Last night I attended a meeting of the Arlington Area Democrats. The folks there are the base of the Democratic Party. They are the ones that need to be consulted and respected. They were not there to fight with each other but to communicate with each other. Refreshing. Attending was Fidel Acevedo candidate for TDP Chair. This is the only statewide office democrats cannot lose. But we need a really, really good candidate. I was pleased by the quality of questions asked. Yes, democrats want to see a change, starting at the top of the TDP.
And bringing in the same status quo will help how?
Now that the credit rating of the US has been downgraded it is time for us common folk to assess responsibility (point the finger) at who or what was the most likely cause for what happened. We do this (point the finger) after each major event, good or bad. The group that was the most responsible for this action was the TEA Party. I saw most of the deliberations on TV and time after time what I heard was that the TEA Party did not want to negotiate or compromise. In a democracy when you fail to negotiate or compromise you are working your way into a dictatorship. Most people in America knew the debt ceiling was going to be raised. Shutting down the government was a non-starter and that was the position of the TEA Party. Yes, there were other considerations, but when you point the finger you can only point it in one direction, the TEA Party. We do not know what the after effects will be but it is WE the American people who will continue paying the price because we have a dysfunctional Washington. Remember 2012. I hear presidential candidates address the problem as a lack of “leadership”. In Texas we would probably say “bunk”.
A former Cameron County Judge is seeking to become the Lone Star State’s top Democrat.
Now that the budget war is over another war has begun, the elections next year. Many Democrats are disappointed the way that the issue was decided. I believe that the Democrats gave up a lot more than the Republicans. Yes. Balancing the budget is important. But creating jobs is more important. The Republican idea of giving more money to corporations and the filthy rich is a non-starter. The corporations and rich are not going to guarantee job creation in America where the jobs are needed. We need to crank up our junior colleges to start teaching skills that the economy has. Is this going to cost money? Yes it is. But think of the alternative. Republican rhetoric or what we call in West Texas “chewing the cud” is not going to create jobs. None of the Republican candidates for president has said anything about the economy that makes sense. Balancing the budget is NOT fixing the economy. Making education better will. It is time to start acting like an organized party and get ready for the next war. That means the Boyd Ritchie’s and the Gilberto Hinojosa’s need to stand aside and let some real leaders take charge. Our children are going to be the real losers if Republicans win it all.