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March 19, 2017
They are used – like Greek gods – to justify bad behavior by lawmakers. But in the real world, no legislator exists who is truly a “conservative” on fiscal or business issues but a “liberal” on social issues.
The same people who think nothing of forcing taxpayers to subsidize abortion rarely have any compunction about increasing the bite of government from a small business’ bottom-line. Lawmakers who would glibly impede the exercise of First Amendment liberties can similarly be expected to keep sanctuary cities in existence.
A very real creature is the lazy legislator who hides behind a façade of camaraderie that benefits liberals to the detriment of conservatives.
Consider what happened last week
when State Rep. Hugh Shine (R-Temple), a “business” Republican, moved to suspend
the rules for, and thereby fast-track, a proposed constitutional amendment
authored by the chairman of the Democrat caucus to increase the minimum wage in
Despite campaigning on a
platform to “fight for limited government” the vast majority of Republican
lawmakers rallied to help Shine help the Democrats; including the chairman of
Just 19 Republicans
of the 94-member caucus in the
Some might try to deflect with excuses of it being a "procedural" vote, or about helping Democrats fix clerical errors, or the importance of “bipartisanship.” Others will claim they just want to advance “the discussion,” and still others will say they didn't know what they were voting on. In the end, there is this: a Democrat measure betraying the GOP platform got special consideration by the GOP-controlled House, while conservative reforms continue to be ignored.
Just two years ago the House GOP leadership allowed Democrats to consume a day of debate with a minimum wage proposal all the Republicans then voted against. Such gamesmanship by the House leadership will undoubtedly be played again, allowing liberals’ pet projects to consume precious floor time while conservative reforms die on the legislative calendar.
It's a kabuki theater, in which
apologists for the
It is our job as citizens to let lawmakers know the jig is up, and a reckoning is coming. Whether it’s playing games with the calendar, or making up mythical creatures to excuse bad votes, Texans are tired of business as usual.The myth that voters aren’t paying attention has been firmly disproven, and the Accountability Season of 2018 is just around the corner.