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Quotational Therapy: Part 108 -- Kinky Friedman & Texas Early Voting.
Seriously, Conservatives, Don't Vote For This Guy-
Early voting started today in Texas. That's how I've almost always voted. The lines are shorter, the parking is ample. You can do it anywhere in your county (click here if you live in Texas and want to find out where to vote early), not just in a designated polling booth. Most of all, your vote is in, so you don't have to worry about a last minute business trip or medical emergency or vehicle breakdown on election day.
There are certain disadvantages, from a grassroots political perspective, to early voting, too, but as long as we have it in place, we might as well use it to our advantage.
That being said, let's move on to Kinky Friedman. Yes, another Kinky post. To those Republicans who just don't like Rick Perry (who happens to be America's second best governor, fiscally-speaking) and are considering casting your vote for Kinky, just remember: a vote for Kinky Friedman is a vote for an 18 billion dollar per year socialized health care boondoggle.
Yikes. KinkyCare. Kinky Friedman, the big government socialist. The Venturaite joke. How very un-Texan, all around.
Speaking of un-Texan, contrary to this Kinkyism....
"I love Texas," says Friedman. "I don't like what's happened to her. I don't like being last in all the good things and first in all the bad."
... Texas is on the rise as a great place to live, work, and play, which explains why Texas is absorbing so many folks from other states, why Texas' economy is outperforming the strong national economy, why Walker, Texas Ranger is such a good show, and so on.
To the extent that Texas lags in certain national indicators (like worst per capita this or worst per capita that), it is largely a function of demographics, namely Texas' substantial rural population plus recent immigrant population. Everyone who gets Texas, gets that. But that's for another post.
The fact of the matter is that Texans will re-elect Rick Perry on November 7, and Kinky may or may not make the next edition of Trivial Pursuit.
Despite having perhaps the best political marketing team in ages (for Texas, at least), Kinky Friedman is just a terrible candidate and would make an even worse Governor of Texas.
The right quote can be therapeutic, so tune in to WILLisms.com for quotational therapy on Monday and Friday.
Posted by Will Franklin · 23 October 2006 11:17 PM
I don't see how Texas being "rural" has forced us to be so terrible at funding our schools. I don't see " immigrants" as responsible for the two special sessions our legislature needed to pass a remotely constitutional budget. I tend to think that's more Rick Perry's fault than it is farmers and Mexicans.
I can understand not liking Kinky, particularly if you haven't done your homework on, for example, what you term his health care "boondoggle", a plan that is based on one of the nation's most highly successful healthcare systems, if not it's most successful. But I can't understand anyone, Republican or not, who's happy with the way Rick Perry's failed to lead our state. And I tend to think most Republicans, let alone most Texans, agree with me.
Posted by: Jeremy at October 23, 2006 11:35 PM
The nations single longest border with Mexico and widespread poverty because of illegal immigration.
Let's start fixing Texas by fixing what is wrong with our entire nation. A leaky border that gives anyone that wants to become a "Texan" from Mexico a free pass to come on over. How do you educate an entire state of people that includes a transient population that does not speak the language?
This is why leadership is so important on both the national stage and the state level. The borders need closed and the Feds need to do their job and stop the flow of illegals coming into border states.
And this is from a guy whose governor is the most Butch in the country and who sports immigration reform and border security proponents like Hayworth and Kyl. Arizona has similar problems and it is purely demographic due to the invasion of illegals.
And surely a Texan President should give a damn enough to take the right side on the immigration debate. That is my second biggest disappointment with GWB. Biggest is the Medicare Prescription Drug give-a-way.
Posted by: Justin B at October 24, 2006 01:25 AM