The day after the primaries, a number of journalists commented that Dan Patrick’s victory signaled a shift to a more conservative Texas.
Geez, how much more conservative can Texas get? The answer is a bit frightening.
The early voting for primary run-offs began yesterday; a short cycle akin to the lifespan of a housefly and just about nasty. Ho-hum…
These races are far less than underwhelming, they’re nausea-producing. Examine the slate of candidates holistically and you must conclude: Corruption, lying and deception is a prerequisite for political office in Texas. Everything is bigger in Texas, even the unethical political behavior.
In just a few hours or even a few minutes, India will have its day of electoral reckoning; the results of a month’s worth of speeches, roadshows and endless queues of voters. The question of who will be the next PM of India and who will represent citizens in the Lok Sabha will soon be answered.
Why should Americans care about India’s elections?
I’ve been following the activities of Lubbock’s Oil and Gas Committee and was rather underwhelmed to see that the committee rejected the health and safety recommendations of the more community-minded individuals on the committee.
There’s conservative political gold waiting to be mined in the 116 mile stretch of the Red River that defines the border between Oklahoma and Texas and just like the prospectors of the California Gold Rush, political hopefuls rushed to seize the treasure by joining in the controversy.
Setting priorities is the most important management skill of all and few master it; especially our Texas Legislature and the complex hierarchy of state agencies that do their bidding. Economic prosperity is impossible without good health and education. Yet those two issues always take a backseat to economic development.
Truthfully, all three are interdependent upon one another.
With ACA signups in the rearview mirror and the numbers ratcheting up to 8 million or so, much of the bluff and bluster of the GOP argument about ACA is evaporating just as quickly as this weekend’s rains. That’s cold comfort for the unfortunate Texans who needed health insurance and were ignored and left out of participating in ACA, even though they may have wanted to do so.
Texans are slow learners. To grasp and master a concept requires the dreaded drill-and-kill technique, constant repetition; it’s a little like teaching English in middle school. Knowing that fact, it was no surprise when I read the AJ story on the Tech survey.
Citizens United, McCutcheon, and research studies from universities across the nation point to a tragic reality in our Democracy: Money ramps up the volume on speech. Money buys influence. Money buys admittance to the inner circle of government.
I always believed that Lubbock was sheltered from the political trends of our nation and the state of Texas.
I was wrong.
Tomorrow is April 8th, the American Association of University Women’s “Equal Pay Day”.
Symbolically, it’s the day when women’s earnings will finally catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. Because of the gender pay gap, it takes women an extra three months of wages to make up that twenty-three percent difference.
At the present time, statistical evidence points to the sad reality that Texas does not practice equal pay.