That Does It ... Charlie Crist is a Democratic Mole
The word in state politics these days is all about the possibility of ending property taxes in favor of a huge spike in sales tax — a horrific idea that would make the poor poorer and the rich richer. Naturally, the idea was proposed by the Republicans at the state house. But while the two sides of the tax reform debate were lobbing salvos at each other, a couple stories passed under the radar.
First, the proposed bill that would have required slow-moving drivers in the left lane to get out of the way if a faster-moving car approaches them has been killed in committee. The bill has the backing of the Florida Highway Patrol, as well as a bipartisan group in Congress. It was even approved by the state congress before, but our previous governor, being the pissant bastard he is, vetoed it. Republican state senators Paula Dockery, Alex Villalobos and Daniel Webster all voted against sending the bill to the floor, as did Democrat Arthenia Joyner. Joyner is from Tampa, the same location as Democratic State Rep. Michael Scionti, who sponsored the House version of the bill. Serious backstabbery there. Anyway, those four made the committee vote 4 to 4, which killed the bill. Republican state senator Mike Bennett sponsored the senate version. Upon seeing the vote, he reportedly uttered the word "Wow" and then slouched to his seat with his tail between his legs.
Dammit, congresscritters, give the people what they want. And what the people want is for those slow-moving shitheads in the fast lane to get the fuck out of our way. Christ.
But enough of that. On to the reason behind the title of this blog entry. Gov. Charlie Crist has said he may sign an executive order restoring voting rights to ex-cons. Now, that tears it. When Charlie Crist spurned George W. Bush, I applauded. When he similarly took brother Jeb out to the woodshed, I stood up and cheered. When he then went on to propose funding stem cell research and scrapping paperless voting machines, I damn near fainted. And when he suggested that the GOP shouldn't be backing anti-gay marriage bans, I proposed marriage.
But now, it seems obvious that Crist isn't the greatest Republican in Florida. He's just a clever Democratic mole. Restoring voting rights to ex-cons means more votes for Dems. It's not that Democrats are more likely to commit crimes — I actually haven't seen a study that correlates crime with party registration, but I doubt there is any. But, there is a similarly painful fact involved — minorities are more likely to be in jail, and minorities are more likely to vote Democratic. Not that I think minorities are more likely to commit crimes, but the numbers speak for themselves. Jailed minorities, of course, are more the result of institutional racism and class stratification than any propensity for violence, but the fact remains that giving ex-cons the vote will help Democrats far more than it will Republicans. So, g'head, Big Slick. Restore those voting rights. Because if you do, the Dems pick up Florida in 2008.
Governor Charlie "Big Slick" Crist, alleged Democratic mole