Mayor: What do you mean, "biblical"?
Dr Ray Stantz: What he means is Old Testament, Mr. Mayor, real wrath-of-God type stuff.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Exactly.
Dr Ray Stantz: Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies. Rivers and seas boiling.
Dr. Egon Spengler: Forty years of darkness. Earthquakes, volcanoes...
Winston Zeddemore: The dead rising from the grave.
Dr. Peter Venkman: Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together - mass hysteria. *
Why do I resurrect these memorable lines from a classic movie? Because they reflect the mass hysteria that I'm witnessing these days with regard to the House Republicans refusing to raise taxes again because the state of Virginia is currently awash in a cash surplus - of Biblical proportions.
Check out this Roanoke Times editorial if you think I'm exaggerating:
Games of chicken rarely end wellThe ship of state is splattering on the rocks.
House Republican leaders race toward a transportation catastrophe to prove their ideological rigor.
Like characters in a '50s bad-teen movie, Virginia lawmakers this week hopped in their cars, hit the gas and started racing toward the cliff's edge. Their budget impasse has become a game of chicken with a July 1 deadline.
Sen. John Warner and U.S. Rep. Tom Davis, both Republicans, warned that Virginia would lose millions of dollars in federal transportation assistance if state lawmakers did not put up matching funds.
Business leaders warned that companies would not choose the Old Dominion if transportation remains a chronic problem.
Only legislators with political courage and a spirit of compromise can prevent Virginia from splattering on the rocks. (link)
For the love of God.
So what prompts this dire warning of impending doom?
House Republicans want to pay for transportation using one-time revenue and dollars raided from education and other programs.The heartless bastards. Don't they understand that their idea of using the exploding budget surplus to pay for extending those HOV lanes up in the DC suburbs will destroy every living organism on this planet? Don't they understand what unspeakable evil they have brought upon us?
Let's get real for just a moment. Is there a soul alive (who isn't confined to a cubicle in the bowels of the Roanoke Times) who believes that we'll not be spending gobs of money on our roads in the future? And that the burgeoning state treasury can't accommodate any and all transportation needs - if our legislators will quit spending money like drunken sailors on leave in Manila?
Does anyone buy this silliness?
What has gotten into these people? Have they been drinking the water out of Callahan Creek?
My guess is no. There is only one possible explanation for their irrational behavior:
Dr. Peter Venkman: Ray has gone bye-bye, Egon... what've you got left?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Sorry, Venkman, I'm terrified beyond the capacity for rational thought.
* From the movie, "Ghost Busters"