Quick Bytes 2/17/2018

Quick Bytes by George Rodriguez


George Soros is pumping money into the Bexar County Democratic DA primary race – Wake up San Antonio and Bexar County! Noted anti-American leftist George Soros has indicated how important the LGBT and Sanctuary Cities movements are to him and his supporters by financially backing progressive/leftist Joe Gonzales for Bexar County district attorney in the Democratic primary.

Soros has donated just under $70,000 to back Gonzales in his Democrat primary challenge to Bexar County District Attorney Nicholas LaHood. LaHood is a Democrat but opposes sanctuary cities and said he supports Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s crackdown on cities that defy federal immigration law.

It is evident that Soros and Left want to “fundamentally change” Texas with open borders and GLBT issues because if Texas falls, the rest of America falls too. Conservatives need to understand that stopping Sanctuary Cities, and protecting privacy in public bathrooms are very important to the future of our state, nation, and society.

Given Soros’ interest in the local election, conservatives should wake up and rally themselves to the polls in greater numbers than the low 12% voter turn-out in the last general municipal elections. This local general election will be extremely important for conservatives.

Some San Antonio pastors and clergy who have good relations with LaHood, have panicked and want to encourage people to vote in the Democratic primary to save him. They forget there are many more conservative, pro-Christian, pro-family candidates in the Republican primary that need their support to defeat RINOs…and eventually the Leftist Democrats.

Tylden Shaeffer is running for Bexar County DA unopposed in the Republican primary. Political wisdom says conservatives should do everything possible to get him elected in the November against any Democrat to send a message to Soros and the Left.

For too long, Bexar County Republicans and RINOs have played footsies with Democrats. However, these Democrats are not your father’s Democrats; they are anti-Texas, anti-Constitution, anti-Christian, and anti-traditional family Democrats.

As early voting begins, conservative voters in Bexar County need to wake up to the very real and eminent threat from George Soros. Truly, the defense of freedom and liberty starts in your backyard, and that means voting in the local primary and general elections for the most conservative grassroots candidates.

Wake up San Antonio, Bexar County, South Texas and Texas. If the Alamo falls, Texas and America falls too.


The Border Patrol, a key element in protecting the border, is having problems hiring and keeping agents. While the agency is authorized to hire 5,000 new Border Patrol agents this year, agents are leaving as quickly as new ones are hired.

The agency has contracted with a private company at $297 million to recruit new agents. However, spending $297 million to hire 5,000 works out to some $40,000 per hire which is more than a CBP officer’s starting salary, and that doesn’t cover the administrative costs of hiring. Is it money well spent?

Poor pay, plus applicants failing the polygraph tests, plus a lack of benefits to cover assignments to rural isolated places, plus the growing violence in the borderlands are among the issues need to addressed if more agents are to recruited.

Congress needs to address this issue as part of the national border security.

While Democrats and open-borders groups say that there is no way Mexico is going to pay for the border wall, taxing or imposing fees on U.S. funds sent privately to Mexico and other countries is a definitely alternative. Consider these facts. According to the World Bank, $133.5 billion in remittances flowed out of the U.S. in 2015. In 2016, remittances to Mexico (mostly from the U.S.) hit a record $27 billion, exceeding that country’s revenues from oil exports. An estimated 83 percent of Mexicans who enter the U.S. illegally send money home. The state of Oklahoma already assesses a 1 percent fee on all personal wire transfers of cash to accounts outside the state. Why not charge for funds leaving America? In less than 10 years, a 2 percent remittance surcharge would raise the $25 billion Trump wants for a border security trust fund, including a 2,000-mile wall.

Let’s tell Congress this must be part of any new immigration policy and legislation.

George Rodriguez is a syndicated writer, commentator, and webcaster; former President of the San Antonio Tea Party. George’s comments can be read on Facebook at El Conservador at his webpage at

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