Texas to blackmailing Obama: Maybe you can just keep your federal funds


Texas to blackmailing Obama: Maybe you can just keep your federal funds

By Dan Calabrese 

Surely you heard this past weekend about the Obama threat to withhold federal education funds from states who don’t immediately embrace Obama’s transgender bathroom policies. The current shell game of collecting money through the IRS and then sending it back to the states in the form of federal aid is merely a way for the federal government to dictate to the state how they must operate. It’s certainly not a new phenomenon, either. Remember the nationwide 55-mile-per-hour speed limit? That was never a law passed by Congress. It was a gambit of Jimmy Carter to deny federal highway funds to any state that didn’t play ball.

Typically, states meekly capitulate to these threats because they don’t want to lose the funds. Obama knows that perfectly well, and figured he could use the threat of withholding federal funds to force his transgender bathroom agenda on the entire nation.

But what will happen if the day finally comes when the federal government has pushed too far, and some state tells Washington it can take its federal aid and shove it? And if some state were to do that, which one do you supposed it might be?

You guessed right:

Texas’ lieutenant governor says the state is prepared to forfeit billions of dollars in federal funding for public schools following an Obama administration directive over bathroom access for transgender students.

Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick said Friday (May 13) that Texas “will not yield to blackmail” and urged superintendents to defy the new federal guidance. The directive says public schools are obligated to treat transgender students in a way matching their gender identity.

The guidance doesn’t impose new legal requirements, but rather clarifies expectations for districts receiving federal funds.

Patrick says Texas receives roughly $10 billion in federal education dollars. He didn’t say how that money might be replaced. Patrick’s remarks came only moments after more than half the state’s 1,200 school districts lost a major lawsuit claiming that Texas unconstitutionally underfunds public schools.

Consider what Obama is actually threatening to do here

Consider what Obama is actually threatening to do here. Most federal education funds go to assist poor children. If Republicans were threatening to withhold funds to poor children to force some sort of agenda . . . well, I’ll leave it to your imagination how the media, and indeed Obama himself, would play that one. Since Obama typically has the media in his back pocket, he is probably confident they will play up the “transgender rights” angle and completely ignore the blackmail Obama is using to try to get his way.

But will they? I do not think anywhere near a majority of Americans support this agenda, regardless of all the noise from the media, the political class and celebrities in favor of it. If Texas draws the line and Obama still withholds the funds, can his media allies really blame Texas for making poor children pay the price? They’ll try. Maybe their power to control narratives is so absolute that they can even pull this off, but I have my doubts.

Here’s bigger issue: If any state has the economic wherewithal to suck up the loss of these federal funds, it’s Texas. It has the strongest economy of any state and accounts for a wildly disproportionate share of the limited job growth that has happened during Obama’s presidency.

What if Texas no longer thinks it’s in its best interests to keep sending tax money to Washington

What if Texas turns away the federal funds and decides it’s doing just fine without them? You think other states won’t notice? More to the point, what if Texas no longer thinks it’s in its best interests to keep sending tax money to Washington, or to keep accepting its share of the federal debt? Texas was once an independent republic, you know. It’s rich with natural resources and clearly has little patience for the nonsense coming out of Washington.

You might think the left would be happy to see Texas and its 34 red-state electoral votes go, but the truth is America desperately needs Texas’s resources and its economic prowess – much more than Texas needs those federal funds.

And, if Texas finally calls Washington’s bluff, it could be a greater game-changer than anyone realizes.




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  • Storm the Bastille! (Capo) S4

    States have become too dependent on federal money.

    • Craig Tarter

      Most everyone has been rendered catatonic by the “luxury” of “proper authorities” doing OUR JOB.

      • Storm the Bastille! (Capo) S4

        Got that right, pfft!!

        • I think these describe it

          • Storm the Bastille! (Capo) S4

            Those are awesome quotes. People should keep that in mind.

          • The founders knew the risks

          • Storm the Bastille! (Capo) S4

            They sure did, and they tried to warn future generation.

          • Previous generations did listen, we have been sleeping at the wheel lately

          • Storm the Bastille! (Capo) S4

            Probably since 1913, or at least in the past three decades.

      • Very true

    • Sad but true point. Plus the fact that the states do not have a voice in the federal government

  • Craig Tarter

    Texas oughtta tell the IRS to go straight to hell too. We have more than enough of an economy to survive with the hellsent pResident Bury & its mindless minions. With few exceptions, the “union” has seceded from Texas leaving her the only American standing. We saw our marvelous “state troopers” let Texans get wiped out in Waco, so I’d classify them as an enemy of Freedom too. I’m a bit more “unhinged” than most I’d assume, but law enforcement by everything that’s right ought to keep their owned hell out of the way. Assimilate with Americans, or eat it.

    • Well stated. As for Texas splitting, that may not be such a bad idea. The Liberals and progressives have divided the country to a point where it is no longer possible for the people to get along. The Progressives left is hell bent on enslaving people to the Government, and those on the right oppose such a government

  • This country hasn’t been about “we the people” in a long time. It’s “we the politicians”…

  • whydopeoplesuck

    It’s just Washington doing what Washington does. Nothing new. They pulled the same blackmail crap on Arizona years ago. Arizona was refusing to do what Washington told them to by following the PC cause of the day. When Arizona refused to have an MLK day, the USG told them they wouldn’t get anymore money for their highway funding. Arizona tried to stand tough for a few months but eventually gave in.

  • LastGasp

    He keeps pushing more ridiculous programs and policies, one after another, trying to yank our chain until we break and revolt. That can be the only explanation for most of his crap.