On a lighter note, but no less a sign of American dysfunction, FiveThirtyEight gives us this:
Monday, July 3, 2017
I recommend this New Yorker article on the recently concluded session of the Texas legislature. The second-most populous state in the union is almost under the control of complete morons. Only a few somewhat sensible elected officials prevent them from riding roughshod over reason and logic. As I sit here on the eve of Independence Day and contemplate the immediate and medium-term future, I have little faith that the sensible folks will win out. I'm pretty sure we will see these cultists foist their ignorant bigotry and witch doctor economics on the rest of the nation, and only after their policies are complete disasters will we be able to vote them out of office. In the meantime, I am concerned we will end up seeing unacceptable amounts of violence as regular citizens suffer under their doomed-to-fail rule. I wish I could be more optimistic, but the last two years have rendered that almost non-existent characteristic in my personality extinct.