Tom Pauken, candidate for Texas Governor spoke to the Downtown Houston Pachyderms Thursday, 6-6-2013. Interest was high with nearly sixty in attendance to hear Mr. Pauken. It was one of the largest crowds seen recently. Political club attendees like to hear political speakers that interest them. Tom Pauken fits that bill. Learn more about Tom here.
Anyone running for Governor of the greatest state is something we all have a stake in. Tom has been speaking at several clubs in the area. Harris County is a big deal in winning Texas. We have over two million registered voters. In the 2012 primary we had nearly 250,000 Republican voters. This race is all about the primary. We will have a Republican Governor elected in 2014. I was proud to see Mr. Pauken did not beat on Rick Perry the whole time.
Of course he talked about the normal “hot button” items such as the IRS scandal and the overreaching of the federal government. He also addressed some real issues which would make our lives better. Like doing away with the “Robin Hood Tax” also known as “chapter 41 wealth equalization” or “share the wealth”. Good luck on that, this has been law since 1993.
Mr. Pauken headed the Texas workforce department for a number of years and is familiar with what is needed to help our economy grow. One of the things he hopes will be signed into law this year is a bill just passed in Austin HB5, that limits the number of test given in a school year and opens up more technical training possibilities. Many business owners are very concerned about the “graying” of our blue collar workforce. Tom understands like most, not everyone can and will go to a four year college. There are many great jobs waiting right now for drivers, welders, mechanics and construction workers, just to name a few. Mr. Pauken is worried that Rick Perry may veto HB5, which would cut the state mandated tests from fifteen to five, due to pressure from the folks who make money from the school tests. Rick Perry do what’s best for Rick Perry? Surly you jest Mr. Pauken.
My thought is with the decline of the standard family unit in America, it doesn’t matter what you teach these kids because they don’t have any ambition. Many have been babied, or ignored in a single parent household, and don’t have a clue how a real man or a responsible adult is supposed to act. They won’t get to work on time and don’t dare ask them to stay overtime. If they sneeze they want to call in sick. Good luck on getting this upcoming generation of youths to work.
Tom would also like the state to get out of the capital venture business. Including the highly controversial three billion dollar “cancer fund”, the “emerging technology fund” and the two billion “Texas water development fund”. Tom also wants to go to a “pay as you go” plan for our roads. Texas has too much debt on our roads.
All in all Mr. Pauken seemed very sincere in what he said and has some good workable ideas to make the state better. He, like many of us, sees the possibilities of major problems in the American economy with all the money being printed. He reminded us that he said the sub-prime mortgage market would create problems. He was writing about it in 2003 and the collapse happened in 2008.
Then the questions started. What about Judges and this and that. No big deal, same old Pachyderm questions. Until “someone” asked Mr. Pauken if he would “appoint someone gay to be a precinct chair”? The hemming and the hawing went on for a while. Of course, others had to jump in and add to the “conversation”. We ended up spending over three minutes on a guy who Pauken doesn’t know and a situation which has nothing to do with his pursuit of the governorship. It’s a local issue and we have much larger “fish to fry” than rehashing Chris Busby at every opportunity.
Elected officials were Harris County Treasurer Orlando Sanchez and County Clerk Stan Stanart. Also workers from the Tax Assessor office and Chris Daniels, Harris County District Clerk’s office listened to Mr. Pauken.
Bottom line; Tom Pauken seems like a very sincere man and would do his best to improve Texas if he can get elected. Too many questions remain as of now. Will Perry run? What about Greg Abbott? Mr. Pauken is well worth the listen. He knows the issues and has plans to improve our great state. Can Pauken raise the money needed to run a state wide election? My guess is this is Abbotts race to win, if Greg wants it.