By Allison Brito

5 Worst Ideas From Texas’ Tea Party Government

May 15, 2013 2:36 pm Category: Memo Pad 50 Comments A+ / A-

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It’s no surprise that in the state that gave us personalities like Representative Ron Paul, Governor Rick Perry, and Senator Ted Cruz, legislators have proposed more than their fair share of outrageous laws. Nearly failing to extend Medicaid benefits to the state’s disadvantaged, moving to make English the state’s official language, and putting forward a constitutional referendum that would prohibit tax increases only scratch the surface in the Lone Star State..

Here are the 5 worst ideas to come from Texas’s right-wing government:

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  • JDavidS

    Is it a prerequisite to be brain dead before entering Texas politics? Perry, Dubya, Abbott…yup. Seems to be.

    • rebob14

      Fortunate for you that you can apply your remaining brain cell to matters affecting your local community!!

      • JDavidS

        “Remaining brain cell”… which means I have one more than you. How often do you get watered?

        • plc97477

          He’s just jealous. Those without brains envy those with.

    • Allan Richardson

      Now, maybe, but not necessarily in the past. Lyndon Johnson, Lloyd Bentsen, Ann Richards come to mind. And a native daughter of Texas in the Fourth Estate, Molly Ivins, got it right when she called Texas “the nation’s laboratory for BAD government ideas” (as well as saying the Bushes were “born on third base and took credit for hitting a triple” and “born with a silver foot in his mouth”; I forgot which quote was said about which Bush).

      • JDavidS

        Allen…yes. I certainly agree with you. I should have said “lately…” And thanks for the laugh. I had heard Ms. Ivins’ quote about bad government but hadn’t heard the gem about the triple or the silver foot. I’ll be chuckling about those for a while. Cheers!

      • Eleanore Whitaker

        Most of us remember the famous line of that wonderful Ann Richards…”Poor George…he can’t help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth..” Must be why she earned her own Broadway show…she was priceless!

    • http://www.facebook.com/lisa.whitehead.522 Lisa Whitehead

      Don’t forget Cruz and Gohmert…God help us all!

  • latebloomingrandma

    I wonder if Lincoln could come to life for one day, if he would wish he had just cut the confederacy loose.
    Let’s watch Texas ask for federal money for the tornado. The legislators from the northeast should vote no.

    • Eleanore Whitaker

      Worse…they have the long horn testicles to ask for FEMA funding for that fertilizer disaster when the owner of the plant had hundreds of non-compliance violations…and 14 people died as a result of his belligerence and profit grabbing.

      • plc97477

        Maybe the country should fine texas for not keeping the plant safe. If someone in the state had looked into their safety issues it may not have happened.

    • RobertCHastings

      Cruz did enough damage to his own credibility by voting against aid for Hurricane Sandy victims, and asking the federal government for aid for the West, TX explosion, something that could have been prevented had Texans like Cruz not gutted their own state’s inspection and regulatory agencies.

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  • David Turrentine

    This does not include Perry’s insistence that Corporations get a massive tax cut at the cost of every social program in the state.

    • RobertCHastings

      I think Dubya beat him to the punch on that one.

  • Allan Richardson

    To paraphrase Twain (I’m sure he would have said it today), suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Texas legislator. But I repeat myself.

  • Fairplay4

    We should be terrified the next time Perry threatens to leave the Union. They will take their brain power with them. What a loss that would be.

    • howa4x

      What brain power? Like Ted Cruz?

  • http://twitter.com/Baremid R. DuFresne

    NC is working hard to compete with TX, SC and other backward thinking states in the south. NC’s progressive attitude went way of the Dodo bird. Time for People to WAKE UP to fact. GOP elitists will never be on the side of the common working individual. Too narrow minded, bigoted, paranoid, exclusive.

    • plc97477

      Too beholden to their johns, the wealthy.

  • disqus_LcxpBv2uzz

    Who was the governor of Texas who, when asked if he thought the bible should be
    translated into Spanish, replied “Naw, if English was good enough for Jesus, it’s
    good enough for me.”?

    • ralphkr

      Ummm, obviously that governor never met the pastor teaching my father’s confirmation class in the 1800s. “God only hears your prayers if they are in German.” Yes, it was the German Lutheran Church in the US but I do not know if that was a nationwide requirement at that time or just the idea of that particular pastor..

      • idamag

        For years, the Catholics thought God only heard prayers in Latin.

        • ralphkr

          That is why I thought what my father’s pastor said was so funny. Even though Luther was a German Monk he was also a Catholic Priest and his “The Ninety-Five Theses” was written in Latin in 1517 was not translated into German until 1518.

          • plc97477

            Maybe God learned german in 1518.

    • howa4x

      Jesus spoke hebrew

      • GrannyKits

        No I do believe it was Arameic

        • howa4x

          Aramaic was in the time of the Babylon captivity

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.l.allison David L Allison

    It would seem that the tornado last night is a great opportunity for Texas to demonstrate the State’s ability to just take care of itself instead of taking federal handouts. Let’s watch and see if they do that.

    • plc97477

      Don’t hold your breath.

    • RobertCHastings

      Where is Pat Robertson when you need him to place the blame for Texas’ hardships where it belongs, a gay pride parade in New Orleans.

