How much will it hurt Rick Perry that nearly 1 in 5 Texans live in poverty?
September 19th, 2011
04:00 PM ET

How much will it hurt Rick Perry that nearly 1 in 5 Texans live in poverty?

Rick Perry loves to talk about all the jobs he's created in Texas... but that's only part of the story... and a bit misleading at that.

The other part of the Perry story is that nearly 1 in 5 Texans in the state where he is the governor are living below the poverty line; and that the poverty rate is growing faster in Texas than the national average.

CNN Money reports that Texas ranks 6th in terms of people living in poverty.

Both demographic and economic factors play into this high poverty rate - more than half the state are minorities and many Texans have little education. Especially in southern Texas, many families live in shanty housing with no electricity or indoor plumbing. In 2011.

Also, the poor in Texas don't get much help. The state has one of the lowest rates of spending on its citizens per capita; and it has the highest share of those without health insurance.

Relatively few Texans collect food stamps - even though many more qualify for them - and receiving cash assistance is difficult. Experts say part of the reason more people don't seek help is the Texas mentality that you should pick yourself up by your own bootstraps.

For his part, Texas governor Rick Perry says creating jobs is the best way to help his citizens. And it's true that Texas has created 40% of the jobs added in the U.S. in the past two years.

But many of these new jobs are low-paying ones. More than half a million workers in Texas last year were paid at or below the minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. That's just $15,000 dollars a year for someone working full-time.

Texas has the highest percentage of minimum wage workers in the country... tying with Mississippi at nearly 10%.

With jobs and the economy sure to be the top issue in 2012...

Here’s my question to you: How much will it hurt Rick Perry that nearly one in five Texans are living in poverty?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Tom in Texas:
20% in poverty? It looks to me Perry is cooking the books to attempt to look good. Unfortunately, he apparently believes 20% in poverty is okay. In the decade we've been subjected to him, I believe it's gotten worse. Perry seems to want to reduce the rest of the country to the 20% poverty level he's worked so hard to attain here. Perry is nothing more than George W Bush with some personality.

You can afford to live in Texas on lower wages. That's what the NY/DC media don't understand. You may not have noticed that the Bureau of Labor Statistics breaks down unemployment by educational attainment. The unemployment rate for people with no high school diploma is 14.3%. The unemployment rate for people with a 4 year college degree is 4.3%. For which group do you think jobs need to be created? The jobs needed are more of the lower-paying jobs. Perry's state may be creating the jobs that need to be created.

Janne in North Carolina:
Rick Perry is only responsible for the poverty in one state. How much does it hurt Obama that the percentage of Americans living in poverty last year rose to the highest level since 1993? I don't think poverty levels increasing is a fight the Democrats really want to have.

Shannon on Facebook:
I doubt it will hurt Perry in the Republican primaries, because they'll believe anything that he feeds to them. However, it will hurt him big-time in the general election because Independents (like myself) really pay close attention to things like that.

John in Alabama:
Jack, Let's do the math. 20% of the population of Texas lives below the poverty level. One in four Texans lacks health coverage, and the entire state just burned to the ground. I think the Governor of Texas might want to improve the lives of Texans before moving on to bigger and better challenges.

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  1. Chicago Jim

    Rick Perry won't feel any pain until 2 in 5 Texan's live in poverty.

    September 19, 2011 at 1:14 pm |
  2. Eric

    Given that nearly 1 in 6 Americans are living in poverty, some but not much.

    September 19, 2011 at 1:16 pm |
  3. Kevin SD CA

    As long as he is giving entitlements to illegal aliens it will make no difference. He is just satisfying the right by supporting the supply of slave labor from Mexico, and satisfying the left by giving them a reason to continue their socialist machinery which secures another class of thieves!

    September 19, 2011 at 1:18 pm |
  4. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I would think one out of five people living in poverty in any state would hurt a governor running for president. Perry is quick to mention how many jobs he produced but apparently these job are minimum wage jobs or temporary jobs when you have a stat like this. It is definitely not anything he should be proud of.

    September 19, 2011 at 1:25 pm |
  5. Rob

    Rob, Buford, GA

    It will all depend on how the media depicts him. Certain candidates such as Perry are often portrayed as nearly symbolic holy figures. While other candidates like Gary Johnson and Ron Paul are black balled. If it comes out in mass that Texas has such a high poverty rate, that he is unable to be the executive of a state people, hopefully will make the connection. If the Perry cannot lead a successful term as executive at the state level, how can he do it in the country?

    September 19, 2011 at 1:28 pm |
  6. Matt A., Fl

    He's a tough guy. He is not capable of being hurt by pain to to his Texas neighbors as long as his cronies are doing just fine.
    He'll just ride from the dust storm of current politics to greet America as the next President and inflict more damage than the last Texan President did and drive the country back to civil war and nothingness.

    September 19, 2011 at 1:29 pm |
  7. ImALibertarian

    Houston –

    I must not understand the question. What's the connection between Perry and poverty? Anything?

    September 19, 2011 at 1:38 pm |
  8. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    Not as much as it should. Poverty measures are a bit screwy, since students living away from their parents are considered poor.

    September 19, 2011 at 1:44 pm |
  9. Doug

    Folks will blame Obama just as much for that score, because they will say Obama encouraged their presence. It is all the skeletons in Perry's closet, that will make Perry, an also ran in the primaries in the end. Its going to be a depressing election if someone like Palin doesn't run. More of the same Romney, against more of the same Obama, would be the Special Interest Groups, dream come true. Doug.

    September 19, 2011 at 1:50 pm |
  10. JR MULE'

    Who cares!
    There are 49 other states that have their own problems, and Rootin' Shootin Rick Perry running for that highest of offices would be one of the Top Three for each one of them.
    If the basis for denying Mr. Perry the opportunity to be our leader is his state's lopsided poverty ratio we're in much bigger trouble than I thought.
    The problem with using that naked statement about his state's level of poverty is that it's absolutely meaningless. By the way, where do the other 80% of Texas' residents rank, vis-a-vis America's wealth? How about their math comprehension and literacy rate. For that matter, How about Rick's???

    September 19, 2011 at 1:51 pm |
  11. Jenna Roseville CA

    How much will it hurt Rick Perry that nearly one in five Texans are living in poverty?

    I don't know where you are getting your figures from Jack, because in Texas a lot more than 1 and 5 live in poverty. Then you have the working poor who have no benefits – taking 2 or 3 part time Texas "Miracle" Jobs to barely make ends meet (if they can get them) And then you have the lower middle class that may have a full time job with reduced benefits that aren't making enough to get it done.

    I heard that women don't vote in Texas either, so I asked a woman that I know who lives there and she said it is because the men oppress women there. That they don't WANT them to vote. That they make it IMPOSSIBLE for them to vote.

    That speaks volumes to what the issue is in Texas.

    Roseville CA

    September 19, 2011 at 1:52 pm |
  12. Ed in Harrisburg

    My campaign slogan for George W. Bush was "Let him do for America what he has done for every other business with which he was involved..." which he did. He virtually bankrupted every business with which he was involved. Rick Perry is simply second generation "W." My campaign slogan for him will be, "Let him do for America what he has done for Texans...Plunge every fifth American into poverty...." Americans who think this person will help them are engaged in self-deception and denial. These guys are snake-oil salesmen and if America buys their wares, they will end up shortchanged.

    September 19, 2011 at 1:53 pm |
  13. Rick McDaniel

    Not at all.

    Many of those are illegal immigrants.

    Besides, poverty is going to be rising in every single state in this country, as Obama continues to squander hundreds of billions of dollars, in defective programs that will NOT work. Ever notice how his programs always go ten years into the future.......mortgaging the country well beyond his term of office?

