Tuesday, February 5, 2019

#TXLEGE: Abbott delivers Lukewarm Pile of "Meh"....

"So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth."
Revelation 3:16

The Good: He made property taxes an emergency item.  He also endorsed restoring the Longhorn/A&M football game.  Otherwise, he didn't propose anything inherently bad.

The Mediocre: Everything else.

Governor Abbott delivered his so-called "state of the State" address to the legislature this morning.  With innovative banality, Abbott's address combined the soaring rhetoric of an airline pilot hogging the intercom with the policy clarity of pea soup.  Authentically, genuinely, insipid.

On property taxes and school finance, he said the right things.  He made both emergency items.  So we'll see what happens.

As for his other initiatives: None of them are bad, but neither do they have us turning cartwheels.  School safety, mental health, and disaster preparation/response are constitutionally justifiable.  So have at it.  Just know these items will have to be watched very closely.  While they might accomplish some good, each is vulnerable to being hijacked.  If that happens, any of these could become a nightmare.  That being said, ineffective boondoggles are the likeliest outcome of all three (but at least the Governor's campaign contributors will get paid).

On the other hand, the Longhorn/A&M does seem to be on its way back...so who are we to complain?!?

Bottom Line: At least he didn't hawk pre-K....

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