Media: Voters Are Ill-Informed Children

Here’s more evidence you are upsetting the status quo in Austin: the media is complaining about the impact you’re having on legislators! The managing editor of one publication said this week that voters like you are “children” who legislators need to tell to “shut up” and force higher taxes upon.

Unless you hang around inside the Capitol, you probably don’t know the Texas Tribune. It was founded recently by liberal Texas donor John Thornton, and has received money from national leftist George Soros.

You are clearly making the establishment upset. Knowing they are on the ropes, they’ve taken to berating voters directly.

In their weekly “TribCast” audio program, managing editor Ross Ramsey, editor-in-chief Evan Smith and reporters Ben Philpott (also of KUT public radio) and Reeve Hamilton began by discussing the state budget and results of a poll they co-brand with the University of Texas.

“This is like watching one of those families where the kids are running the parents, the parents won’t take responsibility,” said Mr. Ramsey, speaking of legislators listening to voters on tax and budget issues.

“The voters don’t — I’m going to say this gently — the voters don’t know what’s going on here. They don’t know the details of this [budget debate] and they don’t understand the particulars of this, and yet the legislature is taking all of its advice from a public that is not informed on this stuff.”

So glad he put that gently!

According to Mr. Ramsey, you taxpayers just don’t get it; he says you don’t understand the complex issues facing the state and the implication for your family and business, and our economy. We just need to let mommy and daddy in the legislature do whatever they want.

Mr. Smith tried to make the case that, maybe, legislators weren’t actually hearing from the real public, per se. (He, after all, wanted to hawk the poll he co-brands with UT, showing voters are weary of how spending cuts are being implemented.)

But Mr. Ramsey was insistent: “The public is giving [legislators] very clear signals. … The parents here should say ‘shut up and eat your vegetables.'”

This reminds me of Peter Jennings back in 1994, describing the historic shift congressional elections as the “voters had a temper tantrum.”

When the liberals start calling you a ‘child’ who needs a good talking-to by your legislative betters, you know you must be doing something right!


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Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael is the CEO of Empower Texans. A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Sullivan is married with three children. He divides his time between the Metroplex, the rest of Texas, and Austin.

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