Davy Versus Davis

This was originally posted on PoodleRose on July 15, 2013. Comments have not been migrated.

In an opinion piece on CNN.com, Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis decries a Republican proposal to close 90 percent of the state-funded women’s clinics, after previously closing fifty such clinics:

Real Texans don’t want any woman to lose control of her life because she can’t get birth control.

What is interesting is that Davis does not cite a single example of a woman who has not been able to get birth control, despite the lack of government funding. In fact, birth control is widely available, as a visit to any Walgreen’s or CVS will demonstrate.

Davis goes on to list a number of issues that “real Texans” want the state government to do, such as impose more coercive regulations on businesses and pour more money into an incompetent government educational system. Texas Republicans, she claims, are more interested in scoring political points than helping “real Texans.”

Apparently, farmers, construction workers, engineers, and countless other taxpayers aren’t “real Texans.” Apparently, those who must pay for government schools and subsidized health care don’t count in Davis’ view of things. Apparently, only those who depend on government are “real Texans.”

Davy Crockett—who died at the Alamo fighting a dictator—was a real Texan. His view on taking from some for the benefit of others stands in stark contrast to Davis. In a speech to Congress, he declared:

We have the right as individuals to give away as much of our own money as we please in charity; but as members of Congress we have no right to appropriate a dollar of the public money.

If Davis wants to help real Texans, she would do well to emulate Davy Crockett.

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