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“Get lost Dick”
In our opinion
Guess what? Old Dick Armey, the former House Majority leader, is rattling on about the evils of Gov. Riley’s proposal to reform Alabama’s tax system. Says he’s disappointed in his old friend the governor and says Alabama ought to vote no on Sept. 9.
Well, one has to wonder if Dick really believes all this or whether he’s just earning his pay with the Washington-based Citizens for a Sound Economy.
Whatever. But here’s a guy from Texas — which by the way taxes its residents at a much higher rate than Alabama — working for an outfit in Washington and he’s telling us what to do.
Here’s a thought: Time for Dick to go home and straighten out some problems in Austin. Or, better yet, have him come to Alabama for more than a fly over. Maybe he ought to settle here for awhile.
Let’s see, we should arrange for him to get a nice hourly job in Greene County making minimum wage. Give him a couple of kids to look after and an old beat-up Dodge to get around in. He can have a stack of bills and some medical expenses. And come tax time, he’ll find he’s going to owe state income tax on just about everything he makes over $5,000.
His kids can go to a sorry Black Belt school with a leaky roof and SAT scores that are in negative territory.
If he has to travel we’ll have to warn him to be careful, especially late at night, because if he happens to get in an accident, there are only six State Troopers in the state that can respond to his call.
Oh and if he happens to be raped or is the victim of some other heinous crime, he’ll have to wait for months before the legal process can begin because that is how long it’ll take to get the evidence back. The state crime lab, you see, is way understaffed and under-funded.
And Dick here is telling us that the governor should have slashed the state budget to fill the budget shortfall. Excuse us, but there is no place left to cut.
If he really believes what he says, then he thinks this is all about hanging on to a made-up ideology he has about tiny government and no taxes. Any tax, is just flat wrong is his way of thinking.
Well, in Alabama that kind of ideology is hard to eat. Especially for a struggling family that bears a too heavy load of the tax burden in this state.
Either come live with us for a while, Dick, and understand the realities of state government with a $600 million shortfall and the sufferings of our people or get out of the way and let Alabama sort this one out.