Governor Greg Abbott is playing a cynical and deadly political game with the lives of Texans. Instead of using his authority to act now to provide immediate relief to hospitals and local communities to fight the Delta variant, he’s betraying Texans by hiding behind a Special Session agenda that continues to emphasize his own personal political ambition. With our failed Governor, it’s always Greg Abbott first and Texans last.
Abbott’s failures have resulted in a daily surge of COVID hospitalizations and deaths. Texas kids are getting sick and dying while Abbott is playing politics. Abbott failed to ensure enough Texans are vaccinated to stay ahead of a disease that has killed over 50,000 people on his watch, and instead has continued to highlight nonissues that he wrongly believes will improve the chances of his doomed presidential bid.
Instead of bringing lawmakers together to make Texans safer or our economy stronger, the Governor continues to shove oppressive and draconian measures down the throats of lawmakers. Abbott’s job as a leader is to set an agenda that is worthy of debate within an atmosphere of civility — not to engage in petty, dangerous political games intended to undermine and weaken a co-equal branch of government with no purpose other than political gains for himself.
Abbott’s selfish ultimatums left it to Texas Democrats to stand up for democracy. They should all be commended for stopping the anti-Texas agenda in Abbott’s first Special Session. Texas State House Democrats did more to safeguard our democracy in the last four weeks than the GOP has done in over twenty years of one party Republican rule.