A "featured" newsbite...
What is it Gov. Abbott and the Texas Legislature hope to accomplish?
I gotta say... sounds like smoke and mirrors to me; style over substance (while spending a fortune)... "sounding" tough... creating the appearance of "doing something" that in reality isn't... er... really gonna protect our Texas/Mexico border.
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Gov. Greg Abbott (TX) has signed into law an $800 million border security package that will mean more state troopers, cameras and a spy plane to patrol Texas' 1,200-mile border with Mexico.
* $800 MILLION IN "NEW" FUNDING... FOR AN EXISTING PROGRAM OR A NEW PROGRAM? (IN OTHER WORDS, WHAT WAS SPENT LAST YEAR ON BORDER SECURITY?)
The Republican made border security an emergency item, fast-tracking proposals on it through the GOP-controlled Legislature during the 140-day session that ended last week.
Abbott signed the law Tuesday, during a ceremony at the Department of Public Safety's regional headquarters in Houston.
* BY THE WAY... ONGOING COMPLAINT/OBSERVATION/QUESTION: WOULDN'T IT BE NICE IF STORIES SUCH AS THIS INCLUDED A LINK TO THE ACTUAL LAW SO WE COULD ALL EASILY ACCESS IT AND READ IT FOR OURSELVES?
It should accelerate the hiring of 250 additional state troopers...
...who will patrol the border, replacing National Guard troops deployed there last summer by Abbott's predecessor, Gov. Rick Perry.
* NO... SERIOUSLY... AND BESIDES "PATROLLING" WHAT POWERS WILL THESE TROOPERS HAVE?
* UNLESS THEY'RE EMPOWERED TO SHOOT 'EM...
(*ROLLING MY EYES*)
* SERIOUSLY... WHAT ARE THE TROOPERS EMPOWERED TO DO? WILL THEY ARREST "SUSPECTED" ILLEGALS? (THAT SOUNDS LIKE IT'S GONNA ADD TO STATE SPENDING BEYOND THE COST OF THE NEW TROOPERS THEMSELVES...)
* WILL TEXAS STATE TROOPERS "APPREHEND" - "TAKE INTO CUSTODY" - ILLEGALS? (OOPS... I MEAN "SUSPECTED" ILLEGALS.) AND IF SO... THEN WHAT? HOLD THEM IN TOWN/COUNTY/STATE JAILS AND PRISONS? TURN THEM OVER TO THE FEDS...? (WHO IN TURN WILL NO DOUBT RELEASE THEM...)
* IN OTHER WORDS... HOW IS ANY OF WHAT I EXPECT TO HAPPEN "PROTECTING" THE BORDER?
* IS IT ME, FOLKS? AM I SIMPLY JADED AND CYNICAL?