We can be just like Texas

An appalling story in the New York Times today shows exactly what happens when fracking interests move in, a harsh preview of things to come here in North Carolina. Between slack regulation, a lack of property rights, trickle-up economics, and gag-rules, we've laid the same foundation they have in Texas. Poverty digs in. Just what we need.

And though the boom has helped produce fortunes for some and comfortable lives for many, for others it exists within a rural landscape of unpaved streets without garbage pickup, where few dare to drink the tap water because it tastes and smells like chlorine.


For starters

it's probably no coincidence that both Texas and North Carolina have clueless, ineffective, incompetent nut job governors with no real principles except "what's in it for me".

"I will have a priority on building relationships with the minority caucus. I want to put substance behind those campaign speeches." -- Thom Tillis, Nov. 5, 2014

Why stop with Texas? There's

Why stop with Texas?

There's another glowing role model shaping up in Kansas, too. In many ways, North Carolina is following that sad state right over the ALEC cliff.

There’s an important lesson here — but it’s not what you think. Yes, the Kansas debacle shows that tax cuts don’t have magical powers, but we already knew that. The real lesson from Kansas is the enduring power of bad ideas, as long as those ideas serve the interests of the right people. (Emphasis mine.)

McCrory is hoping against hope that the negative consequences of his austerity binge won't hit the state until after 2016. I got news for him: they're already hitting.