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There is a REASON Texas remains solidly Republican. The Texas Democrat Party is ridiculous! Bogus charges against elected Republican officals are business as usual for a party with no ideas. Tom Delay was acquitted of all charges after 6 years and millions of dollars in legal defense fees. Charges against Sen Kay Baily Hutchison were laughed out of court. Now, Governor Perry is "under the gun" for actions perfectly within his scope of responsibility. He politely requested that this belligerant woman, convicted of DUI, to step down. She should NOT be on the public payroll. When funding for the Public Integrity unit came up, he vetoed it, thus removing this dangerously incompetent and irresponsible woman from administering millions of dollars for an obscure department, supposedly dealing with corruption. Really? THAT's an abuse of power?!?!?! I completely support his actions. Drunk driving is a felony. She was violent, abusively, and threating to the arresting officers. She should NOT hold a position of authority! What an embarrassment! I applaud Gov. Perry!
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Tuition Pays for This

oldtexgal Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 7:53 AM
Thank you! Right on point with the grant and subsidy money! It invites fraud and corruption. We hear about "corporate welfare". High time to rein in Academic Welfare!
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Tuition Pays for This

oldtexgal Wrote: Aug 20, 2014 7:47 AM
Look at the campuses of the universities! The enormous stadiums, Spa-like ammenities. It is not just wasteful, useless courses, and tenured dead wood. Those students who do not have deep-pocketed parents or trust funds, will graduate up to their eyeballs in debt to the government. Many will not be able to find jobs, will default on the loans, and will have their credit ruined for a lifetime. Am convinced that ultimately, the college/university cartels will go the way of shopping malls. Consumers will opt for online study. Maybe it will dawn on high school graduates that going straight out and getting a not so glitzy job will be more satisfactory in the long run than being indebted forever. Maybe parents will understand that it is not their obligation to mortgage their homes or obliterate their savings to finance a college education for their kids. Change is coming
I'm a native Texan, and 100% support Gov. Perry's actions in this matter! This Lehmberg woman absolutely should NOT head up the "Public Integrity Unit" or have any role in administering so much as a nickel of public funds. Perry did exactly the right thing to veto funding for the unit, which was totally within his constitutional authority in Texas. The Travis Co DA has a long history of partisan politicial abuse of power. It's too bad he cannot be held to account. The media will have a field day referring to Gov. Perry as "indicted", scandal ridden, etc. This is OUTRAGEOUS! I would vote for him if he received the Rep. nomination for President, but I never thought that would happen. Perry has been an excellent Governor. I've never regreted voting for him, and really hate to see him smeared for prevent this undiciplined, nasty, beligerent drunk from heading up, of all things, a "Public Integrity Unit". What a joke. As a Texas citizen, the Governor absolutely acted on my behalf. Believe this will backfire mightily on the Texas Democrat Party. Bad enough that they've run a embarrassing nitwit like Wendy Davis, but to dig in their heels and try to destroy Rick Perry and defend a character like Lehmberg, is sheer idiocy. There is good reason Texas will remain solidly Republican. Democrats offer NOTHING!
The Obama way.... no victors; no vanquished. Illustrates the cluelessness or sheer cynicism of the Left. Wasn't it Obama who replied to Republican objections, "I won". We certainly do not see Democrats ceding an inch of their political power, or compromising on a single issue. They will never acknowledge error or take responsibility for failed policy. Heck, Obama is doubling down on the discredited man made Global Warming/Climate change scam. We're still subsidizing ethanol, still in the process of destroying the coal industry, still delaying Keystone, still not massively supplying allies in Europe with energy to counter Russia. It goes right down the line. Failure of Obamacare, Failure of the VA system, Failure to secure the border, failure to encourage private job creation.... How does a nation project power, when the nation has such enormous debt, yet continues to hemorrhage money. With just a small up tick of interest rates, the interest on the debt will exceed the GDP! Yes, Our enemies are laughing.
Gov. Perry is doing the right thing on the border. The Obama Administration, has caused this crisis, but will do nothing to stem the tide. Perry has been a good to great Governor of Texas. I'd like to see him retire when this term is up, and enjoy the rest of his life.... remain active in politics, if he chooses to do so, or pursue other interests. Run for President? Why? He'd likely serve honorably and effectively, if nominated and elected, but I do not think he can win the nomination. The Republican field is chock full of capable, impressive, choices... candidates who could beat Hillary in '16. That will be my #1 personal calculation, when I vote in the primary. Of course, should Gov. Perry win nomination, voting for him against any Democrat candidate is a no brainer. I'll be on the Perry bandwagon at that point.
Reaches far beyond this President and his Administration. This mentality has been decades in the making. Poorly implemented welfare and aid programs have destroyed the black community, aided and abetted by the race grievance "industry". The black family was undermined long ago. Young men need a responsible and involved father at home. With over half of black children in single parent homes, no dicipline or respect for authority is taught. The easy welfare policies, rather than helping the poor, serve only to enable unemployment, and encourage drug, alcohol, and gambling addictions. Of course, there will be no change or reduction of benefits. No oversight of expenditures... no assessment of need... no prosecution of fraud. I applaud those black kids who overcome difficult circumstances, take advantage of their opportunities, stay drug free, finish school, wait to have children until they marry, and can provide for them. They CAN attain the "American dream", eventhough so many of their "leaders" relentlessly tell them they are helpless victims.
What is the deal with the black community? When is the last time anyone has seen residents of a dominantly Hispanic, asian, or white neighborhood, rampaging through their own community, vandalizing businesses, shooting at cops, and rioting in protest of anything?!?!?! Remember the sickening images of black New Orleans residents looting flooded businesses in the wake of Katrina? They weren't after food. Their arms and shopping carts were full of electronics and luxury items. Michele Obama talked about "food deserts" in the inner city, referring to the absence of grocery stores and other businesses in poor neighborhoods. Is there any wonder? The Los Angeles riots were triggered by black grievance against a Korean store owner. They burned down their own neighborhood! With this resent rioting and looting in Missouri. Law enforcement was criticized for being too "militaristic". What? Those men were having bricks thrown at them, being shot at, and there was a good possibility of more "burning". I'm happy that the violence has abated, but there is no excuse for the chaos in the first place. Leaders in the black community could have led extremely effective, peaceful protest marches and demonstrations. The shooting is a horrible outcome of an incident, about which the details are yet unknown. The cop may well have snapped, and should face criminal charges.... maybe not. It is mindless for a community to react with violence and destruction. The store owners did nothing to the victim. None of the other police officers shot anyone. The sad fact is.... none of this would have happened if this kid and his friends had moved out of the street and walked on the sidewalk, as he was asked to do. What point was he trying to make by refusing to do so? It's just a shame.
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Attacking Achievement

