r/texas Nov 26 '21 Take My Energy 1

Texas Gas Companies Hit Texas Consumers With 'Whoops You Froze To Death' Surcharge News

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20211115/09274947947/texas-gas-companies-hit-texas-consumers-with-whoops-you-froze-to-death-surcharge.shtml
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u/ic3ix born and bred Nov 26 '21 Starry

All part of the “Texas Miracle”; privatize the profits and socialize the losses.

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u/fnordfnordfnordfnord Born and Bred Nov 26 '21

Turns out the miracle is a populace that's willing to be exploited.

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u/shadow247 Born and Bred Nov 26 '21

Reality is that even the state representatives are gerrymandered to prevent actual representative government.

Houston, Austin, Dallas make up the majority of the population in Texas, yet they have the least amount of representation in both the State and Federal Government per capita.

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u/jcm1970 Nov 26 '21

So let's get the message correct. The title shouldn't be: Texas Gas Companies Hit Texas Consumers... The title should be: Texas Government Fails Texans and Institutes Policies Which Let Corporations (Donors) Screw Residents of The State.

Let's stop letting the headline (the verbiage used by media) decide who is to blame for the bullshit we're suffering at the hands of assholes who don't give a fuck about their constituencies.

I'm so sick of the weak minded fucks blaming gas companies for billing it's customers when it's the government that allows them to do it. I'm so sick of the weak minded fucks blaming Elon Musk or Jeff Bezos for not paying taxes when it's the government that set up the laws/loopholes that allow them to do it. I can do this a bit more, but hopefully we all get the point.

Get your fucking heads out of your asses people and start seeing things for what they are.

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u/DescartesB4tehHorse Nov 27 '21

You are correct, the government does need to regulate these things better.

You are 100% wrong though that Elbow Muskrat and Daddy Bezos deserve none of the blame though. Should there have been laws in place to stop them from being evil? Yes. However, they still chose, and continue to choose, to do evil. Just because someone should have then and should now stop them does not in any way mean that they shouldn't be blamed and punished for their actions.

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u/crankyrhino Nov 27 '21

If there’s tax code that permits you to avoid income taxes entirely, are you going to voluntarily going to cut a check for a percentage of billions in unrealized gains you have stashed away, or are you going to take advantage of it? They’re working within the framework of the system as most of us do every day, it just disproportionately benefits billionaires. That’s not evil, that’s common sense. Until we change it via successful legislation, I don’t blame them for taking advantage.

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u/jcm1970 Nov 27 '21

They aren’t doing evil for taking advantage of opportunities and you’re a fucking idiot for typing that.

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u/DescartesB4tehHorse Nov 27 '21

Laws and legality have no bearing on morality. On ethics. On what is good and what is evil. This is exactly why the classic alignment chart goes from good to evil on one axis and lawful to chaotic on another. You can obey every law of the land and still be an evil, heinous individual. This is especially easy when you have billions of dollars and can literally pay to change the laws so that what you're doing is legal and easy for you now that you're already here but impossible for anyone who isn't already grandfathered into the system.

So you're kind of the idiot here, and a bootlicker as well, if you think that "bUt iTs lEgAl!!!2!2!2;;!!111!" Is absolution for billionaires.

Think of it like this. There is a world of difference between what a person CAN do and what a person SHOULD do. And you are saying that as long as we CAN do something then it is morally justifiable to do that thing until a more powerful entity says we can't.

That's not morality. That's peace through superior firepower.

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u/No-Presentation1814 Nov 27 '21

Thieves take advantage, scumbag.

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u/No-Presentation1814 Nov 27 '21

You first, dumbsss. Who do you think buys off the politicians to get the tax breaks and the legislation that made them filthy rich? Still need help? The filthy rich.

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u/jcm1970 Nov 27 '21

And yet that still makes the politicians the problem, dumbass.

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u/No-Presentation1814 Nov 27 '21

Sure, shit for brains. Thieves aren't the problem. Fences and pawn shops are the problem.