As George Costanza might say, "This is HUGE." Over the years, the political graveyard was filled by the Big D with the bodies of candidates who even whispered tax increases on, oh... Life Savers, in their sleep. This was the paper that once chaperoned a number of conservative pols into the legislature and governor's office simply because they had an R after their name on the ballot. In the earlier days it was bloody bad business for anyone to suggest that there were at least one or two liberals who shouldn't be institutionalized.
But give the current Dispatch credit. It has grown philosophically. And now, in this time of great need, the paper entered the fray with words that surely will jolt the tea bagging leprechauns from their postmodern fantasy world of Coolidge, Hoover, McCain et al. Spoke the Dispatch:
No one wants to take the lead. No one wants to be first to utter the T-word.Everyone in the Strickland administration, the Democratic-controlled Ohio House and Republican-controlled Ohio Senate knows the only way to fill an $8 billion budget hole is with a combination of new taxes and service reductions....If it is quaintly anachronistic to hope for bipartisan, statesmanlike leadership to tackle one of the state's most historic economic crises then Ohio may have no hope at all.
The world has changed. I wonder why there are still some people around who don't know that.