After a fashion, Tea Party Republicans are beginning to realize that there is a difference between rabble rousing and actually governing. I’m not real sure that they realize what that difference means.
According to Deborah Medina on TexasGOPVote,
“By now most recognize that the 2011 Texas Legislature will be forced to grapple with an anticipated $20+ billion budget shortfall. What we may not realize is that the day of reckoning has arrived and Texans are paying the price for years of big government policies right here in our home state.
The U.S. Economic Freedom Index documents that Texas has fallen from being the 8th most economically free state in the United States to being #31 on the list.
In fact, we’re at 49 when it comes to regulations and government size.
Every measure of economic freedom recognizes that private property ownership is key to prosperity. If Texas is to protect freedom and insure [sic] prosperity for all Texans, we must eliminate property taxes.”
How Medina and her fellow Tea Partiers expect to pay for government is seldom talked about. The vast majority of local government is funded through property taxes. The state is funded, largely, through fees and consumption taxes. They are going to have to propose some alternative. Probably more taxes disguised as fees, unfunded mandates and cuts to civic infrastructure and the social safety net so severe that Texas will look more like Haiti than part of an industrialized nation.