Monday, March 07, 2005

That's a lot of racism

The Alabama Constitution is so long and has so many racist provisions that legislators are struggling to track them all down so a proposed constitutional amendment by state Sen. Wendell Mitchell, D-Luverne, can eliminate them. As state Rep. Ken Guin, D-Carbon Hill, said, "It's kind of like making sausage right now."

Another problem: Lawmakers must be careful in drafting the amendment, which is almost identical to the Amendment 2 that voters narrowly rejected in November, or else their changes would funnel money out of poor Black Belt schools and pump it into richer suburban schools. Why? I have absolutely no idea, but it's another example of why the antiquated, convoluted state constitution needs to be rewritten.

For the anti-tax crowd who voted down Amendment 2 due to fears that it could create even the slightest chance of a tax increase -- thanks, Roy Moore! -- legislators have added language that says nothing in the amendment should be construed as calling for higher taxes. Now that there's really no excuse other than racism for anyone who votes "no," the amendment likely will pass.

Then again, I should never underestimate a certain former state chief justice's ability to scare the masses for political gain.


Blogger Susan of LocalTint said...

"It's kind of like making sausage right now. We're looking at about three different drafts and trying to determine the best language to use."

I don't..I don't get the analogy.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Yes, it's nothing at all like making sausage, but Otto von Bismarck said it back in the 19th century and people thought it was witty. Since then, politicians have made it an overused catchphrase to refer to anything that requires them to do any kind of real work, regardless of whether the comparison makes any sense whatsoever, which it often doesn't.

5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I read that story from the B-News. And I understood none of it. That's friggin' scary.


5:46 PM  

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