Skepticism please! The implausible claims of local officials.

Pratt on Texas - copyright Pratt on Texas all rights reservedAre voters and taxpayers tired of implausible claims? Such keep coming from city halls, courthouses, and in races for the state house.

Abilene voters are being told if they enact a new tax on themselves for street maintenance their city will magically begin doing what it has supposed to have been doing with their tax money for decades.

Wichita Falls voters are told by a councilman that going over a hundred-million deeper in debt will make them money.

Whitely claimed that building new government facilities and a few park improvements would “infuse the economy” and “they’re going to be making money down the road.”

Councilman Whitely implausibly claimed that building new government facilities and a few park improvements would “infuse the economy” and “they’re going to be making money down the road.”

In Lubbock, citizens were implausibly told they would be better off by getting rid of competition for electric service and that a city government run monopoly would serve them better and more cheaply. That’s so laughable that I’m deeply embarrassed some I know and like fell for it.

Now Lubbock voters are being told they’d be better off demolishing two facilities that would only cost about $20 million to make very nice again and would cost five to seven times as much to replace. [Three times just for the arena and a much smaller one at that.]

City leaders are making the implausible argument that a civic auditorium and modest arena, which is still hosting events and collecting revenue, is costing the city over $700,000 per year to keep open.

the much larger and complex Astrodome in Houston is costing Harris County only $170,000 per year to maintain without any offsetting revenue.

That is an implausible claim given that we have just this week learned that the much larger and complex Astrodome in Houston is costing Harris County only $170,000 per year to maintain without any offsetting revenue.

Informed voters are tired of the implausible claims of a state senator, Kel Seliger, and a state representative, Ken King, claiming to be conservative leaders when the most respected measurement in the state ranks Seliger as the most Left Republican in the Senate and Ken King as the third most Left Republican in the Texas House.

We are bombarded by the implausible, even from local officials we live with, and seemingly suffering from a deficit of skepticism.

What do you think?...

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