Texas State Senator Slams Fellow Republicans, Admits Radical Conservative Policies are Ruining Texas

kevin-eltifeIt doesn’t happen all that often, but every once in a while I’ll run across a Republican who said something that actually made sense.

It seems Texas Republican State Sen. Kevin Eltife is a little fed up with Republicans who seem more concerned with pandering to his party’s rhetoric instead of actually, you know, governing. 

He seems particularly bothered by a state debt that’s tripled since he was first elected in 2004. He also called out many of his fellow lawmakers for ignoring much-needed improvements to Texas’ infrastructure (particularly highways), and some towns that are running out of water.

“It’s real easy to run on, ‘We just need to cut spending, and we don’t need any new taxes,’” he said. “At some point, the public is going to demand that we fix these problems. We have cities that are about to be out of water, Wichita Falls is one of them.”

“If we’re so conservative, why are we doubling our debt?” Eltife asked. “You have to have leadership that lays out the problem and lays out the solutions. When you have leadership that is constantly running for higher office, you don’t address the problem. They are all running on ‘immigration.’ Who is running on water and TxDOT?”

And he’s exactly right. There are towns in Texas that are desperate for water, and roads that are in dire need of repair or expansion, but practically nothing is being done about either. Here in Dallas-Fort Worth almost all new highways being built are toll roads, which can often be quite costly to use.

I love how he called out Republicans for running on being anti-immigration (because it’s a “sexy topic”) but most seem completely disinterested in tackling some of the bigger problems the state is facing – like towns running out of water.

But this nonsense from Republicans isn’t just seen in Texas. You see it all over the United States. The Republican party is the ultimate talking points party. By that I mean they know what talking points to use to get their voters riled up, and that’s about all they care about. It doesn’t have to make sense, as long as it sounds right.

It’s how they still get away with claiming to be the party for “fiscal responsibility,” yet it’s been over five decades since a Republican president has actually balanced the budget.

But I’ll give credit where credit is due and commend Mr. Eltife for doing what most Republicans are too afraid to do – stand up to the radical, tea party nonsense that’s overtaken the Republican party.

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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  • forpeace

    Well, I give credit to Senator Kevin Eltife for telling the truth about his own party. He also mentioned being fed up with his own party, can you imagine how fed up we are with their party?

    One day, Republican will wake up and realize how bunch of radical Koch Brothers backed Tea Party members have been taking over their old party, but, that is too late! If GOP cannot control these people who have ONLY one mission to destroy the government, then both GOP and Tea Party deserve to leave politics for good.

    GOTP should walk around with the head down because they have never made any contributi­on to this country other than helping themselves­. All they have done was, and still is at the expense of the middle class and the poor.

    When they decide to actually govern rather than insulting American People, sabotaging our country and its government­­ then perhaps we might take them seriously. Until then, keep sabotaging everything you possibly could that helps our country get back on track, and see how that works for your Party in November 2014.

    • vizunary

      Where do you possibly get your bullshit from? Lincoln was Republican, the suffrage movement was backed by Republicans, the equal rights act, passed with Republican support, not Democrat..

  • Marilyn Olsen Scheffler

    I agree with him completely! It seems the right wing is so caught up with the idea that THEY can just make embarrassing statements and stupid comments that will get more people to follow them that they haven’t even thought of the REAL problems there are in our state that need addressing!! Our education problems need to be investigated too—-about how funds are distributed or even given out to districts.

    • suburbancuurmudgeon

      The bigger problem is the idiots who believe GOP rhetoric and vote for them.

      • DavidD

        They put a lot of effort in that rhetoric and talked to us idiots and exploited us like the sociopaths they are.Liberals just sit on thier asses and call us idiots and look down on us.
        Things have changed very rapidly here in Texas and a lot of us are watching the things we need to get by go away.
        You need to change your attitude,figure out some ways to communicate the message and then work at it..

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        he is correct overall………….. maybe YOU need to re-acquire the regressive repub party and keep up with Americas progress toward equality for ALL americans

  • rossbro

    Twenty years of dipshit Governors in Texas. Why do y’all keep electing idiots??????????

