Midland ISD ready to propose tripling its debt, buckle your seatbelts, taxpayers!

February 29, 2012J

The national debt isn’t the only burden big government is placing on young Americans. While the nation’s eyes are focused on the federal debt clock looming toward $16 trillion, local governments are accumulating massive debt as well.

Few people are following local government debt which has hit $1.785 trillion nationwide. Across the country, local debt is larger than all local revenue and that’s not counting the interest payments.

Texas is second in the country in local debt, behind only California.

According to the Texas Bond Review Board, local governments in Texas are $192.7 billion in debt, and a whopping $322.3 billion when interest is added.

We are leaving our children and grandchildren a legacy of debt. That is not the legacy most of us want to leave future generations.

Democrats Abdicate Responsibility with REINS Vote

December 07, 2011J

“We commend the work of Rep. Geoff Davis and the Republican leadership for passing this critical reform to restore accountability and constitutional balance to the federal regulatory process,” said AFP VP Policy Phil Kerpen. “This is a major victory for the American people and we urge the Senate to take up and pass this bill as soon possible.”

The House voted 241-184 to pass H.R. 10, the Regulations from the Executive in Need of Scrutiny Act (REINS) Act. Republicans unanimously supported the bill, which requires Congress to vote on economically significant regulations before they can take effect. Democrats overwhelmingly opposed the bill, with 184 voting against it and only four voting for it.

Thanks to our many American Heroes

November 28, 2011J

“God grants liberty only to those that love it and are always ready to guard it and defend it.” – Daniel Webster

It is humbling to know the tremendous sacrifices those in uniform make for our country and for all of us. We do not need to wear a uniform to defend freedom, but we must work even harder to defend freedom at home knowing the work our soldiers are all doing in dangerous places around the world.

[img_assist|nid=25638|title=|desc=|link=none|align=right|width=224|height=300]We are especially proud of former State Rep. Carl Isett (R-Lubbock), who serves as a Navy Commander in Afghanistan. Isett is a patriot and a staunch conservative – in fact, he recently shared with us some crazy uses of tax dollars during war:

• When the temperature was in the 130’s, we import all of our ice from Jordan. (Think through the expense of trucking refrigerated trucks by the hundreds to supply ice to the entire theater.)

Don’t believe everything you read – Texas bashing is fashionable among the politically correct

November 15, 2011J

Don’t believe everything you read. Is Texas a wealthy state growing jobs and the economy or a poor state?

The Center for Public Policy Priorities has an opinion piece out this past weekend: Texas’ low-wage status is clearly not a good thing (available at the Austin American-Statesman: http://www.statesman.com/opinion/insight/texas-low-wage-status-is-clearly-not-a-1965271.html).

Let’s get the facts straight. First, the state did not cut K-12 education funding as the CPPP article alleges. The state cut the rate of funding increases. Texas has funded public education at five times the rate of student population increases. We spend only 50 cents of each education dollar on instruction and ISD’s have one non-teacher for every teacher they employ. It’s about time we put some accountability in education spending and tighten ISD’s belts.