Of Spine and Spin

State Senator Steve Murphy (DFL-Red Wing), gasp, shunned spin in today’s Star Tribune coverage of his transportation finance bill.

“I’m not trying to fool anybody,” he said. “There’s (sic) a lot of taxes in this bill.”

Whatever you think of the Senator’s proposal, the candor is refreshing. It stands in contrast to last year’s “fee not tax” semantic contortionism. But curiously, Murphy isn’t the one tooling around in the Straight Talk Express these days.

Political and corporate flacks put a lot of energy into cutesy wordsmithing. But maybe we should shelve the thesaurus and follow Murphy’s example. Maybe we should put more effort into selling our ideas, and less into camouflaging them. More spine, less spin.

After all, will Senator Murphy really experience bigger headaches being straightforward than last year’s tax proposers experienced playing verbal shell games?

— Loveland