    • DavidD

      Because most people don’t see much difference economically between the two parties here so they don’t vote.
      Until the Democratic Party represents our intrest here in Texas,the average wage earner most people will give up on electorial democracy.
      Most people here never voted for Perry because they don’t vote so your outrage is meaniless and clueless at the same time.
      I stopped going to the local Democratic party meetings because I couldn’t stand hearing one more gush about Hilary Clinton.
      How is someone who sits on the corporate board of WalMart and Tyson have any idea on what we proles have to do survive.
      At one time everybody in Texas had a picture of FDR on their wall because he was a populist and people felt he cared about us.
      The neo liberals are sham populist and just because we just working people we aren’t stupid and know that..
      The question is then is why aren’t the Democrats running better candidates?
      Why are liberals sitting on their asses in their smug peti bourgeoise enclaves shouting insults at us that we can’t hear becuse the well intrenched Chamber of Commerce sound machine is cranking away their propaganda at max volume and the preachers give marching orders every Sunday suprised?
      Liberals preach, they don’t listen and then go away mad because we think you are arrogant presumptive fools.You don’t talk to us you talk to yourselves but the GOP put a lot of effort into stirring up fear and hatred and exploited us.They worked hard while y’all sat on your hands and expect it to fall in your laps.

      • wishiknew

        If you truly believe liberals are “sitting on our asses in smug peti bourgeoise enclaves” then you have definitely fallen for the propaganda the oligarchy wants you to fall for.
        You describe the corporatist Dems accurately, but those are NOT LIBERALS.
        True liberals have zero voice in the mainstream. Except for maybe Rachel Maddow.

      • DavidD

        Give yourself a big pat on the back.How many working people have read the books you mentioned?

      • wishiknew

        I’m offering you resources to open your perspective on what is happening in this country because I am thankfully part of a large and growing community of working friends and family who introduced them to me.
        I’m not looking for a pat on the back, I’m paying it forward. You’re welcome.

      • DavidD

        That’s real white of you.You must be real special.Do me a favor and don’t reply anymore to anything i say.Just shine me on and keep blowing your horn

      • Muttonfro

        What’s with the hostility? Do you have the very American attitude that uneducated opinions are just as good as facts? It is very easy to go to the library and borrow books by the authors he mentioned. You sound like a conservative, posing as a liberal to try and get uninformed, undecided people to lean”right”.

      • DavidD

        No,I’m a Social Democrat that doesn’t trust a lot of liberals due to thier class nature.My hostility stems from the liberals not listening to someone of my class and patting me on the head by giving me a reading list so I can come up to thier “level.’
        Knowledge and theory are fine things but without practise they are useless.
        Instead of signing petions on your computer or talking about theory why don’t you set up day care right outside a WalMart warehouse.
        It’s something that would really help people out and give activist a chance to work with real people instead of just yammering away at themselves.
        Not only talk but listen and figure out ways to work with people to advance progresive public policy.
        I’m old and i’m crippled.I’m a high school drop out that has done hard physical labor to survive.
        I will work with anybody except facist to advance a progresive agenda but I refuse to participate in liberal tail chasing and pretense.I keep telling you again and again that the right has a big hold on working people particularily white working class people because they have worked hard at it while the left has sat on it’s ass and waited for it to drop in thier lap.i don’t give a shit if you like me or not but working people know if you want something you have to work for it.the main issue is economic inequality all other problems come from that .

      • wishiknew

        David, you and I are on the same team. I hope you don’t allow your perception of me to stop you from looking into some of the authors I mentioned as they are the ones who are speaking to everything you just laid out, and they are the ones directly defending the working class in this country. That was my point. They aren’t the elitist corporatist dems at whom your anger is rightly directed, and neither am I. I come from a very working class background and my work ethic is impeccable. I am also an avid reader in my spare time. And while I do take offense at being instantly and falsely stereotyped, I understand your position and I apologize for giving you any different impression. I hope you have a nice weekend.

      • Billy Harmon Riddle Jr.

        Maddow is a huckster just like Bill O’Reilly. Just trying to get paid. Trust no one in the media.

