The News says the market leaped, adding an Obama-esque hopeful tone. It was all a fantasy. On the next two days, the market plunges. Does that mean Hope has turned to despair?
You can’t make this up! Well, the Dallas Morning News did anyway. On Wednesday, May, 29, the News fronted a two-deck 72-point headline proclaiming Market Leaps as Hope in Recovery Grows!
Before the day was over, the market had fallen. The Wall Street Journal said the fall all but erased the three previous days’ gains. The NASDAQ and the S&P were down too. By Friday, May 31, the market toppled again.
Judging from all the frantic e-mails received by the InkDemon, Texas Tea Party followers wanted a lot of action out of the Texas Legislature which they did not get. Here is a partial list.
The Tea Party passionately wanted House Speaker Joe Straus removed. That not only failed, but all of Straus’ potential opponents threw in the towel. That left Straus being elected at the beginning of the session by “unanimous vote.” It reminds the Inkdemon of that song back in the 1980’s by Cyndie Lauper, Money Changes Everything. See the video below. Suggestion: Play the video while reading. It adds to the effect.
An Austin newspaper said that before the session, it was well-known that Straus was pro-choice. When the session ended, Straus had effectively killed all the pro-life legislation bills that the Tea Party had submitted. OUCH! Hey! Tea Partier! Your candidate voted pro-choice! That includes Rep. Jeff Leach of Plano.
Hispanic and Latino voters had supported Republican causes. Their voting percentage was a high as 45 percent. After the Tea Party fanatics roasted them with mean talk, that voting percentage fell to less than 25 percent.
The Republicans held a majority in the Texas House of Representatives and Senate in the past legislature, but that majority was reduced after the 2012 election. Blame that on the Latino voters switching allegiance. The GOP may never win them back.
The reduction of Tea Party influence in the Senate gave Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst almost dictatorial powers. The Tea Party opposed Dewhurst’s bid for the U.S. Senate. Dewhurst is no friend of the Tea Party. The Tea Party was left without sufficient votes to bring bills to the Senate floor without Dewhurst’s approval.
An Austin newspaper reported that Joe Straus — the enemy of the Tea Party — pretty well had his own way in the past session.
The more liberal legislature has robbed the rainy day fund to pay for programs to pay back Democrats and RINO Republicans for their support.
Geo. W. Bush
Now Gov. Rick Perry will call the legislature back into session. Reason: To pass U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s redistricting boundaries. The InkDemon does not entirely blame Holder. After all, our old “friend” Bushy-Tailed George W. Bush signed into law a 25-year extension of the Civil Rights Act which gave Washington oversight of the Texas Legislature in matters of redistricting. Time for a joke: “Do you know the difference between a rat and a squirrel? Answer: “A squirrel is just a rat with good PR.”