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The Glaring Differences Between Palin & Perry





After his announcement last weekend, Rick Perry’s record has come under considerable scrutiny from the media and the blogs. One of the most notable items of discussion has been about an executive order that Perry signed, mandating young girls to receive the HPV vaccine known as Gardasil. It was so controversial that the Texas State Legislature stepped in and repealed the law just weeks after Perry had pushed it through.

Tuesday evening, Michelle Malkin published a very detailed column about Perry’s Gardasil mandate. She wrote:

In February 2007, Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed a shocking executive order forcing every sixth-grade girl to submit to a three-jab regimen of the Gardasil vaccine. He also forced state health officials to make the vaccine available “free” to girls ages 9 to 18. The drug, promoted by manufacturer Merck as an effective shield against the sexually transmitted human papillomavirus (HPV) and genital warts, as well as cervical cancer, had only been approved by the Food and Drug Administration eight months prior to Perry’s edict.

Gardasil’s wear-off time and long-term side effects have yet to be determined. “Serious questions” remain about its “overall effectiveness,” according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Even the chair of the federal panel that recommended Gardasil for children opposes mandating it as a condition of school enrollment. Young girls and boys are simply not at an increased risk of contracting HPV in the classroom the way they are at risk of contracting measles or other school-age communicable diseases.

Perry defenders pointed to a bogus “opt-out” provision in his mandate “to protect the right of parents to be the final authority on their children’s health care.” But requiring parents to seek the government’s permission to keep an untested drug out of their kids’ veins is a plain usurpation of their authority. Translation: Ask your bureaucratic overlord to determine if a Gardasil waiver is right for you.

Libertarians and social conservatives alike slammed Perry’s reckless disregard for parental rights and individual liberty. The Republican-dominated legislature also balked. In May 2007, both chambers passed bills overturning the governor’s unilaterally imposed health order.

Fast-forward five years. After announcing his 2012 presidential bid this weekend, Perry now admits he “didn’t do my research well enough” on the Gardasil vaccine before stuffing his bad medicine down Texans’ throats. On Monday, he added: “That particular issue is one that I readily stand up and say I made a mistake on. I listened to the legislature … and I agreed with their decision.”

Perry downplayed his underhanded maneuver as an aberrational “error,” and then — gobsmackingly — he spun the debacle as a display of his great character: “One of the things I do pride myself on, I listen. When the electorate says, ‘Hey, that’s not what we want to do,’ we backed up, took a look at what we did.”

Are these non-apology apologies enough to quell the concerns of voters looking for a presidential candidate who will provide a clear, unmistakable contrast to Barack Obama? Not by a long shot.

There is a ton of information in Malkin’s piece and she went to great lengths to link all of her research. I strongly recommend reading the entire column if you have not so already.

While Rick Perry’s executive order to mandate vaccines for children is raising eyebrows in the Republican party, I think it would serve us to take a look at what Governor Palin has said on the record about a state government taking such action.

Located within the mountain of emails that were released months ago from Governor Palin’s time in office, is a small quote from her that sums up her philosophy about the government’s role in such matters. She wrote this in response to an email from her staff in 2008 about chicken-pox immunization regulations:

"I would not propose govt mandating anything like shots for our kids."

I never questioned for a moment whether or not Governor Palin would have done something akin to what Perry did in Texas with Gardasil. That’s the luxury of being a Palin supporter. We know her philosophy and we know she’s remained steady in her belief of limited government. We also know that she never governed for the benefit of any cronies.

The more I read about Rick Perry, the more I see in him what Governor Palin fought so hard against in Alaska. The Gardasil issue is just one instance in many that it appears Rick Perry put the interests of his financial backers above those of his constituents.

Timothy Carney wrote an eye-opening article for the Washington Examiner called "The cowboy corporatist rides to the rescue." In it, he details some of the other recipients of Perry’s ‘assistance’ after donating money to his political operation. Carney writes:

In his next State of the State address, Perry pushed the Legislature to create the Texas Enterprise Fund, giving the governor, lieutenant governor and House speaker the power to hand out multimillion-dollar grants to businesses seeking to relocate to or expand within the state. Two years later, Perry and the Legislature created another subsidy bank, called the Texas Emerging Technology Fund, using taxpayer money to invest in high-tech companies. Perry made government a venture capital fund.

