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Texas Political Divide Could Not Be Wider
« on: March 10, 2018, 11:03:42 AM »
My wife just pointed out to me the stark contrast in this last week's ballot initiatives in the respective Republican and Democratic primaries.

One thing is sure. There are clear choices.

Here's the Republican list:

Texas should replace the property tax system with an appropriate consumption tax equivalent. Yes/No

No governmental entity should ever construct or fund construction of toll roads without voter approval. Yes/No

Republicans in the Texas House should select their Speaker nominee by secret ballot in a binding caucus without Democrat influence. Yes/No

Texas should require employers to screen new hires through the free E-Verify system to protect jobs for legal workers. Yes/No

Texas families should be empowered to choose from public, private, charter, or homeschool options for their children’s education, using tax credits or exemptions without government constraints or intrusion. Yes/No

Texas should protect the privacy and safety of women and children in spaces such as bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers in all Texas schools and government buildings. Yes/No

I believe abortion should be abolished in Texas. Yes/No

Vote fraud should be a felony in Texas to help ensure fair elections. Yes/No

Texas demands that Congress completely repeal Obamacare. Yes/No

To slow the growth of property taxes, yearly revenue increases should be capped at 4%, with increases in excess of 4% requiring voter approval. Yes/No

Tax dollars should not be used to fund the building of stadiums for professional or semi-professional sports teams. Yes/No

Now, here's the Democratic primary ballot initiatives.

2018 Democratic Primary Ballot Propositions:

Prop #1 on a Right to a 21st Century Public Education

Should everyone in Texas have the right to quality public education from pre-k to 12th grade, and affordable college and career training without the burden of crushing student loan debt?

Prop #2 on Student Loan Debt

Should everyone in Texas have the right to refinance student loan debt with the Federal Reserve at a 0% interest rate, as relief for the crushing burden of debt and an investment in the next generation of Americans?

Prop #3 on a Right to Healthcare

Should everyone in Texas have a right to healthcare, guaranteed by a universal, quality Medicare-for-all system?

Prop #4 on a Right to Economic Security

Should everyone in Texas have the right to economic security, where all workers have earned paid family and sick leave and a living wage that respects their hard work?

Prop #5 on a National Jobs Program

Should the Democratic Party promote a national jobs program, with high wage and labor standards, to replace crumbling infrastructure and rebuild hurricane damaged areas, paid for with local, state, and federal bonds financed through the Federal Reserve at low interest with long term maturities?

Prop #6 on a Right to Clean Air, Safe Water, and a Healthy Environment

Should everyone in Texas have the right to clean air, safe water, and a healthy environment?

Prop #7 on a Right to Dignity & Respect

Should everyone in Texas have the right to a life of dignity and respect, free from discrimination and harassment anywhere, including businesses and public facilities, no matter how they identify, the color of their skin, who they love, socioeconomic status, or from where they come?

Prop #8 on a Right to Housing

Should everyone in Texas have the right to affordable and accessible housing and modern utilities including high speed internet, free from any form of discrimination?

Prop #9 on a Right to Vote

Should every eligible Texan have the right to vote, made easier by automatic voter registration, the option to vote by mail, a state election holiday, and no corporate campaign influence, foreign interference, or illegal gerrymandering?

Prop #10 on a Right to a Fair Criminal Justice System

Should everyone in Texas have the right to a fair criminal justice system that treats people equally and puts an end to the mass incarceration of young people of color for minor offenses?

Prop #11 on Immigrant Rights

Should there be a just and fair comprehensive immigration reform solution that includes an earned path to citizenship for law-abiding immigrants and their children, keeps families together, protects DREAMers, and provides workforce solutions for businesses?

Prop #12 a Right to Fair Taxation

Should everyone in Texas have the right to a fair tax system, where all interests (business, corporations, and individuals) pay their share, so that state government meets its obligations?

The Republicans, with their dark money and gerrymandering, have taken Texas politics by storm. But my guess is that if Democrats could get out their vote, that far more regular citizens by sheer numbers favor their agenda. If the Hispanic sleeping giant ever wakes up and hits the polls, the political poles could shift very dramatically, in my view.
« Last Edit: March 10, 2018, 11:19:01 AM by Eddie »
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