In one of the more stupid attempts at political retaliation which seen in quite a while, the Iowa GOP is seeking to cut the salaries of the four remaining Supreme Court justices who ruled for marriage equality in 2009. Joe.My.God reports:
“It’s our responsibility to maintain the balance of power” between the three co-equal branches of government, Rep. Tom Shaw [PHOTO], R-Laurens, said Tuesday. The justices “trashed the separation of powers” with their unanimous Varnum v. Brien decision and implementation of same-sex marriage without a change in state law banning any marriages expect between one man and one woman, added Rep. Dwayne Alons, R-Hull. Their amendment to House File 120, the judicial branch budget bill, would lower the salaries of the four justices on the seven-member court who were part of the unanimous Varnum v. Brein decision to $25,000 – the same as a state legislator. It’s not meant to be punitive, Alons and Shaw said Tuesday. “We’re just holding them responsible for their decision, for going beyond their bounds,” Shaw said.
Why does this kind of idiocy even surprise me anymore? Can you imagine if the Democratic Party introduced a resolution to cut the salaries of the US Supreme Court Justices who helped put George Bush in office? Beyond the pale.