Muckrakers at the Los Angeles Times and the Austin American Statesman have shown a strong correlation between Perry’s biggest campaign contributors and the money handled by these funds and Perry’s other public-private partnership. Almost half of Perry’s "mega-donors," according to the Times, have received profitable favors from the Texas government. Poultry magnate Joe Sanderson, for instance, gave Perry’s campaign $165,000 and received $500,000 from the Texas Enterprise Fund to open a facility in Waco, the Times reports.

The Austin paper documents the unsavory case of $80,000 Perry donor David Nance winning a $4.5 million grant from the Texas Emerging Technology Fund. A regional board had denied the grant to Nance’s Convergen LifeSciences, but Perry intervened and ushered the grant through.

And just as President Obama uses renewable energy as an excuse for steering taxpayer money to big business, Perry also loves green corporate welfare. Perry was a featured speaker at the national wind lobby’s 2008 conference, where he touted his 2005 law requiring Texans to purchase wind and solar energy — all in the name of "job creation" and business growth. If you force people to buy a product, of course the businesses selling that product will grow.

How the conservative establishment plans on selling this guy as a bridge between the Tea Party and the GOP establishment, through the duration of the primary campaign is beyond me. Rick Perry’s views on the role of government and corporate welfare fly in the face of Tea Party values. Padding one’s political piggy bank with the money of people and entities who expect a much larger return on their "investment" is an abuse of the system. The idea that taxpayers go into debt paying out large sums to these "investors" to keep elected officials in their seats of power, is not the sort of behavior you will find any Tea Party activist supporting.

Governor Palin’s history of service stands in direct contrast to most politicians, including Rick Perry’s. She went against the grain of the deep-rooted corruption in Alaska, and even in her own party. She was independent enough to call out those who were abusing the system, and taking a strong stand against them. The only "interests" that Governor Palin focused on, were those of her constituents. That includes respecting their personal liberty by not "mandating anything like shots" for their children.



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  • mymati

    "That’s the luxury of being a Palin supporter. We know her philosophy and we know she’s remained steady in her belief of limited government. We also know that she never governed for the benefit of any cronies. "
    Exactly right, Stacy!
    Virtue is Sarah’s Ace in the hole.

  • 01_Explorer_01

    There are so many glaring differences I don’t know where to start.  Lets start out with one is an establishment type and one is not.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VNPT6E7XFDD4LACFSYYD23SNSY LS

      Or that one is a crony capitalist, while the other is a proven free-market-supporting reformer?

      • famouswolf

        The real point is that she would never force people to do it her way.

  • safedom

    Thanks Stacy!

    Another glaring difference between Palin and Perry is that you will never see Perry get his hands dirty. Can you see him in waders pulling fish out of the water? Hell no! Why is that important? because it shows she is one of us. Sarah not only knows what we go through but how we get through it. Perry is a politician plain and simple, just like MB.

    One question. If the battery in your car died and you could only call one person for a jump, would you call Perry, Bachmann, Obama, or Sarah?

    • Jen4Palin

      Well, if I wasn’t in a hurry to get anywhere, I’d call Obama for the entertainment factor.

      • safedom

        Well said, lol!

    • 01_Explorer_01

      Obama would show up with a brand new battery purchased by someone else (rich). Bachmann well…..

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

      You know not of what you speak. Perry was raised in a low income home and he did a stint in the military. When you criticize him, make sure they’re legitimate.

      • safedom

        I’m referring to who he is now. If this guy panders to those who contribute to his campaign, he is simply a politician like so many others. I’m sure many have come from small beginnings, it’s where that leads them that matters. Sarah has never waivered.

        I will confess I don’t know much about Perry, but some things are obvious. Do you not remember his pledge to serve out his term as governor? The many times he made that pledge?
        The many times he said he would not run for president? I don’t care if he runs or not, it’s ok with me, but to go back on such pledges tells me he is a politician plain and simple. If your actions can be trusted then your word will be good, but if your words is no good then your actions will follow.

      • wodiej

        what does "stint" in the military mean? What did he do and how long did he serve? Alot of people come from low income homes, make it big and wouldn’t cross the street to help someone.  What is your point?

