Texas State Senator Whitmire Makes Point Made Clear By Egypt—Individuals Must Fight Back Collectively
Texas State Senator John Whitmire has made the needed point that average citizens themselves are going to have to speak up and fight back to stop the brutal cuts coming in our Texas state budget.
Mr. Whitmire is my State Senator here in Houston
Here is what Mr. Whitmire said as reported in a Houston Chronicle story about budget hearings in Austin—
“We’re going to have to build an army. You’re going to have to talk to your neighbors, families and employees….It’s going to take hundreds and thousands and millions of Texans. … You’ve got to build an expression of concern we can’t go … just with the cuts.”
Because of Republican mismanagement of Texas state finances and because we don’t pay enough taxes, Texas is looking at a budget deficit as high as $27 billion.
Brutal cuts are being proposed in education and health services. We may not have enough to keep up our roads. Layoffs of government employees are possible even though unemployment is one of our top national problems.
As events in Egypt show, it is up to us as individuals to work collectively with others who share our views.
From the Huffington Post—
“In the past week, the Obama administration has signaled that it will propose significant cuts to community service block grants and an energy assistance program that helps poor people stay warm in the winter and cool in the summer.”
People in power will listen to those who seek no more than a fair share of the blessings of our society, only when such people demand to be heard.
These are the facts in Egypt, in Texas, and in our nation.
Senator Whitmire got it right.
It is up to each of us to decide that we want a hopeful future. Once we make that decision, we need then to work with others to make those hopes a reality.
(Below–2011 Egypt protests. People are doing it for themselves. Photo by Ramy Raoof.)