There was rejoicing in Arizona and all around the nation as news rolled in that Russell Pearce, architect of the infamous SB1070 (racial profiling, papers please), was recalled by voters in Arizona. He’ll now have to resign or file to run in a special election. Perhaps Nevadans in Senate District 5 should think likewise and recall Republican Michael Roberson.
Michael Roberson is a freshman senator in Carson City, but is already raising a stink. He was one of the most obnoxious, most conservative senators, making several comments in public and during session to get a rise out of Democrats and to show boat to the media.
Because of Senator Roberson’s “provocative” nature, theas the lead of fundraising, recruitment and campaigning. As my esteemed colleague Brian Bahouth pointed out, this means we are likely to see more candidates like him running in 2012. That’s not good for a lot of reasons.
The last thing we need is more extreme teabagger Republicans in Carson City. Nothing got done in 2011 because these guys are the party of “hell no.” Balance the budget to keep government at current funding level? Hell no! Sweeping cuts to programs that help average working class Nevadans during hard economic times? Of course!
Because of Roberson, college students got a tax increase of 15% in the form of tuition increases. College students are struggling to make it, but Roberson doesn’t care. He also cut our K-12 funding, which is already the lowest in the country. More bad news for our children.
Michael Roberson doesn’t care about the kids, or about the future. He only cares about the tax rate of his rich buddies. By the way, while the top 20% of income earners in Nevada pay less than 5% of their incomes to taxes, the bottom pay 10%. Yep, we have a regressive system. Michael Roberson isn’t against taxes for the working class, he’s only against taxes for the rich.
Meanwhile, Roberson sponsored bills that free up gun restrictions, put laborious restrictions on immigrants and normal people who just want to register to vote, making new crimes for people that falsely say they have military medals, and eliminating working class government employees from having a say in negotiations for their salary and benefits.
Wow!, those are some wacked out priorities. Get real dude! When are you going to try to help Nevadans, Mr. Roberson? Oh yeah, never.
Arizonans did it. They recalled a senator. So can you Nevada! Time to take this guy to the cleaners. We deserve better!