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A Lesson in Austin Corruption 2

Date posted: February 21, 2013

By Jan Shedd

 

If you want to know how the Austin machine works, pay attention.  Watch the video, and then read what I wrote back in November.

While Lance comes across as calm, cool, and fair, what he is actually doing is reading from the pro-gambling website Let Texans Decide script.

 

VIDEO

 

Be Careful What You Ask For

 

They’re baaack! The same crowd that gave us Scratch Offs is two-stepping again. Advocates for expanding gambling have been working behind the scenes with assorted RINOs and Democrats for years, formulating a grand strategy to expand, expand, expand.  Unfortunately, money alone isn’t enough to make their dreams come true.  Expanded gambling will require a change to the state’s constitution. They need a two-thirds majority vote in the both houses of the legislature to put a referendum before the voters. The wolves are willing, but many of them have constituents who would end their public careers if they supported it.  What to do, what to do?

 

For years now, we’ve been hearing from people like (Speaker of the Texas House) Joe Straus that we can’t cut our way to prosperity.  They don’t want to raise taxes, they tell us, but we must have more revenue.  This was the laying of the foundation, if you will. Conservative activists understood the meaning behind the rhetoric, and have been bracing for an extremely well funded assault. It’s here: Let Texans Decideis a milk-and-honey propaganda campaign designed to sell expanded gambling to Texas voters.

 

First of all, let’s call it what it is: gambling.  They call it gaming because it sounds better.  Monopoly is a game.  Checkers is a game.  To call gambling a game is like calling a tiger a kitty-cat. 

 

Gambling supporters will soon be spending millions of dollars to sell Texans on the idea of expanded gambling.  How will they do it?  For starters, look at what they’re calling it: “Let Texans Decide.” How could anyone oppose that?  Pro-gambling websites are full of reminders that Texans don’t like nanny-state government, and should be able to make up their own minds, as though that were being denied to us somehow.  When candidates for state offices run on an anti-expanded-gambling platform, you can vote for them or against them.  We are quite able to make our wishes known about the bane of gambling, and don’t let anyone convince you that we aren’t. 

 

Joe Straus Speaker Showdown

Slot Machine Joe

 

Let’s take a look at what Let Texans Decide says.

 

1.    Casinos at racetracks would add $8.5 billion in economic growth statewide.

 

I don’t know where these numbers come from, but a very educated guess would be “economic studies” paid for by gambling interests.  It is very likely that an unbiased study would show much lower numbers. Only 2% of gambled money is taxable.  The rest goes to the casino/slot machine owners and the prize pool. What is certain is that legalized/expanded gambling never lives up to its promises.  Remember how the lottery was going to pay for education? Whatever happened with that?  Other states have added slots to save their failing horse tracks, called racinos, but decline in interest continued unabated and the horse tracks closed anyway.

 

2.    Texans already gamble outside our borders – according to a 2010 study, 90% of the customers at casinos on the Texas-Oklahoma border are Texans.

 

This information is disseminated to make you think that people who leave Texas to gamble want it in their backyard so they don’t have to drive so far. Some Texans oppose gambling outright in any form, anywhere, based on religious or other reasons.  Most have nothing against it whether they partake or not, but they understand that it comes with baggage that they don’t want to deal with, and they see having to drive out of state as a small price to pay. I have heard people say this.

 

legalized-gambling-in-texas3.    Casinos at racetracks in Texas could generate an estimated $1 billion annually in tax revenue.

 All states trying to convince their voters that gambling is good use this same “$1 billion” number.  It too is a highly questionable figure. Promises, promises . . . if gambling is so lucrative for states, why is Nevada in such dire economic straits?  One reason why is that they keep electing Dirty Harry Reid, but it’s not realistic to put all the blame on him alone. Something else is afoot.

 

Let Texans Decide also tells us that expanded gambling will add thousands of jobs to our state.  This is true.  Expanded gambling will mean more government.  The State will have to hire more workers to oversee it, and those workers will have to be paid salaries, medical benefits, and pensions.  Also, there will be a large increase in law enforcement & prison guard positions because where gambling goes, crime follows.

 

Something else you won’t find on Let Texans Decide is the fact that gambling hurts cities.  Wherever there are casinos, the areas immediately surrounding them deteriorates.  Companies don’t like to be located in slums, so they either move away, or avoid going there altogether. Of the five U.S. cities hit hardest by the recession, four were in gambling states, and two [were] in Nevada.[1]

 

Did you know that much of the lottery revenue in Texas comes from the same areas with the highest rates of people on public assistance?   It’s less than comforting to think that the lottery creates extra need in districts that use need as political clout to increase taxpayer assistance.[2]  The Dallas chapter of the NAACP recently voted unanimously to eliminate the lottery. 

