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Volume XXI Number 14 - July 22, 2022     RSS Feed   

A Periodic Newsletter for Committed Texas Conservatives

In This Issue

The 2022 Election Should Be About 2022, Not 2024

In Texas And Its Major Counties, This Election Is A Referendum On Crime

Soros Funded DA's Behind US Crime Surge, In Harris County Texas He Is Behind Lina Hidalgo

Virgil Poe - RIP At 96

Bidenflation: Bad And Getting Worse

Michael Ramirez' Cartoon Of The Fortnight

Another Government Blunder By Neland Nobel, Contributing Editor

The Single Most Dangerous Aspect Of The J6 Committee By Bruce Bialosky, Contributing Editor

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Thoughts This Fortnight

The 2022 Election Should Be About 2022, Not 2024

With rumors afloat that former President Donald Trump intends to declare for President before November, TCR says not so fast.

The country is in real trouble with exploding crime, runaway inflation, an oncoming recession, open borders and woke culture run amok.

To slow down and redirect our country, we need to take Congress away from the radical left and turn it over to conservatives.

Anything that gets in the way of that goal is a distraction. Donald Trump needs to cool his jets and wait to announce until after this November's election.

In Texas And Its Major Counties,
This Election Is A Referendum On Crime

If you study polling, Texans are fed up with left-wing prosecutors and politicians who aid and abet our runaway crime situation.

The voters of Texas are not stupid. They know the left-wing policies of de-incarceration, revolving door bail procedures and reducing the number of front line public safety officers is not improving public safety.

In the race for Governor, Greg Abbott has been a lifetime supporter and believer that public safety is number one. Left-wing activist Beto O'Rourke does not.

The choice for Texas is, do you want a crime fighter, Abbott, or the open border crime enabler, Beto O'Rourke?

Wake up Texas. O'Rourke is a radical masquerading as a moderate. He will do to Texas as Governor what his allies Biden, Pelosi, and Schumer are doing to America.

Soros Funded DA's Behind US Crime Surge,
In Harris County Texas He Is Behind Lina Hidalgo

Radical leftist and anti-American George Soros and his open society antipolice gang of non-profits have funded prosecutors and other politicians in a position to impact criminal justice by abolishing bail and defunding law enforcement.

In Harris County, Soros and his anti-public safety allies were stunned by the reelection of moderate Democrat District Attorney Kim Ogg.

However, they found the equivalent to the radical District Attorneys in Cook County, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and New York in Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

Lina is the No. 1 crime enabler in Harris County and you should check her record. She wanted to empty the jails during Covid, she supported the creation of a revolving door bail bond system and she is actively defunding law enforcement by squeezing their budgets and claiming social programs fight crime. Meanwhile, Lina has never met a crazy radical spending ideas she won't embrace.

The fact that Soros and Speaker Nancy Pelosi appear on her fundraising list tells you all you need to know. She is not one of us. She is here to replace Texas values with radical left values from New York and California.

The recent polls showing American hero Alexandra Mealer neck and neck with her shows the voters are demanding change. Alexandra is in the mainstream on the key issues identified in the recent Hobby Center poll, fighting crime and improving public safety, ending government corruption and controlling runaway property taxes.

We can solve the problems facing Harris County by electing Alexandra Mealer and ousting Lina who works full-time against our values and best interest.

FLASH: It has just been revealed that Soros recently gave $1 million to anti-police candidate Beto O'Rourke.

Virgil Poe - RIP At 96

On July 1, 2022, we lost another member of the greatest generation. With thanks to his son Judge Ted Poe, here are some memorable highlights of his special life:

"Born in the 1920s, he grew up in the Depression of the 1930s poor, just like many American children in the rural areas. Fresh vegetables were grown in the family garden behind the small frame house, and his mother made sandwiches for school out of homemade bread. Store-bought bread was for the rich. He grew up belonging to the Boy Scouts, paying the trumpet in high school band, raising rabbits and bees, and he went to church on most Sundays."

"In 1944, this 18 year-old country boy found himself going through basic training in the United States Army at Camp Wolters, Texas. After that, he rode the train with hundreds of other American GIs to New York City for an ocean trip on a cramped Liberty ship to fight in the great World War II.

