Here it comes again

By AL DIAMON  |  March 4, 2009

True enough — if your IQ is lower than the air temperature.

Democrats in the Legislature are still tinkering with their tax-shift scheme (this time they won't have to worry about cutting state spending because the recession has done that for them) and may bring it to a vote this spring. Meanwhile that conservative think tank, the Maine Heritage Policy Center, has revised TABOR and collected enough signatures to get the streamlined version on the ballot, probably this November.

Once again, TABOR calls for capping the amount state and local government spending can increase. It's difficult to figure how the governor could be opposed to that, since, given the economic meltdown, state spending isn't going to grow, TABOR or not, for the foreseeable future. In the unlikely event some elected body composed of seriously dumb people (in no way am I referring here to the Portland City Council — exclusively) decided to pass a budget that exceeded the TABOR cap (which it could do by a simple majority vote, assuming it could figure out what a majority of nine is), that budget would have to be submitted to the voters for approval. Also, all tax increases would have to be put to a public vote.

You were able to understand all that, right?

Good, you won't have to pay the stupidity tax.

As for Baldacci, he has no one but himself to blame for allowing others to steal the momentum on tax reform. He had years to act and didn't.

I'd suggest he take medication for gubernatorial enhancement, but the sales tax on that sucker is so steep, I doubt he could afford it.

Particularly since he left his wallet in his pants.

Perk up my ... uh, interest by e-mailing comments to aldiamon@herniahill.net.

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