Archive for September 14th, 2010

State newspapers today are reporting that the Lone Star State will now be facing a $21 billion shortfall and Guv Dude is blaming the shortfall on The President, Obamacare, BP, Hurricane Ike, Jim Joyce (the MLB ump that blew the perfect game), paperless folks, the Mexican cartels, Jay Leno, Ahmadinejad, and the designated hitter, for starters.

$21 bil is a whole lot of dinero.   Dude says no problem because he’s balanced budgets before and he’s dealt with shortfalls before.  The Former H-Town Mayor will crack on Dude for not being a good manager and for not being a good planner.

What won’t be addressed between now and November 2 is how to genuinely deal with this big mess.  Where do we cut? How do we get additional revenue?

$21 bil can’t be cut out of state government without eliminating some core services.  So I’m betting that the more responsible and courageous members of the next state legislature will make some cuts and hold their noses and raise some taxes and eliminate some exemptions.  If the Former Mayor is Guv, he’ll go along.  If Dude is still around, he’ll squeal some, but still go along.  Stay tuned!

The Chron’s Lisa Falkenberg has column on the proposed Wal-Mart and she talks to some folks from the ‘hood that support the project.   Check it out.

Here’ what a nearby resident has to say in the column.  He’s a 50-year old Latino welder.  "The store esta bueno for me.  The people who live in this neighborhood, they need Walmart. The ones who are against it, they don’t need it. They can go to the Galleria or other places.  Los blancos, I don’t know what their problem is."

Here’s what Lisa says:  Lately, Mr. Casillas, neither do I. I’ll probably get banned from my favorite Heights coffee house for saying so, and it’s not that I’m a fan of Walmart. Some of their business practices led me years ago to avoid shopping there if I can avoid it. I’m fortunate enough to have that luxury. But the campaign to stop developers from building the Walmart-anchored shopping center at Koehler and Yale seems more out of touch the louder it gets.

Local class warfare anyone?

Last night, Numero 45 scored his 1000th career run.  Who holds the MLB career record for most runs scored?

Today’s The United States of Texas in the Chron focuses on Fort Bend county heading blue with a juicy quote from Dem activist Susan Bankston on what Fort Bend GOPers look like.  I don’t want to reprint the quote because I might offend someone.  Check it out: http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/metropolitan/7199635.html.

Ty Cobb or course scored 2,245 runs in his Hall of Fame career.

69-75 with a good Brett Myers outing last night is pretty good.  The question is can we go 12-6 the rest of the season and hit .500?  Stay tuned!


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