After Stephanie Ruhle pointed out that the Texas Electric Grid collapse was a deregulation event and not a weather event, Pete Buttigieg had choice words.
Pete Buttigieg insults Texas tactfully
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"How do you help states who vote against it?" Stephanie Ruhle said. "Look what just happened in Texas. Texas was not a weather event. It was a deregulation event. They chose to deregulate year after year. And then their system wasn't prepared when they had a one-off weather crisis."
The Transportation Secretary then responded with a tactful slam against Texas.
"That's right," Buttigieg said. "I mean, these really ideological experiments are catching up to us. This decision to dismantle a lot of our shared public infrastructure is literally why we can't have nice things in this country. This is our chance to change that. I mean, the site of Texans melting snow in their bathtub so they could flush their toilets is not befitting of any country, certainly a country that views itself as leading the world."
Buttigieg did not forget that Texas is not a monolith of red.
"But let me also say you know in Texas, the city of Austin passed an initiative for infrastructure," Buttigieg said. "Same thing happened in a lot of communities in a lot of states. I think people are ready to invest in things like this when they know what the dollars are going."
I was concerned a bit when in a previous interview, Buttigieg seemed to suggest he would be OK with a per-mile tax. He backtracked on that quickly. The reality is there should neither be a per-mile or gas tax. Those who drive on roads many times are serving others and going to a job that enriches others. Roads should come from general tax funds we all pay, period.
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