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

          Well, I’m pretty sure he was a pilot. He was in the Air Force. You have to work pretty hard to get to be a pilot. And the discussion wasn’t whether he was altruistic, the discussion was whether he was someone who knew how to get his hands dirty. And I believe he has shown his chops as someone who knows how to work. I don’t like Perry. The Gardasil thing totally creeps me out. But making baseless accusations doesn’t help.

          • famouswolf

            You might want to follow your own advice, there.

        • http://wingright.org B Nuckols, MD

          4 years, flying C 130’s, including in the middle east.

    • MrsTerryJohnson

      Nuff said!

  • BevWKy

    Personally, this Gardasil business seems to be a distraction from the main worry. I’m more interested in learning more about his record with regards to Islamic relations, i.e. "http://www.americanthinker.com/2011/08/perrys_problematic_pals.html". What the heck is going on there? Have there been any articles here related to that?

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Norton/100002228997007 John Norton

      Go read Pamelas artical in atlas shrug it will explin all…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

    We need to see more of that quote. Right now kids have to have about 15 shots before entering school in most states. Many of those are for "nuisance" diseases like measles. It started out that kids had to get vaccinated against small pox (I have my scar) because it was a deadly disease, but then evolved to all kinds of things that most of us 40 or older had when we were kids, like mumps. Now they are asking for chicken pox to be mandatory. Here’s the problem. In our school district we had a whole swath of high school kids that came down with shingles last year. When have you ever heard of a teenager getting shingles, which is the same virus.

    • Gelston

      "When have you ever heard of a teenager getting shingles"
      The answer is when they are HIV positive.

      get these kids with shingles an HIV test.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

        Good point, Gelston. But it was an outbreak thing. It just seems weird to me that we (in our state) just started requiring the chicken pox vac about 10 years ago, and now we have these teens with shingles. Just seems a little too coincidental.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

          And my next door neighbor (25) just got the shingles and her little girl was recently vaccinated. Just seems weird.

        • William Van Henley

          There is no such thing as a "outbreak" of shingles.  It cannot be passed from one person to another.  As with chickenpox and/or other forms of herpes, direct contact with an
          active rash can spread VZV to a person who has no immunity to the virus.
          This newly infected individual may then develop chickenpox, but will
          not immediately develop shingles. Until the rash has developed crusts, a
          person is extremely contagious.

          • CBDenver

            I belive Dr Vicki was referring to the "outbreak" being related to the vaccine, not to "being passed from one person to another".  But nice try, Mr Journolister.

    • AndreaB

      Yes, Gelson is right about getting them tested for HIV. My brother worked with HIV patients and some had shingles. One had it on his face near his eyes and he went blind. Bad stuff and painful from what I hear.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

        My 80 year old dad just had shingles. I’ve gone my whole life (50 yrs) knowing only one or two people with shingles and in the last year probably 10. Just seems weird.

    • JeannieBinVA

      Vicki, measles and the other childhood diseases are not "nuisance" diseases. In centuries past they have wiped out entire communities and civilizations. Hundreds of thousands of children still die from measles each year in parts of the world where the vaccine is not available and applied universally. Measles also causes many other serious health complications, like blindness or poor eyesight, encephalitis and pneumonia. Likewise for tuberculosis, polio, smallpox, etc.

      Chickenpox, too, if contracted by a pregnant woman can cause serious, life-threatening injuries to her child in utero. The reason for these vaccines is not just to protect each child individually but because these diseases are so easily spread to others and therefore pose a real public health danger to everyone.   

      And for those who say, "Just don’t send your child to school sick": These diseases are contracted and become contagious to others days or weeks before any symptoms appear.

      The Gardasil issue is different because it is not an effective vaccine, it has not been adequately tested, it protects (only partially) against a virus that is only spread through sexual contact, and the virus itself is mostly benign and causes disease in only a tiny percentage of cases. In other words, to require this very expensive vaccine universally is not only massive overkill but extremely poor public health policy all around.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

    http://www.epi.hss.state.ak.us/id/iz/factsheet/IZReqFactSheet.pdf
    FYI. Here are the immunizations required by Alaska public school. Pretty standard:

    • excopconservative

      I don’t believe that Gov. Palin opposes vaccinations for school admission or foreign travel or military service.  She opposes government interfering in the relationship between parents and children.

