Diagnosis… The Maryland General Assembly’s Tax Tourettes
As you may have noticed from the lack of post-nominal letters on the above by-line, these columns do not originate with a member of the medical profession – no MD, PhD, etc. Nope, not a doctor and don’t even play one on my radio show.
But the more opportunities the citizens of this state have to observe our state lawmakers in session the easier it is to make an educated diagnosis of all that ails that anything-but-august body.
There’s a good chance, dear readers, you are familiar with the neurological disorder known as Tourette syndrome (TS). TS is characterized by repeated, uncontrollable movements or involuntary vocal sounds.
These movements and sounds, referred to as “tics,” are the actions that are so often spoofed and stereotyped much to the chagrin of those who suffer from the disorder.
Ever see “Deuce Bigelow”?
If one were to focus only on the ‘involuntary vocal sounds’ one may walk away from any encounter with most members of the Maryland General Assembly thinking that yes, TS is at work here.
But instead of standing in the check-out line at Walmart and randomly letting loose with a “#%@*$” or a “$*@%#”, our elected oaf-ficials (particularly the Democrats) – much like the British woman whose Tourettes causes her to scream ‘biscuit’ thousands of times a day – have this seemingly instinctive reaction to almost every situation.