    No governor in any state, is going to be immune to the fiscal disaster policies of the Obama administration.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:00 pm |
  14. Rich McKinney, Texas

    Well since the national average poverty level is at 14.3 percent according to the census bureau i think Perry will be just fine. Poor people live everywhere Jack not just in Texas. There is no crime in being poor and politicians do not make people poor. Bad decisions by politicians are what makes the economy poor. Just as politicians do not create jobs they can however through good policy make the economical climate possible for businesses to create jobs. This is what our government is currently lacking. Perry can provide that economical motivation, congress willing.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  15. Scott from Indianapolis

    The Texans know but I will assume the GOP will gloss over it and make it sound like its Obama's persona fault. They hate it when one liners backfire on them when the truth comes out. Its just what the GOP wants, cut US benefits, cut our wages, offshore anything you can, and make the rich (CEOs) richer.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:03 pm |
  16. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    It won't him at all. He's got the stupid vote sewn up.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:05 pm |
  17. Kevin in CA

    Only 1 in 5 ! His political elite sponsors will not be pleased to hear he has done such a lousy job of transferring wealth from the middle class to them.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:06 pm |
  18. Scott from Indianapolis

    Sorry Jack, I should have started by stating "It wont hurt him any" since the teaparty sits there in their own sound proof bubble and lets no ounce of sense penetrate their brains listening only to their own fictional rhetoric just saying no like children in time-out.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  19. Dan K

    Jack: People do not think about things like this when they elect a president although they should. Here is why:
    After 16 years under Republican domination of the Texas Gov’t just what do you expect! The conservative platform sounds great when you listen to them talk,until you go back and see the results of their politics.
    When Clinton left office he had increased taxes on the rich, cut tax loopholes for corporations and created millions of jobs with the economy in the best shape since Regan! Then, after 8 years of Bush’s conservative rule they left us with a record deficit, a collapsing economy, job losses insurmountable, failing banks, the housing market in the tank, and with all but the disappearance of the middle class!
    People need to wake up to reality instead of listening to propaganda!
    Dan K Owens Cross roads, Alabama

    September 19, 2011 at 2:08 pm |
  20. JB from Nashville TN

    A third of all jobs were created in Texas. The poverty level will improve in Texas and the nation when President
    Obama stops his useless rhetoric and useless solutions and moves out the White House permanently.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:10 pm |
  21. Janne from NC

    Rick Perry is only responsible for the poverty in one state. How much does it hurt Obama that the percentage of Americans living in poverty last year rose to the highest level since 1993? I don't think poverty levels increasing is a fight the democrats really want to have.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm |
  22. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    won't hurt him one bit with his corporate sponsers because their "American Dream" is for the United States to be just like China or Mexico with a few ultra-rich people running the government with everyone else working for slave wages. their model factory is Foxconn in China which is a modern Chinese Communist version of the German Nordhausen plant in WWII.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    Honestly, Jack, from what we saw of the Republican base response during their last two debates, this would be considered a win win, even garnering applause if it comes up at the next debate. We now live in a hate drenched alternate reality that pits American against American. Is this what the GOP means when they talk about new world order?

    September 19, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  24. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    It shouldn't hurt him a bit because all the polls show that the majority of Americans don't care about those in poverty or with health issues, especially Republicans.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:19 pm |
  25. Brad, Portland, OR

    As long as the wealthy and corporations pay as few taxes as possible, this will actually be very popular with the Republican base, who feel that the working poor are already being paid too much by their employers, and that government spends too much money on aid to children, the disabled, and the elderly as it is.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  26. Bill of New Mexico

    Texas' being a poverty state–will that hurt Perry?

    Not at all–at least on becoming the Republican candidate. Conservatives could care less about the extent of poverty. I think conservatives want the end of entitlements.

    No! Perry's problem is his allowing illegal aliens attend Texas colleges paying the more economical Texas-citizen tuition. Plus Perry's dirty involvement with Merck and a hundred and one other special interest groups and businesses.

    The dark horse that will be the Republican candidate is not apparent yet.

    Poverty and the loss of the middle class is America's dismal future. I do not like it. But, what I like has no influence on the future.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:24 pm |
  27. Gary H. Boyd

    No more than it will hurt Barack Obama that 16% of the entire country is also in poverty. Perry's simply got a small slice of the total pie while Obama's got the whole thing.

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 19, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
  28. John from Alabama

    Jack: Let's do the math? Twenty percent (20%) of the population of Texas lives below the poverty level. Only 47% of the families in Texas have health coverage, and the entire state just burnt to the ground. I think the Governor of Texas might want to improve the lives of Texans before moving on to big and better challenges. Gov. Rick Perry has good hair and all his smiling teeth, but he is clueless about that 20% who live below the poverty level. Gov. Perry uses Good Old Boy Texas slang to sell social security as a ponzi scheme, but most of his fellow citizens will need social security to survive in the future. Give us a break,please.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
  29. Brian from, Fountain Colorado

    One in five Texans that live in poverty won’t heart Rick perrys career. Because the American dream is richer get richer and poorer get poorer. Everybody’s fort closer on their homes is already pre determent, and is music to Washington’s ear drums. Please enjoy!

    September 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  30. Barbara in Sherman Oaks, CA

    Gee, Jack, you'd think it would already be hurting him that his supporters CHEERED for the number of death row inmates executed on his watch, or that he's repeatedly called Social Security a "ponzi scheme", or that the education system in Texas is one of the worst, or the fact that a huge swath of his state was burning within weeks of this post and that his state lacked resources to help folks fight those fires because he had cut funding to firefighters by 75%...or the fact that he LIED about job creation, having created many of those jobs from the very federal stimulus funds he so decried...and then, wait, that fact that he's accused the Fed of "treason"...how's that been hurtin' him? Then there's that whole HPV vaccine thing...and the beat goes on...I hope it all hurts him.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
  31. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Jack,allot...................when something is too good to be true it usually is.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  32. Christian from Houston, TX

    Jack...It should hurt him a lot, however it probably won't hurt him much at all. He's a poor debater, but the media makes him seem strong. He's not creating jobs, but the media portrays him as the miracle in Texas...The media has "made" him the front runner in the Republican race, while most would say different...So, I am sure the media will spin this in his favor somehow as well.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
  33. Loren

    I hope a lot. Too many of the Republican candidates are demagogues, without any real understanding of people or the economy, with Perry and Bachman being among the worst. Granted I don't like what I see in our current government, but much of the blame lies with Congress and President Obama. Given the proper tools and support our government works, but it's easy to blame a "faceless" government, come up with real solutions, and certainly not minimum wage jobs that Texas seems to specialize in.

    For too long, the leaders of the Democratic and Republican parties have been hostile to an industrial America, foregoing opportuniities in electronics and allowing that business to relocate to Asia. It's time to elect politicians who understand that a private sector balanced between manufacturing, service, and agricultural sectors is essential, and our economy needs to take prioirty over foreign policy goals (China is in the position it is in because the Clinton Administration sacrificed the electronics industry and other basic manufacturing businesses to benefit Walmart by opening permitting unfettered imports from China despite its abysmal human rights record).

    Sad to have to repeat a discredited slogan, but "America First".

    September 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  34. Jayne

    Have you seen the "Texas list?" Texas is near the bottom of the barrel on just about every measure. They are #50 for people who have attained a high school diploma by age 25; #1 on the list for having the most people without health insurance; #50 for amount of money spent on mental health ; have five #1 ratings for releasing the most hazardous chemicals into the environment; and on and on. They do have a good rating for how little they tax, but you get what you pay for.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:46 pm |
  35. Jane in CA

    In the Republican party, it won't hurt him at all. They hate the poor, especially the ones with darker skins, and want to see them suffer. These are the "let him die" crowd who think they will never be in that position and have no shred of human empathy. It might hurt him in the general election, if the Democrats can point to the decline in living standard for Texas in general and show that it is likely the pattern for the whole country if Perry or someone like him is elected.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
  36. lou

    Have you read the Yahoo comments from any article about people in poverty? Apparently it's all the poors own fault because they are lazy, liberal, having too many kids, love wellfare...take your pick. People don't seem to have the compassion they once had. Perry is a God to these yahoos. And there are a lot of them out there.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:48 pm |
  37. Ann from Charleston SC

    Hopefully the poverty rate in Texas would hurt Perry enough to cost him the nomination.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:50 pm |
  38. david

    he represents the Unsustainable money worhsippers..and you keep elevating the sellout

    September 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  39. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: It doesn't personally hurt him--but if he can't manage his state--how is he going to manage the nation?--and poverty is the ultimate death sentence-–and he is going to feel their pain come election time.

