It’s no secret that I’m a strong Bill White supporter. I feel like he’s earned my support after showing strong leadership through multiple natural disasters, reducing crime, and taking a hard line on fiscal policy in Houston. I live outside of Houston city limits so this morning was the first time I had the privilege to give my vote to former Mayor White. I did so proudly.
Elections have consequences. As a consequence of his re-election, Rick Perry is going to be accountable for fixing his own $21 billion budget deficit.
As a consequence of his re-election, we’re going to see more education cuts, which will lead to larger classroom sizes, fewer textbooks, more dropouts, and a continuation of the diminished compensation our teachers have suffered through for the past decade. This, of course, will lead to more highly qualified teachers leaving the state or leaving the profession altogether.
As a consequence of this election, there will be no more progress on the ongoing problems we have with illegal immigration. History shows that Rick Perry is only concerned with immigration and border security in election years.
As a consequence of this election, millions of dollars will continue to be funnelled to businesses run by Perry campaign contributors while the quality of our already challenged state services diminishes further due to more budget and personnel cuts (think DMV wait times and social services administered by the state ala food stamps).
As a consequence of this election, we can expect more new toll roads, owned and operated by private businesses, and stagnant progress on our already congested roads.
Instead of governing, initially, expect book tours and media blitzes. Don’t rule out an attempt at securing the Republican nomination for President.
Even after all of the above happens, those in this state, which has been completely run by Republicans for over a decade on all legislative levels, will still find a way to blame a Democrat for all of their problems.