Members of the nation’s oldest civil rights group [the NAACP] say they are frustrated by poor an minority Texans spending their money on [lottery] tickets, rather than necessities such and or health insurance–Ft Worth Star Telegram

 

I believe that if a referendum were held today, gambling would lose.  But after months of disinformation on television, billboards, newspapers, the Internet, and slick politicians, etc., gambling interests might be able to convince a majority of Texans to support it.  To quote Vladimir Lenin, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.”  Don’t be fooled by the rhetoric of people who will say almost anything to open the lucrative floodgates of gambling.  The same people who sold us the lottery with solemn promises of plentiful revenue in the early 90s are making the same promises again.  They were wrong then and they’re wrong now.

 

Key Steps to take to protect our children and grandchildren!  

Conservatives must stand strong in the race for Speaker of the Texas House ACTION STEP: #1 ~ Join the Movement to#StopCSCOPE ~ Sign the Petition NOW – http://womenonthewall.org/cscope-petition

ACTION STEP: #2 Start helping REP. STEVE TOTH with his very important bill HB 760 — The CSCOPE Transparency Act To Ensure Consistent Oversight of Public School Curriculum  

*Note:  Janice VanCleave regularly updates her CSCOPE website:www.TxCscopeReview.com

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Updated: Another Mass Mailer by Lance Gooden is on the way!

Date posted: May 26, 2012

**Heads Up Kaufman and Henderson County Citizens

Ray Myers
Kaufman County Tea Party
In a one last, futile attempt to purchase a victory in Tuesday’s primary, Lance Gooden is sending ANOTHER mailer filled with lies and distortions about Stuart Spitzer.
This time instead of sending a large postcard, it will arrive either on Saturday or Tuesday in a sealed brown envelope.
Will this one have a big picture of the Bible, or will it have images of marijuana leaves?
We don’t know. All we know it that there is no lie outrageous enough for Lance. Unless you find RINO desperation amusing, don’t even bother to open it.
 Just trash it, and enjoy the Memorial Day Holiday. 
Voices Empower was alerted about the Mass Mailer because of a class that Rep. Lance Gooden had with
former Republican Country Chair, Mary Rene Cline. We now it looks like the word is out!!

State Rep. Lance Gooden Clashes with  Former Republican County Chair,

Mary Rene Cline

in

Post Office in Kaufman

A verbal clash occurred Friday, May 25 in the Post Office in Kaufman between State Representative Lance Gooden and former Kaufman GOP

County Chair Mary Rene Cline. Gooden approached Ms Cline in the Kaufman Post Office and ask Ms Cline if she was going to vote for him.

Ms Cline politely responded:

No, I am not going to vote for you.

Gooden responded:  Why won’t you vote for me?

Ms Cline again responded:

“No!” ! will not vote for you. –Mr Gooden — you don’t live inKaufman County — you don’t work in Kaufman County and that is not even your car that you are driving in Kaufman County.

Gooden responded by saying:  Yes, I do live in Kaufman County:

Ms Cline responded:

No! I have information that you do not live in the county and I will not vote for a person who does not live here!

Then Gooden responds:

Well even if I don’t live in the County — “that shouldn’t matter” — I have been doing a good job.

Ms. Cline again responds,

Yes it does matter– the people in our County expect to have someone that we can depend on.  I have talked to many people about you and I have decided not to vote for you.

Ms Cline commented that: she was very surprised about theaggressive nature of Gooden.  He would not let it go– he continued to chastise me for supporting Dr Spitzer.

Yes, it should matter to the voters in House District 4– Ms Cline reported that Mr. Gooden became very aggressive and agitated –It seems very unbecoming for an elected official to confront a Senior Citizen in an aggressive tone. This behavior is reflective of the Character of Gooden.

He is the elected official who represents the Texans who live and work in H.D. 4. Regardless of the choice of Ms Cline– Gooden should have remained professional– He must respect the right to choose. This is still America and we still have a RIGHT to choose our candidates.

This altercation did not go un-noticed.  Several people in the post office gathered round to listen in. There were plenty of witnesses–

Gooden made additional remarks about supporting House Speaker, Joe Straus and commented that  people were talking about his ( Gooden’s ) personal life.

Mary Rene Cline has been a respected citizen of Kaufman for 39 years. She was born in Kemp, went to school in Kemp, and has a business in Kaufman. She is the former Chair of the Republican Party of Kaufman County. She is well known for her years of civic and professional service.

In closing Ms. Cline stated:

  I am very concerned about the tone in which the altercationensued. It was unnecessary. I am hopeful the we can move on and can all conduct ourselves in a positive professionalmanner.

Gooden was in the Kaufman post office to do an additional mass mailer to House District 4– The citizens in Kaufman and Henderson Counties

have be bombarded with NEGATIVE political mailers on Dr.Stuart Spitzer and other candidates.

Spitzer is Gooden’s opponent in the election to be held on Tuesday, May 29.

 

So what is the real story on Lance Gooden?

