Thursday, June 07, 2007

The cake has been taken

I've come to accept that Steve Windom urinated in a jug on the Senate floor as lieutenant governor a few years back (and indeed, even to remember it with a tinge of whimsical nostalgia).

I wasn't at all surprised by the sneak-attack 62 percent pay raise the Alabama Legislature gave itself this year (without any corresponding limitation on other sources of income, of course) before accomplishing little else that it wasn't required to do.

Our lawmakers wasting virtually the entire session squabbling over organizing rules before hurrying to avoid a special session by passing the budgets at the eleventh-and-a-half hour? I'm shocked whenever that sort of thing isn't the case.

But through it all, deep down inside, part of me desperately wanted -- no, needed -- to believe that our elected officials ultimately would resolve any disputes through debate and negotiation, that Goat Hill would retain some minimal sense of decorum, and that I certainly never would live to see one grown man punch another grown man in the head in the Senate chamber.

That part of me died today. Thank you, Charles Bishop.

5 Comments:

Anonymous Kathy said...

My favorite Charles Bishop comment thus far:

“We gon’ have to act like adults, not children.”

After you, Charles.

10:09 AM  
Blogger Michael said...

Every time I try to convince people that Alabama isn't a bad place all in all, something like this makes the national news. One step forward, two steps back (put it in Latin and it could be our state motto).

12:04 PM  
Blogger Michael said...

Looked that one up. Using "stride" instead of step, it came up with:
"Unus intentus porro , duos intentus tergum."

12:08 PM  
Anonymous Sarah said...

What's even worse is that Riley's response was basically, "Well, Barron had it coming."

3:28 PM  
Anonymous Bamaslama said...

I'm more steamed about the pay raise than the punch. Every time I see people wrangling for months (or years) about an increase in the minimum wage, (12 years til the new one is in full effect in USA), and then vote themselves another huge increase, it makes my blood boil.
SURELY there's a better, fairer way to pay these people than having them vote for themselves!

2:43 PM  

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