Monday, January 16, 2006

A new disguise for TABOR?

Republicans have had the edge, at least recently, in packaging, labeling and selling their policies. Everything they do is some kind of Taxpayer Protection Act or Job Protection Act or Blue Skies Act.

The Taxpayer Bill of Rights -- I almost typed Bull of Rights, which would not have been inaccurate -- is another example of using framing and packaging to try to sell a bad idea. It's become known as TABOR for short.

But some of the luster has worn off the name, apprarently, because of problems with TABOR in Colorado, where it originated.

A name change and new brand appears to be in the works, the Wisconsin Alliance of Cities reports:

Imagine our surprise to discover lobbyists for Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce hard at work with a state legislator to find a new name for TABOR.

The next version of TABOR — whatever it's called by then — seems to walk like TABOR and it seems to quack like TABOR. It is being drafted by Sen. Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) and Rep. Jeff Wood (D-Chippewa Falls).
As Shakespeare said, TABOR by any other name would smell as bad.

Want to know more about Colorado's experience? Watch this video.


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