What a way to start a new governorship…by dissing California! At an Austin conference hosted by the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation, Governor-elect Greg Abbott proclaimed that city-level "unchecked over regulation" will turn our "Texas model" into "the California nightmare. Texas is being Californianized," stated Mr. Abbott. His examples of this include restrictions by cities of the use of plastic shopping bags, limits on tree-cutting by property owners and bans on fracking oil and gas wells, all of which he calls a form of collectivism. Mr. Abbott claims that, "My vision is one where individual liberties are not bound by city limits. I will insist on protecting unlimited liberty to make sure Texas will continue to grow and prosper."
For one who dislikes "big government" so much, it appears Mr. Abbott also doesn’t like "little government" either. Are city governments not important anymore? If most of the governing comes from the state level and the "little guys" are pushed out, what kind of state can Texas be? Oh, by the way, according to Wikipedia, if U. S. states were compared individually directly to other countries, California’s economy would be eighth largest in the world…a pretty good ranking to have, in my opinion. I’d advise Mr. Abbott to select a different state to pick on.