Friday, March 24, 2006

Don't Forget The Gubernatorial Candidate Forum Tonight

Come see the governor defend his plan to give away Texas farm land to a Spanish owned corporation for the good of our state. Oh yeah, I forgot Gov. Perry won't be there:
Perry foes to attack corridor plan

Gov. Rick Perry's three challengers will gather tonight east of Temple for what is likely to be a two-hour attack on the GOP governor's Trans-Texas Corridor plan. The Blackland Coalition, formed a year ago in opposition to the proposed network of intrastate toll roads and rail lines, is hosting the forum on the plan and eminent domain. It begins at 7 p.m. at Seaton Star Hall, 10842 Texas 53.

Democrat Chris Bell as well as independents Carole Keeton Strayhorn and Kinky Friedman (who are attempting to qualify for the November gubernatorial ballot) will give 15- to 20-minute speeches. All have said they oppose Perry's corridor plan as well as all or most toll roads.

Perry was invited but will not appear.
A few things here. First, notice the title by the AAS. Makes it sound like just a bunch of people sitting around complaining. The Blackland Coalition was formed to give voice to those who didn't have one in our current state government. What else were they supposed to do? Certainly their state representation wasn't voicing these constituents opposition to this plan. In actuality one of they were instrumental in shepherding - I personally like the moniker of the "Highway Twins" - this plan through the legislature. Second, it mentions nothing about the fact that this "proposed network of intrastate toll roads and rail lines" will be taking away family farms and some of the best farmland in Texas and has had little, if any, public input about it's proposed path. And last, If this is such a good plan shouldn't Gov. Perry be able to attend an event like this and defend his plan?

Get the details for the event here.


At 3/24/2006 12:05 PM, Blogger StopKinky said...

Would someone PLEASE ask Kinky a few of these questions?

1. Kinky says he supported Ann Richards re-election campaign and opposed the Constitutional gay marriage amendment, but records reflect that he didn't vote in either election. In fact, Kinky has voted just once in the last 12 years, and that was when he voted for Bush/Cheney in 2004. Would someone PLEASE ask Kinky why he voted for Bush/Cheney in '04 but not in those elections where he claims to have been an active supporter or opponent?

2. Kinky complains about "the Ten Commandments being taken out of the public schools" and says, "I want them back, they belong there." Kinky also says "I'll tell you right now. I'm for prayer in school." Would someone PLEASE ask Kinky whether he is talking about posting the Catholic, Jewish, or Protestant versions of the Ten Commandments?

3. When asked about his position on women's rights, Kinky says "I'm not pro-life, and I'm not pro-choice. I'm pro-football!" Even CNN's reporter had to exclaim, "Now that's evasive, man, that's evasive." Would someone PLEASE see if they can get a straight answer from him about reproductive rights?

4. To secure the Texas-Mexico border, Kinky proposes his Five Mexican Generals plan: "whereby he would divide the Texas-Mexico border into precincts, stationing a Mexican general in each precinct. Each general would be given $1 million and the account would be drawn against every time an illegal immigrant is captured and returned to Mexico." Would someone PLEASE ask if he has reconsidered his position regarding outsourcing our border security in light the blow up over to UAE Port scandal?

5. Texas is undergoing a public education funding crisis, and "Friedman's answer is to put all the money in the education system and let the corporate sector bid on funding athletics." Would someone PLEASE ask him what he expects our children to give these corporations in exchange for their high bids?


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