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Owner's Box By Eliot Shapleigh
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With the extreme wing of the Republican party in Texas, name calling doesn’t end in the third grade. From the Empower Texas PAC to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, from the Club for Growth... More > to Grover Norquist’s Wednesday Group, all of these groups share a single philosophy — “to cut government in half in twenty-five years to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub” — and share most of the same paymasters. So, how do all these groups get funded? Why is the message the same and what do they want? What’s the real deal on the far right? The real deal is the Owner’s Box.< Less
Owner's Box By Eliot Shapleigh
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With the extreme wing of the Republican party in Texas, name calling doesn’t end in the third grade. From the Empower Texas PAC to the Texas Public Policy Foundation, from the Club for Growth... More > to Grover Norquist’s Wednesday Group, all of these groups share a single philosophy — “to cut government in half in twenty-five years to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub” — and share most of the same paymasters. So, how do all these groups get funded? Why is the message the same and what do they want? What’s the real deal on the far right? The real deal is the Owner’s Box.< Less
Getting Out of Grover's Tub By Eliot Shapleigh
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How did Texas' challenges get so big? What happened to our great state? Grover happened. Grover Norquist is the famed right wing ideologue who said his goal was "to cut government in half in... More > twenty-five years to get it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub." Coincidentally, it was 25 years ago when Rick Perry first entered the Texas House. Then and there, he and his band of Pit Bulls put Texas on a path to Grover's Tub—his legacy project of cutting taxes for the wealthy, cutting programs for you and making government work only for a select few. Now, after a quarter century of government by Grover, Texas is in Grover's Tub. When leaders value tax cuts over good schools, budget cuts over our future, and deregulation over common sense, Texas loses.< Less