Saturday, July 27, 2013

THIRD-WORLD TEXAS?

Juanita Jean spots this, which is happening despite the booming Texas economy Rick Perry is always bragging about. Or is it happening because of the booming economy?
TxDOT Plans to Convert Some Roads to Gravel

Citing a funding shortfall and the impact of a historic oil drilling boom, Texas Department of Transportation officials on Thursday announced plans to move forward with converting some roads in West and South Texas to gravel.

Approximately 83 miles of asphalt roads will be torn up and converted to "unpaved" roads, TxDOT Deputy Executive Director John Barton said. The speed limits on those roads will probably be reduced to 30 mph....

All of the affected roads have been so heavily damaged by truck activity related to oil and natural gas exploration that they have become safety hazards, Barton said....
"Citing a funding shortfall"? But I thought Texas was swimming in money! Governor Perry's always telling us that, isn't he? But I forgot -- the state is swimming in money, but it's his mission in life (when he's not restricting abortion) to make sure that as little of that money goes to the goldurn gummint.

People who study less-developed countries talk about the "resource curse" -- the tendency of poorer countries not to become generally prosperous when their economies become start to be focused on extracting valuable commodities like oil. This is usually seen as a third-world problem:
Africa is cursed -- with riches. In an era of rising petroleum prices, African oil is drawing new interest from major companies around the globe, says John Ghazvinian, author of Untapped: The Scramble for Africa's Oil....

But most Africans are seeing little benefit from this influx of oil drillers and investment. In fact, because of an economic paradox known as the "Resource Curse," they are often hurt by exports of their countries' oil....

... oil money tends to corrupt politicians. They end up vying to pocket a share of the finite petroleum riches, rather than looking for ways to invest in their country's long-term prosperity. "The governments aren't dependent on income taxes and therefore don't have to do what the citizens want," he says. "The state isn't an engineer of economic growth, but a gravy train. None of the money gets down to the people."
I don't think that's just a third-world problem. I think Rick Perry has set Texas on a course to become the Gabon or Nigeria of America -- a place where large amounts of money are generated by resources and as little as possible trickles down to the public. Freedom!

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UPDATE: Typo fixed.

5 comments:

Victor said...

"This is usually seen as a tird-world problem..."

Uhm...
Steve, did you mean "third world," or 'turd world.' *

Either one works for me! ;-)

Libertarians should now be flocking there - just at speeds below 30mph.

*How do I trademark (or copyright) the term, 'turd world?'

BillyWitchDoctor said...

Booming economy? What blew up this week?

BillyWitchDoctor said...

Well, whatever happens, Perry can always blame the Messicans. After all, Latinos don't vote! Besides, they're illegal!

"They took'r jerbs! ...An'r rerds!"

Steve M. said...

"This is usually seen as a tird-world problem..."

Oops -- fixed now.

Aunt Snow said...

So the "truck activity related to oil and gas exploration" doesn't provide any tax revenue to maintain roads?