Thursday, October 24, 2013

The line is open; duck and cover the political fire

Posted By on Thu, Oct 24, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Sorry, I've been distracted today by some family activities. The line is open. Finishing up:

* THE RACE IS ON: The Republican and Democratic machines are both running full-time with daily news releases, generally focusing on either the race for U.S. Senate or governor. We have a long year ahead of.

Today for example, the Democratic Party touted Mike Ross' corporate tax cutting plan .

Mike Ross rolled out a plan today to gradually phase out the state’s sales and use tax on partial replacement and repair of machinery used in manufacturing. This tax unfairly punishes manufacturing plants already in Arkansas, because state law currently exempts new plants and plant expansions.

It’s a good idea and it will help create jobs in Arkansas. But don’t just take my word for it – Asa Hutchinson thinks so, too.

Plain vanilla chamber of commerce speak. Then comes the Republican Party. It just can't quit its go-to themes and talk about policy. No. If it's not the black devil in the White House and his socialist medicine, it's guns. The state GOP paints gun nut Mike Ross — Mike Ross! — as a softy flip-flopper for expressing some change of heart on high capacity semi-automatic weapons of mass killing. 

“Mike Ross traditionally opposed any gun-control measures until last December when he flip-flopped his position, stating that it was time for reform and that he supported a ban on high-capacity weapons. Chances are very likely that he will flip-flop again in a desperate attempt to trick Arkansans into thinking that he is 100% pro-Second Amendment. Arkansas deserves a Governor who is solid in their stance on such an important Constitutional right.”

Have they checked with originalist Antonin Scalia on this? A constitutional right from the days of the flintlock to possess semi-automatic weapons with giant magazines perfect for spraying movie theaters with armor-piercing rounds? Who knew? And, if so, what about bazookas? Asa! is surely down with that and RPGs, too.

Long year.

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