Initiative profiteer Tim Eyman had a guest column in Saturday’s Olympian, and Daniel at On The Road To 2008, thoroughly dismantles it. Daniel starts with one of Timmy’s more glaring lies, his attempt to characterize Initiative 912’s stunning defeat as a “narrow loss.” As Daniel points out, I-912 actually failed by a whopping 9 percent… a landslide defeat for an anti-tax initiative.
Carl at Washington State Political Report also chimes in on Eyman’s “masturbatory rant”, taking issue with Eyman’s claim that “voters realize that initiatives are their only effective way to influence Olympia.” Carl responds with a list of things voters can do to influence Olympia, from time consuming things like lobbying legislators, to simple things like signing a petition or sending an email, or… um… you know… voting.
But more disturbing is the idea that we only have a say in a few issues. Tim Eyman seems to think that we should have no say in gay marriage. Tim Eyman seems to think that our only options for a smoking ban are a seriously flawed one or none at all. That the only plans for healthcare reform are the one the insurance industry wants, the one lawyers want, or none at all.
It is odd that the one way Eyman thinks we can influence the process is exactly the way that’s earned him so much money over the years.
No, it’s not odd. It’s good business.
FYI, Timmy’s coming back with yet another $30 car tab initiative next year. And this one’s gonna lose.