Grover Norquist once boasted about the need to shrink government so “small” it could be drowned in the bathtub. Here is the Norquist recipe: Tax cuts for the wealthy, plus budget cuts for state programs, plus hostility to responsible governance equals Grover’s Tub. Good governance was in Grover’s view, the enemy—and destroying it was Grover’s goal.
Grover’s recipe worked, which explains repeated failures of government from Austin to Washington, D.C. In Texas, that recipe has resulted in tragedies such as what occurred at the Texas Youth Commission (TYC) over the last five years. . .