New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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"For the first time in his tory, the next generation of Texans is projected to have less education, less wealth, and fewer years of life than the one before.”
- Texans Care for Children
Republican Gov. Rick Perry’s "State of the State” address to a joint session of the Texas Legislature Feb. 8 sounded like more of his 2010 re-election campaign against U.S. Sen. Kay Hailey Hutchison and former Houston Mayor Bill White.
And, his 2011 and 2012 campaign for something.
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tummg ashen over an anticipated $27 already among the lowest in l e en re btl ton shortfall in the state budget, Per- nation* is facing tlmSc cuts
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Big Brother Washingtons fault. one in five cannot find jobs ”
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control” - are using “debt, deceit and diversiohs to once again mask our bleak reality.”
She and other legislators recently "confirmed what millions of hard-working Texans already knew - that our great state did not escape the deepest recession since the Great Depression,” Davis said.
“Governor Perry has been waking up in a very different reality than most citizens of Texas.
I heir reality is becoming starker by the day. In the reality of Texas families, schools are closing, teachers are losing their jobs and state support for public education,
of our state is strong ... The core elements of our economy are strong, Texas is still the envy of our nation,” Perry insisted.
“Now, the mainstream media and big government interest groups are doing their best to convince us that we’re fac
spent months spinning tall tales on campaign trails, assuring us that all was well in Lexas — remain out of touch with the uncertainties, financial struggles and hardships facing so many Lexas families.
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warned. “Texans don’t believe it and they shouldn’t because it’s not true.”
Perry ’s speech was pretty long, and there are many stories about it. Find excerpts and full text on the governor’s official website at http://govemor.state. tx. us / ne ws / press - rel ease /15674 /. We’ 11 give a little ink to other views.
As part of the response of several Democratic legislators to Perrys speech, Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft. Worth, said Lexas Republican leaders — “those in
a lie than to stand on the ground and tell us the truth,” Davis charged.
Lhe next day, the non-profit Texans Care for Children’s Four Seasons Hotel fundraiser honored former Democratic Gov. Mark White and wife Linda Gale with its “Phil Strickland Founder’s Award” for efforts on behalf of children.
Linda Gale White helped found Communities in Schools, which provides volunteer and other resources to schools.
Former Gov. White, in a 1984 special legislative session, presided over the biggest percentage pay hike for teachers in modern Texas history.
Lhe former governor campaigned in 1982 pledging “No New Taxes” and a teacher pay increase. After oil and gas taxes plummeted, he finally realized he couldn’t keep one pledge without breaking the other.
So he agreed to a tax hike, telling legislators, “Blame me.” Voters did, and turned him out in 1986.
White lamented the loss of the spirit of Texas governors like John Connally and Allan Shivers, and, presumably, himself, who said, ‘Here’s what we want Lexas to be. Now let’s go pay for it.’”
“I don’t think Lexas was made great by cutting taxes,” White said. “If you take care of the children, everything else falls into place.”
Governor Forever... Maybe it’s vice-president or president that Perry’s running for.
But there’s also the fallback of staying in what he and predecessor George W. Bush have called the best job in the world.
A Perry friend produced bumper stickers that say “Fo’ Mo’ in ‘14” — inspired by Perry’s infamous “Adios, mo-fo sign -off from a IV interview when he thought the camera was off.
It could be a joke. But remember many people — including probably Hutchison — thought it was a joke a few years ago when Perry’s friends printed bumper stickers that said “Perry Again in 2010.”
Former Gov. White couldn’t resist linking Perry to recent events.
“Right now in our state, I think only Mubarak has been in office longer,” White said. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak stepped aside after massive citizen demonstrations ended his reign at 29 years.
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Several online readers commented on Gene Lyons’ column "Why does GOP continue to celebrate Ronald Reagans legacy?”
Why does the Herald-Zeitung continue to publish Mr. Lyons’ drivel? He says nothing but the far left party line, and we get more than enough of that from the main stream media. The Herald-Zeitung would serve us better by looking for independent and moderate thinkers, and publishing them. I’m more than tired of far left and far right people trying to force their agendas on us.
My, what a nerve has been struck! It seems that some people have no patience for other viewpoints. I actually enjoyed reading Mr. Lyons’
column; I always get a kick out of exposing the dishonest hypocrisy coming from conservatives like Rush Lim-baugh.
But more than that, Mr. Lyons is correct when he points out that President Reagan did not always adhere to conservative principles. Today’s Republicans tend to lift him up on a pedestal, forgetting all his weaknesses and failures ... Reagan presided over the Iran-Contra affair and helped create the Taliban. He raised taxes numerous times and nearly tripled the federal budget deficit. Unemployment soared and income inequality exploded. He gave amnesty to 3 million undocu-mented immigrants and vetoed a comprehensive anti-Apartheid act.
Are those conservative principles? ...
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