According to the conference brochure, you can play Bingo and schmooze with the other sycophants when you're not shelling out $200 for the Texas Unites workshops, plus up to $300 for your hotel room. Add on a return flight on Southwest Airlines or a few tanks of gas, and you'll be out of pocket $800 to a grand if you're not careful.
Perhaps this wouldn't be such a wash if this year's Texas Unites wasn't so similar to the ones held in previous years. As usual, the HSUS - you know, those folks who are fine with Michael Vick owning a dog - is sending a few professional liars to Austin to drum up more retirement funds for their merry band of attorneys. And there are the usual unemployed people who are jumping at the chance for a trip to Austin and an hour or two on a podium, pretending to be experts. If you scroll through this year's brochure they're pretty easy to pick out.