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Straus removes conservative mask, tips hand

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Great work from Weston Hicks with the  Agenda Wise Team!!  Please take the time to read and then pass it on to your friends and neighbors. Straus spent a lot of money during the speakers race to convince Texans he was Conservative; now we know the truth. 

In a speech in El Paso last week, Joe Straus said, “you can’t cut your way to prosperity.” The quote was basically lifted from President Obama, who said earlier this year in a radio address, “Of course, there’s been a real debate about where to invest and where to cut… but we can’t simply cut our way to prosperity.”

Ronald Reagan, by contrast, believed so deeply in the power of tax cuts that he lowered the top income tax rate from 70% when he entered office to 28% when he left office. Revenues to the government doubled during his administration.

What’s worse, in an interview with Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Aman Batheja, Straus explained his El Paso comments by saying wryly, “I made a terrible mistake. I was being candid and realistic.”

This is uncommon honesty from an establishment Republican. They normally campaign as fiscal conservatives then work during the session to undermine fiscally conservative goals.

Here, Straus the campaigner tells us that his fiscally liberal comments were “candid and realistic”, but also that it was a “terrible mistake” to make them.

At least now we know that any forthcoming fiscally conservative campaign comments from Straus are political-only in nature. Our guess is that he is probably done making the “terrible mistake” of being “candid” on tax policy.

In the same interview with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Straus lauded our state’s lack of an income tax as the biggest reason businesses have relocated here.

This is an interesting comment, because it is likely Straus, if he is still Speaker, will push for an income tax in the 83rd legislature, either from behind the scenes or in broad daylight, then offer expanded gambling as the only way to keep away the income tax. Straus is from an old Texas gambling family, and Texas gambling can only be expanded through amendments to the Texas Constitution. Hence, the speaker gig.

His comments reminding Texans how valuable our lack of income tax are consistent with such a political play.

AgendaWise contacted Aman Batheja to try to obtain the Straus interview, either privately or publicly.

–El Paso Times article with Straus’s Obama-like tax comment

– Fort Worth Star-Telegram piece from post-El Paso interview by FWST reporter Aman Batheja

– Straus’s FWST interviewer sharing Straus’s comment about his Obama-like tax policy comment

Weston Hicks

Weston Hicks researches and writes about associations in the Texas political realm, media choices, and political strategy. Over the past year he has advised on grassroots and voter initiatives. He has a B.A. in History from the University of Texas at El Paso and a J.D. from University of Texas School of Law. He enjoys spending time with wife and three children, reading theology and political theory, and watching FC Barcelona. You can reach him at whicks@agendawise.com.

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Sec. 302.032.  LEGISLATIVE BRIBERY:  PROMISES OR THREATS.  A person commits an offense if, with the intent to influence a member of or candidate for the house of representatives in casting a vote for speaker of the house of representatives, the person:(1)  promises or agrees to cause:(A)  the appointment of a person to a chairmanship or vice-chairmanship of a house committee or subcommittee;(B)  the appointment of a person to a particular house committee or subcommittee, the Legislative Budget Board, the Texas Legislative Council, the Legislative Library Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, or any other position the speaker appoints;(C)  preferential treatment on any legislation or appropriation;(D)  the employment of a person;  or(E)  economic benefit to a person;  or(2)  threatens to cause:(A)  the failure to appoint a person to a chairmanship or vice-chairmanship of a house committee or subcommittee;(B)  the failure to appoint a person to a particular house committee or subcommittee, the Legislative Budget Board, the Texas Legislative Council, the Legislative Library Board, the Legislative Audit Committee, or any other position the speaker appoints;(C)  unfavorable treatment on any legislation or appropriation;(D)  the refusal of or removal from employment of a person;  or(E)  the withholding of economic benefit from a person.

Acts 1985, 69th Leg., ch. 479, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1985.

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One Response to “Straus removes conservative mask, tips hand”

  1. Kris Goralski Says:

    I am with the belief that every one of the people voted into office will answer for this abuse of power.

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