Thursday, March 04, 2004

Rot in Hell Bob Taft

Man, I had a nice stack of mail today (3/4/04)! I had a Dell computer mag, a...er...magazine with REAL women in it, and a letter from Ken Blackwell, the finest mayor the city of Cincinnati probably ever had.

Ken Blackwell's group had collected enough signatures to put an initiative on the fall ballot that would allow the voters in Ohio to vote yes or no on a sales tax hike. This was a hike that governor Bob Taft rammed through the state house, despite his promise a scant couple weeks before, during an election, that he would do no such thing.

Things were looking good, but Ken had distressing news. Uncle Bob had filed 59 lawsuits (a lawsuit in 59 different Ohio counties) in order to challenge the signatures on the ballots. Sounds like an expensive endeavor, but where-o-where did he get the money for this? Well according to Mr. Blackwell (Ken, not the fashion aficionado):

Recently I was given a copy of the December 2003 Ohio Education Association Executive Committee Meeting notes that state Governor Taft "has asked all the [public employee] unions to assist him in stopping" our efforts to repeal the sales tax increase.

The meeting notes go on further to explain how they will seek from every member of their union at least $10 "to stop this action before it gets anywhere."

Amazing! Well...not really, just quite disappointing. Of course this gets back to John Derbyshire's point on taking voting rights away from those who work for public sector unions ('cept maybe law enforcement), a point I happen to agree with:

Take away their vote. If you let public employees vote, what do you think they are going to vote for? For more public spending, more government jobs, higher government wages. Can you vote yourself a pay raise? No, and neither can I. Bill Bureaucrat and Pam Paperpusher can, though, and they do. Bill and Pam have no problem at all with ever-swelling public budgets, with ever-expanding public services, with the creeping socialism that is slowly throttling our liberties out of existence.

Please don't write and whine to me: "I'm a public servant. I've worked my buns off for 30 years at a demanding and essential job, for an unimpressive salary. Why are you being mean to me?" I'm not being mean to you. I like you. Thank you for your work, for your service to my country. I sincerely thank you. I just don't see why you should have a vote.

Working for the state, or the nation, is a great privilege and an honor. It brings with it great security, since states and nations very, very rarely go out of business. Let privilege, honor and security be rewards enough; let's not gild the lily with fripperies like voting rights.

Of course Bob Taft has decided to go the low road and join with the nasty unions in this effort. But I'm confused as to what's in it for him. It's not like he could ever run for public office in Ohio again (he's currently in his term-limited final term); I doubt if he could get elected as mayor of his hometown (where ever that is) if he tried now. Even better yet, if he manages to keep the Ohio economy down with his moronic practices, he could wind up losing the state for Bush - he'd be lucky to get the Republican party to let him hand out buttons at the next convention if that happens.

Anyway, a politician with a future, Ken Blackwell, is fighting the good fight. Here's his site if you want to slip him a few bucks and/or collect a couple signatures. And it case you have A LOT of cash left over, Dell makes a mean gaming laptop.

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