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Volume XXI Number 18 - September 17, 2022     RSS Feed   

A Periodic Newsletter for Committed Texas Conservatives

In This Issue

Defunding The Police Is Alive And Well In Harris County, Texas

Why The "FAKE" Harris County Budget Crisis

Lina's Latest Negative Attacks And Is Periodic Purging Of The Voter Rolls An Attack On The Right To Vote A Bankrupt Argument Like The Others?

Michael Ramirez' Cartoon Of The Fortnight

Bad Behavior By Big Business (Marriott) By Bruce Bialosky, Contributing Editor

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Thoughts This Fortnight

Defunding The Police Is Alive And Well
In Harris County, Texas

Embattled, accidental Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo and her wingmen Adrian Garcia and Rodney Ellis, when given the opportunity to add badly needed police patrol officers to address our runaway crime problem in the Houston area, said no.

Instead, they want to raise taxes again on taxpayers after we all suffered the highest appraisal increases in recent history this year, which also ends up raising taxes.

It seems they need more of our money to fund wasteful and unnecessary bureaucracy and non-core social programs.

Meanwhile, the odds of you being a victim of a crime, goes up every day.

Here is a list of the wasteful bureaucratic spending we located after a brief review. They want to spend about $43.7 million plus on unnecessary new departments they created, or want to - the Department of Economic Equity and Opportunity ($5.8M), the Commissioners Court Analyst's Office ($1.3M), the Elections Administrator ($16.5M), County Administrator ($11.7M), Office of Managed Assigned Counsel (MAC) ($2.2M), and Justice Administration ($6.2M). These are the FY 2023 proposed budget requests for these unnecessary departments.

These wasteful examples would fund 437 new police patrol officers!

Why The "FAKE" Harris County Budget Crisis

The Democrats on Commissioners Court, Lina, Adrian and Rodney, are creating a fake budget crisis to cover up the fact they are the ones who have defunded police and declared war on the constables. This is a leftist tactic to create a crisis and then use it as an opportunity.

This is their chance to create an opportunity to defund police even more. And, by the way, the biggest faker on this issue is Commissioner Adrian Garcia. He loves to talk about his days with HPD and as Sheriff, but he's a big defund proponent and his opponent Jack Morman is the one in the race with all the support of law enforcement groups and leaders. What does that tell the you about who is anti-crime and who isn't?

Our public safety demands the replacement of the major crime enablers in Harris County, Lina Hidalgo and Adrian Garcia on the ballot this year.

Lina's Latest Negative Attacks And Is Periodic Purging Of The Voter Rolls An Attack On The Right To Vote A Bankrupt Argument Like The Others?

In her endless effort to save her failing campaign and at the same time avoid talking about the real issues - runaway crime, runaway spending, and runaway corruption, Lina Hidalgo is now throwing mud at her highly qualified opponent, Alexandra Mealer.

It seems Lina wants to talk about issues she had no influence on like abortion, the 2000 elections, Donald Trump and purging of the voter rolls. Another rabbit trail since Lina wants to avoid at all costs talking about her failed record in Harris County.

Clearing voter rolls has been going on for years; it is called list maintenance and is required by federal law. So if a registered voter died or moved and is no longer eligible, they can be taken off the rolls.

So it is legal and appropriate. Do not be fooled by Hidalgo's misinformation campaign trying to scare voters. Clean voter rolls protects all of our votes.

Michael Ramirez' Cartoon Of The Fortnight

Bad Behavior By Big Business (Marriott)
By Bruce Bialosky, Contributing Editor

This column often rails against government at all levels for their heartless failings, lack of responsiveness and lack of taking responsibility for ill-fated actions. Occasionally, big business deserves a slap across the face for errant behavior or worse.

When the customer has a bad experience, 95% of the time it is the fault of the business. Let me remind you of a Bialoskyism: There are three steps to resolving an issue. First, apologize. No matter how irate the customer is, saying "I'm sorry" almost always halts them. Second, take responsibility. Third, promise to fix it.

