One of my passions is my disgust for the rudeness, crudeness and disrespect for civility exhibited almost daily by politicians. Civility passed with Robert Byrd.
And so when I witnessed the egregious personal attack yesterday by Congressman Randy Neugebauer (R) Texas, on a young female Park Ranger, at the World War II Memorial, I went ballistic! Not only did Neugebauer display contempt for government employees in general, but worse, a young woman doing her job, without pay!
In a lame attempt to wriggle out of his public relations debacle, he told KCBD-TV Lubbock, "My beef was not with the Parks Ranger. My beef is with the Parks Department and this president, that they would deny these American heroes access to the World War II memorial."
Really? Play the tape again...
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal interprets this bully.
• Dallas (Texas) Observer
• Austin Chronicle
What did Randy think he was voting for when he shut the government down? Scary to learn he serves on three committees; Financial Services, Agriculture, and Science, Space, & Technology!
Is this the image of a Texas politician Texans want us to walk away with?
Compare and contrast Neugebauer to another Texan, Charles Goodnight, an important icon of Texas, and resident of the same region.
Neugebauer (R) is a representative of the 19 District, Texas, smack dab in the middle of Texas cotton country.
Texas ranks first in cotton production in the U.S. Cotton is the leading cash crop in the state, and is grown on 5 million acres. This crop generates $1.6 billion in cash for farmers and has a total economic impact of $5.2 billion for the state.
Texas accounts for approximately one-half of the cotton acres and roughly 40% of the total production in the U.S. the cotton industry will take a direct hit in the form of no government loan programs under the shut down!
And when I went to the USDA site to learn more about cotton production, I got this splash screen.