Last bits of election stuff bouncing around my head:

People in Massachusetts must be dumb. That’s the only possible explanation for the outcome last night. So maybe I can understand about Mitt – I don’t like it, but I can understand wanting a balance of power, etc. But honestly, the results of the ballot initiatives were so skewed towards idiocy that I have to wonder.

How is it possible that we nearly voted away the state income tax? There are plenty of examples of places where that doesn’t work so well at all.

On the second ballot question, the fools in my state decided that it was okay to sue teachers and take away chances for non-native English speakers to learn the language. Simply put: would you feel comfortable in a high school French/German/Spanish/whatever class if you had only been studying the language for a year or less? I didn’t think so.

I also thought we’d covered the whole clean elections thing before.Voters voted (four years ago), the law was passed (by a 2-to-1 margin), and still the legislature balked, refusing to give out money to candidates who met the requirements. The State Supreme Court stepped in, forcing them to follow the law. Somehow, detractors of the law slipped a misleadingly worded question onto the ballot, and the public voted the law down. W.T.F.?!

So, again, in summary, people in Massachusetts don’t have a clue. Thank you for your time.

posted November 6, 2002 – 7:00 am
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