Daily Kos on Shapleigh’s ‘Texas on the Brink’ series
A writer on the DailyKos named jfester posted an item about state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh’s reports, “Texas on the Brink.” Here’s an excerpt of his piece. For the full article, click here.
My family moved down to Dallas a few years ago from New York. To my early surprise, Dallas was a progressive urban sprawl city that seemed like it was expanding on a daily basis. The mixture of young professional, Mexican, Tejano, gay, and cowboy culture made for a city that should lead the way for the rest of the state. But when you dig deeper, and pull back the, “facade of progress,” Texas is no more than a failed attempt at creating a ideologically conservative state.
Over the last few months, Texas Republican Governor Rick Perry has been ranting and raving about the potential for Texas seceding from the union. He has been prophetically calling for the importance of, “states rights,” which for many, have recalled memories of anti-segregation speech during the Civil Rights Era. And recently, when Gov. Perry was asked about the terrible problems facing his state, and the effect of the recession on Texans, he responded by questioning that there even was a recession. The leadership of the state is not only delusional, it is dangerous, and Texas is slowly sinking into irrevocable damage.
A Texas State Senator from El Paso, Eliot Shapleigh, over the last few years, has run series of reports on the state of Texas entitled, “Texas on the Brink” (google doc). In this post, I will present some of the striking statistics about Texas, and how the leadership and failed policies have left it’s citizens in a worse position than another other state in the country. I will go back to his article throughout this piece, it is an important article, not only for Texans.