Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Softy on Sex Offenders?
I have been researching taxation records for our four governors, Daniels, Pawlenty, Romney, and Huckabee, and I came across two astonishing nuggets. The first nugget is from Romney's record. Romney "vetoed a $75 fee for offenders required by law to register with the state."
This is alarming and almost incomprehensible. Two lines of argument from Romney supporters have been put forth as to why Romney would do this. The first is that Romney ran on a no new taxes pledge and was honoring his campaign pledge. But then what about the other $5oo million of fees he signed into law?
The second argument is from Kevin Madden, Romney’s spokesman, (who) said his boss raised fees by only $260 million and noted that the $75 fee increase for sex offenders was a disincentive for offenders to register, making it harder to track them.
But how can that be reconciled with mandating health insurance for anyone in MA who wants to use the medical facilities in the state? How are all those millions of persons going to be tracked? What about the illegals living in the state? What about persons who move back and forth across state lines to avoid the insurance mandate? Sorry Kevin, your argument doesn't hold water with me. No doubt it will be hard to track sex offenders, but it does not follow that you just roll over and let them be a drag on the system.
The other nugget I alluded to is from Huckabee's record and I will address that later.