Wednesday, September 05, 2007

"In this country, if you could burn government bullcorn, you wouldn’t need coal or natural gas."


Manipulation by Memo


Fort Worth Weekly
Copyright 2007

This may come as a surprise, but some people suspect that state officials are lying about the Trans-Texas Corridor’s impact on public highways. Static would like to believe that representatives of the people tell the truth and conduct their business honestly and in the open (Static also wants to believe that Elvis and Jim Morrison faked their deaths and are alive and well and pleasantly high on an island in the South Pacific).

Gov. Rick Perry’s plan to build a sprawling super-corridor of toll roads, rail, and utilities across the state was sold as a public-private enterprise that wouldn’t change existing highways into toll roads.

Then along comes a report by WOAI, a news radio station in San Antonio, which uncovered a Texas Department of Transportation internal memo that discusses using state money to buy back highways paid for with federal money, thereby paving the way for the state to charge tolls on those highways.

U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison has dubbed it double taxation and vowed to oppose any such effort. As a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee that funds the federal transportation department, she has some clout in this fight.

So why isn’t Static feeling reassured that sneakery isn’t in the works? See above. Or read this week’s cover story. Or the “Metropolis” news story. Or just about any issue in the past 10 years, with stories aplenty about lying, cheating, and corruption.

In this country, if you could burn government bullcorn, you wouldn’t need coal or natural gas. On the other hand, it wouldn’t make the air stink any less ... .

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