One of the laziest constructions in our political dialog is the assertion that “both sides do it.”
Yes, if you want to point out something like “both Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are raising millions from Wall Street”, then yes, it makes sense. But something like “both sides use the filibuster” when it’s been used so much more by one side is just letting folks off the hook for the sake of maintaining some standard of “objectivity.”
It’s even sillier for politicians to do it, especially when it’s used by someone in the majority party. It is a way for them to absolve themselves (and their fellow partisans) of responsibility while trying to make out like they are criticizing the system.
Take Vic Williams (with apologies to Henny Youngman). Michael Chihak had him on last week to talk about fund sweeps. I didn’t get a chance to watch Chihak’s show, but KUAZ played a bit from his interview on transportation funding earlier this week.
I’m glad to see that Williams is concerned about sweeps of HURF money. Of course, the cynic in me wonders if this concern over local government is timed to coincide with his running for county supervisor. Still, I’m glad he’s working on this.
Unfortunately, I can’t find a link to the audio of the show or the excerpts that were used in the shorter piece. However, Williams made the assertion that the sweeps have been used by legislatures of both parties to make up for budget gaps.
Hmm. Legislatures of both parties.
When did a Democratic controlled legislature do this? Was there even a HURF all those decades ago when the Democrats last controlled the legislature?