What if Texas Went Blue?

Careful, folks!  If a new survey is correct, Texas voters are ready to throw out the current Republican leadership in Texas and replace it with a more progressive Democratic model.  That’s precisely what the state should do — IF it wants to commit financial suicide.

This new poll of 636 registered voters, conducted by Hill Research Consultants of Houston, purports to show that Texas voters are disgusted with the current Republican leadership.  They just may be ready to “throw the bums out” and elect a new governor of the Democratic persuasion.  

Why? Well, they believe the Republicans are out-of-touch, arrogant, and they are dismayed at the leadership of President George W. Bush.  When asked what party they would support in upcoming elections for the state legislature and for governor, 45 percent said they’d vote for Democrats while just 31 percent would choose Republicans.

Texas voters are caught up in the winds of “change” brought on by the election of Barack Obama who ran on a single issue — that Bush has been a terrible president.  But Obama may be the least specific candidate we’ve ever elected.  He’s about to find out that he can’t vote “present” any longer.  If the Democrats have great ideas, it’s time to bring them forward.

But they don’t.  Texas voters might get a bit of a jolt if they compare the state of their state to that of California.  Remember that since 1990, the Golden State has elected leftists to office with great regularity.  It’s true they have elected some Republican governors, but those tend to be far left of the GOP in general — and in the case of Arnold Schwarzenegger they have a governor who could easily pass for a Democrat.

So with eighteen years of liberal policies from Democratic Assemblies, governors like Grey Davis and mayors like Antonio Villaraigosa and Gavin Newsom, how’s California doing?  

On October 2nd, Gov. Schwarzenegger asked for an emergency bailout for his state in the amount of $7 billion.   The State of California is broke, and like the banks and the automakers, it wants the rest of nation to come to its rescue with handouts.  

Going back to the administration of Gov. Davis, California has been considered the state with the county’s “worst business climate.”  To get that designation, it had to beat out other lousy places to do business such as New York, New Jersey, Michigan, and Massachusetts — all bastions of progressive leadership.   

Like the automobile companies, California is locked into exceedingly generous contracts with public employees — even to the extent that some prison guards are said to make six-figure salaries.  In 2008, Vallejo, which has twice served as the state capital, became the largest city in California to declare bankruptcy.  With the state’s huge populations of illegal immigrants, state income tax, and high cost of doing business, other cities may have to as well — if not the state itself.

It’s California voters that should be talking about throwing the bums out.  

Here in Texas, the Hill poll says we are not happy with our leadership and might want to be more like our more populous left-coast sister.  Oh, so?

Under the leadership of governors George W. Bush and Rick Perry, and others like House Speaker Tom Craddick, Texas has posted an $11 billion surplus — and that’s with expansion of welfare programs like S-CHIP.  Texas remains free of a state income tax and businesses move here in droves.  

Our emergency rooms are open and we still have doctors in all regions of the state including the lower Rio Grande Valley.  No city in Texas has filed for bankruptcy.  We have not had rolling blackouts, out-of-control trial attorneys, or anti-Second Amendment gun control laws.  We still respect the lives of the unborn and believe marriage is the exclusive union of a man and a woman.

Despite changing demographics, most of our Republican leadership correctly recognizes that allowing Texas to become more like Mexico is not a good idea.  A better idea would be for Mexico to become more like Texas.  In fact, a lot of Californians – especially those who have moved business here — might want their state to be more like Texas too.  

Under the Republicans Texas is prospering.  California, under progressive leadership, is looking for a bailout.