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The Gerrymander Cowards

by: Libby Shaw

Sat May 19, 2012 at 06:39 PM CDT

When the Texas Republican Party is not imposing more government regulation on a woman's right to choose or when it is not busy passing Voter ID laws that will make it more difficult for certain segments of the population to vote, or when it is not frantically scheming to shut down Planned Parenthood, it is shamefully redrawing district maps in order to keep this sorry red state a perpetually sorry red state.  Indeed the rights robbing Republican Party has overdosed on right wing steroids for the past two years.  The puppets for right wing anti-tax zealot Grover Norquist have been on a ruthless crusade to slash and burn the state's budgets.  This is especially true of school budgets. As my colleague Lightseeker has shared, in addition to witch hunts against women and voter rights, there has been a Republican all out assault on Texas school children.  

I guess this is what happens when a Party's politicians are so morally bankrupt that their only goal is to stay in office in order to serve themselves. To do this for the long-term takes some creative scheming because even Republicans know that one day a majority of people will no longer put up with the kind of insanity we've seen over the passed two years.  Indeed, a Party with such hapless lawmakers is driven to desperate measures in order to hang on to its seats in the big bad evil government.  At least it is big and bad according to Republican politicians who will routinely resort to scorched earth politics in order to keep their jobs in the place they say they hate the most.

Eventually folks are going to wake up and say enough is enough. We are not taking any more right wing lunacy policies that harm more than they help.  The GOP knows this and so it redraws district maps to make it easier for them to keep their jobs that mostly consist of throwing their constituents under the bus.  But if taxes are low, low, low, everyone should be happy, at least according to right wing thought.  

So imagine my displeasure when I voted early the other day and I could not find the candidate for whom I had decided to vote for U.S. Democratic House Representative in CD-07. Her name was not on the ballot because my precinct which is inside 610 near the Texas Medical Center in Houston has been redistricted out to tea party land in suburban Houston.  According to a friend who knows far more about redistricting than I do said the GOP moved Republican precincts out of districts like CD-07 into tea party land in order to keep Republican areas in suburban Houston securely loony as long as possible (my words, not his).  Apparently the GOP thinks U.S. Rep. Culberson is so invincible that he can hold a less red district with no problem.

Voters will decide Culberson's future in November. I just won't be among them this year.  For I have been gerrymandered to ol' Houston hanging Judge Ted Poe's district.  Hell hath no fury, Judge.  I remember getting grilled by you when summoned for jury duty years ago. I also remember how the Judge would humiliate convicted shop lifters by making them stand outside the store from which they had stolen wearing a sign acknowledging their former thievery. I think it would be equally fitting for Ted Poe to stand outside the U.S. House of Representatives while wearing a sign.

Earth to TX CD-02.  I don't work for you.

Many of us know that the Republican Party has been lying to the American people on so many levels for over 30 years. During the Reagan and G.W. Bush years we heard all about trickle down economics and its wonders.  According to the tiresome right wing spin artists if the rich are given tax cuts they will create more jobs for the middle and working classes.  Except that trickle down has never created jobs. Everyone knows this by now but that does not stop the GOP and Fox Faux News from its continual lying about it. Trickle down is a Trojan horse for tax cuts and a transfer of wealth from the middle class to the 1%. Media water carriers for Republican propaganda, Fox Faux News, has been faithfully beating the drums for the Party's voodoo economic policies for as long as I can remember.

Even the venture capitalist below gets the hard and fast reality that tax cuts don't create jobs.  

Cross posted on Texas Kaos and Daily Kos.

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Rick Perry is a Ponzi Scheme

by: Libby Shaw

Tue Aug 30, 2011 at 04:11 PM CDT

He says whatever people want to hear and promises them whatever they want to be promised.  He takes care of his fat cat donors. He makes millions for himself until eventually he cashes in and leaves town. He will throw the interests and needs of his contituents under the bus. School teachers lose their jobs.  Class sizes across the state increases. Children are robbed of educational opportunities. Slick Rick's mean and lean economic policies continue to chip away at the sustainability and dignity of the elderly's final years of life.

Ponzi Scheming Rick Perry's Texas miracle with its no income tax has an 8.4% unemployment rate.

Rick Perry says he wants to make the federal government inconsequential in our lives and yet the Governor has never held a job outside of government.  He relies on Texas taxpayers to pay his salary, housing expenses, health care benefits and security detail.  He travels on the taxpayer dime whenever opportunity knocks for Rick.

