The GOP’s Perfect Free-Market Storm Just Devastated Texas

Today the nine most terrifying words in the English language may actually be “I’m a Republican politician and I run your government.”


Daily Beast: President Ronald Reagan once claimed, in that jovial, grandfatherly voice that often concealed the impact of his words, “the nine most terrifying words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’”

Thirty-five years worshipping at the altar of free markets and deregulation later, America has gone from being perceived by most countries as “a city on a hill” to a nation that sometimes has actual bread lines. (Wasn’t this one of the things we didn’t like about the Soviet Union?).

Yet, after a year in which the federal government under Donald Trump refused to take any responsibility for coordinating the response to a once-in-a-hundred-years pandemic that has claimed nearly half a million American lives, the tide seems to be turning. As I write this on Thursday, millions of Texans are without power and half of the people in Harris County, the third largest county in the country, also lack running water, after being hit with a frigid winter storm. Instead of bread lines, 20 years of all-GOP government in Texas has Houstonians lining up to get a bucket filled with potable water.

Without even getting into environmental degradation, gun violence, and income inequality we haven’t seen since the Gilded Age, this the the moment for anyone who understands that a modern post-industrial country in an international economy needs a strong, fair government “to stand athwart history, and yell stop” at those who weaken us through a cultish devotion to deregulation at any cost.

Today the nine most terrifying words in the English language may be, “I’m a Republican politician and I run your government.”

Don’t believe me? Let’s return to the unnecessary suffering taking place across Texas right now, a state run 100 percent by Republicans…read more…pay wall…


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  1. Could say there hasn’t been real market over centuries, instead coins or pieces of paper foisted as value. If you could only trade what you made or grew there would not have been gross power. .False value, as Reagan, and many in false opposition.
    There is a light bulb in california that has been lit over a hundred years. The mind benders slap on labels to dumb down, label it ‘centennial’ bulb to put govt associative word on it. No, was just a real thing made long ago. Who all shut down the little shelby company who made the bulbs. The china crap from corporations, ge etc, made to break. as consumerism guts the enviro. Example of cons on web, those claiming hundred year bulb was ‘ge’ bulb. Erasing truth. Led and flourescent are crap for anything but temp flashlight. Incandescent better for brain. .Lit over a hundred years, just a little longer thicker wire.

  2. The great 75 year anti-communist jihad and its attendant millions of deaths, the propaganda war against socialism, Democrats, and assorted other left wing miscreants has achieved its goal in Texas: unregulated free market capitalism.

  3. The most devastated people will be prodded to leave the state , the double profit design, leaving the foreclosed homes to be bought up for pennies on the dollar and the resulting gentrification part of the plan. It is always the poor that are targeted in Texas, and the ruthless goat ropers want no part of becoming a blue state.
    This is a state that has a significant impact on what is in our youths textbooks also.

    • In the early 80’s it was common knowledge and was told to me directly by Texas businessmen, that a high school diploma from NYS was the equivalent of a 4 year college degree in Texas. Maybe this is why a 20 something bartender barely into her second term as Rep., schooled a Texas Senator who allegedly graduated from Princeton.
      Where is the Texas Guard that so bravely protected the state during Jade Helm ? LOL

  4. “Now, in Russia, they got it mapped out so that everyone pulls for everyone else… that’s the theory, anyway. But what I know about is Texas, an’ down here… you’re on your own.” – M. Emmet Walsh from Blood Simple

  5. > “I’m a Republican politician and I run your government.”

    shouldn’t the words of horror be: “I’m a US Politician, and i believe in Free Market Politics”

    • Right! Or how about: “I’m a political prostitute and even when I look at you, I cannot see you.”
      All because they now must answer to their new paymasters: i.e., the Khazar mobster/monsters.
      Last week, on the advice of Mr. Duff, I ordered and have received a copy of “The Iron Curtain Over America” by John Beaton.
      This book was published in 1952 and I’m proud to own it!
      BTW, my childhood home was located @ 1-block from Harvard property (now they own Cambridge) but in the raised & plastered attic, my family boarded a succession of Harvard grad students many of whom were VETS. We ate breakfast (and ofttimes, dinner) at the same table.
      One of those boarders lived with us for more than two-years while obtaining a degree in Anthropology. This gentleman was a USMC Colonel who’d weathered Iwo Jima.
      Back in ’52, at the age of six, I asked this gentleman: “What’s going to happen, Mr. Cason?” And clear as a bell his response was: “Eddy, the plan is to surround Russia and China.” That’s nearly 70-years ago!
      Incidentally, when Mr. Cason had earned his degree, he abandoned all those hardcovered tomes and went to work for Grumman.
      There is no need to lie in this world. The Truth alone is strange enough.

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