry potter

Fernie B
Fernie B

relax dude, even the republicans hate rick perry. they're dumping him for the 9.99 pizza guy. Perry is done. Not even November and the parade of losers is getting smaller and smaller

Dram Catchers
Dram Catchers

WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! WE DON’T NEED YOU ANYMORE !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES !!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...ORhttp://www.youtube.com/user/Bo... <== OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE(OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE in 2009 and is pointing out undisputed facts of genocide against whites - visit website bellow for all details including original documentation).

Make sure to play one from beginning as youtube is censoring proofs of genocide against whites by either playing video in the middle or blocking one entirely from play

Just in case or if not functioning, use http://www.dailymotion.com/vid...

VISIT ALL NEW “OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION”http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.c...

MULTYCULTURALISM = TERRORISM !! OBAMA = OSAMA !!!http://stateofterror.blogspot....

Fernie B
Fernie B

hey ree-ree you do know we live in a republic right? and that nothing gets to the president without passing both chambers right? Republicans in the house basically say no to everything so no compromise is ever reached. Their only solution is "kick the president out". Meanwhile nothing gets done, obama will be reelected not because he is great but because republicans are so damn awful and getting worse. People hate congress more than the president check out the polls... All the president has to say, is what i just said. The congress that you elected in 2010 is even worse than the one we had before, I cant do anything.

Here They Come!
Here They Come!

Shakira is white, get your facts straight Racist! I would take Pee Wee Herman over Obama.

Laura Regina Alonso
Laura Regina Alonso

LOL, it's actually 5 languages, but still, yeah, she's a real smart person with a 100+ IQ, just saying...

dcella
dcella

Unfortunately for me, I read the entire biased article. My point, if you will, was that Mr, Schutze has no valid point in todays political arena, by discrediting a senior politician like Mr. Perry, during a presidential campaign against Obama. It was not coincidental that Mr. Obama was left out of the comparison, and or article. Mr. Schutze wrote enough to fit Mr. Obama in the article. This was calculated, and purposely done. And you wanna know why?, because if he had researched his so called points mentioned in this long inaccurate article, he would had found himself struggling to defend this catastrophic presidential affair in which we are in today. Every American, who has eyes and ears opened, could figure out that Mr. Obama has been the most incompetent leader we have had in the last 50 years. Mr. Perry has had the experience to make the difficult decisions, has been in office for some time and has been down that road of campaigning. Who, is Mr. Schutze using as references for his one way street article, you guessed it, DEMOCRATS. Lets stop sugar coating, and lets put cards on the table.

GOD BLESS AMERICA

Cala60554
Cala60554

Fernie...I am a girl ..not a dude LOL

Billy Ray Sumbich
Billy Ray Sumbich

The republicans are compromising just like the democrats did in the passage if Obamacare. Funny how the libtards need compromise, when they do not have total power.

Caeser_Palache
Caeser_Palache

Just curious, how do you explain nothing getting done when the Dems controlled Congress? And, as far as nothing getting to the President without going through Congress, is not entirely true - Executive Order! The Messiah has done some shady deals on his own and behind many backs - and, yes, just like prior Presidents as well as future ones.

Fernie B
Fernie B

i would too.. he would actually be a progressive. What you morons dont realize is that Obama is not a liberal

Fernie B
Fernie B

might as well be 15.. The average American (running for for office anyway) cant even speak their native tongue properly. I dont Know who is more aggravating Palin,Bachman, or Perry. You people say Obama is an intellectual and blah blah blah. The reason he seems that way is that you people have the most retarded candidates running against him. He will destroy any of these fools in a debate. Keep calling him Mr. Teleprompter .. to which I say...At least the bastard can read one

dcella
dcella

Regina, before you make a comment in reference to research, I believe, by making a comment on the rest of the country not having resources is probably the most off the hip comment you have made yet. If you research, just OIL reserves around the country, you will find that just the state of Alaska, by it self, has more oil than the country of Venezuela. If you conduct a little more research, you will educate yourself with the combined states of Utah, Wyoming, Montana, and Colorado, along with Alaska have more oil and natural gas than Saudi Arabia. But thats not my point, my point is that the Author of the article is bias and has no substance. And if you want to vote for Obama thats fine, I guess your part of the dismal 39 % approval rating that Mr. Obama currently has. My guess is that if he wins, is because Ms. Palin, will run against him. Otherwise GOP is taking this election by a large margin, no matter who runs against him.

Laura Regina Alonso
Laura Regina Alonso

have you done research yourself? Rick Perry should not take credit for Texas economy, it's called supply and demand. America runs on gas, and Texas supplies it. He's running a campaign based on the idea that he can replicate what "he did" in Texas, which is not possible, because the rest of the country simply doesn't have the same resources. And I do not attribute all the economy growth to oil but still.Texas unemployment rate might be lower than the national media but it doesnt mean that it hasn't been increasing in the last couple years, and the employment rate might be higher than last year but since january 2011 it has just decreased by thousands a month. Also, Perry wants no federal involvement in business regulation, but Texas was one of the states receiving a lot of money from Federal funds, making his "local government works better" argument, invalid.To me, he's just a lot of talk. And Schutze's point biased or not, is still good.And in case you're wondering I got my facts from the Bureau of Labor and the Census Bureau.The GOP is not offering anything worth my vote, so it seems like Obama for 2012. I rather the known for the next 4 years than the unknown for maybe the next 8.

Cala60554
Cala60554

heheheheh

________________________________

Fernie B
Fernie B

oops, if it makes any diff...I like fat girls... they tend to like skinny guys and it's cool with them when my idea of a date night is to drive an hour to go to sonics

Fernie B
Fernie B

hey moron, newsflash, liberals hate Obamacare more than you....we wanted the pubic option... this was the compromise....

Dram Catchers
Dram Catchers

WHITES AREN’T WELCOME IN AMERICA ANY LONGER !!! WE DON’T NEED YOU ANYMORE !!! OUT OF AMERICA WITH WHITES !!!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...ORhttp://www.youtube.com/user/Bo... <== OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE(OBAMA'S HEALTH CARE RECORDED LIVE in 2009 and is pointing out undisputed facts of genocide against whites - visit website bellow for all details including original documentation).

Make sure to play one from beginning as youtube is censoring proofs of genocide against whites by either playing video in the middle or blocking one entirely from play

Just in case or if not functioning, use http://www.dailymotion.com/vid...

VISIT ALL NEW “OBAMA = STALIN = BUSH or USA = SOVIET UNION”http://avsecbostjan.blogspot.c...

MULTYCULTURALISM = TERRORISM !! OBAMA = OSAMA !!!http://stateofterror.blogspot....

Fernie B
Fernie B

Easy. Filibuster. See, if you know civics you can explain everything. Need me to explain the filibuster to you? Next point. A president cannot just throw executive orders left and right. First of all, some, if not all, would be blocked by the supreme court and secondly, he shouldnt have to. Those people in congress are there to do a job. It's time for them to do it. If they think not doing anything will assure them the presidency, they are even more retarded than I thought. Yeah im gonna sit on my ass, earn 180K a year and just wait til 2012 to get our president in office. Most presidencies have divided governments that's the whole point of a republic. These losers need to realize that. They need to give and take

 
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