The Governor of the once great state of Texas has been on the campaign trail for only a couple of weeks and it has surprised few of us in Texas that the Governor is telling one tall tale after another while throwing verbal bombs. The Governor, a former Al Gore Democrat, turned Republican, turned tea party darling has hinted at secession finds himself running for POTUS two years later. No matter, for Rick Perry will wear whatever costume he needs in order to promote himself and his extremist right wing agenda.

This citizen blogger is going to attempt to tell readers that they have everything to fear and dread about a potential Rick Perry Presidency.   Think G.W. Bush on steroids.  Rick Perry is far more conservative, anti-government and anti-establishment than W.  Rick Perry's style of pay to play politics make Jack Abramoff and Tom Delay seem like lightweights.

Of course at least half of us in Texas get it that Rick Perry will say anything his right wing supporters, his big donors and Rush Limbaugh want to hear.  Christian fundamentalists want the Governor to be anti-science, anti-abortion and anti-gay marriage.  And he will promote these views with a vengeance.  His fat cat donors, especially those  in oil and gas want low taxes, no or little regulation and the ability with which to pollute the environment as much as possible with no financial repercussions for them.  Rick Perry passionately supports these notions.  Defending fat cat's views drives the Governor's anti-climate change message.  Of course if Rick Perry did not promote these causes (that are unpopular among most Americans) Rush Limbaugh would rake him over the coals.  And so would the head of the neoconservative agenda, Grover Norquist.  Readers may recall that Grover Norquist is the man who forced GOP lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to sign a "no tax increase" pledge.  Norquist obviously has a lot more clout over the GOP in the U.S. Congress than do the lawmaker's own constituents.

Voters should know right now that Rick Perry will never in a day support their best interests or needs if they do not fall into any of the narrow and unpopular categories above. The Governor has made millions of dollars for himself while pleasing his biggest supporters. This is what Rick Perry has been doing for the past ten years.

Half of us in Texas understand that Rick Perry is merely a puppet who performs and delivers to his puppet masters.  But the Governor is very clever at getting folks to vote against themselves time and time again. He gets an A in the acting out passion and belief department and he excels at cleverly using fear whenever necessary.  Rick Perry would make a great Hollywood actor.

The  Governor really has no viable solutions to address any of our current national problems (save the same old GOP mantra of tax cuts for the rich and deregulation) but he is great at pointing fingers and blaming other culprits. Rick Perry is a master at kicking his messes down the road.  A prime example of this is the super majority of super conservative anti-fed Republican lawmakers used federal stimulus dollars to "balance" its 2011 budget and it engaged in Enron type accounting gimmicks to kick part of its deficit can down the road to the 2013 legislative session.

Rick Perry likes to boast about the jobs he has created in Texas but alas unemployment is 8% and many jobs are minimum wage positions that offer no health care or other benefits. There also happens to be more jobs in Texas because of the state's abundance of resources that have nothing to do with Rick Perry.  

Texas leads the nation in low end minimum-wage jobs. Some 550,000 workers last year were paid at or below the federal $7.25 minimum wage, more than double the number making those wages in 2008 (CNNMoney.com, Bureau of Labor Statistics). Texas shares with Mississippi the dubious title of having the highest percentage of minimum wage workers in the U.S., 9.5% (CNNMoney.com, 8/12/11). Many of those Texas positions don't offer health benefits. Even with these new low level jobs, because of Texas' population growth, it would need to create another 629,000 jobs or 5.6% more positions just to reach its pre-recession employment level (Economic Policy Institute). Doug Hall, who works at the Economic Policy Institute, stated, "They (Texans) have a long way to go before they get back to a positive place." Texas also has other resources most states don't that have nothing to do with Gov. Perry. Texas is rich in natural resources and has benefited from the high price of oil and gas exploration (CNNMoney.com). Gov. Perry also signed a Tea Party- type budget in 5/2011 that slashes $15 billion in spending over the next two years. This budget could result in the loss of 100,000 jobs. Thousands of teachers, a vital investment in Texas' future, are already feeling the impact of more than $5 billion in cuts to education funding (CNNMoney.com). Fiscal "hawk" Perry fought against raising taxes. However, he didn't mind raising the state's debt from zero, when he took over, to $37.8 billion in 2010 (Recio, McClatchy Newspapers, 8/12/11).

