|Council Member Zimmerman illustrating how his presence on Council has diluted red ink into pink.|
"And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins."
Scholz Garten -- At tonight's meeting of Texans for Accountable Government, Austin City Council member Don Zimmerman came up with an idea we wish he'd thought of two months ago. Where Ron Paul's campaign created the concept of the "moneybomb," Zimmerman proposes a #VoteBomb where supporters of Uber and Lyft, opponents of the Travis County Courthouse proposal, and supporters of Property tax relief (State of Texas Prop 1) vote en masse on this Thursday. It's VERY late in the game, and we don't expect much from this, but it's a shot worth taking:
- Right now, turnout in Travis County for the Texas Constitutional amendments and the Travis County Courthouse is about 1,500 votes.
- What would happen if just the Uber/Lyft supporters who showed up at last week's council meeting came out to vote on the same day?!?
- Bureaucrats are pushing Uber/Lyft restrictions the public doesn't want.
- A #VOTEBOMB would send more of a message than "10,000 emails [that] have had no effect."
Local Activist Trent Pool also discussed the Courthouse Bond:
- "Travis County voters have a chance to vote against the Travis County Prop.1 bond."
- The location was "set in mind" without a genuine discussion of location.
- Not enough parking.
- "Don's proposal to build it on the East Side makes a lot of sense."
- "No furniture included in the bond"...will cost another $50 million.
Bottom Line: We understand it's late in the game. We understand saying "use your vote on an unrelated courthouse bond to express your position on Uber/Lyft" is a longer soundbite than most voters can handle. That being said, if you're liberty minded and have yet to vote in the Texas' Fall 2015 election, THURSDAY would be a GREAT day to vote.