Proposed Amendment 15: A Real Attempt to Eliminate Cancer, or Just Another Political Scam?Somervell County Salon-Glen Rose, Rainbow, Nemo, Glass....Texas


Proposed Amendment 15: A Real Attempt to Eliminate Cancer, or Just Another Political Scam?

18 October 2007 at 8:51:41 AM

I'd like to share with all of you my response to the Editor of the Waxahachie Daily Light regarding the paper's support of Proposed Amendment 15, which is being presented as an attempt to research and fight cancer.

To the Editor:
While I agree with the editorial that cancer is a terrible disease and that we must find a cure for it [a.k.a., Prop. 15], and while my own father withered away and died from Lymphoma, I am voting AGAINST Proposition 15 because it is NOT the correct way to provide financing for that noble and long-needed direction.
Perry and others want to use a General Fund to divert money into this effort by providing tax dollars to more of the governor's special interest campaign contributors.  For the past decade our legislators have used many funds set up as General [Slush] Funds from which they divert millions of taxpayer dollars to other interests.  It is NOT the right thing to do.  The funds are set up for specific purposes and yet state law permits lawmakers to divert our dollars to whatever  whim they have.
Sorry, I don't trust Perry.
While curing cancer is a noble objective, we need to be skeptical of how our government uses our tax dollars.  In an age in which we are constantly told that there are NOT enough tax dollars to run our government and services the way they need to be operated, should we take more tax dollars away from where it is needed to redirect them to another interest ---- an interest for which there is no real game plan?
Let "the great minds of Texas" arrive at a REAL plan to research cancer and then ask the voters to approve financing for it.  As for me, I don't trust our elected officials --- especially Rick Perry.
Then I want to see an unbiased board, representative of the people of Texas, to provide the non-political oversight to ensure that tax dollars are used in the most effective way possible to provide the research to eliminate this dreaded disease.
During the past 7 years of following Rick Perry's motivations and actions, I remain highly skeptical of ANYTHING the governor lobbies for, 19 out of 20 times it is NOT in the best interests of the Texas community at-large, but is for his wealthy campaign contributors.

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