February 1, 2005
Beam me up
By Stacie Whitacre
I admit I never took Logic 101 in college (although I always have had an affinity for Leonard Nimoy). So, perhaps those of you in the audience might be able to tell me if state Republicans left their Aristotle in their other briefcase this year, or they are just (as they like to say) out of touch.
For example, everyone's favorite wingnut Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) says the reason we need a so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR) in Wisconsin is because local-level legislators are just too nice. They just want to please everyone, and avoid conflict, so they go ahead and spend, spend, spend. I would love to see a flowchart or something, explaining just how he came to the conclusion that city councils and county boards are over-indulgent parents who keep buying their kids new schools and snow-plowing operations and prisons.
At least this is not as painfully self-contradictory as Waukesha County Exec Dan Finley's recent editorial, in which he spends the bulk of his time pointing out any hypothetical TABOR's considerable shortcomings before he endorses a statuatory version of same.
On another float in the Republican Parade of Bad Ideas, Alan Lasee (R-De Pere) once again wants to re-instate the death penalty in Wisconsin, even though, I bet if you asked, most people would say they haven't missed it over the last 152 years. Why now? He says it is because the world has gotten more violent.
This is making my head hurt. I think I will stick with Star Trek.
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