Tim Boyd was the mayor of Colorado City, Texas until today. He was forced to resign after one of the most tone deaf political statements that made Newt Gingrich’s victim blaming (“failure of citizenship”) look like a kind and tasteful gesture.
The now former mayor of Colorado City is catching some heat after a social media post berating citizens affected by the cold.
In a Facebook post made Tuesday morning, Tim Boyd wrote that it is “not the local government’s responsibility to support you during trying times like this! Sink or swim, it’s your choice!”
Addressing power outages, Boyd writes, “The City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING! I’m sick and tired of people looking for a damn handout!”
“Only the strong will survive and the weak will parish (sic),” Boyd continues.
He’s actually wishing and hoping for people to die of cold, as if the actions of republicans who caused the problem were blameless.
Texas deregulated the energy industry to maximize profit and to exempty large corporations (both energy consumers and producers) from accountability or acting in the common good. When energy shortages happen (such as during the winter storm), the energy companies increase prices to make a profit rather than produce more energy to prevent people from freezing to death.
This happened exactly the same way and for the same reasons as California’s energy crisis of 2001, driven by greed and deregulation pushed by corrupt republiclowns. They knew this was a potential disaster. They wanted it to happen.
As Chris Hayes reports, Fox Nuisance and rightwing politicians are trying to blame windmills and clean energy for the disaster, rather than the dependence on a poorly built and fossil fuel dependent infrastructure.
The republiclown governor Greg Abbott is attempting to blame those running the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). But it was he and previous governor Dan Patrick who created this system of disaster capitalism and cronyism.