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Texas Red’s and the nation’s public policy flow from elections. Those elected make a big show of doing the voters’ bidding—in reality it’s just more of the same—theater of distraction. It is in reality a conditioned response to the voice of the oligarchs who made the election results possible. If you doubt this —just glance at the follow excerpts—you don’t have to make the time to read the entire piece—I would hate to interrupt your quality time with your favorite reality program.
GOPers in D.C. made a show of “repealing the job killing, destroying blah, blah, blah act.” And? GOPers knew it was going nowhere—it was just for show, call it theater. At the same time as the new set of lapdogs is settling in a newly electd GOPer asks hey wait a minute, I have to wait a month for my healthcare (FEHBP) to kick in? And these are the guys who just voted your healthcare away? Quintessential hypocrites. For them it’s an entitlement —for you it’s socialism! Too funny.
Cut to the chase, ask any of these opportunistically rapacious clowns to give up their “socialist” i.e. , tax payer provided healthcare. I don’t think so.
In Texas Red, ask any of the self-serving opportunistic, racist oligarch-serving clowns if they’re willing to give up—that is make drastic cuts to any of the socialist perks provided by you the tax payer. I don’t think so.
Meanwhile in a “theater of the absurd” moment elected representatives at the swearing-in (yes of the howdy—doody look alike Perry—Reagan had that same look) quaffed down the San Antonio billionaire provided barbeque and slaw. Don’t worry when a really rich guy “gives” you something he’s already stolen, I mean been allowed access to a disproportionate amount of your tax dollars and is in line for still more.
Revelers at the event, confused and misdirected minions who may or may not have voted for these clowns walk away with full stomachs and a rush from their brief encounter with the closest they’ll come to fame—unless you count the Jerry Springer Show.
More of the same;
Foxes In the Henhouse
The Texas Finance Commission is supposed to protect consumers from being plundered. Instead, the board, made up of entirely of Gov. Rick Perry appointees, is looking out for the financial well-being of the banks, payday lenders and pawnshops.
SBOE brings back the war on science education
In a move that should not surprise anyone, a well-known creationist/“intelligent design” group appeared on a list of publishers that have indicated an intent to submit science curriculum materials for approval by the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) later this spring. The formal inclusion of this creationist group means Texas will once again be ground zero for creationist attacks on 21st-century science.
Lifestyles of the Corrupt and Elected
How do Texas legislators live large on their $7,200 salaries? Campaign funds pay for lavish perks and personal expenses, courtesy of special interests.
Opulent trips, luxurious hotels, private jets, $3,000 a month condos– No need to worry. Your legislators are doing just fine on their $7,200 a year salaries.
An Inaugural Identity Crisis
“Our daily 5 o’clock column. From the latest post: While Dewhurst promised limited government and no new taxes, he also pushed for “a quality education” for children and building a “world class transportation system.” With a gigantic budget shortfall—$27 billion if we want to maintain current state services—public schools are bracing for drastic cuts. Roads may be lucky to stay paved.
Halfway through the governor’s speech, a well-meaning but ill-timed plane flew around the Capitol, carrying the banner “God Bless Texas.” It drowned out Perry and caused quite an uproar in the crowd. But I’d say the pilot wasn’t the only one confused.”
Confused? See now that’s what I’m talking about. I’ve heard it referred to as the parallax view.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…
And these are the guys who voted to repeal your healthcare!!!!
GOP frosh: Where’s my health care?
A conservative Maryland physician elected to Congress on an anti-Obamacare platform surprised fellow freshmen at a Monday orientation session by demanding to know why his government-subsidized health care plan takes a month to kick in.
Republican Andy Harris, an anesthesiologist who defeated freshman Democrat Frank Kratovil on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, reacted incredulously when informed that federal law mandated that his government-subsidized health care policy would take effect on Feb. 1 – 28 days after his Jan. 3rd swearing-in.
The More Americans That Go On Food Stamps The More Money JP Morgan Makes
JP Morgan is the largest processor of food stamp benefits in the United States. JP Morgan has contracted to provide food stamp debit cards in 26 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. JP Morgan is paid for each
case that it handles, so that means that the more Americans that go on food stamps, the more profits JP Morgan makes. Yes, you read that correctly. When the number of Americans on food stamps goes up, JP Morgan makes more money. In the video posted below, JP Morgan executive Christopher Paton admits that this is “a very important business to JP Morgan” and that it is doing very well. Considering the fact that the number of Americans on food stamps has exploded from 26 million in 2007 to 43 million today, one can only imagine how much JP Morgan’s profits in this area have soared. But doesn’t this give JP Morgan an incentive
to keep the number of Americans enrolled in the food stamp program as high as possible?
DNA Clears Texas Man Who Spent 30 years in Prison
Now 51, he has spent more time wrongly imprisoned than any DNA exoneree in Texas, which has freed 41 wrongly convicted inmates through DNA since 2001 – more than any other state.
There have been 21 DNA exonerations in Dallas since 2001, more than any other county in the nation. Only two states – Illinois and New York – have freed more of the wrongly convicted through DNA evidence than Dallas, according to the Innocence Project, a New York-based legal center representing Dupree that specializes in wrongful conviction cases.
Caucus shouldn’t decide race, former speaker says
Rayford Price says caucus should not decide speaker’s vote, Perry finally announces taxpayer-funded grant to friend.
GOP senator bringing talk show to San Antonio radio
Debtors’ Prisons Rise Again In the South
The Lawsuit West of the Pecos
A People’s History of the United States – Howard Zinn
On the Border
Profiles in Courage
Slavery by Another Name
Illusions of Justice
The Rope, the Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990
“However, James W. Marquart, Sheldon Ekland-Olson, and Jonathan R. Sorensen offer a more complex thesis. In their book, The Rope, the Chair, and the Needle: Capital Punishment in Texas, 1923-1990, they argue that Texas’ execution rate reflects the Southern “cultural tradition of exclusion,” and that “[s]uch exclusion was a basic element of the legacy of slavery.”
Third World America: How our Politicians Are Abandoning the Middle Class and Betraying the American Dream
Hightower: Free market hypocrites