Way beyond political theater: Greg Abbott is hiking prices on Texans by choking commerce – NPI’s Cascadia AdvocateApril 13, 2022
Like his counterpart Ron DeSantis in Florida, Texas’ Republican Governor Greg Abbott is obsessed with pleasing Donald Trump’s base and becoming a foil to President Joe Biden through any means at his disposal, including harmful, divisive legislation, unconstitutional executive orders, litigation, and media manipulation.
However, Abbott’s eagerness for conflict with the federal government has now landed him in hot water with the business community, both in and beyond Texas. Business leaders are furious that truck traffic across the border with Mexico has mostly ground to a halt due to the implementation of Abbott’s scheme requiring trucks to be “inspected” by state level officials answerable to him.
Abbott and his fans call it “Operation Lone Star.”
Pretty much everyone else calls it stupid.
“The new inspections measures are creating havoc and economic pain on both sides of the border, and as a this Quad-State region suffers, so is Texas and vice-versa,” noted two Mexican state-level governors. “Unfortunately, political points have never been a good recipe to address common challenges or threats.”
But Abbott seemingly doesn’t care. He made it clear today that he does not want or intend to unwind the scheme without more symbolic “agreements” with Mexican states that he can use to claim that he’s getting results.
Last week, the President of the Transportation Club of DFW predicted in comments to the Dallas Morning News that Abbott’s scheme would lead to “chaos.” Said Norma Jean Payne: “We’ve had so many problems in our supply chain over the last year and a half, two years — I don’t think anything that’s going to delay or …….