Hard to Believe

The Trump Administration has become notorious for appointing people to important positions that have a demonstrated antipathy or disdain for the agency or department they have been appointed to lead. If you have harshly criticized an agency or said it shouldn’t exist or lobbied for a special interest group or industry that is regulated by an agency, then you are on the short list to become the head of that agency. Examples are too numerous to mention and are continuing.

State Senator Angela Paxton, wife of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, also believes the fox should guard the henhouse. She has filed a bill that would expand the authority of her Attorney General husband to exempt persons from our state securities law. Please remember that one of the charges against her husband is the crime of selling securities without a license. Her bill would make what her husband did in the past legal in the future.

It is hard to imagine that anyone could read what I just wrote and not believe that Senator Paxton and her husband collaborated on this bill. But, we are wrong. We are hastily jumping to unwarranted, unreasonable and unfounded conclusions. Just take it from Senator Paxton: “That has literally nothing to do with why I filed the bill. That may be hard for you to believe, but that has nothing to do with the purpose of the bill. People in my district brought this bill to me.” According to her, she and her husband never even talked about the bill before it was filed. “No, he was not involved in that,” she said.

So there you have it. There was no pillow talk between husband and wife. The bill was brought to her by people in her district who just happen to take a keen interest in the securities law of this great state.

She’s right about one thing, it is hard to believe.



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