What We’re Reading

David Horsey, writing in the LATimes, points out something so obvious that it slipped right past me:

Hurricane Harvey has exposed the weakness of the three shibboleths that have been the guiding political philosophy for two generations of Republicans. Those three shaky imperatives are that 1) lowering taxes is always a good idea, 2) government programs can always be cut and 3) economic growth must always be given priority over environmental concerns.

It’s not that we should be thankful for Hurricane Harvey (I’m never thankful for death and destruction), but HH does give us another object lesson to point to the next time some Ayn Randian asshole comes along (Hello Ted Cruz!): Libertarian Texas is going to need the Big Bad Gubmint to (literally and figuratively) bail them out of a literal toxic mess of their own making.

Anyway, I highly recommend reading the editorial. It has lots’a points to consider and Horsey (Gawd, I love that name!) backs them up pretty damn well. You might want to print this one out and have it ready for your Facebook Rage Uncle this Thanksgiving.

Also/too: Vogue(!) has a pretty pointed article up that did make me laugh out loud: Donald Trump in Houston: “Have A Good Time Everybody”. I’m giving them style points (see what I did there?) for this one.

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5 Responses to What We’re Reading

  1. Honestly, its not going to stop them, or even make them think for a moment.

    Serial killers like Teddy ‘Zodiac’ Cruz rely on the fact the the greater mass of humanity has a conscience and won’t call them on their bluff to hang Texas out to dry.

    I guaran-damn-tee that the next hurricane to hit the East Coast will get the Full Sandy from the likes of the Zodiac and the rest of his merry band of Sociopathic serial killer klub members Freedumb Caucus.

    This is Texas, for gods sake…their response to a fertilizer plant blowing up half a town was to make it illegal to demand to know what they’re storing. This is beyond a wanton disregard of human life, and well into deliberately manufacturing conditions to kill people.


  2. kathywompus says:

    They will pull the same whining crap when the inevitable earthquake hits California, too.

    Suddenly they’ll be “fiscally responsible” again.

    Remember this gem from Darth Cheney:

    “You know, Paul, Reagan proved that deficits don’t matter. We won the mid-term elections, this is our due.”
    Remarks on Paul O’Neill (January 9, 2004)

    I’m saving my donations for the next blue state that gets whacked.


    • tengrain says:

      Kathywompus –

      It is tempting, I admit. Having grown up in California, I recall how it took at least a decade after Loma Prieta for infrastructure to return to something resembling normal.

      That said, when the Northridge Quake happened, within 6 months everything was rebuilt, the freeways were up and running.

      We didn’t get our new span of the bay bridge, and even then they argued that N California should pay for it entirely.

      Gov. Wilson was in charge for both of ’em and treated them entirely differently. His base was in SoCal.

      So what I’m saying is that things can shift. I think all Americans are worth supporting (it goes back to my belief in Universal Healthcare: everyone should get it, even the people we disagree with)

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    • MDavis says:

      Here’s a heartless thought – how about saving your donations for those attempting to fix the disaster of the US voting system. Root causes, you know – it is one.

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