Sunday, April 02, 2006

Priorities

In today's Star Tribune, the legislative roundup notes that this week two major pieces of legislation will be considered.

What are they, you ask? Perhaps a budget bill. Perhaps a transportation bill. Or an education bill. Or perhaps something truly revolutionary, like a proposal to implement instant-runoff voting or apportion our electoral college votes between candidates, rather than give them all to whoever polls the most votes in the state.

Nope. None of that. The "major" legislation? A stadium for the University, and the gay-marriage amendment.

How did our priorities get this screwed up?

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4 Comments:

Blogger Christopher said...

Michele Bachmann will fight for the idiotic "marriage amendment" until the final seconds of this session. It makes her the "pro-family" candidate in the 6th Congressional District race.

If there were political points to be gained in basic service to constituents and the state, she'd do that....

Sick, sad world.

4/02/2006 5:24 PM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

If she's a single-issue candidate, I have to believe it will come back to bite her. Most people who oppose gay marriage don't want to see the debate consume the government. They'd rather have roads and prosaic things like that.

Especially when the single-issue involved is essentially a pre-emptive amending of the state constitution, to fix a problem that doesn't yet exist.

4/02/2006 5:29 PM  
Blogger Christopher said...

I hope you're right about Bachmann flaming out...

But the hard-right has done a great job dominating the agenda. Even John McCain is selling out.

4/03/2006 3:10 AM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

John McCain is a huge disappointment. His big suck-up to the folks that torpedoed him in 2000 is frankly pathetic.

4/03/2006 10:24 AM  

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