Tuesday, March 24, 2009

State Democratic Party Disbands for Lack of Interest

Posted By on Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 5:09 AM

click to enlarge This donkey has more energy than the state Democratic Party.
  • This donkey has more energy than the state Democratic Party.
After waffling for weeks, Chip Forrester finally has taken a stand on the governor's proposal to close the tax loophole for real-estate moguls. You'll recall these are the guys who are cleverly disguising their billion-dollar investments like little mom 'n' pop businesses and shifting their money to Tennessee like it's Grand Cayman island.

What is Chip's bold new position? He's decided that he's sorta for closing the loophole but maybe not. Regardless, he definitely won't say anything about it publicly except when reporters demand that he give an opinion. After haranguing the slippery Forrester for comment more times than Pith would care to count, the Democratic Party chair finally said this:

I've looked at the legislation and, given these sort of hard economic times in our state and in our country, it's not an issue for me to see that loophole closed. There is a committee process and I will sort of respect that committee process and what the legislature decides. But it seems like a worthwhile loophole to close at this point. I'm not a legislator. This is just sort of an opinion that one Tennessean has. I've looked at sort of the rationale that the governor has behind closing the loophole and it seems to me to make sense to move in that direction. But what will the ultimate piece of legislation look like? I don' t know what the legislature is going to ultimately pass.
Will the Democratic Party advocate closing the loophole?

"That would be something for the state executive committee to review and consider."

So to recap, Democrats absolutely will refuse to unify behind their governor to make the Republicans pay a political price for siding with filthy rich tax dodgers, including a New York strip club owner, in a time of severe economic hardship. And why? Because the Democratic leader of the state House, Gary Odom, has sold out to these tax dodgers, plus he's afraid somebody will accuse him of raising taxes.

Pith in the Wind would like to make this announcement: Never again will we ask Democrats to man up. It's pointless.

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