In a speech on July 17th in San Antonio, Texas, President Obama made it clear, he is the worst socialist who is not really a socialist ever by saying this, “Now, I don’t believe government can solve every problem. Not every government program works.”
Really President Obama, what will the “tea” “party” misspell on their signs now?
Even more shocking was the realization that Howard Dean may yet be proven right. Yes, the man who lost the nomination because pundits thought the shout he made celebrating his victory was not “Presidential”. Yes, that Howard Dean. In his 2009 speech at the end of his tenure as Chair of the DNC, Mr. Dean stated, “I can guarantee you that In 2012, Texas and Missouri are going to be Democratic states and vote for Barack Obama for president,” and the President echoed that in his speech when he said, “In the next four months — you guys won’t see them because you’re not considered one of the battleground states, although that’s going to be changing soon, but there’s going to be more money spent than we’ve ever seen before. Folks writing $10 million checks to try to beat me…” (Emphasis added)
Will Texas be a battleground state? According to the statistics in a Texas Tribune article, it very well might be:
- Statewide, the difference in performance between Sam Houston — the Texas Supreme Court candidate and top Democratic vote-getter of 2008 — and Bill White’s 2010 gubernatorial showing, was essentially a margin-of-error difference. Houston received 45.9% in a good year for Democrats, while Bill White received 42.3% in a dreadful year for Democrats — the difference being 3.6%. For all the fire and fury of 2010, a 3.6% swing was the grand sum of the punch Democrats took from the best that the GOP has ever thrown at them.
- Among the suburban counties, the drop-off difference from 2008 was even lower — 3.1%. On Election Day 2010, White still managed to get within 6,226 votes of a win in the onetime Republican bastion of Fort Bend County. This is the county that should have delivered an overwhelming GOP vote share in 2010. But instead, Republican victory in Fort Bend rested on a paltry 3%. This demonstrates the slow and steady drift toward the Democratic column as the suburbs become more diverse in terms of population and economics.
- Among the 15 most populous counties in the state, the difference between 2008 and 2010 was even narrower — a 2.8% drop. All this, while accounting for more than half of the votes cast in the entire state. However, a loss — no matter how small — is still a loss.
And honestly, it is not a moment too soon. The Republican Party of Texas wrote its 2012 platform and in it they state that they oppose teaching “higher order thinking skills” because they “have the purpose of challenging the student’s fixed beliefs and undermining parental authority.” All those cuts to education are suddenly making more sense aren’t they, and at the same time, feeling a bit more sinister as well.
And then there was this:
Classroom Discipline –We recommend that local school boards and classroom teachers be given more authority to deal with disciplinary problems. Corporal punishment is effective and legal in Texas.
It is time to take Texas by the horns and show them what real progress looks like. So hitch you wagon and let’s ride. Help turn Texas blue for the first time since 1976. Contact Obama for America, volunteer, donate, talk to your friends and neighbors, register voters.
The only vote that doesn’t count is the one that isn’t cast.
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