Deep in the Tell-Tale Heart of the Texas GOP

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Rick Perry at the Texas GOP convention in 2014
Governor Rick Perry gives a speech during the Texas GOP Convention in Fort Worth, Texas, on Thursday, June, 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Rex C. Curry)

Imagine the official presentation of a worldview concocted by conspiracy theorists and an assortment of cranks and grumpy people. Conjure a document written by scribes possessed of poison pens soaked in the inkpots of Ayn Rand and the Brothers Grimm, caught in the grip of a dark dystopian fantasy of dragons and specters, in which everyone’s wrong but thee and me and we’re not sure of thee.

In the spirit of the Alamo, this is a work straight out of the 19th century with no option for surrender.

No, this is not some “Game of Thrones” spinoff. Ladies and gentlemen, we give you the official 2014 platform of the Republican Party of Texas, 40 pages of unrestrained, right-wing bluster against you name it — women, minorities, immigrants, Muslims, gays, Obamacare, the Internal Revenue Service, red light cameras, the EPA, the World Bank, vaccinations — well, you get the picture. In the spirit of the Alamo, this is a work straight out of the 19th century with no option for surrender.

Pick a page, any page, and you’ll find yourself pitched through the rabbit hole into an alternate reality. Homosexuality? “… Chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that have been ordained by God in the Bible… Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples.”

But it can be cured! The Texas Republicans “recognize the legitimacy and efficacy of counseling, which offers reparative therapy and treatment for those patients seeking healing and wholeness from their homosexual lifestyle.”

That’s about as close to George W. Bush’s “compassionate conservatism” as the good ole boys (and 12 or so women) of the platform committee get. Corporal punishment? By all means: spare the rod and spoil the child. Guns, yes, please, more! “No level of government shall regulate either the ownership or possession of firearms.” Foreign aid – no way, “except in cases of national defense or catastrophic disasters, with congressional approval.”

As for public schools, who needs them? “Since data is clear that additional money does not translate into educational achievement, and higher education costs are out of control, we support reducing taxpayer funding to all levels of education institutions.” And Social Security – let ‘em eat pork rinds: “We support an immediate and orderly transition to a system of private pensions based on the concept of individual retirement accounts, and gradually phasing out the Social Security tax.”

Roe v. Wade must be overturned: “We revere the sanctity of human life.” And yet, “Properly applied capital punishment is legitimate, is an effective deterrent, and should be swift and unencumbered.” Climate change is “a political agenda which attempts to control every aspect of our lives. We urge government at all levels to ignore any plea for money to fund global climate change or ‘climate justice’ initiatives.” This despite the assessment of the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that “Large sections of the state are experiencing exceptional or extreme drought.”

Global diplomacy: “We support the withdrawal of the United States from the United Nations and the removal of United Nations headquarters from United States soil.” Oh, and by the way, Benghazi, Benghazi, Benghazi.

The Texas GOP supports repealing the 17th Amendment, which in 1913 established the direct election of US senators by the voters, taking that power away from state legislatures, which famously could be bought for pretzels and cheese.

All of this is disturbing enough, but what may be the most troubling are the platform planks urging the elimination of virtually any federal authority, the repeal of certain parts of the Constitution or insisting on archaic interpretations that most of us thought were put to bed more than a century ago. Executive decisions by any agency would have to be approved by Congress and as for all “unelected bureaucrats” – you mean civil servants, too? – “…we urge Congress to use their constitutional authority to defund and abolish these positions and return authority to duly elected officials.” Further, the FBI, DEA, ATF, immigration officers – ANY federal enforcement activities within Texas “must be conducted under the auspices of the county sheriff with jurisdiction in that county.”

The Texas GOP supports repealing the 17th Amendment, which in 1913 established the direct election of US senators by the voters, taking that power away from state legislatures, which famously could be bought for pretzels and cheese. In the Gilded Age, in part because of the ease of wholesale bribery at the state level, corporations like Standard Oil and Union Pacific had the US Senate in their pocket (not that it’s much better these days).

