Preping for ’13 and bucking Boehner

From, by Michael Quinn Sullivan, December 19, 2012 –

QUOTING…  “I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.” — Winston Churchill


Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Before we let our thoughts turn fully to mistletoe, candy canes and stockings, Texans must prepare for the start of the legislative session – just 20 days from now!Fortunately, some of our legislators have hit the ground running by filing important reform-minded legislation. But will taxpayers be ready to apply the push needed to see them through? Will we commit to holding accountable those legislators obstructing pro-Texas reforms?

Spending Limits
Legislation filed in advance of the 2013 session would strictly limit spending to the sum of population growth and inflation. Voters and taxpayers across the political spectrum have long supported this stronger limit on government.

Current law lets legislators set their own limit, and predictably they go with a non-limit: the projected growth in personal income. Just last month the Legislative Budget Board adopted the spending limit for the new budget — again exceeding the sum of population and inflation.

Phil King

Phil King

State Rep. Phil King of Weatherford, one of our Taxpayer Champions from 2011, has proposed legislation to fix that. He says that “it is very important that we implement a conservative spending cap to ensure that even in the good times, Texas does not become irresponsible with its taxpayers’ dollars.”

Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst are on record supporting a stronger state spending limit; Speaker Joe Straus is not.

Pushing For Transparency
Meanwhile, State Rep. Bill Zedler continues to fight for more transparency in local school budgets. Despite roadblocks set up in front of his legislation last session, he’s back again the same bill designed to shine a light on how your ISD is spending your money.

He wants school districts to put their check registers, credit card transactions, and fund balances on their websites for public view. Such protections are essential to keeping local school districts efficient in their spending and accountable to their local taxpayers.

Unshackling Enterprise
Very often government rules and regulations are sold as a way to protect the public, but are too often imposed at the behest of special interests trying to thwart competition. This is seen most clearly occupational licensing.

State Rep. Bill Callegari wants to fix that; he’s on a mission to reduce what has become one of the most burdensome areas of government regulation by introducing two pieces of legislation that would both limit new licensing and provide a way to begin scaling back those which are “burdensome and unnecessary.”

“When you think about it,” says Rep. Callegari, “we have all these governmental processes for creating more regulations and licensing programs, but we have very few mechanisms for formally evaluating whether they’re still needed.”

D.C. Drain
The biggest drain on Texas’ economy is Washington, DC. They haven’t passed a budget in three years, instead pushing the national debt past the gross domestic product. Speaker John Boehner sold out and offered to hike taxes yesterday, only for his plan to be rejected by President Obama as not taxing enough. Obama wants new revenues flowing into government, remember.

(Lesson: you can’t out-tax a liberal.)

Just recently the House Republican leadership booted 14 conservatives (not a one from Texas) from their committee assignments. Why? They wanted to stand against the reckless tax-and-spend policies of the president.

We don’t elect legislators — state or federal — to “get along” with the leadership. We expect them to stand true to the principles upon which they campaigned.

They need to know that it’s OK to “Buck Leadership.” Not just OK, but actually expected. We’re launching a nationwide letter-writing campaign this week, encouraging congressmen to do just that.

Donate!1836 Update

The outpouring of support for the 1836 Campaign has been amazing – and we’re close to meeting our goal! Lots of new supporters are signing on every day to help keep their fellow Texans informed about, and engaged in, their government. Will you contribute? We’re counting on you to come on as an 1836 Champion!

Taxpayers need to make a list, and check it twice. They need to know throughout the legislative session who’s being naughty and who’s being nice. That’s what the 1836 Campaign is all about.

3 responses

  1. If the above “important reform-minded legislation” is the top priority for the 2013 Texas Legislature, they may as well stay home.

    Worrying about “spending limits”, “more transparency in local school budgets”, reducing government red tape, and thinking that the “Republican leadership”…a false label if ever there was one…will stand up to the illegitimate Kenyan squatting in the White House, is akin to “rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic”…as the old saying goes.

    Texas legislators had better “step back from the trees and see the forest” for a change…for the national landscape will be much, much different when they reconvene again in 2015.

    The good ship USS Amerika has hit the iceberg and is taking on water at an increasingly alarming rate. Washington, D.C. has been lining up the dominoes of the growing police state for several years now as it prepares to cope with a collapsed economy and the increasingly-rejected U.S. dollar in the world marketplace.

    Texas legislators would best serve the interests of all Texans by quickly passing legislation nullifying Obamacare, NDAA provisions for the indefinite detention of Texans by the U.S. Military, and passing “Firearms Freedom” legislation already passed by several other states to guarantee a reliable supply of militia-class weapons to all able-bodied Texans who desire to exercise their natural right to self-defense and the defense of the State of Texas regardless of what the scumbag traitors in D.C. do.

