Living Blue In Texas

How Much are Texan’s Lives Worth to Greg Abbott? Apparently, $5.8 million.

How much is your life worth?

Over the weekend, the Dallas Morning News published a story about how more than half of Greg Abbott’s Coronavirus Strike-Force is His Campaign Donors.

Yes, you read that correctly.

Greg Abbott, after pressure from Trump and the extreme-right to open, made a task force to help decide when it would open. And the people he picked for this task force paid him millions of dollars.

Last Friday, Greg Abbott gave another one of his press conferences, where he said a bunch of bullshit lies. You know, the usual.

After he thanks Texans for all of their hard work stopping the coronavirus and said how grateful he was for Trump, he then said we’re now seeing signs that the worst of COVID-19 is behind us and the number of new infections is beginning to level off.

The numbers don’t lie, but Greg Abbott does.

When he gave this press conference Friday, our total infected count was 17,371. As of 1:00 pm today (4/20/2020), our total is 19,458. That’s according to the Texas DSHS. This chart below is from the same website, showing that our infections HAVE NOT leveled off.

It’s funny that whoever made this graph started it a month after our actual infections started, so they could spread the days out. Even though we all clearly see it hasn’t leveled out, it’s almost like the person who made the graph intentionally made the graph longer, so maybe it wouldn’t look so bad.

Here is the graph from the John Hopkins website, (the numbers are nearly similar every single day):

See the difference?

Regardless, both graphs show that our new infections are NOT leveling off, they are still steadily increasing. (Even though Texas tried to make the same numbers look better by taking out the entire month of February).

So, of course, Abbott said based on Texas’ numbers he decided to reopen the economy. He said we have to be guided by data and doctors and put Texans’ health and safety first. Which is why he started a statewide strike force to guide us in this effort.

The Strike-force?

This strike-force has several different committees, for reopening things like education and making sure that hospitals are getting PPE.

This includes:

If that wasn’t hyper-partisan red enough for you, there’s more.

Special Advisory Council

According to Abbott’s website, these are business leaders representing the state’s regions and industries will provide advice and counsel.

Oh yes, there’s more.

  • Bobby Cox, owner Rosas Cafe, and other food-chains. Another rich Republican who donates to Republican causes.
  • Adriana Cruz, Executive Director of Texas’  Economic Development & Tourism. Yes, she’s a Republican.

Could it get any worse?

You bet it can.

  • Richard Fisher, ex-CEO of Federal Reserve Bank.
  • Rick Francis, he’s the CEO of another bank. His banks’ Board of Directors gave Abbott $1.8 million.
  • Printice Gary. He’s an investment professional, however, I could find very little out about him.
  • Nancy Kinder, she also gave Abbott $250,000 and is a big GOP donor.
  • Tom Luce, Texas Republican (who may be one of the few on this list who’s hands are clean)

Even more rich Republicans who will decide our fates:

Surely, there is someone that represents actual small businesses or the everyday Texan?

Nope.

  • Marc Watts, yep another rich CEO and Republican.
  • Graham Weston, he’s got a billion dollars.

Whew! That sure is a long list of rich Republican donors. That has to be all, right?

Wrong. That was just the advisory council who will decide if it’s time to open businesses all over Texas and send back the millions of workers that will never likely even see a million dollars in their life.

So who else is there?

Economic Development

Infrastructure

Energy

  • Julia Rathgeber, previously served as Deputy Chief of Staff for Governor Greg Abbott. She’s also a lobbyist for the electric industry.
  • Todd Staples, oil and gas lobbyist.

Arts, Culture, and Entertainment

Chief Medical Advisers

  • John Hellerstedt, M.D., was the quack who came up with demanding doctors to have hospital admitting privileges within 30 miles from an abortion clinic. It closed most clinics in Texas and lost in the Supreme Court.
  • Parker Hudson, M.D., MPH, assistant professor of internal medicine and infectious diseases at Dell Medical School. Actual doctor.
  • Mark McClellan, M.D., PhD, he’s a Republican that used to be in the Dubya Bush administration.

Emergency Management and Supply Chain

Pre-K – 12 Education

  • Mike Morath, Commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. He might not be a bad guy, but he is literally the only ONE person in charge of opening schools. (Compared to the 40 CEOs tasked with opening businesses)

Higher Education

Fiscal Accountability

Abbott’s Strike-force Scoreboard

Republicans: 49Total People in the Strike-force: 57CEOs in the Strike-force: 40
Democrats: 2Total People in the Strike-force that are likely corrupt: 49Actual Doctors in the Strike-force: 3
Party Affiliation Unknown: 6Billionaires on the Strike-force: 11Quacks in the Strike-force: 1

There you have it.

Governor Greg Abbott doesn’t only bathe in blood, he also washes in money.

This group of billionaires and corrupt Texas Republicans have been tasked to decide which will come first the livelihood of Texas businesses or Texas lives.

What do you think they’ll decide?

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