1. Is there a term for the philosophy of leaving your opponent with an honorable way to lose in order to keep him/her from being more dangerous?
2. I’m looking forward a great deal to the start of the Tennessee legislative session. When do we get to start seeing the legislation folks will be proposing?
3. Our favorite state legislator raises a good point, one that supports both his larger contention and mine:
The last time an income tax was brought forward many of the income tax legislative supporters were run out of Nashville on a rail. The only legislators who supported an income tax and survived were from districts full of people who would not pay an income tax any way because many of them did not have jobs.
Oddly, The legislature still passed the largest tax increase in state history but the people who supported other forms of tax increases got a pass.The moderates and the Democrats learned. Pass any other form of tax increase, no matter how big, and the people will not notice. Many smaller bites instead of going after the entire sandwich all at once would get the same meal at the end of the day.
His point is that there’s too much taxation; government is too big. My point is that opposing a state income tax pretty much is just a symbolic stand and does nothing to ease the tax burden of people in Tennessee.
3a. It’s stuff like his snide little remark which I italicized that drive me around the bend with Campfield. Don’t you think he means we’re supposed to assume it’s those Memphis legislators who supported an income tax, who have all those constituents who don’t have and don’t want jobs? As an antidote, go ahead and peruse the unemployment numbers from October.
I was surprised to see that almost 9% of Maury county is out of work (as opposed to 4% a year ago). Eight percent of Lewisburg is out of work. Anyway, I’m just curious if that’s who Campfield had in mind.
3b. Holy shit, you know, if 9% of Maury county is out of work, it’s no wonder we see such hostility towards immigrants down there, is it?