  • puma_for_life

    I can’t understand why so many conservatives think Perry is conservative.  He is a crony capitalist and a typical establishment politician. Same old same old

    • Betsey_Ross

      I don’t get the Perry "love" either.  I’ve discovered he is not the candidate for me.  I didn’t find it out here, either.  I had to search for it. 

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

        Because he bloviates and prays.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MPFKOTQZZEXG66P27THSBW7SHY Daisy May

    SARAH PALIN OR FREAKIN BUST!!!!! 

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Norton/100002228997007 John Norton

      Its either sarah or NADA…!

  • safedom

    Rememer all the momentum of MB? Now it’s Perry. Soon it will be Sarah.
     
    Read the great post by Nicole concerning Kevin DuJan.

  • WEL2

    Michelle Malkin is unfairly attacking Governor Palin today, "Ugh: Greta and Sarah Palin rally behind Tea Party poser Orrin Hatch." It appears she is trying to be "fair and balanced" after receiving much criticism from Perry supporters about her appropriate criticism of him. Malkin disappoints me. I thought she was better than this

    • LuvGuvSP

      That’s disappointing to hear – I’ll have to go read this article you mention.

      It’s particularly disturbing because I think Governor Palin was pretty ‘careful’, or better yet very ‘concise’, in her comments regarding Hatch.

      I believe what the Governor emphasized most was to encourage the Tea Party embrace his EFFORTS (decades worth of efforts) for a balanced budget.

      My impression/take-away from from her Hatch comments was to focus on working with the good things and ideas of the people that are currently in congress and who can make a positive difference.

      Accentuate the positive, versus focusing energy on unseating Hatch or throwing the baby out with the bath water type of sentiment.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

        Well, I think we all need to get over this thing of expecting a politician to do everything the way we want it done.
        Politicians are a lot like husbands. You just hope to stay above average.

    • excopconservative

      It’s great to be ideological but you must also be realistic.  When elected Gov. Palin is going to need to have experienced legislators capable of writing legislation.  She can’t rely on people like Bachmann who hasn’t crafted any.  Hatch and Gramnesty are two of the best lawyers in the Senate and most experienced Republicans writing bills and although they will disagree on issues, she will need their support.  She is the one candidate who can get beyond ideology and get the backing of moderates and conservatives.

      • famouswolf

        Yeah. I am beginning to understand how she was so effective working with the Alaska legislature.

    • famouswolf

      She is off the mark. Not saying something bad about someone does not equate with full approval. Michelle just dislikes Hatch, and it worries her when any discussion of the man isn’t fully critical. You know, kind of like the majority of poster heres about obama. No big deal. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mrl-Tav/100001255710931 Mrl Tav

    I agree w/ you & Carney. He’s the foremost authority on the subject. His book Obamanomics is something everyone should take a look at. after you do you will agree that after decades of big corporate & big government collusion, the last thing we need is a leader who will continue to ride that merry go round.  -Mr.L

  • jeaneeinabottle

    That would be great right about now b/c I HAVE to go today and inject a vaccine into my 14yr old to go to HS, which I don’t want to do.  It should be up to us CA, PERIOD!

  • shootist MP

    Do States still require vaccination for Rubella, Smallpox, Mumps, Chicken Pox, Measles, et. al.?

    Why would another vaccine against a viral disease cause such pandemonium? I’m Right of the Khan, but I don’t see a problem beyond the problems inherent in any Government Mandate.

    The State certainly has the authority.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=590376767 Ralph Buttigieg

      Smallpox, Mumps etc. can be caught by children and have long tested vaccines. Gardisil was a new drug which was supposed to immunize girls from sexually transmitted diseases. Just what does Perry think  10 year old girls get up to in Texas?

      • Guest

        For Gardasil to be effective…it HAS to be given BEFORE a child becomes sexually active.  They are giving it to boys now, too.  HPPV is mostly carried by men and can be given to women without ANY knowledge to either partner.  HPPV in men has virtually zero symptoms. 

