Kevin R. McCarthy for Jefferson County Commissioner

More on the Proposed Football Stadium

A busy day for me. I was planning on reading a new book or playing with my boy, but he crashed about 7:00 after his bath, so I’m catching up.

KFDM has this article about the meeting.

I still don’t see this as a terrible plan. Here’s the deal… we are stuck with Ford Park. We didn’t ask for it, we weren’t asked anything about it, but it was built. Right now, it’s a huge anchor dragging SE Texas down. Name the last show that you heard about at Ford Park… go ahead, think about it, I’ll wait.

Any entertainment facility must make money by being BUSY! That place should have something going on at least every other weekend, preferably every weekend. People in SE Texas who are bored should be able to say, “let’s go see what’s happening at Ford Park, there’s always something going on there.” That’s how these things make money. Ford Park should be a revenue source for the county, not a liability.

Wildcatters – Beaumont Enterprise Article. I’m not a huge hockey fan, but once my son is a little older, we might go to some games. Personally, I’d rather ice skate. Why is the facility not open to the general public for ice skating, I can live with weekends only.

The ‘proposed’ stadium – soccer, football and concerts. Yeah, many major concerts place in football stadiums, why not here? I’d rather sit in bleachers than on the SE Texas mud.

Other Ideas – Let’s go all out and make it an “Entertainment Complex”. Anyone interested in opening a huge miniature golf course? How about a go-kart track? These wouldn’t be county owned and run, but a little rent could go a long way to helping out. Why not put in a GIANT jungle gym (like at Pleasure Island) for the little ones?

SMG – they have to go. No advertising, no events, why are we paying them again? Let’s get someone who will keep FP busy. Why hasn’t a circus come to Ford Park? Other than the YMBL, why hasn’t another carnival come in? Can anyone say ‘renaissance fair’?

If there’s enough going on out there, then some businesses might see a move out there. A McDonalds, a Taco Bell, Jason’s Deli (please), etc.

Before you go poo-pooing my ideas, let me hear all of yours. These are all things, I’m willing to push for if elected.

February 15, 2008 Posted by | Campaign, Jefferson County, Libertarian, Politics, Texas | Leave a comment

SE Texas Ports Under Attack

Someone, please explain the politics behind this one. One of the largest port complexes in the Southern US has been reduced from a tier 1 port to a tier 2 port** So we’re losing a big chunk of the grants from Homeland Security. SE Texas ports were supposed to have received upwards of $40 million for being a ‘Major Strategic Port’ (i.e. a target). I do not know the status of those funds.

So, now that we will have the largest oil refinery in the US (Motiva) and a major LNG terminal (Golden Pass) and one of the single largest military ports in the world, we get downgraded to Tier 2 status.

I guess with no terrorist threat, we have to get attacked by our own government.

** BTW: according to KFDM, that means that the port authority CANNOT pay for the Jefferson county Navy… which I have christened SONAR (Sheriff’s Office Naval Auxiliary and Reserve)

February 15, 2008 Posted by | Jefferson County, Politics, Texas | Leave a comment

Presidential Candidates in Texas

Here it comes…. weeeee….

1) Now that Texas is important to them, we start to be big advertising bucks being dropped.

2) In a note to a local blogger, who isn’t sure who to vote for, I suggested that McCain is the only choice. I would prefer to vote Libertarian, but that’s a dog that won’t hunt for quite a while and one of the reasons is that I DO NOT want a democrat in the White House. That’s a personal issue (more in a minute). The only way to keep with Hillary or Obama out of the White House is to get McCain in. Talk about the lesser of three evils (well maybe two evils and a really bad guy). Face it, none of our candidates are Lincoln or even Reagan. We, unfortunately don’t have the option of voting ‘none of the above’ and starting over in December. Let’s face it, if Fire Marshall Bill was running as Republican, I’d vote for him as long as it kept the Democrats out.

3) My reason for not liking the Dems can be explained in Hillary’s ad. If you’re local, then you’ve probably seen it. The one where she talks about helping people. It’s all about helping people. Let me explain it this way, forgive me for shouting

It is NOT the government’s job to help people!

Say it with me, “It is not the government’s job to help people.” The government , basically, has three jobs

  1. Provide for the common defense
  2. regulate interstate trade
  3. conduct international dialog (war, alliances, trade negotiations, etc.)

(Preamble to the US Constitution)

Ladies and gentlemen, I encourage you to vote Libertarian for local offices. If we can get some people in office and show that we are serious about reducing taxes and decreasing the giant government that we have, then maybe, in a few decades, we can get someone in the WHite House who remembers what it is like to pay a house note, and pay taxes, and complain about government.

For now, vote McCain… maybe he’ll do something cool and pick Fred Thompson as his VP.

February 15, 2008 Posted by | Campaign, Libertarian, Politics | Leave a comment