At one time there was a football rule which declared that touching a punted football by the receiving team was a rule violation — but one with no penalty. I, along with many others, thought having a rules violation with no penalty was silly, and apparently the leagues finally agreed with me and simply ceased calling it a violation and declared the ball dead when touched by the receiving team. It seems the State of Texas and our elected leaders have been given the gift of the same lack of penalty for a violation.
Our Legislature in its wisdom sometime back put a law in the books allegedly to give all Texans equal opportunity at well-paying state jobs. It seems that many of our newly elected statewide officials either don’t care or do not believe they are required to follow the law.
The new Land Commissioner, recently elected Governor, Agricultural Commissioner, Comptroller, Attorney General and Railroad Commission have all ignored the mandate of posting jobs so that ordinary Texas citizens could apply. Theoretically, such a system would allow persons to be hired based on their ability and skill rather than their political connections — goal which almost every conservative politician touts. How many times have you heard that Texas, and America, is the place where you can go as far as you want through developing your skills and being willing to work hard?
It is difficult for me to see how statewide officials can declare that Texas citizens should be law abiding and obey the law at all times when they flout the law with complete impunity and even lack of apology.
The worst offender is newly elected Mr. George P. Bush. Apparently, he thinks he is the new crown prince of Texas political royalty having been named “Bush.” Mr. Bush hired 76.4% of his staff in complete violation of the law and now says henceforth he will follow the law. I doubt very seriously if one of my clients were to be stopped for speeding and promised the highway patrolman that even though he was going 100 m.p.h. in a 50 m.p.h. zone, he would not do it in the future, that this would serve him well to avoid receiving a citation.
Governor Abbott hired about 70% of his staff in violation of the law; and other statewide officials a lesser percentage, but still in significant numbers.
Perhaps most egregious and hypocritical conduct was that of our newly elected Attorney General who is currently under indictment for misconduct and who continues to sue the President claiming President Obama has ignored the law. Texans should remember next election that the promises of equal opportunity for all on the part of most of our statewide elected officials has a hollow ring — and also remember their actions tell us they really don’t care about giving ordinary Texans an equal shot at well paying, taxpayer funded jobs.