Republican Admits She Doesn’t Care About Democracy, Plans to Ignore Fracking Ban Approved by Voters

christi-craddickAs most of us know, the commonly used Republican rhetoric about being the party for “small government” is complete crap. Anyone who pays attention knows that Republicans only oppose government when it gets in the way of what they want to do, but they love big government whenever they can try to use it to get their way.


Texas is a prime example. Republicans here are always going on and on about how this state is the epitome of small government, yet these same Republicans:

  • Support government bans on same-sex marriage.
  • Want to tell women what they can or cannot do with their own bodies.
  • Placed stricter laws on voting rights so it’s much harder for Texans to vote.

Let’s face it, Republicans love government – just as long as they can use it to benefit their ideology.

And the Republican love for big government is now playing out in Denton, Texas where citizens recently voted 59-41 percent to ban fracking, yet Texas Railroad Commission Chairwoman Christi Craddick (a Republican) has pretty much said she doesn’t care what voters want, she’s going to continue to issue permits for fracking anyway. 

“It’s my job to give permits, not Denton’s. We’re going to continue permitting up there because that’s my job,” Craddick said.

In other words, to hell with democracy, she’s going to do what’s best for big oil.

Like other fracking advocates, she claims that the negative perception toward fracking is a result of misinformation, not reality.

“Misinformation” like a massive uptick in earthquakes in areas where fracking is being done? Such as in Oklahoma, Ohio, and Kansas? Oh, I guess liberals are just imagining those, right? To go along with complaints of water contamination, polluted air and noise that often accompanies fracking.


The Republican hypocrisy in all of this is astounding. They constantly talk about their love for the power of the community and letting people decide for themselves what they want. Then a community votes on what they want for their own community, and the Republican reaction is essentially, “Too bad, we don’t really care that you don’t want this. Your vote doesn’t mean anything to us.”

This is about as “big government” as you can get. Essentially, this vote from the citizens of Denton was pointless. It’s clear that Texas Republicans knew beforehand that if the ban passed they were going to ignore it, so it was pretty much a lose-lose for Denton voters. No matter how the vote ultimately turned out, Texas Republicans were going to side with big oil regardless.

It was the ultimate big oil power play.

And while this battle is far from over, sadly, I think we all know it’ll be big oil and Texas Republicans who ultimately win. American citizens really don’t stand a chance when it comes to battling big oil and the politicians they’ve bought and paid for.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • barefoot bob

    Republicans love government, when it benefits them, it’s democracy they hate so much.

    • FD Brian

      all you have to do is look at the Bush years to truly understand that Republicans just give lip service to balanced budgets, reduced spending and smaller government and who can blame them, it sells. But I don’t understand why people keep buying a product that doesn’t live up to it’s advertising.

      • Jay Diamond

        Because most Americans are morons who have zero understanding of issues or even the basic civics knowledge of how the government works.

      • Blondie Blue

        Why because they don’t give a damn about politics. They don’t watch the news because it’s always negative. My husband is the same way. He doesn’t want to know what’s going on. I kn the other hand am a junkie. I WANT To Know what going on, & who is making the world of hurt on us. (Ie. The republican BS)
        Republicans will tell you exactly what they are up to because they will blame the DEMS for it first.

        And some folks will just tune it all out, & then wonder what’s going on and complain about it. They vote against themselves.

        Hold on to your hats Folks as we Will Be going on a screwed up roller coaster ride with the demented idiots called the party of STUPIDITY!!

      • Arbie Bonfatti

        we need to fight against restricted voting rights

    • Jim Bean

      And when Obama ignores voters on immigration you’ll praise him for doing the same thing you are condemning her for now.

      • tomjohnson

        The voters SUPPORT Obama on immigration: just not in Texas.

      • Jim Bean

        You’ve been used like one of Grubers stupid voters.

        [A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 62% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose the president granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants without the approval of Congress. Just 26% are in favor of Obama’s plan.] (Rasmussen. Sept, 2014)

      • TripleMoon

        What I don’t understand is where was the outrage when Reagan granted amnesty to illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982?

      • Jim Bean

        There was no outrage because it happened with Congressional approval and bi-partisan support.

        The Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA), Pub.L. 99–603, 100 Stat. 3445, enacted November 6, 1986, also known as the Simpson-Mazzoli Act, signed into law by Ronald Reagan on November 6, 1986, is an Act of Congress which reformed United States immigration law. (Wikipedia)

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Who cares? The result was the same. Face it, Republicans LOVE immigrants because they are a continual source of cheap labor.

      • Jim Bean

        Discriminating people care. (I just KNOW you’re going jump on the wrong application of ‘discriminating’, aren’t you? I could change it and deprive you but it will be more fun to let you run with it. )

      • filmsmurf

        Classic dem response. Who cares about the facts.

