You would think that by now there would be almost nothing conservatives could do to shock me, but this move by Republicans in the Iowa House of Representatives leaves my jaw agape at the chutzpah. Still upset about a state supreme court ruling four years ago in favor of marriage equality, a group of Republicans in that body want to lower their pay — only of the judges who voted that way.
A handful of House conservatives want to reduce the pay of Iowa Supreme Court justices involved in a 2009 decision striking down a ban on same-sex marriages as part of an effort to maintain the balance of power in state government…
Their amendment to Senate File 442, 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 April 23.“We’re just holding them responsible for their decision, for going beyond their bounds,” Shaw said.
“It’s not the merits of what they said in that decision,” added Alons. He’s trying to stop “an encroaching wave” of judicial activity including decisions on nude dancing and landowner liability – decisions the Legislature also is trying to correct through legislation this session.
And if you want a pretty good working definition of audacity, Rep. Tom Shaw says that they only want to do this because of their “responsibility to maintain the balance of power” between the legislature and the judiciary. That’s so stupid and hypocritical that it’s downright offensive. There seriously is no limit to how craven these people will be.