I voted…..and for Prop 1 I Voted NO

Texas makes it fairly easy to vote early; the polls are even open on Sunday. So after church, I stopped by and cast my vote.
As usual, I voted for those I believe will support a small government. Or at least not growing it as fast as possible.

On the ballot is a state-wide Proposition

“The constitutional amendment providing for the use and dedication of certain money transferred to the state highway fund to assist in the completion of transportation construction, maintenance, and rehabilitation projects, not to include toll roads.”

Let’s look at what the Proposition does and then I’ll explain why I voted against it.

The additional transportation money would come from directing a portion of the state’s annual oil and gas production tax collections to the State Highway Fund. Currently, the state’s Economic Stabilization Fund (ESF) receives 75 percent of the state’s annual oil and gas production tax collections that exceed the amount collected in fiscal year 1987, when it was created. If approved by voters, half of the money currently destined for the ESF would be dedicated to the State Highway Fund. The remaining half would continue to build the unspent balance of the ESF. According to estimates from the Texas Comptroller, if voters approved the Constitutional Amendment $1.7 billion would be transferred in to the State Highway Fund in the first year alone.

Okay….First reason is right there — it takes money that is supposed to be dedicated to the Economic Stabilization or “Rainy Day” Fund and directs it to transportation projects such as roads and bridges.

Second reason;

(c) Not later than the 90th day of each fiscal year, the comptroller of public accounts shall transfer from the general revenue fund to the economic stabilization fund and the state highway fund the sum of the amounts described [prescribed] by Subsections (d) and (e) of this section, to be allocated as provided by Subsections (c-1) and (c-2) of this section. However, if necessary and notwithstanding the allocations prescribed by Subsections (c-1) and (c-2) of this section, the comptroller shall reduce proportionately the amounts described by Subsections (d) and (e) of this section to be transferred and allocated to the economic stabilization fund to prevent the amount in that [the] fund from exceeding the limit in effect for that biennium under Subsection (g) of this section.Revenue transferred to the state highway fund under this subsection may be used only for constructing, maintaining, and acquiring rights-of-way for public roadways other than toll roads.

Breaking down the politician weasel wording; Each legislative session the politicians would vote for a ‘floor’ on how little money has to stay in the Rainy Day fund and then split any money (remaining  above and beyond that) and new money into the Rainy Day fund and the State Highway fund.

So letting the politicians decide how much we should keep in the rainy day fund is a bad thing (more on this later). Related to this is the tendency of politicians to vote against appropriating the necessary amount of money for the important projects and then use other money to prop it up.
Sorry folks, if the State Highway fund isn’t getting enough money; the answer is simple; either vote for more taxes or stop spending money wastefully.

 

Lastly,

The constitutional amendment would provide significant progress in addressing the state’s unmet transportation needs by providing $1.7 billion in the first year alone. However, this amendment alone does not “solve” Texas’ transportation funding challenge. Experts say Texas has at least $5 billion in unmet transportation needs each year. This measure is expected to provide $1.7 billion annually to address these transportation needs.

Yeah, won’t come anywhere close to solving the problem but it would siphon even more money off from the Rainy Day fund. Yes, this is the final problem — the Rainy Day fund is a political slush fund that politicians tap on a regular basis and it needs to stop. NOW.

I feel we need to vote against every transfer of money out of that account. I think we need to hold politicians accountable for its depletion. Our recent history in the last 5 to 10 years shows how rocky the economy can be. We need to be prepared, as individuals and as a polity, to weather uncertain or hard times.

So, that is why I voted against it.

What do you folks think; would you vote for or against?

 

Say WHAT Hillary

If no other reason ever existed, this idiotic statement should be sufficient for this person to never hold public office again. EVER.

Of course that means she is the dream candidate for the leftist, nanny-staters.

T.A.B.C. Withdraws Alcohol/Gun Show Proposal

It’s a short notice on their website

TABC Staff Recommends Withdrawing Proposed Gun Show Amendments.

The proposed amendments to TABC Administrative Rule 36.1 (Possession and Sale of Firearms on Licensed Premises) are being placed on the agenda for the September 23, 2014, Meeting of the Commissioners. The Commission Staff is recommending that the proposed amendments be withdrawn. The decision on what action to take will be made by the Commissioners. If the Commissioners vote to withdraw the proposed amendments, the current rule will remain in place.

Other sites do have a little more coverage of the issue though.

Staff at the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has recommended withdrawing last month’s proposal at the panel’s next meeting on Tuesday.

Alcohol sales would have come with strict conditions, such as banning the sale of live ammunition, a requirement that firearms be disabled and not allowing a buyer to walk out with their weapon.

It was, in my opinion, a combination of the banning the sale of live ammunition and preventing a buyer from walking out with his/her purchase that was the main sticking point.

Beck said the rule was drafted to address the Dallas Safari Club’s annual convention, a massive event that draws up to 50,000 people that is mostly designed as an exhibit and may include only a few booths with weapons.

While it may have been designed to address the Safari Club’s convention; it would have hit dozens of other events like the Friends of the NRA banquets or even my gun club’s Annual Banquet. These events are often either great fund raisers or opportunities to increase membership. This was not a ‘gun friendly’ proposal.

