Dept. of Budget Priorities


On my morning commute, I heard a commercial on the popular Jim Rome show from the California Department of Fishing and Game, urging Rome's "Clones" to consider taking a course in boat safety. Which seems about as promising as asking Rush Limbaugh listeners to consider tuning into NPR.

In other news, spokesmen for Gray Davis say the despised governor is considering following the example set by his Nevada counterpart Kenny Guinn, who successfully convinced his state Supreme Court to overturn the Nevada constitution in order to raise taxes—a ruling that Eugene Volokh has called "one of most appalling judicial decisions I've ever seen." The California budget deficit is still $38 billion.

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  1. Once Confucius was walking on the mountains and he came across a woman weeping by a grave. He asked the woman what here sorrow was, and she replied, “We are a family of hunters. My father was eaten by a tiger. My husband was bitten by a tiger and died. And now my only son!” “Why don’t you move down and live in the valley? Why do you continue to live up here?” asked Confucius. And the woman replied, “But sir, there are no tax collectors here!” Confucius added to his disciples, “You see, a bad government is more to be feared than tigers.”

  2. And if we could get a tiger to eat Gray Davis, everyone would be happy! Except for Davis.

  3. Maybe that would be a better slogan than “Recall Gray Davis.” I like it: “Feed Gray Davis to the Tigers!!!”

  4. [Gray Davis’] view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases:

    – If it moves, tax it.
    – If it keeps moving, regulate it.
    – And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

  5. What about the poor tiger? He’d be sick for a week…

  6. Since the 2/3 majority isn’t really enforceable, I guess any of the justices can be impeached on the same grounds as the 2/3 majority for tax increase can be nullified.

    Of course, all it takes really is one man and a gun.

  7. California Fish and Game – Bringing down the smack on boating accidents and fatalities.

  8. Wasn’t California trying to find a way to tax orbiting sattelites a few years back?

  9. I doubt the State Supreme Court would go for what Nevada did. Davis might attempt to unilaterally follow that route in order to: a) improve his bargaining leverage with the GOP legislators; and/or b) have the Supremes reject his attempt, thereby transferring the blame to another branch of government.

  10. Please don’t give him any ideas, Steve.

    (Davis reads Reason’s egazine, too. And he might just stumble across your suggestion here in H&R.)

    Blood suckers like that always have their feelers out, their ears pricked up, and their mooching-radar humming.

  11. LOL @ “mooching radar.”

  12. Maybe that would be a better slogan than “Recall Gray Davis.” I like it: “Feed Gray Davis to the Tigers!!!”

    That sounds like something you’d read on Eschaton, where they apparently plan to execute everyone they disagree with to by feeding them to starving ducks.

  13. Gray Davis is a political animal … a horrible, monstrous, abominable animal.

  14. Remember: Humans are animals too.

  15. Trying to be subtle, but incase the above proved unintelligable to those other than myself (and I think it probably is, as I had trouble remembering what I was trying to say), I was joining in the “what about the poor tiger” line of joke, wherein to lend dignity and protection to Gray Davis I noted that he’s an animal too, just like the tiger.

    I know, it isn’t funny if you have to explain it, but I guess explaining it is better than it making absolutely no sense whatsoever.

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