New Texas Governor Greg Abbott promised in his inauguration speech today: “As governor, I will ensure that we build the roads needed to keep Texas growing. That taxes raised for roads will be spent on roads. I will speed up our needed water projects, and I will secure our border. As governor I will continue my legacy of pushing back against Washington if they spend too much, regulate too much, or violate our state sovereignty.”
When roads are the greatest way to spend money for Texans that you can name — crucial as that may be — your tenure is going to be a very typically bad one. Unfortunately, Texas has no times for such a governor. As Abbott spoke, three earthquakes shook Irving, the latest in a multiplying number all over the region. These are the latest likely effects of the North Texas shale boom, of which the new governor is a massive proponent, human harm and property damage be damned. One of Abbott’s last acts as Attorney General was to fight against city sovereignty by trying to block Denton’s fracking ban.
The guy’s not on Texas’ side. Abbott’s promise to keep fighting Washington, for reasons no respected nonpartisan has ever argued serve real concerns, makes clear one thing that has been clear for years: Abbott will be a typical do-just-about-nothing-for-Texas Republican governor.
Apparently Greg Abbott is going to secure the border by…doing what? Paying a private company billions to build a 1,254-mile fence? Encouraging the Legislature to pay private security companies for “essential operations” along the border? Notably, Abbott broke a longstanding tradition and didn’t invite the Mexico state governors to his inauguration.
The former Texas Supreme Court justice, who fought bravely to deny the physically injured the exact lawsuit rights he used to win millions, referenced a spirit he called “God” six times in his speech. “I humbly ask for God’s continued grace and guidance,” Abbott said humbly. I don’t know, Governor Greg, you’ve spent years working against women, immigrants, and the betterment of the planet. If your deity exists, it may just not be that into you.
Here’s hoping Governor Abbott wakes up in the governor’s mansion tomorrow with a complete change of heart, views, and plans.