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Friday, August 19, 2005

The Republican Leadership's Record

With the special session coming to a close this morning, let's review the Republican record since their 2002 statewide stomping of us Dems. In 2 regular sessions and six special sessions- evenly divided between re-redistricting and school finance- the state of Texas has this to show for it:

  • 150,000 children kicked off of CHIP- the welfare-to-work program that's supposed to reward those parents who work and give others one less reason to stay on welfare.
  • A tuition deregulation plan that has seen the cost of college skyrocket.
  • A dramatically altered congressional delegation that sacrificed seniority and experience for partisanship.
  • No school finance plan or property tax reform.

Now I came up with this list in about two seconds as I'm heading out the door, there are obviously much, much more things to add. Post an issue I missed in the comments, and I'll add it to the post. Suffice to say, if I was about twenty years older, a public official or a dude with just a whole lotta money, I'd be absolutely giddy for the chance to run against people with a record like this.

PS- Carlos Guerra's latest column gives us the most succinct summary of how we got here that I've seen to date:

It isn't hard to see why the Republican leaders and their GOP majorities in both legislative chambers have found it impossible to live up to the campaign promises that got them elected.

In a nutshell, they painted themselves into a corner with contradictory promises.

They promised to approve no new taxes and to lower school property taxes. And they vowed to abolish the recapture provision of the school funding system that takes local revenue from the state's wealthiest districts and redistributes it among the rest.

Then, as if that were not impossible enough, they intimated that equity would be respected and that, magically, all schools would end up with more money.