Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The Noise Machine (10/28/09)

Taking pride in our civic duty since well....a few years ago. (We don't remember)

Just over two years ago, on LaE, I predicted that the next big public policy debate in Houston would be over flood control.* guess what issue is raising it's ugly head? That's right, flood control. Go read Mike Snyder's ChronBlog story for the nitty-gritty.

In the past I've been hard on the GOP for not focusing their debate on what they would do instead of griping about what Obama is doing. Maybe they're finally getting the message? Not that I have high hopes, but America runs best when there are two strong parties negotiating policy rather than just one side of the ideological spectrum over-reaching. Compromise quiets the screams from the fringes as well.

There's been a lot of talk recently about the financial troubles of the Harris County Sports Authority. Today, Charles Kuffner offers his two-cents on the issue. This is of note because Mr. Kuffner is on record as having cast votes in support of stadium construction where most other commenters have been long-time opponents. Somehow, however, I don't think the HCSA deals Kuffner supported going South is what Evan Smith and company were referring to when they named Kuffner one of 35 people who will shape your future.

Speaking of Charles Kuffner, He's pointing out a 'hole' in Pam Holm's 8 day out Campaign finance reports. Now, there may or may not be anything here, that's the thing about amateur bloggers and their adventures in watchdog reporting. Regardless, one thing this scrutiny does is make the candidates take a less cavalier attitude toward filling out their forms....that's always a good thing.

OK, let me get this straight: CenterPoint Energy is receiving $200 Million dollars in Federal Grant monies to roll out their "smart" meter program, and is still planning on charging every consumer a surcharge to "pay for the program" for the next 11 years....I wonder how good of an office the industrious little executive who thought up this plan has now? It had better be in a corner, with one hell of a view.

Some bad news this morning: The FDA is fiddling with our oysters. First they came for the bivalves....

*Yes, I'm aware of the irony of my calling for a flood control 'plan' two years ago and now crushing on Peter "Plan" Brown for his over reliance on the same. Apparently my hypocrisy knows no bounds. (Just add it to my anger, my misogyny and my general asshole-ness.

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