        • Guest

          And it takes almost a year to get the three shots, and hpv is so prevalent that even the vaccine creators recommend getting it before your twenties to limit other exposures to hpv (not just sexual ones) that would limit it’s effectiveness against the major strands that cause cancer and genital warts. 

          HPV actually can (due to the hundreds of strands) cause almost a half dozen types of cancers alone – including but not limited to tongue, penile, and the most well known, cervical; I’m not shocked to see adopted as states have often adopted vaccines against debilitating diseases.  What is shocking it’s the quick turn around while it’s still so expensive, and still in the early adoption phases.  That earns Gov. Perry more than a little side-eye.

        • LuvGuvSP

          Exactly.  Another issue/concern is that because it’s so new, there’s no way of REALLY knowing if there are any long-term effects.

          Keeping in mind that because Gardasil can be administered to mere children and it’s usually decade(s) later when these kids would be starting families, I wonder if this will cause fertility issues?  Could there be possible birth defects?

          What if there were fertility issues/birth defects later on?  Since children change doctors as they become adults and their files may not necessarily follow them – would anyone be able to pinpoint it to Gardasil shots administered 10+ years prior?  If so, how long would it take the collective medical community to figure this out, etc.? 

          I don’t know about you, but the older I get I have a hard time remembering what I did yesterday, let alone decades ago!

        • CBDenver

          What you are saying is not correct.  Gardasil is not effective if someone is already infected with HPV virus.  Saying that "is HAS to be given BEFORE a child becomes sexually active" implies that any sexual activity will expose one to HPV, which is absurd.

    • suehimel

      This disease is an STD.  It is not transmitted by being in the same room with someone, only by having sex.  And it has a price tag of $375  ($125 x 3).

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VNPT6E7XFDD4LACFSYYD23SNSY LS

        Wow–I never heard that about the cost of it!

        • Guest

          One of the reasons why it is (was) so expensive is because it is so new.  This isn’t a vaccine that has been around for over 50 years and is part of the shots you get as an infant. 

    • wodiej

      girls can avoid it by not having sex until they are old enough to make responsible choices.  It’s just another way to avoid parenting.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Norton/100002228997007 John Norton

        What ever happened to getting married first before Sex…?

        • MrsTerryJohnson

          After reading this whole thread- you are the only one who got it right. 

          It’s interesting how many people have opinions about HPV yet no one admitted to having it.  We’re no better then the info babes (who all have it).  Yes HPV is the "common cold" of the sexually transmitted disease world.  Yes I have it.  The symptoms can range any where form a failed pap smear to minor surgery (a cervical leap) to venerial warts, infertility, cancer, hysterectomy or death.  No, most men won’t have a single symptom.  Uncircumcised risk cancer of the penis.  My major symptom is infertility.

          Back in the early 80′s when I contracted it.  Planned Parenthood (those geniuses) had a "curiosity" about young girls who were engaging in sexual activity and coming down early with full cervial cancer and thus having hysterectomies.  Years later we know what it was. 

          Gardisill is a bandaid on terminal cancer.  With it you can "slow down" certain strains of the virus.  I don’t think it would be effective at all.  Kids today make our promescuity look like a walk in the park.  The only real solution is returning to respect for sex and marriage.  A return to real parenting. 

          PS: If you haven’t read Bristol’s book get it!  It’s not what you think!

      • Guest

        HPV is all over our environment; it is NOT just an std.

    • fb274

      Mereck had this drug on the market for a short period of time and did not let be know the devastating results of this vaccine.  Deaths, mental problems, other physical disabilities early on in the use of this vaccine was not publicized as it should have been.  Also, a Governor who ASSUMES all females from 6th grade through high school engage in sexual activities is not clear thinking.  The males also were not included in this mandate……just how is giving the vaccine to one gender and not the other will put this STD at rest.  Besides there was no guarantee the vaccine would be effective to subjects by the time they reached 25.

      Additionally, the selling to foreign entities the control of Texas Toll roads and he tried to get IS highways under same rule.  Eminent Domain was agreeable to Perry in paving the way for the Trans Texas Corridor—he heck w/property owner’s rights.  He has not given up on the sell-out to foreign entities on this subject either, as it is now offered in smaller parcels through back door methods.

