Texas Photo ID Law Struck Down

A U.S. court ruled against a Texas law requiring photo ID to vote.  Texas, with it’s history of discriminatory voting laws against minorities is required under Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to pre-clear any major changes in voting procedures.

The law that would have required Texans to present a photo ID at the polls before being allowed to vote.  the court ruled the new law would disenfranchise African American and Latino voters. The court further stated that the ruling was not a ruling against jurisdictions from implementing photo ID laws but that Texas failed to demonstrate that its particular voter ID law lacks retrogressive effect.

Court Strikes down Texas Redistricting plan

The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling on Tuesday that Texas redistricting maps are discriminatory to minority voters. The court ruled that the new redistricting map which was passed by the Republican-dominated Texas legislature redrew districts in a way that reduced the influence of minority voters.  Not only did the court reject the maps, they also ruled hat the Texas legislature had a discriminatory intent in its drawing of the maps.  November’s election will likely use maps drawn by a federal court in San Antonio.

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott says that he would appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court calling the ruling an extension of the Voting Rights Act beyond what Congress had intended.

The Teabagger Legislature won’t have much of a leg to stand on when they go after the activist court because the three-judge panel consisted of President George W. Bush appointees, Judges Thomas Griffith and Rosemary M. Collyer and Judge Beryl A. Howell who was appointed by President Obama.

Govenor Perry Has Another Memory Lapse

The Gov, in full campaign mode, surrounded by a phalanx of taxpayer security guards, has pandered non-stop to the social conservatives in Iowa.  He repeatedly rails against gay rights, same-sex marriage and a return to Don’t Ask, Don’t tell. Problem is, is that the Gov doesn’t seem to recall judicial facts, like when he forgot how many Supreme Court justices there are.

At a town hall campaign stop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa yesterday, The Gov forgot the content of the case he has vehemently opposed since 2002.  You gotta give him credit for the fact that he has never wavered on his opinion of Lawrence v. Texas.  This case which went to the Supreme Court in 2003 was  the landmark ruling that struck down Texas’s anti-sodomy statute and legalized sodomy across the country.

Now  though, with all the talking points he is supposed to be able to spout off, it appears he has forgot what has been one of his consistent planks.  Just yesterday an audience member asked The Gov about case, The Gov locked up, repeated the question and the name of the case and stammered “We have a federal government that is out of control from the standpoint of spending and I wish I could tell you I knew every Supreme Court case, I’m not a lawyer but here’s what I do know, I know they’re spending too much money in Washington, D.C.”

I swear, that answer sounds  as dumb as a sack of rocks.  More likely an answer Bachmann would spout off, but then again birds of a feather……

Politifact Gives Perry Denial A Pants On Fire Rating

During the Fox News Debate on December 15th, The Gov was asked by moderator Neil Cavuto of Fox News

“as Texas agriculture commissioner, you oversaw a loan guarantee program that, as the Austin American-Statesman reported at the time, had so many defaults that the state had to stop guaranteeing bank loans to start-ups in the agribusiness, and eventually bailed out the program with the taxpayer money, so aren’t you guilty of the same behavior you rail against as a presidential candidate?”

The Gov replied: “Number one, don’t believe everything you read in the Austin American-Statesman. And the second side of it is, we had that program put in place, and the state did not bail out,  those programs worked as they were supposed to work.  Just like in any bank or any business, you are going to have some that fail.”

Read Politifact’s reasons for their “Pants on Fire” rating.

President Perry and Secretary of Defense Herman Cain?

Just when you think the last WTF moment couldn’t be outdone, The Gov astounds us even more.  Over the weekend The Gov, proved us wrong.  As we have heard at the end of last week, in the now famous Barbara Walters “What!” interview. Mr. Cain said he would like to be Secretary of Defense. Yeah, Really!

The Gov was asked whether he would offer Mr. Beke Beke Beke Stan Stan a cabinet position.  To our amazement, The Gov responded “He has all the characteristics of the type of person I would bring forward.”

Dear God, please tell me The Gov isn’t that dumb.  We know he never claims to be the sharpest knife in the drawer, but Cain, a Cabinet Secretary, maybe even over our Defense Department.  Hopefully we will never have to find out.

Perry has Retired?

This really falls into the WTF category.  The Gov has continuously harped on the campaign trail about the evils of government entitlement programs. He has called the collecting of taxes to fund retirement progrms unconstitutional.  Just last November he said “Why is the government collecting your tax money for retirement and health care programs?  That’s not a stated constitutional role.”

So, now we learn that just 2 months after this famous quote, The Gov. officially retired. Huh?  Isn’t he still parading around the country as Texas Governor?

The Gov takes in a healthy $150,000 salary. Now he is collecting another $7,698 a month, yes a month in retirement pay.  The Gov. kept this hush hush for almost a year, but thanks to Federal Election Commission disclosure forms it has come out in the daylight. his campaign has been trying to delay the reporting but were unable to stall past Thursday.  We understand now why they were so aggressive in the stalling tactics.

Even in Right Wing Land or Iowa, some folks don;t quite see the logic of this. On a campaign stop in Cherokee, Iowa, Perry was asked why the Employee Retirement System should be paying his retirement while he’s still collecting a salary.  The Gov stammered  “That’s been in place for decades. … I don’t find that to be out of the ordinary…. I think you would be rather foolish to not access what you’ve earned.”

The Gov’s campaign mouthpiece, Ray Sullivan, said the governor’s early collection of his pension benefits is “consistent with Texas state law.”

Whats more is that The Gov. will get credit for subsequent years he continues to be The Gov., even if he isn’t actually governing, but out smoozing and campaigning for higher office.

