Patterico's Pontifications

10/11/2003

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE, BY WHICH I

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 11:20 am

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE, BY WHICH I MEAN TO SAY, IT’LL JUST TAKE A SNAP OF THE FINGERS: fresh potatoes has the scoop on a fairly major contradiction in our local Dog Trainer, which two days before the election said the car tax could not be repealed by fiat, in an article titled Efforts to Roll Back Car Tax Likely to Stall, Experts Say:

A new California governor probably could not rescind a recent tripling of the car tax within hours of taking office, experts say, contrary to repeated claims by two leading candidates in the recall election.

The candidates making those claims were, of course, the Republicans. Stupid Republican candidates with their repeated incorrect claims! You know what to do to them come election time, readers!

Now that the election is over and the car tax will easily be repealed by fiat, the Dog Trainer sings an ever-so-slightly different tune with its article titled: Bringing Car Tax Down Is Easy; Keeping It Down May Be Hard.

Hmmmmmm. I’m rubbing my eyes here . . . Did I read that right? I thought the “bringing it down” part was the hard part?! Apparently not any more. The article opens by saying:

With a snap of his fingers, Gov.-elect Arnold Schwarzenegger can roll back state vehicle license fees the instant he takes office – contrary to what the Los Angeles Times reported just days ago.

Well, okay, I made up that last part in bold. Actually, the story nowhere acknowledges that the Dog Trainer had reported the exact opposite story just days ago — two days before the election.

PrestoPundit asks a good question: “Does John Carroll ever get embarrassed?” But I have a different question: is it just coincidence that the story changed now that the election is over?

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