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Cousin Debbie and the pit of hell

I'm just now learning about the most prominent Riddle in Texas, State Representative Debbie Riddle, R-Tomball.

Debbie Riddle

I'm proud to say that she not only has great Nancy Reagan hair but also a way with words:

"Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education, free medical care, free whatever? It comes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes straight out of the pit of hell. And it's cleverly disguised as having a tender heart, [but] it's ripping the heart out of this country."
This was in an interview with the El Paso Times on the subject of border health care. Hispanic legislators responded by passing out lapel stickers reading, "I'm from the pit of hell." I've got to try to get one of those.
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I have always secretly believed that your name was really a pseudonym, possibly that of J.D. Salinger, even after having had the secret police investigate you thoroughly. Now I'm beginning to think that Texas doesn't really exist either.

blogal village idiot [colin cxe blogalization punkto org] • 2003.06.26
actually, if cousin debbie did her research, she would see that the idea of free healthcare and education is pretty much the standard in western european countries, and that karl marx (a german, not a russian) came up with the ideas that form the basis of communism. so nice to see how educated and aware our elected leaders are.

AND, we live in a somewhat socialist state anyway -- all ms. riddle has to do is look at her phone and utility bills to see that she's already subsidizing those services for low-income people. bruja!

melanie [mojomariposa cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2003.06.26
Somebody should send an email back through time and space to coz Debbie to let her know: Mistah Brezhnev, he dead. And have her explain why the state of Texas owes her any sort of benefits. Back to the snake pit of hell. Move over, Dante.

jim [giacomo cxe bisso punkto com] • 2003.06.26
Since y'all are taking this item seriously, I should point out that the US had widespread free and compulsory education long before there was a Soviet Union. Thomas Jefferson argued for it in 1779, Massachusetts began instituting free public schools in 1837 and made attendance compulsory in 1852. By 1918 every state had free and compulsory education through elementary school. Here in Texas, the lack of public education was cited as one of the grievances against Mexico in the Texas Declaration of Independence of 1836 and the Republic first funded public education in 1845. (These dates are from A Timeline of Public Education in America and the TEA's History of Public Education in Texas.)

If Rep. Riddle is worried about Bolshevism, I can think of no better way to cause its resurgence than to create a class of illiterate, unemployable people living in shantytowns while the people whose parents could afford to educate them live next door in gated communities.

As for free health care, isn't that a bit ironic from someone whose website lists her occupation as "Firefighter and EMT"? Does she require Visa or Mastercard before hooking up to the hydrant or applying CPR? (Her Houston Chronicle bio says her occupation is actually "horse breeder".)

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2003.06.26
(I would say no offense, but...) Thank goodness I don't live in Tomball with my folks. But at least she'll protect my little bro's right to shoot at racoons on our property.

kika [kika cxe expositionkink punkto com] • 2003.06.29
Nothing is free, everything has a cost, why should the taxpayers bear the burden of education, healthcare, etc. for illegal immigrants? We should not! Let them immigrate legally and pay taxes!

Slay Commies [csviruschecker cxe cswebmail punkto com] • 2004.10.04
Well, Mr. Commie Slayer, illegal immigrants *do* pay taxes -- unless their bosses just pocket them. And in any case they pay sales tax and, through rent, pay property taxes.

But Cousin Debbie wasn't talking about illegal immigrants in particular. She was talking about free education or healthcare for anybody. Cousin Debbie would prefer that children die in the streets outside the hospital door if they don't have the dough-re-mi to go inside. And she'd prefer that kids whose only mistake was not being born to rich parents grow up illiterate so the only way they have to make money is to break into your house and steal your stuff.

Prentiss Riddle [riddle cxe io punkto com] • 2004.10.05
Debbie Riddle has the distinction of being the only politician ever to knock on my door and ask for my vote. I was underwhelmed. I asked her if, short of zoning, there was any role for government in trying to promote the conservation of trees in the radidly denuding area of 1960/Louetta in Spring TX. She said "no there is no role for government there". Needless to say I cost her my vote. I now see where she has seen where the votes are and now opposes at least one of the planned routes for the "Grand Concreteway". I'm surprised, she must not have gotten the memo to get on board with the developers.

cacafuego [cacafuego95 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2004.10.06
She always has run unopposed. Except in a Primary where her Republican Opponent had the misfortune of having a Hispanic Surname.

Instead of griping, anyone care to put their name on the ballot, careful you might win- but would your boss appreciate your extended vacation in Austin?

However- BEWARE: I believe that her husband is a wealthy attorney and she has the presence of mind to personally meet her voters and find a their soft-spots (i.e- Grand Parkway).