 

 (f)   A location that has a license or permit authorizing the on-premises consumption of alcoholic beverages may only allow a gun or firearms show or display at the location if:
   (1)   the location is owned or leased by a governmental entity or nonprofit civic, religious, charitable, fraternal, or veterans’ organization;
   (2)   the location is used for a gun or firearms show or display only on an occasional basis; and
   (3)   a written agreement between the operator of the show or display and the permittee or licensee is filed at the commission’s district office and approved by the commission 30 days prior to the gun or firearms show or display and the agreement includes the following:

If nothing else, this section was worth defeating because it greatly limited where gun shows could be held.

Great job folks, I do have to mention the spin put on this by the state.

The commission asked for public feedback and hundreds of responses poured in from all sides.

“It was for the most part negative,” agency spokeswoman Carolyn Beck said Friday. “They were either against it because they didn’t think alcohol and guns should mix, or there was feedback against the restrictions.”

Yeah……..notice Ms. Beck ‘casually’ lumped those two very different reactions together. I’m betting there were many more comments against the restrictions then anything else.

 

Priorities Mr. President

Yours are screwed up and skewed unbelievably

President Barack Obama is unveiling new public service announcements against campus sexual assault in a campaign being supported by the NCAA and several media companies with reach among college students.

The White House says athletes will appear in the campaign called “It’s On Us” that Obama and Vice President Joe Biden plan to reveal Friday at a White House event. With an estimated one in five college women assaulted, the message is particularly targeted at men.

 

I guess National Security isn’t as important for your administration, after all we just have a southern border where thousands of people a day are streaming across including possible terrorists. The economy is still in the ‘recovery’ phase if we call what we’ve been experiencing a recovery. We haven’t seen that “post racial” America you promised to bring about. We still don’t know the truth about so many issues (for other administrations they would be called scandals) such as the IRS targeting conservative groups, Benghazi, Fast & Furious, etc.

 

I understand sexual assaults on campus are a serious problem but I don’t think it should be the role of the President’s administration to lead an effort to reduce them. Maybe the idea sounded better on the golf course than it does in print; why don’t you try to figure out the serious national issues which you can actually do something about. Here’s a hint; they try to tell you about this things in your daily security briefings.

Please join the discussion.

True Colors

Sometimes the politicians slip and actually tell people what their true goal is; Joe Biden made that mistake recently.

Biden argued today that Americans deserve a ‘fair wage’ so that they can send their children to college and purchase homes.

‘Just give them a chance. No hand out. Just give them a chance,’ he plead. ‘Because once you give Americans a chance, they have never, never, never, never, ever let their country down, he said. ‘Never.

‘So folks, it’s time to take back America, as we say. It’s time to change the tax code. It’s time to make sure you get equal share.’

Emphasis mine.
We already have a progressive tax system. Yet that still isn’t good enough for Biden. They don’t want people to get a fair share or a share even equal to what they put in — NOPE. He wants people to get an EQUAL share.
Regardless of how much a person contributes to the profit; the janitor and the engineer should get the same share of the profit. The owner of the company who risks his family’s food and future shouldn’t get any more of the profit then the person who punches in for 40 hours a week and collects a paycheck.
Notice he doesn’t call for people to share equally in the risks, he doesn’t call for people to share equally in the work load; just the results.
Never forget people like these are not interested in equal opportunity but in equal outcome.

Dallas Police Department – Information Gap

Recently we talked about the low morale at the Dallas Police Department; now comes a report that might help explain why.

 DALLAS — More than 100 Dallas police officers have been effectively left in the dark; locked out of a vital computer database that they need to do their jobs

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123 officers, 62 of them actually patrolling the streets because required training wasn’t accomplished on time. There is plenty of blame to go around on this; partly the individual officers, they should stay on top of their training schedules. It sounds like at least some of them have tried but without success.

This is primarily a management issue:

Officers must undergo training every two years. If they don’t happen, their access is revoked.

The Dallas Police Department fell behind on training officers during the problem-plagued rollout of its new $4 million records management system (RMS). Police officials acknowledge 123 officers currently lack access, including 62 in patrol.

“The training team has been assigned the last two months almost on a full-time basis to RMS,” Maj. Scott Bratcher told News 8.

This is management 101; stay on top of projects, don’t let them distract you from the basics, manage your staffing. And the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas City Council are failing at the basics.

Yet we are supposed to rely on organizations like this for our safety according to the anti-rights cultists. Doesn’t that just fill you with confidence and hope?

I understand how problems like this occur. In private business it impacts the financial situation of a company and its employees. In a governmental agency; this doesn’t just impact employ safety but the safety of the public also. Cops could be missing information to make arrests needed to get criminals off the streets. If officers have to double up; fewer cars will be on patrol or responding to problems.

And it is all avoidable with proper management.

So the question becomes; is this the means you want to de

 

Listen, Do You Hear That?

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis insists “we’re going to win” despite her Republican opponent’s sizeable advantage in campaign cash and opinion polls.

The state senator from Fort Worth suggested Tuesday that long disillusioned voters will turn out to cast November ballots in stronger-than-expected numbers – enough to push her underdog bid over the top.

It sounds like — denial. Like Desperation. And sorry Ms. Davis but I will work to upset your plans. Consistently you’ve voted against individual rights as my Senator; I really don’t want to see you in the governor’s office.

 

Abbott has a 12 point lead over Davis and since the state legislature isn’t in session for her to pull any more grandstanding stunts; I don’t see that changing. Those who support Abbott need to make sure to spread the word and have people show up at the polls.

Any other state races we should be talking about?