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In stump speech in Deerfield, Perry pushes for new tax policy, local control of education

Last modified: 5/8/2015 12:51:02 AM
Ben Waniski’s red-white-and-blue 1982 Harley-Davidson motorcycle runs just fine, but the thing it represents needs some work, he says.

Follow the custom paint job from front to back, and you’ll understand. White stars on a blue background give way to red-and-white stripes – then the license plate says the rest: “BROKN.”

“It’s the American flag, and it’s broken,” the Deerfield man said of the motorcycle he’s had for a year and a half.

Outside the 9 Lions Tavern in Deerfield yesterday, former Texas governor Rick Perry was the first person to sign Waniski’s motorcycle. He wrote “FIX IT” and penned his signature with a Sharpie.

In one of three stops in the state yesterday, Perry attended a meet-and-greet event in Deerfield with Yvonne Dean-Bailey, the 19-year-old candidate for state representative in Rockingham County’s 32nd district.

At a town hall-style event at the restaurant, he gave a stump speech – saying he’ll make a decision on whether to run for president in the next 30 days – and backed Dean-Bailey in the special election for Candia, Deerfield, Nottingham and Northwood that will be decided May 19.

Perry referenced a Bible story and told Dean-Bailey, “Don’t be ashamed of your youth,” while arguing that young people everywhere should find their passions and get involved.

“I think it would be a wise thing that men and women in Concord hear from someone that understands economics, that understands economic development, that understands that we need jobs up here in this part of the country,” he said, talking about Dean-Bailey.

In his remarks about the United States at large, Perry said the way to improve the economy and create jobs “is to have a tax policy that leaves job creators with more of what they work for, have a regulatory climate that’s fair and predictable, a legal system that doesn’t allow for over-suing and have a skilled workforce,” which he said would be achieved only through local control of education.

He said those are the principles he followed as governor of Texas, which he said created 1.5 million net new jobs between 2007 and 2014 while the rest of the country combined lost 400,000 jobs.

The federal government, he said, should be chiefly concerned with standing a strong military and securing the border.

Perry argued the federal Department of Education should be “a repository of best practices” only, and the Department of Energy should be absorbed back into the Department of Defense.

He said his experiences as governor and the successes his state has seen could be applied at the federal scale.

“This isn’t theory. This isn’t walking onto the floor and giving a speech. We’ve done this. This is results. And we can do this for this country,” he said.

Perry said he remains optimistic about the future of the U.S.

“We’re a few good decisions away – and a leadership change at the top – from the best days this country’s ever had,” he said.

Although he was happy to have Perry’s signature on his motorcycle, Waniski said he wasn’t sure yet for whom he was going to vote. He said Perry’s experience in the military appealed to him, and Perry gave him the impression that he could be a strong president.


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