Perry – Allow more guns in schools

The Gov told a TeaBagger gathering in North Richland Hills that Texas schools will be safer when school districts are given the ability to allow everyone who works at the schools to carry guns. The Gov stated “In the state of Texas, if you go through the process, have been trained, and you are a handgun-licensed individual, you should be able to carry a gun anywhere in the state.” Just be sure you don’t carry your licensed gun to the Capitol or you’ll be arrested. Can’t put legislators in danger.

Houston Federation of Teachers President Gayle Fallon said yesterday to a Houston TV Station that the idea of arming teachers was crazy.  “I knew this would come up at some point, there would be people who think the answer is to put guns on campus.   Frankly, I think it’s absurd.   In a lot of cases, the perpetrator is a kid. Look at Columbine, it was a 14-year-old kid.  You tell me a teacher is going to look in the eyes of a 14-year-old and pull the trigger — it’s not in their emotional make up.”

At the gathering The Gov said last week’s shootings at an elementary school in Connecticut was an evil act but insisted that new gun laws were not the answer. “We have to do everything we can to make sure those types of evils are restricted the best they can be. “One thing I hope I don’t see is knee-jerk reaction from Washington, where they come in and think they know the answers.”

So the problem was not because multiple guns were available but because of unspecified evil. Is the evil because the heathens are forsaken tithing 10 percent to a local Republican mouthpiece that no longer speaks of what Jesus would do but what we should do as good Republicans. Or is the evil the lack of mental health care or for that matter any type of health care for regular Texans?

Perry For Obama Take Over?

Ok, let’s get this right.  Last week on Faux News, The Gov said. “We don’t trust this administration, and we don’t trust Washington, D.C. to be able to deliver health care in our state”.  One in four of us Texans are uninsured, the highest rate of any state in the Union.  Texas ranks 50th in per capita spending on it’s own citizens.  But Texas Tea Bagger politics and The Gov. will not implement the Affordable Care Act even though it benefits Texas.

The Tea Baggers hate giving anything to the lazy, mostly black, druggies and them damn  illegal aliens who would rather stay stoned all day chatting on the free IPhone’s Obama gave them while watching their Big Screen TV’s than actually work.  This misdirected hatred is so blinding, they can’t grasp the thought that the Medicaid expansion would greatly help almost half the population of Texas.

The Kaiser Family Foundation estimates that the Medicaid expansion under the ACA, ObamaCare, would cover 49.4 percent of uninsured Texans by 2019.  The program is broadened to cover Americans within 133 percent of the poverty line. In Texas the current the eligibility for a working Texan parent cuts off at 27 percent of the poverty line. Under the ACA, the federal government will cover the full cost of the first three years and pay 90 percent thereafter.  But the hatred of Obama is so strong these Tea Baggers will go to any lengths to oppose anything his administration does to try and help the working poor and middle class, even as most of these clowns that support The Gov. fall in these classes.  Classic case of cuttin’ off your nose to spite your face.

The Gov. continued on Faux News, stating “We’ve got some of the finest health care in the world, so the idea that this federal government, which doesn’t like Texas to begin with, to pick and choose and come up with some data and say somehow Texas has the worst health care system in the world is just fake and false on its face.”

Do these dupes even realize that in their zeal to oppose anything Obama proposes, they actually have given Obama control to come and implement everything they hate?

Secession From a Seccesionist State.

While writing the previous article we came across the petitions from El Paso and Austin requesting secession from Texas.  This brings up an interesting question.  If States, such as Texas, believe secession from the Union is acceptable, is secession of an entity (city) within the State is acceptable?

Texas is an amalgamation of peoples, just like the rest of the United States.  The peoples of cities like Austin and El Paso may not agree with the people in cities like Dallas and Houston.  Should they then be allowed to be separate?

Then smaller towns and counties may wish to be separate entities since they don’t agree with their neighboring counties.

Could the people wanting secession get their wish and not get what they actually wanted?

There is nothing in the official annexation papers, or in any other documents for that matter, that provides or agrees to a path to secession.  But and it is a big But.  In the 1845 Annexation Agreement is a provision stating that “new States, of convenient size, not exceeding four in number, in addition to said State of Texas, and having sufficient population, may hereafter, by the consent of said State, be formed out of the territory thereof, which shall be entitled to admission under the provisions of the federal constitution.”

Over the years the idea of separating into five states has been brought up, most recently by Tom Delay in 2009.  Each time it has been thought of as to gain a political advantage, eight more senators from one or the other party.

