Texas Republicans and Democrats, who agreed on almost nothing coming out of their conventions, did coalesce around one central theme.
President Donald J. Trump.
Senator Ted Cruz set the tone for the conservative party saying, “Democrats hate the president and they are coming for Texas.”
Political science professors at both Rice University and the University of Houston seemed to confirm Cruz’s declaration.
Rice professor Mark P. Jones believes the Democrats' best chance for success is to convert the election into a referendum on the Trump presidency: “Trump remains the Texas Republican Party’s weakest flank.”
University of Houston professor Brandon Rottinghaus agrees that such a theme should resonate with Democrats and their voters.
So, let’s speculate for a moment about the possible impact on the DFW economy if the blue wave that ebbs and flows peaks in time for the Democrats to take over the U. S. House of Representatives.
First up would be a constitutional crisis as Democrats move to impeach the president.
That alone could roil the stock market as money seeks a safe harbor instead of being risked for expansion or new business ventures.
The next unsettling event would be for the Democratic leaders' promised efforts to roll back Trump’s tax relief initiatives that have encouraged investment and led to growth.
What’s at stake is an unemployment rate at the lowest in half a century.
After all, the way most of the country benefits from a strong economy is through job creation. That’s been so successful that reports say there now are more job openings than the number of people seeking work.
The next change would be to stop continued efforts to reduce burdensome government regulation that has characterized the Trump administration.
Absent congressional support, those initiatives would likely be significantly truncated or, at the very least, put into a state of limbo.
The combination of tax and regulatory relief being curtailed could set back our region of the country, currently prospering more than almost anywhere else.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics' latest report finds employment in the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington area rising at 2.7 percent compared to the national rate of 1.6 percent.
The report goes on to say that among the 12 largest metropolitan areas in the country, ours ranked second in both the rate of job growth and the number of jobs added.
Those kinds of robust numbers weren’t happening under the previous Democratic administration and neither were the forces that have driven the rise to such prosperity.
We here in North Texas fall in the category of the places with the most to lose.
So, voters may want to consider if all the noise and daily assault on the president should obscure the results achieved over the past 18 months.
You don’t have to like the manner, style, demeanor or the tweets of the current occupant in the White House.
But, it’s hard not to like the outcomes that have lifted so many to a higher quality of life. And, there’s the promise of more if the ship of state is not dashed upon the rocks of liberalism and more government.
What the Democratic Party is hoping for is that you will join Democrats' obsession with stopping Trump instead of voting in a manner that best serves your interests and that of your fellow Americans.
My prediction is that Texans will figure that out and the result will be our state leading the way toward continued progress.
We just have to hope people across the country are seeing our success and realizing how they too can have the same.
Richard Greene is a former Arlington mayor, served as an appointee of President George W. Bush as regional administrator for the Environmental Protection Agency.