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Texas, soon be called Taxes!

Texas, soon be called Taxes!

I live here in the land of the fruit and nut, so I am telling you what is going to happen to you in years to come (kind of like the ghost of Christmas future).

Economically speaking, your state is not as bad as Califunny, because here we have both State AND local AND county debt.

All you Texans know about our State debt, but only rarely, and only on shows like “Cavuto” is it ever pointed out that all the cities and counties in Cali are also in huge financial trouble.

Texas, on the other hand, doesn’t seem to have the same amount of State debt, but it does have a huge amount of local and county government debt that apparently no one in Texas pays any mind ( all despite having THE best private sector economy in the nation, and THE highest property tax rate in the nation).

If the cost of government services are paid for by the counties, then this is nothing more than cost shifting (like occurs in ER’s were the hospitals are forced to eat the cost of the non-paying, mostly illegal, patients without any government reimbursement). The result is huge increase in prices for the paying customers. Well, unless you want to change the name of your state to Taxes, you guys had better get real Conservatives and NOT Dream Actors.

For comparison look at the debt of the two states as of 2009 (8 years of Perry and 8 years of the Govenator).

California ranks 25th in the nation

Debt 2009: $134.6 billion
Projected 2012 Budget Shortfall*: $25.4 billion
GDP 2009: $1.9 trillion
Debt/GDP Ratio: 7.12%
Unfunded Pension Liabilities: $59.5 billion (13%)
Unfunded Health Care & Other Liabilities: $62.4 billion (100%)

 

Texas ranks 48th

Debt 2009: $30.4 billion
Projected 2012 Budget Shortfall: $13.4 billion
GDP 2009: $1.1 trillion
Debt/GDP Ratio: 2.66%
Unfunded Pension Liabilities: $13.8 billion (9%)
Unfunded Health Care & Other Liabilities: $28.6 billion (98%)

So, despite having THE best economy in the nation and the highest property taxes in the nation, the Texas State government has you guys in debt?

And you want the titular head of this anathema to run our nation?

Well, if we can’t do better than this, we are going to implode, and I am not ready for that!

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ICE and other Federal authorities will no longer deport illegals they apprehend unless they have been involved in a crime in the U.S.

President Obama’s ICE

President Obama’s ICE announced today (8/20/11) that the ICE and other Federal authorities will no longer deport illegals they apprehend unless they have been involved in a crime in the U.S., but they will punish illegals that don’t commit other crimes by giving them a work permit! The rationale behind this new policy is suggested as an attempt to get alien criminals out of the country, and people who only violate immigration laws will be dealt with “at a latter date”. Really?

 

The picture above looks like our farm! There was a steady flow of illegals through our farm beginning in the 50’s but illegals were at all times leery of being caught by the border patrol and deported.

Illegals from Mexico would follow the trails through the brush early in the morning and late in the day, always staying far away from the roads and open spaces. Even in the relative safety of big cities like San Antonio, they remained skittish. That all changed under Carter, as enforcement efforts waned, and the once timid illegals became much bolder.

During Carter’s reign, there were noticeably more illegals too, and they began traveling along the back roads instead of sticking only to the trails (as they became much less afraid of being caught).

Next came Reagan.

Things were relatively stable, but soon after Reagan began to show agreement with the statists and their Amnesty program, what was a steady stream of human migration became a raging torrent. Illegals were everywhere, stomping through the fields, walking along the sides of the paved roads heading north for the big cities and relative safety from deportation.

It was status quo with the first Bush One.

Under Clinton and Bush Two it got worse, but with Obama it now looks like a tsunami.

Mexico, contrary to popular belief, is a resource-rich nation that is being held back by its socialism and crony capitalism.

 


Remove the socialism and Mexico will explode with economic opportunity for all its people (not just the connected few). Unfortunately, that transformation is unlikely to emerge, and even a brief trip into Mexico would make it abundantly obvious that immigration, legal or otherwise, is a wise option for anyone who is less than a crony. In fact, if I were an unconnected Mexican, then I am pretty sure that the photograph below would likely be a snapshot of my travels.

The United States before FDR was a nation of people struggling to make a living, and migration into this nation was a relatively advantageous process for all Americans including the ones who just walked in. But since FDR the U. S. has become progressively (pun intended) ever more a welfare state, and  the United States has now devolved into a socialist nation that no longer requires citizenship to partake in the government enforced redistribution of property.

Frighteningly, with the recent statist control of almost every aspect of the government, we are headed for a future that looks more like Mexico every day! The socialist redistribution of property is always promoted as a mechanism to eliminate poverty, and since LBJ, it has been titled by socialists as a war.

