Rick Perry

(James Richard "Rick" Perry)

Rick Perry
Rick Perry
  • Born: March 4, 1950
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Politician

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James Richard "Rick" Perry is an American politician who is the 14th and current United States Secretary of Energy, serving in the Cabinet of Donald Trump. Prior to his cabinet position, Perry served as the 47th Governor of Texas from December 2000 to January 2015. A Republican, he was elected Lieutenant Governor of Texas in 1998 and assumed the governorship in December 2000 when Governor George W. Bush resigned to become president. Perry was the longest-serving governor in Texas history.

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George W. Bush did an incredible job in the Presidency defending us from freedom. Oratory, Discussion & Debate
Global warming is one contrived, phony mess. Environment & Environmentalism
I am going to make Washington as irrelevant to your lives as possible Miscellaneous
I have lost no sleep over the possibility that an innocent man might be executed. Capital Punishment, Dealth Penalty & State Execution
I think that we should have a very serious discussion about defunding the United nations… Why should we be paying for the UN? United Nations
If you want to go somewhere where you can smoke medicinal weed, then you ought to be able to do that. Alcohol, Tobacco & Other Drugs
Leadership is not what you said on the Senate floor. It’s not what you’ve said. It’s what you’ve done. Leaders & Leadership
Social Security is a Ponzi scheme. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Elderly, Aging. Old Age, Social Security & Pensions
There is a difference between being a venture capitalist and a vulture capitalist Compliments, Insults & Rebukes ;Capitalism
These exonerations do not indicate that there is something wrong with the Texas Criminal Justice System. They demonstrate that the system is working. We have a lengthy and methodical process of appeals. And that is a great and good mark for Texas. Law, Courts, Jails, Crime & Law Enforcement
Washington has to stop spending money we don’t have for projects we don’t want. Budgets & Budgeting
We cannot cede our moral authority to multinational debating societies. United Nations
We would treat him pretty ugly down here in Texas. Printing more money is in my opinion, treason. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
According to a study by Achieve Incorporated, Texas is the first state to make a college-prep curriculum the standard coursework in high school, starting with this year's ninth grade class.
Admit it America - 2008 was our national 'oops' moment!
Aggies have a really interesting way of admitting defeat. We've never been outscored. We just ran out of time. Time
America needs jobs, smaller government, less spending and a president with the courage to offer more than yet another speech. Government
Americans want government that is leaner, more efficient, and less intrusive into their personal lives. Government
America's greatness is not found in the size of its government. America's greatness resides in the hearts and the minds of the people. Government
And I have a message for the liberals and the defenders of the status quo: we're just getting started.
And I think most people in this country want to see a president that's got the courage to say we're going to cut the tax burden, and reduce the regulatory climate, and we're going to get Americans working.
Armed and law-abiding citizens are a greater deterrent to violent crime than 1,000 laws passed by Congress.
As Americans, we don't see the role of government as guaranteeing outcomes, but allowing free men and women to flourish based on their own vision, their hard work and their personal responsibility. Women ;Government ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
As Americans, we realize that there is no taxpayer money that wasn't first earned through the sweat and toil of one of our citizens. Money, Coins & Minting
Being the Republican front-runner was three of the most exciting hours of my entire life. I've come to grips with it, and the only lasting effect is that I refuse to go on a stage that has more than one podium on it. Life
But if you say that we should not educate children who have come into our state for no other reason than they've been brought there by no fault of their own, I don't think you have a heart. We need to be educating these children, because they will become a drag on our society. Society
But it wasn't until I graduated from Texas A & M University and joined the United States Air Force, flying C-130's all around the globe, that I truly appreciated the blessings of freedom. Freedom & Liberty
Conservatives are winning offices, and champions of big government are cleaning out their desks right now. Government
Crucial to understanding federalism in modern day America is the concept of mobility, or 'the ability to vote with your feet.' If you don't support the death penalty and citizens packing a pistol - don't come to Texas. If you don't like medicinal marijuana and gay marriage, don't move to California. Death ;Families, Children & Parenting
Dark economic clouds are dissipating into an emerging blue sky of opportunity.
Democracy functions best when we have an active citizenry.
Every life is precious. Life
Guns require a finger to pull the trigger.
