Corruption has brought down many a country; think Nigeria and Zaire, look at Pakistan and China. Like a silent contagion, it’s infecting America as well. If we examine the kleptocracy at the state level, the prospect for good ethical governance is dim and portentous.
According to State Integrity, which gives a grade to each state based upon ten measures, Texas received a D+. In five of the ten measures, we received an F. The single measure in which Texas received an A was Internal Auditing.
Equating politics with the ladies of the evening isn't as far-fetched as you’d think. 75 percent of all Americans believe that politicians are corrupt. In my opinion, that’s a bad rap for the ladies, because at least, they're are honest about the services they provide.
Monday and Tuesday could very well be the first in a series of proverbial come-to-Jesus-moments for politics.
There are some days when it seems the world is spinning so rapidly that it could hurl us all into the black void of space. On my part, I feel a sense of profound urgency to lay out facts, figures, and events--all you have to do is read it. Today, however, I’m compelled to beg for your action. Yes, I said “beg”…
Greg Abbott’s long-running game of whack-a-mole continues. The two recent Texas court rulings on HB2 and the constitutionality of educational funding (the ones that Abbott fought against and lost) prove that the Texas GOP, and its 2014 slate of candidates, are on the wrong side of the law.
Perhaps the Texas GOP's new campaign tune should be "I Fought the Law and the Law Won."
Poor Greg Abbott! He can’t catch a break these last three days. It’s certainly no bedtime story like Alexander's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. It's more like a campaign nightmare.
On Thursday, Abbott lost his fight to defend $5.4 billion in education cuts as the Texas school finance system was ruled unconstitutional.
On Friday, a federal judge ruled that HB2 (the law shutting down women’s health clinics) was unconstitutional.
It was 94 years ago today that Congress passed the 19th Amendment, granting women the right to vote. This accomplishment didn’t happen overnight. After years of determined effort, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton drafted the amendment and introduced it in 1878, but it took forty-one years for Congress to submit the amendment to the states for ratification.
Anytime an ethically-challenged politician reaps some well-deserved karmic rewards, it makes me pretty happy. The news of Rick Perry’s two felony indictments made me giddy with excitement, along with a bit of schadenfreude.
For many months now, left-leaning District 19 residents have expressed their displeasure with Congressman Randy Neugebauer and his job performance. Unfortunately, most right-leaning residents pooh-poohed the facts, chalking it up to nothing more than “Libtard” whining.
The most fascinating period in American history is the Post-Industrial Age, the evolution of the worker, the emergence of the robber barons, the clash of worldwide ideologies and fervent irrational nationalism that birthed fear, violence, the imprisonment of innocents, and wage slave psychology.
I love reading about that era, but I never dreamed I’d be reliving it.