The above picture is a satellite photo showing the outlines of the town of West, Texas where the recent fertilizer explosion killed so many people and destroyed a good part of the small town. I noticed right away that the town’s lines were very carefully drawn to exclude control of the plant. This did two things: avoided paying taxes to support the town plus no one in the town’s government had and jurisdiction over what this nasty business was doing. And they were doing something wrong because they were investigated previously for poor safety controls.
I lived in Texas once upon a time and disliked it greatly. It seems that people there are so enamored with the ‘cowboy’ mentality, they do many dumb things that are easily avoidable. One of these things is to ignore safety rules of any sort from driving too fast, not wearing seat belts, playing with guns as if they are toys, worshipping football while ignoring the destruction this causes the players over time, etc. Ignoring cause and effect is a bad idea because between Mother Nature and Lady Luck, one’s life can be shortened greatly.
Since making a profit is King in Texas, social costs are moved elsewhere and in general, this means the Feds fix things for them while they bitterly whine about ‘Big Government’. This case is a typical example: Obama Declares Emergency After Texas Plant Blast and Texans, in general, hate his guts. And prevent any money going to social services or emergencies. So, will the right wing southern white angry males in Congress filibuster this money for Texas?
HAHAHA…no way in hell! These leeches happily take the money and run but when NY is hit with a mega-disaster, suddenly they are all pious about spending money. In the case of Texas, the idiot who owns this destructive fertilizer plant should pay for everything and the Texan authorities who enabled him to build this stupid thing right smack dab against the edge of this town should pay everything.
And Texas loves to boast about being rich so why can’t these blowhards pay their own way out of messes they make for themselves??? Where is Perry? I do hope he turns down Federal aid. Just to be honest for once.
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