Our Country’s Future

Luckily, those of us in the Katy TEA Party live in the best state in the greatest country in the world!  Texas will undoubtedly vote against President Obama and his progressive, big government policies and out-of-control spending.  And, if for some unfortunate reason President Obama is re-elected, there are many in the state of Texas who will fight against his socialist agenda.

Please take time to talk with friends and family you may have living out of state, and try to convince them to vote for Governor Romney, especially if you have friends and family in Florida, Colorado, or Ohio.  Also, find a Senatorial candidate to support in these states, and go to FreedomWorks to phone bank for these patriots.  Everything you can do to help will matter.  We can, and we must, win this!

Katy Tea Party Patriots Official Position on the KISD Bond Referendum

The mission of the Katy Tea Party Patriots is to provide the voters in our area with information to make informed decisions. Katy Tea is not and will not take an official position for or against the bond referendum.

Over the past two months members of the Katy Tea Party have attended KISD Board meetings, Board/Senior Cabinet retreats, and attended all three meetings held by the Board and KISD staff to explain the Bond Election.

Katy Tea is a strong supporter of education, however during the process of gathering additional information there are a number of items that the voter will need to take into account before they cast their vote. The following items were made clear during the above meetings: 

  1. The Bond Referendum is an authorization for the Board to sell almost a half of a billion dollars of bonds. They are under no legal obligation to do any of the items they have recommended in their bond package. In 2006 the bond package contained items that were never done and additional items not listed in the bond package were funded. The Trustees  were asked to pass a resolution to commit them to additional public discussion if they decide to revise the bond recomendations. Their lawyers said they do not have to do this.
  2. The Board of Trustees maintains that they are different from other members elected to political subdivisions of the state and do NOT represent the Taxpayer but rather have oversight responsibilities for the fiscal and academic operations of Katy ISD.
  3. The future operational funding of KISD and all the school districts is very unclear at this point in time due to the $20 Billion shortfall in state funds. It has been stated by members of the legislature that this deficit will be addressed through budget cuts and the state sales tax will not be raised. The board has been informed by their fiscal officer that the Commissioner of Education has the authority to raise the decompression cap that was put in place to lower property taxes for the operations and maintenance portion of the budget.
  4. The bond committee did not receive a complete list of the operating costs of all the new construction planned. This was addressed in some fashion project by project. The district did not produce a comprehensive operational cost document for the projects in this bond call. Ongoing operational costs include electricity, maintenance, and teacher salaries.
  5. Katy does need additional classroom space and needs to retain and attract quality teachers.
  6. If the Bond Election does not pass it could be reworked and brought to the voters again in 2011 during the May Trustee elections.
  7. If this bond election passes it will bring the total debt of the district to approximately $1.5 Billion. The property taxes to the taxpayer will increase from millage to repay these bonds will increase from the current 40 cents per $100 of property valuation to 44 cents per $100 of property valuation over time. This is well within the state cap of 50 cents per $100 of property valuation and at its peak amounts to a ten percent increase in taxes. 

This is a very complex issue and it requires all voters to make informed decisions before casting their vote on the down the ballot Katy School District Bond Referendum. Be informed and vote.

Politicians Virus is Spreading Locally

by Bill Proctor

It appears that a new virus has infected politicians. It was first identified as the DC THA2 virus (Congressional Town Hall Avoidance). That is the strain of virus that members of Congress contracted after the first series of town halls in the spring of this year. It is recognized by the unwillingness of our elected national representatives to meet with their constituents at town hall meetings. It has persisted ever since the spring. I fear it is possible that it has spread to locally elected officials who propose one of the largest bonds; about one half a billion dollars in Katy’s history. This would increase the taxpayer debt of Katy residents to almost one billion dollars. Our preliminary diagnosis is that Katy ISD is exhibiting all of the symptoms of this fatal virus. 

Citizens of the district have asked the school board members to have a dialogue and provide additional information about this bond election. Information provides people with the truth as our Superintendent so eloquently stated in his Convocation for ISD personnel this year. 

