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Letters to the editor, March 26

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Poster children

Hypocrite -- a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.

When Republicans in Texas complain about government overreach by the federal government, they are only referring to any "overreach" linked to Democratic policies.

Both Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have demonstrated they are the poster children for the hypocrite label.

When Obamacare was passed in 2009, Abbott was one of many Republican governors who didn't want the federal government to extend Medicare services in their state to help low-income families with their health care coverage. "Let the states decides this," Abbott bellowed back then.

But Abbott thinks it's "a superior approach" if there is a "broad-based law by the state of Texas that [will] pre-empt local regulations" (House Bill 153) now that there's a move to regain some local autonomy lost through last session's HB 40?

Likewise, Patrick was aghast when the Obama administration implemented an executive order to allow individuals to use public restrooms they best identify with as transgender people. Not only did Patrick oppose this, he turned around and imposed his own moral perceptions by supporting a bill that would "crack down on local laws and school policies requiring bathroom accommodations for transgender Texans." (Senate Bill 6)

To paraphrase a popular Kris Kristofferson tune, to Texas Republicans "Freedom's just another word they like to abuse."

Larry Beck,