Watching this so-called budget session offers a master class in everything that is wrong with 21st century politics. Notice how the legislators quickly scrap any legislation that might actually address budget concerns (all revenue-creating bills were killed by Feb. 21). Notice how they then act as if their hands are tied and begin to talk about cuts, as if they didn't just deliberately create this situation. Notice how they are ready to cut up the constitution in order to permit their criminal "fixes."
But what is most unsettling about this session is the way that lawmakers have surrendered their duty to their constituents in favor of cookie cutter legislation that serves no demonstrable good, is not budget-related, and serves only to appease their big money donors in this election year.
There's a reason the proposed bills (national motto, anti-porn, non-viable birth certificates, etc) look identical to those proposed this week in Florida and elsewhere: the legislators are attaching their names on canned bills that have been deemed good red meat for ideologues and big money donors.
Representatives from my part of the state (Sheridan) are especially guilty. Bo Biteman and Mark Jennings have never seen an ALEC-created bill they didn't snatch up and slap their name on. In what other field could one so blatantly crib other people's work while ignoring your job description? They don't even deserve the name of lawmakers. They don't make laws. They're just making an easy buck.