- Every four minutes a student drops out of Texas Public Schools
- Texas has the highest percentage of uninsured children in the United States
- Texas has over 15 counties with disturbingly high infant mortality rates.
- The current unemployment rate in Texas is 8.l%
- Texas has four of the top ten U.S. cities with the highest rates for home foreclosures (Austin, San Antonio, Dallas & Houston)
So with all these issues to choose from, what do you think the Texas GOP decided was the most pressing threat to the good people of their state? Why, Gay Marriage of course... What else?? (via the Huffington Post)
Marriage Licenses - We support legislation that would make it a felony to issue a marriage license to a same-sex couple and for any civil official to perform a marriage ceremony for such.
Of course this isn't the first time the Republicans in Texas have entertained the rest of us with their adorable home-spun eccentricity. Let us not forget the annual call by the Texas GOP for their state to secede from the union.
Now all this would be funny if this was just some fringe group of nutjobs or random postings on Sarah Palin's facebook page. But stuff like this is part of the official platform of a State Republican Party. Even more interesting is the window this gives us on the post- BP oil spill strategy of the national GOP going into this November.
When you can't campaign as being FOR anything, except really stupid ideas and failed policies, you do the next best thing. You pick something really scary you can run AGAINST. Because over the eight years of the Bush-Cheney Administration the GOP cried wolf so often with "Terror Alerts" and totally failed to catch Osama Bin Laden, they can't really play the "Terrorism Card" anymore. Also more than a few Republicans have recently figured out that scapegoating Hispanics by using the scary "illegal immigrants" card is just a great way to piss off millions of Hispanic American Voters.
So what's left? Oh yeah...The Gays.
It just gets clearer and clearer every day, The Republicans have lost their minds...