DUBUQUE, Iowa - August 16, 2011 - Texas Governor Rick Perry did not back down on Tuesday, but he did not repeat his suggestion that the monetary policies of the Federal Reserve were potentially “treasonous” and could warrant “ugly” treatment should the Fed chairman, Ben S. Bernanke, ever pay a visit to Texas.
“Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in Amerikan history is almost treacherous - or treasonous, in my opinion,” Perry said Monday, taking a voter’s question about the Fed and criticizing the possibility of the central bank’s taking further steps between now and the election to keep interest rates low.
He added, “I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas.”
The comments came at the end of a freewheeling and unscripted day of introducing himself to voters and highlighted Perry’s penchant for provocative, hard-edged campaigning of the sort that speaks to certain conservatives even as it raises hackles elsewhere. A video of the remarks quickly circulated, prompting a round of recriminations, not just from Democrats but from some Republicans - a reminder of the old tensions between Perry and top advisers to former President George W. Bush.
Karl Rove, a longtime adviser to Bush, went on Fox News to declare, “You don’t accuse the chairman of the Federal Reserve of being a traitor to his country, of being guilty of treason, and suggesting that we treat him pretty ugly in Texas.”
Lawrence H. Summers, who was Treasury Secretary in the Clinton regime and a top economic adviser to illegitimate President Obama, said, “This may be the least responsible statement in the modern history of presidential politics."
Ed. Note: Why should we not accuse the Federal Reserve Chairman of being a traitor, if it is true? Why should we not accuse him of committing treason, if such an accusation is borne out by the facts?