Republicans promise to make government smaller and more efficient?

What Happened?

Image of Texas Capitol from Houston Chronicle

Image of Texas Capitol from Houston Chronicle

by Lenny Leatherman

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed about 1,200 bills into law this year at the end of the 84th Legislative Session. That’s one thousand two hundred NEW laws in only one legislative session!

Here you will see a list of all the new bills.

The Texas lawmaking machine will reconvene in 2017. Should we look forward to another 1,200 new laws from the Republicans WE send to Austin to represent us?

Imagine – If this trend continues (and I see nothing to suggest it will not), Governor Abbot will sign 4,800 new bills into law during his first term in office!

Four thousand eight hundred new laws?  How can that possibly equate to a smaller and more efficient government?

Can you imagine the impact if/when Texas moves to a system of full time legislators?

I have an idea (not new I’m sure); Present to the voters, a resolution changing the Texas Constitution to rescind a specified number of existing laws for each new bill that is signed into law. Other states are doing it. I refuse to believe that Texas cannot follow a similar path to a smaller and more efficient government.

What are your thoughts?






One response

  1. Senator_Blutarsky

    but we have 2 “conservative christian heroes” representing Porker County. How can this be ?…….and “Republicans” repeatedly hold all statewide offices as well !

    I wonder how many were written by ALEC lawyers, and pimped to the floor by Phil King for his owners ?

    “It will be of little avail to the people that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be to-morrow.”

    –James Madison, Federalist No. 62, 1788

    “Whenever the legislators endeavor to take away and destroy the property of the people, or to reduce them to slavery under arbitrary power, they put themselves into a state of war with the people, who are thereupon absolved from any further obedience and are left to the common refuge, which God hath provided for all men, against force and violence.”
    ~ John Locke, 2nd Treatise on Government.

    According to Blackstone commentaries: “No laws are binding upon the human subject
    which assault the body or violate the Conscience.”

    “Sometimes the law defends plunder and participates in it. Sometimes the law even places the whole apparatus of judges, police, prisons and gendarmes at the service of the plunderers, and treats the victim, when he defends himself, as a criminal. But often the masses are plundered and do not even know it.”

    – Frédéric Bastiat

    “See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime. Then abolish this law without delay. If such a law is not abolished
    immediately it will spread, multiply and develop into a system.”

    – French economist Frederic Bastiat

    “The real destroyer of the liberties of the people is he who spreads among them bounties, donations and benefits”
    Plutarch (Roman Philosopher and Statesman)

    “When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society
    , over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system
    that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.” – Frederic Bastiat, The Law.

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