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The horror! The horror!

Mon, Mar 16, 2009

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“Mistah Kurtz – he dead.”  It was a “Heart of Darkness” moment for Republican elected officials in Denver, as they bemoaned the Colorado Supreme Court’s 6-1 decision upholding the legality of Gov. Bill Ritter’s property tax “freeze,” which the legislature enacted last year.

Oh, the poor taxpayer!  Oh, the ruthless, tax-lovin’ libruls on the Supreme Court!  Here’s what the stalwart GOPsters had to say.

“It’s fitting that the most partisan court in the land rubber stamped the governor’s property tax increase on exactly the same day Senate Democrats are poised to repeal Colorado’s landmark spending limits, and exactly two weeks after the governor signed the largest increase in car taxes in a generation. With loyalist Democrats in charge of the governor’s mansion, the House, the state Senate, and the Supreme Court, the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights is on life support and the principle of fiscal restraint is in full retreat.” said Senate Minority Leader Josh Penry.

“Given the Court’s history with the Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, I am not surprised by the decision, but I am nonetheless disappointed. The dissent is imminently better reasoned than the majority’s opinion. I remain convinced that the Colorado Constitution dictates that the voters decide when their taxes should be increased,” said Attorney General John Suthers.

“Imminently better reasoned?”  I’d guess that Suthers meant to say “eminently” – but why quibble over the A.G.’s slightly defective command of the English language?

“Most partisan court in the land?” Of the seven supremes, only one has a record that would seem to indicate a certain, shall we say, political bias.

That would be Justice Alison Eid, a powerfully intelligent woman who served as Colorado’s Solicitor General under Gov. Bill Owens, and as a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Eid was the lone dissenter.

The other six justices are, like Eid, men and women of substance, even brilliance, all of whom had distinguished careers in the law before joining the court.

The notion that this is some rabidly partisan group of crazed, tax-loving radicals is, not to put too fine a point on it, nuts.

As the old saying goes: If the law is with you, pound the law. If the facts are with you, pound the facts. If the law and the facts are against you, pound the table!

Josh, John, Alison: pound away on them tables!!

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