Texas Democrats: “We have ’em right where we want ‘em”
I’ve always had a soft $pot in my heart for Republicans. Which is why they should continue reading, regardless of whether I’m right or wrong about our president’s really huge and coming much faster than anyone was expecting, impending implosion. My advice will mitigate the ensuing Republican collateral damage that could exponentially dwarf the political nightmare they were subjected to after Nixon’s downfall.
But first let’s talk about my people, Democrats, and the wholesale denial from I “could have won” President Obama on down, best summarized by Senator Chuck Schumer’s elitist prediction in July 2016: “For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin.”
Democrats once fought Republican in-your-face monetization of everything and everyone, on behalf of hardworking Americans. But from the top down we lost our way during the neoliberalism agendas of both Republican-lite Presidents Clinton and Obama. On a local level, Democratic politicians in Austin, Texas hijacked the mission and $55 million a year from Central Health — an institution created solely for indigent care — for a new medical school for the second richest school in America, the University of Texas.
Believe it or not, this has nothing to do with Democrats having proved we don’t know how to lead, in squandering the greatest political mandate ever gifted to a US President in 2008. President Obama, failed to: 1) criminally prosecute Wall Street and big banks for plummeting America into the Great Recession, and instead of prioritizing the needs of those hit hardest, implemented the Bush Recovery Plan almost verbatim; 2) make good on his campaign promises to introduce and pass immigration reform, and bring home the troops in 2009; 3) ignored calls starting days after his election to put the rust belt back to work.
So while Democrats bear the lion’s share of blame for having created the perfect political storm that elected Trump, why should Texas Republicans hit the pause button to realistically evaluate the unintended consequences from being the point of Trump’s deportation spear, now? Especially if the prediction I made the day before Hillary was Trumped, is correct: Democrats win both houses of Congress in the 2018 mid-terms and evict The Donald from the White House in 2020.
For one reason and one reason only: Business.
What’s good for Texas business has always been the driving force behind Texas Republican politics. It’s that simple (killing the punitive sanctuary cities bill), and that complicated (in such a way as not to incur Trump’s wrath).
Bottom line being: Do Texas Republicans risk protests from Austin restaurant kitchen worker walkouts on Valentines Day and February 16th, spreading to other types of Texas work places critically dependent on Undocumented labor? And will that be the end of it? What if Texas Democrats start rallying Texans to boycott businesses that constantly donate money to Republican office holders?
Failure to heed my advice means my Texas Republican brothers will make me look like an all-knowing, all-seeing oracle with my 2018 and 2020 Democratic sweep predictions.
To atone for their temporary state of mad Trump disease, Texas Republicans must first snap back to their business senses before they do irreparable harm to Texas business owners — who, again, are about to discover the hard way how inextricably linked they are to Undocumented labor.
Killing their draconian sanctuary cities bill must be followed up by leading the charge in Washington to resurrect for immediate implementation, the Bracero Program, which will give legal worker status to Undocumented workers who can then legally get in line for citizenship.
Texas Republicans can ignore my pleas, yes; but in so doing will be blamed for Trump’s implosion resulting in Texas Democrats regaining absolute political control. And in a crazed bid for redemption, Texas Democrats drive a personal income tax stake through the heart of what has kept Texas Republicans in power: Texas business interests.
Charles Ponzio is a commercial real estate broker who doesn’t let his day job interfere with his community advocacy.