It get’s better, The Gov is allowed to retire in two different systems — the “employee class” from which he is retired and taking benefits from now, and the “elected class” system he will take retirement from when he finally leaves office.  Plus, The Gov. will also is eligible for Social Security benefits and lifetime, state-provided health care.

Not bad for a guy who has called for sweeping changes to the Social Security us peons are eligible for and is up in arms against “special perks” members of Congress get.

I’m willing to bet that the Right Wingers and the Teabaggers will see no hypocrisy in this at all.

Perry tells Federal Workers My Way or the Highway

During yesterday’s speech in New Hampshire at Saint Anselm College, The Gov said something akin to dictatorship,  much like we have now here in Texas.

The Gov said “Having agencies of government that are there, are going to have individuals that are — understand my core philosophy, that government should do a few things.”  He continued “Having men and women who share my philosophy, and then giving that clear instruction to those agencies.   I don’t think you can fire federal bureaucrats, but you can reassign them — so reassign them to some really God-awful place.”

So what we are hearing is that one can no longer think for oneself.  You must blindly follow orders from above regardless of whether they are constitutionally legal or not.

It never ceases to amaze how Right Wingers and Teabaggers who claim they want to get the country back to following the Constitution are the ones who would really lead us into a Dictatorship which has no regard for the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

 

Perry doesn’t know voting age or election date

While giving a speech at Saint Anselm College today, The Gov told the audience that when elected he will pass a constitutional amendment to make Congress part time. The Gov then asked “Those of you that will be 21 by November the 12th, I ask for your support and your vote.”  He then followed with “those of you who won’t be just work hard.”

Oops, appears as if  The Gov needs to actually read up on the voting laws and work on getting the vote of the 18 year olds too, since the voting age in America is 18.

Even better though is that The Gov told them the Election Day was November the 12th.  Poetic Justice I guess.  Those Right Wing Teabaggers that are dumb enough to listen to him will miss the actual Election Day of November 6th and not get to vote anyway.

Valero To Get $92 Million Tax Break While School Budgets Are Cut

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality’s commissioners appointed by The Gov are poised to grant some of the nation’s largest refineries a tax refund of more than $135 million.  As we have on previous reports,  The schools in Texas are severely under funded and rank 3rd from the bottom in the nation for drop out rates, low graduation rates and have one of the highest childhood poverty rates. Millions of Texas students began the school year without new textbooks and other essential school supplies because The Gov. slashed the Education Budget.  $135 million would help some of the cash strapped schools.

Public education funding was gutted in the budget The Gov signed this year. But The Gov’s hand-picked appointees look like they are ready to take more to give to their rich patron’s Big Oil in the name of a tax break.

Valero has persistently lobbied for the refund and is set to receive more than $92 million from the commission. Valero has given more money to The Gov.  than any other politician in the country except one.

Perry For No Child Left Behind Before He Was Against It

Do these people running for President think we are just stupid?  They think they can just spout off any nonsense they want and we will believe then and follow them like sheep.  Case in point.  At the Faux News-Google Tea Party Debate, our beloved Gov said “I was also vocal against No Child Left Behind. It gets back to the federal government has no business telling the states how to educate our children.”

Okie Dokie.  Sounds good, the Teabaggers love it.  One itsy bitsy problem, in 2002, The Gov loved No Child Left Behind, even issuing a Press Release on his Official State of Texas Governor’s web site.

Friday, July 26, 2002  •  Press Release

 HOUSTON – Gov. Rick Perry and U.S. Secretary of Education Rod Paige announced today that Texas’ No Child Left Behind implementation plan has received federal approval. The approval clears the way for almost $400 million in new federal funding, moving the governor’s education plan a step closer to the classroom.

“Texas was a model for President Bush’s No Child Left Behind legislation, and we continue to lead the nation “in innovative solutions to improve our schools”, Perry said. “The U.S. Department of Education’s stamp of approval means we can move forward with our plan to improve early childhood education, dropout prevention, teaching excellence, science education and our schools’ use of technology.”

The Texas Education Agency submitted the state’s No Child Left Behind implementation plan to the U.S. Department of Education last month. The plan includes funding to help local school districts implement Perry’s blueprint to continue improvements in Texas schools.

So The Gov champions taking $400,000,000 from the nasty Federal Government and then brags that Texas will “lead the nation in innovative solutions to improve our schools.”

Did it happen?  Nope!

According to the Center for Public Policy Priorities,  since taking $400 million in new federal funding, Texas now ranks 3rd from the bottom for High School Drop Outs.  Who is worse than Texas?  Only Arizona and Nevada.

How much of the “$400 million in new federal funding” went to promoting “Innovative solutions to improve our schools” or creationist quasi religious anti-science programs we will probably never know.  But what has been the result of these so called “Innovative solutions to improve our schools”?  You be the judge:

  • Texas has one of the highest dropout rates in the nation
  • The National Kids Count Project estimates that 13 percent of all Texas’ 16-19 year olds are not enrolled in school and not high school graduates.
  • The poverty rate among high school dropouts is estimated at 31 percent — 10 times that of college graduates.
  • One report states that 89% percent of Texas prison inmates did not complete high school.
  • Texas has the nation’s fourth highest adult incarceration rate.

So what does this tell us?  Texas does not invest in its children.  Texas takes the cheap route with the end result of a significant drag on its own economy.

Instead of investing, yeah I know that’s a dirty word to the Teabaggers, in our children we end up with huge spending on prisons and poverty.

This is only a glimpse of what is to come if Texas were to secede.  Remember folks,  these Teabaggers that want secession also want to end Public Education.  Every one of the GOP Presidential Candidates wants to abolish the Department of Education. People of Texas need to wake up and realize that not all government spending is bad.  Investing in our youth only benefits us.  Educated, productive citizens only help the economy of Texas while the inverse has only a negative result.