One of the more annoying bits of propaganda to emanate from the Right Wingnuts over the years was that Texas was special, and that Texans should really invoke their right to secede (there isn't one, as it happens). Texas has been, for the last century or so, just a bunch of Blue Eyed Arabs, sucking at the hind teat of petro. Geology has gotten smarter over the century, but it doesn't create that black goop. Either it's there or it isn't.

So, of course, they haven't seceded and want Uncle Sugar to send them gobs of moolah to fix Houston, which even an increasing number of Texans admit has been a cluster fuck for decades. The place floods like a wave pool without hurricanes just average rain storms, for crying out loud. I wonder if the Texans will also vote to fix Puerto Rico? Ya think?

It finally seems to be dawning on people that low taxes, less regulation and more oil are no substitute for actually governing.

Take a close look at that map. Notice something? Well, I'll tell you: greater Boston, including southern New Hampshire of course, is going great guns. As it has for a long time. Socialism works.

The tale of the Texas Miracle was a big fat lie: Plentiful oil, low regulation and even lower taxes are not a panacea. Sure, they don't hurt. But they don't help, not without consistent, well-considered state policy to attract and build businesses.

Still, there is hope. Harvey is forcing Texans to rethink our political dogma of small government at any cost. Harris County, which surrounds Democratic Houston and includes bedrock Republican suburbs, has placed everything on the table to prevent disasters in the future: from radical rezoning to land conservation and a giant Dutch-style engineering project to protect the region from another direct hit. That will take at least tens of billions of taxpayer dollars.
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As Dr. McElhone (of UT/Austin) used to say, "Boy howdy!"

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Comment by Boanerges on September 24, 2017 at 1:41pm

Following the disastrous Hurricane Hazel in 1954, standards were passed provincially that prevented (idiot) people from building on floodplains. Of course, the mostly right wing types objected ("You can't tell me what to do with my land"), but common sense prevailed for once. As a result, Toronto has perhaps the largest urban park system in the world, built along the murderous low-lying areas of the Humber and Don rivers, and the rest of municipalities here were and are regulated by conservation authorities. It works. I can only hope that Texas follows suit to reduce the threat of more loss of life and property damage.

Comment by koshersalaami on September 24, 2017 at 2:26pm

I once wrote a post on Texas secession.That one was fun to write.

Comment by Robert Young on September 24, 2017 at 3:57pm
Comment by Rodney Roe on September 25, 2017 at 7:04pm

We should build a wall between Texas and the U.S.

Comment by Robert Young on September 25, 2017 at 7:42pm

the problem with being on the supply end of an exporting economy:  you starve without rich importers.  without the Blue states, the Red states would be like Texas.  wait... they are!


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