One newcomer to Davos this year was Texas Governor Rick Perry.
Perry said he had more important meetings with international counterparts in the last 48 hours then in months, and that he was looking forward to seeing Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netenyahu and Shimon Peres later.
Gov. Rick Perry said Thursday that he thinks states ought to be able to experiment with drug policy, but that he opposes legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana use in Texas, where he said the use of drug courts to find alternatives to incarceration for low-level offenders has proven successful.
Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as part of a panel on the “drugs dilemma” that also included Juan Manuel Santos, the president of Colombia, and former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan, Perry said he feared entirely removing the penalties for drug use would send the wrong signal, and cited former Rep. Patrick Kennedy’s recent criticism of President Barack Obama for suggesting that marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol.
Gov. Rick Perry is heading to the Swiss Alps next week to participate for the first time in the World Economic Forum in Davos, joining a very select group of 2,500 invitees from nearly 100 counties, including over 40 heads of state or government.
In February 2013, Texas Governor Rick Perry launched a radio campaign blitz in California intended to lure businesses big and small to relocate to Texas. These thirty second advertisements emphasized “zero income tax, low overall tax burden, sensible regulations and fair tax system.”
The promise and potential I normally greet each New Year with is, this year, being tested by a great sense of peril as Americans face the full brunt of the disastrous impacts of Obamacare in 2014. The delays, deceit and debacles that marked Obamacare’s rollout in 2013 show no signs of slowing in the new year.
As the Texas Department of Insurance develops rules for Obamacare navigators, the Obama administration is resorting to a tried-and-true political tactic: pointing fingers. According to some, like Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Obamacare would be going along swimmingly if it weren’t for all those pesky Texans getting in the way.