Tuesday, May 24, 2005

 

Stick a fork in Blackwell "lite" amendment

'cause it's done.

While Jim Siegel's piece doesn't shed any new light on the amendment issue, per se, but his story does serve to document that the "moderates" have no independent strategy on how to stop Blackwell.

Back in mid-March, we noted that the PD was saying that Ohio senate prez Bill Harris vowed that a Lite version was a lock:
Those leading Republicans have been meeting privately and appear to be moving closer to proposing their own spending limit amendment. Harris, the only one who'd previously opposed such an amendment, is now predicting that one will show up on the Nov. 8 ballot and that he will have helped put it there.

[. . .]
Blackwell's plan by more than 2 to 1. With that sort of head start, opponents know the measure would be difficult - and expensive - to beat.

Reinforcing their belief is Blackwell's announcement that he has $1 million in commitments to help ensure that it passes. No opponent has stepped forward with a plan to raise the millions more needed to make sure it does not.
One problem, of course, is how to craft an alternative. A watered down version is nearly as bad as the original. A true alternative - something that also demanded action on government expenditures related to education and health care - would be equally repulsive to the radical right.

Again, as we pointed out in March, we don't think there is going to be any problem to raising $1 million to fight Blackwell. We don't think there is going to be a problem of raising $5 million-$10 million. Many in the Ohio business community, for example, seems to understand that a similar amendment in Colorado has been a nightmare for every sector of that state. The Ohio media is universally and loudly against it. The do-gooders like the League of Women Voters oppose it.

We don't agree with Jim Trakas on many things, but we agree with him on this:
"If [the amendment is] something you don’t want to see done, you should just go out and beat it," said Rep. James P. Trakas, R-Independence. "I don’t think an alternate plan makes sense because it still isn’t the right thing to do."

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