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Speaker Straus Receives vote of No Confidence

FBCStaff-Gov Abbott has been going around Speaker Straus and reaching out to other republicans in the legislator to move his agenda forward.  Couple that with Straus receiving a vote of no confidence from his hometown:
“With a special legislative session he has little use for just days away, House Speaker Joe Straus got a vote of no confidence Monday night from the county Republican Party in San Antonio, his hometown.”
http://www.statesman.com/news/state–regional-govt–politics/bexar-gop-wants-straus-replaced-speaker-for-lack-party-fidelity/ohb1WTlQ6jq2OmI4ycnCYJ/

One has to wonder if the majority in Texas will finally be represented?  After attending several meetings where our representatives do not recognize or represent Texas values, we are being told we doing it all wrong and we need to be more like Houston, Austin or Dallas. We need to send a loud and clear message to our elected officials.  We expect them to respect our party platform and represent us the ones who put them there.  Also we don’t want to be like Houston, Austin or Dallas.

Rapid Growth in Ft Bend County

By FBCStaff-Ft Bend is the fourth fastest growing county in the US.

“Fort Bend County officials will hold a public hearing this month regarding a slate of road projects that they hope to see funded through mobility bonds.
The proposal lists 63 possible projects for inclusion, ranging in cost from $235,300 to $41.9 million.
The total proposed mobility bond is nearly $218 million, to go toward projects that have a total cost of around $420 million.
Voters in 2013 approved a $184.9 million county mobility bond in Fort Bend.
A public hearing on the new proposals is scheduled for 1 p.m. July 25 in the Commissioners Courtroom, located at 401 Jackson St.”

for more information http://www.chron.com/neighborhood/fortbend/news/article/Proposed-Fort-Bend-County-mobility-bond-to-be-set-11277641.php?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook#photo-10823287

Independence Day

By FBCStaff-Independence Day is the day the thirteen colonies declared their independence from Great Britain. What does independence mean to you? We are born with the ability to understand right from wrong.  But the clear distinction between morals, ethics and legalism has been blurred by the breaking down of our culture and values.  Some insist we need man’s laws to tell us how to live our daily lives. While many do not feel the need to be controlled by government.  Obviously we need a constitution to remain united as a republic, but do we need to be over regulated?  Many regulations do not fall within the guidelines of the constitution but are designed to control our behavior.

This is the great divide in our great country.  It led to great debates among our founders and it perplexes us today.  We must be ever vigilant to those who falsely mislead us with fake news, rewriting history and threats of violence.  How did it become  acceptable to use the IRS for political gain against conservative groups?  How did it become acceptable to allow Planned Parenthood to receive taxpayer funded dollars and make political donations?  How did it become acceptable to use taxpayer dollars to fund an agenda? In 1792 Sec. of State Jefferson used tax dollars to fund an editor of the National Gazette to vilify Treasury Sec Hamilton.   https://founders.archives.gov/documents/Jefferson/01-20-02-0374-0001

Treasury Sec Hamilton favored Federalist’s policies that used government to fund projects, while Sec of State Jefferson was enamored with the French Revolution and La Liberte.  Jefferson was adamantly opposed to any kind of authoritarian rule and prescribed to the ideology of smaller government, no taxation and self governance.  Jefferson rightly insisted we keep the Bill of Rights or we would go the way of Europe with the larger cities dominating our elections.  Our Bill of Rights have been watered down with regulations written by unelected officials, known as the deep state.  Hamilton was later killed in a duel with Aaron Burr.  Burr had been replaced as President Jefferson’s VP and was running for Gov of New York. Hamilton’s death combined with Jefferson’s defeat of John Adam led to the demise of the Federalist party.

Our nation was politically divided then and it is divided now, we will always be divided.

James Taranto writes in the WSJ:

“If there’s one thing Americans of all political stripes can agree on, it’s that the country is divided—bitterly, dangerously, perhaps irreconcilably riven. “It shows up in very cinematic fashion, in things like the Scalise shooting,” says historian Allen Guelzo. “So we jump to the conclusion: Oh my goodness, does it mean we’re on the brink of civil war?”
https://www.wsj.com/articles/divided-america-standsthen-and-now-1498851654?mod=e2fb

Our political parties push agendas of diversity and social change through government programs vs personal liberties.  We must ask ourselves do our politicians represent us or are they career politicians benefiting from our tax dollars.  Then we must exercise our right to vote.

Our duty is to find common ground when we can, stay vigilant, be informed, honor our history and stand up for our values as we fight for our independence.  If we value independence we must demand we stop the over regulation of our liberties.

Waste and Fraud in the Lifeline Program

By FBCStaff-I usually write about local issues because the waste and fraud in D.C. and Austin is out of our control.  This is a reminder of what happens when progressives push their agenda through government programs.