But in these contentious times would this benefit one party over the other as much as in the past?  In the past election the Republicans garnered 57% of the vote.  So if we get four new states, would two be republican dominated states while two democrat dominated states and one up for grabs?  Or would the powers that be gerrymander the states beyond recognition, much like current congressional district lines which would make it hard for kids to draw maps like they can now.   Would there be an actual election to decide what area of the current Texas each new State would take?  Would the Tea Baggers take a chance on the electorate giving three or possibly more States to the Enemy?  Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm.

Texas Republican Wants State To Secede

Oh boy, here we go again.  The Black Communist, Socialist, Nazi, Class Warfare Warrior, Barak Obama won the Presidency so the world is going to end as we know it.  And now comes along one Peter Morrison, Treasurer of the Hardin County Republican Party.  Mr Morrison called for Texas to secede from the United States and the “maggots” who reelected President Barack Obama.

Morrison wrote  “We must contest every single inch of ground and delay the baby-murdering, tax-raising socialists at every opportunity.  But in due time, the maggots will have eaten every morsel of  flesh off of the rotting corpse of the Republic, and therein lies our opportunity.  Texas was once its own country, and many Texans already think in nationalist terms about their state. We need to do everything possible to encourage a long-term shift in thinking on this issue.  Why should Vermont and Texas live under the same government?  Let each go her own way in peace,
sign a free trade agreement among the states and we can avoid this gut-wrenching spectacle every four years.”

Morrison went on to write that “many members of minority groups are simply racist against the party most white people happen to vote for.”

As we know the Grand Old Party controls every statewide official and has big majorities in both State Houses.  Both U.S. senators and 24 of 36 congressional seats are Republicans.  Facebook is awash in calls for secession and anti-Obama sentiment.  US Flags are being flown upside down. It will be interesting to see the natives get even more fired up.  They now have a new hero in Mr. Morrison.

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.

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 Holding Disaster Relief Funds Hostage

While berating the Obama Administration for not providing FEMA money to fight the wildfires across Texas, The Gov is holding back 49.7 million dollars which could be used immediately to aid the firefighters who in many cases are having to pay for gear out of their own pockets.  The Gov’s office is in charge of distributing the money from The Disaster Contingency Fund to local governments in cases of emergencies just like the state is encountering right now.

The Gov has said that the fund would “be used to pay costs associated with pre-positioning state resources in anticipation of disasters; reimburse local jurisdictions for disasters that do not meet federal disaster declaration standards; provide up-front funding to smaller jurisdictions that lack the necessary resources to conduct large-scale emergency operations; and pay the federal matching fund obligations that are required for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).”

Lawmakers have tried to put more money in the fund, especially in the wake of the past few hurricanes, but The Gov has shot down any such expenditures in the wake of the worst budget deficit in modern history.  The Gov said his office will have to evaluate everything first before making any decisions about disaster funding, including requests from lawmakers for a special session to consider tapping into the Rainy Day Fund to help pay for these unprecedented disasters the State is encountering.

It appears as if The Gov, in the midst of his presidential campaign, is playing up to his Teabagger base and promoting their mantra “everyman for himself”.  Lawmakers need to override any veto threat and demand help for the people of this great State.

Perry says Troops don’t respect President

Yesterday, while schmoozing for votes in Iowa, The Gov. told a crowd why he’s running for president saying “One of the reasons that I’m running for president is I want to make sure that every young man and woman who puts on the uniform of the United States respects highly the president of the United States. One Veterans group said “American troops are perfectly capable of disagreeing with the policies of a President and still holding respect for the office of Commander-in-Chief, for Rick Perry to suggest otherwise is nothing more than a below the belt smear against their professionalism.

Perry was asked if he would like to clarify or back down from his comments, he replied “If you polled the military, the active duty and veterans, and said “would you rather have a president of the United States that never served a day in the military or someone who is a veteran? They’ve going to say, I would venture, that they would like to have a veteran.”

When I was in the U.S. Army, it never concerned me and I would have to say I didn’t care whether or not the President was a veteran or not. I swore an oath to that I “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

But then again, The Gov, does not respect the United States of American and has said he thinks Texas should secede. I think his goal is to win the Presidency and dissolve the very Union he will swear to protect. Then knowing him he will not take the oath of office.