The Katy Tea Party Patriots have issued an invitation to every board member to attend a public dialogue session on October 16th. We realize that some of the school board members have professional and personal obligations that will not allow them to attend. Surely not every school board member has personal obligations that afternoon. 

The school board seemed to have a memory lapse that the citizen’s in the community would also be giving up family time and other engagements so that they could participate in the dialogue. You see Katy Tea Party selected a Saturday afternoon. This was so that they forum could have the maximum exposure to the public.

The Katy Tea Party Patriots will not take a position on this bond election but will provide the taxpayers with all the information that they are able to obtain about the items listed in the call. As an educational organization, Katy Tea is a strong supporter of education and recognizes the need for additional facilities in the district. 

We do not want to see teachers laid off, programs cut, or children in metal buildings. However, considering that one in every ten homes in the nation is in foreclosure and the unemployment rate is close to ten percent, the most prudent course of action would be for the board to prioritize the needs in the bond call and only ask for those items that are essential to begin working on this year. 

We do not want the taxpayers to have to “pass the bond issue to see what is in it” but to have enough information to make an informed decision for themselves and the future of education in our district.

CHECKING EMPLOYEES VOTING RECORSD BORDERS ON WORK PLACE HARASSMENT

In all of my thirty four years of working at the local and state level in education I never once heard of an Administration of a District, Community College or University checking the voting records of its employees. If not outright workplace harassment this practice is totally unethical. Whether stated or not in Superintendent Frailty’s presentation there is surely an implication that all employees should register to vote. Americans have the opportunity to register to vote but there is nothing in the Constitution of the United States of America that requires citizens to register to vote. The decision to register is a personal freedom. 

Not only can a person obtain the voter registration status of those eligible to vote in the county or residence, their vote by party can be obtained for how they vote in primary elections for as long as they have voted in primaries. It is not within the realm of an employer to infringe on this personal freedom. I believe that Superintendent Frailty owes the employees of the district an apology as well as all the residents of the district. We do not know if he has obtained information concerned with those eligible to vote but have not registered for all the residents of the Katy ISD service area. 

I do not know if any employee will file a harassment suit against the Superintendent or an ethics violation but I am sure that a highly educated person like Superintendent Frailey is guilty of extremely bad judgement in this instance.

 

 

Progressive/Socialists in Congress by Bill Proctor

I asked the following question on Ask.com: What is the DSA? The following article appeared.

How Many Members Of The U.S. Congress
Are Self-Declared Socialists?

Updated for the 111th Congress

The following FAQ will help clarify a few facts:

 Q: What is the Socialist International?

A:  It is the worldwide organization of socialist, social democratic and labor parties. It currently brings together 131 political parties and organizations from all continents. Its origins go back to the early international organizations of the labor movement of the last century.* It has existed in its present form since 1951, when it was re-established at the Frankfurt Congress. They are now headquartered in London, England.

* In 1864, representatives of English and French industrial workers founded the International Workingmen’s Association in London. Karl Marx, who was living in London at the time, became the First International’s dominant figure. Marx’s doctrines were revived in the 20th century by Russian revolutionary Vladimir Ilich Lenin, who developed and applied them – and we all know that what was started as a labor movement ended up as the biggest totalitarian/communist state, i.e., the USSR.

Q: What is the Democratic Socialists of America [DSA]?

A: It is the largest socialist organization in the United States, and the principal U.S. affiliate of the Socialist International. Their website is http://www.dsausa.org/dsa.html 

Q: What are seven principles behind what the DSA’s calls it’s “Progressive Challenge?”

Dignified Work
Environmental Justice
Economic Redistribution
Democratic Participation
Community Empowerment
Global Non-Violence
Social Justice.

Never mind their soothing-sounding leftist doublespeak like ‘Environmental Justice’ (whatever that is supposed to mean) or the soft & fuzzy ‘Global Non-Violence’ (a euphemism for unilateral disarmament) — the DSA’s self-declared principle of ‘Economic Redistribution’ clearly shows where these folks are coming from and exactly where they plan to take America.

