It’s a long-standing tradition among GOPers. Turn reality on its head to stymie environmental protections.
Back in the days of (Genuflect as you utter his Name) Ronald Reagan, they put a wilderness hater named James Watt in charge of the Interior Department.
And now that the Republicans are in charge of Congress, Lamar Smith of the Great Republic of Texas is the lead dog on The House Science Committee. Smith is the guy who questions the validity of clean-air rules while holding hearings about space aliens. Now another “what climate change?” dude is running the House Subcommittee on the Environment.
We’re talking about Arizona’s own Rep. David Schweikert.
Schweikert is proud of a bill he co-sponsored that – I couldn’t possibly make this up – prevents the Environmental Protection Agency from relying on actual science when it makes decisions about things like global warming, which Schweikert has dismissed as a “myth.”
In true Khafkaesqe fashion, Schweikert’s bill says the EPA can’t cite a scientific study unless “all the data” is unveiled. Never mind that it might include the names and addresses of participants in a medical study – which would violate federal rules protecting patient privacy – and never mind that it might involve the release of proprietary information. In other words, the EPA would be prevented from using just about any legitimate environmental study based on medical data.
Of course Schweikert knows this is the case – just like he knows that EPA limits on coal-fired plants have a “negligible environmental benefit.”
And of course the GOPer-dominated House passed Schweikert’s bill on Wednesday.
Now apparently this doofus denier thinks he can take out John McCain in 2016. According to The Hill, the local newspaper for Capitol Hill, Schweikert will “consider future runs — including a primary challenge to Sen. John McCain — after the (Thanksgiving andChristmas) holidays.” Translation: He’ll announce that he’s taking on McCain in early 2015.
The scary thing is that it just might work. After all, we’re not talking about rational humans. He’ll take on McCain in an Arizona Republican primary. Remember Arizona’s red elephants have already censured McCain. They think he plays too much kissy-kissy with Democrats.
Can Schweikert win? Will Arizona deep-six Common Core education standards?
Consider this: A Citizens United poll showed Schweikert leading McCain 40 percent to 34 percent among likely Republican voters in a hypothetical match-up, according to The Hill.
Hmmm. Citizens United. Sounds familiar? Who else in Arizona has ties to them? Gee; I wonder if Schweikert will be able to raise any money for a Senate race?
Yup. That damn Kenyan is at it again.
It wasn’t enough that he provided healthcare to millions of uninsured ‘Merikans…
And it wasn’t enough that his dictatorial EPA is trying to make us take filthy schmutz out of the atmosphere..
Now “Emperor” Hussein Obama wants to allow up to 5 million people who just want to work and raise their families …
… to do just that!
He wants to let them stay here, work here, remain united with family members who were born in the US, where they have been arrogantly minding their own business for decades.
Why, that’s … that’s illegal!
What’s that? Other Prezedents, including such “good guys” as da Bushes, did the same thing?
So did (Genuflect as you Mention his Holy Name) Ronald Reagan?
Nonsense! What they did was different! How? Well, yuh see …
Never mind that! Why it’s Congress that’s supposed to pass laws, not some imperial black dude desecrating our WHITE House!
Huh? Congress haven’t passed anything despite years of bluster?
Well, that’s ’cause them Dimmocrats kept trying to pass laws that actually reformed immigration without vacuum-sealing the border!
So this-here Obama guy has GOT to obey the law!
Uh, now what? Oh. You say that our own AZ Lege ain’t so good at obeying the law? Edumacation is a case in point?
Just because voters approved a 1990 Referendum requiring us to raise school funding to cover the ravages of Inflation? And just cause a court told us we had to obey the law, but we keep refusing?
Oh, well that’s different!
Never mind how! Just tell that Kenyan to let us do our job!
One of these days!
Tah-Nehisi Coates of The Atlantic has become one of my favorite journalists in recent years by writing thoughtfully, proactively and compellingly on race and on other topics.
This essay is part confessional, part explanation, but most of all it is truth-telling.
And I always support truth-telling.
As a card-carrying Libruhl, I had no choice last night. I watched a PBS program about Comrade Nikita Khrushchev, leader of the Soviet Union in the 1950s and early 1960s. President Eisenhower had invited the ultimate Cold Warrior to tour the United States – though Khrushchev was not allowed to visit Disneyland. Presumably it would’ve revealed too much about Congress.
It was an important but unappreciated moment in world history. Krushchev got to see us, and we got to see a goofy-looking gap-toothed cherub who loved meeting people and pressing the flesh, just like any other politico. It caused a lot of cognitive dissonance. Khrushchev simply didn’t fit the Boogeyman Commie image.
In fact he was a very smart, self-made man. Khrushchev was the ultimate survivor, a politician who dodged, weaved and stayed alive long enough to reach the top after the death of Josef Stalin.
And that brings up my favorite moment:
During one appearance someone anonymously submitted a written question about Stalin, whose cruelty was being acknowledged for the first time. Khrushchev was asked what he did while Stalin was being so bad.
Khrushchev glared. “Would the person who asked that question identify yourself?” he demanded.
No one did.
Stalin posed for dramatic effect, then smiled.
“Now you know what I was doing while Stalin was committing those crimes against humanity,” he said.
In 2013 The GOPers threatened to shut down the gummint to deny healthcare to millions of poor people.
They said it wouldn’t work – only it does.
This year they’re threatening to shut down the gummint again ’cause they don’t want to allow people stay in the U.S. We’re talking about 11 million or so people who are already here paying taxes, raising kids and contributing to society.
Oh yeah; we’re also talking about Millenials who grew up here, speak only English, and just want a chance to go to college, serve in the military – and pay taxes.
Yeah. Sure. That makes sense.
I’ve discovered this whole world of book authors. They jump up and down, balance beer kegs on their nose, and they’ll anything just to get you to read their stuff.
I’m just as bad.
Anyway, I posted something on a Book and Author’s site about politicians. They’re fun to cover, and they’re not cardboard-cutout good guys or bad guys.
Take a gander.