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Discussion in 'Politics' started by 2 Timothy2:1-4, Sep 29, 2007.
Totally sickening and undermining representative state government and the will of the people. Also imagine a campaign ad, "State Representative Joe Blow voted to XXXXX". Maybe he or she didn't.
But then again, whoever said the Texas Legislature is an ethical legislative body. Sickening, but not surprising.
This has been going on for decades. Both parties are equally guilty.
Would it be wrong to assume their deskmates or friends had permission to vote from the missing members?
I 'spects similar shenanigans can be found in about any State House, not to mention Washington, DC. Just maybe not quite so overtly executed.
Just wonder, though, how many "votes" that were cast, were not the actual position of the absent member??
And is anyone sure that Larry, the Cable Guy, is not the real author of this practice??
After all, his mantra line is "Git-R-Done!"
This is sickening, I agree! What is equally sickening is to see others characterize this as hilarious. This is especially ironic when you consider these are the same people who demand the full measure of obeying the law when it is some college student being tazed while pinned down on the floor, or some illegal alien who has children who are American citizens and they are facing deportation.
I suspect that if the Texas legislature were predominately democratic rather than republican, these same ones who think this is hilarious would be demanding action immediately.
The Texas legislature hasn't been predominately Republican very long.
This practice has been going on for decades and was first allowed and publicly practiced under the watchful eyes of democrats.
I have seen it with my own eyes.
I don't think it should matter whether these lawmakers are republicans or democrats. This ILLEGAL practice should stop immediately! These votes result in laws which affect our lives.
If someone runs for elected office and is elected, the least they can do is to show up and do their jobs and vote. I know if I don't show up at my employers, I won't have a job very long.
You seemed to think it mattered when you posted this:
Voting Motto in Chicago:
VOTE EARLY, VOTE OFTEN!
Voting Motto in Rural Texas:
VOTE TILL YOU DROP & VOTE AFTER YOU ARE DEAD!