Guest Post by Richard Golladay
Forget all the endorsements and self-focused, flatulent hype offered to the readers of the most recent issue of Texas Co-op Magazine, touting the credentials of the two judges.
The electioneering endorsements of Oakley and Powers were also sent out by PEC in the balloting material, who only asked the candidates for biographies. Mr. Palasciano was the only candidate who played by the rules, and submitted a true biography. To PEC’s discredit, the published result was heavily biased in the favor of those who went far in excess of a biography, and who brayed the loudest. (It is always the manner of politicians to ride in on the shoulders and achievements of others.)
The underlying motives of the two judges appears to be well camouflaged – and practically invisible at this time. But perhaps there are indicators of what their true agenda is, and this can be deduced by the sponsorship given by a secretive organization called the “American Reform Coalition”, which appears to have yet another name: “Texans for Affordable Electric Rates”. The logo of the latter organization appears conspicuously on the flashy glossy mailer sent out to untold thousands, with photos of the two judges, smiling like Cheshire cats.
It doesn’t require serious investigation to see that this organization is pathologically antagonistic to Electric Co-ops. From their own website we have: “Some electric companies are still municipally owned – they are treated like a government bureaucracy rather than a business. Bureaucracy leads to red tape, poor decision-making, and all too often, higher electric bills. Other non-profit electric companies – known as Cooperatives, or Co-ops – operate in similar ways and force higher prices on millions of Texas consumers.”
Wow. So according to this Co-op bashing backer of Oakley and Powers, we apparently have a bureaucratic, red-tape bound Co-op, characterized by poor decision making, while forcing higher rates upon us. So publicly Oakley and Powers smile at us, and Oakley hypes PEC’s strong points, our rate reductions, and the streamlining of our business. But in reality they are in league with some of our worst enemies!
And I wonder, Mr. Oakley and Mr. Powers, in your list of endorsements going to every PEC member’s mailbox, why you didn’t list “Texans for Affordable Electric Rates”? Strange, isn’t it?
The end game of this double talk and deception is nigh, and can only be a move to sell off our Cooperative to outside interests (investor-owned retail electric providers) via “customer choice”.