This is the week Texas Democrats will apply a tactic on the state’s Republicans that has worked to perfection on the national stage. On the national stage, the Obama administration has consistently proposed legislation, knowing Republicans will bark at them, but willingly go along out of fear of being painted heartless, cruel and only looking out for the wealthy.
The Texas House Appropriations Committee will find itself trying to ward off a battle over the state’s education funding, in particular, that missing $5.4 billion from the 2011 legislative session. Two years and counting, and the state’s Democrats are still hoping ‘low information’ and ‘no information’ voters are also stuck in the past.
Democrat vice chair of the committee, Sylvester Turner is hoping to back Republicans into a corner, blaming them for a failed educational system in the state, doing nothing about it and hopefully, putting them on record for having uncaring attitudes when it comes to a education system that’s evidently broken and in need of some serious repair. At times, repairs take time, and both political parties have nothing but time on their hands.
The committee’s Republican chair Jim Pitts is expected to not take this bait and has expressed willingness to wait, mind you, wait until the entire process is complete, which is reflective of common sense, but then, Democrats will never be accused of having any sense at all, especially common sense.
First of all, the judge’s official written opinion is still forthcoming. Secondly, Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is expected to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Courts and lastly, the education issue will eventually have it’s day, or week and that process is what Turner is completely willing to ignore, which is nothing new to this party.
Republicans and Democrats both, will employ tactics that supposedly will make the other look to be the fool. On the one hand, Democrats are drilling a hole in a iced over lake, dipping a toe into the water just to see how cold the water is. On the other hand, Republicans are waiting for Spring, for the ice to melt and then dip a toe into the water.
Putting all tactics aside, surely there must be equally important legislation to deal with while Austin complete a normal process of law.