In their frenzied dreamland, what’s left of the Voting Rights Act would be repealed and more stringent restrictions on who’s allowed to vote would be put in place, further disenfranchising minorities. What’s more, Congress is to “withhold Supreme Court jurisdiction in cases involving abortion, religious freedom and the Bill of Rights” (!) and the Texas state legislature is to “ignore, oppose, refuse, and nullify any federal mandated legislation which infringes upon the states’ 10th Amendment Right.” State nullification of federal law has been consistently forbidden by the Supreme Court since 1809 and, with slavery, was at the core of the losing Confederate cause 150 years ago. Then it was again used unsuccessfully by those opposed to the civil rights movement of the sixties. Still, it refuses to go away, like an antibiotic-resistant strain of strep.

In their frenzied dreamland, what’s left of the Voting Rights Act would be repealed and more stringent restrictions on who’s allowed to vote would be put in place, further disenfranchising minorities.

No wonder the current slogan of Texas’ official tourism campaign is, “It’s like a whole other country.” They ain’t just whistling “Dixie.”

But for all the platform’s Texas-style bravado, there is no mention of Governor Rick Perry’s much touted “Texas miracle,” his and other state Republicans’ boast that since 2009, “about 48 percent of all the jobs created in America were in Texas” due to low taxes and little regulation. There is in the document a general opposition to taxes, a call for the elimination of the minimum wage and this: “We believe that a favorable business climate and strong economy emerges when government is limited by low taxation, sensible regulation, and tort reform. The American private sector powers our economy and is the true creator of jobs.”

Maybe the bragging was backburnered because, as Phillip Longman points out in Washington Monthly magazine, the state may have no income tax, “But Texas has sales and property taxes that make its overall burden of taxation on low-wage families much heavier than the national average, while the state also taxes the middle class at rates as high or higher than in California…

And unlike in California, middle-class families in Texas don’t get the advantage of having rich people share equally in the cost of providing government services. The top 1 percent in Texas have an effective tax rate of just 3.2 percent. That’s roughly two-fifths the rate that’s borne by the middle class, and just a quarter the rate paid by all those low-wage ‘takers’  at the bottom 20 percent of the family income distribution. This Robin-Hood-in-reverse system gives Texas the fifth-most-regressive tax structure in the nation.

Middle- and lower-income Texans in effect make up for the taxes the rich don’t pay in Texas by making do with fewer government services, such as by accepting a K-12 public school system that ranks behind forty-one other states, including Alabama, in spending per student.

In the words of “Texas on the Brink,” the annual report written by the progressive Legislative Study Group, a research caucus in the Texas House, “In Texas today, the American dream is distant. Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured adults in the nation. Texas is dead last in percentage of high school graduates. Our state generates more hazardous waste and carbon dioxide emissions than any other state in our nation. If we do not change course, for the first time in our history, the Texas generation of tomorrow will be less prosperous than the generation of today.”

Instead of real solutions trying to come to grips with real problems, the Texas GOP went for the chimerical bucket list of the extreme right.

Instead of real solutions trying to come to grips with real problems, the Texas GOP went for the chimerical bucket list of the extreme right. Granted, there are plenty of excellent reasons to be angry with the federal government, and like any party platform this document is more for show than anything else. But it is a frightening reminder of what’s happening within the Republican Party in Texas and elsewhere in the country. As Mark Binelli recently wrote in Rolling Stone, “After nearly six years of pumping out cynical horror stories involving our nefarious president and a Washington bureaucracy run amok, the right-wing fear machine has managed to reduce its target audience to a quivering state of waking nightmare, jumping at shadows.

If, to paraphrase Baudelaire by way of The Usual Suspects, the devil’s greatest trick was to convince the world he didn’t exist, the modern GOP’s greatest trick might have been convincing its electorate that he does, and that the federal government exists as some kind of infernal machine. While impressive, this trick has also proved to be a very dangerous one, as states of panic have a tendency to produce rather extreme results.

Binelli quotes Texas Democratic strategist Harold Cook:

“When I moved to Austin in 1989, Texas politicians were conservative in the classic sense of the term: They wanted to make sure government was small and unintrusive. There were pretty strong libertarian and populist streaks, and that still exists among the electorate, but what’s new, I think, is a litmus test driven by the Tea Party wing, where if you’re not mad enough, if you don’t demonstrate a certain level of hatred, then your motives are suspect. Your final votes on legislation don’t matter. These two politicians might be voting exactly alike – but the one the Tea Party loves is running around the district all the time screaming about how much he hates Obama.”

