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Stay Within The Lines: Guv Making Legal Things Up As He Goes Along

Danielsinangola And now, a philosophically channeled letter from our forefathers:

Dear Guv:

If you wouldn't mind too terribly following the laws of the land as you flail about for a political solution to the property tax mess, that would be swell.

Signed,
The People Who Set Up This Great State And Its Pesky Three-Tiered System Of Government

Okay, so maybe the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette phrased it a little more gently on this morning's editorial page:

"A lawsuit filed last week challenges several aspects of property-tax policies and contends Daniels' actions were unconstitutional. Granted, the lawsuit appears to be political grandstanding, but it may well have struck pay dirt on the issue of Daniels moving the dates for raising local income taxes.

"And if Daniels and lawmakers agree that dates must be immediately changed because of an unforeseen emergency, they have the authority to quickly convene a special session of the General Assembly. They haven't.

"This time, it's a matter of changing dates affecting tax policy. What if a future governor faced an unexpected deficit and decided to temporarily increase income taxes with the understanding the legislature would vote on it later?

"The governor is obligated to follow the law, however inconvenient, and even if it hurts some taxpayers. To change the parts he doesn't like – even when well intended and seemingly harmless – cracks the foundation of the three-branch system of government."

What, you mean like what's happened in Washington since Dubya and his crew started wiping their butts with the U.S. Constitution?

Please speak your answer slowly into the salt shaker.

Comments

"What, you mean like what's happened in Washington since Dubya and his crew started wiping their butts with the U.S. Constitution?"

You're happy to call anyone who opposes your narrow view a "wingnut." That, and this classy rant, converge as an exemplar of a Democratic platform: "If you don't agree with every nugget of our view, you're worthy of nothing but derision."

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"If you don't agree with every nugget of our view, you're worthy of nothing but derision."

But yet your comment stands on this site. Try that on most of the sites on the other end of the spectrum (that is, if you can even leave comments in the first place) and see how long they stand.

The difference, my friend, is that we may think you worthy of derision, but we allow that you can disagree. In my experience, those on the other side think we are worthy of derision and therefore must be silenced.

Tsk. Tsk. Neo cons no longer worry about pesky little things like constitutions.

But everyone knows you're un-American if you use your very American free speech rights to make fun of the other side.

Just like they're only activist judges until they side with the wingnuts.

Oh, I'm sorry, 10:40, did I ruffle your feathers again with that word?

Don't like the heat? Don't touch the stove.

Constitution? We don't need no stinking Constitution!

About twenty-five years ago we said: "The Moral is neither." I am thinking now along the lines of "The Right is anything but right".

Hey Jen, pass the bar and then continue to post your bullsh**.

Hey, Pam, get a life.

To correct it a bit, Sam, it was "The Moral Majority is neither." I like your new slogan.

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