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Bev's Burner
Some's Hot, Some's Not 

By B.K. Carter

"Bev Carter is the owner/publisher of the Fort Bend Star, winner of numerous state and national awards. She has been a voice of Fort Bend's largest circulated newspaper for 30 years."


Now let me get this straight......The federal government is taking over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two quasi-governmental agencies dealing with home loans.

The federal government already practically pays you to buy a house. Now they have a little more control over who does. So this means that the federal government gives you a home loan then pays for it in the form of tax incentives? Is this a great country or not?

And all this was accomplished under a Republican administration. Yeah, you know, those Republicans who decry big government and equate social security with socialism.

Course, I’d rather my tax dollars go to helping a family buy a house than financing a war half way around the world that we supposedly “mission accomplished” more than five years ago on May 1, 2003.

I missed them.....Excuse me if I don’t know what happened at the Democratic or Republican convention. I missed them.

I missed the Democratic convention because my electricity was interrupted by construction in my backyard which pulled up and broke my electrical power line. I was out of power from Thursday morning until Friday afternoon. This was the fault of, pick one, (a) the construction company, (b) the other company that moved the electric line, (c) the city of Sugar Land, (d) TXU.

Then, the next week, I was without cable television, internet service, and telephone service from Wednesday until Friday afternoon. This was totally the fault of Comcast.

Notice a pattern here? I was unable to watch television from the second day of each parties’ conventions.

However, I don’t think I missed much. Every news channel has replayed almost every moment ad infinitum. Is this a wonderful country or not?

Seriously, most countries don’t even have conventions. We in America have conventions where each party can act as silly as they want as we replay it for days.

I heard I didn’t miss much.

A.A.R.P..........Another reader sent in this idea : AARP stands for Aggies Against Rick Perry.


The “C” club......I’ve put off saying this because I had such high hopes for the group, but the Fort Bend “C” Club (the “C,” unfortunately stands for conservative) is in the throes of an identity crisis, brought on by its own members and its birthing pains.

I think each of us who joined were so hungry for something different in a local political group that we ignored some glaring hints of what might be.

I was sick of the supposedly fiscally conservative Republicans who seems to believe that no matter how much tax money you spend, if you claim to be a Republican and you have the right socially conservative credentials, then you are deserving of support.

This is the same Republican party that still supports Tom DeLay in the face of mounting evidence that he has only himself to blame for his troubles.

I can’t tell you how many times government waste has been perpetrated by “conservative” Republicans whose credentials are mainly that they are anti-abortion, anti-gay, and anti-public schools. These “Christians” care nothing about the environment, the poor, or those of a different color or religion, In fact, they would like to wage war on those of a different color or religion.

Moderate Republicans in Fort Bend are soon shown the door or a religious manifesto they must publicly adhere to.

Then they get in office and hire all their friends who only work part-time but draw full-time salaries.

On the other hand, the Democrats, are only recently a nascent group and if you were the wrong color, you weren’t welcome into their ranks. I went to one Democratic meeting where the speaker spent at least 20 minutes talking about reparations where all U.S. taxpayers should contribute funds to repay blacks for years of slavery. This was as recently as three years ago.

I don’t have a problem with anyone fighting for equal rights. In fact, I’ll join them on the line, but I do have a problem when they display the same greedy, hand in the public pocket that political ward heelers of many years are prone to do, joined by their conservative Republican friends.

All of this brings me to the Fort Bend “C” club which recently sent out letters asking candidates some questions which will be used to determine which candidates the “C” club will endorse.

The Houston “C” club supposedly endorses both Democrat and Republican candidates. However, I noticed that if you are a Democrat you are only endorsed as long as you are an incumbent, are running unopposed, and aren’t running for anything more important than a Justice of the Peace or a Constable. (Visit their web site.)

So when the Fort Bend “C” Club sent out candidate questionnaires, the Fort Bend Republican Party and Mr. Rick Miller, its chairman, also sent out a letter to Republican candidates threatening them if they responded to the “C” club query.

What are the Fort Bend Republicans afraid of? Are they afraid that a group will get more money and support than they?

It’s not gonna happen because the “C” club is limited to 100 members and they’ve had a hard time drumming up that many.

First they said they were nonpartisan, then they said they were only supporting Republican candidates. I don’t know what they are doing now, and frankly, I don’t care.

I don’t want to be a member of either. I just want to write about both.

Aren’t you glad?

Let me know in 200 words or less.


Contact bkcstar@earthlink.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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