Here is what we know after more than a decade of Republican rule: Texas works. Even 'The New York Times' let it slip into its pages that, 'Texas is the future.' Future
I am also the product of a place called Paint Creek. Doesn't have a zip code. It's too small to be called a town along the rolling plains of Texas. We grew dryland cotton and wheat, and when I wasn't farming or attending Paint Creek Rural School, I was generally over at Troop 48 working on my Eagle Scout award.
I am going to give the American people a huge helping of unbridled truth: that we can't continue to spend what we are spending, that we can't avoid entitlement reform because we are afraid of third rail politics. Truth ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I believe in America. I believe in her purpose and her promise. I believe her best days have not yet been lived. I believe her greatest deeds are reserved for the generations to come.
I come by my conservatism authentically, not by convenience. And I offer the American people a new direction.
I didn't say I was running, did I?
I disagree with the concept that somehow or another we're going to pack up 10, to 12, to 15 million people and ship them back to the country of origin. That's not going to happen.
I don't think Obama understands basic economics. Not economics that work. He may understand some theory that someone in Princeton sat and dreamed up, but it's not working. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I don't want to look like Connecticut, no offense, I don't want to look like Oklahoma, I don't want to look like California. I want to be uniquely Texas. And that's not to diss anybody else.
I grew up in a house with no running water, 16 miles from the closest place that had a post office. I had a very parochial view of the world.
I happily cling to my guns and my God, even if President Obama thinks that that is a simpleminded thing in his elitist heart. Religion & God
I have no question that Newt Gingrich has the heart of a conservative reformer, the ability to rally and captivate the conservative movement.
I hope I am the Tim Tebow of the Iowa caucuses. Hope
I know something. America is not broken, Washington, D.C. is broken.
I learned that not everyone values life like we do in America, or the rights that are endowed to every human being by a loving God. Life ;Religion & God
I mean, Dodd-Frank is strangling small community banks. It doesn't make any difference what the interest rate is. They're not - they're not going to loan the money because they can't make any money for one thing plus the cost of compliance. Money, Coins & Minting
I stand before you today as a disciplined conservative Texan, a committed Republican and a proud American, united with you to restoring our nation and revive the American dream.
I supported Arizona's immigration law by joining in that lawsuit to defend it. Every day I have Texans on that border that are doing their job.
I think Barack Obama is a socialist. I think he cares for his country - don't get me wrong about that - but I think he truly misunderstands what this country was based upon, the values that America was based upon, which was free enterprise and having the ability to risk your capital and having a chance to have a return on your investment.
I think every program needs to stand the sunshine of righteous scrutiny. Whether it's Social Security, whether it's Medicaid, whether it's Medicare.
I think you need to have a tax system that basically is flat, fair and simple. And - that you can put on a post card. I mean, even Timothy Geithner could do this one and get it on time. Time
I want you to answer this question: Why should you settle for anything less than an authentic conservative who will fight for your views and values without an apology? Think about that.
If you're looking for a slick politician or a guy with great teleprompter skills, we already have that. He's destroying our economy. I'm a doer, not a talker.
I'm all about job creation. That's what I've done for ten years as the governor of Texas, and that's what I'm focused on.
I'm worried about that man or woman sitting around - the coffee table tonight or in their kitchen talking about how are we going to get to work. How are we going to have the dignity to take care of our family. Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
In America, the people are not subjects of government, the government is subject to the people. Government
In Michigan, a liberal democrat raised taxes and kept their government programs at the same level. And guess what? Their economy continued into the toilet, it continued down. Government
In the myopic world of the liberals, guns are responsible for evil instead of the perpetrator of evil. But criminals are not bound by our laws. That's what makes them criminals.
In the rush to become all things to all people, the federal government has lost sight of its core responsibilities. As a result we're stuck in this frustrating paradox where Washington actually neglects things it's clearly supposed to be doing, while interfering in other areas where they are neither welcome nor authorized. Government
It is through states that the American people get the job done every day, often in spite of a deeply flawed bureaucratic federal government. Government
It is time to change our policy of appeasement toward the Palestinians, to strengthen our ties with the nation of Israel. Time
It is time to let America be America again. To return freedom to the people. To stand on our founding principles and reject the cynical politics of the Nanny State. Time ;Freedom & Liberty ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
It is up to us, to this present generation of Americans, to take a stand for freedom, to send a message to Washington that we're taking our future back from the grips of central planners who would control our healthcare, who would spend our treasure, who downgrade our future and micro-manage our lives. Future ;Freedom & Liberty
It's time to believe again in the potential of private enterprise set free from the shackles of over-bearing federal government. Time ;Government
It's time to bring tough medicine to Washington. No longer will policy be set by K Street, it will be dictated by Main Street. Time
I've always believed the mission is greater than the man.
