DB#1 Texas Government

“Texas is a mirror in which Americans see themselves reflected, not life-sized but…bigger than life.”


This was written by New Yorker author John Bainbridge in “The Super-Americans”, a book published in 1961 about the Lone Star state after Bainbridge spent about 9 months here. Recently, Texas has been in the news for other, also super-sized reasons: 2021 saw the state’s power grid fail in one of the most catastrophic and spectacular ways possible, causing 4.5 million households to go without power, half of all Texans losing access to clean drinking water, and dozens of Texans dying from freezing temperatures. And, in the last few months, the Texas Legislature has taken to passing laws instituting more stringent voting restrictions, constitutional (permitless) carry of firearms, and banning women from obtaining an abortion after they are more than six weeks pregnant. This all comes in addition to Texas’ governmental response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which saw the government take deliberate action to not act—whether it be in terms of providing unemployment assistance, blocking cities from passing eviction moratoriums, and taking legal action against lower government entities passing ordinances instituting face mask mandates and/or vaccine requirements.

All of these controversies have garnered national attention, and have dimmed the view of Texas as an economically successful, small government, pro-business state. Certainly, the Texas government has gone out of its way to take action to influence Texans’ lives in ways that it finds important. Texans overall, however, tend to be in favor of a more hands-off government according to opinion polls—and you, in this class, are no exception, as I demonstrated in the supplementary lecture video:

Whether you agree with the way Texas has handled the power grid crisis, the new laws, or its response to the COVID-19 pandemic or not is not the topic of this discussion post.

nstead, please read Chapter 1 Download Chapter 1, Chapter 2 Download Chapter 2, and Chapter 4 Download Chapter 4from Erica Grieder’s book, “Big, Hot, Cheap, and Right: What America Can Learn From the Strange Genius of Texas.” After reading the chapters from this book, please respond to the following questions:

  1. What does a “small government” state entail? What would you expect to see if you lived in an environment characterized by a philosophy of “small government”?
  2. What are the pros and cons of living in a state that has a government that takes a hands-off approach to governing? What are the pros and cons of a government that is more hands-on?
  3. In your opinion, has Texas done an effective job maintaining its reputation—and desire—as a state that has a government that stays out of people’s lives? Why, or why not? Name some examples.
Nuts and Bolts of the Assignment
  1. Respond specifically to all questions asked, using what you have read and what we have discussed in our group meetings as context for your responses. A paragraph or two is a good length for your responses to each question, and your answers must be supported by your reasons for that answer;
  2. Respond to at least one posted answer of a classmate for this discussion board. Your response should reflect not only agreement or disagreement with what your classmate has said, but the specific reasons for your response, in a paragraph or two;
  3. Post the responses in (1) and (2) above by the deadline, and use complete sentences with correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation (use a narrative style, as opposed to responding in bullet points). If you disagree with a classmate’s position, which is of course allowed, make sure that you write your response in an appropriate, respectful manner. Personal attacks of any kind are not acceptable in academic discourse.

Calculate the price
Make an order in advance and get the best price
Pages (550 words)
*Price with a welcome 15% discount applied.
Pro tip: If you want to save more money and pay the lowest price, you need to set a more extended deadline.
We know how difficult it is to be a student these days. That's why our prices are one of the most affordable on the market, and there are no hidden fees.

Instead, we offer bonuses, discounts, and free services to make your experience outstanding.
How it works
Receive a 100% original paper that will pass Turnitin from a top essay writing service
step 1
Upload your instructions
Fill out the order form and provide paper details. You can even attach screenshots or add additional instructions later. If something is not clear or missing, the writer will contact you for clarification.
Pro service tips
How to get the most out of your experience with StudyAcademia.com
One writer throughout the entire course
If you like the writer, you can hire them again. Just copy & paste their ID on the order form ("Preferred Writer's ID" field). This way, your vocabulary will be uniform, and the writer will be aware of your needs.
The same paper from different writers
You can order essay or any other work from two different writers to choose the best one or give another version to a friend. This can be done through the add-on "Same paper from another writer."
Copy of sources used by the writer
Our college essay writers work with ScienceDirect and other databases. They can send you articles or materials used in PDF or through screenshots. Just tick the "Copy of sources" field on the order form.
See why 20k+ students have chosen us as their sole writing assistance provider
Check out the latest reviews and opinions submitted by real customers worldwide and make an informed decision.
Customer reviews in total
Current satisfaction rate
3 pages
Average paper length
Customers referred by a friend
15% OFF your first order
Use a coupon FIRST15 and enjoy expert help with any task at the most affordable price.
Claim my 15% OFF Order in Chat