      • James Burns

        we use facts thats the problem and when we use them the repubicans resort to name calling. we have so many facts to back up our arguments but like fox said we will create our own facts. well where i came from you cant create a fact if it is based on a lie. that means it was a lie when it was told and still a lie,and that is a fact

      • A Misc

        The Senate passed an immigration bill with bi-partisan support. It is also generally believed that the bill would pass the House with bi-partisan support if Boehner permitted it to be brought up for a vote.

      • James Burns

        the house has a bipartisan bill on boehners desk sign it then or make one of your own but they have not done a dam thing one way or the other. if you dont like the senate bill write one, but like all of the things the republicans hate about obama they have nothing to replace anything with so it is all lip service and the fools fall for it

      • Jim Bean

        I will agree, the ball is in their court.

      • James Burns

        he was a republican

      • HoosierGramps

        So less than 20% of Americans oppose the President granting amnesty and 26% are in favor. Glad to know that.

      • Jim Bean

        It said, “. . . . 62% of Likely U.S. Voters oppose the president granting amnesty.. . . “

      • HoosierGramps

        Which in the last election less than 36% of eligible voters actually voted and that adds up to less than 20% of Americans. Just like I said. Arithmetic is an essential skill.

      • Jim Bean

        Understanding the difference between electing a candidate and participating in a poll may not be essential (apparently you get by) by it is beneficial.

      • HoosierGramps

        Seems you’re attempting to draw a distinction where none exists. Your original claim I replied to stated “62% of likely voters” which would first have to be eligible voters. And out of the eligible voters in the last election, only 36% actually did vote. Wouldn’t those 36% be considered the “likely voters” referred to in your poll? I’d say yes. Which adds up to less than 20% of Americans. Contrast that with the 26% of Americans that are in favor of immigration reform including some type of amnesty and it’s pretty clear which side of that debate has the most support.

        P.S. I haven’t even researched the numbers you gave. I’m just doing the math from them. I have a sneaking suspicion that if I go spend the time on this that there will actually be a much bigger difference. But it was unnecessary for me to do so. The numbers you gave prove the point that there are more Americans who favor than oppose which is exactly the opposite of the point you were obviously wrongly trying to make.

        Have a nice day!

      • Jim Bean

        Well, if you think your research will be more reliable than the Rasmussen numbers I have you and your willing to put as much effort into it as they did, I’ll take a look at your numbers.

      • Rob Bailey

        Rasmussen is a con polling group. And anyone with a clue understands that questions can be manipulated to get the desired response more often.

      • Jim Bean

        But according to your camp, ANYONE producing a poll that is detrimental to the Left is a ‘con polling group.’

      • Tom Pryor

        LOL – No, that’s according to YOU. Nice strawman, dude. You lose.

      • Jim Bean

        There was a time when you saw a poll that contradicted the left-wing narrative that you agreed with? Which one was that?

      • Tom Pryor

        All the time, genius – I think you need to stop projecting your own issues onto the reality-based community, dude. After, all YOU’RE the one that’s going around touting the ONE poll that agrees with your ideology, not us. LOL

      • Tom Pryor

        Also, I’m curious – can you tell us who actually sponsored and paid for that particular poll you’re touting?

      • Jim Bean

        You could have just said, “No.”

      • Tom Pryor

        Why would I do that when my answer below is clearly a yes?

        What part of “All the time, genius – I think you need to stop projecting your own issues onto the reality-based community, dude. After, all YOU’RE the one that’s going around touting the ONE poll that agrees with your ideology, not us. LOL” did you not understand?

        I guess you can’t sustain your bullshit narrative without putting words in other people’s mouths eh?

      • Jim Bean

        Because you didn’t tell me which one it was, perhaps?

      • Tom Pryor

        Do you need me to hold your hand while you make a peepee, too?

      • Jim Bean

        I seem to have reduced you to your early childhood. Sorry. I didn’t mean to but didn’t see it coming.

      • Tom Pryor

        LOL… No clownshoes, the only thing you’ve reduced is my respect for your reading comprehension and capacity for logical argument. Why don’t you actually respond to the substance of my comment instead of wasting both our time with this silly fuckery, son?

      • Jim Bean

        When you master the ability to converse like an adult, get back to me.

      • Tom Pryor

        I already posses that ability – what you seem to lack (aside from a sense of humor) is the ability to respond to my questions as an adult. 1. Do you know who sponsored and paid for the Rasmussen poll that you’re clinging to? 2. Have you looked at any other polls on the issue besides the Rasmussen poll? 3. Why are you accusing others of ignoring polls that disagree with their narrative when YOU’RE the one that’s going around touting the ONE poll that agrees with your ideology? I understand if you prefer not to answer these inconvenient questions and whine about my conversational skills, but we both know it’s really because it’s easier to play the crybaby than to admit defeat. Good luck convincing anybody of anything ever. LOL

      • Jim Bean

        You’re demanding I answer all your questions while at the same time, refusing to answer the question the one question I asked you first, all the while claiming you’re the adult in the room.

