• 16 Aug 2011 at 8:53 AM

This Is A Thing Rick Perry Said About Ben Bernanke

“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I dunno what y’all would do to him in Iowa but we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treasonous in my opinion.”
[via BI]

If those sound like fighting words, Ben, don’t take it personally. Apparently someone’s campaign heard from focus groups that “it takes balls to execute an innocent man,” and you were the first guy he could think of.

Rick Perry Accuses Ben Bernanke Of Treason [The Atlantic]

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  1. Posted by guest | August 16, 2011 at 9:10 AM

    (from L-R starting with Rick): Yes, yes, HELL YES, maybe, yes.

  2. Posted by Confucius | August 16, 2011 at 9:15 AM

    Bess, thought for sure we'd be treated to a "light treason" clip from Arrested, or at a minimum a tag

  3. Posted by guest | August 16, 2011 at 9:20 AM

    refer yourself to the tag: is "almost treason" kind of like "light treason"?

  4. Posted by GUESST | August 16, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    please dont get elected

  5. Posted by Confucius | August 16, 2011 at 9:23 AM

    Obviously this blue part here is the land

  6. Posted by Dr_Rosenrose | August 16, 2011 at 9:24 AM

    Back to the Future 3 > QE3 > George Bush 3

  7. Posted by Confucius | August 16, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Just for the record, that tag was added after I commented

  8. Posted by 203203 | August 16, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Nope.

  9. Posted by GentlemanTrader | August 16, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    I love that the "thought leaders" of the republican party include a corn dog fellating tea partier, an illiterate white trash reality TV star, and a texan who carries a gun with him while walking the dog.

    what an embarassing time to call oneself a republican…

  10. Posted by wannabe | August 16, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    yes, violence against Republican appointed Bernanke. Sounds…logical.

  11. Posted by George the Second | August 16, 2011 at 9:37 AM

    Strategery

  12. Posted by ETFDude | August 16, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Seems perfectly electable to me.

    -Guy who voted mccain in the last primaries

  13. Posted by VonSloneker | August 16, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    You said it brother

    -Kinky Friedman (or all of Hollywood)

  14. Posted by Gst | August 16, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Prefer them to a Al Sharpton version 2.1

  15. Posted by DingALing | August 16, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    And the search for a strong republican candidate continues….

  16. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 9:50 AM

    Please don't compare McCain to this moron.

  17. Posted by 203203 | August 16, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    I know it's obvious from your comment but it still needs to be stated: you're a moron.

  18. Posted by HuffPost | August 16, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    Pardon? I believe Obama is probably the best Republican candidate in the field at the moment.

  19. Posted by serious question | August 16, 2011 at 9:52 AM

    what's it like having shit where your brain should be?

  20. Posted by Oh well | August 16, 2011 at 10:00 AM

    I vaguely knew of Rick Perry and wondered if he would be a viable candidate. He just answered my question. Next….

  21. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Sadly "strong" is a bit of a reach – may have to settle for a GOP candidate with brain stem connnected to spinal cord – have yet to see one-

  22. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 10:06 AM

    You mean the guy we didn't vote for? Cause I wanted to vote for the dude who never had a real job in his life (just like W).

  23. Posted by ShortNaked | August 16, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    At least his daughter makes good music.

  24. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    I'm still alive.

    – Bob Dole

  25. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Yes, experience is key.

    -B. Obama, Community Organizer

  26. Posted by WarnerBrothersLied | August 16, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    "texan" and "who carries a gun with him while walking the dog" is redundant.

  27. Posted by The Truth | August 16, 2011 at 10:17 AM

    In Iowa we'd treat him like a hero since more QE = higher oil prices = ethanol bitches!

  28. Posted by Zsa Zsa Gabor | August 16, 2011 at 10:23 AM

    Who knew?

