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Saturday, January 11th, 2014

Ted Cruz at Policy Orientation

1. I participated in a panel discussion on local debt at the Policy Orientation Conference that was hosted by the Policy Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin this week. I stayed for most of the conference, and it was fabulous! The main speakers were our own Representative Scott Turner, Rick Santorum, Governor Bobby Jindal, Senator Ted Cruz, and Attorney General Greg Abbott. Our own Collin County Project Access, our indigent health care program, was highlighted in one panel as a model for larger counties.

The speech by Senator Cruz on the lawlessness of the current administration was especially good. The Rule of Law is one of the foundation principles of our society. No matter what you believe about the policies of the administration, the lawlessness of decision-making, for instance overturning established law with a blog post by a mid-level bureaucrat, should alarm us. Senator Cruz quoted Exodus 1:8, “Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph”, referring of course to the fact that if this administration continues its lawlessness, the next administration could exhibit even less fidelity to the Rule of Law. As we witnessed in New Jersey this week, even Republican administrations are not above lawlessness. Ted Cruz YouTube video is at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0y43ocG9qFg&list=UU-gFL1qK4Q9gRSv1rwDSj9g

I loved one thought by former Senator Phil Gramm as he introduced Ted Cruz, “Courage and leadership are contagious.” Let’s hope so!

2. Personnel policy exceptions are always controversial issues at Commissioners Court. Individual policy exceptions are often viewed as policy changes, and usually bring requests for similar exceptions. The agenda for Monday includes a request for a policy exception, lumped together with Personnel Changes, with no Commissioner sponsor for this action; it is staff generated. I will pull this item off the agenda until/unless it is sponsored by a Commissioner, and will announce that I will not place a personnel policy exception on the agenda in the future unless the exception has a Court member sponsor for the action. Court members can place any topic on our agenda. We have personnel policies for a reason, and exceptions should be considered major changes because of the precedent that exceptions set with our workforce.

3. According to the State demographer, if our population migration continues as it is today, Collin County will be just short of 4 Million people in 2050. Even if migration is cut in half, we will still have almost 2 Million. Taking a conservative midway point, I believe that we can safely calculate a 2050 population of approximately 2.8 Million people, and use that figure to plan our future infrastructure. That is 2 Million more people than we have now. Only 36 years from today. There are major highways in this region that took that long from conception to construction. That’s why I believe that we need to start the conversation on major highway funding now. Two Million more people will require a lot of infrastructure.

4. Congratulations to Representative Scott Turner, who announced his campaign for Speaker of the House!

posted by Keith Self on January 11th, 2014 at 1:29 pm



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