Illegal Or Unpopular

State Sen. John Carona gets it right in a news story, where he is quoted as saying the state’s transportion agency "may well have crossed a legal threshold" when it enaged in a $9 million program to convince Texans to stop worrying and learn to love the TransTexas Corridor. The senator from Dallas should have stopped there.

He then said "the even greater issue" is that TxDOT is pushing a program that is "so unpopular with the public." Apparently its okay to violate basic principles when something is popular.

Thomas Jefferson once said that "to compel a man to furnish funds for the propigation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrranical." Texas law prevents atgencies from lobbying lawmakers. And commonsense would seem to indicate that it’s inappropriate to use taxpayer dollars to advertise for a particular policy position.

It frankly doesn’t matter if the policy position is popular or unpopular — taxpayer money shouldn’t be used in that way.

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Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael is the CEO of Empower Texans. A graduate of Texas A&M, former newspaper reporter, one-time Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president, and an Eagle Scout, Sullivan is married with three children. He divides his time between the Metroplex, the rest of Texas, and Austin.

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