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Texas’ own Trevor Dupuy ~ An observation: “The Status Quo has Got to Go.”

Date posted: August 8, 2012

After posting yesterday…….

Why the Republican Establishment is Rattled | Pat Caddell and Steven Bannon

I received an e-mail from my good friend down in South Texas Trevor Dupuy with an observation I wanted to share with you because I think Trevor nailed it.

“As the tea party movement has evolved from sign waving protest rallies against irresponsible big government spending, higher taxes and over-regulation of the market and society, it has become more sophisticated in culling out the seemingly intractable reasons behind this big government conundrum.
I have concluded that the problem is a relatively small, but powerful ruling elite consisting of special interests, crony capitalists and a political class, together with a tax code based on income to facilitate it. This ruling elite or “establishment” feathers its own nest at the expense of innovation, investment, jobs and individual freedom, which are essential to a free market and “the pursuit of happiness” for ourselves and our posterity. The “establishment” is correctly becoming  the new, more focused Tea Party target. With this in mind, the tea party movement needs to adopt a new slogan: “The Status Quo has Got to Go.”  
Now you know why I do what I do. I get  to meet amazing and smart men and women from all across this country like Trevor Dupuy. Thank you Trevor for your insight and wisdom.
If you missed what Pat Caddell had to say which inspired Trevor’s observation don’t miss the opportunity to listen to it now.

Pat Caddell, Fox News Contributor joins The Victory Sessions first anniversary show with host Stephen K. Bannon to discuss the friction between the Republican base and the Republican Establishment.


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Who pulls the strings of “Establishment Republicans” in Texas like David Dewhurst?

Date posted: May 21, 2012

It is called Crony Capitalism and it is a National Security Threat to America.

Texas Leadership Fails to Get the Job Done

Many of you who have heard me speak tell the story of the awesome work by a Tea Party Leader out of Tyler, Texas JoAnn Fleming. Ms. Fleming sent out an e-mail with a link to the speech Gov. Perry gave on the border back in 2001. Many believe that was one of the catalysts that brought down Gov. Perry’s run for President. 

I have said it many times, Gov. Perry is liked outside of Texas more than he is inside of Texas. Why is that you might ask. It is all about the largest Republican donors who pull the strings in Texas. 

Here is an example of what I mean.

Rick Perry’s pro-immigration Texas base

POLITICO’s Ken Vogel passes along an email sent by Perry contributor Norman Adams that contained a separate email from Steve Hotze, also a Perry bundler based in Texas. Both emails make donor solicitations that underscore Perry’s position helping to kill a bill similar to the Arizona immigration legislation, for instance.

You might be asking what was it in the speech back in 2001 that got Texans upset. Here are a couple of excerpts.

“The Rio Grande does not separate two nations, it joins two peoples. Mexico and the United States have a shared history, and a common future. And it is along this border where we will either fail or succeed in addressing the education, health care and transportation needs of our two peoples.”

“President Fox’s vision for an open border is a vision I embrace, as long as we demonstrate the will to address the obstacles to it.”   
In Texas, we recently placed a strong emphasis on preventative care when we expanded access to Medicaid for more low-income children by making the Medicaid enrollment process simpler. We allocated an additional $4 billion to the Medicaid program, and more than $900 million to the Children’s Health Insurance ProgramI urged legislators to pass a telemedicine pilot program that will enable, through technology, a sick border resident of limited financial means to receive care from a specialist hundreds of miles away. But the effort to combat disease and illness requires greater cooperative efforts between our two nations….. 
Legislation authored by border legislators Pat Haggerty and Eddie Lucio establishes an important study that will look at the feasibility of bi-national health insurance. This study recognizes that the Mexican and U.S. sides of the border compose one region, and we must address health care problems throughout that region. That’s why I am also excited that Texas Secretary of State Henry Cuellar is working on an initiative that could extend the benefits of telemedicine to individuals living on the Mexican side of the border.  
As a compassionate state, we know that for our children to succeed, they must not only be healthy, but educated. The future leaders of our two nations are learning their fractions and their ABC’s in classrooms all along this border. Immigrants from around the world are being taught in Texas classrooms, and our history is rich with examples of new citizens who have made great contributions. We must say to every Texas child learning in a Texas classroom, “we don’t care where you come from, but where you are going, and we are going to do everything we can to help you get there.” And that vision must include the children of undocumented workers. That’s why Texas took the national lead in allowing such deserving young minds to attend a Texas college at a resident rate. Those young minds are a part of a new generation of leaders, the doors of higher education must be open to them. The message is simple: educacion es el futuro, y si se puede.” 
WHY is this a problem for Texans besides the fact that we do not have the funds to provide social services for Mexican citizens. ~ It is not only Hispanics who are coming into our State through our virtually open borders. This is a National Security Issue!! 