PoorGrunt [PoorGrunt cxe Hotmail punkto com] • 2005.02.02
Debbie Riddle is cruel and hateful, just like the other so called "Christian Conservatives". If she gets her way, this country will go backward in time to the last gilded age when only the elite could read and write.

kathleen [knblees cxe johncooper punkto com] • 2005.08.13
Hey Kathleen have you met Debbie Riddle? How do you know that she is cruel and hateful? I know for a fact that she is not. She is a great mother and grandmother and her "wealthy attorney" husband works 60 to 70 hours a week. How many hours do you work PoorGrunt? Everyone is aloud to have their own thoughts, for this is a free country, but to attack someone character just because you don't like the way they do something. Maybe you all need to run for office.

Casandra [funnygirl177 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.08.29
debbie riddle means well, she truly does, but she didn't have to destroy a book i foolishly lent her in the late 80's (comparing christianity w/ islam, among other things) just to demonstrate to me that rich republicans of the religious right persuasion don't need to apologize to poor democrats (much less compensate us) for stealing our property..

frederic kelley III [fsk3 cxe sbcglobal punkto net] • 2005.10.19
This is Debbie Riddles nephew, to be honest your not getting your facts right. Just make sure you know what your talking about for now on.

Gary Young Jr. [gmy14131 cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2005.11.06
Wow! looks like I generated a discussion.

In answer to your question, Cassandra, I generally work 50 hours a week, like most other Poor Grunts. Sometimes I work much more, sometimes not much less. However, this is consequential to prioritizing my family.

Nevertheless, I PROMISE you, there are many who work MUCH harder and MUCH longer than Mr. Riddle yet must harvest much less sweet fruit. Why that is so I leave to you to distinguish.

To be honest, I was stung by your response, as obviously I hit quite close to home. I sincerely apologize for any reference you found personal- I believe Debbie must be (if, for no other reason, her occupation) quite personable and nice to be around.

Moreover, I find Kathleen's response quite "over-the-top".

But, in any case, gentle readers, please note the topic of this discussion was generated by Debbie's Quote:

"Where did this idea come from that everybody deserves free education, free medical care, free whatever? It comes from Moscow, from Russia. It comes straight out of the pit of hell. And it's cleverly disguised as having a tender heart, [but] it's ripping the heart out of this country."

Are these the words we are happy with coming comfortably from the tongue of our state representative? Further, has she not been fairly consistent to these views?

We NEED a new state representative. Someone who can can and will defeat the incumbent and who will command respect from BOTH sides of the aisle for Spring/Tomball.

And no, Cassandra, I am but a Poor Grunt, and I am afraid my boss will not appreciate my extended vacation in Austin.

PoorGrunt [PoorGrunt cxe Hotmail punkto com] • 2005.12.02
Thank you Debbie for all that you do for us in District 150. I think you are our Lady Hammer. Thanks again.

JudyBielamowicz [judynorm cxe hotmail punkto com] • 2006.02.06

meh • 2006.03.20
Don't feel bad if you got the context of the quote wrong. Everyone did. This quote came right after a hearing for a committee Rep. Riddle sat on, where someone was petitioning the State of Texas, in the midst of a $10 billion deficit, for millions more dollars to spend on healthcare for illegal immigrants on Texas border.

Representative Riddle became very angry in the meeting (she was about two months into her first legislative session ever) over the request, because the legislators were desperately searching for ways to tend to the needs of Texas citizens while still making up for a $10 billion shortfall, one of the largest in state history. When a reporter from El Paso asked her why would the state be unwilling to pay for illegal immigrants, she delivered the above quote in reference to care for ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS only.

It was a classic rookie mistake, allowing a reporter to milk a quote from you that would live on out of context for a long, long time. I suspect she still hears about it. But the fact remains that the quote never had anything to do with removing our system of public education or health care, but rather the denial of state benefits for illegal aliens.

There! All better! :)

Bob • 2006.07.18
Hi, Bob.

Sorry, Bob.

That would fly if Debbie were not so consistent. She even voted against Perry's & the GOP's School Funding Program- not because it was insufficient . . . but because she thought it was too much.

Nevertheless, read the quote- is it reasonable to believe that she was solely referring to a very specific case?

Her voting record is consistent with this quote regarding Texas Public Schools. Would you have us believe that this was is simple "gaffe" -in no way reflective of her overall views? Reread the quote and review her voting record.

In any case, the Democrats have finally put up a challenger- Dot Nelson-Turnier.

Her background is in Banking. Check out her web-site and links- Google her. You can look her up on

But, I highly recommend that everyone in District 150 meet her, as I did.

I met a MATURE & PRACTICAL progressive, who can and will gain respect from BOTH sides of the aisle in Austin.

Dot can be a big part in changing Austin's dialogue while successfully securing the interests of the people and families of our District.

Poor Grunt • 2006.07.28
The view here in mis-undestood. The Texas elite depend upon cheap, mexican labor to reap their profits. It is of little wonder that they are unwilling to pay to provide these albeit "illegal" people with the basics of human care. Don't cut into my profit!!! It's the American Way!!

These Neocons will exploit any human possible to increase their profit at the expence of human suffering!! Who cares!!

Well, stop blogging and take to the streets!!! It's the American way!!!

ricbiffer [ricbiff cxe yahoo punkto com] • 2007.08.02
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