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As someone who has worked in government and politics for years, including eight years as a state legislator, my bar for basic competence is relatively low. At this point, it takes something extraordinarily stupid to make me sit up and take notice. On that bit of foreshadowing, let’s take a look at my old stomping grounds, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, where this week they passed what I can only refer to as The Dumbest Fucking Idea Ever™. The Backstory The state is legitimately broke, with a $32 billion spending plan approved without any way to pay for it, which in of itself is pretty dumb, but furthermore, nobody knows where the final $2.2 billion needed to balance the budget is going to come from. The governor, Tom Wolf, is…