Perry says Medicare and Social Security are Unconstitutional

The Daily Beast published a good article today that really exposes the madness of The Gov.  In the article Governor Perry is asked “I see how that might make sense for, say, education. But what would it mean for something like Social Security—a big, national safety net? In the book, you call Social Security a “failure” that “we have been forced to accept for more than 70 years now.” Is it time for it to end?”  Perry responds ” I think the first step in finding the solutions is admitting we have a problem—and admitting that Social Security is a Ponzi scheme”.   When asked “What was your reaction when activists were out there saying “keep your government hands off my Medicare”? Isn’t that a contradiction”, The Gov. laughed and said “I think you can find any sign on any issue at any rally. I’m not going to respond to one person’s sign.”

He is later asked “Progressives would say that “general welfare” includes things like Social Security or Medicare—that it gives the government the flexibility to tackle more than just the basic responsibilities laid out explicitly in our founding document. What does “general welfare” mean to you?”  The Gov’s response “I don’t think our founding fathers when they were putting the term “general welfare” in there were thinking about a federally operated program of pensions nor a federally operated program of health care.”

The Gov’s interpretation of the Constitution makes one wonder if he really knows how to read.  As we know The Gov didn’t do all that swell at A&M.  The Huffington Post published The Gov’s College Transcipt ;ast week and it sure had a lot of C’s and D’s and an F.

The Constitution reads that Congress has the power to “to lay and collect taxes” and to “provide for the…general welfare of the United States.” Nearly every Constitutional Scholars interprets the words “general welfare” to mean exactly that the government can enact programs that ensure that all Americans  live their lives secure in the understanding that retirement will not force them into poverty and untreated sickness.

The Gov. was then asked “So in your view those things fall outside of general welfare. But what falls inside of it? What did the Founders mean by general welfare?” to which he responded “I don’t know if I’m going to sit here and parse down to what the Founding Fathers thought general welfare meant.”

When asked “But you just said what you thought they didn’t mean by general welfare. So isn’t it fair to ask what they did mean? It’s in the Constitution.” Perry sat there in Silence. which prompted the interviewer to say “OK. Moving on”

Not even Ryan, Cantor and their crowd want to do away with Social Security and Medicare, they see it as a fountain of cash to be infused into their Stock Market Donors.  Perry is so far right, he makes these guys look almost moderate.

ACLU requests that Governor Perry disclose use of public resources for “Call to Prayer”

Oh Boy, Oh boy. A few days ago the Freedom From Religion Foundation filed a federal lawsuit aiming to block Perry from participating in “The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis” at Houston’s Reliant Stadium.  The ACLU of Texas has requested that The Gov.  disclose the amount of Texas Taxpayer dollars and other state or local government resources used to promote the event.  The event is also being sponsored by the American Family Association.  This fringe conservative Christian group advocates the reform of American culture based on their interpretation of the Bible. Several notables from the group are way out there.  As we reported earlier one of the principals believes the Statue of Liberty is Satanic.

The full story from the ACLU of Texas follows.

Perry’s “The Response” Blurs The Lines Between
Separation Of Church And State

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT: Kirsten Bokenkamp, (832) 691-7013 (832) 691-7013 or kbokenkamp@aclutx.org

HOUSTON — The American Civil Liberties Union of Texas today requested that Gov. Rick Perry and other officials disclose the amount of tax-payer dollars and other state or local government resources used to promote the prayer event, The Response: A Call to Prayer for a Nation in Crisis, set for Aug. 6 at Reliant Stadium.

“We are concerned that Gov. Perry is using public office to endorse a sectarian religious event and to advance specific Christian beliefs,” said Lisa Graybill, Legal Director of the ACLU of Texas. “We are seeking information on the degree to which state resources have been or will be used for the planning and promotion of this event and for state officials’ participation in it.”

The ACLU of Texas filed open records requests with the governor’s office as well as the Harris County sheriff’s, auditor’s and fire marshal’s offices and the City of Houston.

“The ACLU of Texas values the diversity of belief systems in public life, and each of our beliefs calls us to address problems in different ways. But none of us, especially an elected official, is in the position to say whether believers or non-believers should lead the way in solving our common problems,” said Terri Burke, Executive Director of the ACLU of Texas. “We believe that diversity is protected, society is best served, and the U.S. Constitution is respected when government actions remain separate from religious action, when religion is neither forced upon us, nor prohibited, by government. The Response certainly does not seem to follow that principle.”

One of the cornerstones of the ACLU’s work is to ensure that the First Amendment is upheld and to safeguard against government promotion of, or interference with, religious practice.

Under the state’s open records law, government officials have 10 business days to respond to open records requests. The ACLU of Texas expects a response on or before August 3.

For a copy of the documents filed with state and local government offices, please go to our website.