"No experiment can be more interesting than that we are now trying, and which we trust will end in establishing the fact, that man may be governed by reason and truth. Our first object should therefore be, to leave open to him all the avenues to truth. The most effectual hitherto found, is the freedom of the press. It is, therefore, the first shut up by those who fear the investigation of their actions." --Thomas Jefferson to John Tyler, 1804.

Revenge on who?

What conclusion should people draw from this?

From the Associated Press: “Idaho Republicans took revenge on Democrats for their stall tactics, killing a bill to help disabled children whose sponsor was a Democrat.”

The optics, as they say, look pretty bad – for the Republicans, of course: Taking revenge on other legislators by spiking help for disabled children. By killing a bill to help disabled children.

Can someone fill in what the spin on this might be?

UPDATE Betsy Russell’s blog quotes Republican Senator Tim Corder, who sponsored the measure on the childhood coordinating council in the other chamber, as saying the low-budget entity may survive even without the bill, but “It bothers me that occurred. It bothers me that we do things like that in the first place, that government can’t simply function the way it’s supposed to.”

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  1. Colleen Fellows said:

    All of the Republican explanations I have heard solely blame Democrats along the lines of, “they made me listen to a whole bill so it’s their fault I had to vote against disabled kids.” Republican unwillingness to give two bills a hearing to spite the minority party, with the excuse that the public is against the bills and they wouldn’t pass is sad. They’re scared to death that public testimony would prove them wrong again. “Of, for, and by the people” would not be a great motto for the Idaho majority party. They even refused to allow a resolution supporting adoption to reach the floor because it was sponsored by a Democrat.

    March 31, 2011

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