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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

Liberal Sources To Learn About Events In Egypt

Protests in Egypt are ongoing.

It is always of value to get the liberal viewpoint on the great world issues.

(Above–The Nation.)

Below are some liberal sources to read about events in Egypt. The link is either to a specific article or to a package of writings about Egypt.  In any case, it would be of value to explore the sites linked to in this post.

The American Prospect is monthly magazine of liberal opinion and policy. I have a home subscription.

The Progressive has been fighting the good fight for over 100 years.

Mother Jones did a great job on coverage of the BP spill. Now they are working hard to report on Egypt.

The Nation is one of the oldest liberal voices in the U.S.

Salon is an online magazine writing extensively on Egypt.

The Atlantic has something of value to say.

Talking Points Memo is a blog/online magazine that merits frequent reading.

This is by no means a complete list. If you have a source you value, please leave a comment.

None of us have enough time to read everything that we would like to read. Still, we can take a few moments to support the media outlets that do the hard work to support our beliefs and goals.

As I mentioned above with The American Prospect, I subscribe to one of these publications. Please consider offering your financial support to these great sources of investigative reporting and astute analysis of current events.

It is up to all of us to do the hard work of freedom. We can’t rely on others to get the facts out to the public. We have to offer our help and support.

February 4, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments