The liberal agenda of Joe Straus

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by Lynn Woolley

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus is not on the same page with many of his more conservative fellow legislators.

Joe Straus

Joe Straus

Straus is a Republican – but that’s not always the same as “conservative.” At the University of Texas’s “Policy Project,” Straus came out strongly for in-state tuition for children of illegal aliens saying Texas is “a place of opportunity.” In this, he agrees with former governor Rick Perry – but not with Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick who has pledged to repeal the practice.

Straus also opposes Governor Greg Abbott on shifting sales taxes collected on cars to highway funding. He’s not going to push school vouchers, and he’s not going to defund the Travis County DA’s Public Integrity Unit made famous by the drunken driving case of DA Rosemary Lehmberg. In short, Straus is a strange choice for speaker in a very conservative legislature.

Straus on In-State Tuition – in his own words.

“These are young people who have played by the rules. I can think of a lot worse things people can be doing with their lives than pursuing higher education and becoming engaged citizens in our economy and paying taxes.”

“You can’t just legislate based on campaign slogans or headlines. What signal it sends to other states around the country about what Texas is and how we treat our young people? Texas is a place of opportunity and I personally don’t want to be a party to anything that sets us back.”

Texas is a place of opportunity – YES; of laws – NO.

This is the fallacy in Straus’ thinking. Like Obama, he seems to support enforcing only the laws he agrees with. There are consequences to such a viewpoint. In this case, in-state tuition is a great magnet that brings more illegal immigration to Texas. It would make a statement if Texas were to say – we are a state of laws and not men.

It is heartbreaking to see what illegal immigration has done to families – but this is the fault of Mexico mostly, and NOT the United States. Here, we have built a nation that the rest of world envies. Mexico is a train wreck. It would be best for America to enforce its laws – and help Mexico become more like us rather than the other way around.

Rule of law is in trouble in Texas.

This issue – in-state tuition for illegals – is easily solved. First we need a president that will enforce our borders and our immigration laws. Second, we need a state legislature that will do the same thing. It would be a simple matter to pass a one-time law to help the children who were brought in illegally by their parents. But the way it is now brings in more and more illegals. Lots of rich businesspeople like it that way and so does the Texas Association of Business. So Dan Patrick and conservatives now have to take them on – as well as the Speaker of the House.

Joe and Rosemary

Straus has his head in the sand on another big issue – what to do about the Travis County District Attorney. Rosemary Lehmberg was drunk on vodka when she was arrested for DWI in Austin. And she heads up the states Public Integrity Unit. The Travis County DA’s office has been dominated by anti-Republican liberals for decades.

What does Straus say?

“…we’re not going to turn our backs on a public integrity unit function of some kind.”

That’s strong language there, partner.

Perhaps some sort of plan…? Perhaps an independent agency? Just a thought.

Liberal execs at the University of Texas and Texas A&M.

William McRaven (Photo: Stripes)

William McRaven (Photo: Stripes)

The new Chancellor at UT, retired Adm. William McRaven, is also for in-state tuition for illegals. He is against concealed handguns on campus. McRaven is the Navy SEAL that coordinated the raid that took out Osama bin Laden.

The new president at Texas A&M, Michael Young, supports in-state tuition as well. He hasn’t yet commented on campus carry, but while at the University of Utah, he worked to restrict guns on campus.

Strange juxtaposition.

The Texas House of Representatives is mostly conservative. The Texas Senate is too. The lieutenant governor is a Tea Party type. Most of Texas’ talk radio hosts are conservative. Tea parties meet in the state every week to show Power Point presentations and talk about advancing conservatism. The former governor, a conservative now looking to run for president, appointed the multimillionaires that sit on the UT Board of Regents. And yet, we can’t get in-state tuition for illegals repealed even though it’s a no-brainer.

What are we doing wrong?

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