Chris Bell, fully Robert Christopher "Chris" Bell

Bell, fully Robert Christopher "Chris" Bell

American Politician, Attorney, and Journalist

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I guess what bothers me so much about what I now see going on in both Washington and in Texas is an effort to keep people from finding out about the mistakes of lawmakers and then when they're uncovered, an effort to fool people and pretend there was nothing wrong.

It's a very strange strategy when somebody offers you an olive branch and you use it to stick him in the eyeball,

That's when we got hit with the highest tuition increases in the country. At A&M-Texarkana, tuition and fees went up 48 percent. Students are now paying an extra $1,030 a year because of Rick Perry's tuition deregulation, which has been an absolute failure.

What is realistic is to tax every business fairly. Only one in eight of Texas' businesses are paying for a franchise tax. The right way is to spread the tax out evenly; the wrong way is to protect special interest.

I have no problem with battling for a position. I have no problem trying to beat somebody out. It's a sport, competition, so I'm used to it.

It's becoming increasingly obvious that Rick Perry just doesn't get it, that he doesn't understand that budgets are moral documents, that there are human costs attached to fiscal decisions,

The American people do not begrudge anyone his or her power until they start abusing it.

When you're trying to move away from a system that is overburdened with loopholes, you don't replace it with a system with still more loopholes.

I like the way that shakes out. I like the numbers.

It's shaping up to be basically a reorganization of his campaign in a nonprofit structure.

The American people expect public servants to be able to police themselves. But instead of designing a system to enforce ethical conduct, Tom Delay and his cohorts have implemented a self protection system. Obviously, it wasn't good for democracy.

I think that people need to have the courage of their convictions and not be trying to fool people into thinking that they've changed overnight.

I've always opposed vouchers, and I will continue opposing vouchers. Texas won't have the best public schools in the country if we're raiding their funding to send kids to private schools.

The DeLay story struck a nerve with people all across the United States because Tom DeLay put a face to what Walt Whitman called "the never-ending audacity of elected persons." Suddenly, they could see corruption up close.

A revenue-neutral proposal is like rearranging deck chairs on the Titanic.

I think there was some burgers, and I know there was some French fries. I had been in school for two weeks. That's why my parents were so pleased, getting off to such a glorious start. Getting thrown in the clink in the first month.

Just about everyone in our state is demanding that leaders do something about the quality of education in our public schools.

The price of freedom is eternal vigilance. Don't store unnecessary data, keep an eye on what's happening, and don't take unnecessary risks.

Border state governors are in a position to shine light on these issues and get the ball moving forward.

I want an across-the-board pay raise with a dependable funding source.

My motive for running is to get Texas out of the 'Thank God for Mississippi' club.

There are other chapters to be written about that story.

By raiding the surplus to pay for a property-tax cut, Perry is proposing a plan that is still $1 billion short of inadequate because it forgets one very important thing: schools.

I want to see how the Arizona plan works out, utilizing the National Guard. It would be more expensive for the state of Texas... but if it's successful there, I think we're going to have to perhaps consider that type of plan.

Only one out of every eight business is paying to support our system.

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American Politician, Attorney, and Journalist