Rick Perry Sneers at Private Property Rights- The Trans Texas Corridor


 

Rick Perry Sneers at Private Property Rights- The Trans Texas Corridor
 


22 July 2011 at 8:08:22 PM
salon

Occurs to me that people nationally, outside of Texas, may not realize just how much of a lie Rick Perry's claim to be a protector of private property rights actually is. The prime exhibit is Perry's push to take away people's property through eminent domain to put in a gigantic TOLL ROAD that would run, in at least 3 different areas, through Texas. The toll road would have been run by a foreign corporation, Cintra, rather than, say, solely by the Texas Department of Transportation. Further, there were spiffs attempted (CDAs) where *free* roads would not be maintained IN ORDER TO get people to have to drive on the toll roads.

The only way that this got started was by an obscure constitutional amendment that did NOT say that it was going to create toll roads run by foreign corporations. When people realized this, and TxDot held hearings on it, people turned out in DROVES, from all over Texas, AGAINST it. The Texas Republican Party put into their platform that they were against the TTC. Rick Perry ignored all comments; it was, as my Republican state senator Kip Averitt said, Perry's legacy. He WANTED it and nothing was going to stop it.

Want to read what one prominent Republican group wrote about it? Corridor Watch. 

Here was a video from Sal Costello that explains how people felt (and still do) about Rick Perry.

There was even a big PR push to have people discount the NAFTA superhighway as a myth, which it was NOT. The idea was to have a giant road that started on the western side of Mexico and ran all the way up to Canada. The group pushing this was NASCO.

My state rep Sid Miller told me that he was all for the TTC and he voted for it, even though it would effectively create a problem for people who wanted to *cross* the road to get to the other side, perhaps having to go 50 miles out of their way. He said that the money from TXDot ought to be used for local roads and he was fine with Cintra running it. So was Mike Ford, who was then county commissioner for precinct 2 and is now Somervell County judge.

Truck drivers were angry because the cost of driving cross Texas would be even GREATER due to tolls, plus as said before, the state of Texas didn't plan to maintain the existing highways in good condition.

People were FURIOUS with Rick Perry. The outcry was so much that finally the *name* of the Trans Texas Corridor was changed and some efforts to break up sections into smaller toll roads. We attempted to also vote out Rick Perry who won with only 39 percent of the vote (that's why he's called Governor 39 percent here).

Here's another site to look at TURF. The key words to wake up to are private-public partnership. That is, selling our roads to private corporations to run. Does this type of action strike YOU as showing that Rick Perry is concerned about private property rights? He's NOT.

The reason I mention this yet again is not to tell people in the US to look at what Rick Perry did, but also because someone told me "Well, he didn't succeed, did he?" as if that made what he did all right. If you have a thief that tries repeatedly to steal your television set and you set a guard at the door, does that mean you should now trust the thief?


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