Jan 1, 2009

Political Stupidity

Philip R. Klein quotes another manufactured source in his latest aptly-named article on the Southeast Texas Political Review:

The Review has learned that there is an internal movement to put up red light camera's [sic] in Beaumont - even after the report in almost every single paper in Texas that Red Light Camera's [sic] cause MORE accidents at intersections where they are installed.

"There are a few people that are pushing this thing. It is a political disaster for any of them to even say that they are looking at this program right now. It is political stupidity," said a source from inside the Beaumont City Hall this past week.

"We are getting a few do gooders [sic] that want to see these cameras put up to try and raise money for the city. It is simply stupid," said the source.

We'll revisit this in a few weeks, since I doubt there is an "internal movement" in the Beaumont City Council behind these cameras as Philip claims.  Isn't it ironic that Philip's source didn't mention the existing camera locations in Beaumont:

Beaumont Texas Red Light Camera Locations
  • US-96 N and Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera
  • US-69 S and College St
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera
  • US-69 S - and Washington Blvd
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera
  • US-69 N and Delaware St
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera
  • US-69 N - and Washington Blvd
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera
  • US-287 S and Laurel St
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera
  • US-287 N and Fannett Rd 1
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera
  • Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera
  • I-10 W and Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera
  • Eastex Fwy and Lucas Dr
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera
  • Eastex Fwy and Dowlen Rd
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera
  • US-69 and College St
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera
  • US-287 and Laurel St
    Fine: $75
    Camera Type: Red Light Camera

A Philip Klein Challenge: Research the accident statistics before and after the installation of those cameras and let us know if the rates are up or down.  I have the real data, so I'll know if you're manufacturing numbers again.

Time will tell if Philip is inventing another issue, like the "Tax Abetment [sic]" That Never Was or the Obama v. Clinton lawsuit in Jefferson County.

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