Thursday, February 9, 2012

The Texas Republican Party ballot proposals for 2012

The Texas Republican Party is going to give their voters another fascinating list of proposals on their primary ballots. 

Go here to read some commentary on their earlier proposals. 

Here's what made the final cut for 2012.  I'll address these one at a time.


The state should fund education by allowing dollars to follow the child instead of the bureaucracy, through a program which allows parents the freedom to choose their child's school, public or private, while also saving significant taxpayer dollars. Yes or No.

Well, yes.  Unfortunately, the Texas constitution requires the state to provide an education for all children who move here or were born here.  Fortunately, it doesn't specify how.  This proposal would be the way to go.  But let's see you boys slide this one past the teacher unions.  And the lawyers.  And the Supreme Court. 

Congress should immediately repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (otherwise known as Obamacare) and reject the rationing of healthcare by government or the intrusion by government into the doctor - patient relationship. Yes or No.

Once again, here is a common sense "Yes" that the rational voter can check and feel good about himself.  Unfortunately, Texas voters can check resolutions and ballot proposals until they run out of #2 pencils, and it won't do them a bit of good.  We sold our souls to Satan with the introduction of Medicare and Medicaid.  The entire godawful system is now centered around government intrusion. 

The Republicans also have this problem....

Texas Senator John Cornyn was one of the first senators to propose keeping the good parts of ObamaCare and eliminating the bad parts, which is kinda like trying to pick up a turd by the clean end.  After intense criticism from just about everyone, Cornyn immediately started back-pedaling like a circus monkey and repented of his statement.  I promise you that John Cornyn will be re-elected in a landslide.  Texas Republicans will still vote for him despite his fondness of the Obama Doctor Rationing System.

Texas Republicans will also vote to nominate Mitt Romney for president.  You might remember Mitt as the Midwife Of ObamaCare, the John The Baptist of Massachusetts whose RomneyCare system prepared the way for the real thing.

So yes, repealing ObamaCare would be a good thing.  But Republican voters will foolishly try to achieve this goal by voting for Republican politicians.

Government should be prohibited from restricting the content of public prayer. Yes or No.

I am so tired of beating this dead horse.  According to Jesus, no Christian should ever, ever, ever pray in public. 
Matthew 6:5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.  But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Do we really want John S. Jones standing up in City Council meetings and offering up prayers to The Flying Spaghetti Monster?  Do we want to equip our football sidelines with Muslim prayer rugs?  Can the Tioga Texas school board afford to purchase that many rosaries? 
Are all of these just silly questions about a silly proposal?  Yes.   
This one should get a "No" vote. 

Out of control spending should be stopped at all levels of federal and state government through constitutional amendments limiting any increase in government spending to the combined increase of population and inflation without voter approval. Yes or No.

Texas already has a balanced budget requirement.
Washington does not. 
This is a good idea on the surface. 
Here's what's wrong with it. 

"....limiting any increase in government spending to the combined increase of population and inflation..."

Barack Obama and Mitt Romney and Ben Bernanke would cheerfully inflate the currency to the point of worthlessness in exchange for more funding and more government.  Hell, their predecessors have done it just for fun.  You can't leave those people with a loophole like that one. 

Those are the Texas 2012 Republican Party ballot proposals.  I'm pleased that there's nothing on there this year about pissing off immigrants, alienating gays and lesbians, or forcing teen mothers to watch videos of fetuses being thrown into blenders.  But couldn't they afford to get a first year political science student to review these things for relevance, feasibility, and common sense? 

The picture of the Texas Republican Party logo came from here, in an article about Texas Republicans voting to ban oral sex. 

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