Friday, June 8, 2018

Dickey Raises Interesting Point about Detailed Platform

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

[Note on Format: We didn't take notes at last night's event, so we're writing this post from memory; the statements to which we will be referring in this post should be interpreted as paraphrases, not direct quotes.]

We attended last night's Hill Country YR convention training:

The program was what one would expect.  It mostly covered logistics.  Essential information for rookies.  Good review for veterans.

But during his remarks, Chairman Dickey made an interesting point about the platform.  Dickey stated that one of his biggest surprises upon becoming chairman was that he actually liked having a detailed platform.  The reason why was that it meant he didn't have to guess at the will of the body when unexpected issues came up.

Dickey specifically cited a conversation he had with a reporter about NAFTA.  Dickey was able to look up the party's position on NAFTA and easily answer the reporter's question.  Had the NAFTA plank in the platform not existed, Dickey would have had to guess.

Dickey also pointed out the absurdity of complaining about having a couple hundred planks in the platform when there are over 6000 bills filed during a legislative session.

Bottom Line: We hadn't thought about that....

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