Oklahoma arrived at our distrust of the legislature because of decades of growing arrogance. In 1991, the liberal Speaker of the House collaborated with a corrupt governor and a powerful Senate Pro Tem. They pushed through over $500 million in new taxes, on a simple majority vote. The voters were outraged and began an effort to put constitutional safeguards in place. SQ 640 passed in 1992. It virtually required a direct vote of the people, for any new revenue increases. This includes tax rate hikes, dissolving exemptions, assessing flat fee mandates, or any effort to acquire more revenue by the state.
Today, our legislative leaders are playing a strategy of stupidity. They insist that any increase in revenue was completely unintended. They insult our intelligence by insisting on their own stupidity. Our mamas didn't raise idiots.
Opinion of the Editor
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...