DriveDemocracy and Capitol Annex have plenty of info on the latest happenings with the impending sell-off of important Texas state park lands in the Big Bend area. Predictably, our Republican-led government is trying to disguise its actions with distortions and half-truths. Glenn Smith at DriveDemocracy writes:
Land Commission Jerry Patterson wants to sell part of Black Gap Wildlife Area, a state treasure. Now he’s lying to reporters, Gary Scharrer [of the San Antonio Express-News] for instance. He sent the same lie to bloggers and others who wrote about this critical issue.
Here’s Patterson’s lie. Because the wild and scenic river front has been transferred to the General Land Office to sell, it is no long part of Black Gap. By this deception, so long as a state park is first deeded to the GLO, the state could sell all 120 state parks and claim they are not selling state parks.
For the record, the land Patterson wants to sell has always been part of Black Gap. It’s along the federally designated Wild and Scenic River, the Rio Grande.
Patterson’s deception is not an insignificant lie. It is a Big Lie. He’ll say with a straight face he’s not selling public park land, when he is. He has no shame.
How much longer will they be allowed to get away with this?