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Honor where due



Jim Keet has promised not to throw his wife under a bus, and that's about the kindest thing we've heard from a Republican politician this year. Mama Grizzly Sarah Palin appears ready to eat her family if it becomes advantageous. John Boozman wants to throw everybody under a bus, except the very rich.

The comparatively soft-hearted Keet said he wouldn't commit vehicular homicide on wife Doody even though she was responsible for the family's underpayment of Pulaski County taxes for several years. Her confusion is understandable considering that the Keets have lived in Florida much of the last decade, a circumstance that might have dissuaded some people from running for governor of Arkansas. It sounds like Keet will only live here if he can be governor. Has anybody asked whether he's a Razorback fan or a Gator fan?

Boozman is sponsoring a bill to levy a 30 percent national sales tax, on top of the state and local sales taxes already in effect. The sales tax is a regressive tax, hitting hardest those toward the lower end of the economic scale, who still must buy – and pay taxes on – the necessities of life. While adding the sales tax, Boozman would repeal the federal income tax, a progressive tax under which more is paid by those who can afford to pay more. His is the old Republican strategy of "Soak the Poor" carried to remarkably brutal lengths. He's still capable of a little embarrassment, evidently. When it was revealed that Boozman was a co-sponsor of this atrocious legislation, he said that just because he put his name on the bill didn't mean he was for it.

He's for it, all right, just as he's for privatization of Social Security. Under the bus, old people, and no pleading for mercy. Mercy is for those who can pay for it.

The little town of Swifton has produced a number of estimable Arkansans and chose to honor one of them last week – the late George Kell – by naming the post office for him. Kell was a Hall of Fame baseball player and later a longtime announcer for his old team, the Detroit Tigers. Through it all, he maintained his home in Swifton, and put on no airs. It would be appropriate for Fayetteville to honor one of its outstanding citizens in similar fashion. Something should be named for Dr. William Harrison, who bravely provided abortions for thousands of desperate women before closing his medical practice recently because of poor health. A marker on College Avenue, perhaps? How about it, Fayetteville City Council?

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