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Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott speaks during an anti-abortion rally at the State Capitol in Austin, Texas, July 8, 2013.  The political battle in Texas over proposed restrictions on abortion resumes on Monday with a rally by abortion opponents and a public hearing in the state Senate, where Democrat Wendy Davis staged a filibuster last month to stall the Republican-backed measure.  REUTERS/Mike Stone (UNITED STATES) - RTX11HAF
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When Greg Abbott's handlers actually allow him to talk to the press, his usual response is "no comment." Now you'll understand why, once you read these jaw-dropping remarks:

Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott, under fire for blocking public access to state records documenting the location of dangerous chemicals, said Texans still have a right to find out where the substances are stored — as long as they know which companies to ask.

"You know where they are if you drive around," Abbott told reporters Tuesday. "You can ask every facility whether or not they have chemicals or not. You can ask them if they do, and they can tell you, well, we do have chemicals or we don't have chemicals, and if they do, they tell which ones they have."

That's just awesome. Think about all the unnecessary regulations we could eliminate if only we adopted Abbott's way of thinking!
  • What are the ingredients in that yogurt you're eating? Just drive around to Chobani and ask! If you haven't been poisoned first!
  • Are there any side effects for your heart medication? Just drive around to Pfizer and find out! Hopefully you aren't already experiencing palpitations!
  • Is there supposed to be a stop sign at the end of this street? Just drive around to city hall and see what they say! If you make it!

Unfortunately, Abbott's wise plan didn't prevent the deadly fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas, last year that killed 15 people and injured more than 160. But really, those folks should have just driven around some more to learn about the dangerous chemicals in their neighborhood. Abbott, who's running for governor against Democrat Wendy Davis, might want to check in on the chemicals in his part of town, too, because some nasty ones are clearly getting into his water supply.

Please give $3 so that Wendy Davis can drive around and stop this idiocy.

Originally posted to David Nir on Wed Jul 02, 2014 at 10:44 AM PDT.

Also republished by TexKos-Messing with Texas with Nothing but Love for Texans, Houston Area Kossacks, and Daily Kos.

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