Editorial: Public privateering — Wendy Davis said she wouldn’t, but did it anyway
Wendy Davis isn’t the first Texas politician suspected of confusing public duties with private income. Elected and appointed officials from both parties have dipped their beaks, and, sadly, Davis won’t be the last as long as Texas legislators write their own laws.
Except Davis insisted she would be different, that “Texans deserve better than failed leaders who dole out favors to friends and cronies behind closed doors … [a governor] who knows that quid pro quo shouldn’t be the status quo.”
So it was disappointing to learn Sunday, in another excellent bit of journalism from senior political writer Wayne Slater, that Davis, as a state senator from Fort Worth, profited from her day job as legal counsel to public entities while also voting and twisting arms in ways that benefited her clients, including the North Texas Tollway Authority.
“Everyone does it” isn’t much of an excuse when it’s exactly what you told voters you wouldn’t do. SOURCE
For the past few days I have neglected Texas politics as I covered the situation in Nevada. It’s time for me to get back to the business of Texas!
Did you ever have this exchange with your parents, particularly your Mother? “But Mom, all the kids are doing it…” I know I did, and Mom’s stock answer was, “If all of your friends jumped off of a cliff…”
The correct answer to that question is NOT, “But Mom, we don’t have any cliffs in this part of Louisiana…”
Trust me on that one.
My Mom is the reason I have the values I do today, she is the reason I turned out the way I did. She ingrained honesty into my fiber, she is the one that taught me that the TRUTH is always the best course of action and that honesty is one of the most admirable qualities a person can have. My Mom is the reason I don’t care what party a politician belongs to and is why I fully expect that they should ALL tell us the truth and stand up for their words and promises.
That’s what I believe, but spending my late *formative* years in Louisiana was a direct polar opposite politically to the honesty and integrity that I was taught growing up.
Is it ever going *happen* that way? Will we ever have politicians that can be counted on to be filled with integrity and honest to a fault?
In most cases; there is not a snowballs chance in hell that a politician will always tell the truth and stand up for their words and deeds, in most cases.
Sure, there is always that rare individual that has the personal integrity that inspires them to do the right thing, to tell the truth and to be an honest politician, but in this day and time such a person is truly a rare commodity and a breath of fresh air.
Wendy *the warthog* Davis is a duplicitous liar. She is the kind of person that my Mom was referring to when she said, “That SOB would climb a tall tree and tell a lie rather than stand on the ground and tell the truth..” Continue reading