508 #54: Two questions
We discuss Question One, which would eliminate the Massachusetts state income tax, and conclude it’s a bad idea. Question Two would decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana, and the panel supports it. (Here’s the study Brendan mentioned on “marijuana as a gateway drug.”)
We don’t know much about Question Three.
Next topic: How much can Bruce bench?
Bruce and Mike attempt to share an anecdote about Tom Lewis.
Despite his focus on serious issues, Tom was also known for a fine sense of humor. Just after his codefendant Father Phil Berrigan was sentenced to six years in jail for his part in the Baltimore Four, the judge asked Tom if he had anything to say before sentencing. Tom said, â€œNo, your honor.â€ The judge pressed him, â€œThese are serious charges, Mr. Lewis. Donâ€™t you have anything to say?â€ Tom said, â€œNo, Iâ€™ve said all I want to in my testimony.â€ But, when the judge persisted, â€œYou could be sent to jail for years Mr. Lewis, are you absolutely sure thereâ€™s nothing you want to add?â€ Tom began to suspect that the judge wanted to scapegoat Phil as the priest mastermind of the protest and hoped Tom would make a last minute appeal for mercy, so Tom said, â€œSince you press me your honor, there is one quote which is important to me.â€ The judge leaned forward and said, â€œYes, yes.â€ Tom straightened up and said soberly, â€œYou can lead a horse to water, but a pencil must be lead. Thatâ€™s from Laurel and Hardy, your honor.â€ The furious judge gave Tom six years too.
Brendan says the new wind turbine is worth checking out.
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