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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

TPPF Poverty/Prosperity Summit: Poverty and it's Causes (Luncheon Keynote)


"Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy."
Proverbs 31:9

 Stephen F. Austin Hotel -- TPPF's summit on Prosperity and Poverty continues; Father Robert Siricio is the Luncheon Keynote speaker:

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Highlights:
  • Prosperity is the most important tool to alleviate poverty.
    • Charity good, prosperity more important.
    • The mundane, work-a-day, world of work.
  • Giving stuff away hurts local entrepreneurs
    • At a minimum, means test.
  • We have to respect the dignity of the poor and govt. welfare doesn't do that.
  • Move from aid to enterprise, poverty alleviation to wealth creation, dependency to productivity.
  • At some point, we're gonna hit a critical mass.

TPPF Poverty/Prosperity Summit: Poverty and it's Causes (Panel 2)


"Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy."
Proverbs 31:9

Stephen F. Austin Hotel -- TPPF's is Prosperity and Poverty summit continues; the second panel is on public policies than help move people from poverty to prosperity:

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Highlights:
  • Chuck Devore (TPPF):
    • Poverty rate is based on cost of food, which has come down over 50 years.
    • Factored for cost of living, California has the highest poverty rate in country.
      • Texas lowest among big states.
    •  Texas has more jobs and lowest poverty among big states
      • Go figure.
  •  Jeff Rowes (Institute for Justice):
    • 30% of Americans need permission from the government to work.
    • In the real world, special interests with time and money bend the rules to their advantage
      • eg. African hair braiders and Steel Tariffs
    • State of Louisiana shutting down monks making caskets.
    • Public action for private profit is illegitimate, and it's not judicial activism for courts to strike it down.
      • Appoint judges who understand this and change the culture of judges.
      • The reason courts allow this is to avoid the government embarrassment.
    • The free-market and economic liberty is the greatest anti-poverty program ever known.
  • Marvin Olasky:
    • The Sharing economy is template for connecting those with needs and those with means
      • Breaks down professional/amateur divide.
      • Charitable equivalent of Air B'N'B
  • 84th #TXLEGE:
    • School choice for all children
    • Eliminate Margins Tax
    • Economic Liberty legislation
    • Give people the economic means to free up time for volunteer activity.

TPPF Poverty/Prosperity Summit: Poverty and it's Causes (Panel 1)


"Open your mouth, judge righteously,
And plead the cause of the poor and needy."
Proverbs 31:9

Stephen F. Austin Hotel -- TPPF is hosting a summit on Prosperity and Poverty; the first panel is on poverty and its causes:

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Highlights:
  • Richard Alm; SMU:
    • The rich have capital, the poor don't.
    • Freedom Capital Stock -- Free Enterprise over Time
  • Sandy Schultz; Work/Faith Connections:
    • Poverty is poverty of relationships.
    • Spiritual poverty is the root cause.
    • Under the surface is a feeling of inferiority, shame, and voicelessness.
    • Start out by helping them return to work.
      • We give people incentives to spend long periods of time out of work, which ultimately makes employers suspicious.
    • Coaxing people into becoming productive citizens is a multi-year process.
  •  Alan Graham; Mobile Loaves:
    • #1 Cause of poverty is a "profound loss of family"
    • Smell of poverty = bouquet of Christ.
    • Policy without relationships = More poverty.
    • Modest Living Income - You can get people off the streets where they're earning sufficient income to covert the basics for $500/month.
    • It's legal to panhandle, but you can't sell drinks on street corners to earn income.
      • "Our guys already know how to fish, how do we get them a license to fish?!?"
  •  Bob Woodson:
    • The principles that apply in our market economy should apply in our social economy.
    • 4 types of poor folks.
      • Broke and down on luck
      • Disincentives
      • Genuine mental and physical disabilities.
      • Bad decisions
    •  The issue isn't private vs. public; it's competent vs. incompetent.
    • Don't 'design' remedies for people you don't know, build on what already exists in a community.
    • Make the poor agents of their own transformation instead of delivering them from themselves.
    • In our social economy, we honor credentials, in our market economy, we reward results.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

"Strange" Bedfellows: Robert Thomas and Austin ISD


"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves..."
Matthew 7:15

Robert Thomas is running for Austin City Council on a platform of alleged fiscal conservatism.  Unfortunately, his record indicates an unsettling closeness with the government school bureaucracies, most notably Austin ISD.  He seems to have a soft spot for school district debt.

In 2013, while this website was working to defeat the Austin ISD bond, Robert Thomas made the following comment:
Robert Thomas is on the Community Bond Oversight Committee and is a board member for the Northwest Austin Civic Association. Speaking as a Northwest Austin resident and not a representative of either organization, he said he wants what is best for the community.

“I’m very supportive of the bonds, but I am unsure how I will vote on each individual proposition,” Thomas said.

He said many residents would like to see the district address overcrowding in Northwest Austin schools such as Murchison Middle School and Anderson High School. That might persuade them to vote for Proposition 2, which includes eliminating portable classrooms and building new infrastructure on existing campuses to aid with overcrowding.
 But it gets better, from his website:


Which begs the real question: How does an alleged 'fiscal conservative' get a seat on the bond 'oversight' committee and get endorsed by the outgoing President of the Board of Trustees?!?

Bottom Line: A City Council candidate who supported the largest bond initiative in Austin ISD history and enjoys the support of the local education establishment can call himself many things; a fiscal conservative ain't one of 'em.

Vote Bill Worsham!!!

