If I were John Eberlan, the last thing in the world I would want to do would have been to come to Katy’s Tea Party (Katy LiberTea) political forum and try to defend Katy I.S.D.’s proposed $99 million turkey bond issue against a panel composed of Darcy Kahrhoff and George Scott.
If I were Eberlan – former school board candidate and a dedicated acolyte of the status quo – I would look for any reason regardless of how intellectually flimsy to back out. So, apparently, here’s the deal.
The 7 p.m. Thursday meeting scheduled at the Falcon Point Clubhouse will go forward with Kakrhoff, former chairman of Katy’s Tea Party, and me confronting empty chairs as we lay out our positions and answer questions from whatever audience shows up about the bond issue. The club is located at 24503 Falcon Point Drive.
Come to think about it after watching Eberlan’s recent interview on Channel 11 defending the bond package, the empty chair will probably do a more effective job of representing the district’s bond committee. It’s not a bad political strategy for the district and its minions to adopt. It’s hard to beat a bond issue because government always has the advantage and its vested interest supporters almost always have more money to spend. Making stupid comments in front of witnesses is hard to do if you don’t show up.
It was my original intention to start my formal analysis of the bond election this week. Events have delayed that start until at least Friday, perhaps Monday. Here is why.
- In the event that Eberlan or someone else with the bond committee has a change of heart and shows up at the debate to participate, I am not going to trot out my specific points of analysis in this column today. The district and many of its groupies know the general theme of my analysis and Darcy has stated her position very effectively. As for the details, I will want to see how they dance with live music if they show up at the forum.
- I interviewed with Helen Eriksen of the Houston Chronicle last Friday and I wanted to wait to see how she handled the material I gave her. I have learned from experience that it is only fair to give a reporter fair time in the context of their own deadlines. I have had my differences with Helen in the past and I was honored that she was gracious to give me an interview on the subject of the bond issue.
As it relates to point two above, I want to use my column to publicly thank Helen for giving me as a stand in for other opponents of this bond issue a fair chance to have our views reach her readership.
She summarized my major points accurately. She provided enough examples of details to let her readers know that my opposition to the bond issue is about the specific proposals of the district’s bond package. She fairly reported my support for the concept of adding a second competitive football stadium and a new Ag-Science Center.
As a bonus, she also got district officials to say a couple of really stupid things that will come in handy in my future columns on the bond issue and perhaps at Thursday’s forum.
As a result of Channel 11’s story last Friday night and Helen’s story that reached the internet yesterday (presumably hard copy Thursday), more citizens now know there is organized opposition to the bond issue.
People can agree or disagree with our positions but I am grateful to both Channel 11 and Helen that their respective mediums gave us a chance to be heard with a fair representation of our viewpoints.
There’s nothing that news media can do or that opponents can do to control the “pluck pluck pluck” factor by those who want government to take your money but won’t show up to defend their positions when they don’t control the microphone.
There’s no medication to be taken for the “pluck pluck pluck” factor and Eberlan and his crew of big government spenders won’t make the cut for any sequel to a “Profiles in Courage” update.