'Idiot' jab lobbed at Perry
August 19th, 2011
08:56 AM ET
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'Idiot' jab lobbed at Perry

(CNN) - Former Treasury official Bruce Bartlett labeled newly-minted Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry "an idiot" Friday.

Bartlett, who served at Treasury under former President George H.W. Bush and as a domestic policy adviser to the late President Ronald Reagan, delivered the choice words to the Texas Gov. in reference to his recent comments about Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke.


"Rick Perry's an idiot, and I don't think anyone would disagree with that," Bartlett said Friday on CNN's "American Morning."

Perry sparked controversy when he said Bernanke would be "treasonous" if he printed more money to stimulate the economy before the 2012 election.

"I mean, printing more money to play politics at this particular time in American history is almost treacherous, or treasonous, in my opinion," Perry said Monday in Iowa. He stood by his comments Tuesday.

Bartlett said the politics at the Federal Reserve are a serious problem and in part blamed U.S. presidents, who he said have historically not focused their energies on the bank.

"He [Obama] has had open seats on the fed almost his entire presidency and I think that this sends a signal that he just doesn't care very much about what the fed does," Bartlett said.

Despite serving in Republican administrations, Bartlett is no stranger to GOP criticism, particularly of former President George W. Bush.

Bartlett's 2006 book "Imposter: How George W. Bush Bankrupted America and Betrayed the Reagan Legacy" accused the administration of departing from conservative economic principles. More recently he attributed the economic recession to the former president and Republican Party.

Team Perry did not immediately respond for a request for comment.


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soundoff (539 Responses)
  1. Sergio

    Why isn't this man running for President? Why are we stuck with the religulous and unintellectual?

    August 19, 2011 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Matt

    This is what needs to be done. Enough of calling the Tea Party and every conservative politician terrorists or hostage takers. Call them what they really are, plainly and simply: IDIOTS.

    August 19, 2011 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  3. bigdaddy

    According to CNN, The Republican Party has steadily become the party of idiots.

    August 19, 2011 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  4. TJeff1776

    Strange man that Perry. While on the one hand shaking his fist at federal stimulus, with the other pleading for, AND accepting, Fed funds WHICH rendered Texas ahead of the game. THEN bragging about his personal "job" accomplishments. He's following the example of his hero Ronald Reagan who was "in uniform" the whole of WW2.
    Both bogus braggards. Both men are clueless as to the existence of historical paper trails.

    August 19, 2011 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  5. Auntee Sarah

    Hey. What about the porn allegations?

    August 19, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  6. Anders Perillo

    I think Bartlett just proved HIMSELF an idiot.

    August 19, 2011 12:58 pm at 12:58 pm |
  7. whoa!

    @spydyee: to further your point, that's exactly what the christofascist right has long sought to do... diminish education so there is a perpetual uneducated segment of the population that they can manipulate... Bush and Perry are prime examples! Just look at education in Texas! nuff said!

    August 19, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  8. common sense

    I don't know much about Perry, but I do know that what he said is not far off. I think most of the people calling him an idiot don't even know what the federal reserve does or how monetary policy works. He is right about the bug mistake printing more money would be for our economy. He words were poor, but he is right. Some people need to learn some common sense before they start bashing people for the correct idea

    August 19, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. Tea Party Mike

    Perry's language language may have been too harsh regarding Bernanake, but the substance of his remarks were completly accurate. Printing more money and further devaluing the dollar is wrong headed and dangerous.
    Mean time the newest Gallup poll shows only 26 approve of how Obama is handeling the economy and only 24 percent on how he is handling the deficits. Given those poll numbers, you could conclude a majority of Americans think Obama is an idiot when it comes to the economy and fisical policy.
    Obama is going to be releasing his new jobs and deficit redution plans soon. He is calling for Repubicans to put country ahead of party and support his plans. Given Obama's track record, a majority of Americans are not going to support his new plans especially if they are more of the same policies he has already supported. If the jobs plan is no more than just stimulus two it will be rejected by a majority of Americans who remain opposed to the first stimulus that did not work as advertised. Republicans would only be idiots if they supported Obama plans that will not work and were not supported by a majority of Americans. Ultimatly the deficit reduction will be up to the super committee and Obama will have to compromise on his job plan with Republican ideas if a new jobs bill is going to be passed.

    August 19, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  10. USA...Listen to your voice...!

