Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Jim Dunnam and Kay versus David Dewhurst and Rick...

Jim Dunnam is basically the leader of the Texas House Dems, and he keeps winding up on the same side of the issues as Kay. Back when all of the unemployment insurance stuff was going on, Kay and Jim Dunnam were echoing each other... this was one of the major things that pushed me once and for all away from Kay and toward Rick...

Rick can be counted on to stand up to the Dems... Kay echoes the Dems on a lot of policy battles... especially on spending...

Last week Dewhurst wrote (link)...

While other states struggle with overwhelming deficits, Texas has created a model for the rest of the nation to follow that is based on living within its available revenue. The state cut taxes a net $4 billion per year in 2007 while fostering a predictable regulatory environment that allows business to thrive and continue to make Texas the No. 1 job creator in the U.S. over the past two years.

Although this year's session took place in the context of significant turmoil in the global marketplace and economic upheaval in Texas and across our country, the Legislature successfully shaped a balanced state budget that meets the needs of Texans and sufficiently funds essential programs and agencies through the next two years.

Working together, we crafted and Gov. Rick Perry signed a balanced budget that has left our state prepared to tackle the challenges that lie ahead. Not only did we balance our budget without raising taxes, we cut taxes for more than 40,000 small businesses and left our Rainy Day Fund untouched so we can once again balance our budget in 2011.

This week Jim Dunnam wrote (link)....

Up is down. Left is right. Black is white.

It applies to Alice once she fell down that hole and walked through the looking glass.

It applies equally to our Republican leadership in Texas.

Watching Gov. Rick Perry and Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst accept and spend President Barack Obama's stimulus money like drunken sailors then attempt to hide/rationalize/deny/avoid that fact, is getting more and more surreal and humorous — and more and more sad.

First, Perry slammed the stimulus and all its works in the Washington Times last February. However, he neglected to state that he had written a letter to Obama asking for the money just a day after Obama signed the bill. The ink wasn't even dry, and Perry had his hand out.

(Read the letter Perry wrote Obama on Perry's Web site: http://www.rickperry.org/perry-letter-to-obama.)

Next Perry told The Wall Street Journal that Texas wanted nothing to do with Washington and said our balanced budget is proof we can do it without outside help. He omitted the awkward fact that the stimulus money Perry got from Obama is what Texas used to balance its budget.

A Rick vs. Kay proxy op ed war is going on, and Dewhurst has Rick's back and Jim Dunnam has Kay's back. Dunnam is a much more colorful writer than Dewhurst and the base is not thrilled with either of them but they will go with Dewhurst every time over their arch enemy Jim Dunnam...

1 comment:

  1. Is this a popularity contest or asking who's right? Perry is two-faced on the stimulus issue. Dunnam has every right to call a spade a spade. Just because Republicans don't agree with how Dunnam wants to handle federal funds, doesn't make Rick right on accepting 97% of the stimulus dollars.


Hey now, campaign characters. Be nice. I know a lot of you on both sides, so I don't want any overly foul language, personal attacks on anyone other than the candidates themselves, or other party fouls. I will moderate the heck out of you if you start breaking the bounds of civility.