How the program works:
“The Universal Service Fund requires telecommunication companies to contribute a percentage of their interstate and international revenues from voice services into a pool that is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company, a nonprofit corporation. Companies transfer the cost of their contributions over to consumers, who can see it as a line item on their phone bills.”

You pay the taxes through your phone bill:

“But the USF — disbursements of which equaled roughly $7.8 billion in 2014 — has stirred controversy.”

Little or no oversight of program:

“A three-year investigation by the GAO found that phone companies approved applicants for USF’s low-income “Lifeline” subsidy with fictitious eligibility information 63 percent of the time, representing about $1.2 million per year in waste. Additionally, GAO investigators found that the USAC only audited one-half of one percent of providers to ensure contribution payments, and in the most recent year reviewed, they audited less than one-tenth of one percent of all carriers.”
https://morningconsult.com/2017/06/29/senators-slam-operations-internet-access-expansion-program/

But Sen McCaskill’s statement doesn’t give us all the facts:

“GAO investigators sampled the program’s population and found that it had been paying for nearly 6,400 phones for people whom the government has listed as deceased; another 5,500 people were enrolled for two phones, and another group of people couldn’t prove they were eligible to receive their free phone.”
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/01/phones-dead-people-gao-report-uncovers-massive-fraud-obamaphone-program/

The FCC’s response is epic big government:

“While some academic studies have raised questions whether Lifeline is a costly and inefficient means of achieving universal service, FCC has not evaluated the program to determine whether it is efficiently and effectively meeting its goals, as we recommended in our March 2015 report,” the GAO said.

Instead, the program is being expanded to include free internet.” http://dailysignal.com/2017/06/30/obamaphones-fraud-as-high-as-65-percent/

At a SD-17 meeting one of our guest speakers was Harris County Judge Ed Emmett.  After Judge Emmett told us he had entered politics as a Goldwater Republican, he then told us we needed to change our attitude about abortion and taxes.  When he took questions afterward one lady stood up and told him she “preferred we remain the values party,”  I stood up and asked him about the Universal Service Fund on our phone bill.  Judge Emmett then turned to the audience and said, “see what I mean.”  At one time Judge Emmett may have been a Goldwater Republican but he has now become a progressive who no longer represents us or our values.

The Progressives want to drive social change through government programs that redistribute wealth.  Whether it is The Lifeline Program, free Pre-K(daycare) for all or their anti-voucher stance.

Missouri City to Roll Back Tax Rate to Comply with Texas Local Government Code

By FBCStaff: Missouri City posted this on their website:
“Proposed FY2018 Budget
July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018

In accordance with the Texas Local Government Code Section 102.005(b), this budget will raise more total property taxes than last year’s budget by $1,773,544, which is a 5% increase from last year’s budget, and of that amount, the City is unable to determine the tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year because the City has not received detailed property values at this date. ”
http://www.missouricitytx.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=757

After the increase in the tax rate in 2016 and the 12% increase in FtBend CAD appraisals, the city exceeds the limit allowed by the statue and must roll back it’s tax rate.

Let’s review, the city raised it’s tax rate again in 2016:

“Crediting a greater need for capital improvements and public safety personnel, Missouri City City Council raised the 2017 property tax rate by $0.01542, or 2.83 percent from the previous year. The new rate is $0.5601 per $100 valuation, including a $0.42166 per $100 valuation maintenance and operations rate and a $0.13844 interest and sinking rate.

The council approved the new rate Monday. Key points to understand about the tax rate include:”

A huge increase to $2.4 million in the sidewalk budget which is normally around $400 to $500 thousand drove the need for this increase.

“Staff said the higher tax rate will help the city focus on $16.9 million of capital improvement projects including additional traffic signals, reconstruction of Waterfall and Ashmont drives, and $2.4 million of sidewalk work.”
https://communityimpact.com/houston/sugar-land-missouri-city/city-county/2016/10/05/key-takeaways-missouri-citys-2017-property-tax-rate/

 

Democrats Need to Rein in the The Rage

By FBCStaff-In the aftermath of the shooting of Majority Whip democrats need to scale back the identity politics.
From Democrat Camille Paglia:
“Some background is necessary. First of all, I must make my political affiliations crystal clear. I am a registered Democrat who voted for Bernie Sanders in the 2016 primary and for Jill Stein in the general election.
and she cautioned the democrats to stop being destructive
“Had Hillary won, everyone would have expected disappointed Trump voters to show a modicum of respect for the electoral results as well as for the historic ceremony of the inauguration, during which former combatants momentarily unite to pay homage to the peaceful transition of power in our democracy. But that was not the reaction of a vast cadre of Democrats shocked by Trump’s win. In an abject failure of leadership that may be one of the most disgraceful episodes in the history of the modern Democratic party, Chuck Schumer, who had risen to become the Senate Democratic leader after the retirement of Harry Reid, asserted absolutely no moral authority as the party spun out of control in a nationwide orgy of rage and spite. Nor were there statesmanlike words of caution and restraint from two seasoned politicians whom I have admired for decades and believe should have run for president long ago—Senator Dianne Feinstein and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi. How do Democrats imagine they can ever expand their electoral support if they go on and on in this self-destructive way, impugning half the nation as vile racists and homophobes?”

http://www.weeklystandard.com/camille-paglia-on-trump-democrats-transgenderism-and-islamist-terror/article/2008464

I agree  with Ms Paglia, democrats need to tone down the hate rhetoric and scale back the identity politics.

