When Donald Trump, Dan Patrick and Greg Abbott were kids I’ll bet they were all great at dodgeball. Today they dodge taking care of real pressing issues by latching on to fringe issues like a pit bull grabs its prey by the neck and shakes it until its neck is broken. There are many important issues our elected officials could address which would improve the lives of most Americans if they were willing to raise taxes on their super-wealthy campaign donors but rather than lead they avoid biting the hand that feeds them.
Most Americans now understand that climate change is a real and pressing threat to our way of life and human civilization as a whole. Instead of working to address it Trump has announced that the
will withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement. He dodged the issue by claiming
that converting to green energy sources will cost Americans their jobs. The
reality is that there are already more people working in the solar energy field
than there are in the coal industry and the difference is exploding.
Instead of leading on addressing climate change Trump is still pushing his Muslim travel ban which multiple federal judges in a variety of jurisdictions have tossed out. Even if his ban were to go into effect it is unlikely to stop a single terror attack. Most terror attacks carried out in the
U.S. and Europe
since 9/11 have involved either citizens or long term residents not recent
immigrants. In fact more than half of all deaths in terror attacks have been
caused by white United
Democrats in Congress have been pushing for a climate agreement for years and President Obama finally was able to sign one last year. If anything staying in the agreement and fulfilling our goals, which are strictly voluntary and have no enforcement measures would have been a boon to our economy creating tens of thousands of jobs but costing oil, gas and coal companies profits.
our Lt. Governor, Dan Patrick, spent the entire legislative session pushing his
infamous Billion Dollar Bathroom bill, SB 6, which could cost the state up to
$8.5 billion and 185,000 jobs. This legislation is a solution in search of a
problem which Speaker of the House, Joe Straus, wanted nothing to do with. Dan
Patrick just didn’t want to deal with finding the money to adequately fund
public education in Texas.
He made lots of noise and satisfied some of his small minded voters while
avoiding raising taxes on his campaign donors.
Democrats in the state legislature have fought tooth and nail to address the outdated and inadequate public school funding formula. Now Gov. Greg Abbott has called a special session which among other things will address Dan Patrick’s Billion Dollar Bathroom bill. Gov. Abbott has also included formation of a public school finance commission but if Dan Patrick hadn’t wasted so much time on who uses which bathroom this could have been dealt with during the regular session.
None of that gets Greg Abbott of the hook though as the special session call includes such terribly important issues as anti-abortion insurance legislation. He’s asking the legislature to make it illegal to sell health insurance that covers abortion.
Democrats in the legislature would rather work on strengthening the Teacher Retirement System (TRS) by fulling funding it rather than cutting benefits to the people who taught most of us the three R’s but again that would cause a few billionaires to pay more taxes and they pay good money to avoid that.
Published in the Seguin Gazette June 9, 2017