Scott Turner speaks in Marsha Farney's district


"When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice;
But when a wicked man rules, the people groan."
Proverbs 29:2

Sun City, TX -- Yesterday, Scott Turner spoke twice in Northern Williamson County.  He laid out his agenda and heart for the future of Texas.  We attended the afternoon session:

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Highlights:
  • When complacency sets in, it'll rob you.
    • We need Texas to be #1 in all areas.
  • "We have the opportunity in Texas to do monumental things; but right now, with 95 Republicans and 55 Democrats, it is a monumental struggle to get conservative, free-enterprise minded, legislation on the floor." 
  • 3 Factions in the Texas House: Conservative R's, Liberal R's, D's.
  • Pro-Life legislation should not take two special sessions to pass.
  • #NerdAlert: Move from strategies based budgeting to program based budgeting.
    • Less room for shenanigans.
  • "The speaker sets the chairmanships; the speaker sets the legislative agenda and priorities."
  • Under current leadership, good legislation is dying in committee "because of special interests."
  • "That celebrity thing, ask my wife, it's fleeting....we're servants!!!"
  • Some members are more concerned with the position they hold than being courageous.
  • Praying for us is most helpful.
  • "That vote on the floor is going to be very liberating because now, you see, there's no more smoke and mirrors, no more 'I would vote for him but...'."
  • Reps can no longer hide under the radar.
  • Q&A:
    • Gives a civics lesson on how speaker is elected: "We are going to have a vote on the floor."
    • "No more backroom deals, no more smoke and mirrors."
    • "Both sides want a vote on the floor for different reasons."
    • Supports ending in-state tuition for illegals.
    • There's a lot of inefficiencies in TxDOT but no accountability.
    • Regarding backroom deal-making: "As the sixth most conservative member of the Texas House, I was not a party to those discussions."
    • "We have a lot of members who are willing to call for a record vote."
    • "They can't put me on a bad committee, because whatever committee they put me on, I'm going to make it better."
Cahnman's Musings has contacted Rep. Farney's office to ask about her choice for speaker and will update this post if she responds.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Glenn Beck meets Steve Riggle


"Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places."
Ephesians 6:11-12 (kjv)

We first met Steve Riggle this past June in Houston.  Last week, he was one of the Houston pastors subpeonaed.  This morning, Glenn Beck got to speak with this impressive man of God:



Highlights:
  • Gender 'expression' -- Based on who you 'think' you are.
    • Sexual predators could claim female 'gender expression'
  • "We are for equal rights, but the gay community already has all the rights the rest of us have."
  • They commissioned a poll that said 82% of Houstonians opposed the ordinance.
  • 55,000 signatures collected of which at least 31,000 were good.
    • City secretary stopped counting at 19,000
  • "The mayor and the city attorney have taken away the voting rights of the fourth largest city in the country."

Texas Medical Association Monopoly draws new threat


"For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed."
John 3:20

Not a good day for the pro-Abortion, pro-Obamacare Texas Medical Association:
Now that TMA has endorsed Democrat Libby Willis in the Senate District 10 race over her Republican opponent Konni Burton, the AA has said they want doctors to take a stand against TMA by asking that membership in TMA no longer be legally required for doctors to use a unique system for their liability insurance (Texas Medical Liability Trust). TMLT is a not-for-profit healthcare liability claim trust owned by its 17,000 physician policyholders. It is now the largest medical liability provider in the state. TMA membership is required.

“No physician should be required to join a group like the TMA that raises money for Leftist candidates,” the AAPS said in a statement and encouraged doctors to sign this petition.

Says AAPS, “This is no surprise to us, because behind the scenes the TMA has repeatedly opposed and even blocked conservative legislation in Austin, such as a common-sense bill to end confidential complaints against physicians.”

....

Conservatives seek to separate membership from access to TMLT potentially undermining physician legislative advocacy

A political standoff is brewing between two doctors’ groups that have the potential to cause serious implications for the way thousands of physicians in Texas cover their liability insurance needs. The already existing tension between the Texas Medical Association and the more conservative Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has reached a boiling point over the last few weeks following TMA’s endorsement of a Democrat to succeed Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Ft Worth, in the Texas Senate.

The two groups have not seen eye-to-eye on a number of political races this year. The AAPS said the Willis endorsement by TMA “is not an isolated example.” The group pointed to a right-wing blogger who the Texas Medical Association is becoming a “liberal-only special interest.”

For some on the right to make that argument, of course, is not news. But the AAPS is harnessing that rhetoric to try to drum up support for a policy shift that could have significant implications for TMA’s membership. But that’s only if the smaller group can gain traction with no real lobby presence in Austin. AAPS does not publicize how many members it has but the Wikipedia page about them says they have 3,000 members nationwide. The TMA has about 47,000 members in Texas.

Now that TMA has endorsed Democrat Libby Willis in the Senate District 10 race over her Republican opponent Konni Burton, the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons has said they want doctors to take a stand against TMA by asking that membership in TMA no longer be legally required for doctors to use a unique system for their liability insurance. “No physician should be required to join a group like the TMA that raises money for Leftist candidates,” the AAPS said in a statement and encouraged doctors to sign this petition.

The Texas Medical Liability Trust, or TMLT, was created in 1979 during what was described as the state’s first medical liability crisis. It’s a unique, not-for-profit health care liability claim trust owned by its physician policyholders. It is now the largest medical liability provider in the state, protecting more than 17,000 Texas physicians.

....

“Abortion-supporting EMILY’s List endorsed both Wendy Davis and Libby Willis earlier this year, as did a “Who’s Who” of hard-Left groups,” the AAPS said. “This is no surprise to us, because behind the scenes the TMA has repeatedly opposed and even blocked conservative legislation in Austin, such as a common-sense bill to end confidential complaints against physicians.”
Read the whole thing here.