 

Uniformity not Diversity

By FBCStaff-The democrat’s agenda of identity politics divides it does not unify.

In the Sugar Land runoff election a supporter  of the democrat candidate alleged racism.

“Hillary Goldstein

Vote for Q because ALL PEOPLE MATTER.

Not just some like the RACIST HATEFUL REMARKS MADE TODAY BY HIS OPPONENTS SUPPORTERS?  I can’t even repeat what was said as it was such a hateful racist religious intolerant thing to say except that it makes me ashamed that members of community spew such vile remarks!!!”

Is Ms Goldstein correct?  Are Sugar Land voters racists or did they simply reject the democrat candidate?  I do not know if this helped or hurt the democrat candidate.  But what we do know is we can expect allegations like this every election from the democrats.

America was founded on uniformity not diversity.

“The history of nations is mostly characterized by ethnic and racial uniformity, not diversity.  Most national boundaries reflected linguistic, religious, and ethnic homogeneity. Until the late 20th century, diversity was considered a liability, not a strength.

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/436347/america-melting-pot-immigrant-culture-made-country-great

Is the democrat agenda predicated on victim hood?  Does it help or hurt when democrats allege racism in every election?  Can the democrat party survive without an agenda of identity politics?  This is simply Tammany Hall politics.

Is America’s greatness due to uniformity as the right asserts or diversity as the left asserts?

 

 

Informed Voters Weren’t Fooled by Identity Politics

By FBCStaff-The democrats have not won a statewide election since 1995 so they are turning their efforts to local muni and school boards. There were two elections that affected all of us, the mayor’s runoff in Plano and the run off for city council in Sugar Land. In both races the democrat candidate was presented as conservative, and in Sugar Land the political candidate’s consultant tried to deceive voters into thinking his candidate was a republican. In both races the democrat candidate lost as voters are not as easily fooled as democrats believed.

In Plano:

“Anthony Ricciardelli and Rick Smith won Plano’s two runoff races on Saturday, adding to the Plano City Council two voices skeptical of the city’s high-density development efforts.”

https://communityimpact.com/dallas-fort-worth/plano/city-county/2017/06/10/plano-council-runoffs-smith-ricciardelli-lead-early-voting/

In Sugar Land Council Member District 4:

Carol McCutcheon won with 57.3%       1304 votes

Qaisar Iman                             42.7             903 votes

http://results.enr.clarityelections.com/TX/Fort_Bend/69953/Web02/#/

 

The democrats have used identity politics to their advantage for many years but voters are better informed and aren’t as easily fooled by their tactics.  It pays to be informed and vote.

McCutcheon Wins Big in Sugar Land Council Race

By FBCStaff-Carol McCutcheon wins runoff race for COUNCIL MEMBER, DISTRICT 4 CITY OF SUGAR LAND:
Carol McCutcheon 57.27% 1,304
Qaisar Q. Imam 42.73%        973
Total                                     2,277

Where Did Fort Bend’s Texas Representatives Rank on the Liberal/Conservative Scale?

BY FBCStaff-The Texas Tribune did a ranking of all 150 Texas Representatives and the Fort Bend Representatives are ranked about the same as they were last year.

Democrat Ron Reynolds was ranked # 17 Reynolds, Ron D -1.61 Democratic Center.

Republican John Zerwas was ranked # 70 Zerwas, John R -0.40 Less Conservative than 2/3 of Rs

Representative Phil Stephenson was ranked # 86 Stephenson, Phil R -0.26 Less Conservative than 1/2 of Rs and

Republican Rick Miller was ranked # 101 Miller, Rick R -0.12 More Conservative than 1/3 of Rs.

The number of republicans in the Texas House is 95.  That means 85 Rs were more conservative than Rep Zerwas,  64 were more conservative than Rep Stephenson and 49 more conservative than Rep Miller.  Rep Zerwas is firmly planted  left of center, Rep Stephenson is slightly right of center and Rep Miller is in the center of the republicans and barely in the top third of the Tx House.  Last session Rep Miller had a conservative of 74 and he is now 8 points lower rated at 66.

What does this mean to you.  It means Ft Bend’s representatives are not showing conservative leadership and are deferring to Speaker Straus and his agenda.

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