As Texas Goes... - How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda-logo

As Texas Goes... - How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda

Gail Collins

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In one of the most timely political books in years, Gail Collins declares that "what happens in Texas doesn't stay in Texas anymore." Gail Collins's fascination with Texas began rather abruptly in that distant spring of 2009 when she heard Governor Rick Perry-back to the wall, boots to the ground-address a Tea Party rally full of passionate Texans who seemed to be interested in seceding from the Union. "How long had this been going on?" she wondered, on behalf of the rest of the nation. "Was it something that we said?" The more she looked at Texas, the more she realized it was at the heart of the American political story. The Tea Party had Texas roots, with its passion for states' rights and sense of persecution by an overreaching Washington. But Texas also seemed to be running the federal government it despised. Through its vigorous support of banking deregulation, which began with the savings and loan crisis of the 1980s and ended calamitously with the Wall Street crash of 2008, Texas's boot prints were deep. In education, Texas had managed both to be the model for the wildly influential No Child Left Behind law and to provide some of the loudest political voices calling for the law to be trashed. In energy, Texas was the heart of the drill-baby-drill movement and the war against the whole concept of global warming. Collins brilliantly frames this national movement through the outsized behavior and inimitable swagger of some of Texas's most colorful and influential political figures, from former House of Representatives Majority Leader Tom DeLay, who got into politics when the EPA banned his favorite fire ant repellent, to Perry himself, who when confronted with the fact that his state had the country's third-highest teen pregnancy rate, defended its abstinence-only sex education policy by doggedly asserting, "I'm just going to tell you from my own personal life. Abstinence works." Digging beneath the veneer of cowboy hats, oil derricks, and Alamo cries, Collins has produced a profoundly original work de

Language:

English

Length:

6h 14m


Chapters

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Chapter 1
Chapter 1

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Chapter 2
Chapter 2

05:00


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

04:33


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

04:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

04:52


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:54


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:35


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

04:44


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

03:23


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

03:28


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

05:00


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:37


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

04:49


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

04:39


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:40


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

03:34


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

03:54


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

02:39


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

02:55


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

04:42


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

04:49


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

04:54


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:41


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:42


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

04:51


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:03


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

03:23


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

05:02


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

03:47


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:21


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

04:45


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:33


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

04:02


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:25


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:54


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

04:09


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:29


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:46


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:47


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:42


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:29


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

03:58


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

04:17


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

04:10


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

03:53


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:55


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

03:01


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

03:18


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

03:39


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

04:20


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

03:07


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

04:39


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

03:47


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

03:01


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

02:33


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

03:30


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:56


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

04:16


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

03:57


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

04:23


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:06


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:21


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:18


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

04:37


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:09


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

03:25


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:24


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

03:21


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

04:42


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

03:48


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:10


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

03:51


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

03:27


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

03:05


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:54


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

04:19


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

04:16


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

03:21


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

03:23


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

04:52


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:02


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

04:56


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:57


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:17


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:30


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:21


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

03:32


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:33


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:12


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:08


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:58


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:51


Chapter 93
Chapter 93

00:33