Getting Out of Grover's Tub

Chapter 8: Government by Lawsuit

“Just say no.” That was Nancy Reagan’s slogan all though the 1980s in her fight against drugs. Today, it’s the mantra of Texas’ Republican Party. What it means in Texas, due to flat refusal to solve problems, is that more and more agencies are run by lawsuit. Here’s how that works.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) began a civil rights investigation of Texas’ state schools for the mentally retarded in early 2005. What started out as an investigation of one state school for abuses by direct care staff has broadened, first to another state school, then the entire system. . .

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