      • Tom Pryor

        Good Lord – are you being purposefully obtuse or are you genuinely this bereft of reading comprehension? I answered your question TWICE. What part of “All the time” do you not understand? The answer to your question, since you seem quite unclear on this, is we accept poll numbers the we “disagree” with ALL THE TIME. See, that’s a prerequisite of living in the reality based community. Not sure which one you’d like me to single out – how about Obama’s approval ratings? I don’t necessarily “agree” with them, but I accept them. Duh. I mean, is this REALLY something you believe liberals do? Ignore all polls that we don’t like? I think you’re confusing that behavior with questioning a single poll without seeing concurrent, corresponding evidence from other polls that support the same conclusion (which is why I generally prefer RCP aggregate polls than any one individual poll – especially the notoriously rightwing Rasmussen). Seems to me that you’re projecting your own behavior onto the rest of us. Get a life, doofus – and learn how to read.

      • Jim Bean

        What part of the question “name one” does “all the time” answer? I’m struggling with that.

      • Tom Pryor

        You sure fucking are. LOL Dumbfuck.

      • Ihavecrabs

        You referring to yourself, I hope, Dumbfuck?

      • Tom Pryor

        Oy vey. What’s next? “I’m rubber and you’re glue”?

        We’ve got a regular Harvard Lampoon writer over here. ROFL

      • Tom Pryor

        Asked and answered above. Now stop fucking whining.

      • Jim Bean

        You certainly represent a unique set of challenges.

      • Tom Pryor

        Yeah, a liberal who kicks your ass at every turn must be exceptionally frustrating, eh?

      • Ihavecrabs

        A queer libtard, eh?

      • Tom Pryor

        Is that the best you can do? Try harder, simpleton.

      • Ihavecrabs

        Hey Tommy,

        Is there any chance that you take it up the poop shoot? You write in a style that might project you as a fag?

      • Tom Pryor

        Homophobic much? Also, do you always confuse concise and clear writing with homosexuality? Did you go to a gay grammar school or something? Seems like you’ve got a lot of unresolved issues – maybe you should see a therapist and stop making an ass out of yourself online? Good luck seeking help.

      • Ihavecrabs

        Hey douche bag. No one asked for your stupid comments

      • Tom Pryor

        So I see you’re unfamiliar with the concept of a comments section? Your posts get stupider and stupider, son. Why don’t you quit while you’re behind? LOL

      • Ihavecrabs

        Hey asshole. Who gives a Fook? Just shut up and leave Jim alone douche bag.

      • Tom Pryor

        Apparently you do. Jim’s a big boy – he can fight his own battles.

      • James Burns

        in sicence that would be thrown out,they never say how many people where polled and they never said it was a cross section of voters they just made a statement that 62% of likely voters, who was it that was polled. and how many people were polled.

      • Jim Bean

        Rasmussen polling is considered a credible polling organization by those of sound mind.

      • independantvoter

        both sides use slanted polls. How can a President be too lax on immigration and the reporter in chief at the same time? More illegals deported under Obama than any other POTUS. explain that one to me

      • HoosierGramps

        As I said, there’s no need for me to provide any numbers. Your numbers work just fine.

      • James Burns

        now you bring out the statistic’s you cant do that it will go right over their heads, you have to keep it simple for them. now we know why they are called low information voters

      • filmsmurf

        Randomly polling 100 of 1000 people is bad science? Wth?

      • HoosierGramps

        I didn’t dispute the science. I just accurately interpreted it.

      • James Burns

        shhhhhhhh dont hit them with any facts you will confuse them

      • Victor Lynn Avera

        Sure and only 16% actually voted for corporatist fascist GOP, the voice of the people have spoken…NOT!
        If the criminal element of the GOP didn’t employed voter suppression, then maybe they would actually have a higher presentences then the dismal one they got.
        KOCHsuckering corporatist fascisms of the GOP are very sick mental states to be in, it is too perverted for a Democracy Republic.

      • rboberg

        Who paid for your poll?

      • James Burns

        i read and understand you just posted 62% of likely voters. where and who was polled lol it sure was not me or anyone i know. and how many people were polled, you can say that and only ask 10 people

      • Robert Carlson

        So what do you feel should be done instead?

      • Dartsblaster2011

        If Rasmussen were to quit misdescribing it by calling it AMNESTY (Saint Reagan did that) and actually phrased the issue correctly they might get a better view of the issue. Oh, but, then, if you don’t slant the question, you might actually get a truer picture, right?

      • Jim Bean

        The definition of amnesty is ‘granting a pardon to someone who has committed some offense.’ They are using it correctly. You don’t understand the word.

      • Tom Pryor

        But that’s not what Obama is proposing – a path to citizenship is not the same thing as a blanket amnesty.

      • James Burns

        but obama is not using that word and never has. so that is where the difference lies

      • Jim Bean

        He doesn’t use the word ‘terrorism’ either. His administration hires expensive consultants to advise him on how to fool you.

      • Jim Bean

        True. He’s using the definition but refusing to use the word that applies to it. That’s a difference. Not a definsible one, but a difference nevertheless.

