Empower Texans Newsletter – February 9, 2013

QUOTING…  “A political party cannot be all things to all people. It must represent certain fundamental beliefs which must not be compromised to political expediency or simply to swell its numbers.” — Ronald Reagan

A week from Tuesday early voting will begin for the March primary election. Every election is important ss an opportunity for us to determine which candidates will be trusted with the discrete, limited powers for their particular position. More importantly, it is a reaffirmation of the principles of self-governance for which our founding fathers gave their “lives, fortunes and sacred honor.”

We must not allow ourselves to be swayed by the cults of personality that politics so often creates. As John Quincy Adams once said, “Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.”

Several items from the week follow for your review, but let me remind you that the Empower Texans PAC will be hosting a statewide teletownhall with our endorsed candidates for Lieutenant Governor (Dan Patrick) and Attorney General (Ken Paxton). This will be an opportunity to ask them about the issues facing the state and about their campaigns.

If your schedule permits, you can listen live on the webstream, and dial-in toll-free to ask questions and offer comments.

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

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Empower Texans Newsletter – January 31, 2014

Today’s QUOTE…  This is no time for ease and comfort. It is time to dare and endure.” — Winston Churchill 

We must not ever expect to agree completely with everyone who runs for office; philosophical and practical differences are the hallmark of the process. Indeed, as advocates for self-governance we rejoice in and encourage the debates and disagreements as signs of a healthy and vibrant political marketplace.

What cannot be tolerated, of course, are politicians who trade in deceit. We need daring leaders who exude honesty and character, first and always.

Opiela’s Deception…
Our general counsel, Tony McDonald, has written today about such deception occuring in the race for Agriculture Commissioner. He has found a disturbing pattern emerging in the campaign of House Speaker Joe Straus’ one-time lawyer, Eric Opiela.

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Empower Texans Newsletter – January 19, 2014

If we lose freedom here, there is no place to escape to. This is the last stand on Earth.” — Ronald Reagan

Candidates for the March primary are starting their sprint for the finish line, and we’ve made a few more endorsements.

And when you consider the, ahem, quality of the opposition, it is all the more important each of us to cheer the good guys on a little louder and fight alongside them a little stronger.

The Fight Right Now
Last night we witnessed 600 grassroots Texans gather to support taxpayer champion and Tarrant County activist-turned-legislator, Jonathan Stickland.

“The fight is right here, right now,” Mr. Stickland said to the cheering packed room. He is absolutely right: If Texas’ lone star is to shine brightly in the field of blue on Old Glory, we must get it right in 2014.

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Empower Texans Newsletter – January 5, 2014

QUOTING…  They say the world has become too complex for simple answers. They are wrong. There are no easy answers, but there are simple answers. We must have the courage to do what we know is morally right.” — Ronald Reagan

Today’s headline in the Dallas Morning News says it all: “Texas business groups ally to counter tea party influence in GOP primaries.” Ironic, since the tea party arose to counter those establishment groups working to undermine our economy and liberty!

This is exactly the same thing happening right now in DC, with big-government “business” groupsseeking to undermine the popular work of reform-minded senators like Ted Cruz. It’s just that rather being a story on Fox News about distant happenings in liberal Washington, it’s playing out right here at home.

The fight isn’t just “there,” it’s here. Are you ready?

Trough Feeders
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Empower Texans Newsletter – January 2, 2014

QUOTING…  The problem is not that people are taxed too little, the problem is that government spends too much.” — Ronald Reagan

Happy new year — we’ve got the establishment guys on the run! One politician is so scared that you’ll look at his records, he’s playing bait-and-switch games on social media to distract voters.

On a less happy note, 2014 is when an unelected state bureaucracy wants to increase Texans electric bills by $4 billion in what amounts to a massive tax hike. And the most liberal Republican in the state senate is letting them get away with it.

I’m feeling great about the opportunity we have in 2014 — and appreciate so much the great response we’ve had over the last week to our end-of-’13 fundraising needs! (Anyone who hasn’t contributed can still do so, of course.)

Now, on about the task of informing citizens about the actions and activities of their elected officials…

Branch’s Duck Bait
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Empower Texans Newsletter – December 29, 2013

QUOTING…  And now that the legislators and do gooders have futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty.” — Frederic Bastiat

With every statewide office “up for grabs,” the future of Texas – and the nation – will be shaped by what we do in 2014. We have to hit the ground running, and be ready for the fierce fights ahead!

It starts with holding our elected official accountable.

Confronting Your Employees
Of course, some legislators have really thin skin… and don’t at all like constituents finding out what they have been doing in Austin. Latest example? Ironically enough, the co-chair of the Orwellian-named “Transparency” committee in the Texas House.

This committee is the pet project of moderate House Speaker Joe Straus. It’s most meaningful activities to date have been to hold a series of hearings into impeaching a UT regent for uncovering financial malfeasances and admissions abuse.

The committee seems intent on whitewashing over the allegations of corruption and abuse — including unethical behavior (or worse) by members of the legislature.

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Empower Texans Newsletter – December 8, 2013

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Dec. 8, 2013


QUOTING…  [D]isarm the people ― that is the best and most effective way to enslave them.” George Mason

I know it sounds like the start of an Aggie joke: Texas A&M buys a law school, then lets a professor who wants to repeal the Second Amendment pick the new dean… If it doesn’t sound funny, that’s because it is all too true.

Meanwhile, it’s not unusual to meet a Republican candidate who lists taxes as the reason to seek office. What makes Steve Massengale of Lubbock unique is that he’s running because he wants to be pushing for higher taxes.