  29. Posted by E. Texas Gas Trader | August 16, 2011 at 10:25 AM

    "Treason"? I'll tell you what treason is. Treason is when the city of Houston started enforcing the "no touch" rule at the Gold Cup. If you think gas traders whine about interruptible deals, you should hear them belly-ache about the no touch rule!

  30. Posted by Dr_Rosenrose | August 16, 2011 at 10:29 AM

    And for the record, didn't this asshole bring up the idea of Texas seceding a few years ago?? So printing money to keep rates low to stimulate the economy (whether or not it works) IS treason, but bailing on the country IS NOT treason. Got it. Thanks Ricky.

  31. Posted by Confucious | August 16, 2011 at 10:30 AM

    Dude, stop it. You are not the real Confucious. You are giving me a bad name.

    – Confucious (the real one)

  32. Posted by Jerry Jones | August 16, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    First of all, and let me be clear, we, uh, have been together on matters pertaining to where, uh, we are in that on the top of the overarching concavity of interests pertaining ot tthe inference that we, uh, might be where we were last year in that , and yes, that while we are nearly in, uh, complete agreement in that regard as it affects, literally, uh, the idea that as a team, you see,while we're there , we're not really there in some regards to what is now in place that was started last year in advance of several trips to the SuperBowl as a team.

  33. Posted by early_hominid | August 16, 2011 at 10:40 AM

    Some see fellating a corn dog as an embarassment, but I see a winning campaign ad promoting Bachmann's willingness to take on hard challenges. Or that she is hard on challenges. Either way.

  34. Posted by HuffPost Super User | August 16, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    All across the progressive blogosphere, the signal has gone forth: a new challenger to The One has arisen, and must be vanquished! While The One can conquer his enemies on his own with only the powers of his voice and his teleprompter, surely he must be grateful to the countless anonymous minions who scurry to the blogs to make wild generalizations about people who live in places where buildings do not obstruct the sun, who make stupid and thoroughly unoriginal jokes about politicians so bad even George Lopez would be embarrassed, and who repeatedly invoke the horrors of having a President that makes them embarrassed to be from the U.S. when backpacking through Europe. Granted, no one will ever read any of the countless posts in question, but surely The One must be grateful for his countless waterboys keeping the team well hydrated.

  35. Posted by Socratic Method | August 16, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    Still not too late for Trump to get back in!

  36. Posted by GentlemanTrader | August 16, 2011 at 10:46 AM

    i understand your sentiment, but posting that comment for 137 consecutive days wont make it any funnier.

  37. Posted by N.A.S. Keflavik boi | August 16, 2011 at 10:52 AM

    Shameless attempt by a neo-con crony-capitalist interventionist to lure away Ron Paul supporters. If elected, Perry would probably wind up keeping Helicopter Ben on the job. In fact, he'd wind up prayin' for QE >infinity. Total fraud.

  38. Posted by blanal | August 16, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    No touch at the gold cup? Thads ok cuz one bill will get u half n half at Treasures nowadays :D

  39. Posted by La Flama Blanca | August 16, 2011 at 10:59 AM

    These are the hard realities, guys. Life is not a fairy tale, although sometimes it feels like our world is full of fairies…

    Powers/Janowski '12

  40. Posted by tim riggins | August 16, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    Didn't we learn, no more Texans?

  41. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Whoop!

    -Dumbass Aggie

  42. Posted by M.D. | August 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    It looks like we got ourselves a severe case of 'Cowboy Boot In the Mouth' disease. The prognosis does not look good.
    -MD (the real kind)

  43. Posted by RealALT_est | August 16, 2011 at 11:05 AM

    No, actually he didn't, but thanks for playing. Idiot.

  44. Posted by RealALT_est | August 16, 2011 at 11:08 AM

    Glad to see 'Get out there and hit them twice as hard' from President Downgrade to the Union Thugs is not 'threatening,' but disagreeing with teh Bernank is. Got it, now go back to MorOn.Org.

