Each state elected or appointed official must swear an Oath of Office to protect and defend the Texas Constitution. But as each session of the state’s highest court proves, they do not always do it.
Here are the few individuals who control what goes on in Texas:
http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/voter/elected.shtml – including judges, commissioners, department heads, etc.
http://www.senate.state.tx.us/75r/senate/members.htm – 31 members.
Together, these individuals determine where your tax dollars go, control what you do, how you can do it, when you can do it, where you can do it, and with whom you can do it. They make the laws, rules and policies by which we must live our lives and conduct our business, and they determine the beneficiaries beyond themselves.
Those in the House and Senate originate and pass legislation. Then, give the power to interpret, define, administer and enforce those regulations to state agencies, offices and departments that claim the right to originate and develop policies and procedures necessary to carry-out what they see as the intent of a law.
Regardless of what such agencies or departments may claim, they are – act as – trustees of the state (working for the state rather than for the citizens). And most of those we elect forget that they are our trustees; supposedly acting on our behalf. Too often, they act to serve the state, not us (the citizens).
This is also how the state is allowing control of privately owned groundwater, setting aside the rights of private property ownership. IF you can control it, does it matter who owns it?
Without checks and balances on these agencies and departments, legislators are allowing the increasing formation of an administrative state. This is a violation of each elected (or appointed) participant’s Oath of Office.
Basically, we vote to give them control over us, which is something we won’t even allow – or even trust – our spouses or friends to do.
But instead of fearing them, we keep electing the same bunch to office, despite the fact that it is hard to tell an Austin Republican from an Austin Democrat when it comes to regulating our lives and spending our money.
Our state budget exceeds 130-billion dollars – a budget that exceeds the budgets of 76-countries in the world – and most of those we elect always seem to want to spend more –
– at least, they always do.
All we really know is there seems to be little difference between an Austin politician and a Washington politician.
And just in general, as each of our votes supposedly count, here is a look at all the state’s existing Political Action Committees: https://www.ethics.state.tx.us/tedd/paclistc.htm