The Republican leadership of Texas continues to act just as what they are–Hypocrites, with a capital “H.” Recently, Attorney General Abbott and Senator Cronyn were beating their chests claiming they have protected the children of Texas because they have raised the penalties against people who abuse children. That’s all well and good, but penalties are imposed on abusers of children after the fact. It does very little for most of the children in the state of Texas.
On the other hand, Cornyn, Abbott, Perry and others do not seem concerned at all that Texas has more children without adequate health care protection than any other state in the union. Texas has more children living in poverty than any other state in the union.
As I’ve said many times before, these great Republican leaders seem to care greatly for the unborn child, throwing roadblock after roadblock against abortions that our Supreme Court has deemed legal. At the same time, they appear to give little concern, certainly almost no action, to the lot of the children who are already born.
In the wake of recent mass murders, Republicans deny that loose gun laws pose any problem. They are quick to blame mental health as the root cause. These same Republicans however are the very folks responsible for starving mental health programs of funding. In fact, Texas is a prime example of spending more on prisons and less on programs to prevent crimes!
Even more hypocritical are the mental health 'blamers' who refuse to close loopholes in background checks which would allow finding those with mental health problems.
Further evidence of the hypocrisy of our Republican leadership and the majority of the Republicans in our Legislature is that we continue to hear that Medicaid--which offers medical assistance to the elderly and poor--, food stamps and unemployment benefits are a ruination to the state...that they cause people to land in a hammock rather than a safety net. However, while condemning the so-called welfare to the poor, elderly and needy, Texas has gone headlong into subsidies for the very rich, who obviously are not in great need. A recent study noted by the New York Times and the Dallas Observer, as well as earlier reports in the Houston Chronicle, revealed Texas government gives away approximately 19 billion dollars every year to corporations in the form of benefits. These include tax abatements as well as direct subsidies to large gas companies, whose profits are at an all-time high. It also takes into account the 300 million dollar slush fund which Governor Perry insisted on having at his disposal while we were cutting funds to education by 5 billion dollars.
Recent examinations of the science companies and start-up businesses subsidy programs insisted on by our governor have revealed a substantial number of them have gone bankrupt or out of business. And study has revealed that another large number of these companies have failed to meet the promised quotas of employees who, they represented, would be on the payroll to help lower unemployment in Texas.
So, the next time your state representative or state senator starts carping about the welfare state in the United States, remind him or her about the fact that Texas gives away almost 1/4th of the big, corporate welfare sops given in the United States–more than any other state in the union. Business lobbyists for special interests may call it creating a good business climate in Texas. I call it a big corporate welfare give-away.