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How Texans Love and Hate the Federal Government

Flooding in Dallas

It was just about a month ago when Greg Abbott, the governor of Texas, announced that he and the Texas National Guard were going to keep an eye on the US Military just in case our military decided to take over Texas and several other states. Then the heavens opened up and dumped tons and tons of rain on Texas. This same governor couldn’t ask for Federal disaster relieve quick enough.

From Robert Reich:

Texans dislike the federal government even more than most other Americans do. According to a February poll conducted by the University of Texas and the Texas Tribune, only 23 percent of Texans view the federal government favorably, while 57 percent view it unfavorably, including more than a third who hold a “very unfavorable” view.

Texas dislikes the federal government so much that eight of its congressional representatives, along with Senator Ted Cruz, opposed disaster relief for the victims of Hurricane Sandy – adding to the awkwardness of their lobbying for the federal relief now heading Texas’s way.

Yet even before the current floods, Texas had received more disaster relief than any other state, according to a study by the Center for American Progress. That’s not simply because the state is so large. It’s also because Texas is particularly vulnerable to extreme weather – tornadoes on the plains, hurricanes in the Gulf, flooding across its middle and south.

Given this, you might also think Texas would take climate change especially seriously. But here again, there’s cognitive dissonance between what the state needs and how its officials act.

Among Texas’s infamous climate-change deniers is Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, who dismissed last year’s report by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change as “more political than scientific,“ and the White House report on the urgency of addressing climate change as designed “to frighten Americans.” Smith is still at it. His committee just slashed by more than 20 percent NASA’s spending on Earth science, which includes climate change. (more…)

By | 2015-06-02T22:54:16+00:00 June 1st, 2015|Party Politics|Comments Off on How Texans Love and Hate the Federal Government

News Roundup – Moving, Benghazi, Blockbuster

I really hate these "happy" movers

I really hate these “happy” movers

I really, really hate moving. I hate the whole process. I hate being in limbo, not knowing where your stuff is. I really hate boxes. Damn.

Now that I have gotten that off my chest. I don’t understand CBS’ story on Benghazi. Lara Logan, a reporter who has done great work in the past, spent a year on this story. A year. Basically, she tells Dylan Davies’ story which I might add will be published by Simon and Schuster. Simon and Schuster just happens to be owned by CBS. WaPo has mentioned that this guy has told at least one version of his Benghazi experience that was really different than what was shown to us on the tube. For some reason, that doesn’t seem to bother Lara Logan and 60 Minutes. Personally, I don’t know what to believe. I do know that we were attacked by terrorists. I do know that we did not have adequate security. I have no idea what the protocol for security in a hostile environment would be. We have been told that the attack took about 90 minutes. Top military officials said that there wasn’t time to get military assets from wherever they were to Benghazi to help our ambassador. That’s what I think I know.

Stick a fork in Blockbuster. They are more than done. The once mighty company has decided to close its remaining stores. They were everywhere just a decade ago. Faster, stronger internet, smartphones and the iPad killed Blockbuster. It is sad that Blockbuster couldn’t adapt quickly.

By | 2013-11-07T00:35:28+00:00 November 6th, 2013|Foreign Affairs|Comments Off on News Roundup – Moving, Benghazi, Blockbuster

The Government Shutdown

So, here’s the deal. The Republicans are upset over the Affordable Care Act. They don’t have the votes to repeal it, so they are throwing a temper tantrum. It is that simple. This is no bipartisan meltdown as some are suggesting. This is one party who hates government and hates this law andwill do anything to stop it.

By | 2013-10-02T21:13:26+00:00 October 2nd, 2013|Domestic Issues, Obama administration, Party Politics, The Daily Show|Comments Off on The Government Shutdown