I’m Tammy Blair, and I’m your Republican challenger for State Senate District 3. More importantly, I’m a Conservative.
See, what I have noticed is that lots of candidates, including my opponent, call themselves “conservative” during election season. Then once elected, their legislative behavior contradicts the very principles they claim to support. I’m running because I believe that it’s time to turn rhetoric into reality!
Here are a few things that I’m passionate about:
Spending cuts: The last decade has seen a 20% increase in the population of Texas. Oddly, there has been a 60% increase in State spending! In fact, the most recent Legislative Session saw a spending increase of 24%! Conservatives support limited government and fiscal responsibility. Since Texas holds a Republican majority, and since most of those claim to be conservative, we should be asking ourselves how this happened. It’s time to reduce the size of our State government, and cut spending.
Term Limits: I believe that rotation of those in office is absolutely necessary if liberty is to be maintained. And I have always believed in the power of elections to affect that rotation adequately. However, that method doesn’t seem to be working. Let me illustrate this point: According to a Gallup poll, Congress began 2013 with only 14% approval from the public. In fact, average approval for 2012 was the lowest in history. Yet the bulk of incumbents retained office. So a wide majority of Americans think Congress should be fired! Just not their own.
We must accept that Theory and Reality travel different roads, and we waste precious time when we try to make these roads even seem parallel. The thing is, the longer representatives are in office, the more beaten down they become by the media and the liberal political culture of the Capitol. Even if they first ran with the best of intentions, they must be replaced on a regular basis.
Texas Roads: Do you remember when Texas roads were the best in the country? And when Texas used a pay-as-you-go system to fund them? Those days are gone! Texas now leads the nation in road debt, owing a whopping $31 Billion as of January 2013. See, the legislature is diverting so many road funds to non-road uses that we haven’t been able to pay for those once great highways and by-ways. As a result, we now have a veritable maze of toll roads managed by foreign corporations with 50-year contracts. These folks are guaranteed a profit too. It’s socialized risk and privatized profit; and it’s at your expense. This shell-game they’re playing with our money has to stop. Texans deserve better!
And do you remember the Trans-Texas Corridor that Texans flat out rejected? We were told it was “dead” (actually, I have a recording of my opponent saying that). I guess it could be renamed the Zombie Corridor, because it never really died after all. It has a neat new name that sounds like it came out of a liberal think tank, and it’s being pieced together one section at a time. But it’s the same monster it always was. That’s pretty disingenuous, and if anyone in the private sector did that it would be called criminal misrepresentation.
In closing, I think it’s clear to many of us that post-election performance in Texas has been a disaster. Further, repairing the damage seems overwhelming. But with perseverance and some old-fashioned Texas elbow grease, I think we can accomplish great feats together!
It’s time to elect part of the solution, and send part of the problem back into the private sector. But I’m going to need your help.
Please consider helping me spread liberty in Texas by making a donation to help me get to Austin. Together, we CAN restore libery in Texas!