An NFL referee can’t perform his duty if he’s not well educated on the 200+ page rule book. Voters can’t expedite their duty if they don’t know the rules restricting government – that is the Supreme Law of the land; the 34 page U.S. Constitution. It is upon these principles that our Texas Constitution and statutes are supposed to be enacted.
If you plan to vote on the 7 proposed amendments to our 200+ page Texas Constitution, you should have consistent rules by which you judge every amendment. I consistently use the U.S. Constitution as my benchmark. My three test questions are found here because every law increases the size, scope, and cost of government.
Here’s a summary of the 7 proposals and their constitutionality… Continue reading “7 PROPOSED AMENDMENTS – Put Through The Test”
Here is a taxpayer’s view of the intended and unintended consequences of the efforts of our noble Austin legislators.
First, one must read the proposed legislation because the brief explanatory statement of the nature of each proposed amendment listed on the ballot is not even close to addressing what is in the amendment. If a proposed amendment has enabling legislation (many do), the details of the amendment with taxing authority, penalties for violations, and other changes/additions to other state statutes may be found there. In short, you have to read the amendment/enabling bill to find out what’s in it and often times we have to pass the amendment/bill to find out what’s in it. On some of the proposed amendments, the enabling legislation is silent (deficient) in certain areas. Where there is silence in the enabling legislation, once the amendment is passed then it may be up to the courts to decide the intent of the author(s) of the amendment or enabling legislation. This is unfortunate but true.
Second, one should understand the Purpose and Consequences of laws.
Third, one should put each proposed amendment to the 3 question test of “constitutionality”. Continue reading “9 Proposed Amendments – Put Through the Constitutional Test”
All legislative matters, the conduct and actions of government officials, and the enforced ordinances and laws which restrict human activity, should pass the three question test:
1.) Is it “constitutional”?
(Supports the constitutional republic)
2.) Is there a need?
(Do all the People have a need for and benefit from the proposed government intervention?)
(Can the People afford it? Is the cost equal and uniform?)
Continue reading “All Laws Must Pass the Constitutional Test”
TODAY’S DALLAS MORNING LOW-INFO VOTER NEWS
*Cruz leads lonely attack on budget bill, p. 1A
– Actually, Cruz attacked Obamacare
, the massive, leftist job-killer
— and he did it quite effectively, though DMN Dem Todd “The Hack” Gillman doesn’t include a single thing he said
about it. Someone speaks for hours on end — longer than “Abortion Barbie!” — and we don’t get a syllable
of relevant remarks. Continue reading “Dallas Morning News Bias – September 25, 2013”
Cruz Takes the Lead; AP on Wendy’s ‘Long Hello’; MRT on Sunday TV;
Mackowiak / Stanford / Saldana on the Hispanic Vote in Monday’s AAS
**** Continue reading “Must Read Texas – September 22, 2013”
NOT NEWS TO THE DALLAS MORNING DAILY KOS
Spending Up 26%!
Texas Legislature Takes Wild Left Turn & Spends like there’s No Tomorrow
JoAnn Fleming, Chairman, TX Legislature’s TEA Party Caucus Advisory Committee; Executive Director, Grassroots America
Over the Memorial Day weekend, the GOP-controlled Texas legislature passed appropriation bills and a 2014-2015 budget that combine to increase spending 26%! Continue reading “CALL Gov. Perry – ask him to VETO SB1 (Budget) and HB 1025 which raids the Rainy Day Fund”
By Thatcher Townson
May 24, 2013
On Wednesday, May 22nd, five high school students along with two adults from the Collin County civics group, SALT, accompanied the North Texas Citizens Lobby to the capitol. We spoke with Representative Phil King, and Representative Scott Turner, and Continue reading “Students Lobbying in Austin”