Monday, June 1, 2015

Lone Star state hates the fed but is willing to take its money

Robert Reich, in his most recent post, provides ample evidence for concluding that Texas is a breeding ground for nut-cases and hypocrites. The TX congressional delegation, including the master of ooze, Ted Crooze, opposed aid for victims of Hurricane Sandy; now they want aid for TX. That's the hypocrisy.

As for the nut-cases, take your pick. Their Governor jacked up the paranoid right wingers by mobilizing the national guard to "monitor" military exercises.

There are nut cases everywhere, but Texas’s governor, Greg Abbott added to that particular outpouring of paranoia by ordering the Texas State Guard to monitor the military exercise. "It is important that Texans know their safety, constitutional rights, private property rights and civil liberties will not be infringed upon," he said. In other words, he’d protect Texans from this federal plot.

And their elected politicians are a disgrace in their denial of climate change and funding for science.

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.

That amounts to sticking the TX head into the TX sand. Except they'd have to get through a few feet of water to do it.

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