Rick Perry's Highway to Hell

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by George H. Russell


Texas Governor Rick Perry is so blindly and stupidly obsessed with his Trans-Texas Corridor boondoggle that he apparently doesn't realize that he is playing into the hands of America's enemies by creating a target for terrorists so large that it would be visible from the moon.


Just think how strategically dimwitted it is to place all of our eggs in one big oversized basket.  A single strike against this "Highway to Hell" could knock out our electrical power grid, as well as our natural gas, oil, and water supply systems, and all forms of ground transportation.


It is sheer insanity to build 4,000 miles of highways at a time when the planet is running out of fossil fuels, and burning what is left at an even faster pace. This detrimental situation contributes to global warming and ecological disaster, which boggles the minds of intelligent people.


Only one part of Perry's feebleminded plan makes any sense at all and that is the high-speed rail aspect.  At 200 miles per hour, people and goods can be moved between major urban areas in less time and at much less expense than traveling by automobile or even by air.  The pollution level would be only a fraction of that caused by millions of cars and overloaded diesel trucks.


An elevated high-speed rail network with dual tracks could easily be built on a hundred foot wide right-of-way, rather than Perry's 1,200 foot wide gashes across Texas.   Perry's plan would sever hundreds of rural county roads, divide farms and ranches, fragment forests, destroy wetlands, and cause widespread environmental damage so severe that the quality of life of all Texans would be negatively impacted.


Half a million acres of Texas would be permanently destroyed so that Perry's overblown ego can be stroked to his satisfaction.  Billions of dollars would migrate out of Texas to bank vaults in Spain.   The Spanish would then have our own dollars with which to purchase and take control of our factories, farms, and industries.  Perry would trade the basic wealth of Texas in order to satisfy his obvious megalomania.


Hundreds of rural families whose lives would be disrupted, and in many cases destroyed, would resort to alcohol and drugs in an attempt to cope with the inevitable depression that could lead to suicide.  In my opinion, their blood would be on Perry's hands, and all of the scrubbing in the world could never wash it off.


Much more innocent blood would also be spilled if Perry's dream, which is our nightmare, comes to pass.  No terrapin, deer, rabbit, armadillo, fox, beaver, river otter, frog, toad, or any other member of Texas' wildlife population could ever successfully cross a 1,200 foot wide series of highways and ground level train tracks.  The road kill slaughter would be horrendous. Eventually, it would virtually depopulate millions of acres of rural Texas of its wildlife.


An elevated high-speed rail system would impact only around 45,000 acres rather than twelve times that amount.  In addition, the environmental degradation would be only a tiny fraction of what Perry's scheme would cause.  Animals, farmer, ranchers, hikers, hunters and vehicles could all pass safely beneath the elevated railways at almost any point along the course of the lines.


Farms and ranches would not be fragmented, rural county roads would not be cut and blocked, and life for the residents of Texas could go on relatively undisturbed as multitudes of passengers and tons of freight stream past at 200 miles per hour.  In addition to the millions of animals that would not become road kill, the lives of hundreds of Texans who are killed each year by inefficient, and dangerous fuel-guzzling 18-wheelers would be saved.


If I were Osama Bin Laden or another terrorist leader, I would hang portraits of Rick Perry on the walls of my cave and thank Allah five times a day at prayer that Texas is being led down the primrose path by a dupe of the enemies of America.


I wouldn't be a bit surprised if it were discovered that some of the money being poured into Perry's campaign coffers by promoters of the "Highway to Hell" originated in Iraq, Saudi Arabia or Afghanistan.


George H. Russell [send him email] an outspoken opponent of the death penalty, is a resident of Hunstville, Texas, which is known worldwide as "The City of Death."  His work can be found at http://www.patriotnetwork.org/ and http://www.salvationnetwork.org/ George is a columnist at www.populistamerica.com.

and if I hasn't been inclined to vote for him before, your silly, over-the-top rhetoric and demagougery would have put me in a mind to do so.

I agree. These people are nuts and make Perry automatically look reasonable.

From driving the I-35 corridor several times over the last 4 or 5 years, I know something needs to be done to fix this problem. From what I have read, if some Europeans want to come fund a toll road here to solve the problem, let them. Its better than the entire nation paying for I-35 improvements.

I voted straight-ticket Republican today in Houston and against Propositions D-G.

IT FELT SOOOO GOOD!

The Trans-Texas Corridor is something that Texas desperately needs. I'm glad that Perry is pushing it forward.

Sorry, big guy-of all the things Perry's corridor MAY be, a highway to hell is the least among them.

We have ample terrorist highways running thru the streets of Laredo, and all the way across to Eagle Pass my good friend...by the way, do you LIVE in Texas, or are you just a Strayhorn/Bell hit man?

Sorry-no buy your wares...amigo.

The corridor IS a boondoggle, but it is of far greater value to Texans than anything we have now..more tar for DPS to patrol...more funneling of bodies in a controlled alley way to pin the bad guys down

More jobs for Texans...More fed revenue from highway dollars...I am missing where this is bad-enlighten me again, hombre?

ps-EZ...I am actually going to vote for Kinky...Perry wins anyway, and a vote for Kinky is a vote against Strayhorn...she ain't MY grandma...

