by Max Brantley
John Lyon of Stephens Media reports that industry groups support a nickel-an-acre increase in the tax on timberland to provide $675,000 a year to rehire Forestry Commission firefighters laid off in a budget shortfall.
Legislators resist. Particularly Republican legislators, who mostly have pledged away their responsibility to their constituents to Grover Norquist or similar in the form of ironclad no-tax representation. There will be no tax votes to mar their records — no matter how broad the support among those taxed or how great the need.
There are two words for legislators — such as Rep. Nate Bell, who has Twittered crocodile tears about the peril to his constituents from forest fires — who lament job cuts but won't support any taxes. "Shut up."
Or specify which government service you'd cut.