“If this guy prints more money between now and the election, I don’t know what y’all would do to him in Iowa, but we — we would treat him pretty ugly down in Texas. Printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous — or treasonous in my opinion.”
– Texas Gov. Rick Perry,
speaking of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke
I wonder how that phrase “treat him pretty ugly” translates into English from the original Texan? In talking about “what y’all would do to him,” I don’t think Perry means passing some proclamation of disapproval in the state Legislature. It sounds more personal, and more physical.
The man who got a “D” in economics at Texas A&M seems to be threatening the man who graduated from Harvard summa cum laude in economics and completed his doctoral work in economics at MIT.
And those other words, “treacherous” and “treasonous.”
Pretty serious talk there, governor. Those aren’t words to be flung about lightly by someone who aspires to hold the highest office in the land. Perry comes into the race with a reputation as a cowboy politician without much depth or sophistication, ready to shoot from the hip without regard for consequences. And he doesn’t seem too interested in dispelling it.
– Jay Bookman