Though the Javelina Democrats are not currently an official club at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, those who consider themselves to be left leaning are no less concerned about the 2012 election.
“We’ve hit a few snags trying to get the club registered as an official student organization,” said Mary Lee Grant, Political Science professor for TAMUK, “We’re trying to get all the proper forms submitted at the moment.”
In order for Javelina democrats to be counted as an official organization, they must first submit the Student Organization Registration form. This form must include their organizational purpose, and a list of who will be their advisor, president, vice-president, secretary, and treasurer.
However, organizations are not allowed to formally meet until they have submitted the applicable paperwork.
“So, we can’t sign everything until we meet, but we’re not allowed to meet until we sign everything.” Grant said, “As you can imagine, things have been a bit complicated.”
Nonetheless, students of TAMUK who consider themselves democrats have kept abreast of national politics. Undergrads and professors alike have expressed concern with the the nation’s current economic woes, and how each party might deal with them.
“The 2008 financial crisis was a bi-partisan crisis, make no mistake” said Richard Hartwig, Political Science professor for TAMUK. “But after that you had standard Keynesian economics, where you have to rescue the banks, rescue the auto industry, and rescue the middle class.”
Hartwig pointed out how the republican platform calling for tax cuts on Americans doesn’t match up with the fiscal realities of a mid-to-post recession economy.
“The tax income of the United States government is incredibly low. We’re taking in something like 15% of GDP and we’re spending 25%, so we’re borrowing about 40 cents on every dollar we spend,” Hartwig said, “It’s a crazy time to be talking about tax cuts, particularly for wealthy people.”
“The Republicans are in a very difficult situation here,” Hartwig said, “How can you make the argument that the richest people in the country shouldn’t pay their fair share? It’s astonishing to me.”
Most of all, democrats at TAMUK expressed their disdain for the republican nominee for president, former Massachusetts governor and Bain Capital, co-founder Mitt Romney.
“Guy’s just creepy,” said Robert Alvarado, an English at TAMUK, “He’s always got this contemptuous grin on his face.”
Others had no problem with Romney personally, but found his businesslike political views unwieldy.
“The government is not a business, and corporations are not people.” Hartwig said, “I’ll believe that corporations are people when Texas executes one.”