Symbolism is fine but what is needed is a bit more substance in the effort to resist Federal tyranny:
Gov. Rick Perry apparently isnâ€™t the only one fed up with Washington.
More than a half-dozen state lawmakers have filed measures to try to limit the federal governmentâ€™s ability to dictate what happens in Texas.
These bills â€śrepresent the growing sentiment that the federal government has continued to overreach in its power and spending,â€ť said Rep. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe, who has filed several resolutions. â€śEach one sends an individual message that our nation is a union of individual and sovereign states that expect sound fiscal policy.â€ť
Some proposals declare Texasâ€™ sovereignty over all powers not specifically granted to the federal government; others call on Congress to pass a balanced budget. Still more call for a nationwide constitutional convention to adopt a â€śrepeal amendment,â€ť which could allow for federal measures to be overturned if enough states join together.
Some political observers arenâ€™t surprised that state lawmakers are taking target practice at Washington. But they say lawmakers have work of their own that needs to be addressed in the legislative session that starts in January.
â€śMost of this is symbolic,â€ť said Jim Riddlesberger, a political science professor at Texas Christian University. â€śItâ€™s a reaction based upon the election…. Itâ€™s clear most voters were dissatisfied this year and the primary target of that dissatisfaction was Washington.