After the jump, what I find curious.Texas House Leadership Caucus -- We call for the Republican members of the Texas House of Representatives to convene in caucus after each November general election to determine by secret ballot their candidate for Speaker of the House, and that rules be instituted to ensure the integrity and security of the secret ballot so that members may vote without risk of retribution by the prevailing party. We also call for the Republican members of the Texas House to vote as a unified body for their selected speaker candidate when the Legislature convenes in regular session and a vote for speaker is called on the House Floor.
Source: Texas Republican Party.
I'm pretty sure the GOP is conservative. I'm also pretty sure the Texas GOP is even more so. Finally, I'm also pretty certain that having legislators choose the Speaker of the House by *secret* ballot is not what most conservatives would consider to be open and transparent government. How would we ever know for sure whether our own legislator voted our interest?
Maybe more important to open government, why aren't conservatives calling for direct election of the Speaker of the House by popular vote of the electorate in Texas?
Do you see where I'm going with this?
The City of Richardson is in the midst of a potentially divisive effort to amend the city charter to make the position of mayor a popularly elected one. The advocates of this see it as a pretty simple matter. How can anyone be against giving the people a say? These advocates are outraged over Richardson's current system of having the incoming council choose their own presiding officer, and doing it after a closed executive session at that.
In short, at the state level the critics want to make the process even more secret from the public. At the city level, the critics hate secrecy and want to open up the process, turning it over to the voters. I'm pretty sure some of the critics are one and the same in both instances.
Madness, huh? Politics is like that. Logic is not on the program. Resistance is futile. Best just sit back and enjoy the party.
It's the stupidest tea-party I ever was at in all my life!
Source: Alice in Wonderland.