Transportation Secretary Tony Tata’s very public second life

Tony Tata 2How does the leader of one of the nation’s largest transportation departments with 14,000 employees and a $4 billion budget find the time to be a prolific author of “thriller” novels and a regular military policy commentator for national media outlets? Are North Carolinians receiving adequate loyalty and dedication to the job for the $136,000 per year they pay him?

Today’s Weekly Briefing explores these questions.

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  1. LayintheSmakDown

    February 3, 2015 at 11:30 am

    I think you protest too much just because he writes about things you don’t agree with. If he were writing hysterical novels about protesting as they do in the “more on” Monday group and screeching down conservatives who try to speak then you would be singing his hosannas. I can’t help but think if he had a time consuming hobby such as restoring old cars you would not be screaming like a baby either.

  2. LayintheSmakDown

    February 3, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I just checked his web site. Looks like a good cause. Thanks for bringing to my attention so I can order some copies.

  3. ML

    February 3, 2015 at 1:06 pm

    Either is books are rubbish, not because of their point of view, but because of how little time he spends on them since he has a full time job. In which case I don’t care and kudos for helping charity and performing your duties.

    Or more likey the case, they are rubbish, not because of how little time he puts in to writing them but because of their point of view and his work work at DOT is rubbish as well because he neglects his duty. Either way the books sound like they are rubbish, I just hope he is doing his job.

    And donate all you want but don’t go wasting all your savings and your day reading these books while your on the job hunt. Don’t want to fall in that dreaded moocher class lsd/Alex.

  4. LayintheSmakDown

    February 3, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    One other scenario, they are likely ghost written like many other books out there. I would go with this one as the most likely.

  5. Gene Hoglan

    February 3, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    The staffer/intern at Civitas manning the LSDbot is getting lazy.

  6. LayintheSmakDown

    February 3, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    Again, I do not work at Civitas…but would given the opportunity. At this point I provide enlightenment, reason, and facts for free. You are welcome.

  7. Alan

    February 4, 2015 at 6:59 am

    LSD, you’e been fishing for that job at Civitas for a LONG time, evidenced by your many comments to that effect. You have my full support, I think you would fit in nicely with the wackos over at Civitas. Heck, I’ll even give you a reference! I just wonder if they have a BYOST policy, (BYOST – Bring your own Straight Jacket)?

    Enlightenement, reason, facts? On which planet?

  8. LayintheSmakDown

    February 5, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    And you’ve been associating me with Civitas for a LONG time. And thanks for the recommendation, but I am sure it would hurt more than help what with your reputation for wearing tin foil hats and the crazy talk you bring to this comment section.

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