    September 19, 2011 at 2:52 pm |
  40. Noel Sivertson Roswell New Mexico.

    It won't hurt him at all as long he is campaigning for the nomination among Republicans. But if he gets the nomination, and I hope he does, then the whole ball game changes in a national election.

    That's why I am re-registering as a Republican so I can vote in the Republican Primaries.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm |
  41. Tom in Desoto, TX

    20% in poverty?, it looks to me Perry is cooking the books to attempt to look good. Unfortunately, he apparently believes 20% in poverty is okay. In the decade we've been subjected to him I believe it's has gotten worse. Perry seems to want to reduce the rest of the country to the 20% poverty level he's worked so hard to attain here. Perry is nothing more the George W Bush with some personality.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:10 pm |
  42. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Perry is currently a Tea Party favorite, so nothing he can say, and no fact, no matter how detrimental, horrendous or ridiculous it may be, can hurt him. What you have to understand about the Tea Party is that they are mesmerized by the lowest common denominator, that is, until some other shiny object catches their eye.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
  43. Lori - PA


    That remains to be seen. Given that the percentage of people living in poverty isn't sitting well with Americans, hopefully voters will finally see rick Perry isn't the "miracle" we need.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  44. Peep

    You can afford to live in Texas on lower wages. That's what the NY/DC media don't understand. You may not have noticed that the Bureau of Labor Statistics breaks down unemployment by educational attainment. The unemployment rate for people with no high school diploma is 14.3 percent. The unemployment rate for people with a 4 year college degree is 4.3 percent. For which group do you think jobs need to be created? The jobs needed are more of the lower paying jobs. Move the media to a border state with Mexico and talk about jobs. Perry's state may be creating the jobs that need to be created.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:13 pm |
  45. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Those of us that are Texans know the truth but this is a RED state, maybe it equates to the old USSR as if you're an independent like us, you just keep your mouth shut and hope for the best. The best we can hope for is that Mr. Perry win the nomination and Americans don't vote for him as he is a true divider like many in the GOP.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  46. Mark from Voorhees, NJ

    Why should it hurt Jim (Rick) Perry? Its not his fault that poverty is rife in his state. It's not his fault that 1 in 4 Texans have no health insurance. It's not his fault that Texas has the highest rate of executions in the country. It's not his fault that Texas is near the bottom in public education, and It's not his fault that he personally did lousy in school. It's not his fault that he doesn't believe in science, whether its evolution of climate change. And it's probably not his fault that he is a religious fanatic and doesn't believe in the separation of church and state. But it doesn't do much to recommend him for President, now, does it?

    September 19, 2011 at 3:14 pm |
  47. Alex in Bremerton, WA

    One person's influence on the economy, be he a Governor or President, is actually pretty limited in an economy the size of America's or Texas. So if Governor Perry wants to take credit for jobs that are mostly due to Texas' oil resources and federal government contracts, he should also take responsibility for the growing populations of the poor and uninsured.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:22 pm |
  48. Mark, Indiana

    This and other issues should be a wake up to Republican primary/caucus voters. Perry is not the leader we need to guide us from the economic morass in which we are sinking.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
  49. Terry in Virginia

    It won't hurt him with the Tea Party, but after what relatives and friends in Texas have said about him, I'll be surprised if Mr. Perry can carry Texas much less make a dent in other states. However, stranger things have happened.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  50. Bernie

    Both my daughter and I are college graduates from TX; I graduated with honors, yet we could only get jobs that pay $7.25/hr. It's my guess that 4 out of 5 living in poverty would be more correct. Frankly, I hope he never becomes president, I would rather vote for daffy duck instead.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  51. Dave - Phx, Az

    I'm not sure how much that will hurt him. You would think being a flip flopping whack job who spouts off crazy things would be enough.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:27 pm |
  52. bud rupert

    That along with a number of other things will hurt him. Ultimately he will lose to Mr Romney who has the best chance to unseat the President to start with. But in spite of what the pundits say about the Presidents tenuous circumstances he will not be easy to beat next fall. He has weaknesses – just like we all do – but he is a hell of a competitor and still the smartest guy out there... And just like during the "New Deal" – The economy is always – a work in progress.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:34 pm |
  53. Patsy, Texas

    Jack, it will depend on how many people are listening and learning about this guy and care enough to think twice
    about him being "Presidential material". Add to your story the fact that
    unemployment in July was 8.4, the highest in Texas' history, and is now at 8.5 for August. A new oil field
    discovery might change this trend, but I guarantee you that Rick Perry did not put that oil in the ground and he is no
    geologist, but watch him take credit. Glad this stuff is coming out, and keep looking, it could get worse.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:35 pm |
  54. Sylvia from San Diego

    It will not hurt at all since we all know that Texas like Arizona and California have to deal with the illegal immigration problem. I wonder what the numbers would look like if we asked the same question and asked if they were legal residents? I bet the numbers would favor Perry but then again, I would not expect the liberal media to set the record straight....

    September 19, 2011 at 3:36 pm |
  55. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    Poverty and high unemployment hurts all Republican's and tends to arouse the electorates FDR gene, and vote for Democrats.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  56. Karl in Flint

    I doubt it will hurt him. These are either immigrants that can't vote or Democrats that wouldn't vote for him, anyway. The conservative mentality, of late, has degraded to overlooking anyone that is not at least upper middle class. The impoverished are there because they are lazy and have no ambition in their mind. This one in five are working 2 or 3 of Perry's low paying jobs just to be able to afford to live in Texas poverty.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:38 pm |
  57. Patrick from Sylmar,CA

    And the republicans have the nerve to say class warfare? They are the ones who started the class war which is already on. 1 in 5 in Texas, on the way to 4 in 5 no doubt. This is the republican solution for the country: enslave America to their liking so everyone who speaks out is too poor to fight while they make speeches telling everyone what a great thing it is they are doing.. Sounds a lot like the Middle East. I'd compare the Republican Party to Ghadafi, but that's not fair to Ghadafi.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:41 pm |
  58. John from California


    It won't!

    Haven't you heard? The media has already declared Rick Perry the Republican Nominee without a single vote being cast. That means it will be a tough choice between two guys who will do NOTHING to stop the destruction of the middle class started by Clinton and NAFTA. In fact both will probably sign even more treaties and start more wars oversees to the point where America will be a land of people begging for a job at Walmart. That is the new American Dream brought to you by the large money donors and global corporations injecting greed into every aspect of our life like the Cancer it is. And Jack, we are dying of that cancer of greed!

    San Jose, CA

    September 19, 2011 at 3:43 pm |
  59. bud rupert

    That and many other things will hurt him. Ultimatly, Mr. Romney will win the GOP nomination who happens to be the GOP's best chance to unseat the President to start with. But inspite of what the pundits are saying about the tenuous circumstances the President find himself in he will not be eay to beat next fall. Yes, he has weaknesses-like we all do-but he's a hell of a competitor and still the smartest guy out there. AND just like the "New Deal" in the 1930's the economy is always – a work in progress.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:44 pm |
  60. Joe


    Probably not much at all, since the poor rarely ever receive recognition for having rights. Everything in modern is about image, and as long as the media continues to portray Perry and the Tea Party agenda as some kind of heroic effort to save America, then no one wants to think about the worst of America, because with one step of of the door, they themselves may be in the soup lines.