More than 150 years ago, the state’s governor, Sam Houston, hero of the Texas War of Independence, recognized this same spirit of suicidal extremism, tinctured with bigotry and fantasy, infecting his fellow Texans as they prepared to leave the United States and join forces with the Confederacy. Houston, while no fan of abolition, warned against secession; that the South would be overwhelmed. In a speech on September 22, 1860, at a mass meeting in Austin, he declared, “You are asked to plunge into a revolution; but are you told how to get out of it? Not so; but it is to be a leap in the dark — a leap into an abyss, whose horrors would even fright the mad spirits of disunion who tempt you on…

“Are we to sell reality for a phantom?”

The Texas GOP – and far too many others — say yes.

Michael Winship is the Emmy Award-winning senior writer of Moyers & Company and BillMoyers.com, and a senior writing fellow at the policy and advocacy group Demos.
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  • Stuart

    The Republican fundraising scam continues. Whatever it takes to get their next Koch Brothers welfare check.

  • Rolling stone

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  • Eric Scoles

    I’ve long thought it ironic that Houston (that old huckster) found himself in the position of having to make that argument.

  • C. Howell

    It’s easier to name the groups Republicans don’t hate than to name the ones they do. Corporations, U.S. military and select Western Christians…everyone else is the enemy!

    Unfortunately, the ideologues of the world have already figured out that it is much easier to blame and hate than to come up with solutions. They use the base animal emotions of fear to push the blame and hate to dupe the gullible into voting for them.

  • Anonymous

    In short, GOP want the Spanish Inquisition and the direct rule of the 1% over the 99% through electoral college and their approved, selected/”elected” officials. They want the pre-civil war Texas. That Texas is gone, Mr. Perry. Inquisition is no longer applicable. People do not want a bunch of oligarchs, dishonest, double-dealing theocrats, scientifically insane people determining how we should live. People deserve to live in 21st century, even in GOP Texas, Mr. Perry….

  • Anonymous

    Brilliantly written. As a woman currently residing in Texas, how long until the burning of witches returns? How has 2014 America so rapidly returned to the 1420′s of Europe?

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. Its Mankind’s repeated tyranny of Selective Morality through the distraction of Religious control. “Listen to my words; ignore my deeds” delivered with Wizard-Of-Oz-like authority.
    The Catholic Church of 2014 personified, is it not?

  • Richard Hotz

    In the usual spirit of these tea-publicans, they simply repeat made up “facts” until people believe they’re true. In education, the more money spent, the better the education. There are exceptions but you can’t build a system on the exceptions because they are by definition, rare. Money spent is a variable we know well here in Illinois as each school district taxes itself to provide for education. Here we see that correlation between excellence in educational outcome and money is virtually 100%. and those in the upper middle and upper classes always vote to tax themselves more to achieve that outcome.

  • Anonymous

    There is little to no correlation of money spent and achievement. Trillions of dollars have been spent since Johnson’s ESEA of 1965 and achievement gain is flat.

  • ElC

    Unfortunately it’s not a scam, the corporations get good returns on their ‘donations’.

  • Clara Kelley

    C’mon, everybody sing!
    “The bile and fright,
    Are such a blight,
    *CLAP-CLAP-CLAP-CLAP*
    DEEP in the heart of TEXAS!”

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  • Virginia

    Help! Texas will never recover from this Republican hegemony without some nonpartisan redistricting, which will never happen until we get out from under the Republicans. Honestly, we need help. The state’s going down the tubes.

  • Nicko Thime

    The Texas Republican Party, Institutionalizing Bigotry and Stupidity for the Future.

  • Nicko Thime

    That would be a rightwing talking point that you have accepted uncritically. Do some homework, stop reading chain emails.

  • Cynthia Astle

    This is precisely why my husband and I, victims of Texas’ repressive taxation now that the Great Recession has plunged us into permanent poverty, are struggling to gather enough resources to leave this godforsaken state.

