Signs of discontent:
The Texas Tea Party Movement rolls on, as the San Antonio Tea Party looks to be a gidlock-maker in downtown San Antonio tomorrow.
Governor Perry has rejected no small part of the Stimulus funds as being “excessive” and “pork” (but unfortunately, not all).
I mentioned last month that there’s beginning to be more than a little discontent in Texas over federal intrusion, as noted by these bumper stickers HERE:
AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today joined state Rep. Brandon Creighton and sponsors of House Concurrent Resolution (HCR) 50 in support of states’ rights under the 10th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
“I believe that our federal government has become oppressive in its size, its intrusion into the lives of our citizens, and its interference with the affairs of our state,” Gov. Perry said. “That is why I am here today to express my unwavering support for efforts all across our country to reaffirm the states’ rights affirmed by the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. I believe that returning to the letter and spirit of the U.S. Constitution and its essential 10th Amendment will free our state from undue regulations, and ultimately strengthen our Union.”
A number of recent federal proposals are not within the scope of the federal government’s constitutionally designated powers and impede the states’ right to govern themselves. HCR 50 affirms that Texas claims sovereignty under the 10th Amendment over all powers not otherwise granted to the federal government.
It also designates that all compulsory federal legislation that requires states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties, or that requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding, be prohibited or repealed.
HCR 50 is authored by Representatives Brandon Creighton, Leo Berman, Bryan Hughes, Dan Gattis and Ryan Guillen.
While some may see this as a political move — it makes Texas Senator kay Bailey Hutchinson seem more like a “Washington Insider” and isolted from what’s going on in her state — it’s also a very direct reflection of what’s going on here in Texas.
We truly are mad as hell.