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The Platform Greg Abbott Doesn’t Want You to See
Greg Abbott and Dan Patrick are running on a party platform they don’t want anyone to see—with good reason.
Since last week’s convention in Ft. Worth, leaked portions of the judgmental Texas GOP platform has been making headlines across the country, mainly for a series of provisions that divide one Texan against another.
What hasn't been covered is what this platform will do to the Texas economy.
The overwhelmingly negative response the Texas GOP has already received appears to have convinced party leaders to withhold the “official” version until next week, when they hope the media—and more importantly, Texas voters—won’t be paying attention.
Frankly, if this year’s platform is anything like the draft proposal they put out before the convention, they should keep it under wraps.
Abbott, Patrick and Republican Party leaders are not just trying to dictate how Texans lead their lives—they are threatening the way Texans make a living.
Abbott’s Recipe for Trashing the Texas Economy
The Abbott/Patrick 2014 platform is packed with bad ideas and half-baked plans that would, if carried out, cost Texas countless jobs, bring our state’s economic growth to a grinding halt and hurt hardworking Texans.
Here is a handful of their job killing proposals:
- Repeal ALL minimum wage requirements, so wages could drop below $7.00 per hour – maybe even below $4.00 per hour.
- Institute a national sales tax that would mean big tax hikes on everything. Imagine what that would add to the cost of a car.
- Eliminate any government agency formed after 1789. That’s right, they want to wipe out thousands of Texas jobs by shutting down the Veterans Administration, the Department of Education, the FAA – even the FBI.
- Privatize Social Security and put at risk Texans' guaranteed retirement benefits especially if there is an economic crash—like the one just a few years ago.
- Eliminate Funding for Public Schools, making it harder than ever for Texas children to compete with other countries where investment in public education is a national priority