Q: How many members of the U.S. Congress are also members of the DSA?

A: Seventy!

Q: How many of the DSA members sit on the Judiciary Committee?

A: Eleven: John Conyers [Chairman of the Judiciary Committee], Tammy Baldwin, Jerrold Nadler, Luis Gutierrez, Melvin Watt, Maxine Waters, Hank Johnson, Steve Cohen, Barbara Lee, Robert Wexler, Linda Sanchez [there are 23 Democrats on the Judiciary Committee of which eleven, almost half, are now members of the DSA].

Q: Who are these members of Congress?

A: See the listing below

Co-Chairs
Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva (AZ-07)
Hon. Lynn Woolsey (CA-06)
 
Vice Chairs
Hon. Diane Watson (CA-33)
Hon. Sheila Jackson-Lee (TX-18)
Hon. Mazie Hirono (HI-02)
Hon. Dennis Kucinich (OH-10)
 
Senate Members
Hon. Bernie Sanders (VT)
 
House Members
Hon. Neil Abercrombie (HI-01)
Hon. Tammy Baldwin (WI-02)
Hon. Xavier Becerra (CA-31)
Hon. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
Hon. Robert Brady (PA-01)
Hon. Corrine Brown (FL-03)
Hon. Michael Capuano (MA-08)
Hon. André Carson (IN-07)
Hon. Donna Christensen (VI-AL)
Hon. Yvette Clarke (NY-11)
Hon. William “Lacy” Clay (MO-01)
Hon. Emanuel Cleaver (MO-05)
Hon. Steve Cohen (TN-09)
Hon. John Conyers (MI-14)
Hon. Elijah Cummings (MD-07)
Hon. Danny Davis (IL-07)
Hon. Peter DeFazio (OR-04)
Hon. Rosa DeLauro (CT-03)
Rep. Donna F. Edwards (MD-04)
Hon. Keith Ellison (MN-05)
Hon. Sam Farr (CA-17)
Hon. Chaka Fattah (PA-02)
Hon. Bob Filner (CA-51)
Hon. Barney Frank (MA-04)
Hon. Marcia L. Fudge (OH-11)
Hon. Alan Grayson (FL-08)
Hon. Luis Gutierrez (IL-04)
Hon. John Hall (NY-19)
Hon. Phil Hare (IL-17)
Hon. Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)
Hon. Michael Honda (CA-15)
Hon. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (IL-02)
Hon. Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30)
Hon. Hank Johnson (GA-04)
Hon. Marcy Kaptur (OH-09)
Hon. Carolyn Kilpatrick (MI-13)
Hon. Barbara Lee (CA-09)
Hon. John Lewis (GA-05)
Hon. David Loebsack (IA-02)
Hon. Ben R. Lujan (NM-3)
Hon. Carolyn Maloney (NY-14)
Hon. Ed Markey (MA-07)
Hon. Jim McDermott (WA-07)
Hon. James McGovern (MA-03)
Hon. George Miller (CA-07)
Hon. Gwen Moore (WI-04)
Hon. Jerrold Nadler (NY-08)
Hon. Eleanor Holmes-Norton (DC-AL)
Hon. John Olver (MA-01)
Hon. Ed Pastor (AZ-04)
Hon. Donald Payne (NJ-10)
Hon. Chellie Pingree (ME-01)
Hon. Charles Rangel (NY-15)
Hon. Laura Richardson (CA-37)
Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard (CA-34)
Hon. Bobby Rush (IL-01)
Hon. Linda Sánchez (CA-47)
Hon. Jan Schakowsky (IL-09)
Hon. José Serrano (NY-16)
Hon. Louise Slaughter (NY-28)
Hon. Pete Stark (CA-13)
Hon. Bennie Thompson (MS-02)
Hon. John Tierney (MA-06)
Hon. Nydia Velazquez (NY-12)
Hon. Maxine Waters (CA-35)
Hon. Mel Watt (NC-12)
Hon. Henry Waxman (CA-30)
Hon. Peter Welch (VT-AL)
Hon. Robert Wexler (FL-19)

A Summary of the Presentation Made at the Katy Tea 8/14 Meeting

The following is not a recommendation from the Katy Tea Party Patriots about the Katy ISD Bond Proposal but is a summary of what Mr. George Scott presented on Thursday evening.