      • wishiknew

        I don’t trust anyone in the mainstream. I fact check. Maddow is beholden to her corporate overlords just the same to keep the 2-party infighting alive and kicking, suffering sins of omission to that end, but she does not spew blatant lies and skewed opinion disguised as “news”. I’ve learned a lot with further research while fact checking her. All I’ve learned about Bill O is that he is a useless blowhard. :/

      • vizunary

        Liberals are the garbage racist sexist propaganda pushing narrators that poison minds.

      • vizunary

        You are the propaganda..

      • poppaDavid

        What you describe is not the complete problem, but it is part of the problem. And if D’s want to be part of the solution, they need to address the issues raised. I hope they do, because the problems need resolution.

  • freethefearful

    so refreshing in the midst of the zoonies we keep electing at every level here in Texas. The sad thing is, Texans never see this kind of news, just the Cruz, Dohmert, gov perry type of embarrassments.

  • Lee Hamilton

    Left Texas 3 years ago, and have never looked back. Lots of good people, but the Republican ideology is going to take it over the cliff and there will be little left except dirty air, water and mosquitos.

    • giankeys loves shemale porn

      and my inept dallas cowboys

      • DavidD

        Need to get rid of the owner and sell shares of the team to the general populace like Green Bay did.

    • DavidD

      Texas does not exist in a vacumn and we are one country.The GOP does not want just Texas or even just the United States but control of the world.People who tell themselves that God put them in charge don’t stop at state borders.
      Those things you mentioned can be reversed and I’m not going anywhere.
      This is my home.I will never leave and nothing is certain except that if you don’t join with other and stop them what has happened here will happen where you live someday real soon.

  • giankeys loves shemale porn

    in a related story,,,,,,,,,,,, FOX “news” has now decried this senator 2 be a radical muslim Kenyan socialist commie who hates whites and is staging a sharia war upon Christmas.

    • Sgeastman757

      Senator Eltife lives in a district where there is a special kind of rabid, right wing crazies who are just in it for control. They really don’t care what is accomplished as long as they control the politicians by any means necessary.

      • giankeys loves shemale porn

        sounds like most politicians and religions

  • Billy Harmon Riddle Jr.

    Nice that Senator Kevin Eltife said that but it is both parties in Texas (and in Washington and elsewhere) that refuse to tell the truth regarding the problems this country is facing. Republicans say cut taxes, increase military spending and cut the deficit AND act like it will magically appear. Democrats say lets have Obamacare, expand social services, (legalize everyone) but not pay for it, not increase taxes for the middle classes or the poor (or anyone actually), AND the deficit is the Republican’s fault (even though it is progressing faster under Obama than any previous President. We need less politicians and more statesmen. Both parties are screwed up and want to blame the other for any potential problem instead of dealing with the problems with real solutions.

    Both parties have had their chance, we should start a party called the Left Over party because someone is going to have to fix the mess left by Democrats and Republicans.

    • muttonfro

      I’m not sure you know what the deficit is. It has decreased, rapidly, since Obama took office. The debt, however, has gone up. Partly because Obama took the Iraq war and the Afghanistan war off the “credit card”. That’s not to say I agree with everything he’s done, but had our elected officials been working together (rather than working on discrediting each other), America could be doing so much better. Our conservative leaders have spent six years making Obama look worse than he actually is, instead of doing their jobs.

  • slim

    Holy shit. You people are f***ing crazy!

  • Cathryn Sykes

    Please. Before you all go all mushy for this guy, remember two words. Election Year. In case you haven’t noticed, GOPers are going soft all over the place. They are “softening their positions.” “Going bipartisan.” “Moving to the middle.” Suddenly they’re making noises like they have hearts. Or good sense. Don’t believe it, people. Don’t believe it for a moment! Remember back in 2010, when Boehner and Co. promised, really truly, “We mean this!” that a jobs bill would be their top priority, their Numbero Uno goal? Well, we all know what happened to that pitch after the polls closed. Don’t believe A THING these people say between now and Election Day! Judge them on one thing and one thing alone…their RECORD for the last four to six years!

  • vizunary

    It makes me sad to be Texan when you hatred filled demigods manipulate our citizens. Many of you moved from heavily Democrat controlled areas to follow your jobs. Which companies left states like California because of absurd regulations and costs of doing business. You bring your ignorant voting practices with you to destroy the state you moved to to avoid being suppressed by the State… Thank you for ruining our state as well… I’ll enjoy the hunting.