Friday, January 10, 2003

A modest proposal

Our dear Gov. Rick Perry said that our incoming legislative leaders, Lt. Gov. Dewhurst and Rep. Tom Craddick may not be up to the task of repairing Texas' near-hopeless education system.

The Republican Party hasn't had control of Texas like this since Reconstruction. They campaigned on being the party that would get the job done. I guess most Republican voters didn't realize it was going to be a hatchet job.

For too long conservatives have been saying that "liberals" don't have ideas. Here, how's this one?

Reduce sales and property taxes and create a modest, flat, constitutionally capped state income tax -- say 3 percent. Hell, use twisted Rovian logic and sell it as a federal tax decrease, since you can deduct a portion your local income tax payments from your federal return.

Hell, throw some voucher plan in there for all I care. Get rid of Ross's Relic and return to a system where the state pays each school district the equivalent of one teacher's salary for every x number of students (20, maybe).

You got a better idea?

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