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Thursday, April 02, 2009

Essential Estrogen: Political theater spinning out of control

Excerpted from this post at Essential Estrogen

"The tenants evicted the landlords." "Refused to allow the people to
speak." "Since when did applause become a protest?" Let's step away
from the spin machine long enough to evaluate the sorry spectacle that
occurred last night in Des Moines during a public hearing on proposed
legislation to eliminate federal deductibility. The first speaker was
Beth Pearson from the Iowa Policy Project. She voiced support for the
idea, citing that it would be a benefit for low-income taxpayers. In
response to her comments several individuals in the gallery -- most of
them wearing red shirts and representing Iowans for Tax Relief --
protested. To be blunt, the same people screaming this morning about
being removed from a public hearing booed an Iowan for expressing her
opinion on a proposed piece of legislation.

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