Paul L. Caron

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Susan Pace Hamill to Run for Alabama House Seat

Hamill Alabama Tax Prof Susan Pace Hamill announced yesterday that she is running for the House District 63 seat in the Alabama Legislature.  Tuscaloosa News: UA Law Professor Announces Bid for Legislature:

Hamill, a Democrat, on Wednesday listed the core principles that she said compelled her to seek public office. “I believe government must serve the weak equally as well as it serves the strong,” she told friends and supporters in front of Trinity Methodist Church. “I believe tax policy should be written not by those with the most lobbyists, but those with the greatest commitment to equity and fairness.

(Hat Tip:  Law School Headlines.)  Susan is best known for a series of pathbreaking articles applying Judeo-Christian principles to tax policy and for her strong condemnation of Alabama's tax system.

Update: For more, see the post by Susan's former colleague, Al Brophy (North Carolina), on The Faculty Lounge.

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Prof. Hamill is one of those liberals who sees the tax code as a way to force people to be charitable. Somehow it is lost on her that charity can only be voluntary. I agree with her on one point: our tax system (not just Alabama's, but the federal system as well) is immoral. I once asked her opinion on the FairTax (which completely untaxes the poor), and she responded with a curt "It's not good enough." A system that untaxes the poor, encourages saving, and doesn't punish achievement--but it's not good enough?! I suppose that is because she would rather use the tax code to punish those evil people who work hard to earn more money. After all, they only make more money because they're taking advantage of others...right?

Posted by: D | Jul 8, 2009 9:02:28 AM

Good luck Susan, don't forget to make eye contact, shake hands forcefully, and raise lots of money, the issues will get you only so far . . .

Posted by: mike livingston | Jul 3, 2009 7:12:45 AM

Hey Babs:

It's kind of wierd that you don't know the difference between a man's shirt and a woman's blouse. On a woman's blouse the right side overlaps the left side. For a man's shirt, the left side overlaps the right side. In other words, on a man's shirt the buttons are on the right half of the front and on a woman's blouse the button's are on the left half of the front. Ms. Hamill is wearing a woman's blouse.

It is obvious that you never let the facts get in the way of your opinions!

Posted by: WD Kebschull | Jul 2, 2009 8:41:13 PM

Kind of weird that she would pose for a Senate photo wearing a man's shirt and an oversized men's sports coat. Do clothes make the man? Does anybody else want to comment on this?

I'll go ahead and say a man's haircut too,... when I compare her hair to the hair of Paul Caron a few inches over to my left.

In fact, all she would need is a scruffy beard and she would look like Caron's younger brother.

Posted by: Barbara Mullins | Jul 2, 2009 8:07:16 PM