I have a simple recommendation: if the governor of Texas is suspicious of the US military, how about we move the military's bases out of Texas? This would be an excellent confidence building measure--withdrawing forces to a distance to assure a fearful population.
Sure, this would cause many jobs to be lost as these bases are major employers, but security from imaginary threats has got to be the highest priority, right?
Update: This tweet provides some inconvenient truths for the governor:
Texas Gov. Abbott is skeptical of the US military. Here's how much his state benefits from it: http://t.co/KKORhgzoXt pic.twitter.com/kpbrtNMCrh— Brandon Friedman (@BFriedmanDC) May 3, 2015
Where should we move Fort Hood? Oklahoma should be far enough, and those folks would not mind profiting at the expense of Texas. On the other hand, they probably have both conspiracy theorists in abundance and craven politicians, so maybe Nebraska? Kansas?
All I can say for certain is that I am glad that I left Texas in 2002. I enjoyed my visit last fall to Austin, but once I left, I was never applying for jobs in that state again. Yeesh.