Rasmussen's new poll in the Texas Governor's race tells us the contest for Governor will be a challenge. A few comments: the poll shows 67% of Texans favor repeal of the health care plan with 25% opposed. Governor Rick Perry gets 75% of those opposed, but we need to get 98%. 42% approve of the job Obama is doing so there is potential progress here as Governor Perry's approval rating stands at 59%, so there is a lot more support out there to be had.
The poll points out some early lessons, we need to tie Bill White to Obama and Obamacare, and define him based on the problems he left the City of Houston and Governor Perry needs to articulate his vision for Texas going forward.
Term Limits For The GOP Only?
In a remarkable op-ed in the April 25, 2010 Houston Chronicle, former Democratic Chairman David Mincberg, while pretending to talk about reform of the City of Houston's term limits law, attacks two Republican members of Commissioner's Court for being in office too long. As to be expected, he fails to mention the two Democratic members of the court, including one who is the longest serving member. He also fails to tell how term limits can be adopted for Commissioners Court since it would require authorization of the Texas legislature, a place where Democrats pushing term limits is as rare as Democrats reducing state spending.
TCR has two questions for the Chronicle. Is there nothing else to run on Sunday besides this one sided attack on Republicans? And when will you run the response submitted?
Independent Conservative Republicans Of Texas
For GOPers worried that the Republican brand is adversely affected by non-conservative Republicans, we now have a new group designed to ensure the GOP remains conservative: Independent Conservative Republicans of Texas.
The organization is a group of conservative legislators led by State Senator Dan Patrick.
What do they stand for?
"As members of the Independent Conservative Republicans of Texas, we pledge to defend the values and principles on which our nation was founded. We are proud Republicans who support our party. But our first allegiance is to the people, the conservative majority of our party who elected us to office.
"We pledge not to divide, but to unite Conservatives everywhere. We pledge to make America and Texas stronger by defending individual liberty, freedom, and the free market ideals that made our country the envy of the world."
Our Contract with Texas
We give our word to stand for conservative principles and to put people before party.
We give our word to be fiscally accountable, limit the size of government, and fight for free market principles.
We give our word to protect our borders and to support a strong military.
We give our word to protect life, support strong family values, and uphold the Judeo-Christian beliefs our nation was founded upon.
We give our word to defend the Constitution and protect the sovereign rights of Texas.
You can reach them at www.icrepublicans.com
Bob Parsons' 16 Rules To Live By
By Bob Parsons
Founder & CEO of GoDaddy.com
TCR Comment: When we read these rules we were impressed, so we'll share it with our readers.
Get and stay out of your comfort zone. I believe that not much happens of any significance when we're in our comfort zone. I hear people say, "But I'm concerned about security." My response to that is simple: "Security is for cadavers."
Never give up. Almost nothing works the first time it's attempted. Just because what you're doing does not seem to be working, doesn't mean it won't work. It just means that it might not work the way you're doing it. If it was easy, everyone would be doing it, and you wouldn't have an opportunity.
When you're ready to quit, you're closer than you think. There's an old Chinese saying that I just love, and I believe it is so true. It goes like this: "The temptation to quit will be greatest just before you are about to succeed."
With regard to whatever worries you, not only accept the worst thing that could happen, but make it a point to quantify what the worst thing could be. Very seldom will the worst consequence be anywhere near as bad as a cloud of "undefined consequences." My father would tell me early on, when I was struggling and losing my shirt trying to get Parsons Technology going, "Well, Robert, if it doesn't work, they can't eat you."
Focus on what you want to have happen. Remember that old saying, "As you think, so shall you be."
Take things a day at a time. No matter how difficult your situation is, you can get through it if you don't look too far into the future, and focus on the present moment. You can get through anything one day at a time.
Always be moving forward. Never stop investing. Never stop improving. Never stop doing something new. The moment you stop improving your organization, it starts to die. Make it your goal to be better each and every day, in some small way. Remember the Japanese concept of Kaizen. Small daily improvements eventually result in huge advantages.
Be quick to decide. Remember what General George S. Patton said: "A good plan violently executed today is far and way better than a perfect plan tomorrow."
Measure everything of significance. I swear this is true. Anything that is measured and watched, improves.
Anything that is not managed will deteriorate. If you want to uncover problems you don't know about, take a few moments and look closely at the areas you haven't examined for a while. I guarantee you problems will be there.
Pay attention to your competitors, but pay more attention to what you're doing. When you look at your competitors, remember that everything looks perfect at a distance. Even the planet Earth, if you get far enough into space, looks like a peaceful place.
Never let anybody push you around. In our society, with our laws and even playing field, you have just as much right to what you're doing as anyone else, provided that what you're doing is legal.
Never expect life to be fair. Life isn't fair. You make your own breaks. You'll be doing good if the only meaning fair has to you, is something that you pay when you get on a bus (i.e., fare).
Solve your own problems. You'll find that by coming up with your own solutions, you'll develop a competitive edge. Masura Ibuka, the co-founder of SONY, said it best: "You never succeed in technology, business, or anything by following the others." There's also an old Asian saying that I remind myself of frequently. It goes like this: "A wise man keeps his own counsel."
Don't take yourself too seriously. Lighten up. Often, at least half of what we accomplish is due to luck. None of us are in control as much as we like to think we are.
There's always a reason to smile. Find it. After all, you're really lucky just to be alive. Life is short. More and more, I agree with my little brother. He always reminds me: "We're not here for a long time, we're here for a good time!"
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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 thirteenth year of editing a newsletter dealing with key conservative and Republican issues. The last eight years he has edited Texas Conservative Review. Gary is a practicing attorney and strategic consultant. He can be reached at (713) 621-6335.