July 1, 2022



Texans are paying the ‘A.S.S. tax’ due to costly Abbott border inspections, Dems say

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Gov. Greg Abbott’s new border inspection directive for all commercial trucks entering Texas from Mexico has drawn criticism from both sides of the aisle — some more creative than others.

“As policy, it is an utter disaster serving only as an attempt to woo far-right voters,” Evbagharu said. “Unfortunately, the governor’s decision to pursue this directive will have far-reaching repercussions for businesses and consumers.”

Evbagharu continued, saying the Republican leader is contributing to supply-chain issues which will result in product shortages and higher prices for consumers and businesses. He called the price hike the “Abbott Supply-Chain Surcharge,” or “A.S.S. tax.”

“Because of the governor’s political games, consumers will be forced to pay an ‘Abbott Supply Chain Surcharge’ on goods, and the A.S.S. tax is going to take a chunk out of all our wallets,” Evbagharu said. “Abbott’s latest political stunt comes at a high cost and demonstrates — once again — that the governor has utter disregard for the lives and livelihoods of Texans.”

Last week, Abbott ordered the Texas Department of Public Safety to increase inspections of commercial vehicles crossing the state’s southern border in what he characterized as an attempt to disrupt drug cartels’ using commercial trucks to smuggle humans and drugs into the U.S., according to the Texas Tribune.

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The directive followed the Biden Administration’s announcement of its plans to end Title 42, which allowed federal officials to cite COVID-19 as a reason to turn away migrants at the border. Republicans and Democrats, including Abbott’s challenger in the 2022 Texas gubernatorial race Beto O’Rourke, have also called out the Texas governor on the new policy.

“This is inflation,” O’Rourke tweeted Tuesday, posting video of trucks stalled at the border. “Higher prices at the grocery store. A supply chain crisis that is killing businesses along the border. This is what Greg Abbott is doing to Texas.”

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller called on Abbott to end the policy, saying the “inspection program is turning a crisis into a catastrophe.”

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