EmpowerTexans Newsletter – November 24, 2013

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Texans for Fiscal Responsibility

Nov. 24, 2013


QUOTING…  “Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.” — Pericles

In 1789 a Thanksgiving Day proclamation was issued by President George Washington. As we pause for this Thanksgiving 224 years later, his words serve as a valuable reminder of our heritage and the source of our national strength.

He wrote that Americans must “acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits” that include “the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed.” Washington urged his countrymen to “unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations.“ Hopefully we will all remember to do such this week between family, football and feasting.

Might I suggest that we also each pray for strength in the fight? Because a fight is upon us, have no doubt. Texas is a battleground… but not only with liberal Democrats in November.

But first, Ross Kecseg reminded us this week about the burden of too much government.

Feeding Frenzy
“If all you watched were national news networks, you’d be led to believe that, in the absence of hundreds of federal bureaucracies planning your life, America would be reduced to anarchy,” wrote Ross, who leads our Metroplex office.

He went on to note that Texas has twice the per-capita number of government entities than California, and two and a half times as many as Florida. That’s a whole lot of government.

Ross concluded: “If we halt the charge of government expansion, we can once again become the beacon of freedom and prosperity to the rest of nation and the world. This will only happen, however, when Texans decide to activate at the state and local level.”

New Endorsements
Before I go any further, let me note that we announced several endorsements in GOP primary races last week: a couple of incumbents, a few open-seat races, and several challengers. The endorsement list isn’t yet complete, as we are still working through our endorsement process.

Terribly Liberal Republicans
The GOP establishment is eager to have us all worried about the impending threat of the Democrats’ “Battleground Texas” effort. Might I suggest we have a more immediate problem: grow-government, anti-taxpayer Republicans.

All the energy spent fretting about Battleground Texas is for naught if we’re stuck with “Republicans” working in Austin to help Democrats impose liberal legislation on the state!

The corporate-crony lobby, comprised of the rent-seeking “business” interests looking for government contracts and regulations for competitors, is busily shilling for the moderate and liberals Republicans – but hiding behind the buzzwords of the conservative right.

A new group called “Texas Future Business Alliance” is apparently mailing into the districts of moderate and liberal Republicans, trying to convince voters that their pro-bloat legislator is a conservative. But doing so requires that they re-define the word as synonymous with corporate cronyism.

The organizations participating in this latest charade read like a who’s-who of the entrenched pro-bloat lobby in Austin: Texas Chemical Council, Associated General Contractors, Texansfor Lawsuit Reform, Texas Bankers Association, Texas Hospital Association, Texas Medical Association, Texas Association of Builders and the Texas Association of Realtors.

These groups routinely fight against conservative and tea-party candidates and incumbents, many supported the implementation of ObamaCare, and all treat incumbents like a special class of Texan.

Their 2014 effort lead with mailers in defense of Sarah Davis of Houston. Some might remember Rep. Davis as the only Republican who sided with the liberal Democrats infighting against pro-life legislation this summer.

Or you might remember her for voting to increase legislators’ pensions, legitimize the ObamaCare navigators, hike state spending 24 percent, and keep corporate-cronyism funded instead of putting money into tax relief.

Suffice it to say, no one thinks of Sarah Davis as a conservative.

Neither Davis nor the entrenched crony-lobby will own up to their big-government intentions or her left-leaning record, so they define up as down, and left as right. They call bloated spending ‘responsible’ while labeling hand-outs as ‘tax-relief.’ They claim she is a conservative and hope no one checks the facts.

It’s up to the voters to make sure they aren’t fooled by the pro-bloat crowd of crony-corporatists working to reach deeper and deeper into our pockets.

Citizens Win
As an update: pro-taxpayer activists in San Antonio won a victory this week. Our field coordinator, Greg Harrison, reports that a heavy-handed attempt to implement a streetcar system (over the expressed intent of voters) was derailed by Attorney General Greg Abbott.

Derailed, but not over. Despite overwhelming opposition from voters and taxpayers, San Antonio officials keep trying to impose their expensive boondoggle. It is unlikely they will give up now. It just means the citizenry has to stay engaged.

The cause of liberty demands eternal vigilance. Doing so, we can — we will — win the fights ahead. Liberty belongs only to those who will fight for it!

For Texas,
Michael Quinn Sullivan
& the EmpowerTexans.com Team