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 “brand name” of being conservatives; their fiscal voting record? Not so conservative. That’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 ne’er-do-wells, hiding their big-government record from the constituents. You and I can change that.

If you’re tired of politicians who work against Texas’ taxpayers, I hope you’ll consider supporting TFR and the Empower Texans PAC. 

More importantly, I hope you’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.

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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