As you all likely know, yesterday Jim Tolbert was sworn into office and took his seat at the city council chambers. I recently pointed out that Jim Tolbert is an extension of Susie Byrd, who by default is an extension of Veronica Escobar. There are still some who read my blog that believe that I am crazy when I point out that Veronica Escobar is consolidating her political power base at all levels of government. Escobar is doing this by building a stable of electable individuals and placing them in appropriate elected offices in order to allow Escobar to continue to push forth her public policy agenda.
As I have previously written many times before, the public policy is actually not Escobar’s but Ray Caballero’s scheme of artificially building an El Paso utopia by using taxes to prop up untenable public works and services. This is best exemplified by the El Paso Children’s Hospital. Unfortunately, the children’s hospital is just a minor part of the whole scheme. Remember that Caballero’s dream was to build a medically-based economy for El Paso in the hopes that El Paso would become the mecca for medical innovation and a tourist medicine destination. The fact that it makes no financial sense has not stopped them. Instead of building a financial economy on sound business models, Caballero and cohorts embarked on building facades of economic prosperity through taxation in the hopes that magically the medically-based economy would rise from the ashes of the failed economy of El Paso.
When Caballero was summarily dismissed from the City it did not stop the initial three amigos – Caballero, Rodriguez and Shapleigh – from pushing forth the agenda by encouraging like-minded people that they could incubate and prepare until they could be voted into office. They consolidated power and learned from their mistakes. The Community Scholars from where individuals like Jose Landeros emerge, was designed to pay wages to individuals while they waited for an opening for an elected office. Of course, the political office would have publicly-funded paychecks for them. Veronica Escobar raked in thousands of dollars at the Community Scholars until she could be elected into the County. Escobar is now the face of the troika – Caballero, Rodriguez and Shapleigh. Community Scholars was fundamentally funded through tax dollars.
As you know Jose Rodriguez is at the Texas Senate. Beto O’Rourke, another individual associated with the Community Scholars and Caballero, is in Congress. Recently there have been rumblings of a comeback by Eliot Shapleigh. Regardless of whether any of that is true, the scheme of raiding the tax coffers for the public policy agenda and the incubating of the stable of like-minded individuals until they can be elected is still ongoing. Look at where Jose Landeros draws his paycheck from today. Look at how he is being groomed and positioned for a political future.
In other words, the Veronica Escobar clan is building a stable of candidates to keep the public policy agenda moving forward.
When Susie Byrd termed out of office at the City, they had a setback when Jim Tolbert was outvoted by Larry Romero voters. Escobar lost access and a vote she controlled at the City.
Fast forward to yesterday and you can clearly see Veronica Escobar celebrating access to the city once again.
After Tolbert was sworn in yesterday, he thanked his family, AND Veronica Escobar and Susie Byrd, which were in attendance yesterday.
As you can clearly see, as demonstrated by yesterday’s events and Byrd’s election work on behalf of Tolbert, Escobar and her cohorts have learned from their mistakes and are back in full force getting their political stable back into the game.
If you thought the children’s hospital was an anomaly think again. The ballpark was just the beginning. Escobar may have control over the County but she lacks a fundamental tool, the ability to create new taxes or raise fees. She needs the city for that.
Remember, the ballpark, the children’s hospital, the trollies need one thing and that is your tax dollars. If you still don’t believe me, pierce into the details of the political schemes to take control of the jail and the court system. They are revenue generators and if the County executive government can take direct control of them they can divert tax dollars to where they want them to go.
Jim Tolbert may have the right intentions but the individuals that can sway his thinking put him into office. How do you think Tolbert will vote on controversial items that increase taxes or fees for the taxpayers of the community? I am sure it is clear to all of you.