I hear the same crap...lie after lie told about Rick Perry. So here is the compendium so far. Every lie debunked and sourced. 1. The lie - Rick Perry threatened to secede.The Truth - Politifact says "FALSE" Here is the source - PolitiFact Texas | Bill White says Rick Perry threatened to secede. . . . 2. The lie - Economic job growth in Texas was dependent on stimulus money and defense contracts...IOW Government Spending.The Truth - Texas has created more jobs in the last year than the other 49 states combined. They all got stimulus money. They all receive a share of defense spending. When you look at the last government report on the subject of Federal Government spending by state...the Consolidated Federal Funds Report for Fiscal Year 2009, which is the most recent report that the Census Bureau has released... Texas is close to the bottom...like 42 out of 50. Here is the source: The States Where America Spends The Most (And The Least) Per Person - 24/7 Wall St. . . . . . 3. The misleading statement - Rick Perry raised taxes. The Truth - Texas has no income tax. Zero. Zip. Zilch. The taxes that were raised: The Legislature added a 2% tax on the retail sale of fireworks. The Legislature added a tax of 1% on the purchase or rental of diesel equipment. The Legislature made "tweaks" in the emissions reduction fund to bring in more money. (nothing about a tax) There was a net tax decrease in 2006, where some taxes were raised and others lowered. And some other mamby pamby stuff. Politifact is the source: PolitiFact Texas | Gov. Rick Perry says he has a track record of not raising taxes . . . . 4. The misleading statement - Perry doubled the debt in Texas. The truth - While technically true...the reason for the increase in debt makes the statement missleading. According to Politifact: "It turns out that transportation is responsible for most of the added debt load under Perry, increasing from basically nothing in 2000 to $11.8 billion outstanding as of Aug. 31 2009. That's because before 2001, the Texas Department of Transportation lacked the authority to borrow money to pay for road projects. Voters gave it that power in 2001 when they approved a constitutional amendment that Perry supported." PolitiFact Texas | White says Texas debt has doubled under Perry . . . . 5. The lie - Rick Perry executed an innocent man The truth - The most cursory investigation proves Rick Perry COULD NOT POSSIBLY have commuted Willingham's death sentence. Cameron Todd Willingham was a Texas man whose three young children died in a 1991 fire at the family home in Corsicana, Texas. Willingham, accused of having set the fire, was convicted of murder and was executed in 2004. Shortly before the execution and after several years of unsuccessful appeals, an arson expert, Gerald Hurst, filed a report advising the 7-member Board of Pardons and Paroles that the investigation of the case had not been based on good science and that there was no proof of arson, but the Board of Pardons and Paroles declined to recommend clemency to the governor. Rick Perry - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia --------------------------------------------------Board of Pardons and Paroles In addition, a defendant may also appeal to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles (a division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice) for commutation of the [death] sentence. The Board, after hearing testimony, decides whether or not to recommend commutation to the Governor of Texas. The Governor can accept or reject a positive recommendation of commutation, but has no power to override a negative recommendation.Capital punishment in Texas - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . . . . 6. The lie - Rick Perry doesn't believe in global warming science.The Truth - Rick Perry doesn't believe MAN MADE global warming is proven science."We're seeing it almost weekly or almost daily, scientists who are coming forward and questioning the original idea that man-made global warming is what is causing the climate to change," the Texas governor added. Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories...#ixzz1VGtEQXK0. . . .