  • Cynthia Astle

    PS Please post a link to this article on your FB page so I can share it with my Texas friends. Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    The Republican majority here in Texas best be careful berating the Federal Government ! Between NASA in Houston, numerous government owned manufacturing facilities leased to private military contract firms all over the state that provide a lot of well paying jobs and subsidize many local small sub-contract firms, and numerous U.S. military bases providing thousands of good civil service jobs and an active military subsidizing the economies of nearby communities through their day to day spending, the brain trust in Austin just might find themselves with an enormous hole in their state economy. A warning to all those Southern States who might be considering an attack on the Federal Government using secession, the Washington God giveth and the Washington God taketh away. Yet there is a large number of fanatics currently in the GOP that seem to be willing to cut off their noses just to spite their faces !

  • Anonymous

    . . . and several publically owned assets have been privatized and handed off to private owners who are putting a toll booth on every corner, I don’t remember any public referendums soliciting our approval. Yet our tax burden continues to sky rocket as the public’s free access to their once public domain property is shrinking day by day ! Something many independent economists are calling the eccention

  • Anonymous

    This may be true elsewhere but in Texas, local school boards have a long record cutting funding to education when a nearby school system is touting their new sports facility ! As the author of this piece noted, Texas students have the lowest academic ratings in the country and our world class sports facilities that are sucking up all the funding is the biggest reason ! A far North Dallas community recently spent $60 Million on a football stadium that is literally falling a part and the first game hasn’t even been played yet because of potential safety issues. The local school board is going round and round with the local contractor as they are forced to spend more tax Dollars leasing temporary facilities for ongoing games and all other school functions ! Meanwhile, the local majority Right Wing School Board has blocked any attempt to increase the salaries of the people who actually provide the education !

  • Jamie Lawson

    The TeaOP are not simply seeking “Olliegarchy”. They are seeking “Stanleygarchy”.

  • General Sherman

    Louie Gomert is a Texas Republican. There isn’t anything more you need to say.

  • SidSeven

    GOP is TOAST.

  • SidSeven

    My brothers were born in Texas. I’m a Grandson of the Revolution, & the Civil War…I used to understand Republicans, but not any more. GOP supports Capital, Dems support Labor. But both are a bit clueless. I do know the GOP is shedding members like a cat sheds fur…I think corporate power has completely absorbed our Federal Government, & quite a few State Governments.
    If corporations are people now, can we simply shoot them in self defense when they threaten us?

  • Linda W

    As long as the Dems keep running candidates who will go to the mat to protect womens’ freedom to obtain late-term abortions, you can bet Texas will keep voting for the Republicans, no matter how odd they may seem.

  • Anonymous

    It’s too simplistic to say that “GOP supports Capital, Dems support Labor.” The GOP supports the wealthy. They don’t really care about capital formation, just the preservation of wealth at the expense of everyone else. Democrats support people, all people. Labor is certainly a part of that, but primarily to the extent that people who work for companies are a significant part of the success of those companies and should be able to share in the profits generated through their efforts. The GOP perspective is that labor equates to serfdom. They believe that managers/executives of corporations should be able to treat their workers however they choose.

  • Anonymous

    This argument is a total red herring. Late term abortions ONLY exist to protect the life of the mother or some other medically necessary reason. The majority of this platform has nothing to do with abortion, it is just totally regressive, insane and scary.

  • Joan Harris

    Conservatives complain that our nation is no longer a world leader and yet I continue to read of their desire for our nation to withdraw from ALL the world organizations. The right wing of the eagle is broken.

  • Anonymous

    It’s scary. It’s maniacal. I’ll be dead soon enough, thank Darwin.

  • Stu Johnson

    You must not do labor. NO ONE supports labor. The Democrats would have us believe that people who do hard manual labor are some how victims. While wages could be higher, I chose to be a furniture mover for a living. The Republicans on the other hand, only support their ability to exploit my hard work and once they’ve done that, declare people like me as inconsequential to the economy.

  • Skeletonman

    The Texas GOP platform is Rushdoonian Dominionism.

  • Anonymous

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  • KARockhound

    As long as Texas WOMEN continue to believe that these TP/GOP’er Neanderthal MEN have their backs, they will continue to pop out kids that grow up to be as uneducated, unconcerned and as complacent with their own lot in life as they are. Shame on you.

  • Cathryn Sykes

    If women could get effective contraception–”contra” caption, meaning the prevention of conception!–easily and cheaply, with no harassment, no lectures, no implication that they are sluts or whores because they chose to have sex, no condemnation or harangues about contravening “God’s will” if they are married but simply don’t want any more children or no children at all–that would do more to end late-term abortions than all the “throw them in jail” draconian measures the right can come up with.

