Politics A Smart Reader
posted by January 13 at 19:59 PMon
While Frizzelle is busy in a post a couple below this one abusing a reader (well deserved, given that the reader was complaining about the excellent Lindy West), I want to take a moment to give props to a reader.
Yesterday, I posted a GOP press release that trashed the Democrats for, the Republicans contended, “showing their true colors” by proposing a gay marriage bill and an income tax bill instead of working on “real priorities” like education and transportation.
The GOP complaint read, in part: “State Republican Chairman Diane Tebelius today said that week one of the Democrats’ agenda is ‘not what the people of Washington want …The Democrats have created their own mandate to impose a state income tax, [and] redefine marriage…’”
I called bullshit on the GOP and Chairman Diane (that’s just weird) by providing a link to a list of 26 education bills that had been filed last week. I also noted a couple of bills the Democrats had on the fast track, like a children’s health care bill and a drug bill for seniors.
However, a Slog reader named Baxter had a much smarter response to the GOP ploy than I did.
For many of the voters who wanted a Democratic majority, gay marriage IS a top issue. Those GOPs sure are sore losers.
Baxter is right. Gay marriage is a top priority for many Democratic voters. (And so is tax reform.) The Democrats won in a landslide. They now control the state house 62-36 and the state senate 32-17. Suck it up Tebelius.
p.s. Because of our regressive sales tax, the poorest 20 percent of Washington residents pay 17 percent of their income in taxes while the richest one percent pays just three percent of their income. So, thank you state Sen. Rosa Franklin (D-29, Tacoma) and Seattle-area state Sen. Jeanne Kohl-Welles (D-36, Ballard, Queen Anne) for proposing an income tax.