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Republican Todd Staples Praises Impact Of Federal Money In Texas Job Creation—Nacogdoches & Palo Pinto County Line Up For Help From Washington

Republican Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples is very excited about federal money coming to Texas.

(Above–Todd Staples, on the left, with U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk. Texas looks to the federal government and the Obama administration to help generate international business for the Lone Star State.)  

From the website of the Texas Department of Agriculture-

Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today announced the Texas Department of Agriculture has awarded $750,000 in federal funds to the city of Nacogdoches for sidewalk and parking improvements. The award, made possible through the Texas Capital Fund, will support Archangel Capital Partners, LLC, dba Timber Springs, in developing an assisted living facility that will create 38 jobs in the city of Nacogdoches.

“The Texas Capital Fund is a smart investment that rejuvenates the economies of Texas communities,” Commissioner Staples said. “This award will help enhance economic development in Nacogdoches…”

The Texas Capital Fund, funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant program, provides more than $10 million in competitive awards each year to boost economic development in small Texas communities….

“The city has been working on the Timber Springs project for several years, and this award is an important step in bringing the project to a reality,” Nacogdoches Mayor Roger Van Horn said…. 

State legislators agree the Texas Capital Fund offers immediate and long-term benefits.

“Congratulations to the city of Nacogdoches for receiving this award,” Sen. Robert Nichols said. “I applaud local leaders for their work to bring new jobs and opportunities to the area.”

Did you catch the extent to which all this hinges on money from the federal government?

Nacogdoches County voted 63% for Rick Perry in 2010. I guess it was not cuts in government for themselves that the people of Nacogdoches County supported, but rather cuts for other people in other places.

Texas State Senator Robert Nichols who praised the federal money in the press release above is a Republican.

Here is what it says about Senator Nichols on his campaign web site-

A fiscal conservative

A true believer in the free enterprise system

Sure.

Todd Staples is running for Lt. Governor.

Here is what it says on Mr. Staples’ campaign web page —

“Keeping Taxes Low–While serving in the Texas Legislature, Staples stood shoulder-to-shoulder with Governors Bush and Perry passing record setting tax breaks,which has enabled Texas to lead the nation in job growth.”

Yet in the Agriculture Dept. release it says the following—

“Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today announced the Texas Department of Agriculture has awarded $750,000 in federal funds to the city of Nacogdoches for sidewalk and parking improvements. The award, made possible through the Texas Capital Fund, will support Archangel Capital Partners, LLC, dba Timber Springs, in developing an assisted living facility that will create 38 jobs in the city of Nacogdoches.”

I see. Low taxes create jobs except in cases where spending tax money creates jobs.

Does Mr. Staples appear to have any solid principles when it comes to the alleged core Tea Party/Republican Party issues of taxation and government intervention in the economy?

It seems that he does not. If this use of taxpayer money is okay for the purpose of job creation, why not many other taxpayer financed plans for job creation?

And this is not a one time deal.

Here is another Texas Agriculture Department release from July 8—

“Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples today announced the Texas Department of Agriculture has awarded $609,500 in federal funds to Palo Pinto County for real estate expansion. The award, made possible through the Texas Capital Fund, will support Texas Best Proteins, L.P., dba Kennedy’s Sausage Company, in the purchase of an existing facility and 20 acres of land. The project will create 31 permanent jobs.”

Palo Pinto County voted 64% for Rick Perry in 2010.  Given that election result, I think the folks in Palo Pinto should have the Tea Party raise the funds needed to help Kennedy’s Sausage Company.

Here is the web site for Kennedy’s Sausage Company.  I don’t see anyplace on the web site where Kennedy’s thanks Washington for the money.

Does Mr. Staples support rasing the debt ceiling so that we can pay for some more of these federal government grants for Texas?

What hypocrisy from Republican elected officials in Texas and from Texas communities who elect these Republicans.

(Below–Downtown Nacogdoches. Picture by photolitherland.)  

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Dem Ag Commissioner Candidate Hank Gilbert Blasts Incumbent Staples On Texas Bed Bug Infestation

Hank Gilbert, the Democratic nominee for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, says that incumbent Commissioner Todd Staples has not taken necessary steps to stop bedbug infestation in Texas.

(Above–Hank Gilbert–As American as Amber Waves of Grain.)

Mr. Staples has been more concerned with his buddies in the pest control industry, than he has been with the best interests of the people of Texas.

In addition, Mr. Staples is not doing all he can to educate Texans about how to prevent bed bug infestation.

Please visit Mr. Gilbert’s campaign web home.  The Governor’s race gets the attention, but all the statewide races impact people’s lives in our Great State of Texas.

Here is my post from earlier his year in support of Mr. Gilbert.

Below is Mr. Gilbert’s press release on this important subject.

Bed bugs might make you giggle, but you won’t be giggling if they get into your home and into your bed.

Here are some facts on spotting and preventing bed bugs.

Bed bugs are advancing across Texas. Mr. Staples does not seem to care. The Texas Department of Agriculture needs to step up and put everyday Texans before big money political donations.

The release—

TYLER-Hank Gilbert, the Texas Democratic Party’s nominee for Agriculture Commissioner, questioned Wednesday why the Texas Department of Agriculture, the state agency in charge of pesticide regulation, has been silent on the epidemic of bed bugs sweeping the state from Odessa to Fort Worth to San Antonio.

“Given the issues in other states with the misapplication of commercial pesticides to combat the bed bug epidemic, it is astonishing that the Texas Department of Agriculture isn’t doing a thing to inform and educate consumers about the dangers of pesticide misapplication or in how to find applicators licensed to treat bed bugs,” Gilbert said.

“The EPA recently issued a warning to consumers about using chemicals meant for outdoor use inside to treat bedbugs, and warned consumers about unscrupulous pest control companies trying to take advantage of people with bedbug problems. It is inexcusable that Todd Staples is abdicating his responsibility to protect Texans to the federal government when he is in charge of the agency that regulates pest control in Texas,” Gilbert said. Continue reading

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