The Michigan legislature might be insane.
We have come to the conclusion that the crisis Michigan faces is not a shortage of revenue, but an excess of idiocy. Facing a budget deficit that has passed the $1 billion mark, House Democrats Thursday offered a spending plan that would buy a MP3 player or iPod for every school child in Michigan.
The editorial goes on to slam the Democrat-controlled legislature for cluenessness and general stupidity.
But maybe they’re not so stupid. They’re just arrogant and corrupt. It was de Toqueville who said “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.” What is a promise to raise taxes, cut no spending anywhere, and then buy the kiddies iPods, if it’s not an attempt to bribe the public of Michigan with its own money?
The MI legislature isn’t stopping with its “educational” iPod giveaway, though (one wonders, did Apple grease a few palms to make this happen?). It may attempt to levy what amounts to a tax on all foreigners living abroad.
For example, Dillon says he would shift the burden of business taxes to companies that operate in Michigan, but don’t have a facility here. The certain outcome of that plan is to drive even more businesses out of Michigan.
Indeed it is. But these are Democrats we’re talking about.