Texas governor Rick Perry discusses the Texas success story.

 Hoover Institution: Uncommon Knowledge With guest Rick Perry

This week on Uncommon Knowledge Texas governor Rick Perry discusses the Texas success story, the perils and pitfalls of running for president, and what the rest of the country can learn from Texas. (45:28)
“You keep the taxes as low as you can on those job creators. You have a regulatory climate that is fair and predictable and a legal system that does not allow for oversuing. And then you try to get out of the way and let the private sector do what the private sector does best.”


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  • Blue No More starts at 12:49 Perry describes his—and his state’s—evolution from blue to red.
    “Texas changed, because it became a very economically strong state …. as people become more affluent, I will suggest to you, they make decisions about their political positions based on their economics and as a state becomes more affluent, as it becomes wealthier as jobs are created that in turn creates the wealth and people sit back and they go, well wait a minute. Why are they taking that much of my money away from me? …. And I believe that those individuals may be thinking about becoming Republican.”

  • The Once & Future Texan starts at 21:11 Perry describes the character of Hispanics in Texas and the three most exhilarating hours of his life.
    “When you look at our military and you see the young men and women that are serving in our country, you see substantial numbers of Hispanic men and women. You see, people with very strong family ties, family ties with the values of the Catholic Church that are pro-life, are very much in line with the traditional Judeo-Christian values of the Republican Party. So as they become wealthier, as they become educated, they take over the businesses of their fathers or their mothers.”

  • Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition starts at 29:35 Perry discusses the roots of his traditional values.
    “I suspect that issue is not going to go away, but just because you share a different view or you are flexible on the issue, does not mean that God has changed his mind about it.”

  • Fightin’ Words starts at 33:55 Perry talks about what makes Texas Texas.
    “If Washington, DC, continues to try to make one size fit all in all …. then we will become a country that is even more separated from each other, there will be more turmoil, it will be more economic calamity. But if we will respect that … there are people who want to have government do these things for them, then they can go live in New York. They can go live in New York, but the point is, we should not be criticized, as the meaty elite in the Northeast seem to like to do, for how we choose to live our lives.”

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