"Senator Nichols and his flexible relationship with the truth...."
Senate D's, HAVE YOU LOST YOUR GODDAMN MINDS?5/28/09
Last night I asked people to please contact their State Representative's and ask them to vote against HB 300, the TXDOT sunset bill. All session I've fought, successfully and unsuccessfully, to stop some of the worst transportation bills coming out, most of which seem to have originated with Senators Nichols and Carona. Now, just so you know, both are bad for transportation in this state but Nichols is really the worst of the two.
Nichols likes to lie to his constituents (just ask him about TTC69). And they're finding out about it. Sucks to be him, but who really cares? It's not like he's all that bright to begin with. He was dumb enough to get caught immediately behind 39% in that stupid, rambling speech about the 10th Amendment and State's Rights that 39% delivered just before asking the Fed's for help with swine flu. One hell of a move to appeal the KBH folks in his district, right? But I digress... Nichols and his flexible relationship with the truth.
He's told a number of you Senators that the ban on toll roads remains intact in HB 300. That's a lie. In fact, PPP's get strengthened as a result of this bill, not eliminated. Make no mistake, PPP's are a bad deal for Texas. In privatization, the state and taxpayers always end up losing out. This was, is and always will be reality.
Needless to say, some of you better spend the next few days actually reading HB 300.
Parts of it actually make it easier to convert a highway to a private toll road. And remember that horrible, jackass idea from hell, the Transportation Bank? It's still there.
Some of you also might want to reconsider your signatures on this. Frankly, considering that I and others supported 855 and we were pushing back on massive Republican opposition to 855, this just pisses me off so goddamn bad I can't really think straight right now.
None of you need friends like Senators Carona and Nichols. And you all better take a fucking moment to realize that bloggers aren't the enemy.
(MASSIVE hat tip to EOW for the pickup)