  • Anonymous

    It would be of great benefit to the USA if Texas seceded from the Union!!!! With archaic thinking such as all of the above, they would be fine (if we could just relocate the whole piece of land to the top of Africa, they would fit right in with the thinking of that part of the world )

  • Cathryn Sykes

    Yep. These people are NOT stupid. I’ve seen people say, for example, that Cheney is crazy. I point out that on the contrary, the man is damn brilliant; he managed to get exactly what he wanted. Access to Iraqi oil for his oil company pals and juicy billion dollar contracts for Halliburton, Blackwater and others and all at next to no cost. (He would never count the cost of 40,000 Americans dead or damaged and a trillion dollars of taxpayer money wasted.)

  • Anonymous

    I agree with you and I live here. Just two more cycles and we will be joining the rest of the country because Texas will be a blue state. All these old farts will have one foot in the grave.

  • Joan Harris

    What is important to me as a women? The right to choose what is best for me whether it be birth control, abortion or anti abortion. No male legislators or corporations should take that right away from me. If this was just about late term abortions and protecting the unborn fetus you might be surprised to know liberal women are not for abortions except for unfortunate circumstances.

  • Dennis Smith

    Speak with contempt and ridicule about the policies of the right wing, but a clear and present majority of Texans support them. It may not be government “for the people”, but for sure it is government “by the people”.

  • http://www.globalexplorerclub.wordpress.com/ globalexplorer1

    The irony of the Republican platform is their ‘smaller, less-intrusive government’ is a con game in which they are more intrusive than ever in their efforts to implement policies that benefit few at the expense of many, i.e. – voting rights, foreign policy (states have foreign policies?), gun rights, tax laws, etc.

  • Anonymous

    What GOP seemingly wants, especially in Texas, is to turn the clock back to medieval times when Inquisition was in vogue, education was only for the very rich and the clergy, force was the solution to all problems, earth was the center of the universe, the church was representing the will of the god as was interpreted by the clergy, and anyone’s life, limb and possessions were fair game to the rich and powerful….Funny thing is, there are a lot of people who are keeping the GOP in power in spite of self-interest….Talk about conditioning… Most of the clergy and politicians are seemingly in collusion to transfer people’s rights/power to the rich/powerful and have succeeded in most of Texas…The profiteering private media seems to be looking the other way or encouraging it.

  • http://www.globalexplorerclub.wordpress.com/ globalexplorer1

    At best, right wing policies define government ‘by the selected few people.’

  • Linda W

    The point I was trying to make is that the abortion issue is just a splinter issue, but the fact that Democrats would make this their central issue in major political races in Texas, just shows they are pitching to ignorant women who have come to think the world revolves around their sexuality. Keep watching TV, ladies, and have fun. The world is burning down.

  • http://www.globalexplorerclub.wordpress.com/ globalexplorer1

    Where you claim religion may be at the root of the GOP power base, I would add that racism is just as prominent as a factor. Many people in the south vote Republican simply because they see blacks and hispanics as the people who vote for Democrats.

  • Marinell Smith

    That’s not right of you to say that “helloes”, as there are millions of democrats here in Texas that I know you are hearing from on an ongoing basis, including me. We are the ones left here to try to implement change in Texas, as it used to be when we had democratic leaders, regularly. It would not be of benefit to any of US if these idiots got us seceded from our beloved country. The right wing nuts ARE rampant here, but with a few million for change, that IS going to change. Texas is one of the richest cultures for all kinds of things, but the crazies should NOT be one of those things. There are many of us, but we’re getting shouted down by the crazies here, but getting stronger all the time. We are looking forward to hopefully getting a new democratic governor here in Texas, and not only that, but a woman, to boot, Wendy Davis. She would be the beginning of a change, but there’s also that crazy legislative branch we have, which was hand picked over yrs, by the big corporate scene. I’ve thought about moving to another state, but my children are here also, I’m in my 60s, and that would be probably even more of a shock to my age, frankly. Besides, if people like me move out of state, who is going to help this change? Everybody moves, and it does become “another country” of it’s own. That would be a HUGE economic and cultural loss to our great country, besides the crazies that are here.

