Wednesday, April 22, 2009

More insanity in Texas

[Photo of Vicki Truitt]

Governor Rick Perry has fallen into a pit of political insanity.

But he's the Repugnican governor of Texas, so, as you might expect, other Repugnican poohbahs in Texas are jumping into the pit right behind him.

Legislators in Austin, are, according to the Star-Telegram, "considering issuing a 'cease and desist' order to the federal government."

No, really. I'm not making this up. They call it "House Concurrent Resolution 50."

One of the morons involved and a co-sponsor of the resolution, is Rep. Vicki Truitt, a Repugnican, of course, from Keller, Texas. "We prefer," she pontificates, "that federal government limit the amount of federal mandates it forces upon the people of Texas."

Another co-sponsor is wingnut Brandon Creighton, a Repugnican, of course, from Conroe, Texas, who is concerned that the feds may be "overstepping" their boundaries. Here's what he had to say:

"From restrictions on gun and ammunition sales, to freedom-of-choice issues, to the Real ID Act, the federal government [that's 'guv'mint' in Texan] is passing laws that limit a state's ability to govern itself. Texas simply wants to send the message that we want to govern ourselves and decide for ourselves how our money is to be spent."

Heh. Heh.

"Under this resolution, the 81st Legislature "hereby claim[s] sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the Constitution of the United States."

[For those who can't remember, here's the Tenth Amendment: "The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.]

Does anyone smell "secession"? Does this minor stink in Texas indicate that these dumb asses forgot they lost the Civil War? Are they so damn ignorant they do not know this issue was decided long ago; that a state may disagree, but a state may not order the federal government to "cease and desist" and insist it's gonna rule itself?

Actually, as we've suggested before, perhaps the best thing to do is call them on their self-centered insanity.

Thus, the United States shall immediately halt all federal funding of any kind within the borders of the state of Texas. That means no money for roads, schools, hospitals, courts, police and fire departments, prisons, parks, Medicaid, etc. No federal agencies will provide any services for Texas as of now. Texas can come up with its own FAA (The TAA?) to keep airplanes from crashing into each other and the ground. And when planes crash, Texas can establish its own investigative units. When a hurricane knocks out most of Houston, Texas may not call on FEMA or any other federal agency for assistance! Furthermore, all federal buildings and facilities, including military bases, will be abandoned forthwith. Texas can provide for its own defense. And there will be absolutely no federal money for university and/or scientific research.

We could go on and on, but that's a pretty good start. It would surely provide a ton of much-needed money for the rest of the states.

And all the wingnuts in the Texas Legislature, who believe in God but not evolution, and in corporations but not people, can stew in their own juices, which will soon smell pretty rank! I'd guess it wouldn't be long before the people of Texas would rise up and run them all out of town.

Well, maybe not. Hell, the people of Texas voted these wingnuts into office in the first place!

The Star-Telegram is here.


A World Quite Mad said...

Do you hear that massive sucking sound? That's the sound of the United States Military pulling all of it's personnel out of Texas. Talk about economic disaster. That and I wonder how many jobs are funded by the federal government here? Mine is. I guess I'll go raise goats...

Anonymous said...


Jacob said...

@ A World Quite Mad -- No, no, no. You've got to stay and fight the good fight. It wasn't always this bad ... there is hope ... I think.

Grandpa Eddie said...

Well if the govt in Austin wants to run the show, let them do it on their own money and not mine. I say we pull everything Federal out of Texas and not send them one thin dime.

I'm sorry A World Quite Mad, but I've been unemployed since the end of January and I am damn sick and tired of idiots, like the ones in Austin, who suck up my tax dollars and then bitch about the Federal govt trying to make things better. I need a job so the wife and I can keep our home, and if it means Texas not getting tax dollars because of their talk of secession and the money being spent to put me to work, I'm all for it.

Bob Poris said...

I heartily agree! States rights should enable them to refuse any help from the government if the Governor chooses to do so. Let it begin tomorrow. Call their bluff. The money they refuse can be used elsewhere or used to reduce the debt. Can the refugees from Texas cross state lines and get help elsewhere or are they the responsibility of Texas until their citizenship is adjudicated? In the meantime, stop all government aid or checks. That might offend those on ‘government pensions, handouts, benefits etc but they elected the governor and the other officials.

A forgiving Texan said...

