Rick Perry was right. Nails a good idea.

When Texas Governor and GOP Presidential hopeful Rick Perry

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sticks his foot in his mouth he manages to include everything from toes to heel. His gaffes and awkwardness on the debate stage have made him look more like a buffoon than the highly successful three term Governor of our nations 2nd largest state. But Saturday in the CBS debate he let rip an idea whose time has come. A foreign aid budget that starts at zero every year and requires any nation, including Israel, to make their case for that which the United States gives them.

The United States gave somewhere in the neighborhood of $26-billion in foreign aid this year. And they’ll give more next year. Such is the nature of Washington. Increases are just done; period. No reason…just because. Israel is the largest recipient at over $3.1-billion; Egypt gets over $1.5- billion. The payoffs to these two countries coming as a result of the

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Camp David Accords of the Jimmy Carter presidency. Essentially we’re paying these two rich countries not to fight one another.

Interesting that our next door neighbor, Mexico, gets only $300-million dollars in Federal aid though they’re a poor nation with lots of people shooting at one another.

But Perry’s point was seconded by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich

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who probably did a better job of explaining Perry’s idea than did Perry.

The best example of why we should ask countries to come in every year and make their case for what foreign aid we provide is Pakistan. This Muslim Country on the Indian Ocean gets nearly a billion dollars a year of our hard-earned and hard paid tax dollars. And yet, they harbor terrorists that kill Americans. “Come back next year, Pakistan”, is what I’d say. You want more money earn it. Otherwise “kiss my budget”.

Foreign aid only amounts to 1% of the Federal budget. But when we’re trying to cut expenses and aide to fellow Americans is being slashed drastically, foreign nations, especially those who don’t like us much, can wait in the back of the line.

And while we’re on the subject, why not start at a zero sum budget for MOST of our Federal programs? It’s our money. We should decide how we spend it, and not let that decision be based solely on what someone else started years ago.

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Poor Rick Perry. No silver foot but he seems to keep putting something in his mouth.

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Last night Perry had no answer.

And you thought Rick Perry couldn’t get any worse. You thought his awkward, stumbling, bumbling debate performances in September and October were pretty bad. They were the primary reason for his rapid decline in the GOP Presidential nomination polls. And then…there was last night when Perry pulls off a gaffe of such historical proportions that it will be played again and again on tv and the internet as long as they have Presidential debates.

Remember Lloyd Benson‘s bitch slap of the weak and smallish looking Dan Quayle in the 1988 Vice Presidential debates? Quayle’s image and reputation never recovered. Do you remember Ronald Reagan dismissing Jimmy Carter so easily and classically dismissing the President, Jimmy Carter, in a 1980 debate by simply saying, “There you go again”. My favorite is when Reagan was debating Mondale in 1984 and he dissed Mondale’s age and inexperience when the question to him was about his advanced years. It was brilliant.

Last night’s Perry blow-up may not rise to the level of those and other memorable debate moments for the simple reason that last nights was just a party primary debate two months primary to the first official vote being cast and because Perry is soon to become an afterthought in the Presidential Primary elections of 2012. If you didn’t see it Perry was enunciating his own economic plan and listing the three Federal Government cabinet level offices he was intending to eliminate. He quickly named Education, and Commerce then blanked completely on the third. He hemmed and hawed for a few minutes. He plaintively looked at Ron Paul, seemingly for assistance. Then finally gave up. The moderator was proper and incredulous in asking him “You can’t remember the three offices you want to close?” (Or words to that effect); and after feebly trying to come up with it one more time Perry admitted, “No I can’t. I’m Sorry. Oops”.

Three months ago I was eager for the man who had led Texas for over ten years and presided over the largest job growth amongst the states during the course of our deep recession to come into the Republican Presidential race. Now, I can’t imagine voting for him. It disappoints me because the list of who I would consider voting for is quickly diminishing.

I won’t vote for Bachmann, Cain, or Paul because they are either unqualified, nutty, or both. Rick Santorum couldn’t even win his latest election in his own state of Pennsylvania; besides he is seemingly so snotty. That leaves Romney, Huntsman, Gingrich and Perry. Ahh….Perry? No. That leaves Romney, Gingrich and Huntsman. Jon Huntsman isn’t going anywhere. Though I do believe he deserve consideration. He’s accomplished, knowledgable, and likable in many ways. I don’t understand why he is absolutely dead in the polls. Gingrich is GREAT! Yes I believe he is great. He’s utterly brilliant. I believe in most of his policies. And he’ll probably get my vote. But he has so much baggage, real dark and dirty baggage too? Personal stuff that is quite unattractive. But I guess he’s gonna get my vote because Romney says and does all the right things, NOW. But he seems to be too much the Republican version of Bill Clinton. Too slick, too wishy washy. I can’t trust him.

Still it’s very, very early and Perry has a fine record as Governor so I’m hoping he can somehow redeem himself. I leave room for having my mind changed again.

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