Taxpayers Test Texas’ Nine Proposed Amendments to the State Constitution

This article is offering a taxpayer’s view of the intended and unintended consequences of the efforts of our noble Austin legislators.Constitution

First, one must read the proposed legislation because the brief explanatory statement of the nature of each proposed amendment listed on the ballot is not even close to addressing what is in the amendment. If a proposed amendment has enabling legislation (many do), the details of the amendment with taxing authority, penalties for violations, and other changes/additions to other state statutes may be found there. In short, you have to read the amendment/enabling bill to find out what’s in it and often times we have to pass the amendment/bill to find out what’s in it. On some of the proposed amendments, the enabling legislation is silent (deficient) in certain areas. Where there is silence in the enabling legislation, once the amendment is passed then it may be up to the courts to decide the intent of the author(s) of the amendment and enabling legislation. This is unfortunate but true.

Second, one should understand the Purpose and Consequences of laws.

Third, one should put each proposed amendment to the 3 question test of “constitutionality”.

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All Laws Must Pass the Constitutional Test

All legislative matters, the conduct and actions of government officials, and the enforced ordinances and laws which restrict human activity, should pass the three question test:

1.) Is it “constitutional”?Constitutional TEST_2
(Supports the constitutional republic)

2.) Is there a need?
(Do all the People have a need for and benefit from the proposed government intervention?)

3.) Affordability?
(Can the People afford it? Is the cost equal and uniform?)

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Levin’s Convention of the States is More Smoke & Mirrors

Mark Levin’s latest book is the hope & change for the GOP that Sen. Barack Obama was to the Democrats in 2008. It’s troubling to see how easily a desperate people can be fooled into more hope & change.

Reasons to oppose Levin’s convention are numerous. Her are five of them: Continue reading

Redistricting in Texas, What’s Wrong with the Lines?

MY email to: Honorable members of House/Senate Committee on Redistricting, Select,

I am so grateful for the opportunity to be able to watch my state government in action from the comfort of my home, which is 220 miles and a 3 & ½ hour drive from the Capitol. Streaming the committee hearings live and also the archived meetings is extremely educational and informative.

I have watched the senate and house redistricting committee hearings these last 2 days and I want to attempt to summarize my opinion in as few words as possible. Please answer these questions:

1.) What does the color of skin or nation of origin have to do with voting rights? Continue reading

Arguments FOR enforcement of the IX and X Amendment of the Constitution for the United States commonly referred to as “nullification”, “interposition”, and “republican” government.

American governments are instituted among Men for one purpose only and that is to protect three inherent Rights endowed to Men by their Creator; these being life, liberty, and individual property.  All government actions operating outside of these principles are contrary to and violate the republican form of government, not to mention the elephant in the room; excessive legislation creates bigger government.  

U.S. Constitution, Article I, Section 1:

All legislative powers herein granted…”

The first five (5) words of the U.S. Constitution state specifically that all powers of the federal government are “granted”.  Granted by whom?  Granted by the People through the states, therefore the power to grant privileges and rescind privileges remains inherently in the People and the states in perpetuity, regardless of contrary actions taken on the part of and declared to be law Continue reading