The politicians who we have been stuck with for the last 100 years or so will never be confused with the founding fathers, but TEL was no more flawed than the school choice law, Taft's tax increases or the immigration bill that is currently slithering its way through congress. We will be stuck with them, yet the protection most needed for the citizens of Ohio now faces legislative oblivion.
Liberals lied about the protection of marriage amendment -- it passed.
Liberals lied about past initiatives in California to limit property taxes as well as eliminating race preferences in schools -- they passed.
Liberalism is a lie. How could the arguments that they made been anything but? TEL was not given that chance and it should have.
I do not fear debate and Blackwell's retreat from fiscal responsibility stopped at least two important debates that we should have had.
One is on the need for local politicians to take account the voters in the decisions that they make. Currently, local politicians are free to tax people who do not even live in their communities. "Vote the bums out" is not enough -- not even close. The idea of constitutional limited government does not scare me; I relish it. No longer shall politicians view citizens are their own personal ATM's.
The second debate revolves around corporations. Who is to say that it is the government's responsibility to remake localities for corporations? Maybe it is fine that upgrades at taxpayers expense occur; I believe that I could be persuaded. I vote for increases of funding for the library all of the time. I voted to give Columbus' COSI tax revenue.
The voter must be given control; politicians can no longer be trusted alone as the stewards of the till. Any idea of "throwing the bums out" as a reasonable solution should be forever eliminated as a solution as my next post should forever prove.
Then again, I suppose that this debate is all academic now -- TEL will probably be removed from the ballot and within a few years -- just a distant memory. I'll ponder the possibility for an instant as I'm sunning myself on some sandy beach around the corner from my house in Florida.