I’m not a numbers person. My eyes glaze over looking at spreadsheets, percentages, and economic formulae. I’m a people-observer-analyzer and an observation-recorder-hoarder; skills that are important to a counselor and a writer. With those skills in mind, I’ve noticed something through the grand drama, a.k.a sequester. We give our politicians more credit than they deserve in knowing about economic facts and solutions.
Regardless of whether or not they understand the complicated nuances of the science of economics, they will pretend that they do.
Just two days ago, the new high school graduation requirements passed the Texas Senate. I have no words to adequately express my disgust and disbelief. It is an egregious assault on professional education, the study of human cognitive development and an attack against the best interests of students. Worse still, these new guidelines were decided by those who are totally unqualified to do so.
The quote, “Politics is Hollywood for Ugly People” is attributed to many different people and there are variations of the phrase, but it’s an especially fitting description of politicians from Texas.
U.S. Representative Steve Stockman from Texas’ 36th is ugly, both inside and out. He's the direct product of the GOP’s creative gerrymandering.
When I was a graduate student at Texas Tech, I routinely passed through the rotunda of Holden Hall. In that vast and silent space, Peter Hurd’s historical fresco mural chronicles the many men who built West Texas, but there is only a single woman represented. The image is simply labeled: Pioneer Woman.
Oh what a long six years this is going to be! Our esteemed Senator Ted Cruz is barely out of the starting gate and he’s already making waves. He was in every newspaper, followed by several television appearances and it was only his first day as a Senator.
This weekend, speaking at a National Review event, he insulted John Kerry and Chuck Hagel, referring to them as “less than ardent fans of the military”.
Having President Barack Obama’s second inauguration fall upon Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a fitting coincidence with only one previous occurrence. Appropriately, both events happen in January. The Roman god Janus, for whom January is named, is the deity for beginnings, endings, and transitions. He is a two-faced god who looks both backward and forward, reflecting on the past and anticipating the future simultaneously.
Reflecting upon Dr. King’s hopes for the future on this auspicious day, is it a dream fulfilled?
I was pleased when the Texas Tribune introduced the Lawmaker Explorer, an interactive tool supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism to educate citizens about legislators’ personal interests and their potential conflict with the public interest as they pass legislation and create policy. You can access it here: http://www.texastribune.org/bidness/explore/ and use the search box to find research/analysis on specific lawmakers.