I already brought this up on APC, but you can you imagine what might be going through Francis Xavier's and Jeff Senske's heads right now?
I posited on APC that since Texas is so business friendly, maybe if a business man who depends on an aspect of this hobby were to speak up it might have an impact. I'm willing to make a small donation to bring them from Houston to Austin for the event, maybe let them stay a couple of nights, chauffeur them around, anything.
I'd even be for perhaps modestly priced permits, anything, just not the whitelisting and the plans they have to run it.
"You are much better off with no numbers than meaningless ones. The minute you believe numbers uncritically, that is, without understanding how they're calculated and how well they measure whatever they're supposed to measure, you will generate a breed of employee who will produce numbers and not results. Your data-processing system will then serve not to describe reality but to lie about it."
-Micheal S. Montalbano