June 01, 2009

Just kill it already

HB 300 has been the source of a lot of consternation today and it appears that everyone kinda agrees... this fucker needs to die.

I really have to give props to Senator Carona for being a bigger son of a bitch than the other son of a bitch. John, I pray the two of us never meet because then we'll be forced into a contest of petty and honestly, I don't know who'll come out on top. I like my chances but your performance today was brilliant.

Carona's beloved local taxing option got pulled out of the bill in conference. Apparently, it had something to do with Hegar on the Senate side (big surprise that, Hegar's made an enemy out of just about everyone this session) and Linda Fucking Harper Goddamn Brown, who managed to pull her fat face out of a trough long enough to keep the Republican dream of privatizating everything alive just a little longer. Oh, and fucking all Texans. So, he's threatening to filibuster the bill to death.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not all in love with Carona now. I think his alliance with Nichols is unholy and his decision to filibuster HB 300 is based only on the elimination of the local option, not on the transportation bank. Or privatization in general or converting existing, paid-for highways into private tollways. Or the fact that the reco's of the Sunset Committee (like electing TxDOT officials) has been completely left out. Stripped, in part, by Carona himself. Yes, the loss of local option in conference is irony at it's finest. Still, if the result is the same (the death of HB 300) then it's all good.

The funniest thing about all this is the Republican opposition to the local option, to giving the voters a direct say in how we fund transportation in this state. They've made it very clear by opposing this that their primary concern is not what's best for Texans... it's enriching investment bankers by privatizing roads.

So, here's to hoping that either the House kills HB 300, or Carona does. It's a bad bill and it truly needs to die.

Posted by mcblogger at June 1, 2009 12:11 AM

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