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January 21, 2010

Want me to hit you?

This story is from June, 2009 and the author's talking about the Oregon legislature. As TJIC says, "Rope!"

Summoning the fog

In an effort to keep their tax increase package intact, Democrats in the Legislature spin some unfortunate semantic skullduggery

One of the more devilish playground tricks played by bullying third-graders is the old switcheroo, as in: "Do you want me to hit you? 'Yes' means 'no,' and 'no' means 'yes.'" It was a tactic intended to take advantage of confused victims, and it usually worked.

That's more or less what Democrats on the Joint Ways and Means Committee did late Wednesday, slipping in some language intended to induce or take advantage of voter confusion in hopes of keeping the Oregon Legislature's recently passed tax package intact.

If you think that's an exaggeration, listen to a sample of the new language inserted into House Bill 2414:

"A measure referred to the people by referendum petition may not be adopted unless it receives an affirmative majority of the total votes cast on the measure rejecting the measure. For purposes of this subsection, a measure is considered adopted if it is rejected by the people."

Got that? Do you want me to hit you?


Posted by joke du jour at January 21, 2010 06:03 PM

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