Big Government Republican: Rick Perry

For a man claiming to be “Fed Up” with Washington, Rick Perry has a funny way of showing it:

On Thursday, Perry appeared on MSNBC and was asked “Would you advocate military involvement in Mexico on the Mexico side of the border to help Mexico in this drug war?”

He responded: “I think we have to use every aspect of law enforcement that we have, including the military,” Perry said. “I think you have the same situation as you had in Colombia.”

In order to limit Washington’s power, Perry would approve the military invading a neighboring country. Interesting strategy.

In fact, when Perry’s had the opportunity to reject Washington’s advances, he’s done no such thing. Under the guise of “states’ rights,” Perry would increase the scope of state government. From NPR:

States should be free to make decisions regulating such things as taxes, marijuana and gay marriage, Perry says.

“If you want to live in a state that has high taxes, high regulations — that is favorable to smoking marijuana and gay marriage — then move to California,” he says. Texas is also often compared to California because the two are both large states. But Perry sees a clear distinction:

In Texas, “we still believe in freedom,” Perry says. “Freedom from over-taxation, over-regulation, over-litigation.”

The problem is banning drugs and gay marriage is over-regulation. Drugs have been regulated by government to the black market, and the market of legal contracts (marriage) isn’t open to same sex couples. In both cases, government is limiting individual freedom, and Rick Perry supports this over-reach of government. As I recently wrote, those claiming to support limited government but who also favor continuing the drug war are trying to have it both ways. Put Rick Perry at the top of the list.

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