The State is Over! If You Want It

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Mutual aid societies are stepping in where the state has utterly failed the people of Texas
Over the past week, mutual aid groups across Texas have mobilized to feed, clothe, and house vulnerable residents, attracting the attention of in- and out-of-state donors on social media. In Austin, local volunteers worked to relocate the city’s homeless population inside hotel rooms, while collecting food and clothing donations. Organizers in Dallas have similarly coordinated a rehousing campaign during the storm, and crowdsourced transportation help to get people to “warming centers.” Mutual Aid Houston has closed its GoFundMe campaign, which received more than $130,000, and organizers plan to distribute the funds for community aid in the coming days.
Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday that natural gas providers (the largest source of electricity in the state) are not allowed to export the resource out of Texas until February 21. Providers are instead expected to sell gas to in-state power generators, in an effort to restore consistent electricity to millions of homes. Yet state officials are still unsure when the power grid will be fully functional, the Dallas Morning News reported. After days of uncertainty, residents are frustrated at what appears to be an avoidable disaster: At least 23 people have died from storm-related causes, and Harris County alone (which includes the city of Houston) has received more than 300 calls about carbon monoxide poisoning as people sought out alternative sources of heat. According to the experts that spoke with the Texas Tribune, the state’s failure to upgrade equipment to withstand extreme winter temperatures and its deregulated energy market left Texas’s power grid vulnerable.

These preventable policy hiccups have angered residents who feel abandoned by their state leaders — some of whom have appeared to abdicate all responsibility. The mayor of Colorado City, Texas, appeared hostile to the idea that the local government should help struggling citizens during crises. On Tuesday, Tim Boyd, who has since resigned, published a tirade on his personal Facebook. “The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING!” he wrote, declaring that “only the strong will survive.” On Wednesday night, photos of Sen. Ted Cruz at a Texas airport apparently bound for Cancun enraged social media users.


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"Is a Lulztopia the best we can hope for?!?" ~Taktix®
"Well if they're blaming libertarians again then things must be going back to normal." ~dbcooper
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