Perry, speaking at a town hall meeting in the small town of Conway, told the audience Texas should be the model for job creation in the US. His comments come despite the fact the state is tied with Mississippi for the highest number of workers earning minimum wage or less. In 2010, there were some 550,000 Texans, 9.5 percent of hourly paid workers in the state, earning $7.25 an hour or less. The staggering number was up 16 percent from figures for 2009.
The small crowd of about 400 was reported as “standing-room-only” by the Houston Chronicle
. Perry, sitting onstage in an easy chair at Horry-Georgetown Technical College, took questions from the audience for about an hour.
Again sending early signals on what he will do as president, Perry said: “I'll tell you one thing: The EPA officials we have an opportunity to put in place, they're going to be pro-business, and there's not going to be any apologies to anybody about it,” the Chronicle
reports. Continuing with the same style of fire
which recently landed him in hot water after threatening Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke, Perry added: “Those agencies won't know what hit 'em.”
The presidential hopeful, who managed to earn a “D” in his college economics
course, told his audience not to worry about Social Security. “No matter where you are in America, if you're already getting your Social Security or are approaching that age, you've made a lot of decisions about retirement. You have no worries at all about your current Social Security,” he added.
Wednesday, on Good Morning America
, Karl Rove pointed out Perry’s book, “Fed Up!” in which Perry wrote Social Security is “by far the best example: of a program “violently tossing aside any respect for our founding principles,” Think Progress
reports. Rove called Perry’s stance on SS as “toxic.”
Looking beyond Perry’s politics, Judy Groskupf, a retiree from Murrell Inlet, SC, said of Perry’s town hall meeting: “I thought he was wonderful. He was sincere, he was down to earth - plus, he’s easy on the eyes,” according to the Chronicle.