  45. Posted by Non-Entity HF Mngr | August 16, 2011 at 11:11 AM

    I just don't think he knows what "printing money" actually means…

  46. Posted by Hungry Intern | August 16, 2011 at 11:13 AM

    and people said I was extreme.
    – Ron Paul '12

  47. Posted by chillwavved | August 16, 2011 at 11:18 AM
  48. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 11:25 AM

    So is he from Texas? Doesn't look Mexican.

  49. Posted by early_hominid | August 16, 2011 at 11:27 AM

    Just so you know, none of the rest of us can hear those voices inside your head.

  50. Posted by Guest MD's VP | August 16, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    Not sure if you're bragging or pleading poverty, either way still an asshole

  51. Posted by Gundlach | August 16, 2011 at 11:43 AM

    I'm hear for the party! Oh, this is a 'backyard' party. I'm out.

  52. Posted by guest | August 16, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Tell me, at MorOn.org do they teach you about the difference between disagreeing with someone like an adult and suggesting you'd like to execute them?

  53. Posted by 203203 | August 16, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Please never leave zero hedge/clusterstock again.

  54. Posted by trojan_ | August 16, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    All hat and no cattle.

  55. Posted by Texashedge | August 16, 2011 at 11:53 AM

    QE3 = FOMC buys treasurys with printed money. He should like this because it would mean higher oil prices.

  56. Posted by Texashedge | August 16, 2011 at 11:58 AM

    'Lap dances have been declared illegal in the city of Houston, Texas, or as I like to call it…Nazi Germany!'
    -NM

  57. Posted by PermaGuestII | August 16, 2011 at 12:13 PM

    I see nothing wrong with this.

    -Huey P. Long

  58. Posted by PermaGuestII | August 16, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    Ayep.

  59. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 12:22 PM

    This is almost as pompous as Barry claiming he reversed the recession.

  60. Posted by PermaGuestII | August 16, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Anyone know the phone number for Drumthwacket?

  61. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 12:27 PM

    Rick Perry is awesome! Will be nice when Obama is out of office and we have a real President!

    Never thought I would say this but Carter>Obama

  62. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 12:42 PM

    jfc. where do all you come from?

  63. Posted by R. Perry | August 16, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Reeeeeee…Reeeeeee…Reeeeeee… Squeal like a pig for me, Ivy League!

  64. Posted by CurrencyTrader | August 16, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Normally I'd tell you to kill yourself but I know you are dead inside anyways.

  65. Posted by pazzo83 | August 16, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Good : Your Post :: Moral : B. Madoff

  66. Posted by Murph the Surf | August 16, 2011 at 1:01 PM

    What a joke. This guy looks like Barbara Bush fucked Josh Brolin and the best part ran down her leg. When the Republicans play political brinkmanship with our economy and then make ridiculous comments like this it shows what the GOP has become. After 30 years as a registered Republican I switched to the Democratic Party in 2008. Thank Christ.

  67. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    +1/2 for the first sentence.

  68. Posted by Bating, of course. | August 16, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Going full retard to get ahead of the republican pack is the nki in Americano del Norte politics.

  69. Posted by President Gasparino | August 16, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    I've decided to throw my hat in the ring for the Republican nomination. My platform is simple: All our economic woes can be solved through outbursts of shouting and rigorous workouts.

  70. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Wow – looks like the Obama trolls have discovered dealbreaker !

  71. Posted by FKApmco | August 16, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    Perry can get more corn dog in his mouth that Bachmann can…that's gotta mean something, amiright?
    http://www.hotair.com/greenroom/archives/2011/08/16/rick...

  72. Posted by CurrencyTrader | August 16, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    When are you going to reveal to all these back office thugs that drool over that you are actually a 47 year old man living in Bakersfield, CA using the wifi in a local arbys.

    My quant team has run the numbers, the problem is the quant team fudged the numbers because they were all trying to get in your artificial pants.

