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Dudley_DUright Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-08-04 05:48 PM
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Molly Ivins: (TX) Gov. Goodhair's (Perry) year in review
Mr. Bumble observed that the law is an ass, and he'd never even seen the congressional redistricting plan drawn by Texas Republicans. Sigh. I just hate when Tom DeLay and Karl Rove get away with a dirty deal like this. The University of Texas is now represented by Lamar Smith of San Antonio, I'm in a district that runs to the Mexican border, and two blocks north of me, they're in with Houston. Help!
As one who relishes our state's incontrovertibly bizarre political mores, I must confess I love the sheer awfulness of this map. It is, in its own way, totally awesome and worthy of the truly noble tradition of lunacy for which Texas is so noted.

Speaking of said tradition, I have failed to give sufficient recognition to our only governor, Goodhair Perry, who is adding to the old je ne sais quoi in truly impressive quantities. Goodhair gave such an amazing performance at his end-of-the-year press conference that I was forced to call a perfectly reliable reporter for the Dallas Morning News and ask if it was a joke.

In a textbook example of how to handle a nasty problem, Gov. Goodhair addressed the awkward report by the state auditor's office on the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Not to put too fine a point on it, the auditor says the commission stinks. While this was not exactly astonishing news -- the commission's pathetic record is an old story -- the guv took the opportunity to lambaste -- yes, of course -- the state auditor's office. "It appears to me that (they) have gone from auditing to trying to make statements on public policy," said our concerned chief executive. "That's not the state auditor's function, in my humble explanation." (sic)

The auditor's report says the agency responsible for the cleanliness of our air and water has reduced, capped and inconsistently collected penalties to the extent that some polluters economically benefit from continuing to violate the law. In other words, SNAFU, the normal condition of any Texas regulatory agency. Get used to it, America -- Bush is remaking the entire country in the image of Texas.

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SharonAnn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-08-04 11:39 PM
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1. Thank you, we love her columns. I converted my husband by
cutting out Molly Ivins' columns and leaving them for him to read.

I really said very little about politics in those days except that once in a while I'd repeat something molly had said.

He figured it out and finally realized that he's a Democrat too.
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