If God forbid, Perry were the POTUS and an economist told him that by changing from fossil fuels to clean renewable energy sources the U.S. could create $2.7 million jobs, the Governor would very likely thumb his nose at the economist and slap his oil and gas lobbyists on the backs.  No worries from my end, he would say.  

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Rick Perry Woos Wall St.

by: Libby Shaw

Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 08:19 PM CDT

Apparently Rick Perry was a big hit at a big fancy Republican fundraiser in Manhattan.  It was hosted by one of former President Nixon's sons-in-law, Ed Cox, soon to be NY GOP Chairman.  During his talk Perry bashed President Obama and touted state's strong economy and job growth.

Appearing as the keynote speaker at the New York County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day dinner at Grand Central Station in Manhattan, Perry bragged about presiding over "the strongest economy in this country." He cited government statistics indicating that 48 percent of the jobs created in the U.S. in the past two years have been created in Texas.

"We keep adding jobs while other states lose them left and right," Perry said. "Those jobs flee other states because of factors like excess taxation, punitive regulation and frivolous litigation. To preserve our job-friendly climate, our Legislature didn't raise taxes in balancing a budget that maintains essential services and keeps more than $6 billion in our Rainy Day Fund.

"In Texas, we can't defer today's tough decisions for tomorrow's generation, and unlike Washington, we don't have one of those Beijing credit cards to finance deficit spending."

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Rick Perry Woos Wall St.

by: Libby Shaw

Thu Jun 16, 2011 at 08:17 PM CDT

Apparently Rick Perry was a big hit at a big fancy Republican fundraiser in Manhattan.  It was hosted by one of former President Nixon's sons-in-law, Ed Cox, soon to be NY GOP Chairman.  During his talk Perry bashed President Obama and touted state's strong economy and job growth.

Appearing as the keynote speaker at the New York County Republican Party's annual Lincoln Day dinner at Grand Central Station in Manhattan, Perry bragged about presiding over "the strongest economy in this country." He cited government statistics indicating that 48 percent of the jobs created in the U.S. in the past two years have been created in Texas.

"We keep adding jobs while other states lose them left and right," Perry said. "Those jobs flee other states because of factors like excess taxation, punitive regulation and frivolous litigation. To preserve our job-friendly climate, our Legislature didn't raise taxes in balancing a budget that maintains essential services and keeps more than $6 billion in our Rainy Day Fund.

"In Texas, we can't defer today's tough decisions for tomorrow's generation, and unlike Washington, we don't have one of those Beijing credit cards to finance deficit spending."

I imagine all of those Wall St. fat cats and plutocrats licked their chops over the prospect of another Texas Republican cowboy occupying the White House. The last timeone did he turned a blind eye to Wall St.'s gambling casinos that burned 30% of the global economy. To plug up their gambling loses and to avoid a global financial melt down called a Depression the Bush Administration emptied the U.S. Treasury into the fat cats pockets. Right now the fat cats are trying to figure out who will work best for by letting them do what they did all over again in 2008. Will it be Romney? Pawlenty? Bachmann or Perry?

I think they will pick Rick Perry. He's a great BS artist and he has no conscience at all when it comes to throwing children, education, the elderly who are poor and a woman's right to choose under the bus.  And as everyone in Texas knows he is a great liar to boot. What a perfect tool for Wall St.!

Let's look at the reality of Rick Perry's low taxes and small government and how his conservatives policies yielded a $27 billion budget deficit.  

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TX Governor Rooster Perry to run for POTUS

by: Libby Shaw

Sun Jun 12, 2011 at 04:40 PM CDT

Cross posted on Texas Kaos.

Oh snap. So now our Washington D.C. hating Governor wants to move tout de suite to the place that he loves to loathe?  

Apparently Rick Perry hates Washington so much that he cannot wait to get there.

But wait.

Apparently Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera believes Rick Perry's comments about secession are so unbelievably treasonous that the Governor of the once great state of Texas should be impeached.

Of course Rick Perry has not been impeached. This is Texas, after all.  The esteemed Governor won yet another term in office.

Texas Republicans obviously have a very high threshold for third world statehood in which low taxes, small government and a budget based on smoke and mirrors prevails. The Texas GOP also demonstrates a high tolerance for narcissistic and integrity-free lawmakers who bring more than a tad of hurt and suffering to them, their families and their pocket books.  But to be fair Texas has more than its fair share of right wing extremists and crackpots that include white supremacists, secessionists, xenophobes and racists, most of whom voted for Rick Perry.  The Governor relied heavily on this base in order to get re-elected.