      Don’t believe what you read about the greatness of Perry, do some research. 

      A Texan for Palin – 2012

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

        Yep, might falsely make young people think they are protected.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

      Not smallpox. Smallpox is believed to be eliminated. That was a scare after 9/11, that the terrorists might get access to some vials of small pox in a lab somewhere and reintroduce it.
      Yes, having been the person who had to check kids medical records, states require multiple immunizations. Almost all are air borne infectious diseases such as mumps and measles. Although kids usually get a tetunus shot with their shots because it’s combined with something else and pretty handy.
      The issue with Gardasil was that it is a sexually transmitted disease and that the vaccine was very new on the market. I would be furious if forced to vaccinate my 12 year old daughters against a sexually transmitted disease.
      When they got older, I encouraged them to consider getting it. But believe it or not, when my middle daughter said something to her doctor, he told her she didn’t need it. And even after she married, he still didn’t think she should get it. Haha. Maybe because my daughter is pretty hot and he figured my homely son in law wouldn’t dare cheat on her.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6R5PJ4AD7HZZB2CPVZ566AGFOU My OP

      Actually there is no law that parents have to immunize their kids. They say the schools require your kids to have the shots, but there are opt out provisions. They don’t want you to know about that though.

  • http://twitter.com/JD777 JD777

    Oops. You don’t suppose this will turn up in any campaign ads do you?

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/bank-americas-dead-drop-rick-perry-we-will-help-you-out

    • wodiej

      why do these politicians do this to themselves-are they stupid or just so arrogant to think no one will find out or care about their phony crap? 

    • AyePatriot

       EVERYONE – DON’T SKIP OVER THIS SHORT VIDEO.

      A rep from Bank of America slides next to Perry and in passing (so it doesn’t look like he’s telling him in his ear) "Bank of America – we will help you out" and Perry quickly says "Sure."

      It appears to me that he puts something in Perry’s hand as he walks by…but either way, you know who is funding this campaign.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Norton/100002228997007 John Norton

        Bunch of crooks that run BoA…Money laundering ect…

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6R5PJ4AD7HZZB2CPVZ566AGFOU My OP

          Yes, after all of the bail out money the crooks got of our tax dollars!!!! Sick!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6R5PJ4AD7HZZB2CPVZ566AGFOU My OP

      Thank you for the link. Yeah. They know Rick Perry is the man for their corporate crony deals.

      Somebody has just put the short version on YouTube just in case the evidence "disappears". It’s like a dope dealer passing off some crack to a junkie. This is sick. The Bank of America crony says to Rick Perry as he goes by, "Bank of America, we’ll help you out".

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1fRhb0awjAg

  • http://www.twitter.com/whitneypitcher Whitney Pitcher

    From an infectious disease standpoint/ ethical standpoint, you have to look at both kinds of vaccines in question.

    The HPV vaccine had only been released for a short period of time when Perry mandated, and it’s also a vaccination for a virus that is preventable from being contracted based upon a girl’s choices. It’s not right to mandate something like that as it makes assumptions about a young girl’s lifestyle, and it’s not a matter of what’s known as "herd immunity" which is the argument for requiring other vaccinations (measles, mumps, rubella etc). Herd immunity is the idea that if you vaccinated as many people as possible against a certain disease that will essentially eradicate the disease (e.g. polio) or majorly slow it’s spreading. The role of crony capitalism also indicates why this is wrong. It seems like Gov. Perry’s decision was based on what was best for his political pocketbook, rather than what was best for the young population of Texas.

    Chicken pox, compared to other infectious diseases, is relatively mild, though not enjoyable by any means. However, it is not one that lends itself to the herd immunity argument as it isn’t generally as debilitating an infection as some of the others that have required vaccines. There are also always questions regarding the adjuvants and other components of vaccines that have potential side effects and worries as well as the efficacy of the vaccine itself. Although the potential for autism to result from vaccines has essentially been disproved, there are other side effects that may give parents pause. For such an infection, leaving the decision in the hands of the parents is best. It allows them to weigh the benefits and risks for their children.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

      My girls had already had chicken pox when the vaccine became available, but it was when my son was that age. I really struggled with whether I should just let him do the chicken pox thing for a couple of days or get the shot. Shingles is a lot worse than chicken pox. And I also had a lot of foreign student friends who got chicken pox in college when they came over, as it’s somewhat an American disease. It was horrible. As adults it was terribly worse than any kid I knew with it. So I really feared him having delayed case of it. Whether the vaccine was truly lifetime.

