The Austin American Statesman recently posted an article announcing an award from the so-called “Libertarian” Reason Foundation for Texas Governor Rick Perry, calling him an “innovator in action” for his toll road programs.
The public-private toll roads in Texas grant monopoly pricing rights to the private operators. Non-compete clauses prohibit construction of competing roads by other private or governmental agencies. These are not roads constructed in a free market environment, but the use of the terms “toll” and “private” have duped a lot of well-intentioned people into thinking these toll roads are a good deal. In fact, toll roads are one of the most expensive ways to add capacity to our transportation system.
Imagine if the City of Austin comes up with a so-called plan to privatize the water system. They give all of the water plants, piping distribution, water meters, etc., to a private company (I’ll call it Austin Water Lords), outlaw competition, and sell the plan to the public by calling it “privatization.” Austin Water Lords can then charge monopoly pricing rates to consumers. I’m sure my water bill would instantly quadruple. Jacking up prices would reduce demand. Similarly, jacking up prices on blog postings would cut back on bandwidth usage.
Texas Governor, Rick Perry, recently supported a $3 billion Texas cancer bond and mandatory immunization of teenage girls for the HPV virus. He was re-elected Governor in 2006 with just 39% of the vote. He’s no friend of freedom and Texans smell his corruption.
I haven’t provided many references to facts here. However, there’s tons about this all over the internet and in the mainstream press. We got a big problem in America with people misusing the term “privatize” to grow government.
I’m convinced some very bad people have infiltrated the Reason Foundation and are heavily abusing the term “libertarian” and “privatize” to grow the size and scope of government and corruption.
Carbon taxes? How about oxygen taxes?
The Reason Foundation is way messed (it’s Sunday) up!