The bad in our legislature has to include all those who have in the past in any way contributed to any diminution in our state’s income, and thus its ability to support a full spectrum of vital services to the people. Those who sponsored or voted for tax cuts, tax breaks, tax credits, or any other giveaways have proven themselves to be bad. It is not as if there weren’t leaders all around the state telling them that their actions were wrong and unwise. They were told again and again.
Of course, we are now in a recession, and natural gas tax revenues from the well-head price are down. But we are still missing almost a billion dollars in tax breaks given by the legislature in the last five years. Do we even dare to ask why the prices the gas company charges us (just for the product) are twice the market price of gas, and even more above the taxed price?
These legislators are bad because their party ideology got in the way of their good sense. They sacrificed the good of their state for the favor of those who supported them with money, or who shared the view that government is bad and the only way to reduce its size is to starve it. And so they did just that. State government is starving. These hypocrites then criticize the president while taking his bailout money just to survive.
These legislators are bad because they allowed their party ideology, and their vain quest for popularity with a reactionary group, to demagnetize their moral compass. They lost their sense of right and wrong. They became callous to the plight of their fellow man.
So now we have problems in the health services, aid to the elderly and poor, mental health patients, child abuse services, shelters for abused women, jails and prisons, and all the other eleemosynary services of the state for its people. And, we are firing teachers and professors, cutting office staffs, letting work (and bodies) stack and operations drag, and cutting educational television, perhaps losing the only decent state public affairs programming.