The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 December 2005

Just shut up and sign, okay?

This is not good:

A person went to the [Tulsa] post office and a petition was presented for he/she to sign. The top petition page was for the TABOR (Tax Payer Bill of Rights) and all indications were that was the petition being signed. HOWEVER, THE ACTUAL PETITION WAS FOR THE COUNCILOR AT LARGE PROPOSAL. That, folks, is lower in life forms than dung beetles. So, if you are asked to sign a petition, just refuse unless you read everything completely and know for a fact exactly what you are signing.

In fairness to dung beetles, they never really had a choice in the matter.

Unlike these guys:

Title 34, Oklahoma Statute 3.1, says signature collectors must be citizens of the State of Oklahoma. Violations of that statute can be fined $1000.00 plus 1 year in jail for each offense. Two of the signature gatherers were from out of state and ran away when asked to provide identification.

A TABOR petition came through here the other day; I ignored it. I'm thinking maybe I should have looked it over after all.

(Via BatesLine.)

Posted at 7:33 AM to Soonerland

This is exactly what the TABOR folks themselves were doing at the State Fair and at similar times - they presented a petition to sign to "strengthen eminent domain," and then asked people to sign a second page that was actually for TABOR without bothering to mention it was a second, separate, unrelated initiative.

I don't know why anyone would be surprised that supporters of these things would keep trying it until the felony charges get filed.

Posted by: Matt at 10:25 AM on 1 December 2005

Well, I was presented eminent domain and TABOR together, but they made it clear that they were separate petitions.

I'm with Matt - we need to start charging the perpetrators of these shenanigans regardless of their political bent.

Posted by: Dan at 11:01 AM on 1 December 2005

I was also presented with eminent domain and TABOR together, at the Stillwater post office, and it was explained that they were two different petitions and a little bit about each. I signed the anti-eminent domain one, and then actually laughed at the TABOR one, which earned me a great reaction from the petition taker. Laughed all the way to my car, in fact...

Posted by: Jennifer at 11:18 AM on 1 December 2005

I will sign almost any petition to bring things to a vote. It's only a petition! Sometimes I WANT to vote AGAINST something, so I sign the petition. I think we should be doing more voting rather than less.

Posted by: Dwayne "the canoe guy" at 11:19 AM on 1 December 2005

READ,READ,READ, and if you don't understand what your reading, DO NOT SIGN anything. Good Gravy!!

Posted by: Rachel at 8:49 PM on 2 December 2005