November 16, 2011

No tax increases has consequences--like letting murderers go free

Heard this story (Cutbacks Have Some Courts Dismissing Criminal Cases | Here & Now) on the way home from teaching. I would like to be shocked, but am not. When conservatives decided that government was evil and that taxes were evil, they started us down the road of not being willing to pay for anything. This also reminds me that I am more than convinced that most people bitching about their taxes only think of government spending going to poor black women rather than paying for the infrastructure that makes society function.

Courts are laying off people, closing court rooms, letting accused criminals go--all because we refuse to pay for living in a civilized society. This kind of story makes me want to find Grover Norquist and punch him in his stupid face. Followed by every Tea Party idiot who ever bitched about being "taxed enough already."


3 comments:

Smitty said...

I really worry about this. One of my clients is deeply involved in Michigan's gubernatorial-appointed Indigent Defense Commission. The commission is supposed offer recommendations for revamping Michigan's indigent defense/court-appointed attorney system. Some of that, I am sure, will include costs to the state.

This will be interesting at least, in that this will conflict Tea Party-based Lansing lawmakers between their undying love for the constitution with their undying hatred of taxes and government infrastructure.

I bet hatred of the latter beats love of the former.

Bob said...

"...in that this will conflict Tea Party-based Lansing lawmakers between their undying love for the constitution with their undying hatred of taxes and government infrastructure."

Sorry Smitty, but I have to argue this one. The Tea Party does not love the constitution, but often their warped interpretation of it and the cherry-picked love of the portions they like.

1st amendment = warped
2nd amendment = love
10th amendment = love
14th amendment = hate

leighton said...

In somewhat related news, yet another reason why I would drink myself to death if I tried to write for the Onion.