    Joe, Binghamton, NY

    September 19, 2011 at 3:50 pm |
  61. frank in valparaiso

    Texas has always had rural poor. Its dirty secret is that its social services are garbage. If it wasn't for Federal programs like housing, Medicaid, there would be dead in the streets. Rural Texas is a real mess. Being a right to work state doesn't help. Pay is low, raises are non-existent. Everything is not Dallas and the Ewings.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  62. John B

    The only things big in Texas are big mouths and big oil. If Perry gets elected President you will see 1 in 5 of all Americans, not just Texans, living in poverty soon after the election.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  63. David Gerstenfeld

    Jack, Unless there's another entry in the field, poverty, executions, ponzi scheme remarks, won't make any difference in the GOP's goal to win the election. As a life long Democrat, even I would vote for a Republican IF they had a candidate worth voting for.
    David, Las Vegas

    September 19, 2011 at 3:51 pm |
  64. mycroft lake travis tx

    Gosh Jack, this really hits home, because I am one of those Texans living in poverty (extreme poverty !), I remember being able to go on a dates a couple times a month. Not after Bush ! I remember gas at a dollar a gallon during Clinton years. Not after Bush. It is truly amazing, here in Texas we have so many people living in poverty that actually vote Republican. I 've only really noticed a few things that the impoverished people that vote Republican have in common, they are : they listen to Limbaugh, watch only FOX News and they are usually racists,when comfortable in their home surroundings. I don't think 1 out of 5 Texans living in poverty, is going to hurt Perry, as much as, having -Texan Republican in the Presidency. Record Home Foreclosures in Texas, everytime a Republican or Bush gets in the Presidency. Gasoline Prices doubled under Bush 1 and tripled while Bush 2. That aside, I wonder why Democrats aren't running another candidate other than Obama. Just Obama fudging on alll his campaign promises last ime around and caving into Republican interests,even when democrats controlled the House and Senate. Who can believe him or who believes he will actually fight for anything this time around. Oh and Jack being impoverished really sucks, I can't even afford to go out on a date, even though chicks dig me.

    September 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  65. Gail, Plano TX.

    Jack: Perry is a good ole boy who does not have a clue how to govern. Contrary to his portrayal of a booming state. TX is anything but. Those who support him and will vote for him, do so at their own peril. He lives in the pockets of the rich. And has become very wealthy himself by making deals. Those who live in poverty in this state are at his mercy. Education has been cut to the quick. The middle class is almost non- existent. Trust me, TX has very little to be proud if!

    September 19, 2011 at 3:53 pm |
  66. Thom Richer

    This fact alone should show Texans and the Far Righteous across the country what a phony this man is. First off, no one man is responsible for "creating" jobs in a state or the country. Secondly, jobs that pay minimum wage with no benefits should not be counted as a "job" if not long term or permanent. Only jobs that provide a living wage for a family and provide security and benefits should be counted in this pseudo jobs creation propagandist scheme. Take these non-career "jobs" away from Perry's claim to creating so many jobs in Texas and see what he is left with. When a man or a woman skews the truth, bends the rules, exaggerates accomplishments, doctors the numbers, and flat out misrepresents facts for any reason, especially when seeking public office, they should not be in the race to begin with. I know, that would not leave any of them in the 2012 race but Perry is the most blatant of the bunch when it comes to stretching the truth. Seems the media should have a better and more candid handle on political, economic and personal claims made by those in and running for office. There is no candidate answering any of the questions asked of them and no follow up to their unresponsive and evasive rhetoric by the media to force an answer. This is why Perry and others can make unfounded and skewed claims about job creation without consequence. A job should be defined as paying a living wage, long term security and providing benefits before being counted as a "job created." Separate facts from fiction.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    September 19, 2011 at 3:57 pm |
  67. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    It will hurt him no more than the rest of the country as this is where we have been heading for the last 30 years. Today there are no jobs available to sustain a middle class.

    Reagan started this downward spiral by trying to get workers on a competitive level of third world countries, and Republicans still are trying to do this today as they try to seize an opportunity caused from fear and abolish environmental and fiscal boundaries on corporations, banks, and banish collective bargaining.

    We have no option in this case than to return to the society of the 1930's. Progressives my a**.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:04 pm |
  68. Ray in Knoxville

    It's not going to hurt him at all with the right wing base of the party because that's the America that they are striving to get back to, the America before equal opportunity, equal rights, equal justice.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:05 pm |
  69. Greg in Arkansas

    Since many of the new low paying jobs created in Texas under Perry's watch were "relocated" from other states because of Texas's business friendly-anti union policies, I can't wait for him to explain HOW he plans to create new jobs on a national level. I don't think Mexico or Canada will shift any jobs to the U.S. just because he is the President.....unless he plans to eliminate all those pesky agencies like the EPA, OSHA, FDA and the USDA so we can compete with the third world economies.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
  70. hooverguide, Riverside, CA

    One of the big claims to fame in Texas has always been: if big is good, bigger must be better. Perhaps the political spin machine will find a way to make us believe these bigger numbers are indeed better. One can only hope there is at least one "reasonable man" who will fight upstream to hold Mr. Perry's claim to fame up to the light of day to fully illuminate the complete spectrum of the true economic situation in Texas.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  71. Gordon NJ

    Jack, face it. Texas is the new China. Low wages, low taxes, weak labor laws, weak environmental regulations, no healthcare requirements for employers. Of course maybe I'm being unfair to China. At least they seem to value education, science, and infrastructure.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:15 pm |
  72. Paulette in Dallas

    Rick Perry is an Elitist and won't make much of an impression on the rest of the country. His schidt won't fly in PA or most northern states. He's catering to the Good Old Boys while The Country needs someone to ease the poverty numbers. This downward spiral keeps going the US is headed for more than a credit downgrade world wide. It will no longer be seen as a leading Nation but one that has left its' better days behind. Perry and his kind created this situation. He'll never be seated behind the Oval Office desk because the American people are not that stupid.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  73. Kea from Honolulu

    It shows that Texas is taking advantage of her citizens. When you have a big population with a high poverty rate, people are willing to do any job for minimum wage pay. Kinda sounds like China. Oops, did I just say that out loud?

    September 19, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
  74. James Lenon @chuckey TN

    It probably won't harm him at all. The teavangelists are adept at getting the public to ignore important and factual concerns by exacerbating fear and hatred. Perry's campaign will find some way to convince his base that the poor in Texas choose to be poor, when actually, they, like every sensible person, just want to be out of Texas.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  75. Scott

    I don't think it will make much of a difference, because Texas has created so many jobs that he can spin it in his favor one way or another. Also, don't forget how many immigrants, legal or not, are in Texas - and that probably accounts for a lot of the lower-paying jobs and poverty. Perry, like all the other candidates, need to tell Americans what they want to hear, and that will be more powerful than any facts or failures the opposition can reference. Example: George W. Bush.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  76. Donna, Wisconsin

    I hope people are smart enough to see thru his smuck. We need jobs but good paying ones and we need jobs with healthcare. Both of these he is slim on. I think folks should take a gander at Texas if you want to see the future of the US under his administration. The rich will definitely get richer.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  77. teri manoni

    Unfortunately, as it seems to be the case, none of this will hurt Rick Perry, because those who should be paying attention to these issues have turned a deaf ear. While I couldn't agree more with the philosophy of pulling yourself up by the bootstraps, but, for those who truly make that effort, jobs are few and far between.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm |
  78. litake

    Who care, after all politics is a game, of how to confuse people and let them vote for you. He is doing that at the highest level so I don't think it is going to hurt him.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:28 pm |
  79. Paul P.

    This could be damaging, but he and the GOP establishment will not let this topic come to light because this could be a harbinger for the country if he is elected. Policies that continue the good times for those who have good jobs, and less hope and opportunity available to those who do not. After all, with less government responsibility towards its citizens, the unemployed and undertrained become less of a concern.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  80. Kevin SD CA

    You get what you have rewarded! Perry has been rewarding the illegal aliens for becoming slaves to the Republicans and Socialist Pons for the Democrats. When are any of these Confidence Men going to recognize that the average citizen in the USA has had enough of both parties!

