Vote Kinky

WHY NOT KINKY ? 

     
About Kinky:

One of the great political stories in generations is about to unfold, as Richard ‘Kinky’ Friedman, humorist, performer, mystery writer and Texas Monthly columnist, has announced his run for the governorship of the state of Texas in 2006. Friedman certainly will bring a whole new ballgame into Austin ‘s capitol building, and he will do so as an Independent candidate and political amateur.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT KINKY http://www.kinkyfriedman.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=26

WHY THE HELL NOT?

Texas politics stinks.  The parties sell themselves to big donors, lobbyists control the legislature’s agenda, and the top fundraising groups in the state are being indicted for money laundering.  Corruption and big money have such a chokehold that the two major parties blew $100 million in the last governor’s race to elect a candidate to a job that pays $100,000 a year.  And for all that money spent, less than 30% of us bothered to show up at the polls.

Why?  Because it’s hard to stand in line at the ballot box when neither candidate promises anything more than politics as usual.  Texans are the most independent people in America, and if we’re going to be inspired, the inspiration will come from someone unafraid to deal in new ideas and honest answers, an independent leader who lets the people call the plays instead of dancing to the tune of the money men.

That kind of leader is never going to look or sound like a politician.  He won’t steer by image polls, speak in hollow phrases approved by focus groups, or show up in hand-tailored suits.

You’ll know him when you see him — true Texas leaders are unmistakable.  After all, the last independent governor of Texas was Sam Houston.  The next will be Kinky Friedman.

HOW HARD COULD IT BE? The best campaign slogan I’ve ever heard

Kinky’s Common-Sense Priorities

EDUCATION

Texas has the second-largest population of any state in the country and two of the ten largest cities.  That’s an awfully big cart to pull with the horsepower we’re currently giving our kids in Texas schools.  An educated workforce and top-notch schools are essential to keeping our state attractive to new business, but we’re failing the test.

-Texas has the 8th largest economy in the world, but we’re 1st in drop-out rates and 49th in education spending in the country.

-Teachers’ salaries in Texas are over $6,000 below the national average.  This lack of respect for the people who do our state’s most important job must stop.  As governor, Kinky will work to make sure that teachers are paid what they’re worth.  Period.

-The TAKS test and its predecessor, TAAS, were invented essentially to make legislators look good on education.  But studies show that rigid enforcement of standardized test scores doesn’t help kids learn or make teachers more effective.  Teach to the test and kids will learn the test—but not much else.

HEALTHCARE

Texas ranks rock-bottom in providing for the basic needs of its youngest and poorest residents.  More than one fifth of Texas children have no health insurance at all.
 
In 2003, Texas legislators slashed the Children’s Health Insurance Program, pulling the rug out from under 170,000 kids.  Not only did this put more of our children at risk, it ended up costing the state tens of thousands of health care jobs and $16 billion in lost productivity.  Kinky believes this is reckless and short-sighted—no way to invest in the future of Texas.
 
We’re a state that prides itself on friendliness and responsibility, but the message we’re sending our kids is that if you’re going to be born poor, you’d better not be born in Texas.

RENEWABLE ENERGY

It’s time for Texas to reclaim bragging rights as an energy icon.  As governor, Kinky will accomplish that by encouraging investment and innovation in new methods of electricity generation and new fuels like biodiesel.

Think these are fringe technologies?  Think again.  Wind power plants, solar power arrays, and landfill gas capture systems are already in operation across Texas in cities from Fort Stockton to Fort Worth.  Texas has been called “the Saudi Arabia of renewable energy,” and firms from TXU to Kyocera are already clamoring for a piece of the action.

-Despite our staggering potential, only 0.7% of Texas’ energy needs come from renewable sources.  That puts us 51st in the nation, behind even Washington D.C.

-Biodiesel—it’s good enough for Willie Nelson’s tour bus, and the city of Denton is using it to fuel their entire fleet of diesel trucks.  Biodiesel is fuel you can grow.   That’s good for farmers, good for the air, good for the Texas energy industry and good for Texans. With biodiesel, everybody wins but OPEC.

Check out a Kinky cartoon

http://www.kinkyfriedman.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=102

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