    This is just the tip of the iceberg that is immediately needed for the State of Texas to interject constitutional (U.S. and Texas) States Rights into the juggernaut of Federal totalitarianism that is steamrolling what few freedoms and liberties we have left.

    If you question that concept, you may change your mind if you see one of Obama’s pilotless drones seconds before it launches its ordnance to fulfill the executive kill order for your imminent demise without the benefit of grand jury, judge, jury, or appeal. Several Amerikans have already met that fate during his first illegitimate term.

    Short of a global economic miracle, Greece and its European cousins’ economic collapse is arriving on our shores in very short order. The clock is running to prepare as best we can and it is incumbent on the State of Texas to buttress the Federal tyranny that will do its best to continue taking from the haves to redistribute to the have-nots within and without our great state as the slow-motion collapse continues in earnest.

    “When the defense of liberty becomes a crime, tyranny is already in force. At that point, failure to defend liberty makes slavery a certainty.”
    – John Perna

    1. Senator_Blutarsky

      You hit the key issues well…………I might add legislation to REMOVE so-called ” smart meters ” which are a violation of the 4th amendment AND a potential health danger.

      But instead of dealing with true 10th Amendment nullification, The Repubs will ninny about the Speaker, little pathetic budget issues, and just turn a blind eye to the unfunded mandate of supporting several million illegals with health and education bennies as well as food and medical services.

      It will be business as usual under Governor Dewhurst, the career CIA Washington toady, and his stick monkey, Rick Perry. The toll roads will march forward, under stealth, and the taxpayers be conned about how great it is to “privatize ” more and more. Questionable fracking will continue because ” what is good for the Texas oil industry is good for Texas ! YeeHaw ”

      And no one will stop the DPS from illegal stops-searches-seizures-blood draws and other abuses of any pretense of the Bill of Rights. It is all ” for your safety” of course.

      And one of them may even have the audacity to tell you that funds from the Lotto actually go to help state education – what a shell game by carny operators – there has never been a penny of that $$ do as they imply.

      All the posturing of the 95% bunch of preening banty roosters calling themselves ” CHRISTIAN CONSERVATIVES ! ” will continue, while the bond market collapses, revenues dry up, expenses skyrocket, and more and more taxes and tolls are squeezed out of a dying middle-class consumer.

      But they all LOVE JESUS !, and have big grins and sloppy wet handshakes at fund-raisers

      They have all deliberately ignored the, maybe, one honest moment LBJ ever had in his life –

      “You do not examine legislation in the light of the
      benefits it will convey if properly administered, but
      in the light of the wrongs it would do and the harms
      it would cause if improperly administered.”

      ~~ Lyndon B. Johnson ~~

  2. Senator_Blutarsky

    They need to DEFUND the Texas DPS, for one thing –

    Two Texas women are suing after state troopers subjected them to a humiliating and invasive ‘roadside body cavity search’ that was caught on video.
    Female trooper Kellie Helleson is seen in the footage aggressively searching the private parts of Angel Dobbs, 38, and her niece, Ashley Dobbs, 24, in front of passing cars.

    The women, who claim the trooper used the same rubber glove for both of them, were initially stopped by Helleson’s colleague David Farrell on State Highway 161 near Irving after he saw one of them throw a cigarette butt out the window.

    Invasive: Female trooper Kellie Helleson, left, aggressively searched their private parts
    Farrell can be heard in the disturbing video questioning the pair about marijuana though he failed to find any evidence of the drug in the vehicle.

    However, he requested the women be searches after allegedly claiming they were ‘acting weird.’

    The lawsuit states he then tried to ‘morph this situation into a DWI investigation,’ according to the Dallas Morning News.

    Angel Dobbs passed a roadside sobriety test and the women were given warnings for littering.

    Pulled over: The women were initially stopped by Helleson’s colleague David Farrell on State Highway 161 near Irving, Texas
    Angel Dobbs said Helleson irritated an anal cyst she suffers from during the search, causing her ‘severe and continuing pain and discomfort.’
    The suit said: ‘Angel Dobbs was overwhelmed with emotion and a feeling of helplessness and reacted stating that Helleson had just violated her in a most horrific manner.’

    The two women are also suing the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety, Steven McCraw, who they claim ignored previous complaints about ‘unlawful strip searches, cavity searches and the like.’

    Lawsuit: The women are also suing the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety for ignoring prior complaints about searches
    The Dobbs’ lawyer Scott H. Palmer said the shocking incident, which was filmed on one of the trooper’s dash-mounted cameras, was a roadside ‘sexual assault.’

    He said the Texas Rangers investigated his clients’ complaints but failed to take any action against the troopers.

    ‘You can see what’s happening clearly,’ he told the Dallas Morning News of the video. ‘No one’s ever seen the likes of this. We can’t let them get away with it.’
    VIDEO Women given body cavity search during routine TRAFFIC STOP

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