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Simply Speaking: Misreadings

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I guess you could call this the third in a series of misreads by yours truly on the deeds and misdeeds of elected Republicans large and small. If my readings don’t improve, I may have to turn in my crystal ball for a newer model or start researching Democrat’s and Liberal’s take on their GOP lookalikes. So, here we go, déjà vu all over again.

It is true that three of the five Ellis County Commissioners Court members, including the county judge, voted to raise your county property taxes by more than 5 percent. You’ll see it in next year’s tax statement, a year forecast to be another downer like this one, maybe worse, for both government revenue and for families and small businesses.

Therefore, rather than county government biting the bullet and adjusting their budget, the judge and two cohorts decided to maintain their spending habits with a tax increase thus requiring taxpayers to reduce their budgets instead.

We should all know the vast majority of delegates to the Texas State Republican Convention, who meet every two years, would agree, even put it in writing, officials who were elected on their ticket are to cut budgets in lieu of raising taxes. 

Incidentally, as you know, all five members of the current commissioners court ran and were elected on the Republican Ticket.

Should not public censure follow actions by elected officials who violate such a solid, simple, and fundamental principle as to raise taxes, when its citizens and small businesses are struggling financially? To be elected with the “R” beside your name on the ballot, but follow up by performing as do tax-and-spend Democrats and liberals should qualify such “representation” to some form of public sanction, wouldn’t you think?

So, shortly after commissioners decided to begin the process of raising the tax rate, a motion was offered up in the Ellis County Republican Executive Committee to censure those members who had voted the increase. The motion was modified to delay voting on the censure until the court held its two mandated public hearings, where citizens would have the opportunity to voice their objections and, hopefully, change the court’s direction.

Fair enough, but it did not work out that way. Therefore, back to the original motion went the executive committee in their next monthly meeting, simply returning to the original motion to censure or to wimp out and not censure.

Unfortunately, some members of the executive committee are either hung up on elected official worship in some form, have personal associations with officials making censure near impossible, centered on personality rather than principle, or who knows what.

It was noticed how most members of the feminine gender stuck together in opposition to getting to the censure itself. Was this some kind of feminist unction to protect the female county judge? Who can understand some of them? 

Bottom line, a motion was passed to hold off yet another month, until the Dec. 6 monthly meeting of the Ellis County Republican Executive Committee, when hard copies can be held in hot little hands prior to their voting to wimp out.

Go figure. May God bless and HELP.


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Nelson Propane

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