While border security is indeed a federal issue, the interior enforcement of the rule of law is very much a state matter. It is the constitutional responsibility of a state to protect the life, liberty, and property of its citizens and legal residents.” ~ JoAnn Fleming

It seems as though David Dewhurst and Gov. Perry have many of the same financial backers, so it is no surprise that Gov. Perry has come out so strongly in favor of David Dewhurst. But let’s take a look at what it is these financial backers have in common…….

Did you know that it was not only the Democrats who stopped the Texas Anti-Sanctuary Cities Legislation during the 82nd legislative session. That’s right it was Texas’ largest Republican donors and now we find that all the key players who Killed the Sanctuary Cities Bill in the 2011 session are backing David Dewhurst. 

Neal Jones of Hill Co Partners who lobbied against Sanctuary Cities Legislation in Texas is backing David Dewhurst. 

Charles Butt CEO of HEB and killer of Sanctuary Cities in Texas is backing David Dewhurst.

Bob Perry the home builder key player in supporting PAC that stopped the Sanctuary Cities Legislation is backing David Dewhurst.  

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear what Grassroots and Tea Party people think about the job David Dewhurst and the Texas Leadership have done. Watch this video and get the real story on the Texas Budget and the effect of illegal Immigration on our state.
JoAnn Fleming, Chair – Advisory Committee to the TEA Party

Why should the sanctuary cities issue matter to you?  

1) Sanctuary cities can harbor illegals that represent a national security threat.  Those who are a threat to this country naturally gravitate to places where they feel safest from the rule of law.

2) Sanctuary cities harbor people who are a threat to the lives of citizens and legal immigrants.  Too many law enforcement officers, citizens, and legal immigrants have lost their lives at the hands of illegals.  See the Remembrance Project  website: http://theremembranceproject.org/Sanctuary

3) Sanctuary cities are strong magnets for those who come here to exploit the social safety net for free health care and all manner of taxpayer-funded government hand-outs.  These sanctuaries are magnets for those who want to work under the radar, and they enable businesses that want to employ cheap labor.

4) Sanctuary cities allow Mexico and other foreign countries to exploit the United States and our lack of enforcement of the rule of law.


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Spending limits and political reality – AgendaWise.com

Date posted: November 17, 2011

From one of my favorite sites for great content to push out. Agenda Wise.com  

Two of the popular talking points for campaigning Republicans worried about their conservative authenticity are: 1) the passage of voter ID and 2) the passage of the sonogram bill.

Yes, these things happened, and against the maneuvering of many of the people bragging loudest about these accomplishments, but these two things also serve to contextualize a third: spending limits.

On the 2010 Republican primary ballot, there were five ballot propositions. Ballot propositions exist to give primary voters a voice on legislative priorities. They don’t carry binding weight, but they do make known the will of Republican voters, setting up some accountability.

Ballot proposition #1 on the 2010 Republican primary ballot was voter ID. Almost 93% of Republican primary voters said they wanted it.

Ballot proposition #5 was the sonogram bill. Almost 69% of Republican primary voters said they wanted it.

These ballot propositions turned into legislation and were voted into law during the 82nd legislature.

Another ballot propsition passed with overwhelming support but was not made into law.

Ballot proposition #2 was “controlling government growth”, a.k.a. spending limits, capping spending growth at population growth plus inflation. Just under 92% of Republican primary voters said they wanted it.

This is an eminently sane fiscal measure that insiders react to like vampires to crosses and garlic. See, they’ve found their moneymaking opportunity, tax revenues, and spending limits limit their upside. They react to spending limits how anyone else would react to legislation that says their industry cannot expand anymore. It’s virtually an act of war. Only, the widget industry being told it cannot expand would be a restriction of liberty, a cap on economic growth, and morally repugnant. A cap on government growth is the opposite of those three things.

Spending limits are overwhelmingly desired by the people Texas’ ruling party says they represent. The percentage,  91.9%, is high enough that failure is high handed insubordination by elected officials.

People who treat spending limits as impossible or unpopular are not being honest. They just don’t like crosses and garlic.

–2010 Republican primary ballot results (ballot propositions at the very end – scroll all the way down)


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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