  • http://www.globalexplorerclub.wordpress.com/ globalexplorer1

    I agree that money does matter, but more important is how that money is spent. The sheer volume of students in Texas influences the text book choices available for the rest of the country based on publishing costs. Revisionist history and creationism are alive and well in many of the texts provided within and beyond Texas’ borders.

  • Marinell Smith

    Which are the very reasons why some people got on a few boats hundreds of yrs ago and came to the “New World” and formed a country called the United States of America. The very reason. These have come down through time as relationships, even physical relationships, to the old Aristocrats who came over here right along with those seeking freedom. They came WITH them because they were still determined to exert their power and felt they could do it even easier in a less populated environment. Their intentions were to exert their extreme wealth toward control of a new society, so that they would still be in power. I think they now call that Bipolar Disorder. Anyway, that’s how they got to be called the “Right Wing”, as the “directors” within what was their equivalent to our congressional chambers, sat our in the middle to divide the chambers physically, so that they wouldn’t be shooting and killing each other during their arguments. Also, that’s why they call the other side “Left Wing”, because of this same thing. They got into fist fights within the chambers, so, like a boxing ring, their leaders divided them from one side to another, so that there would be a more peaceful assembly. I don’t know where people of modern times get that right wing concerns Christianity, and left wing concerns only atheists and “other religions or no religion at all”. This has nothing to do with the original definitions of what left and right are. On the contrary, the Right Wing was much more concerned with themselves maintaining control over ANY society, and, if anything, was much less concerned with a good and caring attitude of “Love Thy Neighbor As Thyself” (quoting the MAIN one of the 10 commandments of our Bible). How this all got skewed is beyond me, but it could obviously be that, when you want to maintain control of a huge group of people, lie to them and maintain that lie, and use The Faith to mesmerize them, fooling them into believing that you are the Ones who maintain right and wrong in a free society. That’s not free at all, that’s called mind control. Our Father of the Bible maintains the theme, after Christ, of “He who is free in Me is free indeed”. That’s NOT what most of these right wing proponents want, they want Control, with a capital C. This is how they besmirch Christian faith and make it seem like something ugly and undesirable. Our Lord even says that to mislead the people is one of the worst sins and that not one word of the Bible is to be changed. They want to make it seem as though there are no Christians within the democratic community, and we’re all a bunch of atheists. Nothing could be further from the truth. I am a Christian. John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a devout Christian. Jimmy Carter is a Christian and his entire family. Lyndon Baynes Johnson was a Christian, and so on.

  • Marinell Smith

    Ditto.

  • Marinell Smith

    That’s Texas cow poo because of the electoral vote. When an entire state has been taken over by one party, this is where all the electoral vote goes, right into the singular vote for their candidate. At some way earlier point on the way back machine, people were fooled into electing a certain governor, legislature, etc…then, from there on, the electoral vote is the one that counts. I hate the electoral vote, I wish they would elect ONLY with the popular vote, the People’s Vote.

  • Marinell Smith

    And ALEC is the big turd in the pile here or anywhere else in this country.

  • Steven Michaels

    When I listen to him I absolutely don’t understand how he could be considered a world leader. How did people get talked into voting for him ?

  • Steven Michaels

    California recently made a law that turned redistricting over to a panel and took it out of the hands of the politicians here.. Maybe you could do something like that in Texas

  • Steven Michaels

    It seems to me that there was a time in our past where life was more balanced. When we were able to accomplish much and inequality wasn’t as high a problem as now. Since we were making accomplishments then why not return to that balanced mode budgeting . The more people that are in the USA the more resources are needed to accommodate that change in populace but keep the basic percentages the same … we should not be picking winners and losers of our society rather we should be making our society a winner. Education should not be a loser. Books and materials should be free ( for the most part ) for the students because they need them to accomplish their education. It should not be up to the states as to what education should be as it is in the interest of our entire country to have educated people. Those educated people are our future. As more people enter the system there is no question more money is needed but it isn’t the only thing that needs to increase.

  • JC

    You put a “new” twist on Capital Punishment…..

  • Anonymous

    Well, they would do away with the DEA – so that is one plus…..

