Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Cartoon #188: “79th Legislature”

Title: 79th Legislature; Text: The Congressional Medal of Dishonor. The State of Texas, 79th Legislature, 2005
The regular session of the 79th Texas Legislature ended yesterday. For the third time since 2003, they failed to fix the state's school finance system. That was the top campaign issue last year. No doubt, heads will roll.

Sure, the lawmen finally gave state workers a pay raise. But as usual, it is too little, too late. Sure, they increased spending for health insurance for kids and protective services for kids and needy adults. But that was damage control from the last session when they slashed those services. Sure, they gave jurors the option of sentencing the guilty to life without parole. But in doing that, they actually narrowed juries' choices. And the innocent are still dealing with 'life without payroll' (i. e., unemployment and underemployment).

That 'good news' hardly makes up for the fact that this session became known near and far for wacky lawmaking aimed at:

1. stopping school cheerleading that is too sexual (cartoon #168: Cheerleading);
Title: Cheerleading; Text: I miss the uniforms they had before that legislator's ban on 'sexually explicit' cheerleading.

2. preventing gay folks from being foster parents (cartoon #180: Straight by Choice);
Title: Straight by Choice; Text: Eighty-one Texas legislators believe homosexuality is a choice. If they're anti-gay, wouldn't they have to? What do you mean? If they were born straight, they would know it's not a choice.

3. banning gay marriage (cartoon #187: Same-Sex TRMPAC Marriage);
Title: Same-Sex TRMPAC Marriage; Text: ...and do you, Rick Perry, take Tom Delay to love, honor and obey as long as you both shall rule?

4. ending the widespread abuse of cheeseburgers, or at least lawsuits over them;
5. assuring that kids will be able to sell cupcakes (and other sweets) for school fundraisers;
6. naming the state cooking device: the dutch oven;
7. naming the state vehicle: the chuck wagon.

Ahhh, Texas! Gotta go.

1 comment:

  1. I applaud this cartoon. Texas politics is foul at the best of times, and these are among the worst so far.

    Suggestive Cheerleading bans are more important that fixing school finance?

    Prohibiting gay foster couples?

    Come on...

    I thought it wouldn't sink any lower than congressional redistricting fiasco, but I guess I was wrong.

    What a load of horse shit... (that's from the mouth of a true Texan, I'm allowed to talk like that...)