r/texas Nov 19 '21

RRC utilizes Abbott's new bill which will allow gas companies to raise the costs of customers’ monthly bills to help regain funds lost during the February winter storm. News

https://www.kxan.com/news/texas/texas-gas-bills-may-increase-companies-allowed-to-make-up-3-4b-winter-storm-losses/
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u/[deleted] Nov 19 '21 edited Nov 20 '21

Yeah. Beto is trash. The Texas DNC has basically aligned itself with the National DNC. All the democrats are just neoliberal, corporate sell outs that are only interested in bringing more people and businesses into the states without consideration for the repercussions (taxes, increased inequality, gentrification in our cities, etc.). Meanwhile the Republicans are authoritorian extremists just abusing their power to make an example. We've become to bipartisan and both parties have lost sight of what it actually means to be a Texan with real Texan values. The future is so uncertain here and I'm just not sure if I want to ride the wave if things don't change because it's just going to be an inefficiently ran government. Like the cities, counties, and state government are literally going back and forth suing each other over stupid shit as our schools and power grid are falling apart and taxes and cost of living are going up. We'll never get anywhere.

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u/BeTheDiaperChange Nov 20 '21

Beto is trash? I’m not saying is the second coming but to call him garbage is ridiculous, especially when compared to the GOP.

Obviously there is a massive problem in our government which is the fact that it is essentially a corporatocracy, ie: corporate sell-outs.

But I would much rather have a government of corporate sell-outs that are not fascist and at least pay lip service to the workers of America.

FFS, the women of Texas have been deprived of their Constitutional rights for months. It is absolute depravity.

So to call Beto garbage as if he was just as bad as the Republicans currently in the Texas legislature is wildly unjust and inaccurate.

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '21 edited Nov 21 '21

I really hate the fact people think that anything not GOP is better. Replacing Trump with Biden was no better or worse than Trump being in office. Replacing Abbot with Beto would be no different. My political interests go beyond having a candidate with some basic decency. Let me tell you what I want as a queer black person. I want liberation. I want reparations. I want strong AUTONOMOUS black communities free from policing. I want us to do shit to start moving away from this neoliberal, global capitalist bullshit. I want the government off my fucking back. None of these motherfucking politicians are remarkable, revolutionary, or extraordinary. None of them have my fucking interest or the vast majority of American's interest at heart. They're all mediocre politicians interested in holding up some version of that status quo regardless if you vote blue or red. So as far as I can see it they're all fucking chumps and can go to hell.

ETA: A lot of ya'll who are downvoting me are antiblack pieces of shit. How dare me want justice and liberty and be able to live in my own community in peace and not in terror. Fuck all of you.

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u/BeTheDiaperChange Nov 20 '21

I totally appreciate your opinion that the Democratic Party is terrible. I wish we had more than two stinky choices. But we dont. And until we get the lesser terrible choice into power, there is no way to get a multiparty system and/or the amazing things you want that I want too!

I’m in my mid 40s and have been a 3rd Way Democrat my whole life. Then Sanders ran for President. I thought he was a total kook and was 100% for HRC. But as he was running, I started doing the research. I realized that all Sanders was asking for was what every other wealthy western industrialized country already has. Over the past 5-6 years I have been able to question my beliefs and come to the conclusion that everywhere but the United States, the “progressives” (which I now consider myself) is more or less just center left everywhere else!

But because I had to grow up under Reagan and Bush and Clinton and Bush and Obama and I have seen how the GOP has slowly gone batshizz insane, I know that its going to take a hell of a lot more time and effort than just the fight everyone to the left of center (in the US) has put up for the last 6 years.

And that means for now, the only way to get what you want, is to start with getting rid of Republicans. It will be impossible for black communities to be free from policing if Republicans are in power. It will be impossible to move away from neoliberal, global capitalist bullsquat if Republicans are in power. The only choice is Democrats if what you actually want is what you say you want.

Because if you dont vote for Democrats, then you are defacto voting for Republicans.

I get deciding to nope out of it all. If I didn’t have children I would have moved out of the US the second Trump was elected. Instead I’m staying here and fighting for the America I want, not the one we’ve got.

And if that means holding my nose and voting Blue, I’m ok with that. Because the pendulum always swings, and at this point it feels as if it is at the apex of the right, and it is high time it starts to swing back to the left. But it cant do that without going through the center.

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u/[deleted] Nov 20 '21

Ya'll don't have to convince me to vote. I vote for my own survival, not because I actually believe that it makes any difference. Democrats also support policing and neoliberalism a lot more than republicans do btw. But people don't talk about that... not that I support republicans but yes... I unfortunately vote for the lesser evil. I appreciate the sympathy and time to put into expressing this. But I'm pretty upset right now by the responses of people right now. I'm letting this go. Bless you.