This past Monday, Governor Rick Perry introduced the Texas Budget Compact at an event in Houston:
Cahnman's Musings officially endorses the Texas Budget Compact. The notion that politicians think they can attach strings to our own money is an outrage; this is just as true in Austin as it is in Washington D.C. The Texas Budget Compact keeps our own money in our own hands in the first place. The Texas Budget Compact is the Uproot and Overhaul of State Government. This long-term solution to Texas' budget shortcomings is based on the following five common sense principles:
If you ever wondered where Rick Perry's sentiments really are, you need look no further. If Goveronor Perry were not a Tea Partier at heart, he wouldn't have proposed the Texas Budget Compact in the Middle of Legislative primary elections. The Texas Budget Compact is the Howitzer that will allow the Tea Party to systematically eliminate the corrupt leadership of the Texas Legislature, starting with Speaker Joe Straus'. Texans need to demand their state legislative candidates endorse Governor Perry's Texas Budget Compact.
Practice truth in budgeting. Support a Constitutional limit of spending to the growth of population and inflation. Oppose any new taxes or tax increases, and make the small business tax exemption permanent. Preserve a strong Rainy Day Fund. Cut unnecessary and duplicative government programs and agencies.
(Author's Note: In case the Secret Service is reading, "systematically eliminate the corrupt leadership of the Texas Legislature" refers to the ballot box.)
The Texas Budget Compact makes spending restraint a legal requirement. It permanently binds the legislature. For those of you unfamiliar with the Texas Constitution, the budget is initially proposed by a body called the Legislative Budget Board, the only legal authority the Governor has is his veto power at the end of the process. Governor Perry's veto won't be around forever. The Texas Budget Compact will bind the legislature from now to eternity.
In 2013, the Legislature needs to make the Texas Budget Compact its top priority. Permanently restraining spending will get us just as much crap ONCE as cutting spending on an ad hoc basis every two years will get us till eternity. We can always cut spending further at a later date, like 2015 and 2017. And we will....:)
We've already seen the corrupt leadership of the Texas Leadership make a really lame attempt to sidestep the Texas Budget Compact. Speaker Joe Straus said:
Speaker Straus has a long-standing policy of not signing pledges; his pledge is to keep his commitments to and provide quality representation for the constituents of District 121 and the people of Texas.Other Republican legislators have expressed similar sentiments to their corrupt Speaker. Just so we're clear, saying "we don't sign pledges" is Austin Capitol Insider bull-crap for "Texans can go fuck themselves." I know the language is strong, but I use that phrase deliberately to illustrate the contempt in which many legislators, led by their corrupt Speaker, hold regular Texans.
Over the next six weeks, motivated citizens can send a message to the corrupt leadership of the Texas Legislature, starting with Speaker Joe Straus. We need to go out and teach people the full implications of the Texas Budget compact. Failure to pass the Texas Budget Compact will destroy the economic foundation of Texas Civilization. The Texas Budget Compact will enforce budgetary righteousness on the corrupt and wicked leadership of the Texas Legislature. Cahnman's Musings unapologetically endorses this Urgent Priority!