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To Comfort The Afflicted And Afflict The Comfortable

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Observercast

Senate President’s Latest ‘Treat’

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We’re only No. 2 in the length of our state Constitution. Let’s fix that!

Must be what President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-OKC, was thinking, if thinking at all, when he introduced a statewide ballot question that would embed current law related to elections in our state’s Constitution, already second longest in the world except that governing the great, redneck, 19th century Alabama.

This new grand scheme to place forever in our guiding constitutional document a completely unnecessary, probably illegal raft of rules and regulations is stupid, expensive and a waste of time.

This is at least the third bone-headed proposal trotted out by Treat over the last few days, the other two related to school vouchers and abortions. Both will never become law for different reasons but Greg’s gambles to blemish his final term in the senate is a bit perplexing.

Perhaps he is polishing his conservative credentials for future work as a lobbyist or a job with a friendly corporation as did a couple of his predecessors. And then there is the possibility of a statewide race for some secondary office or even governor.

Hell, if the state can survive clueless Kevin Stitt most anybody can do the job.

Whatever.

It’s just sad, and more than somewhat irritating, to see the No. 2 banana of the three-banana stalk at the Capitol [the other two being Speaker McCall and Stitt] make such a fool of himself when so much real work waits for his involvement.

And what is even worse all 14 members of the committee that heard his election rules proposal voted for it in the name of letting voters decide it’s worth.

Under that reasoning why do they meet at all?

Oh, now I remember. To pick up their paychecks which were increased by 35% just last year.

Talk about something for nothing.

Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson
Cal Hobson, a Lexington Democrat, served in the Oklahoma Legislature from 1978-2006, including one term as Senate President Pro Tempore.