Monday, March 09, 2009

Texas Transportation Commissioner Ted Houghton Plays the Race Card?

What the?

In the video, Ted Houghton of the Texas Transportation Commission is sparring with Hank Gilbert. Gilbert is at the meeting to ask the Commission why it plans to use stimulus money to build toll roads for the benefit of foreign companies. Houghton dribbles something about how "foreigners" will own the debt either way. I'll address that remark first:

Commissioner Houghton, even if foreign countries, or companies, buy up stimulus debt by the truckload, Texans would still own their own roads.

There, now that that's over with, we can proceed to the meeting's most glaring injustice. At about the 7:10 mark in the video, Houghton says,...

"Your group are a bunch of bigots, is what you are."


I'm trying to wrap my mind around how a person who wants to keep Texas roads free is a bigot. I'm sorry, but I just can't do it. It's impossible.

Mr. Houghton, you are supposed to be serving the people of Texas, not serving on a de facto foreign corporate board. We don't want our roads taken away from us and given to any corporation, least of all a foreign one. It has nothing to do with race, and everything to do with citizens wanting to keep their roads.

You should be ashamed of yourself. I sincerely hope that you are.

Ted Houghton should resign immediately. He's shown quite clearly he doesn't know who his bosses are.