TX Gov. Rick Perry’s record will need some explaining

Pundits from the left and right agree on CNN that Gov. Rick Perry’s record in Texas will need some explaining.

While touting job creation accomplishments, Rick Perry hasn’t pointed to the fact that over a third of jobs created in Texas recently pay minimum wage or lower, which results in almost poverty level income.

Texas is the biggest polluter in the country, leading the nation in carbon dioxide emissions.

Rick Perry also proposed letting states opt out of Social Security and Medicare, programs very popular with a large part of the nation.

Perry is a strong proponent of Texas’s anti-sodomy law that was struck down in 2003 by the Supreme Court in Lawrence v. Texas. Calling the law “appropriate,” Perry dismissed the Court decision. Even after being struck down, Perry supports the Texas legislature’s refusal to remove the law from its books.

Last year, Perry claimed that “Texas has the best health care in the country.” In reality, Texas has the highest rate of uninsured residents of any state.

It will be interesting to hear Gov. Perry extoll those virtues as he campaigns for the GOP nomination.