  73. Posted by Hidden Valley | August 16, 2011 at 1:25 PM

    republican party = ranch dressing party

  74. Posted by pazzo83 | August 16, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Oh man, I get it!! Hidden Valley… ranch dressing!

    Now go kill yourself.

  75. Posted by guest | August 16, 2011 at 1:32 PM

    Got my vote

    -J Loughner

  76. Posted by Merchant Refugee | August 16, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    You actually voted for BHO? Hope you are proud of that decision.

  77. Posted by mmcubed | August 16, 2011 at 1:41 PM

    I guess Perry forgot his buddy Bush (5k+ US soldiers dead and still counting) appointed Bernanke boy. Yet another genius from TX on his way.

  78. Posted by Gundlach | August 16, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Kettle, meet Black.

  79. Posted by Gundlach | August 16, 2011 at 1:43 PM

    Are you looking to out do Bachmann?

  80. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 1:50 PM

    Yeah – Bush and Perry as such good friend that Bush recruited Senator KBH to run against him in the primary. FYI – Perry crushed her!

    Now that you know that fact – go jump off a really high bridge! Preferably one with shallow water underneath.

  81. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 1:59 PM

    I was just thinking that this sounded more like Daily Kos than Dealbreaker.

  82. Posted by Dr. Guest | August 16, 2011 at 2:01 PM

    So was 2008 when you finally discovered you were born with female anatomy?

  83. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    I believe the correct insult would be:

    "the best part of [him] ran down the crack of [his] mama's ass and ended up as a brown stain on the mattress."

  84. Posted by FKApmco | August 16, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    I live in NY, CT…you know that.

  85. Posted by FKApmco | August 16, 2011 at 2:20 PM

    No contest….blindfolded with both arms tied behind my back….catch my drift?

  86. Posted by Gundlach | August 16, 2011 at 2:31 PM

    If you catch first, I'll return the favor. Meet me at ReUnion Bar. I'll be holding a Washington Apple and have 'X' on my hand

  87. Posted by Murph the Surf | August 16, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    After 30 years on Wall Street and voting for Bush twice I finally came to my senses. You guys are on the wrong side of history. Now go get your shine box.

  88. Posted by PermaGuestII | August 16, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    You gotta problem with me?
    -W., Yale '68

  89. Posted by Murph the Surf | August 16, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    No, it was when your father sucked my cock in Penn Station. You pole smoking Wall Street motherfucker. Go back to trolling the mens room at Ulysses.

  90. Posted by Ghost of Nixon | August 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    You're a Republican for God's sake! Stop campaigning in trailer parks, with above ground pools. Doesn't Iowa have a country club you could go to? Have some pride man!

  91. Posted by Murph the Surf | August 16, 2011 at 2:40 PM

    Mastur of course. Pussy.

  92. Posted by GentlemanTrader | August 16, 2011 at 3:06 PM

    Lockbox

    -A. Gore

  93. Posted by PermaGuestII | August 16, 2011 at 3:21 PM

    Looks like someone picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue.

  94. Posted by Louis Winthorpe III | August 16, 2011 at 3:27 PM

    Love it.

    354 Stockton Street
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  95. Posted by Murph the Surf | August 16, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    We'll be coming for all you Wall Street fags soon enough. When we get done the Uk will look like a stroll around the park with George Michael.

  96. Posted by Rahodeb | August 16, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    Country Club? In Iowa? Come on.

  97. Posted by JFraley | August 16, 2011 at 3:55 PM

    The reason all you liberals are saying such bad things about Rick Perry is because you are afraid of him. Just like Sara Palin and anyone who stands up for what is right. What you are doing is helping them because of your ignorance. Keep up the good work. Always vote for the ones the liberals are bashing. They just can't figure it out. Go Rick Perry!!!

  98. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 4:05 PM

    Going to fun watching the liberals cry like little girls when the false messiah loses to Rick Perry next year.

