- Mar 12, 2022
Greg Abbott; Starving His Own Voters To Own The Libs"That appears to be Texas Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest strategy for reaching the White House, given his decision to deliberately snarl traffic on the U.S. southern border — leaving food to rot and critical components for cars and other manufacturing to remain inaccessible to U.S. companies and consumers.
April 14, 2022
April 14, 2022
Abbott must have known his stunt had risks. The quantity of cross-border trade — in food, auto parts, retail goods — is enormous, and of enormous consequence to the Lone Star State’s economy. Roughly $9 billion worth of fresh produce alone — 1.28 billion pounds — crosses into Texas from Mexico annually, according to the Texas International Produce Association.
Even fellow Republicans have criticized Abbott’s policy, with Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller calling the inspections “economy killing” and warning that they will soon drive produce prices higher, if the produce is available at all.
“Your inspection protocol is not stopping illegal immigration,” Miller, an early supporter of Donald Trump, wrote in an open letter. “It is stopping food from getting to grocery store shelves and, in many cases, causing food to rot in trucks — many of which are owned by Texas and other American companies.”
Abbott might presume that angry voters will see backlogged traffic, empty store shelves and struggling businesses and blame President Biden, even though this latest contribution to supply-chain woes comes courtesy of Abbott’s own policies. If that sounds far-fetched, recall that Abbott and other Republicans have tried to blame Biden for mounting covid infections and deaths, even as these same politicians have deliberately sown distrust in vaccines and undermined or outright barred efforts to increase vaccination and other covid-prevention measures."