Republican Leadership Stands Up for Ideology, Not Jobs

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From the Austin American Statesman:

Gov. Rick Perry, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Speaker Joe Straus will stand with Rep. Brandon Creighton this morning to publicly back Creighton's HCR 50, which is a resolution that resolves, in part, “That sovereignty be claimed under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States over all powers not otherwise enumerated and granted to the federal government by the Constitution of the United States; and, be it further resolved, that this serve as notice and demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist from mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers, effective immediately; and, be it further resolved, that all compulsory federal legislation not necessary to ensure rights guaranteed the people under the Constitution of the United States that directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.”

When analyzed on potential impacts on the Texas economy, this partisan push appears to create 0 jobs and doesn't do anything to fix the ailing Texas revenue streams and does nothing to balance against the Texas budget shortfall (remember, that is an historic $27 billion to $31 billion deficit).

Also, this does nothing to help preserve the 100,000 to 216,000 jobs being lost because of the proposed conservative party's budget.

Secession talk does play well with Republican Primary voters though. So does attacking Washington. Expect more of this and less talk about moving the Texas economy forward.

State Representative Garnet Coleman (D-Houston) issued the following statement in response to Perry:

This divisive states' rights rhetoric is out of place and unbecoming of a legislative body. As my colleagues cheer on this 10th amendment resolution, they should be mindful that these types of resolutions asserting state sovereignty stir up reminders of the Jim Crow era.

The sad reality is that Southern states used the states' rights arguments to justify slavery, school segregation, poll taxes and literacy tests. If this resolution had the force of law, milestones like the Civil Rights Act and the Voting Rights Act could be voided in Texas.

Our state's leaders need to take responsibility for their words and steer away from the hateful discourse that's caused a heated political environment. As they discuss the role of the federal government, I hope they consider federal legislation and how it has improved the lives of Texans.

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