MON brief 2.22.21
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TEXAS isn’t a failed state.
The fake news promulgating progressive activists at the Texas Tribune along with the three-year straight loser darling of the Democrat party Beto O’Rourke are jumping the shark trying to leverage power-outages last week into their political messaging.
We’ll see just how committed these folks are to their hyperbole based on their residency decisions.
There are presumably other non-failure states suitable to these snowflakes. They could move to New York, where we now know Governor Cumo turned nursing homes into death camps, or California where they have regular blackouts under normal circumstances.
It’s non-serious to call Texas a failed state.
The state’s electric grid suffered a partial failure while handling an unprecedented cold snap, at worst, 86% of Texans still had power last week. Most who didn’t have electricity for extended periods (nearly two days for me) found ways to keep warm and feed without endangering themselves or loved ones.
At the local level, there were large numbers of Texans who were without water. Blame assignment in these localized events varies. Based on a review of reporting, there was a mix of strain/malfunctions at processing plants coupled with widespread leaks due to failed or unattemted mitigation efforts on the part of businesses and homeowners.
Do state and local governments deserve a measure of displeasure and blame for the state of affairs? Yes. Republican lawmakers have for too long entertained the perpetual whining machine the left has concocted to stymie priority legislation, and this is in part the result.
Now, this session will see must-pass measures (election integrity first and foremost) paired with the need to meaningfully fortify the electrical grid. These items have to occur at the same time, or additional sessions must be called.
These good governance areas must not be subjugated to the favorite pastime of lawmakers, lining the pockets of lobbying interests. This session’s pet project, as it was in 2013 (water), is infrastructure related.
Speaking of the 2013 boondoggle, how did that help in 2021? Has that money been well spent?
Texans have work to do as well. It’s not the government’s job to take care of citizens, and lawmakers have to be watched even more closely now they've been given an “emergency” to tackle.
We’re in the danger zone. The entirety of 2020 was a master’s class in the havoc that elected, and non-elected individuals can reek on citizens when given an opening. Let’s not make the same mistake twice.
In addition to keeping an eye on Austin, do some small things at home to make weathering the next storm easier. Grab a rain barrel or two and collect some water. Cut and stack some wood. Keep a stock of emergency food goods that could last your family a week.
This isn’t fringe prepper stuff; it’s responsible. What’s more likely to take out Texas’ grid (or the U.S. grid for that matter) in the future is a cyber attack from China or another enemy state. Be ready. If you’re relying on the government, you won’t be.
UNION CRANKS are angling for more money.
That category of spending, running government schools shouldn’t be confused with educating kids since it isn’t strictly for education (many students were and are no longer attending public schools).
As mentioned previosly, 2020 was a system disrupter/destroyer.
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