The title here, “Perry Aster,” comes in part from Texas governor Rick Perry’s appearance and rapid rise in the race for the Republican nomination.
But there’s another layer to the title: I’ve written a short story called “Periaster” which I’m expanding into a novel. It has two completely different meanings, and the story takes advantage of both. So the Perry title play here amused me.
The ferocity of the liberal attack on Perry — in leftist sources from the New York Times to MSNBC — shows that the left is truly worried about him. That might be good news. But various stories circulating about him are not all from the left; there are concerned conservatives as well.
This site does an really excellent job of tracking down the details of 17 negatives being used against Governor Perry. Some of them have some truth; many do not. The same author, writing at “Pesky Truth,” has compiled a list of positives about Governor Perry, with good detail and sources.
Coupled with the attacks on Perry are attacks on Texas, which has done well during the ten years that Perry has been governor. This writer, who I’ve watched off and on for a couple of years, has a detailed analysis of the economics of Texas; he’s impressed.
During the Wisconsin union uprising earlier this year, the unions were gleefully pointing out how much better Wisconsin students are doing than those of Texas, where the teachers are not unionized. Texas whites, blacks and Latinos are doing better than Wisconsin whites, blacks and Latinos. When I was writing about the Nation’s Report Card some time back I was not focusing on Texas, but did look at some “red state” versus “blue state” differences.
Here are the details on the educational differences between Wisconsin and Texas; it’s a nice write-up.
I was intrigued to learn that the unions were wrong, and that Texas’s students are doing much better than Wisconsin’s by every measure, in 11 out of 12 categories with the twelfth being essentially a tie. The Wisconsin union folks’ use of these statistics, without understanding them, reminded me of President Obama’s mention of a particular school during his State of the Union speech. The outstanding success he talked about came about (and he probably didn’t know this) because they had fired all of their union teachers. I wrote about this a few months ago; many others have as well.
It is so often that they use examples that, once examined, produce an entirely different impression from what they intended. It’s almost amusing.
===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle