WTF, Texas

On the one hand, Rick Perry is quick to proclaim that Texas's limited, business-friendly government is responsible for Texas weathering this recession better than other states.

Meanwhile, in reality, Texas school districts are laying off tons of teachers--yes, I weighed them--due to budget shortfall, meaning we will continue to have one of the worst educations systems in these United States.

Also in reality, rolling freakin' brownouts. Clearly our limited government is up to the challenge.

Just because I need to vent, let me introduce Apologist for the Incompetent Regime, Bradley Griffin:

While it might relieve some tension to complaining via news outlets, on Facebook, and / or calling the electricity retailer (Reliant, TXU, Ambit, or others) we should all be thankful, not complaining.
Controlled outages are good.
When energy reserves have been depleted, rolling blackouts provide a "last resort" answer.
Controlled outages allow your power to come back on! When energy consumption is high, ERCOT implements rolling blackouts to prevent circuit breakers from tripping and generators from overloading. If the controlled blackouts were not executed, there would be a total blackout...for everyone!
When another round of rolling blackouts hits our area, be happy in anticipation that your power will come back on.
Says $2 Bill:


  1. Anonymous10/2/11 11:23

    Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn told them their plan would fall about $23 billion short over a five-year period.

    Now, five years later, state leaders are staring at an estimated budget shortfall of nearly $27 billion over the next two years.

  2. Turns out wind power was more reliable during the cold snap than natural gas. See http://bit.ly/wind-tx-blkout, sounds like a compelling reason to expand the State's renewable energy portfolio to me.


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