Weston Hicks has a phenomenal piece (
Notice that when moral/cultural issues are passing, fiscal discipline is always at its highest ebb. Case in point: the 82nd Legislature.It's human nature; creating "a sinful, self-serving environment" leads people to spend money. Keeping people focused on service, by contrast, begets far better financial stewardship. This is true in Austin, and it's even truer in Washington.
Why? Because fiscal restraint is moral restraint. Moral thinking puts people in the proper head space to make good, long term fiscal decisions.
Conversely, selfish thinking makes it easy to spend taxpayer money on fattening government fiefdoms.
This is why the best pro-life session ever in Texas went with one of the best fiscally disciplined sessions ever.
Rice University’s Mark Jones wrote an article about how the 83rd legislature was a “purple session in a red state”. With a bonanza of funds, the Rainy Day Fund was raided even more heavily than in the 82nd Legislature, when funds were scarce, giving big spenders much better leverage to go after the RDF.
In fact, the lobby actively tries to create a sinful, self-serving environment in capitol towns because they know this is the most fertile atmosphere for getting crony legislation passed.
This is also why some of the best, most praiseworthy, and most subversive things conservative legislators can do in capitol towns is bible studies, charity activities, and making their families visible often to remind other legislators of their own familial vows.
In truth, there is a battle for atmosphere in capitol towns that the lobby knows about and fights, and that conservatives need to understand and engage with more.
On that note, we'd like to invite readers to this prayer event at the Texas State Capitol tomorrow.
Cahnman's Musings strongly recommends you read the whole piece here.