Category Archives: TYS: Told Ya' So!

Wishing for Addie?

What did I say about Helena Brown soon after the elections?

Given Brown’s right-wing experiences, well, perhaps she’ll blow away the memory of Addie Wiseman from City Hall. We shall see.

I think she has.

That was just last week. In almost every case, she was the lone dissenter. Between tags – which delay consideration of items for a week – and no votes, Brown opposed or delayed more than a third of Wednesday’s council business.

And how does she respond to press questions?

The rookie council member declined to be interviewed, but she did respond to written questions in an email.

So…has anyone been recruited for a 2013 run?

3rd Centavo: On Taking from the Rich and Giving to the Poor

by Dr. Reynaldo Guerra

I heard somebody say recently that if we just took all of the money the rich in this country have and redistribute it across the country, that that would end our economic problems.  I thought it an interesting concept, so I decided to crunch some numbers (I know, I’m a nerd).

According to the Wall Street Journal, there were 3.1 million millionaires in the United States in 2010 (the most in history).  The combined net worth of these millionaires was $11.6 trillion (up from $10.7 trillion in 2009).

According to the US Census, there are approximately 312.9 million people living in the United States.

Dividing $11.6 trillion by 312.9 million (e.g. spreading the millionaires’ net worth across the population of the country) yields about $37,000 per person.  A nice sum of cash, but certainly not enough to solve the poverty issue facing our country.

Myth busted.  In evaluating policy to bring us out of this recession, it seems that the only way to elevate the status of the poor in this country, in the world for that matter, is to create new wealth…on a massive scale.

Dr. Reynaldo Guerra is Chair of the Houston Civic Coalition and a local small business owner.

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South Texas and Eagle Ford Shale

I’ve mentioned a little bit on the subject of the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas. NewsTaco has a good write-up by Dr. Roberto R. Calderon which speaks to the situation in plain terms:  Short Term Benefits, Long-Term Problems.

Ever since I started reading about all the benefits, which have come in the form of filled up motel/hotel rooms, all-new trailer parks, occupancy of rental homes at capacity; not to mention the oil field jobs and any other jobs that might have been created, I started thinking about any negative effects–because for South Texas, certainly, there would be some. Says Calderon:

The upside in this story is that thousands of workers — including huge numbers of Mexican American workers — are being employed in a variety of jobs. Former Clinton-era Cabinet member and San Antonio mayor Henry Cisneros sounds ecstatic in a recent report about the prospects of huge investments coming to South San Antonio; and similar views have been expressed by South Texas Democratic Congressman Rubén Hinojosa.

Both politicians are exemplary of the predominant tendency witnessed to date focused strictly on the jobs end of the deal, particularly those for Mexican American workers in their respective areas. They’re banking on public opinion being on their side by making the case: Who can argue with creating jobs amidst the worst economic depression the nation has experienced since the 1930s? If so, then I would argue that labor unions ought to enter the equation if this is to be the case — surely workers would get a better deal.

But, alas, in a right-to-work state, even the most progressive of elected Mexican American federal or state officials avoid the argument.

Quite true. In a down economy, it becomes so easy to look away when something good is going on; especially in an area with high unemployment rates. And the oil and gas companies have lobbying power, but beyond that, have the power to persuade and appease local politicians to where any environmental effort which may have an interest has received push back, which speaks to Dr. Calderon’s comment that there hasn’t much from those movements.

But the effects of such oil and gas development in the long-term can and will likely be devastating. In areas that experience desperate circumstances, it is difficult to create a movement against something that seems productive. But as a former South Texan, this whole situation is worrisome.

Give Dr. Calderon a read at NewsTaco. I’m sure it will be a continuing series since he’s from my neck of the mesquite, too.

AZ Democrat Goddard Now Leads Brewer

Something that caught my eye was that Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard is now leading racial profiler Gov. Jan Brewer in a recent poll.

The poll finds Goddard ahead of Brewer 47 percent to 44 percent in what is becoming an increasingly competitive match-up. An earlier poll from several weeks ago found the candidates to be locked in a tight contest, highlighting a dramatic shift in the race since last fall when the Arizona governor held a 10-point lead over her Democratic challenger.

What is even more important is from where this shift came.

Hispanic voters also appear to be flocking to Goddard — his support among that group has more than doubled since September. Hispanics prefer Goddard over Brewer by a 71 percent to 25 percent margin, according to the poll.

Goddard, honestly, has also taken an enforcement-heavy approach in his policy pronouncements; however, he did come out against the recent SB1070 signed into law by Brewer.  Preferring to demand heavier federal action, Goddard is showing more leadership by voicing against Arizona’s obvious constitutional violations.  In this case, it would seem Latinos are taking a, “At least he’s not Brewer” approach to their support.

Still, voicing opposition to such a bill has helped Goddard, which is a lesson that at least one Texas Democrat is slowly learning– too slow for this blogger’s tastes.

Get Him Re-Nominated…Now!

I’m sure it wouldn’t be so easy, or if it could even work that way.  The bottom line is that Gov. Bill Richardson (D-NM) has been cleared by the Dept. of Justice. As if this blogger ever had any doubt!

Call me a conspiracy theorist, but I still say there is a concerted effort to derail the careers of good Latino leaders.

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TYS: The Plot Thickens in Kingwood?

As I suspected yesterday, the story of the killing of a Kingwood man by an off-duty HPD officer is far from over.  Whenever HPD and city officials attempt to make something cut and dried, there’s usually something else to a story.

The fiance of the tow truck driver is now calling out the HPD officer for his actions, and a neighbor is even backing her up.

Barnes pushed the smaller officer off, she said, and then the officer pulled his Taser and pointed it at Barnes.

Being Tasered would have been dangerous for Barnes, she said, because he has a metal plate embedded in his skull, the result of an accident several years ago.

“So (Barnes) slapped the Taser from the officer’s hand, and it flew about 5 feet under the back of his car,” she said.

The two men then backed about 10 feet away from each other. Barnes was leaning against his vehicle with his arms folded, she said, when Gardiner drew his handgun.

“John said, ‘What are you going to do, shoot me?’ The officer didn’t say anything, just started firing,” she said.

With these two sides of the story out, it is safe to say that the alleged cop assaulter should not have fought with the cop. That’s the bottom line.  Nothing would have escalated if he had just allowed the cop to do his job, at least theoretically.  Obviously, the accused proved that he was not going to give up or comply, and the officer acted.

But five shots?

And still, I think there is much more to the story.

Perhaps the City should look into officers who work extra jobs and the effects of the extra time on an officer. Overtime for HPD is one thing, but when you couple that with moonlighting, the effects could be quite negative.  Just a thought.