Republican Revenge 

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This year’s take-no-prisoners, scorched-earth Legislature is all about one thing: revenge. Republican legislators on the Hill are in a mood to settle some scores.

Sen. Margaret Dayton, R-Orem, wants to dismantle the Constitutional Review Commission because the commission didn’t like her anti-affirmative action bill last session. Rep. Ronda Menlove, R-Garland, thinks the poor and disabled are lazy, so she wants to put them to work. Rep. Wayne Harper, R-West Jordan, is after Salt Lake County for presuming to have a Democrat as mayor. Rep. Curtis Oda, R-Clearfield, doesn’t like cats, so he’s sponsored a shoot-first-ask-questions-later bill so we can blast away at the neighbor’s kitty.

They’re all after higher education for harboring liberals and socialists, and the University of Utah, in particular, for not worshiping at the altar of the Most Holy Glock.

But the worst example is the appointment by Senate President Michael Waddoups, R-Taylorsville, of Sen. Chris “we don’ need no edge-y-ca-shun” Buttars, R-West Jordan, as chair of the education committee. Two years after the voters turned down their pet get-rich-quick scheme—private school vouchers—Waddoups and the rest are still punishing the voters and the Board of Education for daring to go against their Mighty Will. Appointing Buttars is nothing but Waddoups’ big middle finger to the voters of Utah.

R. Dale Webb
Salt Lake City

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