Bettencourt's Worst Argument Ever: Voters Were Misled on Drainage-Fee Vote (UPDATED With Judge's Decision)

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Paul Bettencourt: Voters are lazy and dumb.
Paul Bettencourt, the Republican who never met a government that couldn't be smaller, is in court this week leading the charge against the new drainage fees in Houston.

Voters approved the fees in a referendum, but Bettencourt, according to the Houston Chronicle, is arguing that those darn voters just didn't know what they were approving.

"If the public had known any word about a dollar sign in the referendum, it wouldn't have passed," he argued.

Beyond the matter of whether the use of the word "fee" was an extremely clever ruse to hide the fact that, well, it was a fee to be paid, Bettencourt seems to be arguing that George W. Bush should have been kicked out of office.

Voters were told he was a bipartisan "compassionate conservative" who treasured peace and abhorred "nation-building" and had a stellar career in the Texas Air National Guard during Vietnam (because through some stroke of absolute random luck, he got a highly coveted slot in that unit, preventing him from actually fighting.)

Maybe if voters were more well-informed on the matter, they might have voted differently.

Just as hilariously, Bettencourt is touting to the court a poll -- paid for by drainage-fee opponents -- that shows 65 percent of voters would not have supported the measure "had they known the City Council would grant exemptions to certain institutions, leaving others to pay the entire assessment."

Not much of a leading question at all. We're pretty sure you could finance a poll showing 65 percent of Houstonians would have opposed the fee "had they known that Christian churches and other places of worship, places which need every spare dollar to help the poor, would be charged the full fee instead of getting exemptions."

Update: And the court agrees, apparently. The judge grants the city's motion for a summary judgment.


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TruthorDare
TruthorDare

THE ONLY CANDIDATE THAT LAUGHS LIKE A DOG BARKS AND IS AS WEIRD AS HE LOOKS…THIS IS THE TRASH THE GOP HAS FOR HARRIS COUNTY!?!?!?


THROWN OUT OF OFFICE A MONTH AFTER WINNING A 3RD TERM AS HARRIS COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR IN THE FACE OF LAWSUIT FOR VOTER FRAUD.

LIED TO THE TEXAS HOUSE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE. FAILED TO SEND THOUSANDS OF VOTER REGISTRATIONS CARDS THAT PREVENTED VOTERS FROM VOTING IN THE 2008 ELECTIONS.WANTED TO SEND 10000 PEOPLE BACK TO HAITI IN THE MIDDLE OF THE HURRICANE THAT DEVASTATED HAITI.HATES MIGRANT WORKERS.HOMOPHOBIC TO THE POINT OF LUNACY.SAYS TO PROMOTE THE “CONSTITUTION” BUT IS AGAINST EQUAL RIGHTS.

Roberta Toppin
Roberta Toppin

Mr. Bettencourt,Thank you for taking up the sword to rebel against what I call government tyranny. You are absolutely correct when you state that most Houstonians did not fully comprehend the hidden agenda behind PropOne. Personally, we(citizens) will bare the burden of those less fortunate. Will the mayor pony up her salary and furlough herself to help defray the budget woes???  We all know that will not happend, but do not stop and no exemptions to churches...schools yes - Keep up the fight and I will join you.

Roberta Toppin

big red
big red

Face it. This fee was the most poorly written piece of legislation in history. It in no way was something that should have been submitted to the voters, hence the reactions that it caused in the state legislature. And if that moron city councilman that proposed it had any shame, he would vanish into thin air. The fee should have been a simple hike in the property tax rate.

Erik Vidor
Erik Vidor

Quittincourt is a sore loser. That is all. Question: Does loser pay apply to this lawsuit? If so I hope Mr. Quittincourt has to pay the city's legal fees when he loses.

Flash
Flash

You couldn't work Rick Perry's hair into the post?

You're getting old.

JB
JB

We're pretty sure you could finance a poll showing 65 percent of Houstonians would have opposed the fee "had they known that Christian churches and other places of worship, places which need every spare dollar to help the poor, would be charged the full fee instead of getting exemptions."

-That's EXACTLY why I voted FOR it!  Once I heard the churches were against it, I assumed it had to be fair.

Gjgj
Gjgj

...never bring a sword to a gunfight.....

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