- Feds make it known that Texas Voter ID laws would be subject to Justice Department approval.
- President Perry? No, not of Texas, of the United States. Or maybe not.
- Who the hell is enrolling in journalism school right now?
- Hundreds of students walk out to protest bill in the Texas lege to allow concealed hand-guns on university campuses.
- Barack Obama rolls out $8 billion high speed rail proposal. If you check the map, Texas would see 2 different routes, one from Houston along the Gulf Coast and another from San Antonio north through Austin and DFW to Oklahoma.
- Speaking of rail, a good argument by the Austin Contrarian.
Light rail will never be cheaper to build than it is right now. Labor and materials are cheaper than they have been in a long time, and much cheaper than they will be after the economy recovers.
Austin will never have a better chance of getting a large chunk of federal money. The Obama administration likes transit. It is willing to fund transit. But who knows whether Obama will still be in office on January 23, 2013. Approval ratings are fleeting. And even if he remains in office, gargantuan budget deficits might tie his hands. Now is the time to act.
A lot of people are having a tough time right now. But which pinches more: Paying 60 cents on the dollar during relatively tough times, or 100 cents on the dollar during relatively flush times? The first is the better deal, in my opinion.
And who's to say things will be so dire in 2010, or in 2011, when the first bond payments would be due? If the economy has improved, then we will have lost a great opportunity by not preparing for the bond election. And if things are still bad, then Austin's good citizens can vote down than the bonds. That's what democracy is all about.