Seems that Republicans in the Lege are alienating their own base through further inaction this session. Take the following op-ed in the conservative Burnet Bulletin:
If you think you're living in a state where a Republican Governor and a Republican Legislature is still business-friendly, you must not be living in Texas.
…despite mounting anger by small business people, even the puny relief offered in a bill passed by the House last week – raising the threshold for exemption from the tax from $300,000 to $1 million in annual revenue – is getting scant attention from the likes of Ogden, Republican Lt. Governor David Dewhurst and others in the leadership.
If you want to help your community, your neighborhood business people and yourself, give Senator Patrick your encouragement, contact the Governor, the Lt. Governor and Senator Ogden and remind them that their party is supposed to be the party for small business.
What's worthy of note here is that conservatives are waking up to the notion that Republicans aren't paying heed to the concerns of small business owners. “Main Street” has long been considered the province of the GOP, though Democrats have been working hard over the past few cycles to change that. It's good to see folks waking up to the idea that maybe, just maybe, the Republican party isn't in it for the little guy or gal who owns their own company.
Now, Burnet's no liberal county. In fact, it's one of the few in Texas that trended more Republican from 2004-2008. But it's a good sign to see that even the base is starting to recognize that Republicans have priorities other than addressing the actual concerns of regular Texans.
So while the Republican leadership pursues a far-right social agenda headlined by Voter Suppression, it's no surprise that even their base is getting frustrated this session.