"As a soldier in the Seventh Army, he went from France on to survive the Battle of the Bulge and through the cities of Aachen, Stuttgart, Cologne, and Bonn.

"After Germany surrendered, Tech Sergeant Virgil Poe went back to Fort Hood, Texas, to be reequipped for the invasion of Japan. He was put on a train going to Seattle from where he was supposed to be sent to the South Pacific; but he learned when he arrived in Seattle that Japan had surrendered.

"In Fort Hood, he met Mom at a Wednesday night prayer meeting service at the Church of Christ. It has only been in the last 10 or 15 years (2003) that this GI, my father, began to talk about World War II. He still would not say much, except he does say that young Americans are still buried in France and they are the heroes.

"After he finished college, he became an engineer, and worked over 40 years at Southwestern Bell Telephone Company in Houston, Texas. He turned down a promotion to transfer to New York City because it wasn't Texas, and he said 'it was no place to raise a family.'

"Virgil Poe: a good man, good soldier, good father, and that is plenty for one life. And that is just the way it is."

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TCR Comment: We know where Judge Ted Poe got his no-nonsense personality.

Bidenflation: Bad And Getting Worse

TCR relies on Shadow Government Statistics by John Williams. They have an accurate inflation measure that reflects the CPI as it was before politicians manipulated it. The current inflation rate in the US is 17.3%, the highest rate in 75 years!

The badly managed economy by Biden and his not ready for prime time team means we need big changes in D.C.

Michael Ramirez' Cartoon Of The Fortnight

Another Government Blunder
By Neland Nobel, Contributing Editor

We have experienced and witnessed a string of catastrophic government blunders in the past several years.

A partial listing of these blunders by our elected leaders includes:

  • The disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, intervention in Ukraine with no strategy to win, the introduction of wokeness into the military creating a recruitment crisis, and failure to stand up for Hong Kong

  • Deliberately creating a disaster at the border with the importation of millions of illegal migrants, and ignoring the rising death toll from fentanyl

  • Pushing "green" energy before it is proven and phasing out energy that is proven before it is time, suppressing drilling and exploration of oil and natural gas creating a shortage hurting all Americans, and selling oil from our Strategic Petroleum Reserve to the Chinese Communists

  • Double-digit inflation caused by poor fiscal and monetary policy, failure to have a sensible budget and stabilize Social Security and Medicare, failure to properly regulate cryptocurrencies

  • Defunding the police and creating a crime wave, cashless bail that releases violent criminals onto the streets in many cities, and failure to enforce the laws fairly without discrimination

  • A failure to educate our children with basic skills while propagandizing them with racism and sexual perversion, and responding to legitimate parental complaints by labeling them as domestic terrorists

  • Failure to address the baby formula crisis, and an ongoing chip shortage crisis affecting much of America's manufacturing capability

Whew! And, this is just a partial list.

The big one was, of course, the response to Covid. From the decision to "lockdown" came many of our economic woes.

The state and federal governments' Covid response severely damaged civil liberties by quarantining the healthy rather than the sick, failed to "flatten the curve" in a time frame close to that proposed, ignored normal protocols for the safety and efficacy of vaccines, completely overstated both the effectiveness of vaccines and masks, failed to diligently pursue treatments, distorted the labor markets and the economy in general, and failed to investigate the origins of the virus, regardless of where that investigation would take us.

On the educational front, the most recent The Economist simply says "Covid learning loss has been a global disaster" and that new data shows it "far worse than anyone expected."

In addition, there has been a failure to investigate conflicts of interest among federal health officials and their financial ties to government-regulated pharmaceutical companies.

One of the "bipartisan" measures touted by both parties was the Paycheck Protection Program or PPP.

You might remember these were non-collateralized loans, with no recourse, extended to small businesses (fewer than 500 employees) to offset the effect of the "lockdown." In a sense, it was justified because it was the government that was putting companies out of business and creating huge layoffs.

For a government program, it was developed and executed quite rapidly, barely three weeks after the emergency for the Wuhan virus was declared.

Initiated under Trump in March of 2020, most of the "loans" were forgiven by Biden by June 2022.

This and other handout programs drastically increased money in circulation. Unlike Quantitative Easing which bolstered banks' reserves (which stayed mostly within the banking system), this and other programs just handed out newly created money to the public in general. This is largely responsible for the inflation crisis and acculturating the public to expect direct payments from the government.

