The City Wire editor Michael Tilley takes aim at the Arkansas GOP legislators' SIMPLE plan that they promise to enact if they gain the majorities of the State House or Senate.
Tilley, no wild-eye liberal, suggests pragmatism should trump platitudes.
Yours Truly is not a member of the left-leaning media who is sad that Democrats may soon lose their historical political control of the legislative machine. I grew up politically under the tutelage of Arkansas’ Republican Matriarch, Ada Mills. My mother was the Johnson County Campaign Chairman for Frank White when he defeated Clinton. I’ve long waited for the day when Arkansas Democrats weren’t automatically guaranteed a legislative
Also, competition is good, especially if it causes all the players to perform better. But I fear this isn’t competition like that between Apple and Microsoft which resulted in revolutionary consumer software and hardware products and services. Language from the less mature wing of the Arkansas GOP who get their talking points from their role models in Washington D.C., suggests this will be more of a war for control — if not vengeance — than a healthy competition of ideas.
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