Thursday, June 15, 2017

#TXLEGE: Straus panders to socialized education bureaucrats by insulting Governor....


"He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck,
Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy."
Proverbs 29:1

[Update: Empower Texans has more here.]

Joe Straus spoke to a Texas Association of School Boards meeting yesterday in San Antonio; check out what he had to say about the Governor's special session agenda:
Straus opened his remarks with a joke about an optimistic boy who surprises his psychiatrist when he gets excited by "a room full of horse manure."

"The boy said, 'With all this manure, there must be a pony in here somewhere,'" Straus said, adding in his own voice, "So I'm going to take the optimistic approach to the special session" — he was interrupted by laughs — "and keep looking for that pony."
First things first, this is an old Reagan joke.  We don't know if it was Straus or the Trib who neglected to mention that.  But either way, it's notable that Reagan was left out of the final write up..

In other words, heading into a extraordinarily high profile special session, he just compared the Governor's agenda to horse manure.  While Straus has previously undermined Abbott's priorities, outright insults represent an escalation.  We suspect the Governor will not overlook this indefinitely.

Additionally, Straus made conventional liberal arguments about how there's no problem in the socialized education system that MOAR MONEY (tm) can't fix.  Also, having the state pour additional billions into the socialized education without meaningful reforms will TOTALLY lower property taxes!  Finally, he made some choice comments about the privacy act.

Read the whole thing here.

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