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Simply Speaking: ‘Reviews of Just Past Events...’

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In olden days at Texas movie theaters (do not play like you don’t know what I’m talking about), an early portion of the movie agenda, in addition to the cartoons, the serial, selected short subjects, and Movietone News, was a section promoting upcoming movies. In big sparkling letters emblazoned across the screen was the phrase Previews of Coming Attractions. Maybe this column today should be entitled Reviews of Just Past Events… 

No one can dispute that grassroots Republicans, large numbers of independent Texans casting votes for Republicans, and the Republican Party itself, through its convention deliberations and party platform, have been calling for “limiting the expanse of government power.” If adhered to by elected officials, this plank alone would virtually eliminate the option by Republican elected officials to raise taxes (directly or indirectly), especially in hard times such as these.

In other words, the vast majority of Republicans, and those who vote Republican, take pride in being (at a minimum) fiscally conservative but, sadly, there are exceptions among us: namely, elected Republican officials from Ellis County, Austin, Texas, and Washington, D.C., whose actions too often bear a striking resemblance to the dreaded tax and spend Democrats, whom we don’t knowingly vote for much these days in this part of the country.

So what are we to do about this glaring breach in our ranks, sit idly on the sidelines, dig deeper into overtaxed pockets and pay up, continue to vote for those seeking office on our ticket promising “no new taxes” but delivering the opposite and do nothing? “God forbid!”

Since members of our own 100% Republican Ellis County Commissioners Court, being unable (they claim) or unwilling (we suspect) to make budgetary cuts that would eliminate the need to raise our taxes and, further, seemingly having no game plan for times, such as these, of revenue shortfalls, choosing to simply raise property taxes on “We the People,” as opposed to doing the hard, cost-cutting thing…as those same property owners and taxpayers must do under similar circumstances, this Review of Just Past Events should reveal a striking response to the court’s easy out…and it is.

A motion by the Republican Party of Ellis County Executive Committee to publicly censure Precinct 2 Commissioner Bill Dodson, Precinct 3 Commissioner Heath Sims, and County Judge Carol Bush for voting to raise personal property taxes in lieu of making county budget cuts that would have eliminated the need for a tax hike...and that just-past event may and should have been made on the Nov. 1, Tuesday evening just past.* 

This censure will seek to deny whole-hearted Republican support for the afore-named court members at the primary elections of 2012 and 2014 and, if candidates more in tune with taxpayers can be found, support thrown to them instead.

May God bless.

*Note: Simply Speaking article was submitted Oct. 31; censure move may (or may not) take place on Nov. 1 in a regular monthly meeting of the Ellis County Republican Executive Committee (a body made up of voting-precinct chairmen and its county chairman). 

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