      • James Burns

        but you left out something. that 72% want a pathway for them. you see you can word a poll to get a desired result. now what about as i commented on before the undocumented workers from europe

      • Jim Bean

        There has ALWAYS been a pathway for them. The legal one.

      • independantvoter

        it is not amnesty!

      • Avatar

        Jim, the anti-Obama troll trolling in very wrong place. Go back to Breitbart where you can get hard-on for being hateful and negative with misspelling names of Obama.

      • Jim Bean

        I don’t want to chit-chat with people who agree with me. There’s no potential for growth in that and its something that only appeals to those hungering for self-affirmation.

      • Avatar

        Your use of self affirmation literally got you to admit that you knew you were troll the bullshot about lefties.

      • karensc

        So, you plan to change you opinions once you have heard facts from the other side? No? I didn’t think so. Go play in your own playground, the cesspool over at Breitbart.

      • Nathan Frigerio

        Got one, Jim, since when have the brave and courageous ever been in the majority? Succinctly speaking, voters willing to have the wool pulled over their eyes will always outnumber those of us that bother to think. This red election is a great example. Because it’s more important to bash liberals, give up our clean water and air, give up a working wage and bow down to big business, than it is to work hard to correct somethings. Watch this congress, the only bills considered will be more tax breaks for the rich, more de-regulating, and more intrusive social issues. fuck the republicans.

      • Jim Bean

        The first thing that jumped out at me was ‘clean air’. The air is cleaner now than at anytime your lifetime – when you don’t count CO2 which wasn’t an air pollutant until EPA was running out of things to fix. We’ve caused environment problems ever since we began walking upright. We fixed them before and we’ll fix them again.

        As for your economic dissatisfaction, we were at the top of the food chain when the economy went global. That meant the only way we could/can go is down because eventually, economics will pretty much even out across the globe. Furthermore, its unfair of you to be complaining about workers wages at the same time your boy is trying to create a new and permanent underclass with illegal immigrants and you aren’t complaining about it. That underclass will drag you down a bit. Not a lot. But a little. You have to adjust.

      • Nathan Frigerio

        If only all right wingers were as eloquent. What is wrong with starting the move away from fossil fuels? We all know it’s gotta happen, the present conditions are unsustainable. Who knows, in a hundred years, Obama may be remembered like Teddy Roosevelt, for getting the green thing moving in time. Haven’t had time for the amnesty thing. I’ve only read the right wing expansive description of ‘his’ plan to give the farm away to illegals. No, I’m not in favor of immigration, legal, or not. Too many people get away with claiming they’re all for legal immigration, just not….. I think many on the right think that people in the center or left, are all ‘bleeding heart liberals’. The difference between the “liberal’ boogiemen, and most of us, is we just can’t stand rich-bought, phony Christians and evangelicals taking the supposed moral high ground. Especially when they’re just puppets. When the base you cater to thinks the earth is 6,000 years old, we have a disconnect.

      • Jim Bean

        A couple qualifications:

        (1) I’m 100% behind the transition to green energy and reducing fossil fuel emissions. But we are already comfortably on that path. What I’m against is leaving that path and running hysterically off into the night screaming for things like a carbon tax that will lead to money perverting and corrupting the landscape of it for all of perpetuity – and shooting our economy in the foot in the process.

        (2) I was brought up Christian and fell into being agnostic partly because of the phoniness you describe. They are not, however, all ‘rich-bought.’ And only a small minority buy into the ‘earth is 6,000 years old’ dogma. Most are far more sophisticated than the Left gives them credit for.

      • Ihavecrabs

        Yeah, you support queers, tranny’s and homeless unemployed fooks

      • Ihavecrabs

        Who died and left you boss? Shut UP

      • Avatar

        Oh we got wahahoobooboo commenter here. Too sensitivity to debate with…

      • regressive teaparty trash

        he is the former OY HUMID and former IVAN RENKO and a myriad of other trolls,,,,,hes already been banished as Ihavecrabs,,,,,,,,,

      • Avatar

        I’m familiar with OY one. That explains it all.

      • suburbancuurmudgeon

        Since when are the people who are against immigration reform the ONLY voters?

      • Dennis

        the GOP won’t vote on immigration in the congress, you think they would let the public vote on it? You are truly deluded. No aspect of immigration policy will ever be on a ballot.

      • Jim Bean

        To the second point, there is no way the DEMS would let the public vote on it.

        To the first, if they don’t I’ll express my disappoint in them directly to them and respect Obama’s EO. If they DO and Obama unreasonably rejects it, I’ll hold Obama accountable. If he doesn’t give them adequate time and implements it himself and then vetoes everything thing they offer after the fact I’ll continue to regard him as the despicable weasel that I currently think he is.