However, it takes very little observation to see that America’s war on poverty, despite promoting indolence, has been very successful. Nowadays, poverty, and relative poverty at that, can only be sustained by importing poverty from other nations. Rest assured, importation of poverty is exactly what the anti-poverty operatives (statists) promote to keep the wheel of redistribution in constant motion.

Obama famously claimed that his administration would lower the rising seas.

Well, he may not have decreased the levels of the waters, but the socialism he has brought to our nation has greatly lowered the tides of economic opportunity. His administration would be wise to remember the adage that a rising tide raises all boats.

Remove illegal immigration and poverty will be eliminated from the States. Remove socialism from Mexico and you will remove any need for the people of Mexico to immigrate. Remove socialism from the United States and there will be no need for a war on poverty and there will be no need to make immigration illegal in the first place.

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Socialist Democrat Rick Perry or Conservative Republican Rick Perry?

Fellow Texans, I will shut up, but first read this and tell me why you agree with Rick Perry.

I read the entire article of “Why” Rick Perry is running for President, and right off the bat I could see that Perry “learned in (his) 20’s traveling the globe as an Air Force pilot that we (Americans) are the most exceptional nation on the face of the earth.”  But if he was so perceptive, then why was he a socialist Democrat until he was 38 years old? Do you really buy that sophistry? When you were 20 were you a socialist?

I’ll shut up as soon as you answer the question why Perry was a Democrat and then a Democrat politician, and then a state-wide Democrat politician, and then campaign manager for Al Gore (at 37 years old), and then became a Republican at age 38? Have you bumped your head? He changed parties at 38 to win elections (not because he suddenly became rational).

Okay, so you think he somehow changed, well then how do you explain that AFTER his epiphany he stumped for the Texas Dream Act? I will tell you why! He used your money in order to win Hispanic votes (and retain his power). So you say he did this to win the election. Yes, and exactly my point. He used your money to essentially buy votes for his election and retention of power.

“Perry signed a Texas version of the DREAM Act back in 2001, allowing foreign-born children of illegal immigrants to pay in-state tuition for college if they have lived in the state for three years prior to graduating high school. He explained, “We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, ‘We don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.’ And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers.” Of course he is not paying for this largess, you are!

Is it fair to give the financial break to illegal immigrants, and then make U.S. citizens who are non-Texas residents pay more to attend college in Texas?

State legislators have filed at least four bills to repeal the measure, which grants lower, in-state tuition to the children of immigrants who have lived in Texas at least three years, have graduated from a Texas high school and plan to become citizens.

Okay, so everyone makes mistakes, but Rick didn’t make a mistake. “Rick Perry said he will oppose efforts to repeal a law, which he signed six years ago, giving tuition breaks to undocumented immigrants attending state universities.”  “I’m for leaving the law like it is because I think it serves a good purpose,’’ (yes, delivering him 39% of the Hispanic vote with your money).

Under the Texas Dream Act, Illegal alien students do not have to actually apply for citizenship, they only have to promise that they will some day! Yes, let’s just have all the children of the world come to Texas for college (but charge Americans from other states who want to do the same extra)! Let the Texans pay for it, they don’t mind. That way Perry will remain in power and all the people of the world will love Texas. Hey, sounds a lot like the President already!

His support of the Texas Dream Act was really a swift political move and Governor Brown signed the same law here in Cali! Hey!  I understand! You want your own Texas version of “moon-beam!”

Sorry fellows, but it gets worse: Perry wrote a letter to the editor of the Dallas Morning News, “I take strong issue with a news report in the Dallas Morning News mischaracterizing my position on amnesty for undocumented immigrants from Mexico. The truth is, I am intrigued and open to the Bush administration’s amnesty proposal. Most Texans would agree that it’s better to have legal, taxpaying immigrants from Mexico working in the United States than illegal immigrants living in fear of the law and afraid to access basic services.”

When Arizona enacted its controversial statute, he explicitly rejected that approach for Texas: “Recently, there has been much debate over immigration policy in Washington and what has been implemented in Arizona. I fully recognize and support a state’s right and obligation to protect its citizens, but I have concerns with portions of the law passed in Arizona and believe it would not be the right direction for Texas.

Seriously, are you kidding me? This is the politician you want to run our country?

I understand full well that he was the best man running for Texas governor at the time, and I would have voted for him too, but he is NOT the best man running for President (at least not right now). If he does win the nomination then he will again be the best man in the race and I will support him; however, he is NOT the best man for our country and that is what we need. We need a person with convictions not expediencies.

“Dude”, this guy is just a politician and he has no loyalty except to himself. When he goes to Washington he will become a Belt-way politician.

So, tell me again why he was a Democrat until age 38 and is now a Republican?

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