No State offers a total panacea to shelter conservatives from the damage wrought by far-left progressivism, but Texas’ numerous success stories during the Obama years have been a particularly sharp thorn in the side of the Administration of President Barack Obama.
The State’s conservative leadership — both in Austin and in Washington, D.C. — has, on balance, produced far more for its citizens than it’s consumed from the President’s go-to prescription of Federal largesse. And because Texas is such a large, diverse and populous State, the demonstrable fact that conservatism can, and does, work on a massive scale has frustrated the Obama Administration at every turn.
Obama has even tried to co-opt Texas’ strong economy by perverting the State’s success to illustrate the benefits of progressivism. Last May, Obama chose Austin as the backdrop for a never-well-described (and largely forgotten) economic PR stunt, one at which he attempted to hit the reset button on domestic economic policy. Governor Rick Perry’s office nailed the strange dissonance, telling National Review that “Texas’ success didn’t happen by accident — it’s a result of policies put in place under Governor Perry’s leadership with a laser focus on making Texas a beacon of economic freedom.”
Nearly a year later, as Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) recently pointed out, the President’s attitude toward the Nation’s biggest State-level economic success story isn’t puppies and kittens.
“The Texas story of jobs, growth, and opportunity should be a model to celebrate, yet, there’s a new movement afoot to stomp out our enterprising spirit,” Cruz wrote in a Sunday column celebrating the launch of Breitbart Texas:
Today, political operatives are swarming the Lone Star State to turn Texas into a liberal swamp. At the same time, the Obama Administration is trying to make Texas buckle under a torrent of federal rules and regulations.
My office recently issued a report about the Obama Administration’s assault on Texas. It documents numerous cases where Texas defended itself from unjust federal interference.
Obamacare’s unconstitutional, unfunded mandate to expand Medicaid in our state has gained some attention. But that’s just one part of the larger campaign against Texas.
Since Barack Obama has been president, the Department of Justice tried to dictate how Texas can run its elections. The Department of Interior imposed an unlawful moratorium on offshore drilling. Regulators at the Environmental Protection Agency tried to impose costly greenhouse gas emission rules. And, the Department of Education illegally withheld $830 million from Texas in education funding. Those are just a few cases.
Thanks to Attorney General Greg Abbott’s leadership, Texas has been winning in court. These victories didn’t come easy, though. Complex legal defenses require a significant amount of time, resources, and effort. And, more challenges are underway.