Where is the outrage?

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I’m on several email lists and I got this one today from BacktoBasicsPAC.org. These are the same people who ran the powerful “Perry is a Coward” ad across the state during last year’s election.

We’ll just file this under “Talking points” and move on.

This week in the Texas Legislature, the Senate got started on the messy task that is the actual writing of the budget. Republican lawmakers had been quick to respond to the shock of such deep cuts by saying the proposal was just a starting point, but now found themselves sitting down to a tough task. Sen. Whitmire brought a dose of reality to the hearings, demanding “Where is the outrage?”

“Everyone says this is critical,” he continued to the chief Department of Family Protective Services, “but I’m waiting for someone to say that this situation is unacceptable.”

Lawmakers have started receiving that message where they work, loud and clear:

Texas PTA rallies for rainy day funding, other revenue, Austin American-Stateman.

Healthcare Advocates Offer Emotional Pleas, Texas Tribune

Students protest community college cuts at the Capitol, The Daily Texan

Sen. Whitmire went further, saying:

“We’re going to have to build an army. You’re going to have to talk to your neighbors, families and employees,” … “It’s going to take hundreds and thousands and millions of Texans. … You’ve got to build an expression of concern we can’t go … just with the cuts.”

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About Richard Stone

... is a husband, a father, a writer, a journalist, an activist, an avid reader of trash science fiction and an occasional folk/bluegrass guitar player. He loves to travel, UT sports, community theater and sharing a good bottle of wine with good friends.
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