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Legislative upheaval didn’t happen overnight

28 June 2007 at 2:17:06 PM

Who's in charge?   Why, the voters, of course!
On the Sunday night before the end of the recent legislative session there was a walkout staged by more than one-third of our legislators.

It took years of “dysfunctionality” and poor leadership to get to this point. The Texas Legislature has been in constant turmoil due to the lack of real leadership by Gov. Rick Perry and House Speaker Tom Craddick.

For the past several years the needs of the people have been placed on hold while the behind-closed-doors power plays have been ongoing. While Lt. Gov. Dewhurst has been able to communicate more effectively with Senate members, there have been periodic signs that senators also are having some issues with their leader.

Instead of representative democracy, Texans have been privy to a longtime series of events prompted by a dictatorial leadership policy, one that is approved and modeled by Perry in his resolve to be "King" rather than Governor of Texas.

The urgent needs of the people of Texas once again are placed upon the backburners and it is clear that special interests continue to run our state government.

Until Texas voters signal they have had enough of this type of government by voting out the deadwood, power-mongering, special interest motivated majority of our legislative body it will continue. Why shouldn’t it? Voters have let it continue at least for the past five years.

Every once in a while there has been a sign from the voters. A few years ago longtime legislators Rep. Kent Grusendorf and Rep. Talmadge Heflin lost their respective re-election bids. The public sent out a signal both times. However, again we are at a pivotal point in our legislative history.

The current actions by our legislators again show us the “dysfunctionality” of our political system. The walkout by four dozen elected officials should again be a clear signal that we need new leadership.

In addition, it again highlights the fact that members of our Legislature should not be the ones to select the Speaker of the House. The position should be voted on by the people of Texas, otherwise we will continue to have ongoing conflicts and the vying for powerful positions. We will have inaction on urgent issues and will see more dysfunctional adolescent behavior and actions on the House floor.

What occurred that Sunday night is deplorable, but so is the leadership displayed by Perry, Craddick and their “lieutenants.”

Without doubt, Texans need to revamp their legislature ASAP.

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