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  1. This is kinda where I come down. There's a mentality (one that I remember back during the housing crisis) of putting the lions share of the blame on the consumer for not making wise choices, and letting the companies off the hook for offering products that perhaps they shouldn't have. In an ideal world, everyone would read the fine print and would make wise decisions... but for a variety of reasons (some valid) that's not always gonna happen, so...
  2. My answer would be "don't purchase a variable rate plan, dummy", but that doesn't solve the fact that Texas energy companies are going to offer them and, inevitably, people will buy them. Generally, even with fixed rate plans, the companies provide enough info for plans, but it kinda buried in the fine print and not the easiest to decipher. I usually have to out together a spreadsheet and crunch numbers based on various levels of usage for multiple plans to come to the best option. I'm guessing the average person is not doing this. For better or worse
  3. For better or worse, I don't think the average consumer is thinking about the wisdom of any of these plans (ie. Fixed versus variable rate, rates at various levels of usage, etc ), they are looking at the topline price per kWh and purchasing. If you are informed consumer, it works. But that requires going in and evaluating numerous plans... that's generally how I have found it, but it's not the easiest thing figuring out the pricing schemes and various catches that come with each plan. Not to mention that most people don't have the time or aren't going to dedicate the time required to go through and do it right. In general, by nature I prefer more predictable prices, which you tend to get with larger utilities on a regulated market versus our market. But that's a personal preference, I can see why some would prefer the Texas model as well.
  4. The long-short is that Texas' deregulated energy market allows companies to sell variable rate plans, as well as plans that are pegged to wholesale prices (such as Griddy, which is the one largely chronicled in the Times piece). Fixed rate plans (which we have) are pretty common as well, and obviously do not fluctuate, so we'll be good... but anyone on a variable rate plan or Griddy will get a rude awakening next bill cycle. Personally, I think the whole thing is a racket and am envious of Texans who live in co-ops that were carved out of deregulation (such as the area where my wife's parents live or in Denton, where we used to live)... you don't have competition, you pay a little more, but the service is generally more reliable
  5. Imagine getting this worked up about *checks notes* Joe Biden's dogs...
  6. I do find it interesting that Dole was the only living R nominee to support Trump, yet (to my knowledge) remains friendly to Biden. It shouldn't be impressive at all that pols can put aside their differences and maintain a friendship, but in this day and age, it is.
  7. Bipartisan support for AOC's fundraising efforts (Because, yes, this isn't a red v. blue thing)
  8. Yep, it's wrong. And the Electoral College is a big reason why this reasoning seeps in. (Yes, I know it's never going away, but everything gets judged on the basis of red states and blue states when there are many precincts in Texas that gave Biden 80+% of the vote)
  9. I keep going back to the Simpsons meme shared earlier. Like, this isn't new... don't travel to a tropical resort in the middle of a crisis is common sense
  10. Running low on material over at Newsmax
  11. For what its worth, a lot of the criticisms that have been raised haven't been "red v. blue"... I've repeatedly said that, to his credit, he was a pretty ubiquitous figure during Harvey, so much so that he was able to campaign on it in 2018. The fact that he had time to organize and travel on a vacation to a luxury resort in a foreign country (that, btw, our State Department doesn't advise travel to because of COVID) as the crisis was ongoing raises legitimate questions as to his engagement during this crisis, as well as his judgment. And I'm not alone on this... its anecdotal, but I've seen a couple Republican acquaintances asking the same questions. He's not going to resign, nor will this likely have much impact on him going forward. But the criticisms are 100% legit here.
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