We’re sixty three days from Election Day and Texas governor’s race is shaping out to be a intresting. Really it’s a glorified Republican primary with a guy named Kinky also running. This race boils down to two candidates: Rick Perry and Carole Keeton Strayhorn. Chris Bell the democrat, well, he’s a democrat in a red state. Sorry Chris.
Here’s my problem. I’m on the fence about Rick Perry. I’ve voted him several times. Recently my support for him has slowly been eroding. I gave him credit for several things; bringing Texas home to the Republican Party, welcoming Hurricane Katrina victims into the state of
Texas – though this is slowly becoming a problem – and finally, he signed the Parental Consent Bill.
So why am I on the fence? School financing and toll ways.
I loathe Perry’s tax burden shift from property tax owners to the “sin tax” and small buisness. Why not cut spending? I’ll see if I can find some numbers on school financing. And toll ways. I simply don’t understand why I’ve got to pay a toll to use a road. I’m already paying enough in taxes. I buy Strayhorn’s calling it double taxation. Yes, I have a choice not use it, but when its the only road to get to where I’m going, no, I don’t have a choice. So school finance pokes at my principles and the toll tugs at my pocket book. We vote our pocket book.
Some republicans might be suffering from the Ross Perot syndrome, where a vote for Strayhorn might be a vote for Bell, so might as well vote for the one republican we know can win: Rick Perry. Right now I’m debating voting for Strayhorn, but I want to make sure that if I’m going to inadvertently vote for the Democrat or the Independent, then it’s going to be a well informed vote. So I’m going to keeping a sharp eye on this here governor’s race and see where she goes.