Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Trump's Policies Would Decimate Brownsville, But, Luckily, He's Too Inept to Get Them Through Congress

One of Abraham Galonsky's Properties
Abraham Galonsky will weather the storm. He could not care less about Trump inventing a new word on Twitter. He has enough buildings downtown for rent or for sale, as well as properties in strategic locations all over town to care for himself and his family.

I've never run the name "Galonsky" on the Cameron County Appraisal District website, but I happen to know that Abraham has that big lot across from the library on Central Blvd, where he allows candidates he approves to post their campaign signs, thirty acres near the sewer plant in Southmost he wanted the city to buy for the "new" Lincoln Park, acreage just across the interstate on University Blvd., plus the building Ben Neece will rent for his new downtown club.  As for La Casa del Nylon, he has Tony Martinez and Horacio Barrera to thank for a $2.3 million dollar payday.  Since the purchase in 2012, the building has been sitting idle for five years, off the tax rolls, but the city may have finally figured out a possible use for it, spending hundreds of thousands of dollars to get it tenant ready.

Abraham will be OK, but if Donald Trump gets his way, the rest of Brownsville will not fare as well.

Brownsville may be the most federally subsidized city in the country, buoyed up by programs Trump wants to cut drastically or eliminate altogether.  In many BISD schools, almost every student qualifies for a free lunch and, even breakfast. Medicaid is so prevalent that, when we took little Jack into Rodeo Dental, they seem unprepared to accept cash.  Likewise for his booster shot at the doctor's office.

A substantial number of residents are "on disability," with bi-polar disease the malady of the moment recognized by Tropical Texas Behavioral Health.  Child and adult care facilities have proliferated, all subsidized by the federal government.  Add to this, home health care and "Meals on Wheels."

In a low income community like Brownsville, the "big money" from Earned Income Tax Credit gets recirculated back into the community so fast it will make your head swim.  Used car dealers, furniture stores and other businesses try to entice these EITC shoppers with money burning a hole in their pocket:  "Use a copy of your tax return as your down payment!" they holler.

UT-RGV and TSC may be somewhat understaffed, but they have sufficient monetary aid counselors to help a student secure grants, loans and scholarships as needed.  Tuition can be relatively high at these institutions, but few parents are paying out-of-pocket.

Trump wants to slice and dice many of these programs according to his proposed budget and the Republicans control the House of Representatives AND the United States Senate.  Should Brownsville's needy be worried? No more than Abraham Galonsky is worried.

They should not worry as long as Trump continues to tweet, keeping his government so tied up in knots, nothing gets done.  Like Galonsky, Brownsville will ride out this storm.


  1. Amazed how many shills for drug dealers there are around here.

    1. I intended to touch on this in the above article, Of course, I've written in the past about Wells Fargo money laundering, some problems at IBC, etc. At one time, Brownsville had six no duty liquor/perfume outfits, one occupying half a downtown block with almost zero customer traffic.

      A downtown business owner I've known for twenty years claims many used car dealers use the process of buying cars up north and moving them here at wholesale prices for cash as simply a ruse for washing money.

      There are numerous local examples of businesses who don't seem to have enough of a customer count to continue existence.

  2. How about you lazy ass libtard democrats pay for your own shit for once? Texas and the USA does not revolve around a shithole city like brownsville. Brownsville contributes NOTHING except spreading drugs and poverty to the rest of the USA.

    1. Drugs are important for the economy yo.

  3. Trump has you all shiting your pants! Love watching you all squirm.

  4. Shitting? No. Trump is more vomit-inducing.

    1. Shitting or vomiting, either way is good with me. Trump kicks your ass all day, everyday. Where are the charges? Where is the impeachment? The Teflon Don! Love how he is destroying all of you anti American pussies! We do not have time for you. The USA will continue to advance. Trump kicked your liberal ass, every democrats ass, the republicans asses and the medias ass. Go away, you have no value to this country. Whining babies...



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