Austin Elected a Communist to its City Council

Austin is becoming increasingly unaffordable. This rapidly worsening problem is partially due to city officials with ideologies that are harmful to taxpayers, and these ideologies are being continually elected into the Democrat-leaning local governments.

Austin City Councilman Gregorio Casar recently spoke at the local Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) meeting, a meeting also promoted by the Communist Party of Travis County. The agenda included strategizing for Bernie Sanders’ single-payer healthcare act.

No, this isn’t sounding the red-scare alarm, but it is a glaring warning to the taxpayers of Austin.

On Casar’s city council biography, his priorities for city policy include “shared prosperity.” In socialist terms, this means forcibly taking from those who have and distributing to those who don’t.

The national constitution for the DSA, the group Casar affiliates with, states that “we reject an economic order based on private profit, alienated labor, [and] gross inequalities of wealth and power . . .we share a vision of a humane social order based on popular control of resources and production, [and] equitable distribution.”

Reject private profit and enact equitable distribution? Hold onto your wallet.

This isn’t about Republican versus Democrat or liberal versus conservative, but rather a fundamental difference between government control and individual freedom. There’s nothing new about Casar and DSA’s ideas, either. Most of the world has left their failed worldview in the dustbin of history.

Furthermore, when officials who support taking more of your money get elected, it is no wonder that tax bills go up, making it harder to afford living in Austin. Giving power to officials with these ideologies then asking why affordability is so difficult would be like trying to warm your house by constantly moving the thermostat down, then wondering how it got so cold.

Do Austinites want continually escalating tax bills and more difficulty meeting their living expenses, or do they want relief and more control over their futures and the fruits of their labor?

That is a decision they’ll have to make at the ballot box.

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Jacob Asmussen

Jacob Asmussen is the Central Texas Bureau Chief for Empower Texans. He attended the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor and earned a double major in public relations and piano performance. After graduating in 2017, he returned to Austin and joined the Empower Texans team.

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