(Assemblyman Pat Hickey) – With less than 40 days (and nights) before the 76th Session is supposed to finish, I am beginning to wonder if lawmakers are going to make it to the “promised land” in early June. Instead, do we end up wandering in the wilderness of Special Sessions like the Israelites of old, because we violated the public’s faith to finish on time?
To get biblical here—Moses never entered the land of “milk and honey” because of the faithlessness of his flock and the fact he (Moses) got himself in trouble with the Man Upstairs for becoming angry at the antics of his followers.
Brian Sandoval (Moses) has the daunting task of trying to lead the Israelites (state lawmakers) into the promised land of a better Nevada. Otherwise, he risks the prolongation of a recession that seems worse than the scourge of plagues that drove the “chosen ones” in search of a better tomorrow, just as we are in hopes of a 21st century Nevada that we can all survive and prosper in.
Moses had his two camps, those who believed in his promises and those who had their doubts. The Governor has the Republican faithful with him, but Democrats have been “grumbling” in their camp from the get-go, not believing Sandoval’s message of “no new taxes” is equivalent to the 10 commandments or that it was inspired by the Most High. I hope we don’t end up worshiping at the feet of golden calves built by union officials that have their own list of commandments that lawmakers are expected to adhere to.
Whether or not the Governor has come to the right conclusions of what will best deliver Nevada from a recession that is most certainly of biblical proportions—the “altar call,” or Sine Die, is coming soon. The choice is not so much what camp is right or wrong—but whether can we finally agree we are all in this together?
If not, legislators risk the wrath of the almighty voter for wandering in a wilderness of our own making in special session after special session.
On a different note, redistricting maps from both political parties were unveiled this past week. They both promised to be fair. They were as expected, both partisan. Getting both sides to sit down and concede that political, personal and geographic differences—be put aside for the sake of the voting public—is like asking the Egyptian Pharaoh if he thought it was a good idea to “let my people go.” The whole thing could end up in the courts with a judge having to decide as King Solomon did, to split the political “baby in half.”
Keep the faith. If we can find Bin Laden in Pakistan, let us hope we can still find answers in Nevada.
(Assemblyman Hickey is a Republican representing District 25 in Washoe County.)