Texas Tea Party: California is a Nightmare
What threatens to turn Texas into the "California nightmare"? Cities banning plastic bags. Yeah, that's my image of hell -- a place with no plastic bags littering our streets. Image below is one representation of how Tea Bags apparently view California <g>
Conservatives see local rule, like state rule, as inviolate only if they agree with the outcome. If not, then central government can impose anything it wants -- as long as they are in control.
NYT.com: "But the power of Fort Stockton and other cities to govern themselves is under attack in the state capital, Austin. The new Republican governor, Greg Abbott, has warned that several cities are undermining the business-friendly “Texas model” with a patchwork of ill-conceived regulations. Conservative legislators, already angered by a ban on fracking that was enacted by popular vote in the town of Denton last fall, quickly followed up with a host of bills to curtail local power."
“The truth is, Texas is being California-ized, and you may not even be noticing it
,” Mr. Abbott said in a speech at the Texas Public Policy Foundation, an influential conservative think tank, just before he took office last month. “Large cities that represent about 75 percent of the population in this state are doing this to us. Unchecked overregulation by cities will turn the Texas miracle into the California nightmare