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.