Texas Tribune: The timing is particularly right given a recent state Supreme Court ruling that found the state’s school funding system to be byzantine but constitutional
When Ronald Reagan surveyed America in the late 1970s, he saw a flickering promise. Stalling industry, heightening inflation, weakening strength abroad and waining morale at home. But he also saw that the promise of a nation could be re-ignited by the greatness of Americans. Reagan implored to “Make America Great Again.” And we did.
This website is being published on Texas Independence Day, March 2, 2016. West Texas Crude is barely worth the cost of the barrel in which it’s contained, gasoline at the pump is about $1.49 per gallon and cotton is 55-cents per pound. While the fate of production agriculture is in too much doubt, there can be little doubt that commodity prices are being determined by interested foreign parties. Cartel activity in the rural counties is increasingly evident. Border security is both a national security priority as well as critical first step to many local economic development projects, along with keeping rural hospitals open. Water security in many places is as high a priority as border security. The state’s urban centers east of I-35 are gaining support for “school choice” that will adversely impact the funding of school districts in communities in which there is no choice within a reasonable distance.
To add further complexity, population loses will likely result in lost state representation and further consolidation of U.S. congressional constituency in the 2020 Census. A region historically served by Bill Claytons, George Mahons, Preston Smiths, Kent Hances, Waggoner Carrs, Pete Laneys and Charlie Stenholm finds very few giants at present.
For far too much of West Texas today there is far too much similarity to the America of the 1970s. But the promise can be re-ignited by great West Texans.
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God bless West Texas.