      • Ihavecrabs

        How about we deport all immigrants, shut down our borders and live happily ever after. Douche bag

      • James Burns

        only a fool would say that. i assume you have a job, and i also assume you make a decent wage, well a worker who is not allowed to pay into the tax system will get a lower wage and undermine what you make. so the next thing you will see is you are fired and the job goes to a lower wage earner. this is why it is important to get these people documented. and the only reason they are taking your job is because they are being paid under the table. maybe one day you will get it. i am and electrician, and it is the europeans who are undermining the trades. but you only hear them talking about the ones of color. there are so many undocumented euro people in this country and they come here without a problem. so they use the racial aspect to get you upset lol. you are being attacked by business period but it only matters to you is they are brown skinned

      • Jim Bean

        No, I don’t care about the skin color of the undocumented. I was unaware of, and am skeptical of, your claim about undocumented Europeans. You’d sure the Dems would have used that for ammunition. Are you sure they snuck in over the border instead of by using passports?

      • regressive teaparty trash

        ive worked with many illegal eastern euro trash; they get here on a visa and stay ; looking for wealthy husbands to impregnate them so they can become citizens

      • Jim Bean

        I (in a departure from the norm) agree. The citizenship-by-birth provision is an open invitation to abuse.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        jimbo is an aging alcoholic regressive white trash republican who disagrees with everything liberal and progressive,,,,,,,,,,,,,he also allies himself with REEEE-LIGION ( his; of course)

      • independantvoter

        ignores what voters? Do you think that 20% of the voters should tell all of us what to do. The voters are for immigration reform not deadlock.

    • Thebob

      Democracy…what does that mean…We are also not a Democracy Nor a Democratic State….never have been…We were a Republic now I am not sure just broken.

      • HoosierGramps

        Ah a Republic. One of the many forms of a Democracy. Claiming we are a Republic and not a Democracy is like saying you don’t drive a car, you drive a Ford.

      • Jim Bean

        Wrong. Its like saying you don’t live in a country where the simple majority rules, you live in a country where it doesn’t.

      • HoosierGramps

        Right. We don’t live in a country where the simple majority rules. That would be a pure democracy. A pure democracy is like two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner. But it’s certainly not wrong that we live in a representative republic which is one of the many forms of democracy.

      • Yasmine Smrekar

        Hoosier is correct, if the country has elections it is a Democracy of some form. Majority rule is called a direct democracy. the US is a Democratic Republic. As Thomas Jefferson said this is to keep the majority from oppressing the minorities. For this country to be ONLY a Republic the representatives could not be elected, they’d have to be appointed by judges, or the president, etc.

      • John Kalinowski

        Not any more the USA is a oligarchy

      • Doug Wible

        Who represents YOU? And do they really, or do they sell you out every time a Lobbyist comes knocking?

      • Tom Pryor

        No, he’s correct. You’re confusing direct democracy for all democracy – a republic is just another variant of democracy.

      • Victor Lynn Avera

        We are Democratic Republic, a Democracy that is controlled as a Republic. A true democracy is very unstable, a Republic keep that in check.

      • independantvoter

        the bob, America is a democratic republic, the difference being that in a republic everyone decides every matter. The democratic republic elects officials to cast the vote in the citizens behalf. Seems small but that is the basis for the electoral process.

      • Thebob

        Actually, your answer isn’t true either. We originally were meant to be a Republic, which is what it was meant to be as a democratically elected republic. Not a democratic republic. Now we are an oligarchy/ democratically elected and lied to by the people we elect. Just like if you lie to a police officer and can get into trouble our politicians should be held to same standard, which they aren’t which is where the oligarchy comes into play. They believe they are better than the average person.

    • Victor Lynn Avera

      I have a fiend, who as a republican voter, says he doesn’t give a shit, as long as the GOP wins, he refuses to look at what they do, he only listens to what they say, that is all he needs to know. He is a true gullible believer, one that never verifies anything, all too willing to be mislead.

      • filmsmurf

        I know many democrats who live this same way. Both are wrong.

      • Estproph

        I see why you called him a fiend.

      • James Burns

        so he does not care that he is voting against his own interest, boy talk about being brainwshed

    • Tel-Jonah Stern

      You kids haven’t heard about Gruber? You think Obama is all about the people’s voice? Obama is on wrong side of every issue. What happens when he has to veto popular legislation? Get your narrative ready to explain that.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        define some of the “popular legislation” U claim Obama will be vetoing,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

  • Ellen H.

    I find it interesting that in all the years I’ve lived in Kansas, we’ve never really had measurable earthquakes. In fact we are 45th out of 50 when it comes to having earthquakes. However, in the past three weeks, we’ve had two earthquakes around fracking sites, but I guess that doesn’t mean a thing.

    • Glenna Jones-Kachtik

      Move along folks, nothing to see …. nothing to see.

  • James Wilde

    her facism is showing, typical. It’s all “freedom, patriot, red, white and blue!” until the cards are down, then they show thier true colors.

  • sooradar

    I’ve heard there is a ban on fracking in Texas in the area surrounding George W. Bush’s house. If true that would be a very interesting topic of discussion.

    • Glenna Jones-Kachtik

      Things that make you go hmmmmmmmm

    • karensc

      That’s because Republicans are a bunch of hypocrites.

