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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.

Here at home, President Obama plans to offer a budget that will impact the poor in many ways.

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.)

February 11, 2011 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. A few weeks ago, you linked Tea Party activists to the Gabby Giffords shooting, suggesting that political activism was responsible for the violence. (You were wrong, of course; it was just a nut.)

    Now you’re praising a military coup and saying we need to “build an army” and “fight back.”

    This is troubling stuff.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 11, 2011

  2. Matt–I don’t think you really believe the things you say. If you think Mr. Whitmire and others are supporting an army taking over Texas, I suggest you contact your own right-wing militias and form a self-defense unit.

    I’m sorry you are upset that the dictator Mubarak is gone. Maybe there are other dictators on the globe you can bond with.

    But I do appreciate your comments.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 12, 2011

  3. Do I really think Whitmire is advocating a coup in Texas? No, of course not; popular support for him and his efforts is pretty low.

    But the fact remains that you praise the coup in Egypt in order to draw false parallels to the situation in Texas.

    Comment by Matt Bramanti | February 12, 2011

  4. I think it up to everyday people to bring about the change the want to see. The Tea Party did that in some degree last year.

    People in Texas facing brutal cuts in healthcare, education, and facing scapegoating of immigrants, have good cause to protest and organize in the same non-violent way we saw in Egypt.

    Economic and social conditions in Texas have long been harsh for many. Folks have the right to organize and protest to change longstanding harsh conditions.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | February 12, 2011


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