KISD’s Monstrous Bond Issue Plan Must Be Defeated

August 14, 2010 by George  
Filed under Featured Posts, George’s Blog

As I post this column, the Katy I.S.D. School Board has not formally voted to hold a bond election.  However, the ‘acolytes’ the Board appointed to serve as a citizens’ panel to develop a bond issue proposal have issued a formal report calling for the issuance of over $450 million in new bonds.

Should the puppets of the school board mindlessly follow the whims of their administrators once again and proceed with the bond issue developed by an “over its head” citizens’ group, the only rational thing for citizens in this district to do is to deliver a crushing defeat to the plan.

Before I outline eight major reasons this ill-conceived, counter-productive capital program should be rejected, let me point a few things that explain the dilemma facing the district’s administration and school board members individually.

At long last a period of time has arrived where the stranglehold that the public education bureaucracy has held on the community and disparate groups of reformers and critics is genuinely threatened.  Eventually, administrative and political arrogance of the kind imposed by fiat by a succession of superintendents and school boards faces a day of reckoning.

For Katy I.S.D.’s administration and board, that day is now approaching in a way that I once began to question would ever arrive.  But, it has.

The proposed capital construction plan that Katy I.S.D. seems prepared to take to the public is so bad that the administration and school board’s train is about to fall off the tracks in ways its officials and members probably still don’t believe will actually happen.

Nonetheless, the arrogance these people have exhibited in the process they have followed now  jeopardizes the legitimate needs of construction in this district.  It also places in genuine play the defeat of three incumbent board members next May.  With new board member Neal Howard showing immature, unsophisticated but certain signs of independence, there is a real possibility that a board majority of actual reformers will gain power next May.

(Neal:  I will help you privately.  No one need know we have spoken.  I think you are showing signs of trying, but please don’t evolve into Tom Law.)

Here are at least two challenges that confront the district’s leadership (the administration) and its puppet-board members.

  1. If they choose to hold an election in November on a capital program that closely resembles the proposed plan as submitted by the citizens’ group, the bond issue will likely be defeated by a margin in the range of 60% to 40%.
  2. If they ‘go gutless’ for November and delay the election until next May, they will have three incumbents or ‘district favorites’ running in the same election as the bond vote.  In that circumstance, they’ll not only lose the bond election; they will lose three incumbents or stand-in stooges for any incumbent who gutlessly chooses  to abandon ship.

If my assessment is wrong (I have pretty good track record of predicting this stuff), then the citizens of Katy will have lost another opportunity to achieve genuine reform efforts in a district that is facing overwhelming academic challenges despite the Texas Education Agency’s dishonest and disreputable assertions about the overall quality of education in Texas public schools.

This bond election (whenever it is held) will be the most important election in the history of the citizens, taxpayers, students, parents, and teachers of this school district.

Common sense would dictate that the district bring some reformers and knowledeable critics to the table in a genuine effort to find a compromise bond issue that most would support without question.  That is not likely to happen.

So let me outline the eight reasons that I will initially provide in summary format to explain the principles that will justify citizens administering a crushing defeat to what is likely to emerge. Starting tomorrow, I will write a column on each point in “George’s Blog.”  A public information request for extensive data will be submitted to the district no  later than Tuesday, August 17.  There will be plenty of time to provide comprehensive analysis of the significant flaws of this capital program on technical and professional grounds. Such an independent analysis will likely be available on or before September 30.

Here are the eight ‘umbrella’ reasons the bond issue as currently envision must be defeated.

