The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

Opinion

August 26, 2013

Our View: Or else what?

— It’s the old bully line. Do this or else. We hope our Missouri legislators have the courage to walk away from this threat during the upcoming special session and do what they think is right for the districts they serve.

That’s right, the Missouri Club for Growth is not your boss.

Here’s what’s going on: Missouri Club for Growth, a political action committee, on Friday said it would recruit primary challengers to run against any Republican lawmaker who votes “no” on an attempt to override Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s veto of an income tax cut.

And here’s the money trail. Club for Growth got a hefty $750,000 from retired investment firm executive Rex Sinquefield, who supports the tax cut. Sinquefield has given nearly $2.4 million to groups supporting the tax cut.

In a previous editorial, we took the stance that the bill is fraught with flaws and is a massive bill that should be re-examined in the next regular session. We are not against the income tax cuts, but this bill as it is guts so many Missouri programs that it sets taxpayers up for the backlash or “pay now or pay later.”

We are so weary of legislators — Democrat or Republican — using their terms as campaign wagons. Instead of voting to help the people of their districts, they are voting in order to put cash in their pockets for their upcoming campaigns. Even worse, they are practically allowing special interest groups to write Missouri law. Some of these legislators want to be the next attorney general, the next governor or even the next president. Their eyes and efforts are set on something else — and it’s not you.

Yes, we know money talks. But voters should be smart enough to see what’s going on.

Let your legislators know how you think they should vote on the override attempt on House Bill 253.

At the same time, remind them that their votes should not be for sale.

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