On January 5, 2011, the Texas House will decide whether to re-elect Joe Straus as Speaker. Debt and taxes are the premier topics on everyone’s minds and we need a Speaker of the Texas House that recognizes that our wallets are quite flat due to inflation caused by an overwhelming national debt.
Michael Q. Sullivan gives an informative presentation on how important legislation has been blocked in committee and never allowed out on the House floor for a vote.
The B/CS Tea Party recommends calling our Representative Fred Brown and asking him to vote ‘No’ on Joe Straus. Texas needs a Speaker that is friendly to the tax-payer, not the tax-spender.
R. Lee Ermey is not known for beatin’ about the bush when it comes to saying what’s on his mind. Listen to America’s favorite Marine drill sergeant tell it like it is…
From the article: "There's a new sheriff in town, and his name is John Boehner." Our job: hold him and all representatives accountable to constitutional principles.
And it is our responsibility to keep it that way. See the article at the Human Events website. Hat tip: Dixiesunshine.
There are some good new rules intended to ensure proper transparency. One I noticed particularly:
Both webcast and make available online their hearings and markups.
This reminded me of John Culberson (R-TX7). I documented him bucking Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to stifle him from webcasting with his own cell phone camera back in 2008. Now webcasts and online documentation are House rules. Excellent, and thanks Rep. Culberson!
One of the things the Tea Party movement has asked for is transparency and accountability and when it comes to our children. We simply want to know the facts about our local school districts and campuses. To that end, Texas Comptroller, Susan Combs has overseen the creation of FAST – Financial Allocation Study for Texas.
Here are some Quick FAST Facts for Bryan I.S.D and College Station I. S. D.
Enrollment – BISD -15,158 — CSISD – 9,712
Both Districts are Academically Acceptable with BISD TAKS at 69% and CSISD Taks at 87%.
Spending per student – BISD – $7,598 — CSISD – $7,427 (students at certain campuses receive higher spending than those at other campuses) The FAST site allows for research into campus allocation of funds per student.
I encourage everyone to spend some time perusing the information readily available at FASTexas.org
The greatest threat to our nation is the lack of personal ethics of our elected representatives. The Tea Party Movement is taking the complaint that a politician will say anything in order to win your vote of confidence seriously. Civil Society is preserved when a man’s ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ can be trusted. Guile is defined as: sly or cunning intelligence, with Honesty being its antonym. Guile is the deliberate act of using half-truths, deception, and deceit. The Tea Party Movement is spontaneously occurring because citizens are tired of guile being accepted as politics as usual. Guile keeps civil society in confusion making it easier for human nature to seek its own power and glory. Elected officials that practice guile are not fit for the moral responsibility necessary to act in their trusted position.
It is to this end that the B/CS Tea Party calls upon citizens in College Station to sign the Recall Petition. Whether you believe in annexation or not, the larger point is the ethical clarity of elected officials and the pursuit of civil society. Misrepresenting your position in order to be elected should not be tolerated and should be subject to immediate retribution. Civil Society demands that guile practiced in public office be punished swiftly because a community in which such guile is allowed to flourish is not trustworthy for honest investors. A city council hostile to honest investors establishes a dangerous community for its own citizens, their families, and their employment. Preserving the fundamental requirements for a civil society must be our foremost consideration when facing ethical lapses.
If you live in College Station and have not yet signed the petition to Save Wellborn, I ask you to consider this larger philosophical aspect to this situation and consider the effects of rewarded guile within the community we have chosen to call home and raise our families. The Save Wellborn group needs about 1.000 more signatures. I know we have that many ethical patriots in our community. Please make this stand for ethics in our community.
We’ve had a moment to catch our collective breath since the fantastic election last month. I am sure that Thanksgiving was a time of really being thankful for our nation. While we can be happy with the results of this last election, we know the Tea Party Movement must continue to expand our numbers and keep ourselves educated and involved in the issues facing our nation today, if we are to see America a success.
I have been very busy with a great team of dedicated B/CS Tea Party members during our month’s rest and we are so excited to share with everyone the vision and future goals of the Bryan/College Station Tea Party.
Please plan on attending this important meeting this Thursday, Dec. 9th, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. -8:00 p.m. at the College Station Conference Center.
We have a terrific meeting planned as we present plans for the year 2011 along with presentations from two local citizens. This is not a pot luck meeting as we have done before, but there will be tea and water available.
I’m looking forward to seeing all my great patriot friends soon!
Along the lines of the previous post (and please do consider signing the petition if you’ve not already), here’s a good video overview of this issue:
Hat tip: Ramparts360
Also, a good interview on the subject with Michael Quinn Sullivan, the president of Texans for Fiscal Responsibility and Empower Texans.