Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Some folks in the mainstream media call Texas the “reddest state of them all.” Enlightened Texans, including those who represent a cross section of all political groups, from liberal to moderate to conservative, have a different interpretation of Texas politics.

The more informed Texan understands that our state is likely the most politically corrupted one in the nation. This is the literal stomping ground of the Bush family. After all, Texas delivered the likes of W. and Rove to Washington.

50 out 50, Texas likely wins the first place award for fast tracking our state down the one-way path to economic devastation… that of a third world economy in which the hard working middle and working classes are completely disenfranchised.

Texas Republican lawmakers are so completely wedded to big oil and gas; insurance, pharma and special interests that they forgot why we, the people, sent them to Washington.

Recent reports reveal that ExxonMobil, supported by the Republican Party, is paying scientists to dispute the findings of global warming.

Let us eat pollution, attendant cancer and suffer the devastating effects of climate change.

Our state’s Republican leaders tacitly applaud illegal immigration for such keeps wages low and benefits such as healthcare non- existent.

It also explains why the corporate owned Republican Party has done nothing whatsoever to secure our southern border except to talk a lot about “securing our border with Mexico.” Which is all mere trash talk followed by nada, zip action. Talk the talk, but shirk the walk.

Recently, the governor in Texas, The Hair Perry, beholden to Merck, decided to mandate a vaccine down the throats of Texans. The vaccine is likely a good thing, but no one, from far right to far left trusts the Gov. Seems that the Gov pretends to care about “our children” and yet in reality, The Hair really owes a big one to Merck who donated $6K to his re-election campaign.

Besides, if our Gov and his Republican Party really gave a flip about Texas children why are our public schools so abysmally under-funded, low performing and why does Texas have record-breaking high school drop out rates?

Ironically, the Republican politicians, including our Gov, all profess to be God-fearing if not fundamentalist “Christians.” Perhaps they should explain their definition of “Christianity.” After all, Jesus threw the moneychangers out of the temple.

Our junior Senator, John Cornyn, is yet another example of a so-called compassionate conservative and “Christian” Republican.

Let us examine his reasoning for voting against the recent minimum wage increase. After all, Cornyn voted for a minimum wage increase when it was tied to the estate tax bill in August 2006.

After reading the letter Senator Cornyn wrote to a constituent, also a friend of mine, below, please be sure to check the web site indicating Cornyn’s major contributors.

Dear Mr. X:

Thank you for contacting me about efforts to increase the minimum wage. I appreciate having the benefit of your views on this issue.

As you may know, the Minimum Wage Increase Act of 1996 (P.L. 104-188) established the current minimum wage level of $5.15 per hour. I understand the concerns that many Americans have about the difficulties confronting low-wage workers. While increasing the minimum wage may be well intentioned, I do not believe it will—by itself—aid minimum-wage employees or make the U.S. more competitive in today’s global economy. Such an increase would further the financial burden on small businesses and ultimately translate into higher product prices and layoffs. These consequences would disproportionately hurt low-wage workers.

To improve the well being of American workers, Congress must focus on promoting continued economic growth, reducing the tax burden on small businesses, and increasing production—circumstances that will benefit all Americans. You may be certain that I will keep your comments in mind as I work with my colleagues in the Senate to promote economic growth and secure the financial well being of all Americans.

I appreciate having the opportunity to represent the interests of Texans in the United States Senate. Thank you for taking the time to contact me.


United States Senator

517 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Tel: (202) 224-2934
Fax: (202) 228-2856



1 comment:

blue pages said...

Thank god for Libby Shaw. I posted a comment on Blue Bayou yesterday that was not published. I did however receive a response from the author of the article I was commenting on.

The Blue Bayou seems to have a policy of limiting comments. I was commenting on the fact that there are far more important topics for debate than Senator E#dward's home.


Um, I think you missed the point of the piece, which was that it's stupid that Edwards' house is a news story. And I've written about the topics like those you've mentioned plenty of times. I'm not sure where you're going with the Dallas Republican blog bit, as I'm in Houston and am a diehard liberal...

Name: Blue Pages
Email Address: cham54@aol.com
URL: http://www.bluepageshome.com

The Blue Bayou and other Texas blogs is cherry picking subjects for discussion or they are completely oblivious to what is going on in the world around us. You may be known for what you do not say rather than what you say.

Perhaps your silence of some subjects is necessary in this market, but I would like to think there are some people in Houston who would like to discuss matters of more importance.

For example, we learned today an Under Secretary of Defense intentionally mischaracterized the environment in Iraq prior to the invasion. The intelligence organization at the Pentagon essentially lied to the American people about the reasons to go to war. The former Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee covered it up. Both Senators from Texas have supported the lie.

The Inspector General at the DOD testified today regarding the Under Secretary's report. The voters of Texas should be outraged! They should be outraged about the performance of the Senators from Texas and they should demand to be heard on this subject.

The subjects selected for discussion on the Dallas Blog may be political correct for Dallas Republican faithful but I for one have grown tiered of the Republican Fluff.

We have people being killed in Iraq unnessarily and you are discussing the size of a Democrat's house. This is the State of the big
ostentatious house. At least Senator Edward's home is in good taste.

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