Big cities are threatening to turn the state's economic miracle into a nightmare, according to Texas Governor-elect, Greg Abbott. Regulations drafted by cities with regard to fracking, plastic bags and cutting down old trees are a grave threat to the state's well-being. If cities like Dallas lead the way, we could become, horror of horrors, California.
"We're forming a patchwork quilt of bans and rules and regulations that is eroding the Texas model," he said in a speech to the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation. Five cents at a time, of course.
Anti-tree cutting measures, in Abbott's mind, are a leftist plot.
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"Now think about it -- few things are more important in Texas than private property rights. Yet some cities are telling citizens that you don't own some of the things on your own property that you have bought and purchased and owned for a long time. Things like trees. This is a form of collectivism," he said.
Abbott, set to be inaugurated January 20, made it clear that his stances are only about one thing. Liberty.
"My vision is one where individual liberties are not bound by city limit signs," Abbott said. "I will insist on protecting unlimited liberty to ensure that Texas will continue to grow and prosper."
Except for women, the LGBTQ community and anyone else who doesn't fit into Abbott's refreshingly pluralist worldview, of course.