    United States of America....what a joke...never was a people so devided...

    United you stand devided you fall....and its falling...!

    August 19, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  11. p'd in Texas

    Since everything in texas is always compared to size. Perry is actually the BIGGEST idiot!

    August 19, 2011 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  12. MichaelK

    I am interested to hear specific details of the assertion that the Fed is extending the recession. For instance, did the Fed not make enough money available to get the engines of industry geared up to increased demand? Has inflation reached new heights?
    Nope.
    The only thing I am aware of is that the standard treatments for recession have been effectively blocked by Congress, presumably to keep unemployment high and wages low for the benfit of their corporate benefactors.
    Is that treacherous or treasonous. Maybe it is just idiocy.

    August 19, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  13. Toad

    Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice...uuh. Fool me butcha caint get fooled again! Can we?

    August 19, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  14. ClydeTheSlyde

    The real irony. Between Perry and Bush, W was the "smart one"!

    August 19, 2011 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  15. ThinkB4UAct

    Cant argue against truth.

    August 19, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  16. Darth Vadik, CA

    Heck, not that it will make a difference to Republicans if their leaders are idiots or not, as long as God talks to them, they walk with a Texas swagger (AKA gimp-limp), talk tough, and send other people's kids to die in unnecessary wars...that is good enough for the good ole' Republicans...

    August 19, 2011 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  17. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Did anyone else see the apology from some Texans for unleashing Rick Perry on the rest of the US?
    Have we received one from Alaskans yet? lol!

    August 19, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  18. billy

    Bothe Perry and Bachman are destroying their chances with this open mouth disease.

    August 19, 2011 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  19. rdg18

    Spend, Spend and Spend more. When that runs out Print, Print and Print more money. When we run out of trees from printing money raise the debt ceiling and start the spending cycle again. Hey it worked great for Greece and what Greece does we can do better. That's the smart way of economics. You have to be an idiot to be responsible.

    August 19, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  20. ProfPaul

    An insult to sentient idiots everywhere who do not wish the likes of Rick Perry among them.

    August 19, 2011 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  21. Paltel Slubinski

    So Perry is an "idiot" but this clown who calls him that in the same breath says "the politics at the Federal Reserve are a serious problem".

    So, Perry is basically right but he is an idiot. I think the idiot, the blowhard, the attention-getter is the guy who slams the Fed but slams Perry for slamming the Fed.

    And to all of you who eagerly bash Perry at the expense of this country, great job. Way to prop up the man-child we have as our current President who is making the Jimmie Carter presidency not so bad. This country, its values, its principles, its exceptionalism (most of you don't even know what is truly meant by American Exceptionalism), are all being thrown out the window in favor of a dumbing down of "the masses". In your America, whether you are smart or not, whether you work hard or are lazy, whether you take risks or sit on the sidelines, you will be provided with the same amount and type of food, shelter, healthcare, automobiles, etc. This dumbing down of "the masses" in a European Socialist way (i know, I've lived in Europe for years) is precisely what inhibits growth, innovation, development, creativity and wealth. Wealth on which taxes are applied. You are shrinking the tax "pie" and increasing the number of dependents on the taxes applied to the pie.

    Great job my fellow Americans, great job. Keep bashing anyone that wants to return America to its core principles and go ahead and keep bankrupting this country with your failed policies, and failed leaders. Bravo – IDIOTS!!!

    Paltel Slubinski

    August 19, 2011 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  22. Peggy Munro

    I saw that one coming, yet I feel sorry for him.

    August 19, 2011 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  23. Sasha

    "He [Obama] has had open seats on the fed almost his entire presidency and I think that this sends a signal that he just doesn't care very much about what the fed does," Bartlett said.

    Is Bartlett aware that's because Obama's nominations are continually and continuously blocked by the GOP? Peter Diamond, a Nobel Award winner with expertise in labor and unemployment, finally withdrew his name after 14+ months of Republican opposition stalling his appointment.

    August 19, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  24. Nancy

    I agree with the "idiot" description of Perry. I'm certainly not voting for someone who doesn't know the difference between science and religious beliefs (i.e., so called "intelligent design" which is just another word for creationsim!). He's just another politician trying to get elected. Personally, I don't know why any sane, intelligent person would WANT to be president today!

    August 19, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  25. Bubba Gump

    Momma said " Stupid is as stupid does, just like Gov. Perry."

    August 19, 2011 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
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