What we do in life echoes in eternity.
-Maximus Decimus Meridius

We have to have more highways. If we can get rich Europeans to fund them, instead of hard working Texans, I am all for it.
The frriggin' Even the French use private money to fund most of their new highways and bridges. It save the tax payers gazillions of francs. Why should we be stuck with dangerous highways, high taxes to build them and even higher taxes to maintain them?
Your reactionary diatribe is frankly ill informed, offers no alternatives that are cxredible, and makes me think that you would actually think Kinky could lead this state.
No. Friggin'. Way.
I am proudly voting straight ticket Republican. I have met Perry and know he is a good leader and will get as much done as can be done, and mostly get things done I like.
Bell is a dimwitted ambulance chasing puppet for trial attorneys. I like Carol, and wish she had not betrayed the Republican party and conservatives. Kinky is a drunken lout of a joke, put up to divide angry conservatives from their vote and to let Bell sneak in.
No thanks. I value vote, and I value the future of Texas. I will not waste either on some reactionary spew or pointless gesture.

Am I the only one who thinks he's here to depress Republican voter turnout?
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You can tell by all the bogus arguments he makes against it. The wildlife holocaust and all. That sounds like something I would hear from a PETA protester in a chicken costume.

There are plenty of arguments against this corridor, such as whether it is necessary or not and the one-big-customs zone aspects, but nothing he raised is worth batting an eye over.
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"I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more I have of it." -- Thomas Jefferson

why is this lefty hack poser blow hard here anyway?
If I meet this twit next time I am in Huntsville, and he calls the resting place of Sam Houston "City of death", I might just share with him some direct responses. to help him choose his future rhetoric more carefully.

I have to say, he is mostly right. Not the way he put it, but we most certainly DO NOT NEED this, nor will it be helpful to our state.

Get ready for a deep south version of the Big Dig, as soon as the Euro financing runs out, guess who will be called upon to fund this white elephant?

It amazes me that so many conservatives are so gullible about "industrial planning" and "private/public" cooperatives.

But I guess what he really wants is to use this to export our immigration problem into the rest of the USA. So maybe its not all that bad. Just wait till they see the campesenos lined up at the Home depot in Flynt, Peoria, and De Moines.

"Nothing works like freedom, Nothing succeeds like liberty"
Kyle

to his concerns and perhaps even to his solution/alternative (partial though it is), I am. the idea of this monstrosity is not particularly appealing.

however the pro side also makes valid points. I was struck by Gov. Perry in the portion of the debate I happened to catch noting that the /farmers/ were the biggest opponents of the farm to marked roads originally.

at any rate, the rhetoric is ridiculous. calling Perry an egomaniac and a dupe for our enemies? pot calling kettle!

But I guess what he really wants is to use this to export our immigration problem into the rest of the USA.

It's already been exported to the entire United States. Illegals in recent years have been scattering far and wide to look for these "jobs American's won't do"... even to places nobody wants to live, like North Dakota. Don't need some super highway of the future to do that.
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"I am a great believer in luck. The harder I work, the more I have of it." -- Thomas Jefferson

And proudly voted for Rick Perry. He's been a great governor.

I am proudly voting for Perry for his fiscal conservative stance on budget in 2002 when he saved $10 billion and avoided tax hikes, his pro-life bills, his working on getting jobs in the state (like toyota in SA), and his making the Dems look like chickens in the redistricting fight, *and* for managing to fix school finance and finagle a net tax cut out of it - neat trick you'll rarely see a pol do. I'm not worried (or ticked much at all) about TTC because the opposition will make it slow to a crawl anyway (already happened), and 90% of time we find out that the roads we thought we didnt need are really needed by the time they are built.

I'm not big fan of TTC, but the anti-TTC arguments add up to a mix of NIMBYism and tinfoil conspiracy theories ...

"Much more innocent blood would also be spilled if Perry's dream, which is our nightmare, comes to pass. No terrapin, deer, rabbit, armadillo, fox, beaver, river otter, frog, toad, or any other member of Texas' wildlife population could ever successfully cross a 1,200 foot wide series of highways and ground level train tracks. The road kill slaughter would be horrendous. Eventually, it would virtually depopulate millions of acres of rural Texas of its wildlife."

ARE YOU SURE THIS ISN'T SATIRE???

all the posters here who voted for Rick Perry! I cannot imagine anyone in their right mind voting for any of the other candidates, like Friedman - let alone Chris Bell. We need a Republican in the nation's second most populous state. It's as simple as that.

Fortunately, Perry holds a healthy 10 point lead in the latest SUSA poll, so I think he'll win.

He is going to win easily especially considering its a 4 way race. The question is who will come in second. The moderate Republican grandmom? The comedian cowboy? The Democratic sacrificial lamb? I do not know which one I take more seriously.

I voted for Rick Perry because he was the best choice, but Carole Keeton Strayhorn wasn't too far behind in my mind. When she abandonded School Choice and Merit Pay in order to get the support of teachers' unions, that's when I decided I couldn't support her.

That said, I'd love to see her take on Lloyd Doggett in TX25 in 2008. Perry's campaing against Strayhorn has been disgracefully underhanded - which is a terrible way to treat a woman who is, at the end of the day, a fellow Republican. Darn tacky Aggie cheerleader!

Next time, Dick Armey for Governor!

 
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