By Jan Shedd 

“Keep in mind while reading this that our representative in the Texas House, Lance Gooden, won’t tell us where he lives, where he works, or what he does for a living, but he will proudly proclaim his unwavering support for Joe Straus.  

Some of you might say, “But Lance says he lives in Terrell.”  Wrong.  He owns a vacant house in Terrell.  “But Lance says he works in District 4.”  No, he hasn’t told us where he works.  “But he says he’s an insurance consultant for energy and energy related companies.”  Then why does he not have a state issued insurance license?  And if he does , where is it?  District 4 voters have a right and responsibility to ask these questions, and Gooden has a duty to answer.  If he wants to live a private life, he shouldn’t run for public office. 

BTW, someone is spreading rumors that Empower Texans supports the state monkeying with police and firefighter pensions, specifically to convert them to 401Ks, and that’s why ET has endorsed Stuart Spitzer.  I will leave it to my readers to determine where these rumors are coming from, but I will tell you that this charge is absolutely, 100% FALSE.” 

The problem isn’t the conservative values of the Tea Party. It’s big-spending lackeys like Lance.


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Say It Ain’t So, Lance Gooden and Joe Straus!

Date posted: May 16, 2012

By Jan Shedd

So what is the real story on Lance Gooden?

Photo courtesy of Stop Lance Gooden click photo for more info!

“Keep in mind while reading this that our representative in the Texas House, Lance Gooden, won’t tell us where he lives, where he works, or what he does for a living, but he will proudly proclaim his unwavering support for Joe Straus.  

Some of you might say, “But Lance says he lives in Terrell.”  Wrong.  He owns a vacant house in Terrell.  “But Lance says he works in District 4.”  No, he hasn’t told us where he works.  “But he says he’s an insurance consultant for energy and energy related companies.”  Then why does he not have a state issued insurance license?  And if he does , where is it?  District 4 voters have a right and responsibility to ask these questions, and Gooden has a duty to answer.  If he wants to live a private life, he shouldn’t run for public office. 

BTW, someone is spreading rumors that Empower Texans supports the state monkeying with police and firefighter pensions, specifically to convert them to 401Ks, and that’s why ET has endorsed Stuart Spitzer.  I will leave it to my readers to determine where these rumors are coming from, but I will tell you that this charge is absolutely, 100% FALSE.” 

The problem isn’t the conservative values of the Tea Party. It’s big-spending lackeys like Lance.

Please see post below from back in 2010 on Joe Straus’ fundraising work to get Democrats elected. 

Posted on May 6, 2010 by F Trevino

Empower Texans

Earlier today I got news of a fundraiser that will take place next Wednesday, May 12th, in Driftwood, Texas. At first I thought it was a joke, or just a crazy rumor, but after researching, I discovered that the Republican Speaker of the Texas House, Joe Straus, will be headlining the fundraiser for Democratic State Representative Patrick Rose!

Now if you do not believe then please check it out for yourself: http://www.patrickrose.com/rose-straus-reception/.

One of the most frustrating things about this is that the Speaker of our House is failing to follow our state platform! On September 20, 2008, the Republican Party of Texas adopted this resolution:

“. . . that the Republican Party of Texas requests that every Republican public and party candidate and office holder re-frain from using his or her office, title, or name to endorse, sup-port, or campaign for a candidate of another party, or against the candidate of the Republican Party”

This obviously applies to Speaker Straus, whose weak justification has been that his predecessor, Tom Craddick (R – HD82), had done the same. Yes, Speaker Craddick had supported “Craddick Democrats”, or as they are now known — the mythical and ever elusive conservative Democrat.

Just kidding–there are a few Democrats who are fiscally conservative and cooperative with the Republican Party of Texas, but Patrick Rose is not one of these. In fact, Representative Rose received an F on the 2009 Fiscal Responsibility Index!

So it stands to reason that Mr. Rose’s Republican challenger would be a more suitable candidate for this office, and you think the Republican Speaker of the House would naturally support Mr. Rose’s challenger; after all, Speaker Straus’ job depends on a Republican majority.

Jason Isaac is the Republican who will be challenging Patrick Rose in November, and upon doing my own research I discovered that all three counties in HD45 went for John McCain in 2008. Obviously this district does not lean far to the left, and we should support a good conservative candidate like Jason Isaac who can reclaim this seat for the GOP. What is Joe Straus thinking?

I would have no problem with this event at all if Patrick Rose was running unopposed or if he was facing a leftist challenge from within his own party, but as we can see, that is clearly not the case.

Seeing as the Democratic Party has their eyes, and highest hopes, on winning in Texas, I hope that Speaker Straus will cancel this event and throw his support behind our party’s conservative candidate! With redistricting and potential budget shortfalls coming up, it is vitally important to our great state that we make sure that liberals from the national party do not have a chance to influence a potential Democratic majority in the Texas House of Representatives.

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Please join the movement, sign the petition, and Rise Up for Life.

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