In Rick Perry's World, ADD Is a 'Paddleable Offense'

The Texas governor says some kids "don't need coddling"

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Rick Perry's made a habit out of horrifying liberals with his alternative solutions to problem-solving. Today, Politico uncovers a new one with regards to children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder. The Texas governor confesses to having ADD as a child and recommends a good spanking to modify a child's behavior:

"We have a drug for every problem and a diagnosis for every psychosis," he wrote in his 2008 book On My Honor: Why the American Values of the Boy Scouts Are Worth Fighting For. "We don’t have children with 'ants in their pants'; we have children with 'attention deficit disorder.' That is not to minimalize such conditions. Lord knows, whether you call it a disorder or a 'paddleable offense,' I had it as a kid. The point is, we defend today behavior we wouldn’t tolerate in past years, and we treat with drugs today behavior we would attempt to fix through either discipline or love in the past. Don’t take my statement too far: some drugs are a godsend for conditions we never treated right before they were available. But some kids don’t need coddling or drug therapy; they need attention and tough love.”

Similar to Perry's call for a Day of Prayer when faced with historic droughts in Texas, the latest revelation will likely ring true with some voters, while repelling others. You know, the kinds that don't like spanking their kids and think Cap and Trade is the best solution to extreme weather.

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