One of the great things about being a blogger — as opposed to being a real journalist — is that when I see a political operative unloading a stinking pile of bullshit on the public, I not only get to call it what is… I get to scoop it up and fling it right back in their face. For example, this morning I’m aiming my manure laden shovel directly at the lying piehole of I-912 spokesman Brett Bader.
As reported today in the Seattle P-I, Bader is complaining about WSDOT signs at road projects around the state, proclaiming “It’s Your Nickel, Watch It Work.” These are projects financed by the 5 cent gas tax hike passed in 2003, a fact that Bader would prefer motorists not know, arguing that it “violates the use of public funds for a political campaign.”
Uh-huh. Bader also objects to WSDOT providing detailed information about road projects on its website.
“Listing a bunch of pie-in-the-sky projects with no balance in the commentary is clearly a statement in favor of the tax and opposition of I-912.”
Hey Brett… eat me.
How many times have we heard Bader spew his lying bullshit about I-912 being about accountability and priorities… that WSDOT needs to prove it can spend the nickel increase responsibly before voters give it more money? And yet, accountability is exactly the last thing Bader really wants, for he knows that if voters understood exactly what their gas tax money was being spent on, and how many of these projects are coming in on time and under budget, I-912 would fail at the polls.
What Bader objects to is the public actually being told the truth.
State Transportation Secretary Doug MacDonald chuckled at the apparent irony he said he saw in Bader’s protests.
“We are supposed to be accountable to the public and tell them what is happening to their dollars, but we are not supposed to spend the cost of a sheet of plywood to put up a sign saying this is the project that the money is building — go figure,” MacDonald said.
He said there is an entire campaign based on the notion that “WashDOT is not accountable, nobody knows where the money goes and it’s probably all wasted and they don’t tell us what they are doing with the money.”
How far is Bader willing to go with his bullshit argument?
Bader, the I-912 spokesman, said MacDonald himself has “crossed the line repeatedly,” Bader said. “He’s debated me twice on KIRO radio.”
Our Democracy is crumbling! The State Transportation Secretary actually went on the radio to explain how his department spends its money!
Eat me, Brett.
When Bader objects to the signs, the website and the radio appearances, what he really objects to is the truth. Instead, he’d rather voters make up their minds based on bullshit slogans, misleading myths and cynically fomented resentment towards all things government. The I-912 campaign is about a lot of things, but clearly, an informed debate over transportation policy, priorities and accountability ain’t one of them.