Moreover, the program itself was grotesquely inefficient. A new study has found that while it did save some jobs (jobs that would not have needed saving if the government had not adopted lockdown), it did so with great waste.

A new study by the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis finds that it cost between $169,000 to $258,000 to save a job that average $58,200.

The authors of the study concluded it cost taxpayers about $4 for every $1 in "saved" jobs.

Besides this miserable outcome, the study found that 72% of PPP funds went to households in the top 20% of income. In short, it was a massive handout to the rich and affluent. This simply exacerbated further the problem of income inequality.

Well, you could say, this is what happens in emergencies. But it was the government (mostly public health officials) that created the emergency. Further, it appears that government-funded programs gave birth to the virus itself!

Covid deaths were concentrated among the very elderly and those with co-morbidities, often two or more. There has never been any real threat to the great majority of workers or small businesses.

Even if there was a threat to the general population, you have to wonder if government SBA loans and bolstering the use of unemployment insurance would not have been a less wasteful way to handle the problem. Spending $4 to save $1 makes little sense.

Moreover, many small businesses "saved" are never coming back. It has been estimated that some 60% of businesses that were closed during lockdown are not coming back.

It was a monumental waste and failed in the end to save a huge swath of small businesses.

This is the downside to the "never let a crisis go to waste" mentality of those of both political parties in Washington, DC.

Often programs are ill-conceived, wasteful, set terrible precedent, and are difficult to repeal.

About the only good thing about this program that can be said, is that it ended in fairly short order.

This raises a very interesting macro question: given the string of errors made by our government leaders and corporate elites, why does a large segment of the population still insist that government programs, using compulsion and public money, are the way to solve complex problems?


Neland Nobel is an Arizona based free market economist and a contributing editor for TCR.

The Single Most Dangerous Aspect
Of The J6 Committee

By Bruce Bialosky, Contributing Editor

Given how opinion is divided on this issue, the reaction to that headline will either be there are too many to count or nothing the committee does is dangerous because Trump is the real danger. There are lots of reasons to question the committee, however one stands out, but you must dig deep.

I recently had lunch with a friend who is of a different political persuasion. We did not discuss politics except for him asking me two binary questions. One was whether I was watching the hearing. The simple answer was no. The answer produced a bodily reaction from him but elicited no follow-up questions.

I spoke to him the next day and told him I thought his questions were inadequate because he had not asked for further definition of my thoughts. He blamed me for not offering more information even though I answered his questions as posed. We then discussed my thoughts on both matters.

There are many reasons to have disdain for the J6 committee, but it starts with how it was conceived. We all know that Nancy Pelosi rejected Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's selections for two people to serve on the committee. This broke long standing House rules. Of course, Nancy had an excuse as she always does. I recently saw a recording of her saying it. Nancy and her friends like the President do not believe recordings of their statements will be kept. "The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision," was her statement. As Daniel Henninger stated in his WSJ column this week, "For progressive Democrats, every waking moment is Armageddon." We ended up with a committee who have the same views and the same mission.

Most Americans have never been near a courtroom, even to sit on a jury. Yet, they instinctively believe we have a system of justice that is unparalleled in the world. It is inscribed in our Constitution through the Bill of Rights. It goes astray at times. We are all unhappy with some verdicts, but we believe it works. That system of justice provides the accused many protections to best assure that if they are found guilty of the charges presented, they are guilty. That is why we offer them an attorney if they cannot afford one of their own.

To get my friend to understand the problem I painted him a picture. I asked him if he was a Michael Connelly fan. Connelly is a great author of law-and-order type novels featuring two main characters: Harry Bosch, a cop, and Mickey Haller, the Lincoln Lawyer. Hollywood needs product and finally discovered Connelly, thus developing both characters into series.

The Lincoln Lawyer on Netflix perfectly exemplifies why matters such as those presented by the J6 Committee need two sides of the argument.

Without revealing any of the story line, for the first seven episodes the prosecution made the person charged look guilty. Then in the eighth Mickey Haller, the defense attorney, destroys the prosecution's case. He brings forward that the prosecution did not look for alternative facts. What a perfect metaphor for why the J6 Committee is not only errant in its methods, but purposefully deceptive in their presentation to America.

