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You Are Going To Have To Get Involved If You Wish For Things To Better—TPA Blogger Round-Up

Here is the weekly round-up of the Texas Progressive Alliance. The TPA is a confederation of the best political bloggers in Texas.

Every person has the ability to take part in our politics. Whatever we think of the so-called Tea Party and the billionaires who fund the movement,  the fact remains that in the most recent national elections people on the right were much more active and mobilized  than were more forward-looking Americans.

As a result, we are now having the agenda set by folks talking about gutting Social Security and how God won’t allow climate change to impact the Earth. We’re hearing about everything except job creation.

If you want something better for Texas and for the nation as a whole, you’re going to have to get involved. That’s the only way it is going happen.

You see above a picture of an empty podium and an unused microphone. That podium and that microphone are waiting for you to add your voice.

In Texas, newly empowered Republican majorities in the Texas legislature are going to balancing the budget on the backs of the poor. Already they are discussing pulling out of Medicaid.

The legislature will be considering every brutal and crazy thing in the world in the upcoming session.

Nationally, the unlimited secret campaign money we saw in the 2010 election will set the agenda as Republicans get their corporate marching orders.

Just like TPA bloggers, you’ve got to do something on your own to help turn Texas and our nation around. You can volunteer for a candidate , run for office yourself, attend local city council or school board meetings, start your own blog, donate money, and no doubt a bunch of other things I’ve not mentioned.

Step up to the podium. It’s up to you.

Here’s the round-up—

CouldBeTrue of South Texas Chisme is still reeling from the republican blowout. Say goodbye to your Social Security and hello to Warren Chisum in your bedroom.

Off the Kuff starts to discuss a way forward from this election.

There was some good, some bad, and some ugly in last Tuesday’s election returns. PDiddie at Brains and Eggs has the deets.

After Tuesday’s Demageddon, Mean Rachel offers some advice as to what political candidates should do with their social media accounts after losing an election.

Len Hart at BlueBloggin has a few words on Election Postmortem: A Picture of Dorian Gray. It is said that insanity is repeating a failed strategy in the expectation of one day getting a different result. Because that never happens, the nation is nuts! Just enough people always vote against their own interests to guarantee that wealth will continue to ‘trickle up’…

Andy Wilson over at Public Citizen’s TexasVox wants to point out thatmembers of Congress who lost their re-election in Texas all had one thing in common: opposition to climate change legislation.

TXsharon at Bluedaze recently traveled to EPA headquarters in North Carolina to present four case studies of health impacts caused by natural gas extraction in the Barnett Shale. She met with the top rule-makers in the Office of Air Quality Planning and Standards, who are working on new rules for the oil and gas industry. They said it was “incredibly strong evidence.”

A day after the election, Letters From Texas identified dark clouds on the horizon for victorious Republicans. Later in the week he detailed the first cloud: the state budget.

Lightseeker over at TexasKaos tries to figure out where we are and where we go next after the mid-terms. Check it out.

While things were rough at the ballot box in the northern hemisphere, in Brazil the political left won a third consecutive national victory. Neil at Texas Liberal notes that even on the darkest days, there is always progress being made someplace in the world.

After a campaign-work related hiatus, Capitol Annex returns to active blogging with a new look, a new logo, and this post addressing the growth of food service jobs in Texas and why the growth of low wage jobs sill eventually cause the Texas economy to grind to a halt.

November 14, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized | ,

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