Third world Rick.  

There is a reason why Rick the Rooster and his Texas GOP want to keep Texas schools at the bottom of the national pile. And there is a rationale for why the Governor supports the anti-intellectual and anti-science Christian Taliban zealots that run the State Board of Education.

Is Rick Perry pandering? Pandering is precisely what crowing roosters like slick Rick do. As Texas progressive writer and friend of the revered late Molly Ivins Harold Cook duly noted, voters outside of the state may recoil from a sinking sense of deja vu when they see the swaggering rooster Rick on the campaign trail.

The problem for Perry, in the blinding light of the national stage, is that he may ultimately be seen as the swaggering rooster who believes the sun came up because of all that crowing.
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The Medicare Killing GOP to Gov Perry: Run, Rick, Run

by: Libby Shaw

Mon May 23, 2011 at 07:09 PM CDT

The national Republican Medicare Killing Party must be in dire straits if it seriously considers running an extremist right wing Governor who racked up a $27 billion budget deficit that he said was either imaginary or "speculative."

Except that a $27 billion hole that was made in hell is a $27 billion hole that was made in hell.

So much for the silliness of the Texas miracle. Meanwhile, back at the Guv's pricey ranch in Austin, Rick Perry passed the women rights killing abortion sonogram bill into law today.  Has a fundamentalist Christian Sharia law come to Texas, thanks to our extremist right wing Governor?

Governor Perry might be good at fooling and tricking Texas voters but his winning streak ends right here and perhaps in Mississippi. After all, both states are in a neck to neck competition for low performing schools and for dismantling social programs for the middle class and economically challenged.  

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GOP Votes to Gut Medicare, Kowtows to Plutocrat Piracy

by: Libby Shaw

Mon Apr 18, 2011 at 07:29 PM CDT

I have asked this question before and I will ask it again. Why do Republican voters, whose financial net worth is far less than one million dollars, continue to routinely vote for politicians that have nothing but unbridled contempt for those who fall far short of millionaire incomes?

Since January, 2011 the Republican Party has embarked on a radical mission to dismantle the social programs that were passed into law in the 20th Century. The GOP extremists want to return to the heyday of the reckless and irresponsible economic policies of the 1920s that led to the worst depression in U.S. history.

The social programs that were implemented in the 20th Century passed during a time in which there was a Democratic ethos of caring capitalism. By making investments in programs and initiatives for working Americans, tens of thousands of boats were lifted. Hard working folks had the opportunity to move up the ladders of education and attendant higher incomes. These investments ensured a secure future for a solid and thriving middle class America.

But today's radicals on the right want nothing to do with the caring part of capitalism or with floating any boat, for that matter. In fact, the extremists have no clue what the definition of care is.      

On Friday the Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives voted to gut Medicare. It did so while giving yet more tax cuts to millionaires and by making the Bush tax cuts permanent.

Just one day after Congress concluded its fight over this year's spending, the House voted 235 to 193 to approve the fiscal blueprint for 2012 drafted by Representative Paul D. Ryan, Republican of Wisconsin and chairman of the Budget Committee. Besides reconfiguring the Medicare program that now serves those 65 and older, the proposal would cut the top corporate and personal income tax rates while also overhauling the Medicaid health program for the poor.
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When Middle Schoolers Serve in Congress

by: Libby Shaw

Tue Apr 12, 2011 at 07:55 PM CDT

The 2010 election wave has unfortunately swept in a group of lawmakers that apparently have the maturity of twelve year old children.  The most powerful country in the world is being held hostage by a minority group comprised of unyielding fanatics who have no respect for compromise in government.  Nor do the fanatics and bullies care what most people want.

I guess this is what can happen when corporate billionaires can and will purchase the elections of its chosen hired hands.

As we are all acutely aware, this sort of pay to play politics has thrived and flourished in Rick Perry's Texas for ten long years.  

But I digress.

On Friday evening just minutes before midnight the Democrats and Republicans in the U.S. Congress managed to cobble together a desperate last minute effort to agree on spending cuts in the budget in order to avoid a government shut down. The Tea Party wing of the GOP is apparently not very happy about the compromise at all, mostly because Tea Party Republicans seem to be incapable of understanding the basic tenets implicit in the responsibility ones assumes when one is elected into office. In other words the Tea Publicans did not get the message that Washington no longer does it is my way or the highway politics anymore. That went out with the W. Bush era after its Administration drove our nation into a financial hell hole.