    September 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm |
  81. Michael in Seattle

    Texans' poverty isn't solely Perry's fault. At least they have jobs.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:31 pm |

    It will not hurt him at all. He is a Republican and as long as the rich are doing well he will be too. When was the last time you heard a Republican talk about the poor? The Republicans fail to realise that the definition of a third world nation is a nation without a middle class. Just rich and poor. They are striving for it and we'll all suffer because of it. Republicans often talk about America being the geatest nation on earth. That is true but they are against everything that makes America great. Laughable.....but how many Americans are well read nowadays.......now that being ignorant is cool, stupidity is a virtue, craziness is a reveered, wickedness is cheered.........the country i love is degenerating to a third world country and it scares me to death.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:36 pm |
  83. Maggie53

    Jack, you are not being fair here at all. You have to remember that Texas has a major problem with illegal immigration so that's why there is people living below the poverty line. You have to take that into consideration when you choose your topics. Stop being so one-sided with your topics.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  84. Dennis north carolina

    It will hurt Mr. Perry in the race for presidential race. It proves that he part of the Confederacy which rules the south and the republican party. Big business love him because he sides with them and throws the middle class worker under the bus. benefits for worker are limited and many have no medical insurance. environment in takes a beating because the state turns the head or do not inspect sites. safety for worker is another area that the state turns their head which takes place in a right to work states in the south.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  85. Terry- Greensburg, IN "Hoosier Hillbilly"

    "Everything is 'bigger' in Texas Jack, you know that;
    out houses
    uneducated.. 'i' mean look @ Perry
    biggest – percentage of minimum wage workers in the country...
    biggest fires
    " drought
    " liers
    " politicans ... not counting Bushes ,,, Tee Hee!
    In conclusion I'll just say when the presidential election comes up he'll be nowhere in sight!
    How much will it hurt ::: that's how much!!!

    September 19, 2011 at 4:38 pm |
  86. Eve of Texas

    Texas's high poverty level will not affect Perry voters. Despite being the brashest Bible thumpers in the state, these hypocrits haven't a clue what the Bible says about poor or rich people, much less believe what is expected of believers. We're a red state, and they're stickin' to their story. Eve of Texs

    September 19, 2011 at 4:39 pm |
  87. Jim

    Not one bit. Who cares if people live in poverty. Just look at what is going on in Somolia.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:40 pm |
  88. Kathleen Parker , South Carolina

    Record! Does anyone even pay attention to a politician's record? Too many people seem to base their votes on 30 second sound bites, attack adds, and gossip – of course that is so much easier than searching for the facts. And after we vote for the guy who spends his campaign time misleading us, we wonder why we have the government we have.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:41 pm |
  89. James (Denver)

    Depends on how often the media bring it up. Keep bringing it up, please. His record on jobs is supposed to be his strong suit, but even in this, he's not actually holding aces. He's bluffing. He can't beat Obama. The only threat to Obama is "Crazy Uncle Ron". Ron Paul can brings a huge number independent voters and even some Democrats. Only thing he might not bring is the Republicans who love war and corporate lobbyists.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:47 pm |
  90. Ceemak. La.

    It should hurt him a lot.....and it needs to be brought up at every opportunity....Republicans want to kick everyone off any Government safety nets, and make all able bodied people go to work.....Where? in shanty towns making an unsustainable wage.....$15,000 a year.... and the new buzz word for the GOP........class warfare.........LOL....

    September 19, 2011 at 4:51 pm |
  91. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    I think it'll seriously hurt Rick Perry. He's out campaigning, using the jobs issue as his main campaign topic, and yet 1 in 5 Texans live in poverty. If he can't even help his fellow Texans, then why would anyone vote for him to be the next US president?

    September 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  92. Ralph Nelson

    Not a bit. The Republicans could run a paranoid, a broken down actor, a prankster...makes no difference. The rich got the money, big business has the money, Republican state governors and legislatures are "fixing" things. As Goebels said: If you repeat a lie enough times. People believe it.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  93. Pete from Georgia

    1 in 5, huh ??
    Well, considering most of THEM are probably illegals, draining the Texas treasury with handouts 24/7, due to a useless corrupt administration in Washington allowing this with no end in sight........................I'm surprised it's only 1 in 5 !!

    September 19, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
  94. Sandra, TX

    It should make a difference, but most likely it won't. Sadly, many people make up their mind about who they will vote for based on limited information and very few facts. If this sounds like liberal rantings, then explain how Perry climbed to the top of the pack before really getting into the race.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  95. Al

    So far I have not met one person in New Jersey who supports Perry. Granted I have a few million more to go, but so far he is doing so badly that he cannot get hurt at all.

    September 19, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  96. Overby from Melbourne

    Who cares? This guy better enjoy his 15 minutes while he can, the more he talks , the more 'Palis-esque' he becomes, his Uh's and stumbling, rambling mumbling, he'll be gone in no time......

    September 19, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
  97. lou

    It won't hurt him with his base. These are the people we hear in the audiences of the last two debates cheering for the death penalty and letting uninsured die when they get too sick. I'm guessing they won't have much sympathy for the poor either. They seem to lack any compassion or empathy for any fellow american down on his luck. Heaven help us.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  98. Patrick- North Attleboro, MA

    The best poverty plan: create jobs. One 2012 candidate has a better job creation rate than Perry or Romney: Gov. Jon Huntsman

    September 19, 2011 at 5:00 pm |
  99. marybeth, massachusetts


    I don't think it will hurt Rick Perry one bit that 1 in 5 Texans are living in poverty. In fact, I think that fact will make him even more appealing to the tea party and the right wingers and they'll turn out in droves to vote for him so he can make the rest of the country like Texas. More people in poverty means more money and wealth transferred from what's left of the middle class and the poor to the wealthy. That is better for business, and since people still believe in "trickle down" economics and that only the wealthy are the "job creators", even the poor will vote for him.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:02 pm |
  100. Jk from Minnesota

    I would hope there are some reasonable minds left in the Republican Party to see that having increasing poverty in America is not acceptable to the electorate, but no doubt they are lining up to blame Obama (and the Republican legislatures are passing laws to make it more difficult for the poor to vote so they seem to think that poor people should have a say in an election either).

    Congress and the White House has looked the other way for years as corporations have outsourced jobs and revenue off shore; how on EARTH can they not see that this would increase poverty! When the wealth is allowed to redistribute unchecked upwartd – you reap what you sew. The sad part of this is there is more Greed and "Loking out for me" rather than my neighbor. And many of these people also say they are Religious. My guess is these "Christian" greedy people would have a hard time explaining their greed to Jesus.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  101. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    If it wasn't for evolution Perry wouldn't be here, he's the type that thinks people are lazy if they don't succeed in becoming millionaires. He is still two IQ points below George Bush

    September 19, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  102. Pete in Milton, FL

    It won't hurt him at all with the rank and file conservative Republicans, who will ignore and discount this information as liberal lies. Anything FOX News says, they believe; anything else is just a liberal lie. Fortunately, a majority of the voters, especially Independents, are smarter than this, and they actually check out the bona fides of the leading candidates. Perry will win the nomination, and lose the general election.....not because Obama is good, but because Perry is SO wrong for the job.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
  103. Greg McCarthy

    Jack, This will likely not hurt Perry at all.The gop/tp votes on emotions and make up their own numbers which make facts irrelevant.Even in the debate they stated that they would close loopholes,not cut SS,blah,blah,blah.Yeah,right.They will say or do whatever it takes to have the power.Then,when people do vote them in,people are actually surprised that their elected official recants on what they campaigned on.Jobs,jobs,jobs is one grea example. Greg M. FL

    September 19, 2011 at 5:10 pm |
  104. Cheryl in Bluffton, SC

    If Gov. Perry had his way, we'd create more jobs by forcing more Americans to accept $7.25 an hour. The sooner the working class catches onto this, the better.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
  105. David Doherty

    It will be minimal, because people that live in or below poverty, as far as the republicans care they don't exist. So their welfare is of no concern to his constituents. The way the Conservative feel about people living in poverty is, the more the better, this makes for a larger pool in which to exploit from.
    Dave from NH.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:14 pm |
  106. Arlene, Roselle, Illinois

    How could there be proverty in Texas when the Dallas Cowboys have a billion dollar stadium.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
  107. Nancy, Tennessee

    Governor Perry is not going to rain on his own parade by menitoning that the wealthy business owners are not paying a living wage to the employees. If you look at the unemployment in America, it is definitely an employer's market. They can hire the best person for a job and pay whatever when thousands are competing for the same job. Surely, one can see China from the hole that has been dug for the American worker.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  108. Alexis from Austin, TX

    Hopefully it shows everyone that this guy is a sham. He talks about how many jobs he's created in Texas that are above the minimum wage, but the question is: how far above the minimum wage? Five cents? Ten?