  • Anonymous

    Michael Winship paints a scary picture of Texas and the scariness is, I feel, a real and present danger to our nation. I see that many others here feel the same way about where Texas is heading. I wonder if there are enough level headed people in that state to break its descent into ruin? Let us hope and pray there are.

  • Anonymous

    The dollars the Fed spends comes out of your pockets today or your pockets in the future. Why not let people keep their money and choose how to spend it by themselves?

  • Anonymous

    Roe v Wade overturned? Never gonna happen…it’s one of the best sure-fire fund raising tools Republicans have!

  • Anonymous

    Yeah, and your “government by the people” should keep your laws and your nose out of my uterus and my bedroom and away from my religion (or lack thereof). THAT’S big government.

  • Anonymous

    TX just needs to change their name to New Russia.

  • Anonymous

    If your talking about the Federal Reserve, I totally agree. If your talking about the Federal Government, most Americans don’t have a lot of say in that matter which accounts for the trillions of Dollars of spending on our defense, Israel’s defense, and most of Europe’s defense through that WWII relic NATO during peace time. I would have a lot more of my own money if we had a single payer healthcare system whose primary mission wasn’t subsidizing private for-profit Insurance Companies ! I would also have a lot more money if Texas had a state income tax to replace the property tax, that penalizes everyone when their property increases in value, and the sales tax that drives up the cost of almost everything everyone buys – a penalty on consumers in a consumer driven economy. I lived in Georgia for a few years back in the eighties and I was able to keep a lot more of my money with their state income tax !

  • Anonymous

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy was a devout Christian? That’s funny! (And I speak as a practicing Roman Catholic.) Then again, during his many documented orgies I’m sure he was screaming “Oh God” a lot!

  • Anonymous

    Every president we have had has been a Christian, including President Obama.

  • Anonymous

    I am a liberal, and live in Texas…it scares the hell out of me too.

  • Anonymous

    I have also considered moving out of state if Wendy Davis is not elected, and we are forced to suffer through another Tea Party crazy. Washington and Colorado are looking better and better.

  • Anonymous

    It is government through ignorance. And “by the ignorant, for the ignorant”.

  • Anonymous

    I’m an old fart who also lives in Texas. I don’t see the blue state happening at all. I see a lot blow-hard wanna-be cowboy GOP and TP radicals taking over our state. They are not just strolling through Walmart with rifles strapped to their backs – they are acting like it is the wild, wild west and they are out to save the Alamo once again! they truly believe the liberals are out to take away their rights, their guns and their bibles. They are willfully ignorant, decidedly homophobic, and they have found a way to pursue their anti-government, racist, white supremacist agenda under the cover of politics.

  • Anonymous

    And it isn’t just Texas women. I hate to say this because it will no doubt bring down fire and brimstone here, but it is women who have been cowed by religious beliefs that they are inferior to the man of the family and that they are here only to procreate. There are more Michele Bachmans than you would ever guess. I have a family full of them. Willfully ignorant.

  • Anonymous

    He is manipulable. <—-is that a word? LOL!

  • Anonymous

    That saying – I’ll believe corporations are persons when Texas executes one?

  • Anonymous

    Revisionist history ensures that future voters are as ignorant as the current right wing crazies! I couldn’t believe my granddaughters history book (home school which are all “Christian” curriculums) said Europe failed in WWII because they had turned away from God. Seriously. It is scary.

  • Anonymous

    That’s downright silly.

  • Anonymous

    From your mouth to God’s ears.

  • Steven Michaels

    I don’t know … but it sounds good to me :D

  • Zen Ben

    The Tea Party is the Neo-Confederate Party. They will not accept any government that its not controlled by conservatives. They are the sons and daughters of the Southern slave owners and Western Indian killers. They do not believe in democratic governance, unless it is under their control.

  • Marinell Smith

    No pot for me. You watch, everyone in these two states and some others that have passed these pot laws, are going to end up paying taxes for it, whether they want to or not, like so many things. That’s another subject, I know. But I have tried to think about which states I would consider, just that I would definitely be totally alone wherever. All grown kids are in this state. I really have been considering for the first time in all my decades.

  • SidSeven

    If Corporations are people now, it stands to reason that every American Citizen is automatically a corporation. And WE The People should be afforded all of the rights that accrue thereof.