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What is this thing about MAGA Republicans and water?

In Georgia, thanks to its Cultist Legislature, it is illegal to provide H2O to voters waiting in line at polling places. Read that again. I’m sure this has nothing to do with voter suppression.

But Texas Zealots are competitive, and once again eager to win the race to the bottom. And the Lone Star State has now taken the lead.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott was somehow offended when Austin and Dallas adopted ordinances mandating that businesses provide regular water and heat breaks for outdoor workers. That hardly strikes me—or any other rational human—as a “leftist extremist” or “socialist” measure.

It’s hot out there, if you haven’t noticed.

Water. We’re talking about water.

So Abbott the Merciless has promoted and approved a Texas law that, effective September 1, will forbid municipal ordinances that require 10-minute water breaks every four hours.

I repeat.  A ten-minute water and heat break every four hours. Clearly part of a radical left “agenda.”

As quoted by my friend Cary Clack in his excellent Sunday column in the Express-News, the author of this humanitarian outrage–Texas State Representative Dustin Burrows of Lubbock–blusters that “progressive” agencies have made Texas businesses “jump through hoops” to comply with “burdensome regulations.” Burrows went so far as to say his bill will help the Texas economy. He claims it will lead to “higher-paying, higher-skill” Texas jobs.

Water. Described as burdensome and anti-business and anti-freedom.

Are Burrows, Abbott et al. themselves exhibiting symptoms of advanced heat stroke?

If not now, they will. It’s really hot where they are going.

What’s this ultimately all about? The same thing this entire MAGA Insanity is all about, and has been from the jump. All of it.

This is about racism. This is about White Supremacy.

This is about putting the fear of dying of thirst into the minds of migrant families so as to discourage “Texas Tourism.”

As usual, the Meanness is the Message.

Hallowed Be Thy Hatred.

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