Two and a half months ago a devastating blast leveled part of West, Texas. Beyond the tragedy of the 15 dead (and the over 200 injured), the town of West was in desperate need of new fire trucks and fire fighting equipment.
Well they got a truck—from Texas Rangers designated hitter Lance Berkman.
In fact, they not only got a truck, they received funding for a second fire truck for their town—from Central Texas Iron Works, the employer of Robert and Doug Snokhous who were killed in the blast.
Meanwhile, a few miles south Rick Perry and other Texas Republicans are spending $800k for a second special session that seeks to strip women of their Constitutional rights.
Not only have Texas Republicans not done all they can to help the town of West, many seem to feel that the deregulation which led to the catastrophic explosion wasn’t the problem.
Texas State Senator Donna Campbell, the woman who just happened to end Wendy Davis‘ filibuster, said there’s no need for new chemical plant regulations because “there’s a point at which you can over-regulate.”
Essentially what I heard was, “Deregulation caused the West explosion, but we shouldn’t pass new laws that might prevent future catastrophes because—it might tick off big business and I need their money for my next campaign.”
Texas brags about it’s culture which is “business friendly,” but West shows what happens when government becomes too friendly with business.
The irony in all of this is the current push by Texas Republicans to regulate women, while opposing regulating plants that can cause massive explosions.
Basically. these Republicans believe a woman’s body is more dangerous than a chemical plant capable of leveling an entire town, thus women need invasive government regulation where chemical plants do not.
I’ll say it one more time just so everyone gets it. Texas is spending $800k to regulate women yet doesn’t feel potentially explosive chemical plants need tighter regulations, following a chemical explosion which was caused by lack of regulations, because they don’t want to “over-regulate.”
Not only would they rather spend their time attacking abortion rights and regulating women’s bodies—the town needed equipment to protect their citizens that ended up having to be donated by private citizens because the State of Texas would rather spend money on “more important issues.”
An absolute travesty.
We should all applaud these citizens who donated these resources (and everyone who donated anything for that matter). But it’s absolutely pathetic that while this town continues to struggle to rebuild from the rubble caused by the greed of private business, the State of Texas, Texas Republicans and Rick Perry are more concerned with some unconstitutional attack on women’s rights.
I can only say, the next 18 months can’t come soon enough. Rick Perry is a disgrace to Texas and the day following his last day in office will be the dawn for a new Texas.
One that puts humanity before politics.
A Texas that actually defends Constitutional rights instead of attacking them.