Perry & Dewhurst= 1,000,000 Abortions

Reflections…

I have been a supporter of pro-life issues for, well, my whole life. I have been a Texas Alliance for Life supporter that whole time. The work this group does is amazing and they are very effective at the Capitol.

This summer has been very good to the pro-life movement, thanks mainly to Representative Laubenberg,  Representative Burkett and Senator Hegar. Governor Perry didn’t add this issue to the call until halfway through the first special, and Lt. Gov. Dewhurst, as I wrote here before, had ample chance to pass it and fumbled it badly.

This got me to reflecting on these folks that are pro-life and I did some research, just to confirm my memory.

  1. Perry has been governor for 12 years, plus 2 years as Lt. Governor. In all those 12 years he never called a special on stopping abortions, despite having a Republican majority in both houses.
  2. Dewhurst has been Lt. Governor for 12 years. Until this summer, he had never asked Perry to call a special session on stopping abortions, wouldn’t advance our bills during the last regular session, fumbled the first called session, and made a spectacle of the pro-choice folks during the second special.
  3. Michael Quinn Sullivan has been in business basically since 2007, and until last year never raised the life issue. Now you’d think he invented it.

These three proudly proclaim that the good work of Senator Hegar and Representative Laubenberg will shut down abortion clinics in Texas, and I’m all for that.

These three have also loudly proclaimed that there are 80,000 abortions each year in Texas, a fact that chills me.

My reflection was this: in the time that Perry and Dewhurst have served and had the ability to call a special session to stop abortions, one million abortions were performed and babies killed. In the time Michael Quinn Sullivan has been a mouthpiece for Tim Dunn, 540,000 abortions were performed without a peep from him.

So where were they then, and why do they so loudly decry it now? And why are they being lauded for doing now what they had the ability, but apparently not the desire, to do 12 years ago?

Just a thought…

AgendaWise and MQS: Transparency Hypocrites

The kids over at AgendaWise, all acolytes and employees of Michael Quinn Sullivan, produced a piece so contradictory, even for them, that I had to take a break from my summer vacation to bring it to your attention.

This one attacks Chairman Pitts as a transparency hypocrite. Follow along with the boys’ reasoning of your can:

Pitts is a hypocrite because:

-he voted for a bill (opposed by Michael Quinn Sullivan and his AgendaWise lackeys) that would have required transparency in reporting the source of political contributions;

AND

-he wrote an article criticizing Regent Wallace Hall for abusing the power of his office.

There is nothing hypocritical is these positions. Pitts believes, as an overwhelming majority of the legislature does, that the sources of money in the political process should be open and transparent. AgendaWise and Michael Quinn Sullivan fought hard against this bill- twice- and lost in the legislature. But they were able to get their lame duck governor to reward them for their years of fealty by vetoing both bills.

Pitts, as chairman of the Appropriations Committee, is charged with seeing that all state dollars are used effectively and correctly. Regent Hall has been roundly criticized even by fellow regents in addition to the House and Senate, for his micromanagement and improper meddling in the operations of the University of Texas. He is even now on the verge of being subjected to impeachment by the House for his activities. And his actions have cost UT hundreds of thousands of dollars in additional employee cost and lost support of alumni. The interest of Chairman Pitts in this behavior is entirely appropriate.

Hardly anything even resembling transparency hypocrisy in the actions of Chairman Pitts.

The true and undeniable hypocrisy lies in the actions of the accusers: AgendaWise and Michael Quinn Sullivan. These groups used every device and called in every chit at their disposal to cajole the Governor into vetoing the bills that would have required public disclosure of political contributions.

This from a group of fellows who state that transparency is their fundamental purpose. Repeatedly. And they use the transparency mantle to raise money to pay for their new trucks and their 6 figure salaries. But they won’t submit to transparency themselves.

Many of my followers kept us up to date on the lobby activities of these guys during the session and I passed it along. And none of the issues that were presented by me were ever refuted or even challenged by AgendaWise, Michael Quinn Sullivan or the corporate cronies he partners with.

In this case, we can assume that Regent Hall has found a way to line the pockets of AgendaWise and Michael Quinn Sullivan to purchase this hit piece on Chairman Pitts. Never before have these groups defended a sitting regent, and all of the sudden they pop up with an article and use tortured logic to try to allege transparency blocking by a highly- respected member searching for- – – transparency. Only in the operations of AgendaWise and Michael Quinn Sullivan could such an absurd position be put forth.

Because AgendaWise and Michael Quinn Sullivan refuse to disclose the source of their funding, and their extensive corporate contributions, there is no way to verify in filings how much they are receiving to attack Pitts and defend Hall. But their actions will have to speak for them until they begin letting the light shine on their shady operations.

By the way, every dollar raised or spent by Pitts is filed in reports at the Ethics Commission for all to see.