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Whether it’s his long record of accelerating executions and refusing except when compelled by courts to commute death sentences, his promotion of incompetent, flagrantly political lawyers to top posts in Texas’ legal system where they prevent exoneration, or his comments recently that Texans might treat “treasonous” Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke “pretty ugly,” one has to wonder if the governor’s approach to these issues isn’t so much the product of conservative legal theory or a right-wing attitude about law and order but simply a carnal attachment to state-sanctioned murder.

Consider that Perry has overseen in excess of 230 executions as governor, far more than the executive of any other state in recent history. This figure accounts for about 40 percent of all executions in America since Perry first took office in 2000. He makes George W. Bush seem warm and fuzzy.

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For a long time, inflation has been the phantom of the American economy: often expected but never seen. But the latest Consumer Price Index, which showed that prices rose by five percent from May of last year to May of this year, raises fears that it is breaking down the front door and taking over the guest room.

The price jump was the biggest one-month increase since 2008. It appears to support the warning of former Treasury Secretary Larry Summers, who wrote in February that President Joe Biden's budget binge could "set off inflationary pressures of a kind we have not seen in a generation." Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell charged last month that the administration has already produced "raging inflation."

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