Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Thursday, September 18, 2003

Clue bat, Aisle Five...

From one of this morning's editorial in The Birmingham News:
To most people, last week's crushing defeat of Gov. Bob Riley's tax and accountability plan sent a loud and clear message: Taxpayers want state government to be more efficient before it gets more money. Taxpayers want all government waste cut from the budgets. They want to know their government is spending wisely.

The majority of lawmakers got the message, but it should come as no surprise that the Legislature's pork king, state Sen. Roger Bedford, missed the point entirely.

Believe it or not, Bedford, a Democrat from Russellville who has become the poster boy for bad state government, claims last week's vote shows - now get this - that citizens support the pass-through pork for which Bedford is infamous. It's yet another in a long list of what should be known as "Bedford moments."

Bedford, awaiting trial on charges of extortion and attempted extortion (also involving pork money), said one reason people voted against Riley's plan was because it banned pass-through pork, a practice perfected by Bedford in which lawmakers put money in a state agency's bank account and direct the agency's director on how to spend it. Over just a one-year period, Bedford sent $6.5 million to his district like that. [...]
Beady-Eyed Bedford, though he may be awaiting trial for using my tax money for extortion, seems to not have any trouble getting reelected. For all of the folks who voted against the Riley tax plan because you say you don't trust Montgomery insiders, it sure would be nice if you would please expend just a fraction of the same effort you put forth in defeating that legislation into seeing that Jolly Roger and his ilk are defeated come election time.

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