Somehow Tea Publican members of Congress seem to think their legislative ideological and intrinsically reckless decisions have absolutely no impact on the American people at all.  

Corrupting federal budget proposals with irrelevant right wing ideological riders that include 35 year old culture war hate baggage is a dumb and very unprincipled idea.    

Of course the GOP and its Tea Party people really don't care much about governing responsibly on behalf of the the people. Over the past few months we have learned that most are self serving cowards who serve an ideology that is both ludicrous and cruel.

It's unclear where the adults are, but they don't seem to be in Washington. Beyond the malice of the threat to shut down the federal government, averted only at the last minute on Friday night, it's painful how vapid the discourse is and how incompetent and cowardly our leaders have proved to be.
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GOP Robs Texas of its Future

by: Libby Shaw

Fri Mar 25, 2011 at 04:35 PM CDT

( - promoted by Karl-Thomas Musselman)

The Texas Republican Party is on a mean-spirited, heartless and cruel mission of SLASHeconomics that is unnecessary and uncalled for. It is blindly cutting the budgets for schools and social services with absolutely no regard for the devastating long term consequences of such cuts.

Rick Perry and his far right Republicans refuse to touch the Rainy Day money for next year's budget though this is precisely the time in which we should tap into such funds.  Instead  the Republicans have chosen to stockpile the money and rob children of their futures.  

Outside of the box thinking, complex problem solving, the ability to explore creative and unique alternatives and a modicum of compassion are called for during dire and desperate economic times like these.

Are Texas Republican lawmakers made of the right stuff to lead?  Is it capable of throwing away its memorized talking point campaign rhetoric, forget about its Obamacare and federal government bashing monologues, dismiss its highly paid message masters, unglue its lips from its sugar daddy donor's backsides and engage its collective brain to do what is right and work on behalf of all Texans?

Let's take a peek at the legislation proposed in Austin so far by the super majority Party.

Readers can decide whether or not Republican lawmakers are made of the right stuff.

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Texas GOP "To Shrink Government to fit inside a Woman's Uterus"

by: Libby Shaw

Sun Feb 20, 2011 at 05:48 PM CST

The Texas Republican Party loves to hate any form of government to the point it would love to wash it out of our lives altogether. Except, of course, when it comes to peeking inside of our bedrooms and when imposing expensive medical procedures on women who have to make very difficult personal decisions.

Since it is incapable and unwilling to honestly address its decision to impose devastating budget cuts to schools and social programs, the Republican Texas Taliban Party has decided to hide behind the veil of emotional hot buttons known as social and cultural issues. That and divide and conquer politics. What else is a Party that has sold its soul to corporate power brokers and one that is morally bankrupted to the point it shows nothing but contempt for ordinary people to do? And this is precisely why the deficit denying cowards and ethically challenged Republicans in the state Senate passed an abortion sonogram bill.

AUSTIN - Doctors would have to perform a sonogram at least two hours before an abortion and describe the fetus for the woman - including cardiac activity, internal organs and limbs - under a bill that sailed through the Texas Senate on Thursday.

The debate - marked by references to God and the right of "hairy-legged" men to drive changes in the procedure - culminated in a mostly party-line 21-10 vote that sends the measure to the House for consideration.

Is Sharia law coming to Texas? Or do Texas Republican men suffer from an acute and chronic case of misogyny disorder? Or are the Republican Taliban inspired men simply hiding behind women's skirts in order to avoid manning up and admitting the obvious? Let's face it. Rick Perry and the Texas GOP fiscal policies of the past 10 years are one whopping and mind blowing disaster.  

Sen. Leticia Van de Putte said that if a woman chooses to give birth, and the motivation of the bill is to protect children, then "it's our responsibility to protect that child once the child is born, too," and not drastically cut the budgets from areas like vaccines and pre-kindergarten education.

"We seem to worship what we cannot see, but as soon as that baby is born, oh no, government doesn't want to be intrusive," said Van de Putte, a San Antonio Democrat. In a reference to conservative Grover Norquist's comment that he wanted to cut government to the size where he could "drown it in the bathtub," Van de Putte said, "Texas is going to shrink government until it fits into a woman's uterus."

Meanwhile in Washington D.C. a female US House Representative from California has something to say about the appalling and insensitive talibanesque statements made by a male colleague from New Jersey.

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