  • GenerallyConfused

    Small government is a pipe dream and every teapublican out there knows it. Having a small government would involve getting rid of our intelligence community (or at least most of it), staying out of the way of women’s health care, and congress taking a significant pay cut – including their pseudo severance package. . You know the lifetime one.

    Ain’t gonna happen.

    • DavidD

      Never say never.

    • Thebob

      Actually it wouldn’t…#1 thing the Federal Gov. is allowed to do is DEFEND OUR BORDERS…..FIRST AND FORMOST….the Obola is breaking the law and should be held accountable for this……NO OTHER NATION IN THE WORLD HAS AN OPEN BORDER NOR WOULD ANY OTHER NATION IN WORLD BE DUMB ENOUGH TO LEGALIZE MILLIONS OF PEOPLE THAT HAVE NO RIGHTS TO ANYTHING IN THIS COUNTRY….If they bring nothing in they get nothing back….just the way it is…..I say we just start poring millions and millions of people in to Mexicraphole and take it back like we should have done when we stomped their ass in the Mexican American War….nope we were the bigger people and let them keep Mexico, I bet most of the people wish we had absorbed them 150 years ago.

      • Mike Lemmon

        Too bad the Mexicans lost Texas. As far as I am concerned, they can have it back.

      • Rudewaitress

        Texas would be better if they had!!!

      • amandagirl15701

        Canada has an open border. So do most of the countries in Europe. You slept through Geography and History class, didn’t you?

      • Rob Bailey

        From the level of grammar and syntax in his posts, he never attended school.

      • filmsmurf

        I lived in Germany. This is not a true statement. You can’t work there if you aren’t German

      • Thebob

        Check you work again young padewon….Canada does NOT have an open border……You MUST present your passport when leaving the country and coming back in to the US….Canada may not require us to have our passports but you STILL MUST GO THROUGH A CHECK POINT or it’s ILLEGAL ENTRY…..HENCE IT NOT BEING AN OPEN BORDER…..Open border means you could travel from US to Canada just like you would a state here.. no ID’s NO CHECK points for bombs or drugs….Yes there are parts of the border where you can cross with out anyone knowing but that’s not an open border…Yes physically it is open no big ass wall or fence, but that’s not what an open border means…Get your learning done child once again.

      • HoosierGramps

        Please point out the law that our President is breaking.

      • Thebob

        If he uses his pen with an executive order which isn’t LEGAL to legalize MILLIONS OF NONE CITIZENS, THAT WOULD BE ILLEGAL OUTSIDE THE JURISDICTION OF THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH. The President would be breaking OUR IMMIGRATION LAWS personally. He and Holder already did this effectivly by not deporting illegals. Also to those who say Europe has open border’s, no they don’t neither does Canada. Open means you can effectively would be just like how we travel from one state to the next. You cannot do that going into Canada or even into Mexico. Also in Europe you still need your “PAPER’S”. If it was “OPEN” you wouldn’t need them…..No country in the world has open border’s regardless what your libtard minds think. Doing so would also effectively destroy this country.

      • HoosierGramps

        First off, that’s a big IF there. We don’t know yet exactly what he will do with his pen. Second, he can definitely legally issue executive orders that affect how the executive branch enforces laws. And it seems he can issue executive orders addressing how immigration laws are enforced by the executive branch. I recall the Reagan administration granting amnesty to millions of undocumented immigrants and when Reagan then expanded that to their families through executive orders I don’t recall anyone at the time claiming that action was illegal or outside the jurisdiction of the executive branch. By your definition of open borders our country doesn’t have borders that are any more open than the other countries you mentioned. I do think we need to reform our immigration laws and there is legislation pending that would address some of the problems. I think the best way to avoid Obama using executive orders would be for John Boehner to bring the legislation up for a vote in the House. But that would require Republicans to actually govern which they’ve refused to do. I mean take your pick, have Congress do their jobs and pass some legislation or risk having Obama do what he can on his own. I know which I’d rather see. A functioning Congress. However I’m not about to hold my breath waiting for that to happen and it seems Obama won’t either.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        hey “boob”…… would this be the OBOLA who has deported more than the past few presidents?
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        Mexican American war? take “it” back? what did we LOSE that should be taken back????
        ( note: we ripped of mexico’s land back then,not the other way around)

      • Thebob

        Sorry Mexico attack us (actually Mexico attacked Texas which wasn’t a state yet.) We then stood with Texas and took all the territory to Mexico City, but we the US government weren’t expansionists gave it back to the people of Mexican’ts….And no Obola hasn’t deported more than any other president. They fudge his numbers, he isn’t deporting anyone, Between 2001 and 2008, there were over 8.3 million of these informal “returns,” according to the Department of Homeland Security. But in the second half of the Bush administration, DHS decided to up the number of “removals” and limit the number of “returns.” Between 2009 and 2012, the number of deportations and informal returns was roughly the same—about 1.6 million each. So Obola was on track to beat Bush for these numbers but now he just legalized them all so there goes that.

