Stumbled across the story of the Sacramento Bee op-ed toon that has Texas Gov. Rick Perry fuming…
I find it insensitive but that is wholly due to timing. I find it definitely edgy but can’t shake the feeling there is more agenda driven negativity behind the cartoon than the potential truths that it does indeed embody.
Some of the plus and minus points I have with this toon are:
Texas is indeed sticking it to the obscenely business unfriendly California and do it with a dash of leadership from its elected officials.
There was no lack of regulation foisted upon the West, Tx. fertilizer plant. I’ve heard that as many as seven (7) different agencies on local,state and the federal levels had their hands in this. Their failures are an indictment to the inefficiency and lack of vision the bureaucracy has as opposed to the plant,Texas,Perry or any of the other blue collar Red states.
Texas is business friendly but that isn’t synonymous to failing to collect taxes and spend them. I find implying other than that is dishonesty x10.
It is undeniable though that states such as Texas and Louisiana attract and support those businesses that do indeed carry inherent dangers. I find that there are indeed times when these dangers are downplayed and faux shock when something happens like the recent Texas incident comes a flowing.
The flip side of the above point is of course the reality that all across the nation people want the products and related employment & services that tied to the industries all the NIMBY’s (not in my back yard) rail against.
I also hate it that so many folks look at “fly over America” with so much disdain and ignorance. Folks get spoiled surrounded by office towers and spreading tech campuses. The reality is there are many many communities all around the nation ,hell the globe, that rely heavily on the one or two industrial anchors that reside in or near them. These people deserve our respect and thanks far more than any flippancy or scorn.
We all need to stay connected and concerned about the risks around us. Whether it is a plant, a storage facility or a passing train or tractor-trailer. The things we need and want as a society come with some risks and dangers. Vigilance and care are indeed warranted.