      • http://www.twitter.com/whitneypitcher Whitney Pitcher

        Yep, shingles is a concern, but the chicken pox vaccine is so new, they haven’t had opportunity to fully study the effects of whether or not it would prevent shingles later in life. Would the chicken pox vaccine yield a great enough immune response to fight off the potential for shingles?

  • PalinIsGodsGift2USA

    The more people learn about Perry, the less they will support him.
    Whereas, the more the peeps learn about Palin, the more they will support her as the only feasible candidate to defeat Obama and lead the Restoration of America!!!
    Palin’s economic plan – cut tax rates and regulations and unleash the entrepreneurial spirit of Americans, etc.; and her energy plan – Drill Baby Drill!!!, etc. will get folks back to work and raise the opportunities and standard of living in America.
    Sarah Palin will bring genuine hope, not some phony baloney.
    Palin/Rubio!!!

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Norton/100002228997007 John Norton

      Amen PGG2….!

  • wodiej

    Merck Pharmaceuticals who manufactures the drug is also a Perry campaign contributor.  This action by Perry alone is enough to NOT want him leading our country.  Add to that he supports illegal immigration.  He is always bragging about how many jobs are being created in Texas.  I’d like to know how many illegal aliens are getting those jobs instead of real Americans.  ‘

    My biggest problem w this action by Perry is obviously overriding parental rights and an overreaching government mandate.  If anything, an initiative to make parents more aware of what the vaccine is for and the risks involved are more appropriate.  How about an initiative to ask parents to teach their girls to respect themselves and quit dressing like hookers.  It really is sad how many girls don’t have enough self esteem to think they are worthy of more than sex.

    • porttopalin

      With all the digging I’ve only been able to trace a $6k donation from Merck to the Perry campaign, but you have hit pay dirt. There’s a lot of crony capitalism that needs to be held into account. Additionally he used stimulus funds to cut his state’s deficit, but he never managed to balance the budget. Perry is a tax cutter, but not a budget cutter in the vernacular of Palin.
      http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304760604576428262897285614.html

  • porttopalin

    I think we all have to acknowledge the media pig pile on Perry is in full swoon … some of it warranted, some of it not. But corporatism and individual mandates are issues where Gov. Palin can step out and draw a line in the sand. It’s ironic Hatch was mentioned last night in light of the Obama regime’s backdoor policy on illegal immigration surfacing. Instead of deportation, more than 200,000 illegals will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Naturally Malkin would have a problem with Hatch since he was a big booster of the DREAM Act. But then so is Rick Perry. The pull quote from his 2001 address to Mexican officials…
     
    ‘We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, we don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.’
     
    Some say his legislation in Texas inspired the DREAM Act. Of course now he’s come against national DREAM Act, but continues to defend his support for in-state tuition. That posture is akin to Romney arguing the 10th amendment for health care mandates. But Palin was right to support Hatch. He’s been a leader on the balance budget amendment and he’s never disappointed on the judicial committee. If Mark Levin endorses Senator Hatch that’s good enough for me. You can’t agree on every vote he may cast, but he’s rock solid.

    • MarkRNY

      Well said.

  • WilliamShipley

    I am a major believer in vaccinations, they work so well that there is a trend against them because we have forgotten what it’s like not to have them.  Gardisil looks pretty good, and we shouldn’t rally against the vaccination just because we don’t like the mandate.  The mandate was clearly premature, and possibly inappropriate due to the nature of the infections.

    • http://www.twitter.com/whitneypitcher Whitney Pitcher

       I agree that the vaccine isn’t completely bad in and of itself. However, the prematurity, the mandate (i.e. the removal of decision making from the parents),  the assumption of a young girl’s behavior, and Perry’s crony capitalism are bad issues attached to this discussion. If a parent wants their daughter to have the vaccine, that’s fine. It’s the mandate and Perry’s reasoning that are in essence wrong.

