Liberals love to micromanage other people’s business – as long as the rules don’t apply to them. The Texas House Democratic Caucus chair proved that this week with her whining “Monday Memo” decrying recent attention paid to predominately liberal officeholders who were counting as “full-time employees” people who did little or no work for little or no pay – but getting hefty taxpayer benefits. She’s worried that this mighty, gasp, be an election issue. Ya think?

Poor Jessica Farrar of Houston has her hands full. She has a fellow Houston state rep. who is under indictment for deadly conduct, while another of her colleagues has been called out as a “slumlord” by the Houston Chronicle. Now her top Democratic leaders are being investigated for what are at best shady, if not possibly illegal, employment practices.

In her memo, Farrar worries that “everyone’s Fall opponent will now” be able to say the legislator is under investigation. Yeah, well, Ms. Farrar, maybe your guys should have thought of that when they were slyly hiring their political cronies as ghost workers under the table.

Typically, she gets the facts wrong. It’s not “everyone” who has to worry about this as a campaign issue; only the people who were engaging in this rather unpleasant practice. Her memo goes on for five, single-spaced pages attempting to justify a practice that is indefensible.

But, remember, Jessica Farrar and her ilk don’t think the same employment laws should apply to them as apply to you and me. Just like they apparently don’t have a problem with their members engaging in deadly conduct or operating slums.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."


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