Bill to Name Central for George W. Bush Expressway is Headed to the Governor's Desk

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Drivers and liberals can breathe easy: Central Expressway is still officially Central Expressway. The state legislature opted over the weekend to retain the familiar name for the roadway's entire length.

That said, the three-and-a-half mile stretch between Knox Street and Northwest Highway will also be called George W. Bush Expressway. The measure has now passed both chambers and was sent to the governor's desk over the weekend. All it needs now is Rick Perry's signature which, though the two men have had their differences, is not going to be withheld.

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A Dallas Lawmaker Wants to Turn Central into George W. Bush Expressway
The House Voted to Rename Central for George W. Bush

The Senate version of the bill would actually have changed the name to Presidential Library Expressway, which the Morning News' Tom Benning reports was intended to avoid confusion from having two North Texas freeways named for a former president George Bush. That option that was abandoned during a conference committee between the two chambers on Saturday.

The law takes effect in September, at which point the Texas Department of Transportation will erect signs so long as private donors chip in to cover the cost. Considering that they just built a quarter-billion-dollar presidential center, it seems that they'll have no trouble buying a couple of road signs.

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lemonaioli
lemonaioli

Don't worry, kids. I think this is stupid too. But who will call it Bush or the Dubya for 3.5 miles of road? Do you know anyone that calls I-30 the Landry Freeway? Heck, I still call Gexa Starplex. It is Gexa right now, isn't it? Or maybe it's changed again. We'll just have to put up with looking at signage.

Metroplexual
Metroplexual

Forget W's politics and reputation for the moment.  This is an idiocratic idea that defies common sense.

Dallas area will have 2 freeways named George Bush and they intersect too.  Much of both of their geography is Republican territory so let them name the highways after whomever they want.  But having two major freeways with only a middle initial difference is going to be a huge inconvenience for many businesses, commuters, visitors and us low information types.  Nuts

LeroyJenkem
LeroyJenkem

Say what you want, but what I really want to see is George W. going back to the job he had before he decided to run for President. MTV just hasn't been the same since he and Beavis quit.

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

W...... worst president in American history by far.  He lied to the nation about WMD and invaded Iraq, killing thousands, destroying a sovereign nation, injuring and maiming millions, and in the process decimated American credibility in the eyes of the world, annihilated the American economy, ran up a huge deficit, motivated Islamists to double down on their terror attacks, and set back economic progress for decades to come.

TheCredibleHulk
TheCredibleHulk topcommenter

Thank goodness our elected officials are cognizant of the dire problems our communities face and are doing all that they can to ensure the safety and well-being of our citizenry.

maddskillz
maddskillz

ALL THESE LIBERAL IN TOWN NEED TO GET A GRIP. YOU LIVE IN TEXAS!! I'm sure the barack hussein obama hiway will be coming soon to a state east and west of us soon.  so calm your bias ass down. 

roo_ster
roo_ster

Yeah, if'n they named all of Central Expressway after GWB, things would have gotten really hairy up where SH190 and US75 interchange.

TheCrusher
TheCrusher

I know how ya feel. Driving on a highway named for a President who started or expanded an illegal, unconscionable war and who stared down the opposition when they dared question his intentions or the wisdom of his bellicose foreign policy. To drive on a road named for a President whose actions caused us to be derided by such great nations as France, and turned worldwide opinion against the United States in order to satisfy his own drive to defeat those who would threaten the United States by giving succor to her enemies is excruciating. Unfortunately, I still have to head out on LBJ every morning, so......

MaxNoDifference
MaxNoDifference

@Metroplexual But they don't intersect.  Central will be Bush only between Knox/Henderson and Northwest Highway.  Not that I don't disagree that the renaming is silly.  I still want to call Riverfront Blvd Industrial Blvd.

roo_ster
roo_ster

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz I know lefties are not usually up to learning history(1), but, really.  There have been worse presidents even in the last 50 years.  LBJ and RMN to name two.  Go back 100 years and you have the first fascist head of state of any Western country, Woodrow Wilson.  And FDR tolerated major officials who hung framed pictures of Mussolini in their offices.

Eventually, GWB will go down in history as a middling POTUS. 


(1) Much less learning _from_ history.

casiepierce
casiepierce

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz Why it that every single time Bush's name is uttered you people have to launch into your same canned righteous indignation that y'all screamed about for the eight years between 200 and 2008.?

Myrna.Minkoff-Katz
Myrna.Minkoff-Katz topcommenter

@TheCredibleHulk Indeed.  The state legislatures top priorities are banning raw milk, arming college students, and foisting a war criminal's name on a Democratic city that despises him.  All the while, 27% of Texans have no health insurance, with OOPS reaffirming his refusal to expand Medicaid.

James080
James080 topcommenter

@Myrna.Minkoff-Katz@TheCrusher 

William Jefferson Clinton ordered the bombing of the Chinese Embassy in Belgrade and a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan. When are you going to call for his arrest?

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