Corruption in Texas Is Like a Cockroach Infestation

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Too bad we can't crush corruption like we can cockroaches.
Everything is bigger in Texas and corruption is no exception.

Fraud, bribery, exploitation and plain old dishonesty are getting to be like a severe Texas case of cockroaches. For every one you see in the daylight, there are 800 or so hiding in the darkness. Cockroaches prefer the darkness and they scatter like mad when the light is turned on.

Rick Perry, Greg Abbott and Ted Cruz, the newly designated trinity of the nest, are experiencing a bit of blinding sunlight and in true cockroach form, they hide, ignore or attempt legal eagle rhetoric when their unprincipled nastiness is illuminated. They point a finger at Washington for lack of transparency, but their guilt is far greater.

Dark money is growing rampant in Texas. It was a year ago when Rick Perry vetoed a bill that would have forced tax-exempt, politically active nonprofits to disclose their donors. The debate between those who want transparency versus those who prefer to do their business in the dark continued last week.

Jim Clancy, chairman of the Texas Ethics Commission said that in the past, dark money has represented about 2 percent of political contributions, but predicts they will grow exponentially in the next election. He's concerned and he offered the example of a group called "Moms for Healthy Kids".

"That's great as long as it's being paid for by moms," Clancy said. "If it's paid for by Michael Bloomberg, then that's a different situation -- someone out of state with a lot of money who has an agenda. "

I laughed when I read about Empower Texas' Conservative dark money kingpin, Michael Q. Sullivan's preceding press conference and his take on the calls to reveal dark money. "It's the wrong path for the people of Texas."

Of course, he would say that because he is in a heap of legal troubles with the Ethics Commission. MQS should remember that when you spew poison in the way that he has for years, you can't help but get some poison on yourself.

Ted Cruz attempted to daze and confuse many with the claim that revealing dark money is a suppression of free speech and that it was "pernicious". It was typical lawyer-speak; perhaps he intended to force many Texans to run like hell to their dictionaries, thus distracting from the issue; a little like the "rope a dope" trick used by Cassius Clay before he was Muhammad Ali.

What have you got to hide, Ted? Maybe there is some Koch money or foreign oil money from ex-pats in Qatar hiding in those PAC's that bought your election? If Texans were smart, they'd see right through this Canadian grifter.

In the case of Perry and Abbott, it's as if both are trying to out-cockroach each other. Rick Perry's entire time in office has been one of bribery, slush-funds, under-the-table-payments for appointments and a million other gubernatorial transgressions. Maybe that's why he chose to be re-baptized recently. Nothing less than the Pacific Ocean will wash his political sins away.

And what of Greg Abbott? He wants to sacrifice four-year-olds to Pearson, the omnipotent gods of testing, but only for informational purposes. He hangs out with pedophiles and misogynists and worst of all, while he served as watchdog, on the Oversight Board of Cancer Research Institute, his donors' companies received $42 million of Texas' taxpayer money.

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corruption in Texas workers comp is just as bad injured workers are being raped by the state of Texas god bless anyone that gets injured in that state


There is no proof. Brendan Eich of Mozilla is why publication of names is a bad idea and will limit freedom of expression.


The fact that you say people have to run to their dictionaries to look up the word "pernicious" reveals everything we need to know about you and your readership...


" ... being corrupt is a prerequisite for holding public office ..."  It seems that way these days.  As an Independent, I see both parties as driven by ambition rather than public service.  Thoughtful candidates with balanced approaches take a back seat to flamboyance, fear mongering and celebrity.  Gov. Jon Huntsman, Secretary Robert Gates, Gen. Colin Powell, Sen. Bill Bradley, etc., all are pushed aside for their more demagogic party members.  Campaigning and fund raising become fulltime efforts, while the country's problems are left to fester.  Elections are won with obscenely expensive ad campaigns, most of which are negative attacks on opponents.  Some of us can even get cynical about it ...


Honestly, the only thing that really bothers me is that in another time, place, or state, this would be a bombshell.  Once upon a time in Texas, a money scandal named Sharpstown brought down corrupt state leaders, but in this day and age Abbott will simply hide from the media for a week, maybe two, while Rick Perry adjusts his glasses and talks about "second chances" in Iowa.

But here in Teabaghistan, facts cannot frack the thickest of skulls.  They'll just say it's a liberal media conspiracy.

How many conservatives does it take to change a lightbulb?  None. They would rather sulk in the dark and blame Obama.

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