I’m really glad to see David Dewhurst is upset about Hollywood types raising money for liberal causes. I just wish maybe that at some point in the last 10 years the state’s lieutenant governor had, you know, worked to stop sending Texans’ tax dollars to Hollywood through the auspices of the state’s film subsidy.

In an email to supporters this week with the subject line “Stand up to Hollywood,” Mr. Dewhurst wrote:

A group of comedians in Hollywood are getting together on Thursday to raise money for women seeking abortions. This is in retaliation for the life saving legislation we passed last summer which stood up to protect women’s health and the lives of the innocent.

He is right to be outraged, but it would have been nice to see that when Hollywood liberals made their biennial trek to Austin asking for the state budget to include hand-outs for their industry. I don’t recall Mr. Dewhurst once taking a single stand to oppose sending our tax dollars to Hollywood to subsidize the latte liberals on the west coast.

Sure, the money flows to “incentivize” movies to be filmed here, but the Wall Street Journal has found that film subsidies are a big-time loser for taxpayers.

Worse are the kinds of flicks politicians have been funding with your money. According to comments made during the 2013 legislative debate, one eye-catcher is Bad Kids Go To Hell, described by IMDB.com as the “Breakfast Club meets The Grudge in this sexy, dark comedy-thriller!”

Haven’t seen it? It’s rated “R for violence, language, sexual content and some drug use.” Yet, somehow, that seems exactly like the kind of film politicians would fund with tax dollars…

Mr. Dewhurst and his colleagues in the legislature have been sending millions and millions of your dollars to fund liberals in Hollywood. Rather than bellyache about them, it would have been nice if Mr. Dewhurst would have defunded them. But he didn’t.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

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

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