You know, I’m kind of used to reading things about Tennessee politics that make my head cock to the side like a dog that hears a noise she can’t quite figure out. “Ba-roo?” I ask.
But this may be, honest to god, the most baffling thing I’ve read all day.
Here’s the background. Republicans put forth a bill allowing corporations to donate money directly to political campaigns. Representative Alexander (R-Jack Daniels, though he seems to not get that) voted for that bill. Governor Baby just yesterday signed it into law.
Let me repeat: thanks to Republicans, corporations can donate money directly to political campaigns.
Jack Daniels is a part of a multinational corporation. It is the only industry in Moore County, which Representative Alexander represents.
And Representative Alexander, bless his heart, is saying today, the day after the Governor signed the very bill into law that he voted for which lets corporations donate directly to political campaigns, that he wants to bring forth legislation to charge Jack Daniels a barrel tax, a tax no other distillery in the state would have to pay.
I can’t wait to see how this is going to go. Do you think the dudes at Jack Daniels just laughed when they read this or did they also go “Ba-roo?” I imagine it went “What? The? Fuck?” and then there was laughter. I mean, how much “fuck you” money do you think Brown-Forman has? Certainly enough to get someone other than Alexander elected. Shoot, certainly enough to throw some against every single person who dares even make positive noises in the direction of this bill. Does Alexander not get this?
Are Republicans who’ve been around the block a time or two purposefully letting newbie Republicans fuck up this bad? Is there not a mentoring program or something?
I don’t know. It’s strange.