When we consider the lack of progress on important fiscal reforms, the blame lies almost exclusively with a small group of legislators who campaign as if they are budget conservatives, but legislate like liberals.
Look, for example, at the records of Tommy Merritt of Longview, Charlie Geren of Fort Worth, Delwin Jones of Lubbock, Todd Smith of Euless, Tony Goolsby of Dallas, Susan King of Abilene, and Pat Haggerty of El Paso. Sure, they talk a good game and run on the â€œbrand nameâ€ of being conservatives; their fiscal voting record? Not so conservative. Thatâ€™s just to name seven of the most offensive.
During the legislative session, they tended to vote to grow government and thwart tax relief efforts. By lining up with liberals, they made it almost impossible for real conservatives to implement true fiscal reform.
Texans pay a steep price for these politicians and their budget-growing, tax-rising ways. Unfortunately, the news media conspires with these legislative neâ€™er-do-wells, hiding their big-government record from the constituents. You and I can change that.
More importantly, I hope youâ€™ll communicate with your friends and family who live in the districts of these faux conservatives. Those voters need to know their legislator has been voting like a fiscal liberal in conservative clothing. Such spendoholic legislators need to be reformed or replaced.