  • Larry Stutz

    The Supreme Court only ruled in 2008 that the 2nd amendment was an individual right to bear arms. For the 217 years prior to 2008, at least two SC ruling indicated that the 2nd amendment was a states rights issue and protected the states right to a “well regulated militia”. One SC ruling indicated that an individuals right to bear arms was only protected if that individual was a member of a state militia. In 2008 the SC finally ruled that the 2nd amendment did grant individuals (not connected to a state militia) to bears arms. However, the SC also ruled in that case that the individual right was not “unlimited”. Additionally, one district court, in 2010,has already ruled that a states law prohibiting assualt weapons and hi capacity magazines does not violate an individuals rights under the 2nd amendment. Logic would dictate that since the “right to bear arms” is provided through the US Constitution that states cannot override federal laws dealing with arms. Also there already exist some federal laws controlling or prohibiting the ownership of various types of weapons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Phyllis-Rogers/100001357173302 Phyllis Rogers

    Its hard to believe that killing babies is so popular, nope ill get rid of this one, do not fill like fooling with it, but you use health reasons, hummm, you brain wash women into its your wright to kill, because it is what you once were, at least have guts enough to pay for it your self, and do not say tax money does not, thats a joke, and of course these same people expect free birth control why would some one think they should take responsibility for there actions, I need my money for my own use, hey you give me that

    • Independent1

      What’s amazing to me is the stupidity of the Conservative mind – making POT illegal hasn’t kept people from smoking it; in fact, outlawing the use of many other drugs hasn’t kept millions of people from using them; yet somehow, tunnelvision Conservatives seem to have this notion that by outlawing abortion and removing abortion clinics from their states is somehow going to keep women from getting an abortion if they really want one. Surprise!! That ain’t what’s going to happen. What’s going to happen is that not only will abortions not go down very much, because women will get them on the street, done by unscrupulous quacks, which will only result in a sharp increase of deaths during illicit abortions. So we’ll go b ack to the way things were before Roe vs Wade when not only was the abortion rate high, so was the mortality rate of young women. So by pushing to illegalize abortions, supposedly God fearing conservatives are simply really pushing to see more people die – not only the fetus, but also many more women as well!!!!

      • silas1898

        Don’t confuse them with facts. The wealthy will always have access to safe abortion. Either through the down-low doctors in the country club network or jet off to a country where it’s legal.

        I would bet if either of the Bush twins got knocked up by the Mexican gardener, that “problem” would have been quietly taken care of.

      • RobertCHastings

        Abortions were carried out by desperate women long before Roe v Wade made it legal, and, unfortunately, desperate women will resort to the same methods they used 50 years ago. This is a decision that only a woman should make with only the input of her physician. Getting rid of Planned Parenthood WILL NOT affect the abortion rate one whit. What MIGHT affect the abortion rate, however, is a reasonable approach to teaching our youngsters about sex and providing them with protection.

        • Independent1

          I couldn’t agree more.

  • howa4x

    When governor Perry said Texas wanted to succeed from the union I jumped for joy. Please just go. Anywhere but here!

    • RobertCHastings

      They are among the several Southern states who receive MORE money from the Federal government than they give.

      • howa4x

        I’m sorry Lincoln fought a civil war to keep them. They have been a pain ever since

    • Fairplay4

      I agree with you wholeheartedly. Didn’t you get my joke?

  • angelsinca

    The good people of Texas don’t seem to mind much. But then, they don’t try to force their own politics on their neighbors or ridicule them for their choices.

    • RobertCHastings

      They don’t? Where do you think the national Department of Education policy entitled “No Child Left Behind” came from? It failed in Texas and Bush mandated it for the entire country, and it has been a disaster, focusing on test taking and not on life skills.

      • angelsinca

        Thanks Robert. I try to steer clear of judging people, much less 26 million of them, based on a policy that needs improvement. From what I recall, the plan got bipartisan support. Surely there were exceptions. I never cared much for it myself. Would like to see it fixed. Sooner than later. The dumbing down can’t continue much longer.

        • RobertCHastings

          If you run across Independent1 on this site,look at his posts. He is very interested in this issue and has given me some links, including to Dr. James J. Heckman, as well as The Tangelo Park project, that deal with issues facing our educational system nationwide,and some of the projects around the country that are working to bring disadvantaged youth up to speed and give them a crack at a better live via education.
          As for No Child Left Behind, the bill’s co-sponsor was Ted Kennedy, who apparently saw in it some promise. He did, however,eventually come to realize that he had been conned, especially when the mandate was unfunded.

          • angelsinca

            “He did, however,eventually come to realize that he had been conned,”

            Why is it, according to the left, that conservatives are supposedly too stupid to hold their own toothbrushes with the correct end out, yet are capable of ‘conning’ a lifetime seasoned politico like Kennedy into supporting a bill HE CO-WROTE and championed? Unless you call defunding the failed program or bipartisan support for the bill ‘conning’, what do mean, exactly?

          • RobertCHastings

            Somewhere between the legislation and its implementation there was a disconnect, which kept “No Child Left Behind” from becoming what it was supposed to become. I am sure the non-funding of this massive program had something to do with that.

          • angelsinca

            You praise the program’s potential, yet discredit Republicans for ‘conning’ Kennedy (because of funding, I presume), even though the bill was passed by a bipartisan legislature, and promoted under Bush, while being co-sponsored by two Republicans including Speaker Boehner. You won’t catch fire if you present all elements and not just the ones the support the contra-Republican narrative. Most things could transcend partisanship..if we try :)

          • RobertCHastings

            In 2009 Edward Kennedy’s memoir “True Compass” was published, and I immediately purchased my copy. If you can find a copy in your local library, read his comments regarding No Child Left Behind, which tell of his enthusiasm for the act, and his disappointment. They appear on pages 489 -494.

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