"Can someone challenge Lloyd Doggett?" asked Joe Pags (a frequent Glenn Beck fill-in) on talkradio WOAI-AM (San Antonio, TX) about an hour ago. Pags was told that Doggett owns an extremely safe seat in ultra-liberal Austin. Listeners called in that Doggett doesn't represent Austin or Texas--he's a far-left Obama progressive. Not that it matters to him, but Doggett just betrayed Texas.
This diary is an extension of this RedState story:
“No Distribution Shall Be Made to the State of Texas”
Posted by hogan
Thursday, August 5th at 11:29AM EDT
If I hadn’t already mentioned this before, this may come as a shock to some of you - but yesterday, the United States Senate actually voted to single out Texas to send a message that it better get in line.
You see, the Governor of Texas had the audacity to tell Washington, “no.” No to education funding that came with Washington strings and that would cost Texans more in the long run.
This is fresh from The Texas Tribune:
Dewhurst Pledges Suit if Doggett Language Passes
by Reeve Hamilton
August 5, 2010
Texas will sue the federal government, yet again, if Texas-specific requirements are not removed from legislation that passed the U.S. Senate today, according to Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst.
The supplemental appropriations bill, H.R. 1586, includes language by U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, requiring Gov. Rick Perry — in order to receive $820 million to fund education jobs — to make assurances that the percentage of the Texas budget going to fund education in fiscal years 2011, 2012 and 2013 will be equal to or greater than the percentage spent in 2011. According to Dewhurst, that $820 million would fund about 13,000 teaching positions. No other state is bound by such a requirement in the bill.
"No other state is bound by such a requirement in the bill." Just Texas.
Perry and Dewhurst have both issued statements protesting the stricter requirements placed on Texas. "Washington is deft at placing targets on the backs of Texans, and this proposal paints a target on our school teachers and school children,” Perry said. They argue that the Texas Constitution prohibits lawmakers or Perry from appropriating money for more than two years, so they would be unable to make the required assurances, which means the state would be unable to receive the $820 million.
This is the way Washington gives money now. You have to fill out a thousand forms, reach diversity targets, make sure that everyone eats vegetables, etc. Union guarantees must be iron-clad safe.
Doggett's amendment has received significant support from education organizations, school administrators and school board members around the state.
You don't say!
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the H.R. 1586 on Tuesday. If “the Doggett language” is passed, Dewhurst says he “will be delighted to be a named plaintiff” in a lawsuit against the federal government.
The entire bill, of course, is a Democrat union protection bill. From The Daily Conservative:
Thursday August 5th 2010
Senate Approves $26B Bill to Stave Off Teacher Layoffs
Legislation long sought by Democrats to save the jobs of up to 300,000 teachers, police and other public workers passed the Senate on Thursday.
Elana Kagan got confirmed and will be voting solidly liberal for the next 40 years. Someone stole my credit card number and has been buying lots of stuff in Florida. My birthday is tomorrow (following the other Barry) and people in Japan and elsewhere come out to protest "Never again!"
I'm not having a good day. Glenn Beck came out firing mad at all the liberal hypocrisy (a $500 million Government Motors plant in Mexico?) and that's exactly how I feel.