    September 19, 2011 at 5:17 pm |
  109. Jim

    Jack – Are your statistics made up of all workers or U.S. citizens. I personally don't care who is underpaid if they are illegal

    September 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  110. Joshua

    Can't hurt him any worse than the dumb things that spew from his mouth. Perry terrifies me, as do all these Tea Party morons.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  111. David

    Someone needs to look at the number of recent jobs LOST in Texas. It, unlike Perry's backing, is going up.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  112. Dave A - San Antonio

    It wont hurt him a bit. The base that Perry is appealing to doesn't care about people in poverty.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  113. pavan

    I am not a republican and definitely not Perry's supporter. I feel it is better to have low paying job then people collecting food stamps

    September 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  114. Ray

    In Texas if your wealthy who cares about anyone else. Perry is just product of that culture

    September 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  115. Laurianne

    It won't matter in the Primary because the Tea Party voters who support him don't care if others live in poverty or without healthcare. They can only repeat the "no tax" mantra, even if their friends or neighbors are slowly losing everything.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:18 pm |
  116. Al

    Chances are it won't hurt him one bit...the reality is that one living below the poverty line won't vote.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  117. Linda in Arizona

    It won't hurt him at all. Nobody who would vote for perry gives a crap about the poor.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  118. Frances

    It may be true. I dont think it will hurt him. Anyone going against Hussein is a winner. Find those living without electricity find them interview them find more interview them. Most people in El Paso Texas have cell phones, tv with cable. Where are those who live in poverty. Find them. Why dont you investigate Obama with all his cronies instead of finding wrong with Perry. Like I said, Anyone other than Obama Hussein would be better.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  119. Peter Davenport

    I don't think you can judge Perry because a job is a job is a job. If he's creating jobs he's at least doing a better job than Obama. If people don't want the low-paying jobs then don't complain that you're unemployed.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  120. Jarvis from Baltimore

    Jack it won't hurt him very much in the primary, the tea party nuts don't care about that fact, and they are the ones fueling his campaign. However, should he get the nomination, he is toast come November in the general election.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  121. Jonathan Van Voorhees

    Rick Perry isn't going to feel any pain, as Governor of Texas he has job security, great insurance benefits, and retirement through the state. Hey Rick, how about sharing a little with your fellow Texans. Maybe God should have given you some compassion when he gave you a calling.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  122. Graham

    it all depends on what Perry says and considering that, he IS IN TROUBLE.1 in 5 live in poverty ? what happend to "the American Dream"?

    September 19, 2011 at 5:20 pm |
  123. bobby

    its is good to see, you being a democrat, you are afraid of rick perry.
    how did you get ahead, maybe by picking yourself up by the bootstraps.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  124. Lucy from New York

    Jack, you said that the jobs in Texas are mainly mimimum wage. So what. A low paying job is better than none. What do you propose? Putting uneducated people in an office? They have the jobs that fit their ability.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  125. Jerry in Alaska

    Sounds like Perry has a leg up on the OBAMANATION OF DESOLATIONS plan for all of us to be dirt poor & dependant on the Govt.

    Ever heard of the One World Orders plans for total control of everything which Obama loves & is pushing America towards at ever turn with his economic destruction of America??

    Its all foretold in Revelation 13:11-18, especially verses 16-18 that talks about the coming leaders UNION & demands for all to join it or be removed from any form of commerce & even killed for not joing his UNION.

    This UNION isn't far off if one would look at all that happening world wide.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  126. R Brothers

    What a record. But if any Republican gets elected it will be the law of the land we will regress 30 to 40 years as for as the working class is consurned.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  127. Lenworth

    Oh yeah it will. Not only did he dig his own grave, but his head stone reads "I was just full of it"!

    September 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  128. Matt, Houston TX

    Its terrible to see so many Americans living in poverty across the country, but when placing blame on a particular politician one must analyze the data in context... Texas obviously has many Mexican immigrants (some legal and some not-so-legal) and the socioeconomic makeup of this demographic is lower that US averages. Additionally, Hurricane Katrina also altered the state's poverty ratio, as many low-income Louisianians relocated, many permanently, to the Houston Area after the storm.... Texas welcomes these people with open arms, but for economic analysis it is important to keep such factors in mind.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  129. AD

    It will not hurt him unless he had to get one of those jobs. At that point he would treat someone pretty ugly because it would be almost treasounous.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  130. Frances

    People should pull up their boot strings and get off their butt, get to work. But welfare has made them slaves to the handout. Its easier to put your hand out and on what good ole gov can give. Thats why California is broke. Thats why so many go to other states to mooch off. Quit with the candidates and investigate the real thug crook in the wh.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  131. Rocky in LA

    First off, it won't hurt him, at all, unless the Democrats play hardball and make it a big issue, which they need to do. Even then, most of the people who would be moved by this issue, are people who probably wouldn't be voting for Perry, anyway. The poor and ignorant will remain that way and vote for Perry, simply as "the Christian thing to do". The rich people, who consider the poor to be lesser beings, will be unaffected and flock to the polls to vote for Perry, as they know, by Perry's own admission, that he can be bought....just not for $ 5,000.00!

    September 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  132. Rudy Padgett

    I hope it will hurt Perry a lot. if he can't take care of one state, how will he provide for 50 states? Perry's job plan is just like Obama's: it doesn't exist.

    Rudy Padgett
    roanoke, VA.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
  133. Joe

    Jack, he is claiming a feather in his cap...Good enough! Until he has to live in a situation like that you described, he won't realize the feather is from a turkey instead of a peacock.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  134. Ibrahim Kuye

    What this means is that the future with Perry is the future of American poverty. Should he succeed, he's likely to bring this poverty propagation to Washington. You can imagine the most powerful nation on earth with a president empowering poverty. This is his legacy in Texas.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  135. Bob Tapscott

    Why do the Democrats always speak Republican? When Republicans say time to cut the deficit, Obama should say no, not the time to cut government jobs.
    When Republicans say cut regulation, say no not the time to have no rules.
    When Perry says he wants government gone, call him what he is, an anarchist.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  136. Sunday Odeleke

    Rick Perry's candidacy frightens me and a lot of others. His claims on jobs creation needs further scrutiny. Most Texan workers are unhappy because of so many inhibitions created by government. Most employees are left at the mercy of their employers. They lay them off like you dispence with spent engine oil and government is nowhere to help. Most factories recruit when they have orders and once this is done they are asked to go home till they get fresh orders. Perry will be too much of a risk for every class in America.- Odeleke, Houston, Texas.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  137. vJ

    I am not considering this guy stay in politics too long. Forget his ambition to become president but I am afraid of his IQ and tactics.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  138. Randy

    It won't. Poor white Americans have no problem with millionaires and billionaires as long as said millionaires and billionaires are white. You want to save the country and RIGHTFULLY tax those who have skirted their responsibility of paying taxes like the poor and middle class have to? Hand a billion dollars each to lebron James and Floyd mayweather, that tax would literally be raised overnight.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  139. lynnej in nc

    In a world where there are people of common sense, it should hurt him a lot. The jobs that he touts as those he "created" were done so by the federal stimulus. That is something that he and others like him love to hate, but always ready to take.
    Anyone that whines about how bad something is, but yet wants to be apart of it, can't be trusted to sit down properly let alone with the public's trust and purse strings.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  140. Steven Hunter

    Perry acts like a hybrid between Reagan and W. He wil probably just give a wink and a nod and say aweee shucks, them fellas are poor because they wanna be. Enough hillbilly morons will agree him and Obama will misunderestimate the guy and he will become president. When will someone with at least half a brain and some common sense run for president and better yet Congress. Did you say poverty Jack, wasnt that in John Edward's Wheel house.. God save us all.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:24 pm |
  141. Shawn, Las Vegas, NV

    Obama will eat him alive over this and other policy implementations or lack of. Expect Perry to erect the Quayle banner of "happy campers." Eat less, say less. It's a disgrace.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  142. John F

    The knowledge of this could damage his campaign quite a bit. The problem is that this is not well known outside of Texas. Texans are well aware, and I believe that is why Texans prefer the other candidate from Texas Ron Paul by quite a margin according to a recent poll. Could this be why the Texas Straw Poll was cancelled? Is the MSM concerned about the damage it would do to Rick Perry's campaign if it came out that he could not win his own state?