oldtexgal Wrote: Aug 12, 2014 9:38 AM
Public education is not about the students, it money and political power. How is it that incompetent, even criminal, teachers cannot be summarily fired, rather than costing the districts millions of taxpayer dollars and years of litigation? How is it that continuing to pay the worst of these to show up and idle at some empty building, is cheaper than firing them? It's the teachers unions. Bulletproof contracts, insuring endless appeal. Districts SIGNED them... likely in exchange for union campaign contributions. It is utterly corrupt. Who suffers? First, the children, then taxpayers, and good young teachers who cannot be hired to replace tenured deadwood, and are the first to be laid off, if there are cutbacks. Public education is the last vestige of common experience in this country. Religious practice is vanishing. There is no draft. Alas, we don't all show up on election day, stand in line together, visit, and exercise our right to vote. We have weeks of early voting, absentee ballots, or flat don't show up. Public education cut across all social lines and provided a shared experience, and goal of improvement. It is little wonder that responsible parents, who possibly can, are abandoning public schools, in favor of private schools, or home schooling. They should be able to do exactly that, but it's not good for the country long term. With politicians willfully dividing our people along racial, ethnic, gender, and religious lines, how do we unite as a country?
"Smug" about sums it up in one simple syllable... sanctimonious, pompous, arrogant, dismissive, condescending, and pretentious. This liberal mind set has infected this country, across the board, politics, academia, public education, healthcare, "science", media, etc. It has critically affected the economy, energy policy, foreign policy, social/welfare policy, immigration, taxation. We are weaker, more indebted, and less able to meet the our obligations, and challenges. Yet, Liberals are like Scarlet O'Hara... "Fiddle dee dee, I'll think about it tomorrow". Well, folks, tomorrow is here, and Liberalism has left us vulernable, leaderless, and in dire straits.
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