Tom Pauken’s Prepared Remarks at the Texas Workforce Commission Business Conference on February 7, 2011

With our 35 percent corporate tax rate and 6.2 percent payroll tax, it is the most onerous business tax system in the world – and a job killer here at home. Not only is a strong domestic energy sector an important part of a vibrant private sector and our U.S. manufacturing base, it also is critical for national security reasons – to lessen our dependence on unstable sources of foreign energy from the Middle East and countries like Venezuela where a would-be Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, is in power.

Patriot Act Passed and Freedom Passed Away

"Today, the affinity of the American people for liberty is not as strong as it once was. Spooked by a single bad day of three terrorist attacks, the American mindset has moved toward a desperate grab of safety, holding onto what's ours, in what is no longer regarded so much as a nation as a homeland, a piece of territory bereft of the liberal values that were at the core of the founding of the United States of America." -- Irregular Times