No Matter How Far Right Texas Lawmakers Go, Tea Party Activists Argue It’s Not Far Enough

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As the Texas legislative session comes to an end, the bills that have passed are peppered heavily with Tea Party ideas. Yet, Tea Party activists contend that the Texas legislature is still not conservative enough. Lawmakers that have spent the entire legislative session pandering to right-wing extremists, may soon recognize that there is no placating the Tea Party base.

For example, the Texas legislature passed a 25 percent property tax cut and a 25 percent business franchise tax cut, but conservative activists are disappointed that they did not cut property taxes further, and abolish the business franchise tax altogether.

Lawmakers boosted “border security” funding to record levels, but anti-immigrant Tea Party leaders are upset that the legislature did not also repeal the Texas DREAM Act and ban sanctuary cities.


The Texas Senate also passed legislation allowing the open carry of handguns in the Lone Star State, but that was not enough to impress Texas Tea Party leaders who still give the decidedly right-wing Texas Senate and House low marks for not being conservative enough.

For example, JoAnn Fleming, the Executive Director for “Grassroots America: We The People”, a Tea Party umbrella group, graded the Texas legislature poorly, stating:

I’d give the Senate a C, and the House a failing grade. Overall, the Legislature would get a D in my classroom.

Tea Party constituents view legislative compromise as selling out. Consequently, many Texas Republican lawmakers fear primary challenges from candidates running to their right. This creates a vicious spiral where lawmakers pass right-wing legislation to appease Tea Party constituents, only to find that such legislation only emboldens Tea party extremists to demand even more.

In 2016, Democrats and Independents must turn out in full force to counteract the voting power of the GOP’s Tea party base. If they fail to do so, the Texas legislature will continue to move further and further to the right. Yet, no matter how far to the right they govern, the Tea Party will try to push them even further out to the fringe.

40 Replies to “No Matter How Far Right Texas Lawmakers Go, Tea Party Activists Argue It’s Not Far Enough”

  1. Teabags are unable to sensibly manage anything as they have an un-thought-out knee-jerk reaction to everything in their hissy-fit rages.

  2. What the hell to they want??
    Would the 1850’s be sufficiant?
    Or maybe 1919 before women got the right to vote?
    To ensure every women is forced to give birth against her will?
    To ensure the LGBT communities have NO RIGHTS?
    Teach nothing about TRUE history?
    The Earth is flat?
    Moses was a founding father?
    To keep everyone STUPID?

    You’re already the LONE BRAIN CELL STATE, don’t take the rest of us down to your ignorant level.

    Texas ranks #4 in population living below the poverty line (17.2 %).
    Ranks #1 in illiteracy
    Worst environmental record in the United States
    Ranks # 1 (26.5%) who lack health insurance
    Ranks #1 on the poorest gun regulations in the US and highest per capita gun murder rates in the US (The Brady campaign gives Texas a score of 6 out of 100 possible points.)
    Ranks #1 in the lowest high school graduation rate
    Ranks #1 with the highest interest rates “pay day” companies can charge
    Ranks #1 in those making below minimum wage
    Ranks # 1 (26.5%) who lack health insurance
    Ranks # 1 (20.3%) of children who lack health insurance
    Ranks # 1 in the highest per capita executions in the world
    Worst environmental record in the United States
    Ranks #50 in $ spent for Medicaid for the poor and children
    Ranks 50th ( dead last ) in $ spent on its citizens
    Ranks #2 in the rate of food insecure children.
    Ranks #49 in Medicaid $ given to nursing homes

  4. Ranks #1 in teen repeat births
    Ranks #4 in teen pregnancy rate
    Ranks #3 in teen birth rate
    Ranks #2 with the highest home insurance rates
    Ranks #49 in $ funded for the mentally ill
    Ranks #1 with the highest overall pollution rate
    Ranks #4 in adults under correctional control
    Ranks #1 in adults under probation
    Ranks #34 in child education
    Ranks #40 in child health
    Ranks #46 in education
    Ranks #47 in Family and community

  5. I’m tired of paying my tax $$$$ for your BIGOTRY and IGNORANCE and your POLLUTION.

    The citizens of Texas certainly pay into the federal government, but multiple studies have found that they get even more in return. Over a 25 year period, Texans have, on average, received more in federal money than they have paid into the system. In 2009, for example, the people of Texas paid $163 billion in federal taxes, and in return they received $224 billion from the federal government in the form block grants, Medicare and Medicaid aid, and retirement and disability assistance. In other words, the state of Texas made a $61 billion profit off the federal government in 2009. If they really did secede, the state of Texas would either have to stop giving their elderly citizens health care, or raise taxes to make up for the billions they would lose in federal citizens.

  6. As a native Texan, I feel the need to point out that from very early in their plan to steal our country the neocons concentrated on Texas. First, they stealthily voted for each other until they could commander the Southern Baptist Convention – of which I was a member.

    Needless to say I’m no longer a Southern Baptist. Now I’m watching as these idiots try to trash the entire state.

