Texas governor and former GOP presidential candidate Perry endorses socialism? Speaking to reporters in September 2011 after touring wildfire-ravaged area west of Austin, Gov. Rick Perry expressed frustration that expected federal assistance was being slowed by red tape. Specifically mentioning bulldozers and other equipment in nearby Ft. Hood, Perry said, “When you’ve got lives that are in danger . . . I really don’t care who the asset belongs to. If it’s sitting in some yard somewhere and not helping be part of the solution, that’s a problem.” — USA Today