The one-percenter governor of Texas is out using his tax payer paid salary to shamelessly pimp out the Texas "right-to-work" slave-state legacy labor force to big corporations and business interests in California. That’s certain to do two things, increase the number of low wage earners---in both states and give lots of welfare to needy transnational corporations. All that does is make Texas even more of a Third World country.
Supporting the governor’s efforts is “Chuck DeVore…vice president of policy for the Texas Public Policy Foundation. He served in the California Assembly from 2004 to 2010. He is the author of "The Texas Model: Prosperity in the Lone Star State and Lessons for America."
In what can best be described as a bewildering and confusing alternate universe is an article by DeVore appearing in the San Francisco Chronicle. Echoing the article is Devore’s interview on the Texas Public Radio’s “Texas Matters.”
Consider this: the foundation DeVore works for “…the Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), is a conservative think tank with close ties to Gov. Rick Perry, that’s largely funded by the corporate interests that benefit from the free-market policies it advocates.”
In other words take into consideration that DeVore’s article and or interview at best present a twisted, tortured and tormented version of reality. It’s an Ayn Rand alternate universe that rewards one-percenter’s selfish, hateful, misanthropic, and egocentric perspective.
Not to put too fine a point on it, " A tax document shows that---suprise!---the influential right-wing organization [Texas Public Policy Foundation (TPPF), is funded by the Koch Brothers, TXU, Exxon, State Farm Insurance, Big Tobacco, etc. Meaning that DeVore's mission is not unlike the mission of big tobacco's executives---to convince the masses that what the corporation is pushing is safe, has no ill side-effects and that it's not going to kill the last vestiges of a better quality of life for the working poor.
High school graduates as well as the non-graduate victims of the unconstitutional Texas Red apartheid public education system are already mostly low wage earners thanks to the apartheid public education system and the majority’s insistence on making this a “right-to-work” state. That egregious “right-to-work public policy and law has Texas tied with the state of Mississippi for having the greatest number of minimum wage earners in the nation.
The largely Hispanic workforce of Texas has always been treated no different than they would be if they were part of a Third World country’s workforce. That’s because for most intents and purposes, Texas is a Third World place bound to its slave-state legacy by the state’s majority population.
Third World, you ask??? Yes, consider this, one in four residents of Texas Red have no healthcare insurance despite working full time. They don’t make enough to afford the insurance they supposedly have access to. They are the working poor. On the Westside of San Antonio the average annual income today is $24,000.00.
The US has the world’s highest prison population and Texas leads the 50 states in that feat.
What does it mean for the state’s lackluster governor to invite California’s businesses to come to Texas?
It means he is inviting big businesses and corporate entities to come to the Third World Republic of Texas because Texas is more “business-friendly.” And what that translates to is just this, come on down and enjoy exploiting the working class by offering chump change in exchange for hard work. It means the state’s governor is directly responsible for further diminishing the quality of life of the working poor by reducing the amount of tax money in state coffers so that those huge companies can pay their respective executives huge salaries and bonuses.
Reducing the “tax burden” on these poor, helpless conglomerates means there’s less money for our public education system albeit an apartheid public education system. It means a reduced quality of life for the working class all the way around even as tax evading transnational corporations grow richer, hand out bigger and bigger bonuses and salaries with the money saved by exploiting the rank and file of the state’s labor force, the people of Texas. Gee, what’s not to like?
And who is to blame for this abomination? Oh I don't know, read the tagline.
From Texas Red: a cratered landscape of for profit prisons, deplorable apartheid public education, lack of healthcare and politicians and majority population intent on keeping it that way…