Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Re: Blackwell Pulls TEL

I thought the whole point of the TEL was to cement the "guardrails against spending" in something firmer than legislation. Now, Blackwell agrees to try to withdraw the TEL if the politicians in Columbus cement their own "guardrails" in legislation.

Huh?

I can't wait to hear Blackwell try to explain why he now trusts the politicians he's been savaging for their tax-and-spend ways.

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Update: Let's suppose this TEL-like legislation passes, Blackwell becomes the next governor, and the Ohio GOP loses its majority in the legislature. It's certainly a significant possibility. What's to stop the Democrats from running buck wild with tax increases and profligate spending? There won't be a TEL amendment to rely on. Any Blackwell line-item veto will be Target Numero Uno for an override by the legislature.

With that in mind, someone explain to me how today's news is good.

2 comments:

Phil Prenger said...

I don't think the GOP is in any serious danger of losing the majority.

Oldsmoblogger said...

Even if the Democrats managed to regain the majority, they'd need 3/5 of both houses to override a veto (according to 2.16 of the Ohio Constitution). Seems like a long shot to me.