Monday, November 2, 2009

Actual transportation ideas from Hank Gilbert...

They are bad ideas... raising the gas tax... but at least he is putting ideas out there (link).

Kay and Tom Schieffer can only criticize (link). Excerpt follows...

I would say, meanwhile, that it's hard to distinguish Schieffer's position from Kay Bailey Hutchison's. She said in her campaign kickoff in August:

It is time to return to our tradition of free, quality highways and roads. ... Then there's the Trans-Texas Corridor. The biggest land grab in the history of Texas. And the Governor wanted to turn it over to a foreign company to build toll roads.

Neither candidate likes tolls and neither likes foreign investment helping to build Texas roads. So what are the alternatives?

I have put up a series of posts (here, here and here) asking details on Hutchison's transportation position.

I hope I have better luck with Mr. Schieffer.

It is easy to criticize. It is more difficult to lead. This is yet another issue that made me drop Kay and never look back. She has no transportation solutions... she sounds way too much like Carole Keeton Strayhorn on this issue...

Sure there may be a gaggle of vocal anti road private building advocates out there who are loud and obnoxious, but there are a lot of us who see her position on building new roads as pandering to a narrow swath of people...

Great Kay... you got the Farm Bureau endorsement.... good for you. Meanwhile we still need to build roads and you are not offering any solutions. Your non privatization solutions would have to include higher gas taxes... or not building new roads... which is it?

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