"If It Ain't Broke, We Don't Fix it," that's the title of the newest ad from Lt. Governor David Dewhurst. Unfortunately for The Dew, that might just be wishful thinking on the part of a long-time incumbent as there seems to be a whole lot of folks standing in line to "fix" what he says ain't broken. Dewhurst has 3 well known primary challengers and one solid Democrat who says she, "ain't happy" with the way Texas government has performed.
Let's start with our broken immigration system. According to a report on illegal immigration by the Dallas Morning News, "Texas never showed a decrease where all the other states did. The numbers seem to be growing." Of all the red states Texas has been generally more accommodating to our undocumented friends, but with the increasing pressure from the right that has begun to change. Texas Republicans from D.C. to the statehouse have pushed back against comprehensive immigration reform and left more than 20,000 Texas DREAM Act scholars with uncertain futures.
See the video and learn what else needs fixin' in Texas...
Governor Perry's main excuse for not expanding Medicaid was that the program was "broken," as he compared expanding the program to putting more folks on the Titanic. Texas has the highest uninsured population in the nation and whether you support the Affordable Care Act or you hate Obamacare, something here is not working. How else could Texas create so many jobs, yet those employed still can not afford private health insurance?
The Texas Democratic Party released a statement rebutting the video's saying that, "By anyone's count, there's a lot of fixing to do." Dewhurst's call for "comprehensive public education reform" would suggest that he himself agrees there is still much work to be done. The TDP's response backs that up by pointing to a report in the Austin American Statesman that Texas was tied for last in High School graduation rates. Texas also ranks 49th in per pupil spending.
Texas voters will have the final say on how much of Texas needs fixing, it's too bad we also have one of the nation's lowest rate of civic participation.