Pro-Tax Republicans
We know that a cabal of anti-taxpayer, pro-cronyism interests is working to keep malleable moderates in the Texas legislature so they will keep the pork flowing.

But I bet you didn’t know that similar forces are at work trying to help pro-tax Republicans beat conservative incumbents. I mean, so much for the “any Republican is better than a Democrat” theory of establishment politics…

In Lubbock, conservative State Rep. Charles Perry is being challenged in the GOP primary by the current Lubbock Independent School District president Steve Massengale (he previously headed the local Chamber of Big Government, er, Commerce).

Mr. Massengale told the local Fox news affiliate that he is running because Mr. Perry refused to help push a local tax increase. Massengale told the station, “Now I’m not here to advocate for or against a sales tax.” Funny, because that is precisely what he has been doing.

The tax hike, if you were wondering, was to fund a bevy of projects that reads like a smorgasbord of waste designed to hand out government contracts to political cronies.

(Note to self: review how much money Lubbock ISD has paid Mr. Massengale’s “printing” business, Advanced Graphix, over the last few years…)

Metroplex Moochers
Conservative freshman Jonathan Stickland is being challenged by local lackey Andy Cargile. It would seem Mr. Cargile’s chief claim-to-fame is that he’s controlled by Tarrant County political puppet-master Neal Adams.

When it comes to underwriting big-government Republicans, Mr. Adams is the moderate-in-chief. And he apparently expects to be rewarded.

In 2005 Adams’ local State Senator, Chris Harris, carried an amendment on House Bill 2120 that allowed county hospital districts to hire law firms to represent them, instead of using the already-paid-for-by-taxpayers county attorney.

Guess who the Tarrant County Hospital District hired as their general counsel? Neal Adams.

Anti-Gun Aggies?
Speaking of Neal Adams… What a shocker, he also is serving on that “dean selection committee” for the new Texas A&M School of Law located in downtown Fort Worth.

One of Mr. Adams’ fellow committee members is Professor Meg Penrose, who says the Second Amendment should be “repealed” and tells her students that the U.S. Constitution is outdated.

(With a crony-moderate and a gun-grabber as committee members, we’ll be lucky if the first dean of the Aggie law school isn’t a disciple of Saul Alinsky.)

A November article in the Daily Caller was headlined “CALL TO ARMS: Texas A&M law prof says it’s time to repeal Second Amendment.” Gig’em.

Prof. Penrose’s call to repeal the U.S. Constitution’s Second Amendment didn’t come at a Wendy Davis cocktail party, but “a day-long panel symposium on gun control and the Second Amendment at the University of Connecticut School of Law in Hartford.”

Here’s what Penrose said: “I think the Second Amendment is misunderstood and I think it’s time today, in our drastic measures, to repeal and replace that Second Amendment.”

In fairness, the Daily Caller pointed out Penrose says each state should set its own policies on gun rights.

But, come to think of it… why does Penrose stop at only the Second Amendment? I wonder what other fundamental rights she’d support the states abridging? Would she allow each state to decide if people enjoy the freedoms of speech, religion and the press? Maybe Penrose would let each state set its own laws about slavery? Would she make “due process” optional? Where would Prof. Penrose stop?

As an Aggie who prefers my constitutional rights left intact, I’m horrified that the likes of Prof. Penrose – along with crony-contracting moderate Neal Adams – get to pick the first dean of A&M’s law school.

Collegiate humor aside, our right to keep and bear arms is no joking matter. And cavalier attitudes about the U.S. Constitution should not be promoted in our tax-supported institutions of higher education. Especially in Texas!

EmpowerTexans Newsletter – November 24, 2013

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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.

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EmpowerTexans Newsletter – November, 17 2013

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Nov. 17, 2013


QUOTING…  “Freedom is a fragile thing and is never more than one generation away from extinction.” — Ronald Reagan

During the spring legislative session, Democrats successfully legitimized the illegitimate profession of ObamaCare ‘navigator’ into state law with the help of Republicans. Thanks to filmmaker James O’Keefe, we now know for sure some of those same navigators are shilling for leftist causes while encouraging fraud.

Meanwhile, a candidate for lieutenant governor is woefully misrepresenting the “FiscalResponsibility Index” record of one of his opponents.

I’ll get to those in a second.

Quick Texas Tidbits
Arlington’s mayor recently decided to become a good steward of the taxpayers’ money — after he got caught

The House Witchhunt Committee looking to silence a regent for doing his job uncovering malfeasance met again last week…

San Antonio activists are being bullied for opposing a boondoggle streetcar plan

Silencing Critics In Secret
A disturbing trend is re-emerging around the country: establishment politicians using secret investigations and closed-door hearings to silence conservative critics.

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DFW Taxpayer Alert…Debt Elections on Nov 5th

DFW Taxpayer Alert…Debt Elections on Nov 5th
October 24, 2013 by Ross Kecseg
We have witnessed how the expansive reliance on government institutions has created the $17 trillion fiscal mess in Washington, which is $11 trillion higherthan in 1997.
Less conspicuous, however, is the massive debt burden amassed by local governments here in Texas, driven primarily by city and school bonds.
Below is a partial list of 14 propositions affecting taxpayers in the greater Dallas-Fort Worth area…It’s no surprise that Texas has the second highest local debt, per capita, in the nation. Continue reading “DFW Taxpayer Alert…Debt Elections on Nov 5th”