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  •  I lived in Greenwich, CT in 1973. (1+ / 0-)
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    We had an ice storm and lost our power. We had to sleep on the floor in front of the fireplace for several days. And, on top of that, gasoline was rationed because of the Arab oil crisis. One could get gasoline only on certain days determined by your license plate number. I remember getting in line at a service station at 5:00 am. I took a blanket to keep warm so I would not have to run the engine.

    During this period I was traveling on business, and I flew to Dallas. I expected the same kind of shortages. But, to my genuine surprise, there was nothing of the kind. I was able to drive into any service station and fill up, no problem. I moved back to Texas within three months.

    Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

    by hestal on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 06:38:53 AM PDT

    •  I spent the winter in Texas back (3+ / 0-)
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      in 2007. Trying to escape the cold of Northern New York.

      I was astonished to see how much cheaper gas was in Texas than what we were paying in NY state. And the speed limit in Texas is also higher.

      Not sure why everyone is so against more things being dictated at a national level.

      By allowing states to be in control of certain things, all you do is encourage inequities across the country.

      Why should I be able to get gas cheaper, or better health insurance coverage, or specific gay marriage rights in one state over another?

      anyway, didn't mean to highjack your comment, just was remembering my surprise, much as you did in 1973.

      Are you stilll in Texas or did you relocate?

      I am an Angry White Woman and I vote. Mr President: I've got your back

      by karma13612 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 07:54:20 AM PDT

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      •  I agree with you. (0+ / 0-)

        At that time, 1973, I remember seeing bumper stickers in Texas, my home state, that read: "Drive fast and freeze a Yankee."

        Might and Right are always fighting, in our youth it seems exciting. Right is always nearly winning, Might can hardly keep from grinning. -- Clarence Day

        by hestal on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 09:57:51 AM PDT

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        •  wow, that is just scary (1+ / 0-)
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          not sure how much has changed, either!

          For me, the model of 50 states, often feeling like they need to compete against each other, just doesn't work.

          I've heard the rationale: Vote with your feet.

          Guess they mean that if you don't like it in this state, go to another state if you want.

          Yea, there are no border guards asking for 'your papers' between states, but there are boundaries in the form of economic constraints.

          Just because you wake up some day, and discover that you can no longer have an abortion in your own home state, and you are worried that you might be effected by this, doesn't mean you can easily give up a job and housing, etc, just to move to a 'pro-choice' state. And then you might be faced with the same issue again, down the line if you made a bad state choice again. I am using abortion as an example, but there are other issues as well, of course.

          I have been trying to convince hubbie that we should move from NYS to Vermont since they are really making a LOT of noise about single payer for their residents.  The cons are that it is expensive to find housing and I would have to start fresh looking for a job.

          Again, state divisions for these issues just doesn't make sense.

          I am an Angry White Woman and I vote. Mr President: I've got your back

          by karma13612 on Sat Nov 03, 2012 at 10:15:18 AM PDT

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