Wednesday, September 13, 2006

What stadium tax backlash?

In yesterday's primary elections, referendum-less stadium tax supporters Mark Stenglein, Peter McLaughlin, and Mike Opat (Hennepin County Commissioners) all won by majorities in three- and four-candidate primary races, and Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who signed the bill into law wearing a Twins jersey, skated to an easy win over his Republican primary challenger and stadium tax critic Sue Jeffers.
A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves money from the Public Treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits from the Public Treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy always followed by dictatorship.
—Unknown, popularly attributed to Sir Alex Fraser Tytler

Two things only the people anxiously desire: panem et circenses. —Juvenal

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