      • Thebob

        “( note: we ripped of mexico’s land back then,not the other way around)” Don’t really care either way we won they lost they should be lucky they even have a country. Had we been Germany there wouldn’t be any Mexican’ts left.

    • filmsmurf

      It’s called libertarian

  • Michael Siever

    I wonder how many earthquakes will have to happen in order for Republican voters with NIMBY attitudes to realize that these Republican politicians they elected don’t give a rat’s ass about their BYs?

    • Glenna Jones-Kachtik

      The earthquakes will have to take place on their property & cause them significant loss of life & money before it will even register.

    • Thebob

      You all do realize there is a fault line that runs right through Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, and Illinois….it’s called physics….Also the fact that their have been record number of earth quakes around the world…..hmmm.. I don’t agree with fracking, I just don’t like the thought of pumping chemicals into the ground, but how many of you are complaining about the falling gas prices…HMMMM you like paying $4/gal don’t you….

      • amandagirl15701

        Fracking releases natural gas, not gasoline, which is refined from crude oil and has no effect on oil prices. That is traded as a commodity which dictates the price months in advance. You just lost you posting privleges for the day. Now go sit in the corner.

      • Thebob

        The hydraulic fracturing technique is commonly applied to wells for shale gas, tight gas, tight oil, and coal seam gas.

        How about you learn yourself before you speak women…Fracking is used for both Oil and Natural Gas, Oil Shale and Oil Sands…..It’s not just for Natrual Gas….So Smack Sit down and STFU, learn something before you speak…..And the reason it’s not $4 a gallon anymore is because WE good ole American Companies are doing it on their own and producing more home grown Oil than importing it….Natural Gas has also dropped, so I hope you can heat your home for cheaper this winter due to the bastards that come up with new methods to find Oil and NG….

        Also don’t see you complaining about the price per gallon either….

      • Thebob

        Oh, and Fracking isn’t anything new. They have been doing it since the 1940’s….Maybe some new techniques and technology in it, but fracking hasn’t changed much in 60 years. But again I will say that I don’t agree with it.

      • amandagirl15701

        My, my, aren’t you precious. You’re correct about the process being around 60 years old. Fracking has only been a profitable enterprise as of late. It still has nothing to do with gasoline prices. That is still traded as a commodity and supply and demand has no affect on the trading prices. Now as far as STFU…… you can guess what you can do.

      • Thebob

        I know how commodities and speculation work. It is about supply and demand, meaning WE ARE NOW producing more, the supplies are there, but because Americans are pretty much broke there isn’t a demand for travel and things of the such, also Winter is coming, so less travel less demand lower price….But regardless it still comes back to the fact we are not reliant on OPEC for our oil so the speculations are lower because we don’t have to IMPORT our oil to be refined into GASOLINE cause more supply than is needed at current levels. Oil dropped below $75 a barrel, prices haven’t been this low in over 10 years….per barrel not gallon….The reason the speculation has lowered the price was as stated in my previous post…Companies are producing more in house than is needed….Yes it still comes back to Supply and Demand, just like everything else in our economy. Why do you think you pay $4 a gallon for Milk…the demand is there and because of government regulations and taxes the supply is low effectively causing the price to go up per gallon because people still drink milk…..Because we produce at home, the speculators are driven by what OPEC demands….Also because the costs of the refining process are reduced as well…Still need to be learned right young padewon….Just wait till next year when OJ is $10 for half gallon because of this disease that is effecting the citrus trees in FL…The speculators can speculate all they want about what the price will be or not, but simple economics it all eventually comes back to supply and demand….Now again Sit down and STFU child

      • Rob Bailey

        Right about the fracking – I used to work in the business.
        Wrong on the economics – conservation and demand are bigger factors than the amount we produce. If you want REALLY cheap gasoline, let’s have another recession.

      • regressive teaparty trash

        funny how the same white trash regressives on FOX “news” who attempted to blame OBAMA for RISING gasoline prices just 15 months ago NOW are either (a) silent (b) blaming Obama for lowering gas prices VISAVIS hurting our oil businesses (c) portending a big bad recession upcoming
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        funny how those rightwing scumbags spin things,,,eh?

      • Ellen H.

        You make it sound like it’s all one big fault. It’s not. There’s the Humboldt fault that runs from NE into central KS and the Mid-continent rift is in NE and north central KS. However, the fault that runs through IL and MO as well as AR, KT, TN, MS, and IN is the New Madrid fault.

  • Jbh Jbh

    Everyone will be long dead before republicans figure out you can’t drink, breathe, or eat money… well I guess you *could* eat it, technically

  • Dave

    So if they don’t honor the vote of the people….then the people don’t have to honor her position…..this would be a time of the old “tar and feathering…and run out on a rail” tactic…..literally!

  • Web_World

    How come the average American is not interested to be informed by articles like this?

