In case anyone is wondering, Rick Perry is now the Republican nominee for Texas governor.
If those who voted for Perry's competitors are wondering what they can now do to support a fiscal conservative, please go here for a look at the Libertarian Party's candidates. Any of the four would be better than Governor Trans-Texas Corridor and the Eminent Domain nightmare associated with this project.
On to the other issues associated with the Republican ballot (here's a sample). These are the Republican Ballot Propositions and their results. As one blogger commented, this collection of wedge issues reads like a poorly constructed "push poll".
The Texas Legislature should make it a priority to protect the integrity of our election process by enacting legislation that requires voters to provide valid photo identification in order to cast a ballot in any and all elections conducted in the State of Texas.
92% of Republican voters favored this one. There's one difficulty, though. Which poll worker is qualified to say whether a voter looks enough like his photo I.D. to vote? Many bloggers have called this the anti-Mexican, anti-Black voter proposition. I used to buy beer and cigarettes with my father's drivers license, and I see no way for this to be effective for either side.
Ballot Proposition #2: Controlling Government Growth
Every government body in Texas should be required to limit any annual increase in its budget and spending to the combined increase of population and inflation unless it first gets voter approval to exceed the allowed annual growth or in the case of an official emergency.
92% of Republican voters favored this one. Ballot propositions like this one always have an escape hatch for an official emergency. Everything is an emergency. We are always in crisis. It is imperative that we take action now, before it is too late. Spur 308 has a defective sewer drain that threatens our way of life ! !
This ballot proposition was nothing but pointless feelgoodery. We need to vote out the Crips and the Bloods and replace them with politicians who promise to start shutting things down. Half measures will get us nowhere.
Ballot Proposition #3: Cutting Federal Income Taxes
In addition to aggressively eliminating irresponsible federal spending, Congress should empower American citizens to stimulate the economy by Congress cutting federal income taxes for all federal taxpayers, rather than spending hundreds of billions of dollars on so-called "federal economic stimulus".
93% of Republicans favored this one. I don't. I believe that all government spending should immediately show up in the amount of taxes held back from your paycheck. Especially during wars, emergencies and disasters. It would focus our attention wonderfully, don't you think?
Ballot Proposition #4: Public Acknowledgement of God
The use of the word "God", prayers, and the Ten Commandments should be allowed at public gatherings and public educational institutions, as well as be permitted on government buildings and property.
95% of Republicans went for this. 95% of Republicans who voted were willing to listen to Rick Perry pray, would be willing to hear Tim Curry discuss the 10 Commandments, and would be willing to hear a representative from the Teacher's Union discuss his or her thoughts about God.
You can go here for my other rants on this subject.
In the words of Mark Twain, I'm going to spend the rest of my day praying for the damnation of the human race.
Ballot Proposition #5: Sonograms
The Texas Legislature should enact legislation requiring a sonogram to be performed and shown to each mother about to undergo a medically unnecessary, elective abortion.
Only 68% of Republicans went for this one. There are only two people who should have a vote on abortion, and that's the mother and the doctor doing the procedure. We're getting very close to this being a losing issue for the Theocrats.
My maternal grandmother once chose to have an abortion. My maternal unh... mother, during an insanely difficult and risky pregnancy, decided not to. That's why I'm here. I stand by both decisions, and wish that everyone else would.
If you are a Republican voter and found yourself embarrassed by these crude wedge issues, the Libertarian Party awaits.
Here's a picture of an embarrassed monkey. I found it here. I couldn't find one of an embarrassed elephant.