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The Lege’s special session priorities.

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This summer, Governor Abbott called a special session to address twenty bills on his agenda, including the contentious (and ultimately unsuccessful) bathroom bill. What issue hasn’t merited calling a special session? Hurricane Harvey, which has displaced over a million Texans. (The federal government has funded almost $8 billion of short-term relief due to the storm.)

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  • WUSRPH

    It is easy to understand how Gov. Abbott can make such a sensible distinction between the need to call a special session.

    One issue just involved sticking it to a small minority group whose behavior offends part of his core constituency and would cost the state nothing more than the cost of the paperwork for the necessary bill.

    The other could require major changes in the “way we do things in Texas”–which are certain not to make the developers and the folks with a fixation on their absolute right to do whatever they want on their “:property” happy—and is likely to require some billions dollars of expenditures EVEN after we suck every dollar we can out of Washington.

    As such, one would have required leadership and vision….while the other was just good GOP primary politics…It was and will be an easy choice (for Abbott) every time. Next thing you will be asking that he give some thought to the meaning of the first six letters of his official title….you know, g o v e r n.

    • Donald Baker

      No matter what cute little liberal terms you wish to use to describe this perversion, the idea that some guy can go into a bathroom or a dressing room with your wife or daughter is absolutely wrong.

  • AlmostNormalTexan

    Tempest in a Toilet

  • Kozmo

    Who would have thought that Texas, “the national laboratory for bad government,” would actually have… well… bad government!

    • Donald Baker

      Go to California where their socialist oppressive and insane government would be more to your liking.

  • John Bernard Books

    Dems drop quest for raiding RDF with $8billion of fed dollars to loot….

  • WUSRPH

    I think I will let this story speak for itself about what our priorities are in Texas:

    http://tinyurl.com/yca9jga3

    • SpiritofPearl

      Football will eventually be a sport only for those whose only escape from poverty is to subject themselves to CTE.

      • WUSRPH

        Like boxing has been for most of its history….but don’t worry there will always be plenty of people more than willing to fill up the seats in the coliseum (or in front of their TVs) just like in the good old days of bread and circuses….Feed the mob’s emotions…..has been good tactic as long as there have been people in power above them…..And probably always will be.

        I watch some football—but only occasionally these days and ONLY when I have some specific interest in one of the teams—but I still believe that baseball is America’s National Sport but I guess just is not enough blood and violence in it to feed the hungers of most people

        • SpiritofPearl

          My point is that poor POC will get their brains jangled irreparably to get out of poverty, fewer white kids will be allowed by their parents to do so.

          • Jed

            “My point is that poor POC will get their brains jangled irreparably to get out of poverty, fewer white kids will be allowed by their parents to do so.”

            this is already the case. pop warner leagues are going under left and right. but try to get the schools to stop doing it …

          • SpiritofPearl

            I hope the parents will eventually become realists.

            My son ran track and played in the jazz band . . .

          • Jed

            i intend to do the math, but i bet we could just take all the money our schools lose on football and put it directly to enough college scholarships to cover the kids who otherwise would have gotten football scholarships … and i bet we would have money left over.

          • SpiritofPearl

            Sports are great, but don’t belong in school. I await your math explication .

          • Jed

            i disagree. i think sports are an important part of education.

            sports that have been proven to reliably cause brain damage in all participants, not so much.

          • SpiritofPearl

            I agree that sports are valuable, just not in school. Our high schools and colleges have become farm teams for the NFL and the NBA, yet the schools get nothing. It’s a scam. They extort stadia from communities, but the payoff never comes.

            Have you ever heard of Murray Sperber?

          • Donald Baker

            I see no value in sports

          • SpiritofPearl

            Exercise and learning to be play as an integrated team are valuable lessons, just not as part of the school system.

          • Jed

            PS – I’ve gone over the 500-page Austin ISD budget, and I can find no breakout of athletics, much less football. More research needed …

          • SpiritofPearl

            Is it listed on a school-by-school basis? I assume sports starts in earnest by middle school.

          • Jed

            No, it isn’t.

            I am actually wondering if they treat athletics as a completely separate operation and don’t include in the 1.4B budget … ?

          • SpiritofPearl

            Are you familiar with the work of Murray Sperber? He was a former sports writer who became a prof at Indiana U. He wrote a book called “Beer and Circuses” about the influence of athletics on universities, especially big state schools.

          • SpiritofPearl

            Of course, in Indiana, basketball is a religion. And less CTE . . .

    • Donald Baker

      I know what the priorities of liberal democrats are and they are to be defeated by any means necessary

  • WUSRPH

    I cannot tell from the early reports about the governor’s press conference about whether Abbott of Sharp said anything about looking at what steps might be required to limit the impact of a future Harvey. But, I assume not since that might require taking a look at the mythical way “we do things here in Texas” and entail some more of the hideous restrictions that pollute the air threatening to cover up “the smell of Freedom”…….Nope just fix up what was damaged and let future generations worry about what should have been done.

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