Friday, April 14, 2006

The Broken Contract with America

It appears the Republican Party has broken some promises. First on the list is the “aging prom queen” Kay Bailey Hutchison. Apparently she only wanted to serve two terms, and was so adamant about it that she tried to write term limits with then Senator John Ashcroft.

Kay? Did you change your mind because you want to be the first female Vice President or don’t you value the promises you make to voters? Maybe you value your promises as much as you value a Veterans Hospital south of San Antonio.

Here is some of the highlights on promises the Republican Party made:
  1. We would be landing a man on Mars by 2010
  2. Social Security Reform
  3. Increased Education Spending (namely, increased funding to Pell Grants)
  4. Capture Osama Bin Laden
  5. Smaller Government (why did the government get involved in the Teri Schiavo case?)
  6. Increase Port Security
  7. Self Imposed Term Limits (it is both in the Contract with America and now in personal statements)
  8. Coordinated Emergency Response (Sadly, not much changed in the time between 9/11 and Katrina)
  9. Ethics Reform
I vote with my values and I value my promises, apparently our elected officials don’t think the same way.

Annatopia, Capital Annex, My DD, and Kos have more on breaking the broken promises by the Republican Party and KBH.


At 1:31 PM, Anonymous Right of Texas said...

I agree that there are obviously some problems with politicians who call for term limits, but then run past the ammount they agreed on, but Senator Hutchison has been great for Texas in Washington.

She continues to champion Texas values, while remaining more independent than her associate Senator Cornyn.

Her independence can be shown obviously though her refusal to endorse Perry thus far.

I respect her a great deal, and would imagine she will win with 60+% of the vote.

At 1:42 PM, Blogger jobsanger said...

To say she's not as bad as Box-Turtle John is certainly faint praise. I guess we'll hear next that she's not as crooked as Tom DeLay & Duke Cunningham. Still doesn't make her a good senator.

At 11:05 PM, Anonymous Demosthenes said...

Henry Bonilla is another one who passed his own sell-by date, last cycle.

Ok, so how do you defend believing in principles except when they apply to yourself?

As to KBH's exploits for Texas...

1) Are you referring to VA hospitals, how many of those does Texas sport, these days, thanks to KBH?
2) Pray tell, what has KBH done to improve education in Texas... vote for NCLB, perchance?
3) Pork, perhaps? I'm sure the oil people are happy, but why are the economic figures for average texans tanking?
4) Transportation bill? I think she did more for Alaska with that one - Texas got "short-changed" in that one. She admitted that herself! (Ft. Worth Star-Telegram, August 12, 2005)

Give me a break - KBH's performance for Texas has been dismal.

At 1:33 PM, Blogger Ralph said...

I think Kay not endorsing Perry is less 'independence' than 'hissy-fit' that the big boys wouldn't let her run for governor. And while ranking third among GOP Senators in percentage of votes agreeing with Bush's position is 'more independent' than Cornyn's number 1 ranking, both Senators just follow orders instead of leading the way. I frequently disagreed with Gramm and Tower, but at least they accomplished things beyond getting their pictures taken.


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