    There are many Texans who hate what’s happening, especially in North and North central parts of the state – I’m from Dallas. As huge as Texas is, East and South Texas are further apart than many areas in different states. Not all Texans are alike. Never were. :)

  7. Well golly Andy, Texas also has at LEAST 1.8 million illegal aliens residing in the state. Second only to California. And I bet it’s considerably higher than that. (If you see one mouse in your house, you have a lot of mice.)
    Dag nab it, that’s going to play hob with any state’s statistics, don’t ya think?

  8. Just curious Andy: Why is it a 25 year study? What if it was the last 10 years with the American oil boom and fracking, which I think helped Texas a lot. Are they still mooching in this century?

  9. Well this is interesting, Rin. Your graph seems to indicate both left and right wing are insane. Was that your intention?

    If so, cool! We’ll start a new party. The “Sanity” party.

    My only concern is…no one will be able to pass the test.

  10. Benign tumor? No, and is a severely malignant tumor that is capable of killing the nation. Amputation is required. Expel Texas from the nation and isolate it.

  11. I am on the left wing. Just not at the tip. Fairly close to sanity but just far enough away for the tip and the center to hate me.

    You seem to be in the same place on your wing. It is the two ends who do nothing but talk – until they ask the middle to work things out.

    The sanity party is my dream.

    The recent excellent OpEd on the “left tea party” at WaPo explained exactly what I have been saying for several months.

    The ends of each party treat the ones closer to sanity as if they are the problem. Our respective tea parties have flipped their wigs.

  12. I was attempting to be diplomatic.

    As I can attest that not all members of the Loon Star State are bat-freaking dipthong insane…

    Perhaps we could offer the relative handful of Sane Texans a relocation bonus?

    Before allowing Baja-Oklahoma to become Somalia-West.

  13. I sorta figured Texas has schemed to keep “illegal aliens” from going to school, owning guns, obtaining health insurance, or qualifying for Medicaid. But I’ll bet they’re arrested, tried, convicted and executed with no limitations at all.

  14. Well I’m sorry Karen, I’m not finding it. I do see statistics from a single year (2009) but not a nine year study.

    I’m just trying to be thorough. You know the games that can be played with statistics.

  15. Moon, you used the word “dipthong” in a sentence. I haven’t seen that word forever! I don’t think it’s a descriptor for insanity, but I don’t even care…

  16. This leaves me very dumbfounded here..

    How much farther right can they go?!? Is it even possible to be so far to the right that even the Tea Party is like ‘Yes. That’s what we want. Thank you Texas for bending over letting us teabag you’

  17. Robert you don’t just look at the pictures, it’s essential to actually read the articles. If ya’ can.

  18. Andy,
    I love the rankings!

    Where did you find them?

    Thank you.


  19. This article is just a tease — it doesn’t give any specifics at all as to what bills were passed, or details from the Tea Party gal as to exactly why they weren’t up to Tea Party standards. OK, you’ve got my attention, now tell me the story.

  20. So Texas tea party brats will only be happy when texas is Somalia……..Be careful what you wish…

  21. The only thing I can think of is that TPTexans have been attending too many Medieval Time Events in Dallas, TX (Medieval Times Entertainment, the holding company for the nine theaters, is headquartered in Irving, Texas). They believe that this is what the Medieval era was really like and want to take us all back to the glorious Medieval era where woman knew their place and where they believe no Gays or people of color were around or “these people” stayed where they belonged – out of sight.

    Its a nice fantasy – but not reality – but who ever claimed the the Right-wing ever lived in reality?

  22. And all 3 links go to the same article that’s behind a paywall.

    Um, when I’m not given enough information needed to form an opinion, how am I supposed to hate the people it’s okay to hate?

  23. I took my family there once, many moons ago.
    It was worth a trip. Just one. The Crime of Utensils. King’s word is law. Play acting, and faux knightings.

    Just like Republican America.
    The only folks who think the Right-wing live in reality, are Right-wingers.

  24. Teabagger pathology is evident and extreme, intolerable and obscene, psychotic, moronic, and all a sick dream. [vomit]

  25. You chose only immigrant labor to attack?
    You’re the MOST polluted state, so you don’t care about that??

    Texas eased pollution rules on coal plants, environmentalists say

    CA understands undocumented immigrants and we would love to each and everyone of them become U.S. citizens. Both CA and TX are HEAVILY dependant on immigrant labor.

    The Texas economy is dependent on immigrant labor

    So, can you tell me how CA is running a $6.7 BILLION surplus?

    With state revenues running $6.7 billion more than predicted in January’s preliminary budget…

  26. Given the Texas legislature, and their war on women’s reproductive rights, it appears that they have been radically islamized. The Republicans evidently plan a jihad against the First Amendment.

  27. Rin.the left IS the ONLY SANE PARTY!! the left starts at the middle and GOES TO THE LEFT! ONLY the left makes any sense at ALL! Now..fix your linear scale!

  28. Hey, that’s got a really good cadence. Is it from a rap song? You put a drum beat behind that and it’s really got some legs.

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