Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Did You Expect Something Different?

Our state government was unable to pass a school finance/property tax reform package during the 79th Legislature. That appears to be good for Texas but bad for the governor. I believe that the Republicans have reached the end of their tax-cutting line. They cannot cut taxes any further without obliterating worthwhile programs which most people agree the government should pay for, like public schools; health care for the young, sick and elderly; roads; etc. They are stuck. That is why they couldn't get a compromise worked out this session. One way or another, they were going to have to piss off one of their constituents, and they couldn't agree on which one--their constituents being those that fund their campaigns and not the people of Texas, of course. The poor people don't have any more money, the middle class is quickly running out of money, so that leaves only the rich left with money. The Republicans can only get out of this jam by raising taxes on the rich. Oh, isn't that rich?! And it appears that it will be left to the activist Texas Supreme Court to make the final decision.

There are several more post-session analyses which I will link below. As I read over them, I think they show how out of touch the Republican leaders of this state are with most Texans. Their being out of touch is an issue, along with their not being accountable to the people of Texas. These two issues need to be voiced (and printed) over and over again.

Read this analysis of the budget that passed this session. Some would have you believe the it's the most generous budget ever approved by any government in the history of the world, when all they did was put back some of the things they took out last session. When you read that statement, you can no longer wonder (if you still did) why Texas ranks so close to the bottom in everything. It's been the Republican plan for decades now to starve government of its funding and create economic problems that force local, state, and the federal government to cut social programs. I hope you're not surprised that now, when they have the control, they are doing exactly what they said they would do.

Let The Analysis Begin

Editorial Boards Across the State Hammer the Lege


At 6/05/2005 7:03 AM, Blogger arealdem said...

It will take great persistence to begin to convince the general public the hypocrisy of the Republican party on taxes and moral issues...the failure of their leadership in the '05 session gives us great ammo for that metaphorical battle!

At 6/06/2005 10:11 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rick Perry: So Much To Do, So Little Done.

Here's hoping Texas voters will finally opt for leadership.

And let's be clear about this: It isn;t enough to just switch Rick out for Kay or some other Republican. It's that entire politrical party that is clueless about how to solve the problems that face Texas -- because they don;t believe in government in the first place.

Time for a Democrat to fix the mess they've made.

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