Down the Middle Category

Legislators seek to intentionally confuse voters

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

Legalese May Be Legal But It Sure Isn’t Easy


By Michael A. Matteo

One of Shakespeare’s most memorable lines comes from Henry VI when Dick The Butcher, says, “The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers.” This is Shakespeare’s idea of Utopia, a world without those who make up the majority of Congress and who have created their own language to give their occupation a sense of purpose and the right to charge $300 for a phone call. After reading the amendments that were placed on the most recent ballot I would have to agree with Dick the Butcher.

Let’s take a look at the language of some of the amendments that appeared on the ballot in Florida this year. The most controversial amendment was this one which read as follows: (more…)

The Bait and Switch of Campaign Promises

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

Candidates can say and do whatever they want because voters don’t hold them accountable

Approximately 16 years ago I was running for the school board in Hillsborough County. One of the candidates made an impassioned speech about morality and stated that if she were elected she would see to it that the Bible was put back into the classroom. She received applause for that statement. I whispered to another candidate, “I think she’s running for the wrong office, if that’s what she wants to do then she really needs to seek an appointment to the Supreme Court because they are the only ones who can make a difference on that issue.” (more…)

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