If you missed tonight’s The Ed Show on MSNBC, you missed a feature discussing a pending bill in the State of Georgia, known as House Bill 385. House Bill 385 is a Republican-backed proposal which seeks to balance the revenue shortfall in that state.
So, how does this Republican-backed measure seek to balance that state’s budget? Does it ask for contributions from large corporations like Coca-Cola or Lockheed Martin who have benefited greatly from Georgia? Heck No. In fact, House Bill 385 gives substantial tax breaks on corporate income taxes.
Instead of asking the most privileged citizens of Georgia to step up to the budget shortfall plate, Republican lawmakers in Georgia, instead, propose a hike in taxes on gas and food, including hikes on sales taxes for Girl Scout cookies. That’s right, folks. Couldn’t make this stuff up; it’s too ridiculous!
Of course, in fairness to the Republican lawmakers of Georgia, they are not just balancing the budget on the backs of girl scouts and their dreaded Thin Mints. The Boy Scouts‘ popcorn drive is also expected to cough it up.
As reported this evening by MSNBC, the trial judge presiding over the murder trial of Scott Roeder – charged with the shooting death Dr. George Tiller (pictured here) – has reached a startling conclusion. The judge has decided that Roeder can argue that he should be convicted of voluntary manslaughter, instead of murder, because Roeder believed that, by slaying Dr. Tiller, he was saving unborn children.
Talk about judicial activism. This ruling is an outrageous miscarriage of justice. No one – not even Roeder himself – disputes that he shot Dr. Tiller, a doctor at a local family planning clinic. Moreover, the facts of the case are a law school textbook example of pre-meditated murder. Roeder armed himself with a gun, went to the Lutheran church he attended with Dr. Tiller, got up from his seat during the services, walked up to Dr. Tiller, and shot him.
By allowing Roeder – a domestic terrorist with ties to right-wing separatist group The Freemen – to argue that he should be guilty of anything less than pre-meditated murder on those undisputed facts, this judge is, in fact, carving out “special rights” for killers like Roeder. If you are a religious zealot like Roeder, apparently a special definition of what it means to murder someone applies to you that doesn’t apply to anyone else.
A verdict finding Roder guilty of manslaughter – as opposed to murder – will likely spare Roeder the death penalty. Ironic that Roeder should be so timid now to take full responsibility for his mis-deeds when, if he is to be believed, he was doing right by God in the first place.