A second Bialoskyism is that people (businesses) make mistakes. It is not that you make a mistake; it is how you fix the mistake that is important. A quick response and remedy to the mistake is mandatory and gains customer respect (and continued loyalty).

We are life-long followers of UCLA basketball as BW's (the Beautiful Wife) father was co-captain of the 1947 team when 6-foot-tall Jews could still play college basketball. The team frequently gets into the Final Four and most years we make plans to attend.

The BW made a reservation, which she made sure was cancellable, at a Fairfield Inn (one of many Marriott hotel divisions) in Metairie which is about a half-hour drive to the New Orleans Superdome, locale of the event. Under the Cancellation Policy area on her written confirmation it states, Changes to your reservation are not permitted. Please note that you may cancel your reservation for no charge before 11:59 P.M. local hotel time on April 2, 2022. Pretty unambiguous language. She filed the confirmation away.

Unfortunately, the Bruins lost which immediately prompted the BW to cancel the reservation. She received a confirmation on Fairfield letterhead that the cancellation was made on March 25, 2022, way before the deadline. She thought the issue was over until she received a charge on our credit card for $812.78.

She contacted the hotel who then told her that the reservation was not refundable, citing some additional language in the correspondence. She focused on the unambiguous language printed on the confirmation directly under the words Cancellation Policy. They were unwilling to budge on their interpretation.

She started to pursue other paths such as contacting her credit card company and the Marriott Bonvoy corporate customer service number believing that she would have some leverage with her platinum elite status. The credit card was a no go, but surprisingly the customer service people even at the supervisor level were talking in circles. They told her she had to go back to the hotel. The general manager of the hotel was less than helpful. She felt stymied. That is when the "Hammer" stepped in. I do this kind of stuff for a living. I welcome the description that I am Ray Donovan without the blood.

I spoke to a supervisor on the customer relations line who happened to be named Charlie Rose (not that one). He agreed that we had an excellent point and that they had certainly created an ambiguity, promising to alert the appropriate folks up the food chain. Then he disappeared. I spoke to the GM of the hotel in Metairie who was expressing displeasure that he had to spend more time on this issue and was less than helpful except until he stated it is a Marriott-owned property.

That should not matter much because Marriott sells you on going to one of their hotels whether company owned or franchised. Marriott certainly had more leverage with their own property.

We had hit a wall when BW asked if we're done. "Have we met?" I hate when capitalist companies behave badly. Then we start hearing the socialists wanting to assert new rules and the companies are fined. The money goes into government coffers to hire more employees who do next to nothing. I tracked down the CEO of Marriott, Anthony Capuano, and his email. I wrote him a letter making clear that because of the ambiguity the corporation was responsible for the problem.

We received a call from a Corporate Liaison three days later. The woman we spoke to may as well have been a recording. The policy was on the website, etc. etc. etc. We asked to speak to her supervisor, but she refused to have us speak to anyone, except another Corporate Liaison (Stepford Wives). She did finally cave and said she would call the GM. She called back with a "generous offer" of a 10% refund.

Why do companies do this? By the next day, BW deleted three future Marriott property reservations and converted her loyalty points to airline miles. This column will be read by an untold amount of people. The BW is giving her take on this in her travel blog. A sizable number of people will be exposed to Marriott's errant behavior.

I refer you back to the two Bialoskyisms above. First, always follow the three steps. They had clear culpability and only two low-level employees admitted that, but then did nothing about it. Always judge a business by how they manage things when matters go south. If they manage problems well, you know they are a well-run company. Mr. Capuano is no Bill Marriott.

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

Tune In To What's Your Point?
On Fox 26 Sunday, September 18th at 7:00 AM

TCR Editor Gary Polland returns to Fox 26 Houston this Sunday, September 18th, on What's Your Point? hosted by Greg Groogan. The show will be a wide ranging discussion of current political issues. As always, Gary will bring a reasoned conservative viewpoint to the show. Just tune in at 7:00 am live, YouTube it, set your DVR or go to:

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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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