I think you may have some twisted facts. First of all, you are mostly correct about what the Civil War accomplished as to the right for Texas to leave the Union. However, that is debatable on the direct language of the statute as is the majority of laws. I do believe you are leaving out some very important facts. There are many states purposing resolutions based on the 10th amendment for example: Arizona, Washington, Oklahoma, Missouri, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Illinois, Georgia, Alaska, Florida, New Jersey, and there many more to come. Texas was not the first! It was Oklahoma. You also failed to mention the wealth of Texas and how much global power the state holds. I am not going to get in to all of that statistical debate over the GDP, the natural resources, and so on and so forth because this is a constitutional debate. You have expressed you first amendment right by placing this article on the internet. I am a strong supporter of the constitution. I am not like the ACLU and only support part, nor am I like the NRA who also only support part of the constitution. I support the entirety. Why don’t you? How would you like to loose your RIGHT to "freedom of the press?" The 10th amendment is a RIGHT given to the States and the States probably want to loose that right as much as you want to loose yours. I guess its just hard for me to read the rubbish in this article and see where you have a right to write it. Oh wait!! That's right… its in the Constitution. You defiantly deserve that right as the States deserve there rights. This is just another case of only liking or understanding the government when it does something you like or you want. The very reason for the large amount of apathy in the nation. It's becoming to much of a "I want it now" or a "greasy palm society!" I find your article very hypocritical and that’s my right! You said many harsh things about Texas and Texans, but that’s your right. We are just a bunch of "dumbasses" and that’s the reason why we have a surplus, the majority of fortune 500 and 1000 companies, one of the lower unemployment rates, leaders in technology, defense, energy, and the list goes on and on.(oh yeah wasnt going to get in to that) I know you probably get to review these before they post and I hope you allow this to post. The people need to see this.

A Forgiving Texan

Jacob said...

Oh, for Christ's sake, get a life. I lived in Texas for over ten years and love it. The trouble is there are so many damn wackos in the state - I mean, c'mon, Tom DeLay, Dick Armey, Perry, George W. Bush!

But, if you're so proud of all you've got, go ahead and leave the Union and I'll betcha most of those Fortune 500 companies and the rest will hightail it into a more rational and mentally stable community.

I posted your post, but the "people" don't need to see it any more than they "needed" to see mine.

Thanks for expressing your opinion - free speech and all, y'all know!

Anonymous said...

Now that the anti-science, superstition-based initiative presidency ends, we need several public works science Manhattan projects to make us great again and boost us out of this Grotesque Depression. First we must provide free advertising-based wireless internet to everyone to end land line monopolies. Then we must criscross the land with high speed rail. Because bovine flatulence is the major source of greenhouse gases, we must develop home growable microbes to provide all of our protein. Then we must create microbes which turn our sewage and waste into fuel right at home. This will end energy monopoly by putting fuel in our hands. We must address that most illness starts from behavior, especially from parents. Since paranoid schizophrenia is the cause of racism, bigotry, homelessness, terrorism, ignorance, exploitation and criminality, we must provide put the appropriate medications, like lithium, in the water supply and require dangerous wingnuts who refuse free mental health care to be implanted with drug release devices. Churches should be licensed to reduce supersition and all clergy dealing with small children should be psychiatrically monitored to prevent molesting. Osama bin Laden and Timothy McVeigh were the ultimate superstition based initiatives. Aborting future terrorists and sterilizing their parents is the most effective homeland security. Widen navigation straits (Gibraltar, Suez, Malacca, Danube, Panama and Hellspont) with deep nukes to prevent war. In order to fund this we must nationalize the entire financial, electrical and transportation system and extinguish the silly feudal notion that each industry should be regulated by its peers. Technology mandates a transformation of tax subsidies from feudal forecloseable debt to risk sharing equity. Real estate and insurance, the engines of feudalism, must be brought under the Federal Reserve so we may replace all buildings with hazardous materials to provide public works. Insects, flooding and fire spread asbestos, lead and mold which prematurely disables the disadvantaged. Disposable manufactured housing assures children are not prematurely disabled and disadvantaged. Because feudalism is the threat to progress everywhere, we must abolish large land holdings by farmers, foresters or religions and instead make all such large landholding part of the forest service so our trees may diminish greenhouse gases. We must abolish executive pay and make sure all employees in a company are all paid equally. We must abolish this exploitative idea of trade and monopoly and make every manufactured disposable cottage self sufficient through the microbes we invent.

Jacob said...

Ha. Ha.

dave_mann said...

"Thus, the United States shall immediately halt all federal funding of any kind within the borders of the state of Texas. That means no money for roads, schools, hospitals, courts, police and fire departments, prisons, parks..."

- Sounds like Mexico.

dave_mann said...

"Thus, the United States shall immediately halt all federal funding of any kind within the borders of the state of Texas. That means no money for roads, schools, hospitals, courts, police and fire departments, prisons, parks..."
-- sounds like Mexico.

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