      • MarkRNY

        "the assumption of a young girl’s behavior"

        It was important that you brought this out Whitney. This is the "They’re going to do it anyway" attitude that the Left pushes and too many parents buy into. It’s the least line of resistance mode in full swing.

        On top of this being crony capitalism at its most brazen, most Christians have been fighting this "They’re going to do it anyway" mantra for decades. What does this do to Perry’s cred with Evangelicals and Catholics? Like the Left, this assumes that they’re "fanatics" and rubes who the government has every right to overrule. Add this to the mix!

        This is an across the board disaster for Perry. It’s the issue that can ruin him the quickest imo.

        Great/important piece Stacy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Norton/100002228997007 John Norton

        Whenever the Govt. mandates anything they have overstepped…!

    • BoxHead1

      Mike Toomey, Perry’s former chief of staff, was one of only 3 TX lobbyists working for Merck.That is not a coincidence IMHO. Mixing up mandated vaccinations with cronyism is about as bad as it gets.

      • MarkRNY

        Even Ingraham was hitting this hard at the time–in her pre-BOR years.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QD2LDVA2DQZ4P2M3BRDZLUOU4M Vicki

      I remember having the measles. It was horrible.

      • $8196935

        You are correct Vicki about the infectious disease issues and schools.When kids before 1980  had their MM&Rs, the measle virus was dead inthe immunization before that was later changed to live virus.

        There were epidemics of Measles around 1980.
        In my early 30s I contrarcted Measles.  This was not amusing

        Now the problem is whooping cough  and schools here are requiringstudens to be vaccinated and a small per cent are balking at this.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/John-Norton/100002228997007 John Norton

      Have You ever ben shot up with that stuff…?????

    • cherich

      There are many side effects. I did a fair amount of research on the drug. There are 25 strains of HPV – Gardisil only prevents two.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WWFTUCBOPWNF5NAZKRWWH22BDA Blackwater

      Read what an expert in the field says about the dangers of Gardsil

      http://www.offtheradar.co.nz/vaccines/53-researcher-diane-harper-blasts-gardasil-hpv-marketing.html

      BTW, the injections themselves aren’t the only point here. It’s the overreach of government. Growing the nanny state.

      It’s Rick Perry once again usurping the Texas Constitution with an executive order, and the crony capitalism involved. Perry’s Chief-of-Staff, lobbied for Merck and the CoC’s mother-in-law, Dianne White-Delisis works for a foundation funded by Merck. Big money changed hands with this deal.

      See, this is the real problem with Rick Perry, he does not respect the rule of law. The Texas governor is one of the weakest in the country. Much like Obama, Perry gets around all of this by issuing executive orders and through intimidation.

      We put up with him here because our legislature, and our citizens watch him like a hawk watches chickens. That wouldn’t happen in DC and Perry would run wild.

      No way this man is fit to sit in the Oval Office.

      There’s a reason why he has multiple primary challengers each election cycle.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6R5PJ4AD7HZZB2CPVZ566AGFOU My OP

      Oops. I hit the wrong button. I clicked the "like" button by mistake. I don’t agree with what you said. Gardasil has maimed and killed young girls and women all over the globe. YouTube has a multitude of testimony videos about this.

      By the way, what on earth do little girls need a vaccine for cervical cancer and genital warts for? While cancer is rampant, it doesn’t mean that everyone will get it. Also, many people choose to use alternative medicine or treatment should they get cancer. Cancer is a big boogey man that these cancer industry scare people with.

      The bottom line is that Rick Perry tried to FORCE this drug on children for financial gain. When he was opposed. He didn’t relent. The legislature had to stop him. Then now since he’s running for president and pimping for votes, he’s questioned about it and he lies about what truly happened. Rick Perry is BAD, BAD news.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devildog6771 Brenda Ramos

    -In my opinion, Palin represents the ideals we all held dear when this country was founded. She has managed to re-spark that feeling in people all over the country. No candidate in the Republican party has the impact, drive, and down home patriotism and respect for our Republic and our Constitution. She will hold her ground and she is not able to be bought off. Why do you think both the Democrats and Republicans are afraid of her. She can blow them all out of the water and they know it!

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