Of course, there’s been lots of kickback to Cowan’s piece; for example, this from Robert Crook in Open Salon: “So if you are a commoner and you want to pay lower taxes but stupidly don’t give a shit about your quality of life, then by all means, pack up your shit and move to Texas…
…“And most of us Californians are fine seeing greedy, unethical business owners packing up and moving their businesses to Texas (and other red states), where, without state regulations that protect the consumer, the employee and the environment, they can rape, pillage and plunder and profiteer far more effectively than they can do here in California, where we believe in protections for the environment, the employee and the consumer.”
But perhaps from my point of view, the real response to Cowan’s view of a New Texan America comes from someone he (admirably, it must be said) quotes in his own article, Scott McGowan, former executive director of the Center for Public Policies and now a law professor at the University of Texas: “We’ve built our [Texas] economy by favoring the wealthy…if that’s the ultimate end result of the Texas model in a democratic society, it will be rejected.”
Here’s hoping you’re right, Mr. McGowan. There are those of us still out here dedicated to making sure you are.