My Fellow Texans,
The history of the United States of America can be defined as one of great individual and collective achievement. It was our ancestor’s hard work that built our many cities and farmed millions of acres of farmland. It was their steadfast determination and intellect that lead them to continually push beyond the boundaries of the impossible. They reshaped our world with the steam engine, telephone, light bulb, automobile, polio vaccine, desktop computer and smartphone. It was their love of freedom and faith in America that sustained them through trials, hardships and through wars, and it was their courage and self-sacrifice that enabled them to always prevail.
If Texas is to lead in the 21st Century we need this kind of American spirit and achievement and with this same kind of American spirit that I intend to seek the office of Texas Comptroller.
Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi once said, “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”
That is what I wish to talk with you about today. I wish to share with you what I think we must do to make Texas great. But, in order for us to be great” we must be willing to talk about the issues, yes even the difficult ones, that impact all of us in Texas. We must do this with an open mind, we must be willing to examine and implement big, bold ideas, and we must be willing to change how government works for the people. Change is not often a welcome word, but it is necessary if Texas is to “become excellent.”
Let me begin by saying we have, in our lifetime, done more to feed the poor, heal the sick, and liberate those living in tyranny than any people who ever lived on this earth. Yet, despite all this good, millions in America are struggling to get by. Our families are hurting and the gap between the rich and the middle class is getting wider by the day.
As I travel on the campaign trail people all over Texas are asking for simple answer to our complex problems. They want a leader who believes in them and who is willing to remove the barriers government has put in their way so they can do what our ancestors once did. The people are ready to build, create, and do the impossible once again in America. They also want to keep more of their money because they are over taxed. I want to make this possible more than anything I’ve ever wanted to do and it’s something that I believe with God’s help I can do.
During the past two years the White House has been telling us that a solid economic recovery is taking place. It claims a slight drop in unemployment from 9.1% in June 2011 to 7.6 % this year. Washington says that prices aren’t going up as fast, but they are still going up, and that the stock market is another indication that our days of economic trouble are over. Meanwhile, in May the Texas Legislature approved the highest budget in our state’s history. According to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Austin, the budget for FY 2014-2015 spends $22 billion more in total funds than just two years ago.
I believe both Washington and Austin are gambling with our children’s future. They are betting that this wave of recovery will last for many years. Everyone in Austin knows that the primary driver behind all this economic prosperity in Texas is predominately due to the huge increase in drilling for oil in Texas. In the past two years, Texas’ oil production has gone up 71 percent. Texas is now home to one-fifth of all drilling rigs worldwide. The Eagle Ford, which stretches 400 miles from Laredo northeast into East Texas, is attracting more capital investment than any other oil field on the planet. Yet, less than seven years ago the Eagle Ford was little more than a blotch on a geology map.
Nevertheless, I get this uneasy feeling about our Legislature’ growing dependence on all this prosperity. I am afraid that without common sense restraints and limits on spending we will not be able to meet our financial obligations in the near future. You see my friends, if you read the papers and all the press releases that come out of Austin they want us to think that all is well in Texas. Well, don’t you believe them for one minute. The truth is that over the past 20 years during the time Texas was creating thousands of jobs Texas government has been grown dramatically in size and in the amount of taxes it collects and spends. This trend is not good for our future.
There is no doubt Texas is a state that has done a great job creating more jobs than the rest of America and this is something we all can be thankful for and proud of, but we also must acknowledge that Texas is confronted with many serious problems that need solving. These problems are not the result of any failure of the people; it is a failure of big government. It is big government that has gotten us where we are today.
I am not here to cast stones or point fingers, because that doesn’t solve any problems. Rather, I want to talk to you about what we must do to ensure that Texas stays on a course that leads to long-term economic prosperity.
Everyone knows that as government grows bigger our liberty is diminished and the people end up picking up the tab from the increase cost of more regulations, fees, taxes, and the increase cost of some government bureaucrat knocking on the door and saying to us, “I am from the government and I am here to help!” Once again, don’t you believe them for one minute.
As you can see the stakes are high in Texas. That’s all for now. Next week I will present another segment of my conversation with Texas. To learn more about the Raul Torres campaign visit us on the web at http://electraultorres.com or http://www.texastomorrow.org.
I just thought you should know.
For Texas and Liberty,
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