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Losing Proposition

the grinchLast Tuesday my home state of Texas had the nation's first primary. This was the first that instituted our new voter ID laws. My quick review: Huge pain in the ass. This is going to be trouble vome November.

Anyhoo, in its infinite wisdom Texas splits the primary into Republican and Democratic sections, allowing each party to each pick its own candidates. (No, there IS no third party, so quit asking.) We also had separate state propositions, too. The Democrats had four to vote on, concerning raising the minimum wage, expanding the Affordable Care Act, immigration reform, and gender and sexual non-discrimination laws. All four passed.

The Republicans on the other hand had four dog-whistle propositions, all designed to bring out the idiot vote, plus a couple that just make you shake your head. They, of course, all passed by wide margins. They were:

Texans should be free to express their religious beliefs, including prayer, in public places. (Those poor Christians. They're so persecuted in Texas. What? This law includes Hindus and Muslims, too? Uh-oh.)

Texas should support Second Amendment liberties by expanding locations where concealed handgun license-holders may legally carry. (It's because gun laws are SO restrictive in this state, y'see. No, really!)

Texas should abolish the state franchise tax, also known as the margins tax, to encourage business growth. (Voting for this means voting for an inevitable state income tax. Way to spite your face, chumps.)

Texas recipients of taxpayer-funded public assistance should be subject to random drug testing as a condition of receiving benefits. (Florida tried this. It's expensive and it doesn't work. But conservative's hate poor people, especially since they vote Democratic, so lets get the boot in, eh?)

All elected officials and their staff should be subject to the same laws, rules, regulations, and ordinances as their constituents. (Dur?)

The Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," should be repealed. (Also known as the "Pissing into the wind" proposition.)

This means Texans can expect to be inundated by endless TV and radio ads, financed by the Koch brothers, from here until November offering the following advice: "If you're a Republican and you don't vote this November them damn Democrats are going to take away your guns and your god and spend your precious tax dollars on free health care and welfare for them dang old negroes and Mexicans. Oh, and while you're in the voting booth please don't forget the fine, upstanding white folk with R's by their names. Thank you kindly, and y'all drive friendly. This ad paid for by a northern oligarchal kleptocracy. Yes, we know you don't know what that means."


For those not familiar with the story which today's cartoon alludes to you can read about it here.


One more thing... I recently went to Google Images and typed in "fox news cartoon". The first result was a Raging Pencils cartoon I created back in 2010, the same one I decided to highlight as today's Classic Crappola in the upper left of this page. I don't know how this happened but it's pretty dang neato.


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