  99. Posted by Jimmy | August 16, 2011 at 4:27 PM

    RIght, except that Sarah Palin is a fucking retard.

    -Person who insists the president graduate from one actual college with one actual degree. Something about University of Hawaii at Hilo/Hawaii Pacific University/North Idaho Community College/University of Idaho/Matanuska-Susitna College/University of Idaho route to a journalism degree doesn't sit right with me.

  100. Posted by PermaGuestII | August 16, 2011 at 4:38 PM

    You mean like a B.A. from Yale? Or an LL.M. from William & Mary?

  101. Posted by Guest | August 16, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Glad to see that "After 30 years as a registered Republican I switched to the Democratic Party in 2008. Thank Christ." was just a troll. Here I was worried that an asshole like you had actually made enough money to become a limousine liberal hypocrite.

    Keep your head up princess, I'm sure those Tibetan new media internships will pay off someday.

  102. Posted by Jimmy | August 16, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    I mean, it's better than the O.W. Coburn School of Law at Oral Roberts University.

  103. Posted by Last Man Standing | August 16, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    or paint thinners

  104. Posted by Dr. Guest | August 16, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Nope, Murph is just on her period. Must be a heavy flow day.

  105. Posted by Steel Reserve 40oz | August 16, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    I'm a republican and have to say Perry's comment is one of the most asinine things I've heard lately. Perry is obviously with the Palin-McGrubber-Bachman caucus.(read: not tea party, but the idiots…)

  106. Posted by Dr. Guest | August 16, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    30 years on Wall Street? Based on your response below, I would wager that you are actually a junior year Women's Studies major at Wellesley. Is that a little more accurate?

  107. Posted by Cowboy Poet | August 16, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Here I sit,
    Cheeks a flexin'
    I just made
    Another Texan.

  108. Posted by guest | August 16, 2011 at 5:29 PM

    Learn how to reply correctly

  109. Posted by Dick Perry '012 | August 16, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Printing money is why the subprime … oh heck, anyway his comments have a ring of treasoniness about them.

  110. Posted by SuperiorNYIB | August 16, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Rick Perry is simply an uneducated hick. He does not have a clue how fractional reserve banking works. Put him out to pasture in Texas and the next time I fly over his worthless state, I will piss out the window and he will think that it is raining gold.

  111. Posted by SuperiorNYIB | August 16, 2011 at 7:49 PM

    Why did we let the fundamentalist uneducated blue collar trash into the Republican party? The Republican party used to be composed of my kind, highly educated, wealthy members of the country club. We ran the country and we ran it well. I want nothing to do with the Fox republicans, they are not worthy to breathe my air. Flush the south down the stool and keep them down with the boots of intelligent people such as myself.

  112. Posted by FinnHopKee | August 17, 2011 at 1:04 AM

    Perry is a refreshing replacement for Pawlenty. What's most difficult though is discerning when it's Perry talking, or when Jesus is talking through him.

  113. Posted by TexasForever | August 17, 2011 at 1:41 AM

    yeah, keep hating on Texas. It must be the low unemployment rate, the low taxes, high quality of life (try living in Austin and say it's worse than NYC), or the better looking women that bother you. Lastly, people need oil, no one NEEDS an investment banker. the exchange could theoretically switch to purely electronic trading and relocate to Houston tomorrow. would save shareholders a ton of tax money. Just saying… What is NY's competitive advantage again?

  114. Posted by Guest | August 17, 2011 at 1:49 AM

    The only way the Fed can print money is buy purchasing gold. QE is just an asset swap. Lying to the American public to push a political agenda that is in conflict with their own interests (whether they are aware of it or not) constitutes as treason.

    Mosler 2012!

  115. Posted by Guest | August 17, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    "Republican party used to be composed of my kind, highly educated, wealthy members of the country club."

    – I guess you got rejected by the University Club and hang out at the NYAC

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