Let's make what Americans buy. Buy what Americans make. And sell it to the world.
Let's stand up. Let's speak with pride about our morals and our values and redouble our effort to elect more conservative Republicans.
Let's stop this American downward spiral.
My deal is have a flat, simple tax. And - Americans want - Americans I hope - aspire to be - be wealthy. I hope they aspire to have a better quality of life. And we have this class warfare that's going on now. And I don't agree with that. I'm interested in people getting to work. Life ;Hope ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
My hope is that that person will come forward that can win the presidency that we can all get behind. Hope
Obama is a president, who I think is anti-jobs.
Obamacare has got everyone on edge. I mean, small business - men and women or big business are sitting out there saying we have no idea what this is going to cost, but we know it's going to cost us and cost us a lot. Women ;Business, Commerce & Finance
Our best days are in front of us. We can reform those entitlements, we can change that corporate tax code and lower it. We can put America back on track on a growth level and a growth rate that we've never seen in the history of this country. History
Our citizens are tired of big government raising their taxes and cooking up new ways to micromanage their lives, our citizens are tired of big government killing jobs with their do-gooder policies. In short the people are Fed Up! Government
Our goal is to displace the entrenched powers in Washington, restore the rightful balance between the state and federal government. Government
Our party cannot be all things to all people. It can't be. Our loudest opponents on the left are never going to like us so let's stop trying to curry favor with them.
Our shared conservative values, our belief in the individual is the great hope of our nation. Hope
Our view is that individuals and families can govern their lives better than bureaucrats.
Our work is before us. It cannot be passed to future legislatures and must not be passed to future generations. May we boldly seize the moment with singular unity. And may we build a Texas of unlimited possibility. Future ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Page one of any economic plan to get America working is to give a pink slip to the current resident in the White House.
President Obama's call for nearly a half-trillion dollars in more government stimulus when America has more than $14 trillion in debt is guided by his mistaken belief that we can spend our way to prosperity. Government
Reforming public education, cutting property taxes, fixing adult and child protective services and funding our budget can all occur when Democrats and Republicans engage in consensus and cooperation - not cynicism and combat. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Scouting ought to be about building character, not about sex. Period. Precious few parents enroll their boys in the Scouts to get a crash course in sexual orientation.
Somebody has to tell the E.P.A. that we don't need you monkeying around and fiddling around and getting in our business with every kind of regulation you can dream up. You're doing nothing more than killing jobs. It's a cemetery for jobs at the E.P.A. Business, Commerce & Finance
Spreading the wealth punishes success while setting America on course for a greater dependency on government. Success ;Government
Tell the trial lawyers to get out of your state and to quit costing businessmen and women. Women
Texas created more jobs in 2008 than the rest of the states - combined.
Texas has long been known as the nation's largest energy producer, but we are equally proud of our distinction as the nation's leading energy innovator.
The air we breathe, the water we drink, and the land we inhabit are not only critical elements in the quality of life we enjoy - they are a reflection of the majesty of our Creator. Life
The fact is there is forgiveness for those who seek God. And I believe in the power of redemption. Power ;Religion & God
The foundation for future prosperity is built on the bedrock of good jobs and great schools. We are building a strong foundation one job at a time and one educated Texan at a time. Time ;Future
The God we serve does not seek out the perfect, but instead uses our imperfections and our shortcomings for his greater good. I am humbled by my own limitations. But where I am weak, He is strong. Religion & God
The liberals think government exists to fix what's wrong with America. They find fault with our Constitution, our economic model and our core values. We disagree with the premise of their argument. We believe there's nothing wrong with America that an extra dose of freedom won't cure. Government ;Freedom & Liberty
The Obama administration is an affront to every freedom-loving American, and a threat to every private sector job in this country.
