(Activist steamed over water rates, Bradley Olson, ChronBlog)
Republican activist Paul Bettencourt plans to challenge the city of Houston's drastic water rate increases in court on Monday, saying Mayor Annise Parker has taken an “abominable” step in passing increases that go far beyond the limits outlined in a 2004 voter referendum.Emphasis mine above.
“If you're going to make a contract with the public and get them to vote on it and get them to pass the vote, then by God you better honor that contract,” Bettencourt said of Proposition 1, a charter amendment passed in 2004 with the backing of then-Mayor Bill White and City Council. “I saw the campaign. I know what the public approved, and I'm going to do everything I can to make sure that the public vote is followed
In case you're wondering, this is the same Paul Bettencourt that resigned almost immediately after the "voters spoke" by re-electing him to the position of Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector.
Remember that? Yeah, that early severing of a "contract" (in effect) with voters? Yeah Paul, we're pretty sure that was you. It rings hollow to call someone out for an election not mattering when the last one you were in didn't seem to matter all that much right?
I'm constantly amazed at the points Republicans choose to draw lines in the sand. Granted, there are certainly lines on expenditures that need to be drawn, it's fair to question, however, if today's Republican leadership are in any position to do so?
In other words: Why in the hell should non-partisans take this group seriously?