    September 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  143. Chris

    Jack, it probably won't have as big an impact as it should. The conservative political machine is already working the soundbites to discount these disparities with the use of catch phrases such as "class warfare," and a substantial number of people will buy into it. What the political machine fails to mention is that, if this is class warfare, then it's a war that the government and big business have already been waging against the working class for several decades.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  144. LA Belle

    Should he win the Presidency, he will feel right at home. With so many Americans already living in poverty and the middle-class headed for the same, he won't have to change his agenda one bit. If people want to continue to struggle in life, he's your man.

    Ruby (Louisiana)

    September 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  145. Kathy-San Antonio

    It won't hurt him at all since many of his supporters believe people deserve to live in poverty, that they didn't live their lives right or blew all the chances given to them. If you listen to the tea party members a vast amount of them support ending welfare, WIC, food stamps and other programs because they believe without them they'd barely pay any taxes. Some will actually commend him on not wasting taxpayer money. Only liberals have that moniker of 'bleeding heart'.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  146. Jane in San Antonio

    Perry's "business friendly tax policies" in Texas don't create new jobs, they take them away from other states enabling companies to pay lower wages with fewer benefits that previously – sort of like outsourcing to India. No wonder we have so many low income residents.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  147. Michael

    The only logical solution to our economy woes is to bring jobs back to America and end the outsourcing.
    Alongside this, it is vital to raise taxes on those companies who have outsourced. Make them pay for taking food out of the mouths of our children. All voters of either party should take a good look at any candidate's state as that is a snapshot of our future economy if they're elected.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  148. Louis Lemieux


    How can it hurt Perry? Southern Texas is a Mexican colony under Perry's rule.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:26 pm |
  149. Bob Rush

    It will not hurt Rick Perry amongst Republicans but he might feel the pain once his opponent is a Democrat. Social Security may be a tougher issue for him to navigate because it is difficult to see how any senior or anyone related to a senior could vote for someone who called Social Security "a crumbling monument to the New Deal." The more one learns about Rick Perry, the less likable he is.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  150. Graham

    It all depends on what Perry says and considering that, he is in trouble.1 in 5 live in poverty what happend to "the American dream"?

    September 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  151. Ernie

    Poor, uneducated aliens stream across the border every day – and night. You said it yourself, Jack. "Especially in south Texas..." Surely I'm not the only one intelligent enough to make the connection here. Those people aren't renting or buying houses in upscale suburbs, they're living "in shanty housing with no electricity or indoor plumbing."

    Surely the illegal immigration issue isn't the only one weighing on these statistics but certainly it does weigh heavily, but two things should be remembered as well: It's the federal gov't's job to control immigration – which it obviously isn't and has no intention to do – and, in part because it *is* a problem, legitimate workers are competing with the artificially low wage scale.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  152. Dale

    Hello Jack,

    There is a percentage of these people that are below the poverty line They are gaming the system, they work for cash only, and then they collect on assistance, food, utility, medical, while they continue to work for tax-free cash only.

    What's sad. It's the same way all over United States people gaming the system.

    New Mexico

    September 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  153. Sam H

    Since those below the poverty level are less likely to vote, it probably won't make any difference to Mr. Perry. In fact, he would probably like to see more people earning at less than subsistence level

    September 19, 2011 at 5:27 pm |
  154. Vic from Texas

    Jack, Rick Perry is all about numbers not substance. Perry does'nt care that people can barely pay there bills, long ass his bills are paid by us, that according to the rich get richer play book.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  155. Guy-Texas

    The answers are simple. WELFARE vs. supply and demand.

    Texas is where many of the new jobs are, the problem with the wages are that due to those moving here and needing jobs the wage rate is driven down due to those people that simply want a job and are willing to work for less just to pay their bills.

    WELFARE needs to end as it now exists. People need to work for a living rather than having a hand out. The emergency rooms are over run and many women of low income are having far more pregnancies than they could ever support.

    Isn't it ironic that Wolf talkes of Senator Reid wanting to deal with trade before jobs. The bulk of our problem in the US is that many of our jobs have been moved overseas. It's a shame we can't vote out both the Republican and Democratic parties by switching the old 'silver lever' of the past. In the meantime we have a tax cheat like Timothy Geitner telling us what tax reforms we should have!!!!!!

    September 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  156. CHERRY

    its not rick perrys fault-then he mange to solve the problem texas is a big state– rick perry dint get any help form the govt. all over the country has poverty problem. perry is not the president.. just a governor can the governor solved this crisi. eben the pres cnanot solve the cris problem poverty think about it.-its take sa common sense.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  157. Judy Smith

    You, and everyone else, are ignoring the elephant in the room when referring to poverty in Texas. There are a huge number of illegal aliens in the state who don't spreak English, are unschooled, pay no taxes, and have no insurance, health or otherwise. This is a tremendous drain on the resoiurces of the state, and Texas has done a remarkable job of keeping up with it . I'd like to see what would happen to budgets in Northeastern states if they had to contend with such a drain!

    September 19, 2011 at 5:28 pm |
  158. Chris Johnson

    As a native texan I can tell you that its getting worse here in the Great State of Texas. One in five texans living in poverty may not be enough to deter his popularity among the far right. This is the same governor who forced HPV vactionations for pre teen girls, signed off on massive legislative funding cuts for education, and social services for the same people who are in poverty, and letsnot forget the Trans-Texas corridor also known as the NAFTA HIGHWAY...I mean this guy is not a governor he is an instrument for special interests only. And if this isnt enough to make you say mmmmm then maybe the fact that he used over $200,000 in taxpayer money for personal trips with his wife should.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  159. Cody Kelly

    I think it may hurt him a lot. The thing about we Americans, we love to blame everyone else for things that are going wrong. It doesn't fall on one man's shoulders to save the economy but we sure like to condemn those on top for not working miracles. What we really need to look at is who will vote for the American people and who really cares about those unemployed Americans living in tent cities. Let's elect someone who doesn't have a salary of 14 million a year.

    Roanoke VA

    September 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  160. kenneth

    1 in 5 is poor.Really,Perry i know will not rest until 4 in 5 are poor and more political donor are well compensated with govt contract....That is the only way he knows how to create prosperity. crush the middle class and empower the rich folks.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  161. roger from phoenix

    Not at all , I personally think he dosn't care much that 20 percent of Texan's live in poverty , 25 % have no health insurance ,but the truth of the matter is no one man is going to make a difference anyway , until american's are feed up with special interest group ( good old buddies), campaign contributions (legal bribes) both parties will continue down the same path. Not much difference between Mexcio and America at least in Mexcio they call bribes a bribe.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm |
  162. Tim

    Texas has an approximate 1,300 mile border with Mexico. Throughout its history, Texas has had a vast Latino population. The majority of the Latino population works in the service industry. Most dropout of school before the graduate from High School. There are millions of illegal immigrants who are among them who have little if any skills. Now, maybe you can figure out where the revenue drain comes from and why education is struggling (statistically) in Texas.


    September 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  163. Dan Nuckolls

    I think Texas sounds like a Republican Nirvana. We should encourage Rush Bimbo to convince his bimbo heads to migrate to Texas. Then let Texas secede to Mexico. Rick could be King in Texas and let the poor eat cake!

    September 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  164. Mickey D

    Rick Perry reminds me of Marie Antoinette; "Let them eat cake!" The growing economic disparity in US and the world is a problem for everyone, including Perry, who is OK with the growing problem. We are stariing to see people rising up against their governments around the world, I think we're going to see this increase as the problem grows. In a week or so you'll be asking questions about the riots in southern Europe when the establishment there trys to cut everyone's living conditions from their Ivory Towers. "Let them eat cake!" Do you remember how that went for Antoinette? You may recall the French solution involved guillotines. Jake, you can screw all the people sometime, and you can screw some of the people all the time, but you can't screw all the people all the time. I think Lincoln said that. But he was more politcally correct then I.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:30 pm |
  165. gary in mt

    There is another statistic that speaks more directly to his record: The population growth in TX was greater than job growth. The effective employment rate has gone from 8 to 8.5% in the past year or so.