  1. The process the district used for a citizens’ panel review process was fatally flawed. All involved did not do the job the public had a right to expect.
  2. Katy I.S.D.’s bond issues have historically been modified blank checks.  There is nothing in the process so far that gives any indication that this bond issue will be different.
  3. The reason that Katy I.S.D. and virtually all school districts pursue such a strategy is to maximize their flexibility during the implementation of the the bond issue and to minimize actual accountability to taxpayers.
  4. The program as described on the official website as of today contains inadequate financial representation of  key elements of the bond proposal.  The absence of data in this regard reflects an arrogance that is stupefying to behold.
  5. There is no comprehensive facility-by-facility needs assessment that has been provided publicly.  The documentation on the district’s website that it calls the panel’s official report is wholly insufficient.
  6. There has been no independent, comprehensive quality control report of recent bond issue expenditures presented to the public.  By quality control reports, I do not mean the kind of perfunctory reporting that details how money was spent.
  7. The construction of a new high school as proposed will actually sabotage any efforts to reform the delivery of core academic subjects in our high schools. The district and the compliant citizens’ group continue to follow the notion that taxpayers should spend over $100 million to construct a school for every 3,000 human butts with ages between the 9th and 12 grades.  In the meantime (and despite ego of the district and some patrons aside), the calibre of secondary education in Katy I.S.D. is in decline for all except the elite students.  Most students in Katy I.S.D. are not elite.  The average to strong academic students are being punished by the end result of what the bureaucracy has created.
  8. The public’s delivery of a crushing defeat to this bond issue is the only way for reformers and knowledgeable critics to gain a seat at the table with the arrogant leadership of this district.  Giving these folks another half-billion dollars under these circumstances will translate to more arrogance not less, more waste not less, and less accountability not more.

In truth, the only real way to begin restoring actual accountability to this district is to use a crushing defeat of this bond issue as the first step in electing a new board majority next May. We need to elect citizens who will take the rings out of their noses and cut the strings that superintendents and administrators having been using in this district for decades to control your elected officials.

I want to make three things clear.

  1. I have supported many more bond issues in my career than I have opposed.  I am not anti-school or anti-spending as necessary to support education.
  2. This community needs to build some more schools to meet our moral and ethical obligation to our students.
  3. It is the unmitigated willingness of these arrogant, politically abusive administrators and school board members who are to blame if brinksmanship prevails. They are willing to ‘play chicken’ with the lives of children by trying to hold the legitimate needs for construction hostage in a despicable effort to obtain all the money they want in their utopian definition of a perfect world.

I am tired of public education bureaucrats who play this de facto blackmail game with taxpayers.

This is the intellectual battle about the future of educational accountability the community has needed for the last decade. Let’s get it on…

Why the Left is Truly the Dark Side

These are not my original thoughts, I listened to Glenn Beck’ radio show today. He elaborated on the following which I had never given much thought. If you are a Conservative you are probably proud to say:

  1. I am a Christian, Jew or person who believes in God.
  2. I believe in the Constitution.
  3. America was founded on Judeo-Christian Principles.
  4. I believe in the free market.
  5. I believe in individual freedom and responsibility.
  6. I believe that America, with all her flaws, is by far the Greatest Nation on Earth. It always has been and I believe it is worth preserving.

If you are a Liberal you will never admit that:

  1. You are a Marxist.
  2. You are a Statist.
  3. You do not value the individual.
  4. You are a Communist.
  5. The American People are too stupid to know what is good for them.

But if you are a Liberal you will say:

  1. The Government knows best.
  2. You are a proud Democrat.
  3. You are a Progressive.
  4. Anyone who disagrees with you must be demonized and marginalized because you can’t make a cogent argument against most of their principles and beliefs.

It is interesting that Conservatives are willing and able to express all of their beliefs to the American public but the Liberals cannot express all their beliefs to the American public because their belief system is contrary to that of the vast majority of Americans. The Truth sets Conservatives Free while The Truth will Condemn Liberals.

Liberals must hide in the dark while Conservatives can bask in the light of day.

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