The truth behind state lotteries and other creative funding enterprises

In 21 of 23 states with lotteries, the money designated for education from lottery profits was added to education budgets, but an equivalent or higher amount of funding from taxes was then diverted to other initiatives including many state and local pork barrel projects, thus having a net increase of zero dollars or even reductions in educational funding.

The same tactic will be used in the bi-partisan supported Texas Proposition 1 enterprise which was overwhelmingly approved by Texas voters who failed to inform themselves well in the recent midterm election.

The end result is that wasteful government spending increases overall and no benefit will be seen in infrastructure or education. It’s all smoke and mirrors to mask government revenue and spending growth for other projects the voters would oppose funding for.

This is the sort of deceitful activity you get when you elect Republicans and Democrats. They are masters at taking full advantage of voter ignorance.

The most urgent necessity is, not that the State should teach, but that it should allow education. All monopolies are detestable, but the worst of all is the monopoly of education.

– Frédéric Bastiat, What Is Money

How my ballot will be filled today

U.S. Senate – Rebecca Paddock, Libertarian
U. S. Representative District 24 – Mike Kolls, Libertarian
Governor – Kathie Glass, Libertarian
Lieutenant Governor – Robert D. Butler, Libertarian
Comptroller of Public Accounts – Ben Sanders, Libertarian
Commissioner of the General Land Office – Justin Knight, Libertarian
Attorney General – Jamie Balagia, Libertarian
Railroad Commissioner – Mark A. Miller, Libertarian
Commissioner of Agriculture – David (Rocky) Palmquist, Libertarian
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 7 – Don Fulton, Libertarian
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 8 – RS Roberto Koelsch, Libertarian
Justice, Supreme Court, Place 6 – Mark Ash, Libertarian
Chief Justice, Supreme Court – Tom Oxford, Libertarian
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 3 – Mark W. Bennett, Libertarian
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 4 – Quanah Parker, Libertarian
Judge, Court of Criminal Appeals Place 9 – William Bryan Strange, III, Libertarian
State Representative District 98 – Abstaining!!! Not even an uncontested Republican or Democrat will get my vote! The less votes they have, the stronger the message from the American people will be that we are fed up with their two party monopoly and deceitful practices.
District Clerk – John Clare, Libertarian
County Clerk – Abstaining!!!
Criminal District Attorney – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Criminal Court No. 5 – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Criminal Court No. 8 – Abstaining!!!
County Judge – Abstaining!!!
Criminal District Judge #1 Tarrant County – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Court At Law No.2 – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Criminal Court No. 2 – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Criminal Court No. 10 – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Criminal Court No. 1 – Abstaining!!!
Criminal District Judge #4 Tarrant County – Abstaining!!!
Criminal District Judge #3 Tarrant County – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Criminal Court No. 9 – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Probate Court No. 1 – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Court At Law No.1 – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Criminal Court No. 6 – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Criminal Court No. 7 – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Court At Law No.3 – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Criminal Court No. 4 – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Probate Court No. 2 – Abstaining!!!
Judge, County Criminal Court No. 3 – Abstaining!!!
Referenda: Proposed Constitutional Amendment – Against! Proposition 1 would not provide a solution to Texas’ serious, ongoing highway funding shortage and would not adequately safeguard emergency reserves in the rainy day fund.

Government Marriage Recognition Debate – We’re All Doing It Wrong

We have allowed the government the power to legitimize our heterosexual marriages and simultaneously gave the government the power to dissolve our heterosexual marriages.

Too many people are blinded by their opposition to other people’s personal choices to see the real threat we’ve created for ourselves by allowing the government to regulate OUR personal relationships.

If you want the right for government to stay out of your bedrooms and not have a say in what your god or gods command of you then you’d best support the same rights of all men and women to be free of that government interference as well, regardless of whether they believe as you do or not.

With the tyranny of the federal government reaching new heights, marriage records could one day become a database of targets. Any god given right the government has chosen to “regulate” becomes a right that the government can take away. In this sense heterosexual married partners (while enjoying tax benefits and other state recognized marriage perks) are in more jeopardy than same sex marriage partners that are not recognized by the state.

You don’t have to support or even recognize gay marriage to support equality. Equality is the removal of government recognition of a marriage, regardless of who the marriage participants are and regardless of their sex, race, or beliefs.

Beheading in Oklahoma a Call to Action for American Citizens

I believe the Moore, Oklahoma lone wolf Muslim murder is the beginning of the attacks within the United States ISIS and other proponents of Islam have been calling for over the last several weeks.

There is only one effective means to combat this threat and save lives: Legalize open and concealed carry of sidearms by American citizens. Start immediately with allowing current concealed carry permit holders to do so and provide protection from reprisals by employers.

Those who oppose this will have to live with their guilt for delaying it and causing unnecessary loss of innocent lives when the next attacks occur.

The only thing that prevented this guy from killing more than one person was the presence of an armed off duty deputy working at the location, the company COO, who shot the fanatic while he was stabbing the second victim.

How many businesses in the United States are going to be lucky enough to just happen to have an armed law enforcement officer present when an active shooter event unfolds?

Active shooter and mass murder via other deadly weapons are on the rise, not just by so-called Muslim extremists, but by other whackos as well. The Islamic lone wolf threat is simply going to increase the frequency many fold.

It’s time for people to demand this government return their God given right to defend themselves against the criminally insane.

Remembering Dad

Father’s Day is rapidly approaching.

Yesterday, at a private family gathering in a Campbell, Texas cemetery my Mother provided us an opportunity to take time to once again celebrate the life of my father, Ted Frazier. He passed away in August 1988 after a vehicle accident.

At the time of my father’s passing I was still a rookie police officer, and had only been patrolling solo for a few months. I remember the memorial service and that I wrote a few poetic verses, and that almost the entire Greenville Police Department turned out to escort the procession to the burial site; but much of that couple of weeks surrounding Dad’s passing and funeral is a blurred memory.

Yesterday was a good day to reflect on his memory without the blinding pain and shock of a recent loss.

I told Mother and my siblings who were there, my wife, and brother-in-law that I believed Dad would be very proud of his sons and daughter today. As time has passed since August of 1988, my pride in my father has continued to grow as I have learned more about what it is like to raise children, earn a good living, and be as self sufficient as one can.

Ted Frazier did not have an easy childhood. He overcame huge hardships and to date I have not found anyone with a more solid work ethic. Add to that his ability to learn things on his own, and you see why his children have accomplished the things they have. He passed along his work ethic and taught us how to do so many things, from penmanship to marksmanship to operating machinery and driving tractors, and a thousand other things.

He planted us all in a firm orthodox christian foundation and taught us all to read the Bible for ourselves and to discern whether teachers were true or false by viewing their words under the light of God’s Word.

I thank God for the talented and loving father he blessed us with, and I look forward to the day when we meet in our eternal home and talk about the joy of riding in the open wind on a motorcycle, chasing down stray cattle, hauling hay, and the unique and successful paths each of his children were able to tread on this earthly plane because of the special gifts he imparted to us.

I’m looking forward to once more being wrapped in a hug by those massive and secure arms.

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Theodore Lawrence "Ted" Frazier
Theodore Lawrence “Ted” Frazier