    Not only has most of the job growth been at minimum wage as you pointed out. There hasn't even been enough job growth in that sector to keep up with the population increase.

    Put this into the context of Perry's claims regarding his record on jobs, and the joke is that he got through the republican debate without any of his opponents calling him out for his failure to increase employment. They aren't well informed–or not very quick on their feet, more likely. With all due respect, though, I would have expected Wolf to have put this fact into play.....

    September 19, 2011 at 5:31 pm |
  166. Shelby (Texas)

    "We really don't care how y'all do it up North" goes a popular saying down here. If this "mentality" of ours is so bad, why are people from all over this country and "abroad" wearing out good horses to get here and join the misery? Rick has a lot of issues, but this isn't one of them.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:32 pm |
  167. Bob in Jacksonville

    Jack, dont be pimped out by your so-called experts. Have you been to Texas lately? When aliens are interjected into any state, problems arise. Right now any job is good. Two poverty level jobs in a family will keep it together. We are hurting. Instead of helping with security, Obama gives the Mexicans guns. God help us all.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
  168. Geoffrey Brown

    "Jobs" is a very convenient term for political sloganography since it remains completely undefined. Counting jobs is like counting coins in a jar - you'll never know what you've got unless you add up the value of each coin. "Jobs" can mean whatever the President, or Governor Perry, or anyone else wants it to. That's why Economics remains a black art rather than a science.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  169. Les

    While Rick Perry and other Republicans like to talk about creating a "business-friendly" environment that will allow for job creation, what they conveniently ignore is the reality that a business-friendly environment does not necessarily correlate with a higher standard of living. If a "business-friendly" environment means that employers are allowed to be free of taxes and to pay sub-standard wages, have no requirement to provide benefits, including health care, and are not required to be concerned about providing a safe and healthful work environment, that "business-friendly" environment may well produce a large number of jobs, but those living in that environment other than the owners of the businesses are the ones who will be paying the price for a "business-friendly" environment with a standard of living lower than that of those who might live in a less "business-friendly" environment.

    As has been typical, Perry and his fellow Republicans find it impossible to say no to any measure that will help the wealthy to become more wealthy and which does so at the expense of those in the middle or worse. What is sad is not necessarily the fact that they continue to do so, but that so many who are hurt by their philosophy continue to fall for catch phrases such as "we can't tax the job creators".

    September 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  170. JAB

    People get what they vote for. They need to know the Texas numbers, not just about the minimum wage, but also about the number of uninsured for health care in Texas. If they want those numbers nationwide, they can vote for Rick Perry.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm |
  171. Renee Peoria,Ill

    Does it hurt the Republicans that they're constantly fighting for the rights of the rich to get richer on the backs of the poor and middle class? It should, but there are still people supporting them to their own economic detriment. Why? Like it or not too many Americans are content to believe what they're told rather than think for themselves or take the time to look up facts for themselves. It just easier to let someone else do it; or worse, to believe what you want to because you just don't want to process the truth. Tiny minds will always support people like Perry, and that's the real reason this country is in trouble.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  172. MICK

    Better for the poor to live in poverty than get help from the socialist democratic programs.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
  173. Malcolm Perkins, NJ

    Are we all forgetting Jack that large corporations moved to Texas in exchange for a 4 year tax exemption? That's why the job creation is inflated, and doesn't give the true numbers. My god, 1 in 5 in poverty. 20% poverty rate is substantial and in addition, the Capital Punishment numbers leads the nation. If people really took a good look, Perry hasn't done much. Capital Punishment coupled with 20% poverty rate; DON'T SAVE A SPOT FOR ME....

    September 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  174. Annie, Atlanta

    JR MULE – read what Jack had to say. Perry is touting jobs creation in TX as his own, even if you have to hold several of them in order to keep a roof over your head and food in your stomach, for just one person, let alone a family.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  175. Ryan, New Brunswick, Canada

    I don't believe this will grab the attention of voters at all, Jack.

    After all, isn't 1 in 5 a form of...math?

    September 19, 2011 at 5:37 pm |
  176. Amy

    I'm sorry to say but living in poverty is becoming the "new norm" for America. Thanks to Obama and those who voted to put him in office. Like they say in age – 70 years old is the new 60 just as in money $50K is the new $100K. All you have to do is look at the value of your home. Everyone feels poor even if their homes are paid for because it's no longer worth anything. The value of my house has dropped from $329K to $185K in the last 2 years.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:38 pm |
  177. Tony Lee Shumake Atlanta

    We don't need Rick Perry,we don't need Washington. We just need each other togeather our chlidren and grandchildren will Reap What we sow.We can,We will,We must

    September 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  178. Jane

    Listen Jack,there's no question about the fact that the poverty level in Texas will affect Rick Perry's presidential bid. What in the world gives Rick Perry the guts to show his face on the national stage after his dismal governance in Texas,a state where the poor get no help,people earn minimum wage,one parent working with 3 children and yet do not qualify for medicaid.Wao! I used to think this Rick Perry's presidential bid was all a joke till it hit me! Lets wake up guys and say 'No To Rick Perry"!

    September 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  179. tonie from OK

    Those jobs would have been created with or without Perry. He had nothing to do with these jobs except being at the right place at the right time. Talk is Cheap

    September 19, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
  180. Cody Kelly

    I think it will. The thing we Americans like to do is to blame our problems on one person. When we should all be stepping up to help others. The failure to grow the economy doesn't rest on one persons shoulders but we really do enjoy condemning those who are at the top. what we really need is someone who will vote for the American people and someone who cares about the thousands of unemployed Americans living in tent cities all over the country. what we don't need is someone who will vote with their party regardless of what the American people really need. how about we vote for someone who doesnt make 14 million a year...

    September 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  181. Jim Price

    Clearly one in five living in poverty is a disgrace but so is 15.1% on a national basis, Texas isn't that far off the national disgrace. Also, while many of the new jobs in Texas have been low paying, those same jobs are included in the number of new jobs the Obama administration claims to have created. You don't hear them clarifying that many of their new jobs have been low paying jobs in Texas.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:40 pm |
  182. Malcolm Perkins, NJ

    20% poverty rate should hurt Perry Jack. Let's not forget the tax exemption corporations recieved for moving their operations to Texas. I bet the kick back Perry recieved from those deals makes that $5,000 (mandatory vaccine)look like chump change.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  183. Ernie from MA

    Jack, I don't think it will hurt Perry at all. However, we should remember what it means to have a Texas oil man for POTUS. We have plenty of experience with the Bush/Cheney era, the outcome was disastrous and has marginalized our kids' and grand-kids' future. Why vote for Perry? If he gets elected (long shot), we already know the outcome.

    Ernie from MA

    September 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  184. Thomas Bateman

    Lansing, Michigan, Rick Perry will not be hurt at all by the fact that 1 in 5 Texans live in poverty! This is due to the vast power of the disinformation measures the Republicans have become too well practiced at. Too many Americans look at information concerning their electoral choices as lies, falsehoods and untruths. Because of this, too many Americans rely on nothing more than their feelings to make their choices for our 'leaders'. At present, too many Americans 'feel' that a black President is an insult, an abomination and a mistake. I think I can safely say that this sentiment will plague Our duly elected President for as long as he is President. We as a nation have not matured past our past of prejudices, biases and inequalities.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
  185. Gary from Miami

    Who cares if it hurts Bush 2012 Remix? IF he wins the Republican nomination, and IF a majority of the voters that are fed up with Obamas wheel spinning vote him in (likely), then the entire U.S. will be hurting. If you're smart, your passport will be current if Perry gets in.

    September 19, 2011 at 5:42 pm |
  186. jim b.

    tricky rick has created 40% of mexico's new jobs.we are a santuary state.we are in poverty because we pay to educate and provide healthcare for illegal immigrants..thats keeping wages low and insurance rates high...poverty means nothing to rick perry he's killing us all with his big business ties and terrible epa compliance.mother earth will get him!!!

    September 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
  187. Larry in Houston

    Jack – I live in Houston – You surely must have your figures incorrect. From what I've heard from some high up people, in addition to what I've seen here, it's 1 out of every 4 – not 5

    September 19, 2011 at 5:58 pm |