When I asked my friend's response to this vis--vis the J6 Committee, he responded "They are simply presenting the facts." This red-blooded American is willing to toss aside the Bill of Rights, something he would never allow if he were accused, because he too believes like Nancy in the "unprecedented nature of January 6th".

Think of the worst evil you can - the Nazis. They had defense attorneys at the Nuremberg Trials. We did not have show trials for them, so why would we have one in America? The problem is my friend is not the only person who believes "They are simply presenting the facts."

The most recent "alarming" testimony came from Cassidy Hutchinson, whose White House stature was raised to being an indispensable aide to Chief of Staff Mark Meadows. She had been interviewed four times, but suddenly, a special hearing day was set, and she got glorious reviews. The MSM christened her a national heroine - a modern-day Rosa Parks. The problem is no one asked her questions other than Liz Cheney, the woman she hugged at the end of the hearing.

We now know questions about her testimony generally but specifically the most inflammatory aspects became known promptly after the conclusion of the proceedings. Ask yourself this: For the past six years everything Donald Trump did was under a microscope. If he farted, it became a national incident. The career staffers in the Executive branch leaked negative information about him and his key people akin to the Johnstown Flood. The MSM carried all of it and amplified it to the highest decibel. Yet Trump supposedly reached over from the back of the Presidential limousine and wrestled with a Secret Service agent to commandeer the vehicle on January 6th, and we did not hear a peep about it for nearly eighteen months? Have we really become that gullible? Do these people hate Trump that much that they will believe any fairy tale brought forth about him?

As you know, this "sensational" story was disavowed by the agents on the scene who stated they would appear under oath to annihilate this fable.

They had already been interviewed, but Ms. Cheney chose to ignore their testimony. Then the second huge revelation of the conversation with the White House Counsel Pat Cipollone fell by the wayside. Ms. Hutchinson stated (talking about January 6th), "I saw Mr. Cipollone right before I walked out onto West Exec that morning, and Mr. Cipollone said something to the effect of 'please make sure we don't go up to the Capitol.'" The problem is multiple staffers have stated Cipollone was not at the White House that morning, something that was easily verifiable by logs. Hutchinson apparently made that up as well.

We unfortunately don't know whether her statement was true because Cipollone was interviewed this past week behind closed doors. Based on the history of the Committee anything that becomes public will only be information that is derogatory to Trump. I don't know what your thoughts are, but I will have no faith in anything leaked from those interviews.

I fault my friend for falling for this, but there are many more "informed individuals" who have done so. Andrew Sullivan, one of the smartest columnists around and an avowed Never Trumper, wrote glowingly of Cheney and Hutchinson, ignoring that one of them did not allow the witness to be cross-examined and the other was not cross-examined and invented stories as she went along. Of course, Peggy Noonan, a WSJ columnist, who does not believe there have been any decent Republicans since Ronald Reagan, ignored due process rights and our Constitution and joined the Hutchinson fan club.

When Americans believe that we can have Congressional committees make presentations like this and say "they are just presenting the facts" we have come to a point where our Constitution is in danger. The First and Second Amendments are essential, but the single most important recurring theme of the Bill of Rights is no one will be tried without a fair trial. Apparently, a broad swatch of America does not need those safeguards; they just need "the facts."


Bruce Bialosky is the founder of the Republican Jewish Coalition of California and a former Presidential appointee. You can follow Bruce on Twitter @brucebialosky.

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About Your Editor

Gary Polland is a long-time conservative and Republican spokesman, fund-raiser, and leader who completed three terms as the Harris County Republican Chairman. During his three terms, Gary was described as the most successful county Chairman in America by Human Events - The National Conservative Weekly. He is in his twenty-sixth year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last twenty-one years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. As a public service for the last 18 years, Gary has published election guides for the GOP primary, general elections and city elections, all with the purpose of assisting conservative candidates. Gary also for 20 years cohosted Red, White and Blue on Houston Public Media TV 8 PBS Houston, longest running political talk show in Texas history. Gary serves on the Board of Directors of American Values, a national pro-family, pro-faith, conservative organization supporting the unity of the American people around the vision of our founding fathers and dedicated to reminding the public of the conservative principles fundamental to the survival of our nation. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.

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