I missed posting at noon-ish today; it’s been a long, hard sun cycle; and my creative juices are dry. So, I’m going to do what all great bloggers do and post someone else’s clever riff in order to fill blogspace. This is from Chuck Muth’s News & Views:
DO YOU, MR. CANDIDATE, TAKE MS. VOTER…?
I ran into another [Nevada] Republican candidate today who has yet to sign the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. His objection is one I hear quite often from candidates who simply don’t want to take a firm position on a critically important philosophical, as well as fiscal, issue. “I’ve learned over the years never to say never,” this candidate told me this afternoon.
Really? I wonder exactly when he learned that lesson?
I suppose it was sometime AFTER promising Mrs. Candidate on their wedding day that he was taking her “to have and to hold, from this day forward, for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer, in sickness and in health, to love and to cherish, forsaking all others, ’til death do us part.”
I mean, if your philosophy is to “never say never,” then shouldn’t those old marriage vows be made a bit more flexible? I mean, shouldn’t we take out the part about “til death do us part” and insert some kind of escape clause which acknowledges that when it comes to being faithful, “everything is on the table”? I mean, it’s just not right to never say never, right?
You see, when you really, really, really, really, REALLY believe in something at the very core of your being, it’s not hard to say “never.” Then again, if you really, really, really, really, really DON’T believe that raising taxes is a bad thing, then you come up with all kinds of excuses for not making such a firm promise.
So, Mr. & Mrs. Taxpayer, when a candidate who refuses to give you a firm promise not to raise your taxes comes to you asking for your vote, remember…it’s just a one-night stand. There’s no commitment involved. Just hope he or she at least leaves you enough money for cab fare home.