A sign of his competence….. I know Fort Bend County Sheriff Milton Wright isn’t the brightest bulb in the lamp, but I never really realized just how little pride he had in his job until recently. It seems his chief deputy is running for his seem-already-vacant job. He has been running for it since the sheriff was reelected over two years ago and to that end the deputy has run around putting up illegal signs all over the country.
Now he’s even got other deputies putting up the signs for him, as this picture clearly shows, even after being warned by the highway department. I have blacked out the face of the person facing the camera because I have it on pretty good authority that he is an undercover narcotics officer.
It is a mystery to me why an undercover narcotics person would take the chance to run all around Fort Bend County putting up illegal signs with a whole pickup full of other cop signs in the back of his vehicle, but what do I know.
Since these officers are clearly not concerned about revealing their identity, I don’t know why I should be, but I guess I just have too much pride in my job as a newspaper columnist to ever participate in the outing of an undercover officer; hence the face covering.
Now my question is why would a sheriff allow his deputies to do such a thing, particularly if they are supposed to be undercover?
But then, maybe they aren’t so undercover. You know, I’ve always complained that Fort Bend County is a major thoroughfare through Texas from Mexico to one of the largest cities, Houston, and how come we make such few drug busts? It would seem to me that U.S. 59 has to be crawling with “drug mules.” I don’t think drugs coming into Houston are coming from Dallas, do you? I’m not accusing them of anything illegal, but I guess I am accusing them of incompetence.
Reminds me of a funny story about an undercover operation going on in the parking lot of my office several years back. I called the sheriff’s department because some suspicious people were loitering in my relatively hidden parking lot. Come to find out it was an undercover deal. I still can’t figure out why anyone in their right mind would try to do an undercover deal in the parking lot of a newspaper which is suspicious of everything to begin with. They were supposedly using it as a “staging area.” I almost called the city cops on them. Now wouldn’t that have been special.
But back to the signs being illegally posted. I’ve heard that Sheriff Wright has let his chief deputy harass TxDOT and accuse them of limiting his free speech.
So here we have a guy running for sheriff who is breaking the law and he is being aided and abetted by the current sheriff. Not only is he breaking the law. He is about to get TxDOT really ticked off. What a county!
I just hope that the county doesn’t lose any federal or state highway funds which the current law says is possible if illegal signs are allowed.
Welfare queens…..I just love it when all those self-righteous politicians who rant against homosexuality and abortions are caught with either hookers or other men doing drugs and generally acting like a bad boy. You’ve heard about them in the national media.
I also love it when all those self-righteous conservatives line up to line their pockets at tax-payer expense and act like welfare queens. You’ve also heard about them in the national media.
Locally, come to find out, that symbol of conservative political thinking, our own state representative Charlie Howard, has been lining up with his hand out when it comes to farm subsidies.
Now it ain’t much but Charlie did get $16,507 last year in Fayette County for disaster subsidies. You know Fayette County. That’s where all those rich, gentlemen farmers from Houston have weekend places. Charlie has also received $5,902 in Fort Bend County over the last 15 years. Again, it ain’t much but as far as I know, Charlie only owns a couple of acres in Fort Bend where his house is located. What is this for? Mowing his own lawn?
Of course, this isn’t Charlie’s first time at the rich man’s tax loophole lollapalooza. You may remember the years Charlie kept his horses grazing on Fluor land, thereby allowing Fluor to claim an agriculture exemption.
I figure the almost $6,000 could have paid my neighbor’s kids to mow my lawn also. Where do I get my money?
Damn! I need taxing powers.
Pull up on them reins, Pilgrim…..Just as I thought I had nailed Charlie as a welfare queen, he called me back minutes before my deadline.
According to Charlie, first–he didn’t think he got that much money at all and second–it was insurance money for his hay crop that he lost.
So with visions of having to cancel half of my rant and with minutes remaining before my deadline, I decided to do a little more checking. Yes, it is insurance money, BUT the insurance is paid mostly by federal government tax money. Yeah, you know that nasty stuff that Charlie and his ilk think is blasphemy.
Taxpayers subsidize much of the cost by picking up most of the cost of insurance premiums that producers would otherwise have to pay in an actuarially sound insurance program, according to EWG and the Congressional Research Service.
They say taxpayers, on average, cover 60 percent of the premiums and in addition, reimburses private crop insurance companies for their “administrative and operating” cost at between 22 and 24 percent of total premiums, again according the Congressional Research Service. Finally, taxpayers are liable for a significant share of the payments that go to producers in the event of a yield or revenue loss.
So even if it’s “insurance money,” it is insurance that we the taxpayers mostly paid so that rich ole Charlie Howard could protect his hay crop so his cows would have something to eat.
“He who is greedy is always in want.” Horace