I want to prove that she’s a conservative. So let me ask a couple of really succinct questions that should remove any doubt. I can’t remember what year it was, but there was some law out there that the state of Texas could require young women to receive some vaccination for this godawful stuff that is called Gardasil. And I believe it was Governor Perry that signed that law. And she called him on it. And what is her stance on that law, and what should be done?
Debra Medina: "Well, Governor Perry actually bypassed the legislature and issued an executive order in Texas mandating that every 11-year-old girl in the state of Texas receive that vaccine. I am wholly opposed to any kind of mandatory vaccination schedule. Vaccines ought to be decisions that parents and physicians make. Vaccination schedules ought to be decisions that parents and physicians make together for their children. The government has no place in the room – none – where that decision goes."
Governor Perry now is refusing to take federal education funds from this program that President Obama’s going to announce today. These are grants that are temporary. But once you take the grant, you have to keep the program open. Does she think that Governor Perry is doing these things because he is trying to outflank her?
Debra: "I think we’ve seen that pretty clearly, both in his speech and in his behavior. It’s unfortunate for all of us that he hasn’t moved to do those sorts of things in the nine years that he’s already been in office. We’ve got some real deficiencies. The state of Texas isn’t the only one that’s laid down before the bulldozer of the federal government. It’s time that we stand up and use nullification in our position.And I think the thing, you know, Reagan championed, we know the federal government is getting way too big. We need to be using block grants rather than categorical grants to get the states back to a position – that’s our money, and we’re giving it to Washington. We need to try to stop the flow from the state to the federal government of the money in the first place. But where we’re ineffective, and until we get that trend reversed, that money ought to be coming back to the states in the form of a block grant. Here’s X amount of dollars that you can spend in your state however you want to spend it. Let the state decide what they’re going to do with those dollars, rather than having to jump through the hoops of Washington. We’ve not fought that fight at all in Texas. And he’s rejecting the dollars without following up on the rest of the argument, I think to try to get money. We’re sending our – our federal gas tax money is, you know, going to the federal government and not coming back to us at all. We ought to really be stopping that flow, I think, before it ever even leaves the state."
Here’s a few more for you.
The Texas National Guard. Is the Texas National Guard a guardian of the state of Texas, or is it a guardian of wherever the President thinks they need to be deployed? And is she a proponent of bringing the guards back, bringing the guards home when their deployments are done and bringing them back to the state where they belong?
Debra: "Well, I’m not sure about the military force in other states. But in Texas we have three branches in the Texas military force, including, as you mentioned, the Army and Air National Guard, which are subject to call-up by the President of the United States. But we also have in Texas the Texas State Guard. That’s a voluntary force that can be called to active duty by the state’s commander-in-chief, which is the governor. And I issued a border security and immigration plan last week and began to tell people last night as I was speaking in a number of different areas and will continue to do that. We are going to secure the border in Texas. We are going to deploy Texas military force to the Texas border to assist private property and – private property owners and local sheriffs and law enforcement to make sure that those individuals who would trespass on that private property understand that we welcome immigration through the gate called the legal port of entry. We’ll be issuing notice to President Calderón and others in Mexico to let them know we’re serious about protecting private property ownership rights in Texas."
"And so I have said, you know, I’m not a, you know, a fortune teller. But I just bet you whenever the President understands the governor is serious about securing the border, suddenly the National Guard in Texas is going to be deployed elsewhere. So State Guard, get ready. Start volunteering now. Start getting ready now. I’m telling you, if I’m the governor, I’m calling you up. You need to be ready to go. You’ve got 10 months to get there."
Okay. Let’s take on the subject of private – you’ve got 10 months. Let’s stay on the subject of private property. There’s a big initiative that is moving, that is going to move to the Texas legislature and, if I’m reading the press dispatches correctly, may even be put to a vote. But it may ultimately fall to the legislature or the governor. And that is that somebody in Texas feels that the state doesn’t have enough eminent domain powers. They want more. They want more eminent domain powers to confiscate more private property, to build more roads through more people’s buildings, to erect more schools or whatever it is that they want to do, more government buildings on more people’s private property. And Debra Medina, candidate for governor, says what?
Debra: "Hell, no."
Okay. That’s an easy answer to the question. Federal mandates and federal control over any part of the education department of Texas, especially No Child Gets an Education Act.
"Yeah, absolutely rejecting any federal action that’s outside of Article I, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. It’s going to take us years to remove that invasive cancer that, you know, affects everything – education, family life, healthcare, agriculture, energy, manufacturing. But I think in light of the nationalization of healthcare and our finance industry and our automobile industry, Texas really – I’m calling on Texas to draw a line in the sand and say not one more inch, Washington, D.C. We are going to meet you at the federal courthouse every time you take a federal action that’s outside of Article I, Section 8 authority. We’re going to pass legislation through our legislature that outlaws anything that you do that’s outside of Article I, Section 8. And then we’re going to pull together the wisdom and collective minds of men to strategically work on removing you from the areas where you have encroached without authority.I think the first target that we have is on the EPA. We are looking very closely at how do we remove the fingers of the EPA from ag and energy and manufacturing in Texas. Not to say that there doesn’t need to be some oversight there, some regulation. But if there does if there needs to be any, it’s the state’s job to do that. It is not the federal government. So let’s remove the EPA from the backs of Texans and tell those energy producers and providers, you get out there and get after it, and we won’t have an energy crisis in this country. Same is true with ag and manufacturing."
Well, she's got to watch it, because we’ve got this Oklahoman, who most people think is a Texan, T. Boone, running around. And he has some designs on those eminent domain laws, doesn’t he. He has some designs on all that, doesn’t he.
Debra: "He’s got a lot of money. And he, you know, like everybody wants subsidy for their industry. And it’s not, the government is not the free market. It cannot pick and choose. It hasn’t proved itself very skillful in picking and choosing winners. And so, you know, our governor is currently beating up on this senator for voting for the bailout. And we say, hey, wait a minute, dude. You did the very same thing with Countrywide several years ago. You used tax dollars in Texas to give a big loan to Countrywide that went belly-up. He’s done that with several different businesses. We’ve got this corporate slush fund that’s available to the governor to try to promote business, economic development in the state of Texas. And a number of those that he’s awarded those dollars to have not performed as expected. There again, not the role of government to be getting into the private sector and supplementing the balance sheet of companies that can’t make it on their own."
It is MedinaforTexas.com.
You can find her on the Internet anywhere. You can find her at Facebook. And there’s another debate coming up at the end of the month. The people in Texas, we asked for a conservative candidate; we asked for someone that was not a politician and a careerist. Well, Debra is not, I can assure you. And I think you can see that.
It’s the time to get conservative candidates out there. Well, I think Texas just did.