    • Michael Siever

      Because Allen Clifton and Manny Schewitz probably don’t look too good in short skirts…

    • Thebob

      This isn’t an informed article and most American’s don’t like their news displayed to them from a bias leaning person. This goes for both sides…How about you just tell it how it is to the people and let them make up their own minds; not I will tell you what to think first then give skewed facts…

      • Web_World

        even if you give them unbiased information, they’ll make the choices that do not benefit them and don’t benefit the nation as a whole..

      • regressive teaparty trash

        name one source (other than PBS) which does this and turns a profit—————– business is #1

    • Tony Hofer

      we are,just TheboOb isn’t…not even sure why he came…seems rather close-minded & butthurt

    • regressive teaparty trash

      they might be interested,,,,,,,,,,,,,, but as trying to pay bills/ feed kids/ mentor kids/ get ahead/ enjoy living seems tantamount to MOST americans,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, MOST americans really just view this as something 2 discuss

  • Asher B. Garber

    Oligarchies aren’t true democracies.

  • Gary W.

    All the citizens and police have to do is arrest mother fuckers who try fracking in Denton. Tell me that won’t show that the law is the law. Sure the railroad commissioner will issue her permits but the law is law. If the citizens of Denton are serious, they should arrest the motherfuckers. It’s. That. Simple.
    Of course the probably won’t.

  • jdman

    It sounds like Craddick is willing to accept responsibility for any heath issues or property damage created by fracking. That also goes with issuing permits.

    • regressive teaparty trash

      ” accept responsibility”,,,,,,,,,which translates into ” cashing checks”
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      seems both parties do this; my visual acuity shows me that repubs do it better; with less guilt

  • rmhopper3

    old school corrupt politics ..get what you can from whoever and flip the bird at anybody who calls you on it ….

  • freethinker57

    People get what they vote for!!! (Or don’t vote for, in much of the US’ case)

    To not vote is still a vote, just like not taking action is still an action.

    Ah well. I haven’t given up, but paddling against the stream is getting harder & harder.

  • Susan Grove

    Just who is this woman who thinks she is so smart she thinks she knows more than the rest of us? Really! I don’t even recognize her.

  • Michael Ryland

    Now, don’t you all know that these “earthquakes” are nothing but a big hoax? There absolutely were no earthquakes!! The scam was concocted by scientists in order to get more money for Seismographs! Earth has always had earthquakes (but never over a fracking site). Just because they are now occurring where they never have before is one of those fact-thingies that we shouldn’t concern ourselves with. Republican Jesus will tell us all the things we need to worry about, like that horrible gay couple down the street. Now, stop reading this liberal propaganda and start watching Fox News. Achtung!!!

  • Dave

    She’s just in it for the money.

  • Interesting….

  • filmsmurf

    This article is right and wrong on various levels. The average republican voter in Texas does so because they think they are voting for smaller government. The truth is, both parties are corrupt and want control. The democrats are no better, just Big and controlling in different ways.
    I believe individuals know what’s best for them. Communities should rule themselves. More personal freedoms.
    Libertarians are the ones who truly believe what the Republicans say they believe in. Personal freedoms, less government.

  • christianh

    Interesting how this thread all of a sudden became about Obama… Lousy Republicans ignoring the fascism of their party to criticize the other…

    That’s what’s the matter with Kansas, Texas and every other red state…

    Hate rules the day…

    • regressive teaparty trash

      but remember: the white trash regressive tea (bag) party republicans have JEEEEEEESUS on their side; so they MUST be right!

  • MJ Madrid

    I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, those fracking Republicans!

  • ThomasCampbell

    So, as far as I can tell, this whole site isn’t actually about reporting
    “news”; it’s just “reporting” about Conservatives, so they can piss off
    liberals and continue to sew divisiveness in America. Or am I missing
    something here?
    Just about every article listed is about either the
    GOP or some other conservative issue. Where’s the part that’s supposed
    to be about going Forward and being “Progressive”? it all seems to be
    just a hodgepodge of creative conservative-bashing–basically, a rehash
    of all the negative campaign ads I saw during the recent election
    madness…
    Does anyone on here actually have anything constructive to say or is it all just whining?

    • regressive teaparty trash

      what do U consider “reporting”? please edify us

  • John M

    Kind of like the Keystone pipeline. Republicans think big government is evil. Unless of course it’s stealing peoples land and giving it to a foreign company.

  • Dave

    So if she doesn’t respect the voters will, then the voters don’t have to respect her position!

  • Well… that isn’t frightening as fuck. This is where that well armed militia would actually come in handy.

  • James Burns

    has she forgot who she works for, oh my bad they pay her more

  • lindylou

    In a perfect world, a big frack-ture would open up right under and suck her right down.

  • independantvoter

    This is an attempt to ignore the wishes of the people for the gain of big business. The repubs declare we are for the little people and small govt but then do something like this to further the agenda of the monied class. The conservatives see only through the eyes of business. They, conservatives, seem to think that more business is what America was created for.

  • independantvoter

    by the way shouldn’t she be fired or impeached or lynched whatever the conservatives accuse Obama of this woman is doing much worse to the residents of Denton.