Read Oak Hill Gazette's "Tollroad gadfly leaves Texas" HERE.
Read and comment on the Statesman's article, "Anti-toll guerrilla has moved on down the road" Here.
The Statesman endorsed the Austin toll plan on June 27, 2004. Read my article called "Austin American Snakesman" from 2006 here.
To all my friends, I say good-bye in this final post to my muckraker blog.
In 2004 I wondered if I could stop a toll tax on a 100% tax paid bridge near my home. Within a year, I found out that with a lot of hard work and a community of friends, together we could.
As is human nature, to always want more, I wanted to ax more freeway tolls from the Gov. Rick Perry/Sen. Kirk Watson double tax plans for Austin and Texas.
Success can take a toll on other areas of one’s life.
I would eat and sleep the fight for about four years, doing just enough to hold on to everything else as the months slipped away. A number of times that obsession came too close to taking my family and my home from me.
I decided to move on.
In early July we put our home up for sale and received a cash offer in 10 days. Part of the deal was a super fast closing. So within three weeks we went from a sign in the front yard to driving away in a U-Haul filled with everything we own towards Southern Illinois.
My new priorities are my health, my family and maximizing the efficiency of our 5 year old solar passive home.
I realized the other day that I moved from a city with 1,000,000 people to a town of 400.
There are moments that I feel some culture shock, but other than that, just about everything else is falling into place. Just day’s after moving here I created a rewarding working relationship with an organization in a nearby town that does great things for individuals and families in need.
I get to help my new community and I get paid for it.
To my past enemies: Those politicians who ignore the public will and have yet to be fired. I don’t wish evil on you. I don’t have to. I believe that the natural order of the world will take care of you just fine.
To all my great friends, I wish you all the best.
And, I say good-bye.
UPDATE: The corrupt Austin Chronicle has tried to insult me with their latest article. Here is WHY.
Last night he lost his re-election! Yeah! From the Statesman this morning:
"...Travis County Commissioner Gerald Daugherty, a Republican who had been elected twice by his western Travis County precinct, narrowly lost to Democratic challenger Karen Huber.Wes is a great pal.
Daugherty won 46.39 percent of the vote to Huber’s 48.53 percent, according to final election numbers.
“I think the people are speaking,” Huber said late Tuesday. “They want a change from the top of the ticket to the bottom.”
Huber, a former Republican, challenged Daugherty mainly on the grounds that development in western Travis County is out of control and that Daugherty should be doing more to manage it.
Her campaign rested on the idea that a sizable number of that precinct’s residents were angry with Daugherty. Huber’s election means three of the five county commissioners have said they want to test the legal limits of the county’s land-use authority.
Daugherty’s campaign focused on the idea that the precinct was still happy with his performance.
He pitched himself as a candidate willing to make tough choices — such as a controversial plan to build a series of toll roads that Daugherty considers necessary, while opposing county budgets and tax bills he considers too large. He was annually the lone commissioner to vote against the budget.
That toll-road vote appears to have cost Daugherty the election.
Libertarian Wes Benedict, the race’s third candidate who received 5.08 percent of the vote, said anger over the toll-road vote was a main reason for his running."
Daugherty met the fate of many stubborn elected officials who refuse to listed to the people they pretend to serve. Such as commish Karen Sonleitner, Mayor Dwight Thompson, and others. And many other crooks like Mike Krusee just knew they couldn't win and failed to try and run again.
See my many past posts about Daugherty HERE.
We've had a ton of accomplishments since 2004, when the double tax tolls were born in Austin, TX. There are still other snakes like Senator Kirk Watson that MUST be removed from office.