The people who illegally cross into the country are from countries that have very close ties to al Qaeda, whether it's Yemen or Afghanistan, Pakistan, China. It is an absolute national disgrace.
There is evil prowling in the world - it shows up in our movies, video games and online fascinations, and finds its way into vulnerable hearts and minds. Arts, Culture, Entertainment & Lifestyle
There's places where a secure fence will work, and that strategic type fencing will work. But the idea that people can easily just stand up and say 'let's just build a fence' and be done with it and wipe our hands, and it's going to secure the border, that's not reality. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
This administration in Washington that's in power now clearly believes that government is not only the answer to every need, but it's the most qualified to make the most central decisions for every American in every area. Power ;Government
Those jobs flee other states because of factors like excessive taxation, punitive regulation and frivolous lawsuits.
To make sure that votes are never canceled out by illegal votes, we instituted a photo ID requirement. And don't you think it's fair to apply at least the same standard required to get a library card or to board an airpane?
Under Obama, our federal tax dollars can now be used to fund abortion all over the world. With the stroke of a pen, abortion essentially became a U.S. foreign export.
Vladimir Putin uses energy to hold our allies hostage. If energy is going to be used as a weapon, I say America must have the largest arsenal.
Washington's insatiable desire to spend our children's inheritance on failed stimulus plans and other misguided economic theories have given record debt and left us with far too many unemployed.
We are a resilient country. We've been through a Civil War; we've been through two World Wars. We've been through a Great Depression; we even made it through Jimmy Carter! We will make it through the Obama years! War & Peace
We believe in government involvement that leads to independence: good schools, quality roads and the best health care. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
We cannot afford four more years of this misguided socialist policies from President Obama and his administration.
We can't have deficit spending in Texas. You have to balance your budget every two years.
We do not have to accept our current circumstances. We will change them. We are Americans. That's what we do.
We had a $10 billion budget deficit when we got here in January of 2003. We cut that budget deficit; we did not raise taxes; we came back in '05, and we had an $8 billion surplus. That's how fast it can happen.
We have the power to make things new again. To project American strength again, to get our economy going again. Power
We know there is no such thing as freedom without the risk of failure. Failure ;Freedom & Liberty
We need to stop apologizing for celebrating life. We need to stop apologizing for wanting to protect an individual's right to build a business. Life ;Business, Commerce & Finance
We stand up and proudly proclaim that Washington is not our caretaker and we reject a state, in Margaret Thatcher's words, a state that takes too much from us to do too much for us.
We want taxpayers, not tax wasters.
We will reverse course on the heavy hand of regulation, discarding Dodd-Frank and any other regulations that advance a political agenda at the expense of jobs and investment on Main Street.
We've got the wind at our back right now. Americans are waking up to the realities of their previous choices. We must keep America moving back to preeminence because our values and conservative ideas are the world's greatest hope. Hope
What I learned growing up on the farm was a way of life that was centered on hard work, and on faith and on thrift. Those values have stuck with me my whole life. Life ;Religion & God ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
When a criminal breaks into your home I'll let the liberals call the lawyer. I'm going to call Smith & Wesson.
When I make a vow to God, then I would suggest to you that's even stronger than a handshake in Texas. Religion & God
When it comes to conservative social issues, it saddens me when sometimes my fellow Republicans duck and cover in the face of pressure from the left. Our loudest opponents on the left are never going to like us so let's quit trying to curry favor with them.
When the good lord calls you home, the government ought not come get your home. Government
Who can be against progress, after all? But it's a fraudulent use of the word - because for the Progressive, progress is marked not be how free you are, but how much government can 'do' for you. Government
You got to have a courageous president to stand up and says, listen, if - if you send a bill to me that spends more money than what we've coming in, I'll veto it. I mean, I'm going to try to work with you the best I can, but I'm going to veto it. Money, Coins & Minting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
You know, to preserve our job-friendly climate the Texas legislature didn't raise taxes this last legislative session while balancing their budget and maintaining their reserves - and might I add that our budget leaves $6 billion dollars in a rainy day fund?
You see, as Americans we're not defined by class, and we will never be told our place. What makes our nation exceptional is that anyone, from any background, can climb the highest of heights.