The closing argument, part 1: why Montgomery County voters should elect candidates who’ll reform the County government

United States Senator Phil Gramm (R-Texas) spoke to the 1996 Republican National Convention.

Do Montgomery County voters want to eliminate the Bobby Jack Adams Test and replace it with the Dickey Flatt Test? Let’s hope they do.

Conroe, February 20 – Today, Republican voters in Montgomery County will begin to cast their ballots in the 2018 Republican Primary Election. It’s the election that will likely determine whether Montgomery County stands as a beacon of conservative principles of lower government spending (smaller government) and lower taxes or instead as the most corrupt County government in all of Texas. If the citizens of Montgomery County can clean up our mess right here in our backyard, we’ll have the moral authority to take the fight for reduced government spending and taxes to the state and federal government and other taxing jurisdictions nationwide.

This election hearkens back to the warnings of Republican Texas Senator Phil Gramm (R-College Station) when he announced his presidential campaign on February 24, 1995, in a speech at his home town of College Station:

“I will look at every program of the federal government and I will submit it to one simple test. It is a test that by the end of this campaign every person in every city and town in America will know and understand, and I call it the Dicky Flatt test. (Cheers.) I call it the Dicky Flatt test in honor of a printer from Mexia that you know because he introduced me here today. Many of you have met him and know him. Many of you have heard me speak about him. He works hard for a living. His print shop is open till 6:00 or 7:00 every weeknight, open till 5:00 on Saturday. And whether you see him at the PTA or the Boy Scouts or the Presbyterian Church, try as he may, he never quite gets that blue ink off the end of his fingers.

“It’s time for America to choose. Are we going to stay on this 30-year spending spree and squander the future of our country, or are we going to change policy and save the American dream? If I am elected president, I will make balancing the federal budget my number one priority and I will not run for re-election unless I get the job done. (Cheers/applause.) I want to cut government spending, I want to cut taxes, and I want to let families spend more of their own money on their own children, on their own businesses, on their own future.”

In the Montgomery County government today, County Judge Craig Doyal has shamefully forgotten the Dicky Flatt test whether spending is necessary for Mr. Flatt’s family to feel safer and stronger. Doyal has replaced that test with the “Bobby Jack Adams Test”: will my political cronies who fund my campaign account and my criminal legal defense fund like this decision to spend more tax dollars?

Doyal’s “Bobby Jack Adams Test”: Will my political cronies who fund my campaign account and my criminal legal defense fund like this decision to spend more tax dollars?

There is actually a place where you see the Bobby Jack Adams Test enacted live. That place is the Montgomery County Commissioners Court. Citizens attempt to engage their elected officials on issues of wasteful government spending, the lack of merits of particular spending programs, and questions about those programs. Here’s how Doyal and his Commissioners Court colleagues respond to those question:

  • Doyal interrupts citizens and gives other “elected officials leeway” to shout interruptions and catcalls for which Doyal would send the bailiff to remove citizens if they acted that way.
  • Precinct 2 Commissioner Charlie Riley utters the Lord’s name in vain as a curse while citizens dare to speak.
  • Doyal makes incomprehensible rules for when citizens may speak and changes those rules every meeting.
  • Doyal limits citizens to 3 minutes of highly-interrupted time, while County vendors who work closely with Bobby Jack Adams, Doyal’s best friend, business partner, and engineering pal who receives millions of taxpayer dollars, may speak as long as they please.
  • Members of the Commissioners Court leave the meeting while citizens speak their concerns.

Doyal and Riley have the attitude of royalty. There’s no attitude of public service.

Doyal, Riley, and Stephanne Davenport have the attitudes of elitists who know better than plebeian citizens who are not responsible enough to handle the secrets Doyal, Riley, and Davenport wish to keep from the public. Doyal, Riley, and Davenport may speak for as long as possible in response to citizen criticism, while they cut thoughtful citizens short.

The best example of the elitism of the “establishment” came from the mouth of corrupt local political boss Marc Davenport right after a judge dismissed the criminal case against him, Doyal, and Riley: “Now that we don’t have to follow the Open Meetings Act, we can finally get business done.” Fortunately, the Beaumont Court of Appeals two weeks ago had a different view of open government in Texas. The Court of Appeals reinstated the criminal indictments against the co-indictees Doyal, Riley, and Davenport and declared that the Texas Open Meetings Act is entirely consisted with the federal and State Constitutions. Sorry, Mr. Davenport, but you and your clients Doyal and Riley will have to get business done out in the open.

Fundamentally, this election is about who controls our government. Do elitists such as Doyal, Riley, Stephanne Davenport, and Marc Davenport set the rules or do the citizens who remain at the top of the formal organizational chart?

There are clear choices in the election for which early voting begins today. There are reform candidates and there are “establishment” candidates. They represent very different perspectives on the purpose of our government.

Please vote. Dicky Flatt needs your help.

 

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