Now that he’s running for president Texas Governor Rick Perry claims that he made a mistake when he ordered school-aged girls in the Lone Star State to get a deadly vaccine promoted as a miracle cure for cervical cancer.Should we expect Perry, a Republican who once served in the Texas legislature, to make the same admission about his pro illegal immigration stance? After all, he gave illegal aliens discounted in-state tuition at public colleges and universities in Texas then traveled to Mexico to brag about it. He also slammed Arizona for passing a tough immigration control law, believes the southern border fence is unnecessary and opposes a federal verification program that prevents illegal immigrants from landing state jobs.Perhaps Americans shouldn’t hold their breath for an apology on the open borders issue since its likely that camp Perry is betting it will earn Latino votes. The vaccine controversy, on the other hand, is contentious across ethnic and political lines because the drug (Gardasil) has been linked to dozens of deaths and thousands of serious adverse effects in girls and young women nationwide.Judicial Watch was the first to expose the crisis by obtaining the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) adverse event reports documenting serious side effects in a disturbing number of cases. Regardless of its perilous history, several states made the deadly vaccine (best known as the HPV vaccine) mandatory for girls ages 11 and 12. Incredibly, tax dollars help pay for the shots because the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) makes them available through the federal Vaccines for Children program.This week Perry says he was wrong to sign an order requiring all sixth-grade girls to receive the vaccine, which is promoted as a cure against the sexually-transmitted human papillomavirus. “I readily stand up and say I made a mistake on that,” Perry said Monday on an Iowa radio call-in show. Perry issued an executive decision in early 2007 forcing the vaccine mandate into law but the Texas legislature overturned it a few months later.The HPV vaccine requirement is senseless and clearly not worth the risk since it’s based on a condition that is not communicable in a school setting. In fact, Gardasil’s manufacturer (Merk) admits that the drug can prevent only strains of a cervical cancer communicated by sexual contact, which means they don’t represent a danger to children or the general population.
Texas legislators have colluded with the governor to conceal public records associated with his extensive travel schedule by adding a secrecy clause to an unrelated education bill.The unscrupulous move comes as the Republican governor, Rick Perry, expands his travel schedule to explore a 2012 presidential run. Many of the trips are unrelated to state business (he’s meeting with party leaders and fundraisers in California this week) and several local media outlets are embroiled in a nasty legal battle to obtain the travel vouchers of Perry’s security detail.Two lower courts have ruled that the information should be public record and Perry has appealed the decisions to the Texas Supreme Court. In the meantime, the two-term governor had his lawmaker buddies help him out by enacting a measure to keep the information secret until it’s no longer that relevant.They did it by amending an existing school finance bill that passed in the Texas House and Senate this week. The last-minute addition will keep details of travel vouchers submitted by Perry’s Department of Public Safety security team secret for 18 months after trips are completed. By then Perry could be the nation’s commander-in-chief.One state senator (Republican Robert Duncan) justifies the new measure in a local newspaper by saying that it provides “a more balanced approach” than legislation that would have kept records permanently out of public view. Perry claims that releasing his security team’s taxpayer-funded travel expenses would compromise his safety.