Washington Initiative 831

I just stumbled across a blog about Washington State politics called [HorsesAss.org](http://www.horsesass.org/). In the blog’s [About](http://www.horsesass.org/?page_id=2227) page, it talks about how it got its name. Apparently, the author of the blog (David Goldstein) submitted [initiative 831](http://apps.leg.wa.gov/documents/billdocs/2003-04/Htm/Initiatives/Initiative%20To%20The%20People/INITIATIVE%20831.htm) back in 2003. It’s hilarious, especially if you’ve been in Washington State for the past few years.

Initiative text follows:

> INITIATIVE TO THE PEOPLE:
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> WHEREAS, Tim Eyman’s ill-conceived anti-tax initiatives are an irresponsible means of legislating tax policy, an abuse of the initiative process, and insult to our system of representative democracy; and
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> WHEREAS, Tim Eyman is an admitted liar, who paid himself $45,000 from campaign funds, while publicly denying any personal gain from the state-wide initiatives he sponsored; and
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> WHEREAS, Tim Eyman diverted $165,000 of campaign contributions to a for-profit corporation he controls, with the intention of paying himself an additional $157,000; and
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> WHEREAS, Motivated by self-aggrandizement and personal gain, Tim Eyman has consistently misrepresented the initiatives he sponsored, and misappropriated funds donated to support them; and
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> WHEREAS, Tim Eyman readily admits, in his own words, that “I just feel like an ass;”
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> NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, That the citizens of the State of Washington do hereby proclaim that Tim Eyman is a Horse’s Ass.
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> BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That copies of this resolution be immediately transmitted to Tim Eyman, his wife, and his mother. So there.

Now that’s what I call using the political system to its fullest.