Perry, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann, businessman and talk show host Herman Cain, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and Texas Rep. Ron Paul compete to see who can crash the economy the fastest, drive wages down the lowest and destroy the social fabric of America to the level of Jim Demint's South Carolina with the most zeal.
BREAKING NEWS (11:00 AM ET): Gov. Rick Perry will not participate in the Palmetto Freedom Forum today in order to return to Texas as the State battles wildfires . Perry did manage to participate in U.S. Rep Tim Scott's town hall meeting in Myrtle Beach prior to his departure from the State.(Sources: Huffington Post, Texas Tribune)
While Jim Demint leads the charge of the Tea Party movement, South Carolina could very well be the poster child of failed conservative politics. If Republican austerity fanatics have their way the rest of the country could soon find themselves swimming in the same soup:
Jim Demint's South Carolina among the poorest states in America
Teen pregancies, HIV and AIDS rates soar in South Carolina
Sexual violence in Jim Demint's South Carolina
South Carolina public schools among the worst in U.S.
Violent crime: South Carolina leads the country
Public health problems and low health insurance rates plague South Carolina's citizens
South Carolina: 4th highest unemployment rates in the U.S.
South Carolina last in education according to conservative group
Investor's journal slams South Carolina's management record