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GOP Governors Fight Tax Limits (washingtonpost.com):
So, what happens when you finally give the backseat drivers the wheel? They drive you off the road, that's what.
"All of these tax-raising Republicans offer the same basic reasons for their change of heart. 'I have done something that is absolutely not part of my fiber,' Kempthorne said when he proposed Idaho tax increases in 2003. 'But I'm not going to dismantle this state, and I'm not going to jeopardize our bond rating, and I'm not going to reduce my emphasis on education.'
People claim they want everything for nothing. "Our taxes are too high!" they shouted. And when the Republicans ran against those "tax and spend liberals" people thought that they could have their cake and eat it too. That is, until it came time to start yanking old people's medicines, dumping kid's scholarships and driving on shitty roads. Then the tune changed...
Lesson learned, until next time some one says they can run the government without money.
So I've been wondering if its too soon to say that the Republicans have Jumped the Shark? I think not. Tom Delay is holding the rope.
I'm sure that by now even slow-witted moderate conservatives have realized that the "movement" of right-wing religious fundie whackos are going to drag the Republican party into political irrelavance if they continue to lead the party in the direction its going.
I have fun imagining some corporate CEO sitting in his den watching FOX news, seeing the crowds of "pro-lifers" waving their Christian Nation flags and calling for the dismantling of the judiciary, sipping a glass of fine scotch and saying a little prayer that the Democrats can hustle up a decent candidate before the shit really hits the fan.
Putting so much of your political capital in the hands of a small minority of people can pay off big during an election; you can get a motivated base of voters turning out to vote and canvas on a small set of issues.
But then they actually expect you to do their bidding.
And they'll keep expecting more.
I'm most encouraged by the voices of religious moderation that see a threat to the freedom of religion by those seeking to impose their narrow view on everyone else. People realize that having freedom means having a choice. The same walls that protect our freedom protects others as well, and you only hurt yourself by attacking those barriers to get to your "enemies".
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