I watched part of the debate last night (my wife was working and I was drinking, so it seemed like a good idea at the time). Anyway, here’s an interesting excerpt:

First, the question for Rick Perry:

WILLIAMS: Governor Perry, you can’t have much of a workforce without a basis of education. As you know, your state ranks among the worst in the country in high school graduation rates, as we established, yet you recently signed a budget cut for millions in education funding. You pushed for greater cuts than were in the budget that the legislature passed. You’ve said that education is a top priority, but explain cutting it the way you did, please.

Now here’s his answer:

PERRY: Well, I think the reductions that we made were thoughtful reductions, and the fact of the matter is, Texas has made great progress in the 10 years that I’ve been governor, from the standpoint of our graduation rates now are up to 84 percent, higher than they’ve been during any period of time before that.

We’re seeing the type of commitment. Our 4th and 8th grader African-American and Hispanics on the NACH (ph) test, they were some of the highest in the country. We’re making progress. When you share the border with Mexico, and when you have as many individuals that we have coming into the state of Texas, we have a unique situation in our state.

But the fact is, I stand by a record from what we’ve done with the resources that we’ve had, and I think that the reductions that we put in place were absorbed by our schools, and we will continue to have one of the finest workforces made available. When Caterpillar and Toyota and eBay and Facebook move to your state, it’s not because you’ve got a workforce that’s not capable.

The answer gets really close to admitting HBD.

"When you share a border with Mexico . . . we have a unique situation in our state."



5 Responses to Debate

  1. Handle says:

    For as close as he came, he’s still pretty soft and anti-enforcement when it comes to the immigration laws, so he’s not expressing any particular concern about the obvious implications for his state and the country.

    If we need a huge random infrastructure projects immediately to create jobs, why is no one is any hurry to get people to work on that border fence already authorized by Congress even before the recession?

    • red says:

      It’s already too late to shut that barn door. Only way not to have the southwest become Neo Mexico is a civil war. Guys like Perry get that.

      Perry is a really outstanding politician. I’ve haven’t seen a better one since Bill Clinton. A guy like Perry could slow the flow of the damage or more likely open the flood gates wide open and get the destruction really underway.

  2. Alex J. says:

    It is consistent with HBD, but it’s also consistent merely with Mexico having crappy schools.

  3. james wilson says:

    There is a class of Mexican which is stupid, and there is a class of Mexican which will not complete high school because he is working and school is not. Work is a better education than school in many instances.

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