As dust clears on election day, ironies abound.
So once again we find ourselves in that uncomfortably numb postelection lull, when yard signs wilt in the rain and ironies abound.
In Washington state, the rituals have become ensconced: Winners point to the scoreboard, losers slink off to regroup, and Gov. Non-Elect Tim Eyman scrambles to launder the proceeds.
Oh: and the illusion of representative democracy marches on.
To wit: When the good people of Washington speak, they repeatedly succumb to Eyman’s notion that on major matters of public policy, such as — shudder — bumping up a tax rate to meet societal needs, a “supermajority” vote of two-thirds of the Legislature is in order.
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The idea is to prevent the unspeakable horror of tyranny by majority rule.
So why is it, then, that a statewide measure seeking to institutionalize said extra-Constitutional supermajority for raising taxes requires only a simple majority for approval? How can government by supermajority be instituted by anything less than the same?
Pick a flimsy tax-avoidance principle and go with it, glassy-eyed Eyman zombies.
More ex-post factoids:
All Hail Super-Minority Rule: Consider the actual voting numbers behind Initiative 1366, the Good-Government Prevention Act. The latest Eyman bank-account fluffer, which seeks to institutionalize minority rule by establishing a de-facto tax veto by 34 percent of legislators, as of Friday had garnered 640,717 statewide affirmative votes. In a state with nearly 4 million registered voters, that’s a “yes” rate of 16 percent. Power to the people, baby.
Yes, Yes: People who fail to vote get what they deserve. But the principle remains. And it’s tough to overcome mass denial by a populace that’s dead-certain any progressive-smelling tax to lighten the tax load on the vast majority by tapping the ubiquitous superrich is the spawn of Satan. And that necessary public services are delivered for free, like sweet little babies, by a fleet of magic cash storks.
This Just In: GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson, R-Xanax, who, it turns out, may not actually be a doctor, and probably is not in fact named Ben Carson, has now theorized that an ancient Seattle facility, the “Kingdome,” was once used to store grain and hops by a tyrannical ruler named Jack Patera.
Meanwhile, in South Lake DisUnion: Was anyone else not surprised that at least a few of those “corporate greed” protesters at Amazon HQ on Thursday purchased their Guy Fawkes masks using a parent’s Amazon Prime account? Way to stick it to The Man, kids.
Gum-B-Gone: Actual statement in a Times letter to the editor protesting the stripping and cleaning of Seattle’s infamous “Gum Wall”: “It’s like removing the Blarney Stone.”
Sports Note: The Seahawks are off this week, getting long-awaited rest from eight weeks of exhaustive excuses for being 4-4.
And Finally: Nice to see the wildlife-trafficking measure, Initiative 1401, quietly grab 70 percent of the statewide vote. The next challenge is to get the state to enforce it: This likely will require additional manpower, which costs money, which of course won’t be dispensed without the approval of the ruling junta of seven people in Pend Oreille County. But, as usual, we dare to dream.